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Bunnies & Cream

Hey there. So, can you believe this fabric line by Lauren Nash? She had me at bunnies. When my package from Penny Rose Fabrics arrived, I could barely contain my excitement! Have you been following the tour? Then I’m sure you’ve already seen Lauren’s enchanting debut collection, but i can’t help myself. Let me show you her photo again..

Soo pretty and really soft. Really love how Lauren made her own fancy paper label. Crafty ;). It was so hard to choose from all these darlings, but in the end I had my favorites. Here are the ones I chose..

Florals, gingham, sweet bows, strawberries of course.. that cross-stitch print? Had to have it! Did you spot the gorgeous bunny selvage?

Mhm. Rainbow bunnies on this one. I’ll be saving that for something special.  It was so hard keeping this on the dl, but I did it. Now it’s my turn, and I’m so happy to show you what I’ve made! I really hope you like it. Are you ready to see my projects?  Here we go..

Eeee!.. So? What do you think?? I always get so nervous sharing my work. Anyway, sewing house shaped -well, anything -is something I’ve always wanted to try. They’ve always tugged at my heart strings, but I’ve never gotten around to making one. When I saw the Mamma Bunny in the kitchen, with her little apron on? Ping! The idea was instantaneous. I sketched, I poured over inspirational photos, I sketched some more. Once I had a plan, it all came together. My favorite part is adding all the details..

Like this fabric stamp. You know how I feel about strawberries. Love how perfect this line is for fussy cutting. This particular project was inspired by one of my favorite blogs. You can see it here. I think it’ll make a great place to put letters, recipes, note pads, lists, pens.. I love this little bun house.

I embroidered a little pink bunny above the smaller pocket. You can find the pattern here. Isn’t it cute?  Then I thought, why stop at one project. So i also created this..

This time I went with a storybook theme, and made a wall hanging with a neighborhood of houses. Each with its own picture window. Just so we could see what those elusive bunnies are up to.

I added the embroidered tag on the side and pretty white lace trim on the bottom. Some hand quilting using Perle no.8 floss on natural linen, and embroidered grass & tiny flowers with Como embroidery threads. Perfect gingerbread houses.

I’ve always loved gingerbread houses. Do you know the ones I’m talking about? The cute victorian type homes with lots of trim, steep roofs, window boxes, flower gardens and green grass, and little picket fences.

Yeah I’m a fairy-tale girl. Pink, magic, sweet forest animals, twirly dresses, tiaras. I grew up watching almost every Disney film and checking out books from the school library, dreaming of one day owning a sweet little home in the forest with my prince charming. Having a family of my very own.. I’d be baking cookies, watching them play in the garden.. all in my little charming gingerbread house. OH, back to what we were talking about! What’s better than a Mamma Bun in her sweet little kitchen burrow, baking cookies for her wee bunnies? Adorable. Are you gonna grab this fabric line? Because you really should if you haven’t.

Ahh, SO pretty. Perfect for these warm seasons coming up. I can see a few more projects in my future using these up.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone. Huge hugs and thank yous’ to Lauren Nash of Transient Art, and the girls over at Riley Blake Designs for the opportunity to play with this endearing fabric line. Thanks so much girls! I really hope I’ve inspired you all today. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram and keep up with all my shenanigans, and come back again because I promise I have a lot more to share with you! As for the tour, Lauren will be finishing up tomorrow, so go over here to check it out. And just in-case you missed anything, here’s the lineup of the tour:

March 6 Faith Essenburg  www.SaranaAve.wordpress.com

March 7 Bridgette McNay  www.TheFamilyHearth.com

March 8 Elea Lutz  www.EleaLutzDesign.com

March 9 Taunja Kelvington  www.CarriedAwayQuilting.com

March 10 Veronica AM  www.VividFelicity.wordpress.com <- you are here

March 11 Lauren Nash  www.TransientArt.com

 

Happy Sewing!

