Saturday, July 4, 2015

Madre Beads and a Beautiful Mama-to-be

I told you and showed you all the glorious gifts I gave this Mama, but I also gave her some Madre Beads, and of course, we took pictures! She also has a deep love for all things America. Of all my friends, she is by far the most patriotic. So posting about her today seemed a good idea.

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Madre Beads has changed their website, and now have an official domain. So when you search: Madre Beads, you get !

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Isn't she beautiful? You may recognize her, as she has been my product model before. I am so excited for her to start this new adventure of motherhood!

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Happy Day America, and soon to baby Felix as well!!!

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even pooches love MadreBeads! 

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Friday, July 3, 2015

catching up


I did it, I got moved... into the storage unit and my mothers house.

yes, I did this by myself and feel pretty darn proud of it.

today, I went and reorganized this mess to find some things that got buried accidentally. everything hurts now... But, I feel very successful.

pictures in the dark... I had some friends helping me get this unloaded as fast as possible, hence the reorganizing when I had time...

The house empty and it is up in the MLS today, I think.

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doesn't that look nice?! Don't you want to move out to the country and buy it?? 

Since we've been here we've gone to OMSI, had lunch looking for Sew Chibi ( at Hair of the Dog Brewery), and been at the river (which is 2 blocks from mom's house) everyday. The boys are in love with the "beach" being so close.

I got the internet situation figured out, so hopefully we can get postings up regularly and you can get some snippets of my current crazy situations!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

many weeks of 52

I fell behind on this project.
I have been taking pictures of the kids, I just got behind on the posting of them.
Without counting, here's a few for your Sunday:

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

DIY: personalize your kitchen

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While my kitchen will be packed up, I still get requests for customized household items. I have been slammed with my own world, but taking a few hours out to create these fabric paneled flour sack kitchen towels was rewarding and simple.

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These will not be like anyone else's towels, and you can customize them to your own preferences. Do you like chickens all over your kitchen? Shades of red? Go ahead and choose your own adventure here!
You need plain flour sack towels, and some scraps big enough to cover the bottom of the towel with an edge folded under to be stitched down.

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press, pin, proceed----enjoy :)

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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Muin Tote- a preview

Muin has many different meanings, spellings and translations. In ancient Arabic, it refers to teaching, to teach.  Variations on muin in Gaelic are all about learning different things and teaching them too. As I originally made this bag for one of my favorite 2nd grade teachers, I felt this was an appropriate name. After finishing the first bag, I thought this pattern would make a great diaper bag!

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When you have a friend as generally open to all you create as mine, it can be very hard to decide what fabrics to use FOR them. Sometimes it's obvious, like a particular character love, or a joke... Other times, I just ask generally and see which print jumps out at them first.
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For my friend that is expecting, when I texted a picture of my laminates and which one she liked best, I got back," are those mopeds??" so guess what we went with. Scoot Scoot!

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She's expecting a baby boy, but she's a red white and blue girl, so I split the difference. I used red polka dot laminate for the straps on the sides and the mid panel. The interior lining is an Amy Butler laminate that is heavy on the blue and doesn't make you want to vomit when up against the red polka dots.

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The Muin tote has a great deal of pockets: One exterior pocket, one interior zip pocket, 3 side panel pockets on interior, 2 elasticized mid panel pockets (sized for water bottles, or baby cups, but whatever strikes your fancy is doable)

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I considered a full zip. Here's the reality, While we all love a full zip in theory, no one uses it. When you are learning to wrangle a baby and wet diapers and digging for a pacifier and your keys... No Zip. I did however add a magnet snap to keep it from gaping open.
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You can find Echino Laminates in the Casa Crafty Etsy shop. However, I will be closing shop at the beginning of July, I am moving this weekend, and I can't figure out how to cut fabric where I will be selling. I've got a coupon active for 50% off your total purchase: MOVINGDAY , this coupon is only good until June 30th, so move fast :)

After I get settled, this pattern will be getting published, along with the others I've been mentioning. I won't have a bunch of sewing room, I won't have a bunch of household things to distract me as much. It will be time to focus on getting this next stage of my creative development started!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

meet my sponsers: Girl Charlee + giveaway

When you look at your fabric stash, do you have a lot of knits? When do you buy knits?  Do you just run to JoAnn Fabrics when you have a project in mind, or do you go looking for fabric specifically to have it when inspiration strikes? I live (for the next couple of days) in the High Desert. For all these years it has been cheaper and more environmentally friendly to shop online. Where do I get most of my knits? Girl Charlee of course!!!

