I'm back, after a long break from blogging and Etsy and best of all I’ve actually got something to talk about, new stuff. I've long played around with this idea and finally settled on a design I love. My new line of snack bags feature and embellished natural cotton exterior and super cute appliqué images.
Ikea Latt table and chairs before upgrade.
Earlier this summer I stumbled across one of the coolest blogs, little free radical, (http://littlefreeradical.com/2012/03/04/20-latt-childrens-table-chairs-makeover-d-i-y-ikea-hack-little-free-radical/) She took a simple Ikea table and chair and turned them into a stunning personalized addition to her toddlers room.
Now that August has arrived and I'm in full get ready for school mode I finally finished my own version of this "hack". As you can see our set of Latt Ikea table and chairs has been used, scratched and stained in the three years we've had it. It took me a week to paint, cover, sew seat cushion and talk my dad into cutting down the plexi glass to cover the top. Overall the finished product is great and the project was pretty easy.
1. Our Loews would not cut down the plexi glass to fit the table top
2. sewing cushion covers for the chairs was tricky to smoothly cover the one inch notch
3. I would recommend priming the wood first to cover blemishes on the wood so they don't show though.
4. gluing fabric to a flat surface without distorting the pattern is not as easy as it looks.
Spring is still tea weather in the pacific north west. Personally I drink hot tea all year round, but that's just me. Corry has created a lovely tea themed treasury and included one of my coaster in it. Thanks. I should also point out that I love the teat time clock by LAMdesigns (www.LAMdesigns.etsy.com) and the tea cup poster print from Handz (www.handz.etsy.com). Really all the items are great.
My Zakka Themed Tea Time Coasters were featured in this lovely Treasury!
Lavender Dot Eye Pillows are petit aromatherapy pillows especially designed to sooth tiered eyes. I made them as gifts for a bunch of pregnant friends as a little something for the mom-to-be. After being snowed in for a week I finished a group of these that I had begun years ago. They are officially a new item in my shop and I'm hoping they become popular.
I have a great passion for a well brewed cup of tea. A steamy hot cup of Oolong tea is my current favorite. I recently began to combine both my passions to create a new line of tea themed products for my shop. To introduce the line I've created two sets of quilted fabric coasters. Each set of four coasters has a super cute tea applique on them. The second set of coasters in the line are tea time coasters designed to hold a tea bag with a touch of zakka flavor.
I made this great little bag using a tutorial I found at a wonderful coco stitch blog. I substituted the third panel with a floral print to add a little spice. If you are looking for a great little lunch bag or a small bag to keep in your in larger totes this is the one to sew. coco's steps are easy to follow and the seam allowance is large enough to permit the raw edges to be folded under and top stitched. Visit coco-stitch.blogspot.com for more information on the bags.
A while ago i discovered fabric covered buttons. while I've never used them for clothing I have used them to make number of fun gifts. Button Earrings, button badges and button magnets. These items are great for Co-workers and friends who live far away as they are small and easy to ship. Best of all they utilize fabric scraps so nothing in your craft space goes to waste. I have just started to make my button accessories and sell them in my shop.
I love cross stitch, partially because there seams to be endless ways bend and shape a rather traditional art form into something modern, even edgy. While I tend to focus on expressing my geekyness by using sci-fi quotes and glow in the dark embroidery thread I’ve recently been exploring ways to apply cross-stitch other items. Rusty the coin purse is my most recent product now for sale in etsy shop (stitchduchess.etsy.com), I first made rusty in the fall as a badge. Now rusty adorns a coin purse. The purse is 4.25 inches wide and 3 inches tall. I’ve added white cotton lace and thin line of chocolate polka dot fabric to front. To make sure that you don’t loose Rusty I’ve also attached a twill tape loop and key ring. This little pouch is lined with sew in interfacing and matching chocolate polka dot cotton in the interior.