xo, Veronica

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Hexies Everywhere 

Hexies hexies hexies. I’ve caught the paper piecing bug. I tried them out a few years back, but I just couldn’t get it right. I kept pouring over photos time and time again. All those beautiful projects.. sigh.. After some time learning how to handsew (and I’m talking about a couple of years here you guys, I’m weird that way), I realized my technique had been all wrong. As time passed, I still found myself falling for all the hexie photos. Well, I decided to give english paper piecing another try. And guess what?Tada! Hexies! Beautiful, perfect hexies.. They’re multiplying by the second! I couldn’t wait to sew a few of them together. They eventually became a cute flower, begging to be appliquéd onto linen (of course! What else would I pick?)My appliqué went pretty smooth, and I eventually made the prettiest pin cushion! It’s posted on my Instagram account of course. Apparently it wasn’t enough, because I now have this gorgeous stack of hexies..I’m excited to see what becomes of these. I just might tackle a bigger project here. …if I can stop making them first. Ha!

Happy sewing!

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Well Traveled Sewing Book

 The rumors are true. I have blog. Yeah, I know. Slacker. (We’ve been watching Back to the Future. Well, Samy has. A lot. I hear it playing in the background). Anyway. I have something I’d like to share that I really enjoyed  doing this past week!

I made a Well Traveled Sewing Book. Woohoo. And you know what else ? I really love it! So let me just give you a tour. Yes?

Here’s the front and back covers..

  
  
I really wanted a “sewing” themed fabric for the outside and handles. The “hand sewn” hexie detail seemed perfect. I’m not sure of the handles though, I may change them out. How about some details?

  
I stitched, ripped out, and re-stitched my logo lable & patchwork 3x, and twice for the fabric button placement, until I was happy. I’m so glad I did. 

Here’s a look at the insides. This is the inside of the front cover, & the first “page”..

   
..the inside of the first page. I used my cherished fabric scraps, some of which Amy was kind enough to share with me. Yay! 

Again my seam ripper and I were joined at the hips (if seam rippers had hips.. funny). I just couldn’t decide on colors, but the results were satisfying. I wish I knew the name of this berry fabric. I’d buy yardage!

 
..Next is the back of the first page and the front of the second page.. 

 
The pockets are from a recycled baby girls dress I fell in love with. (I’m grateful I have son. We’d be trouble if you get my drift!). They’ll be holding a couple of “heavier” sewing items.

  
..the inside of my second page. The use of clear vinyl was inspired from my Pouch With A View (details on IG). It makes a great pocket for my embroidery threads & Hexies I think, or anything I’d like to view immediately. And of course the pleated pocket. Gotta love that!

And finally the back of the second page, and inside of the back cover. 

  

Again, I used some of my most cherished fabrics. Sparingly, I simply don’t have much of them left & some of them are hard to find now.

Over all, I love the pattern! It was well worth becoming BFFs with my seam ripper. My fingers were crying out in anguish, but my heart was gratefully fluttering after. 

I still want to personalize it even more. Buttons, hand sewn tags, embroidery, all that jazz. But I figure those will come when I’m sitting around (not likely, probably on road trips), looking for something to sew. If your looking for something adorable to hold your sewing items (aside from a sew-together-bag), I’d say this is the perfect one. 

Tag me on IG if you make one. I always love being inspired by you all. Hope you enjoyed looking through my book. Happy Sewing dear friends :•).

<3, V

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Paperie 

Did you see the IG hashtag going around for #getyourquiltywishesgranted? How fantastic is our sewing community?? I can not phathom the amount of generosity floating around right now. It warms the soul, renews the mind, and just plain good all around! I still need to participate. I mean I tried granting some wishes, but I jumped in too soon without verifying I had the fabrics. Embarrassing. I’ll be trying again! 

On the flip side, I posted once about some fabrics I’d been looking for for sometime. Would you believe how lucky I felt to have Amy Sinibaldi answer my request? Yup! Amy of nanaCompany! ..I’m just going to contain my excitement until I get through this post. Then I’ll proceed to a full on Happy Dance!

So wana see the package she sent me?

  

Wow. Gorgeous. It’s so much more than I expected! I mean, the generosity. 