Over the past couple of years, I have made a lot from Girl Charlee knits. What have I made? well...

clockwise from top left: figgy's celestial tee, cine tank tutorial, summer concert shirt, capitol hill dress, prairie underground inspired leggings and skirt mash up

clockwise from top left: soot sprite tees, marlborough bra, bimaa hoodie,tova scout mash up,  julia cardi and hudson pants

WHEW! I didn't even realize how much Girl Charlee knits have helped me create! One of the reasons I go back to Girl Charlee, over and over is the animal prints and the awesome french terry and fast shipping. I love these things immensely. Usually I don't have a project in mind when I place an order.  That's the nature of fabric addiction. Girl Charlee offers this cool thing called a Knit Fix. You get 6 different knits, exclusive to Girl Charlee! It's a great way to get on trend prints for your stash/ future projects.

But what about Europe? Right now, most of us on the different continents have to pay the high over seas shipping rates to get some of our favorite knits. I just discovered however that Girl Charlee is expanding to Europe in July!!! Hurray!

Girl Charlee doesn't just sell fabulous fabric, they add new patterns weekly to their available sewing patterns. Some of the newest and hottest sewing patterns are available to go with your knits!

Tutorials, coupons, specials and unique news is all available on the Girl Charlee blog, their Instagram feed (@girlcharlee) and facebook.

clockwise from top left: feathers, vegan pleather, red stripes, stag scuba ( I really want this one!!), mustangs, stars
 These are my current favorites from Girl Charlee, do you like them?
Are you looking for swim fabrics or workout gear? 
What about Ponte? Or Thermal? Or sweater knits? You can find them all at Girl Charlee!

But wait there's more! 
 Would like to get some free fabric? Well, Girl Charlee is giving away a $25 gift certificate today for Casa Crafty readers! Please comment with your favorite fabric, and what you might make with it! The giveaway will be open for 1 week, and the winner will be chosen randomly. This giveaway is open internationally. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Bandia- made for a goddess

Bandia is Irish (Gaelic) for Goddess. I choose that name because that open back makes for a beautiful goddess feeling. This pattern while original by me, was inspired by my grandmothers favorite maternity apron shirt. I wear it in the summer as a regular little ditty, shows off my tattoos! It was time for an edit and an update, and to be on a woman that is truly opening her inner goddess.

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Why Alexander Henry Beefcake patriotism? Well, a little backstory on the lovely Shelicca. She loves America. Technically- 'merica.  Her baby shower was red, white and blue, she's got an all american lineman on her side and she is open to all my crazy ideas of creation.

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When I saw this fabric over a year ago, I knew it was going to be for her.  I just didn't know what to make! Inspiration hit, and I was off.

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My grandmothers version had pinkng sheer seam edging and hand sewn down facings. I'm not a fan of facings. I used bias binding on the arms and neckline instead. This is still a work in progress, as far as technique. This particular creation was the first I had made like it... The first usually has some issues.

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I was really worried that it wasn't going to fit her. She is much smaller than me when she is not pregnant, so I went with the guess and hope for the best method. It fit PERFECTLY. how friggin' spectacular is that????

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I also decided to fully line the back panels. I used double gauze to keep it light yet warm, and it was the only coordinating solid I had left in my stash...

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After we get moved (this weekend) I am going to get this and a few other patterns ready. I'm so focused on this move that all else is in a holding pattern. I'm sure you understand. and I appreciate it. Thank you.

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