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{image via Posie Gets Cozy}

Posie Gets Cozy just added this charming Winterwoods ABCs Cross Stitch Sampler to her online shop – and even though I’ve never done cross stitch – I immediately bought it. The little red mittens, the snowflake, the wellies and the coffee cup…the whole cabin in the woods theme will be perfect addition to the library/knitting room in the new house. Plus, it will be fun to try something new!

{image via Posie Gets Cozy}

Posie Gets Cozy is one of my favorite blogs in the whole entire world…written by Alicia Paulson, it is one the few blogs* that I check on a daily basis. Her writing style, her photography, her incredible talent with fiber and fabric, her studio, her insanely cozy home…it is all so inspirational!

{image via Posie Gets Cozy}

And for newbies such as myself, Alicia is kind enough to offer her favorite embroidery supplies for sale in her shop as well. Pick up a Winterwoods sampler of your very own here.  This weekend, be sure to pour yourself a hot cup of coffee and read Alicia’s blog here. Have a great weekend!

{*other daily reads: dona knits, garance doré, this is glamorous}

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more sewing…

Jaime has been sneaking a little bit of sewing into her nights, which I’m glad about.  Anyone that works as hard as she does needs a creative outlet every now and then.  While she was out in Oregon, Mom Jodie taught her how to make a reusable coffee sleeve.  Together, they made hers (on the left),  and when she got home, she kindly made one for me (on the right).

She chose a chic gray floral print for the outside of hers, and paired it with a contrasting yellow for the inside.    For mine, she chose a grayish-black floral for the outside and a solid red for the inside.  She used a pretty wave stitch in a contrasting thread to sew each together – you can see it best on the lighter fabric:

She added snaps for closures, which involves lots of hammering.   And who doesn’t like a little bit of hammering after working a standard eleven-hour work day?

If hammering snaps is not your thing, you could also use Velcro, and then just sew a little button the the outside for decoration.  I used my sleeve for the first time on Thursday, when I went to the bookstore for a little coffee and magazine reading.  It felt good to leave the cardboard sleeves sitting in their little holder…

This is another great project for the little scraps of fabric in your stash.  Don’t you think these would make great last-minute stocking-stuffers or holiday gifts for teachers?  And they can be put together in under and hour.   I’ll see if Jaime can work up a template for you…

Hope your week is off to a good start! ~J

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This weekend, my sister did a little crafting in the studio and whipped up a small batch of bookmarks for everyone.  She had a ton of little scraps tucked away in her stash, so she let the kids dig through them and chose which fabrics they wanted to use.

They ended up choosing two different fabrics for each bookmark – except for Dora.  Berry is serious about her Dora:

They came out so sweet!  Especially the frayed edges – it makes them look like they’ve seen the insides of lots of books.

If you’d like to make your own, you’ll need:

  • two 2.5″ x 6″ rectangles of fabric
  • one 2.5″ x 6″ rectangle of interfacing
  • a small length of ribbon

Sandwich the interfacing and the ribbon between the two rectangles of fabric (right sides facing out); pin.  Then, using your sewing machine, zigzag stitch around the edges (Jaime went twice around each bookmark).  Press with an iron, and voilà!  This is good if you are looking for something to do with leftover scraps from a loved project.

As you can see, mine is already being put to good use. ~J

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Jaime and I are always looking for fast and cute baby projects around here – and this hooded baby towel featured over at The Purl Bee sure does fit the bill nicely!  The vintage looking Blue Posies fabric they used is totally sweet for a girl, and they paired it with Michael Miller’s soft Organic Terrycloth.  For a boy, I might back the terrycloth with this charming Three Little Pigs fabric:

A whole stack of these would be perfect for my adorable nephew, Jack, who is totally in love with his new pool.  Here is a picture of his very first swim, taken just last week:

He needs something soft and cozy to dry off that little Buddha-belly of his! ~J

{Towel project page here, fabric can be bought here and terrycloth here.}

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The talent over at Etsy continues to amaze me.  I recently stumbled across a little shop called Atelier de Soyun, which has the prettiest little needle and hook holders.  They are all handmade with natural linen and organic cotton.  This is the inside of the circular needle case shown above:

Right now, I am using my Grandmother’s old makeup bag to hold all of my circular, straight, double pointed knitting needles and gadgets, and it is officially too full to close!  These might help keep me a bit more organized.  They come in all sorts of pretty colors:

She has holders for your circulars, your dpns, straight, crochet hooks, and even an all-in-one holder!  I also love these Springtime coffee cup cozies:

I highly recommend a visit to her shop!  Prices run from $10-$69.  Happy shopping and have a wonderful weekend! ~J

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…that February is National Embroidery Month?  I didn’t, until I read Anne’s post over at The City Sage.  A while back, I bought a hoop and some colorful embroidery thread so that I could try my hand at it.  Actually, the only thing that I embroidered was this heart on the inside of my hubby’s favorite jeans.  (A sweet Valentine’s Day gesture, no?)

If you are looking for fresh, young embroidery patterns, you have to check out Sublime Stitching – their stuff is really modern and fun!

I know that Jaime is planning on making her hubby some boxers for Valentine’s Day…he loves bacon and steak, so these might be cute embroidered on the bottom of a pair or two:

{meaty treats - $5}

I’ve got my eyes on this sexy-librarian set, which, when embroidered onto strips of fabric, would make darling bookmarks for my library books:

{sexy librarians + secretaries, $5}

This set, stitched onto some dishtowels, would make a great birthday gift for my camping-loving  best friend, Bethie:

{camp out! - $5}

And this would be perfect stitched onto a canvas tote-bag, for knitting projects on-the-go:

How about you, readers?  Do you plan on doing any embroidery this month?  We’d love to hear what you’re up to!

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Seriously, Jenny and I have a problem.  A simple Friday evening conversation over dinner about needing to go shopping for a dress to wear to a sunrise beach wedding on Monday (that Jenny needed to attend) turns into project runway in the sorella household.  Instead of shopping for a dress, we shopped for fabric on Friday at 7:30pm.  And instead of using the dress pattern we purchased, we decided it would be easier (ha!) to just drape, pin and cut the fabric into the dress we envisioned.  

After pouring a couple glasses of wine, we took out some breezy white stretch cotton gauze we had purchased a few weeks ago (for nightgowns, of course) and started draping.  After about an hour, here’s what we had in mind:

long looked too much like the bride's dress ...

long looked too much like the bride's dress ...

And thirty minutes later we had …

short is chic!

short is chic!

cut 3
Using this as our “pattern”, we layed each piece out on the gorgeous mallard blue cotton we had purchased and cut!  About two hours later we had …
pieced together at about 1am ... was taken the following morning after some coffee!

pieced together at about 1am ... pic was taken the following morning after some coffee!

The back was tricky, considering we decided to do a portrait neck line and neither of us had ever done one before!
after a bit of fiddling, we got it right!

after a bit of fiddling, we got it right!

At about 2pm (we started sewing again on Saturday around 9am), we had finished.  However, after some sit tests, Jenny decided that the white lining was not going to work after all.  So we then took about 90 minutes and ripped it out.  SO FUN … 🙂  We love our reverse sewers!  (aka seam ripper)  Here’s the final product, and Jenny loves it!  (and she looks gorgeous in it as well)  Next time we’ll include some darts, and probably some seaming at the waist line.  But for our first non-pattern grown up dress, I think it’s pretty good!
finished 1
finished 3
finished 6
the back of the dress

the back of the dress

easy sash!

easy sash!

ready for departure

ready for departure

I can’t wait to see the pics from the sunrise wedding tomorrow!
~ Jaime

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