  

Yup. That’s her new fabric line Paperie! A nice plush fat quarter bundle of silky cotton goodness, just for me. Oh the love that’s pouring from these threads. sigh beautiful!  Well, of course I dropped everything and proceeded to cut them up. Um yeah, the love was that strong. I’ll need to order yardage on Friday. Believe dat. Back to what I was saying. I cut it up and immediately made this adorably cute book bag..

  

Gosh I’m in love! Take a closer look..

  

It was all about the frayed look with this bag.

  

Cute binding

   

The perfect lining. -which I found at Joanns just a week earlier

    
 
And it had to have an equally sweet pocket for my iPhone of course..

  

Pretend you don’t see that stray fiber. 

It’s love. It needed to be something I could carry with me. Immediately. If you haven’t ordered any? I’d suggest getting on it. It’s a limited edition fabric line, and the rest of the prints are to die for. Thank you again Amy!

Now if you’ll excuse me. I’m off to do my happy dance!! 

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Strawberry Dreams

For months now, I’ve been trying to make the connection between strawberries and my late grandmother. Aside from remembering her love of strawberry ice cream, and other random “strawberry” memories, the rest is a mystery. Still, they hold a special place for me. Of course they’re also delish and so darn pretty! I pick them up at the grocery store, I tried growing them (without success), have a few items with strawberry themes, and now they’ve crossed over into my fabric collection. 

I finished a project I’ve had on my to-do list for some time. My very own, and very first pillow cover. 

 

Not too shabby for my first try, right?  Yesterday was my grandmas’ birthday, and I felt the need to make something special to match my thoughts. One of my vintage sheets with strawberries was my choice. A cross between nanaCompany and Dottie Angel was my inspiration, a general love for pillows and the desire to fill our home with pretty and useful things, pushed me to finally get this first one done. How about some close ups?

 I really loved adding this pretty strip of cheater print patchwork and girly lace.

  

 

It’s even hiding on the binding in two places. See if you can spot the other piece.

   

  

I also added a makeshift tag from some ribbon I received for a birthday swap last year (I think it was last year?), and made a tiny strawberry patch lable. 

  
It feels to good to do some selfish sewing once in awhile. Now to decide on fabrics for my Husband! (..eeesh!)

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For the love of Nana

It’s Christmas season! 

Time for snowy weather, evergreen decorations, popcorn strings, and sparkly things. It makes me feel giddy, romantic, and inspired. Every year when Christmas rolls around, I realize how behind I am with all the projects I’d like to accomplish before christmas arrives. Each time I find my list about as twice as long as the year before. Well, I’m happy to say -it happen again. Ok, not happy about it. More like, why do I keep allowing this to happen?

This year I’ve managed to make two whole Christmas pillows. Two. It’s sad. I’m slow, and I’m trying to come to terms with my poky turtle speed when it comes to sewing. That’s not the only reason though. I find my head buried in one particular blog almost daily, instead of sewing. Amy Sinibaldi of nanaCompany. It’s not even a recent occurance, more like since I found her blog in 2012. Yeah. Don’t judge. I can’t say enough about her blog. You’ve seen her work, right? There’s a daily routine I have going on. I go to my sewing space, stare madly at all my lovely fabric, pull the ones I love, and then do it again another three times. When I’m still not happy, I pull up Amy’s blog for inspiration. Before I know it, I’ve been reading for far to long but I’m inspired! Finally, I’m sewing madly, and I’m completely happy. Serious mad love for all things Nana. 

Recently, I had planned on making another pillowcover, like the one I made last year..

All hand pieced, hand quilted, hand embroidered.. I love that pillow. Same thing. Couldn’t decide of fabrics. Well about the same time, Amy posted a tutorial for it (here), and there was nothing stopping me.

Tada! Fancy. It only took me three whole days. That’s right, three. Why? Samy, home chores, errands, holiday prepping …the list goes on and on. Back to my pillow..

All in all, I love the way it turned out.

I really want to make one more. A total of three. One for Samy, one for Huni, and one for myself.

I’m not sure who this one belongs to yet, but I’m sure it’ll end up somewhere I least expect. Maybe the next one will be mine. Until then, you can find me over on my iPad, reading Amy’s blog posts. Again. Crazy stalker? Maybe. I’d like to think I’m just a huge admirer of her work. 🙂