Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Today's Project...

...a nursing cover! Why not? I like to give myself a little challenge and do something different, so today I tried this tutorail on how to make a nursing cover. Complete with a little pocket! I feel pretty good about it, and would say it's a success!!

I'm at 33 weeks now, and doc says I can go off bedrest next week. I'll be back to my usual schedule of... well, sewing and reading and relaxing. Oh well. By the way, I noticed today that the belly is starting to get in the way when I'm at my sewing machine. Not good!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Introducing....my friend Gail!

Gail Borowski
I decided a while back that I wanted to start sharing my artist friends on this blog. I have so many talented friends with skills so different from mine that I am often in awe of their abilities.

So please allow me to introduce my friend, Gail Borowski. Gail is a great friend I met at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She is patient and kind, and has a very quirky sense of humor. I was always excited to see our names scheduled together for the same shift!
Gail works on a fairly small scale, focusing a lot of detail and attention to the pieces she creates. Birds are a common theme in her work, and show up in various creative ways. I particularly love her silhouetted works that blend both graphic and realistic elements. They have a very modern feel, but also a sense of preciousness and nostalgia. I also am a lucky owner of a pair of her birdie earrings that are so adorable and perfect for a mama who is feathering her nest.
Check out Gail's website- http://www.gailborowski.com/ to see (and purchase!) her beautiful work. She also has works at various galleries, and will be participating in an upcoming show... The ReUse Center is hosting its first annual Recycled Materials Art Show from March 22-April 22, 2009, at the ReUse Center in honor of Earth Day 2009. For detials check out: http://www.recycleannarbor.org/ Gail will be showing jewlery that features found and re-purposed objects, as well as images of her paintings. Earrings, bracelets and pendants are currently on display. Gail would love to see you at the April 22nd reception!!
I keep bugging Gail to open an Etsy shop one of these days.... but I think she's doing just fine on her own!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Jewelry Sale!

Hey Folks! I put some jewelry on sale in my shop- check it out!
Including these beauties:

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Latest...

As promised, here's a pic of the painting I made the other day. I'm not a painter, but I'm happy with the way it came out. Happy enough, anyway!
And here is a pillow I made to match the quilt. Thanks to Happy Things for the tutorial on using scraps to make pieced strip blocks. I loved using my scraps, and it gives a nice texture to the center of the pillow.
More projects coming soon!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Yoga Note Cards!

Finally! I'm very excited to offer 5 of my favorite and best-selling yoga images as notecards. You can check them out HERE in my shop! These are great to send to a friend or loved one. Or you can frame them as a mini print. Wouldn't they make a great little collection, hung salon-style on your wall? Perhaps one would be a perfect little gift for a special yoga enthusiast. Got another idea? Do share!

...and we're back!

My first quilt!!
The quilt is finished, and I'm really pleased with it. It's not perfect, but that wasn't the goal. A big thanks to Jen for helping me work it all out. 3 weeks of bedrest, done! Only 5 weeks more? we'll see. Apologies to those of you who were waiting on the edge of your seat to the see the finished quilt... (ha!) but my internet has been acting up. Perfect timing, when I have absolutely nothing to do. But we have temporarily fixed the problem, as much as we can without leaving me completely disconnected from the outside world.

I have also finished my first T-shirt to infant gown project! Thanks to This Mama Makes Stuff for the idea and the pattern! The first gown was Courtney's Dr. Pepper T-shirt that I had "borrowed." But he loved the outcome so much that he went to Salvation Army and picked up 5 more shirts for me to convert. Here is proud papa Courtney with the gown-

Also, I have been busy creating those bibs and burp cloths for Julie's fundraiser. I made a baker's dozen of each and she sold a good number of them at a craft fair this weekend. Here's a pic of the last set, a fun pink and yellow paisley design. Too cute! If you want a set, let me know and I will hook you up! lindsaysatchell@gmail.com

Coming soon... pics of the painting I made this weekend (nothing special, but a return to watercolors) and the new cards that I've been promising. They are great and I can't wait to list them in my shop.

OK, off to work on more baby gowns. Maybe the Cuba tshirt, maybe the Detroit Tigers 2005 shirt, or maybe the "Happy Birthday, Daddy" one in bright yellow. We'll see!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sewing Yoga!

Lookie what I found today... perfect! Yoga for those of us who sew!! (Not "sewers," which is a whole other thing...) http://yogaforcrafters.typepad.com/yoga_for_crafters/2009/03/yoga-for-crafters-sewing-yoga-class.html
My first bedrest project so far... a quilt! This is my first quilt, but I'm getting supervision from my good friend, Jen. And since I'm on bedrest, I trusted Jen to go buy fabric squares for me- and she did a fabulous job! So here are the squares all sewn together....
...Next job: sew on the border, batting and backing. But first, my friend Julie has asked me to sew some bibs and burp cloths to help her raise money. She will be walking in the 60 mile Breast Cancer 3-Day Aug14-16th. If you'd like to learn more or help her reach her fundrasing goal of $3,000, check out http://www.the3day.org/goto/Julie.Bjorklund Here are some fun fabrics I'll be using to make the goods!

Friday, March 6, 2009

On Being Content

Life is always full of surprises, and I've learned that the best way to deal with change is to be content with whatever comes your way. Funny how change is consistent and dependable...

Anyway, I've been put on bedrest for the rest of my pregnancy- 10 weeks. And I want to be really mad about it, but I'm forcing myself to view it as an opportunity. First, to do what's best for baby. Second, to do things I otherwise "wouldn't have time for." And third, to develop patience and contentment in a potentially frustrating situation.

My husband moved my sewing machine upstairs so that I can continue my obsession. He has also created a temporary studio so I can paint and draw. Now there really is no excuse! I will make it a goal to post my creations as they develop. Maybe a painting, maybe a sewn item... we'll see.

Hopefully some new yoga images; it's been a while. I had a beautiful reminder about what yoga means - I complained to my teacher that now I'd have to give up yoga being on bedrest. He gently reminded me that Yoga is just Breathing, and I can certainly do that on bedrest! ahhhh.

Monday, March 2, 2009

I heart my sewing machine!!

My newest obsession- sewing. I inherited my grandma's sewing machine (a Sears Kenmore from roughly 1965?) when she passed away several years ago. Mostly, it has spent time in storage. But no more!! It is now the focus of my day!! I have been sewing my heart out, and enjoying every minute of it. I have learned a lot just playing around and trying new things. Nothing too fancy or advanced, but I'm proud of what I've produced.

There are lots of good patterns and tutorials out there on the internet. First, I got patterns from www.LilPeasandCarrots.etsy.com for bibs and a pinafore. Too cute! She has lots of great stuff in her store.

I've also made some burp cloths, wipes and even baby legwarmers! I found the legwarmer tutorial here: http://everythingyourmamamade.com/2008/01/21/make-your-own-baby-leg-warmers/

Sew..... that's what I've been up to. I should be receiving my new yoga cards soon and will be posted the variety packs in my store. Look for them!! And if you put "Blog Reader" in the notes to seller, I'll give you 15% off a pack!