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As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others.  You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer.  In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products.  I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five.  Welcome to my sewing and crafting studio!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Burda Dress and Milk Paint Chair and ScrapBuster Trivets, Oh My!

Hey everybody, I know it has been some time since I checked in on my pitifully-neglected blog.  Here are some of my completed projects from the month of June.  I just wanted to share a glimpse with you all before I head out the door for a camping weekend.  I will share complete posts on each one of them next week. I haven't been able to write any reviews this month because  I dropped my camera broke and I was without one for about six weeks.  And let's face it, a DIY review without photos is like a hot fudge Sunday without hot fudge!  My sweet hubby bought me a new camera two days ago and I'm learning to use it.

The top left is a peak of my new dress using Burda Style #108 pattern from the April 2013 issue.  Top right is a crochet table runner.  The little crochet flower will adorn the bottom left ScrapBuster Trivet from the Sew 4 Home blog.  And finally, another Sew 4 Home ScrapBuster Trivet is sitting atop the newly painted, chippy chair on which I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.

Okay, I'm venturing out into the 100+ degree temperatures to go camping.  Good thing the RV has air conditioning!  I know, that's not really camping, but that's how I roll!!!  The RV park  also has a swimming pool.  Don't judge me!

Have a most excellent and enjoyable weekend.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Burp Cloths

 First, let me start with a warning!  These are not the best photos. 
My camera is broken and I had to use my cell phone for these photos.  :)
I was invited to a baby shower but, *sigh*, I could not give the cute kimono and booties
because the mother to be is expecting a boy.
So I quickly sewed up a couple burp cloths and included a gift card for a nice little, last-minute gift.

I used kraft packaging paper for the gift 'envelope' by cutting it double the length,
then I folded it and sewed a straight stitch up the sides.
I then secured the two burp cloths together using a die cut strip of paper.
Then I clipped the gift card to it and tucked all of them inside the gift envelope.
The sweet deer tag was a free download from here. I'm not sure it is still available.
 I've never made burp cloths before
They are so straight forward and easy.
I sewed these in less than 30 minutes.
Having never made them before, and wanting to be sure my gift
did not fall apart in the first washing, I made an extra one to test.
Here it is after washing it in warm water
and drying it on the normal dry cycle.
I used white chenille on one side and a flannel print on the other side.
I must say, after the warm bath and dry cycle, this burp cloth
ended up soft as a baby's behind.          :)
Here's a picture of the chenille side:
Now if you are in the market for such items as these,
there are a number of tutorials online.
Just search chenille burp cloths.
They are all pretty much the same.