Georgia on my shirt

I grew up in Pike County, Georgia. Right where that little heart resides on my shirt. I’m going to camp next week, and I am on the red team (Go Red!) so I’ve been getting my red wardrobe in order. This plain tee needed embellishing.

I got the idea here.

Simple. Easy.

Thanks for reading, Ya’ll!

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Calico Burleighware

When I was a little girl, a friend’s family used a collection of Calicoware and Ironstone for their dishes. I loved eating at their place because of those dishes! Since my everyday dishes are in terrible shape, I’ve decided to start my own eclectic collection. I researched the history of this design, and discovered it is still made in Burleigh, England. It comes in many patterns and colors and dishes. One day, I’ll have to order straight from England to fill out my table, but until then it is so fun to find a plate or cup in antique stores! I feel like I found buried treasure. I picked a 10″ plate up yesterday from the first shop I entered. I saw it as I entered the store. Unbelievable. I picked up a cherry plate a  a viney tree plate too.

Blue and White China

Blue Calico

Burleigh Pottery

Tatted Necklaces? Whaa?

I saw this picture in one of the design blogs I follow daily. They took my breath away. These lovelies were made by lennebelle, but I can’t find any more information about it. I guess I’ll have to trial and error a pattern.

Family and long-time friends know I have a thing for tatting! About  15 years ago, my roommate Julie introduced me to tatting, or maybe it was her mother? Anyway, I found an 80-year-old woman in Michigan who knew how to do it, and she showed me the basic stitches in a very 80-year-old way.

“Cross this thread, pull it through here, go under here, and pull tight. Got it?”

“Uh…”

I had to watch her do it for about 10 minutes to see what she was actually talking about. Then she watched me and corrected me as I went. It is beautiful lace, but very slow going. My mother-in-law, who has attempted every form of stitching I think, had two vintage how-to-tat magazines that had beautiful vintage trim, baby and doily patterns she gave me, and I enjoyed the craft for about 5 years, then tired of it and moved on.

Here I am on a film shoot in Brazil tatting away in between takes!

Fabric Swapping

I joined Sew, Mama, Sew!’s Fabric swap this month. I’ve already received a fat quarter with cute vintage laundry women and rick-rack and buttons. Its a great way to score some fabric you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself. I’m sending out this adorable Little Golden Books reproduction fabric. It was TOO CUTE to pass up. Hopefully my swap friends are as nostalgic as I am!

You Know My Name!

Why does looking at my name stitched into something I’ve made make…me…so…incredibly…happy! “You know my name…te-lee-lee-bop-bop…”
By the best boy band, eva:

Amy Butler Sweet Harmony Bag

For Christmas, one of the items of my list was Amy Butler’s Sweet Harmony Pattern.  I just finished. It was a bugger to sew. I think I used too heavy of fabric (similar to lightweight denim), and my sewing machine just doesn’t have the power to drive the needle through all the layers. Stitches are showing at a few of my seams. grr.

The thing I like best about this pattern is the cell phone pocket hidden in one of the exterior pockets. Handy. I’m not crazy about the handle design, but its sturdy. The pattern calls for two magnetic closures, but I skimped and used one. I always seem to get my closures too close to the seam line, and end up having to hand-sew the over stitching near the snap, since my sewing foot isn’t able to do it…Oh! I just had a brain storm! A zipper foot. Next time I’ll use a zipper foot around it. That should do it!

I also had a hard time with the lining. Getting it to lay flat. It wanted to bunch where the interior pockets met the side panel seam lines. I ironed it to death, but I’m not completely happy with it.

I love the happy fabric and lining! The pattern called for fusible fleece. This was my first time using it. Not crazy about it. I think I’m partial to floppy bags, and the fleece gives it a firm shape.

The pattern also included a larger size for a tote bag. I may give it a shot as a baby bag for an upcoming baby shower (of which my church keep me busy attending).  I’m curious how a lighter cotton fabric will feel with the fusible fleece.

Sew A Valentine

Sew, Mama, Sew is holding a True Love Valentine Contest! I’m always looking for projects to use my Great Aunt Mary’s quilting pieces.  She cut and collected tiny shapes through the years, but didn’t finish a lot of her projects. I inherited all those fabulous vintage shapes! So, I made a “crazy” pieced Valentine for someone I’m crazy about!