Archive for April, 2009

to CRAFT HOPE.  This is a wonderful opportunity to give to those less fortunate.  Craft Hope is working on their second project and I’m jumping on board.  The project is for the children of an orphanage in Nicaragua.  


“The orphanage is called Casa Bernabe and they house children from the ages of 4 to 18, boys and girls.  They are currently working to not only feed and clothe the kids, they are starting to really focus on their psychological and emotional health as well.  When the children arrive at the orphanage, they literally have nothing and we would love to give them something that is “theirs.”

Craft Hope is working with Eren and the ORPHANetwork to provide handmade, soft-bodied dolls for the children.  Many of the children come from abusive situations and the dolls will allow the children to develop the mothering and nurturing instincts that most little girls have.” 

                                               -From Craft Hope

How could I not hop on board?!  I love to sew/craft, and what better than to use my skills to help kids?  If you know how to sew, jump on board!

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My sweet yet tough boy…, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I have boys. Two of them. Well, three if you count my husband. And I don’t know boys. I am often mystified and speechless. I think a lot. I wonder. I am constantly in search of balance. I don’t want to wimpify my boys, but yet, sensitivity is my main priority…so how to nurture, create, mold boys that grow to be strong, independent, stand up guys and also sensitive, sweet and thoughtful. I try to encourage both sides I guess. I embrace their “boyness” and their love of physical activity and rough-housing, and yet really encourage and foster their creative sides. So here is Jack, in a moment of balance. His tough boy side in a Batman costume, while painting and being thoughtful and sweet. I had to capture this fabulous moment 🙂

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I LOVE fabric giveaways 🙂  A La Mode is moving and destashing and therefore giving away some fabric.  Woo hoo 🙂  Just go on to her site and make a comment to enter.  (go to fabric giveaway)

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Finished Birdie Sling, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

It took me weeks, lol….one step here and there….in between kids and working, I finally got it done. Amy Butler is amazing…and I just love her fabrics and patterns. This was my first bag and one of the first times (or the first?!) using a pattern at all! I didn’t have too much trouble, especially since Shear Delight created a GREAT photo tutorial, which helped, especially for creating those gussets 🙂 A few other girls have also commented on their experiences making the bag which helped as well. I had planned on adding a magnetic closure, but couldn’t figure out WHEN to add them….at which point should I have done that? Can anyone out there tell me? I really liked making this bag, and will definitely make another, maybe in the fall with some nice fall fabrics…mustards? I learned some new things making this bag such as gussets and using a slip stitch…which by the way, I found a great tutorial for by Keyka Lou.  Thank god I did, because I had NO idea how to do that! So here it is. Onto making a patchwork belt.  Maybe tonight…

PS–I meant to add these links:

Birdie Sling pattern correction

Pink Chalk Studio’s post on her Birdie Sling

Birdie Sling Tutorial by Grace Designs

Installing a magnetic snap by Craft Apple

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Finished Birdie Sling, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Its big, but I love it….

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Sunday Stash #1, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I know, I know, its Monday…but I had a crazy busy weekend and couldn’t get to the upload until today. A day late, but its here. So excited for these fabrics…hmmm, what to make, what to make?!
Any ideas? I was thinking of the Flutterby Quilt…I think the Anna Maria Horner will look awesome in that pattern. If I do that I’ll need to get some more 1/2 yards from Fabric Supplies 🙂 Anyhoo. Time to get some sewing done (I really need to finish the Birdie Sling!!) Man am I slow!

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Jack was here…

Jack was here…, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Someone spilled the powder. And hmmm, I wonder who it could have been! That little footprint gave it away quite nicely. Although a mess (and there is a LOT more powder than shown in this picture) it makes me smile. How lucky we are to have a little boy (TWO little boys!) in this house. I know its so easy to get upset over toys lying around, messes made and such, but really, I always try to remember that really, I am so lucky and blessed to have two little boys making messes and noise in my house 🙂 I wouldn’t want it any other way!

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Teaching the girls to sew, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

On April school vacation, my sister in law Miech and I planned on getting the kids together at which time the “girls” would sew 🙂  Madison & Emma were so excited to make something of their own.  It really is the best isn’t it?  They picked out some fabrics from their mom’s collection and after some discussion, decided that they wanted to make pillows for their beds.  We used Denyse Schmidt Quilts book to make the pillow case.  We followed the directions for the Hits The Spot Pillow.  Such a GREAT pillow case.  We lined ours so that it would be nice and easy peasy to take off and wash.   The girls were SO proud.  And they should be!  They picked out the fabrics all by themselves and helped sew up their very own pillow!  It was a fun day, and I hope there will be many more sewing days to come 🙂 

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Emma’s Pillow, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

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Emma’s Pillow (reverse), originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

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