Saturday, January 28, 2012

313 Photography Project - Week 3

I'm a little late, obviously, and I'll be doing some catching up for two weeks!

Monday: Blocks

Part of one of my little brother's block creations.

Editing: None

Tuesday: Avocados

We recently purchased a large box of avocados from farmer's market, and besides the pleasure of eating them, they afforded additional photography pleasure!
Editing: darkened exposure

Wednesday: Little Brothers

I love my little brothers - and these are just two of them!
Editing: None

Thursday: Patterns

This is one of a new batch of patterns I've been adding to the Shoppe - it's adorable, isn't it? I was almost tempted to keep it!
Editing: adjusted exposure and rotated 

Friday: Apples

A common apple or two turned into a photography subject
Editing: None

Saturday: More Block Creations

My little brothers have been having lots of fun with blocks!
Editing: None

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Couple Fun Custom Orders and Pictures from a Customer

One of the funnest things about running a handmade online business over the holidays is the influx of requests for custom orders. People are thinking about new little babies due soon, and Christmas wish-lists of family and friends. I had the privilege to work with a couple wonderful ladies on two requests just like this. These were some of the funnest holiday projects I made this past year!

One sweet lady in our area contacted me through Etsy to ask if I could make a special Christmas request from her daughter - a 'pink ladybug with hearts'. I hadn't tried a project like this yet, but she and her daughter were thrilled and I had a wonderful time making it. 

I made the body from pink minkee dot fleece, the same as the hippos, and the head, feet, antennae, and appliqued hearts on the back are red and black fleece. And of course, the smile was the same contagious, embroidery floss grin as the hippos. :) 

The second custom order was from another sweet lady who is expecting her first precious little bundle next month and was looking for a special piece for his pictures. She had an idea of what she wanted and I enjoyed working with her to create it - a baby blue with hints of royal blue newborn cocoon and hat set with a furry black and white trim.

 I'll admit I've been surprised - the PDF crochet pattern for this adorable long tail stocking hat has been one of my best selling PDF crochet patterns in both shops.

Thus, I was thrilled when a customer sent me this picture of the hat she had made from my pattern for her new little grandson, born just before Christmas. What a fun idea for a Christmas baby!!!

These are some of the special moments that remind me why I enjoy running these shops!

Monday, January 16, 2012

313 Photography Project - Week 2

Tuesday: Newborn Photography - Jedidiah

On Tuesday afternoon last week, I had a photo session with an adorable 11-day-old little boy at our church. His pictures turned out so well that I thought I'd share one as Tuesday's photo. More photos from this shoot coming soon!
Editing: Lightened exposure and increased contrast a little.

Wednesday: Granola in the Works

 The beginnings of our breakfast granola!
Editing: Rotated slightly and darkened exposure

Thursday: Sunset on Brown Circle

The first shades of a winter sunset in North Carolina
Editing: Auto-edit and rotated slightly - sunsets are tricky!

Friday: Brunch at a Friend's

We enjoyed a wonderful brunch at a friend's house on Friday - Thank you Aunt Debby!!!
Editing: None

Saturday: A Most Exciting Day next Week

A most auspicious day next week - as my sister indicates on her calendar, I will be turning vintage!
Editing: Cropped and rotated

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

313 Photo Project - Week 1

So here are last week's photos, minus two days which I missed due to a busy week. The camera used in all of my pictures is the Canon EOS Rebel XS, unless otherwise specified.

Monday: Christmas Lights Gone Crazy

My interesting decorating idea using a spare string of Christmas lights. Sadly, it had to come down.
 Editing: None

Tuesday: One of my bookshelves

A Glimpse onto one of my bookshelves...
Editing: Rotated slightly and darkened exposure for the dramatic effect. :)

Wednesday: A Poinsettia Plant

A close-up look at our Poinsettia plant
Editing: Rotated slightly and darkened exposure, again for effect

Friday: Benaiah

When one of my little brothers came to me with a piece of paper and a pencil, asking me to make him a mustache, I realized that he wants to grow up too fast!
Editing: Adjusted exposure and contrast as it came out of my camera a little washed out

I missed Thursday and Saturday, so I'll try to do better this week!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Pictures will be a little late...

I was supposed to post all my pictures from the week today as part of the photography challenge, but we've had a very busy week and a change of computers, so...I'll post the pictures once I'm back on my feet - 'computer-wise'. Until then, have a blessed Lord's Day and beginning of your new week!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Turtleneck to Toddler Dress

Some time ago, I stumbled across a post via a sewing forum I'm on where someone else shared how she turned turtlenecks into toddler dresses. I added this to my inspiration folder and just recently came back to it in a desire to get some more familiarity working with knit fabrics. And besides, we recently stopped liking to wear turtlenecks and collected a number of ours still in good condition. What do you do with them besides bring them to Goodwill? Coming across the tutorial again was the answer!

Recently, I made one with the tutorial, adding my own decorations and embellishments. I thought I'd try my hand at sharing the tutorial for making the dress and the embellishments I added.

1. Choose the turtleneck you'd like to use. The larger the shirt, the larger you can make the dress. This red one I used was actually an L.L Bean Girl's large and the finished dress I think could have fit a 12-18 month baby. An XL or XXL turtleneck might fit up to a 3-year-old.

2. We're ready to start cutting! This is a forgiving pattern, so if your edges don't come out straight or even, don't worry; it won't show! Cut out the top of the shirt, including the neck, and the ends of the sleeves as shown. I had the baby dress shown in the first picture beside me for sizing reference while I was cutting. I left about 1 1/2" on each side of the neck, and cut the sleeves about 5" long.

3. Now, starting on one side, under the arms, cut off the remaining sleeve straight across, meeting up with the corner where you cut out the top of the shirt, and do the same on the other side. You now have the remainder of the bottom of the shirt which will be the skirt of the dress, already hemmed too!

This should be all you have left of the shirt at this point.

4. Sew sleeves to armholes, turning the bodice inside out and matching the underarm seams. Stretch and pin to fit before sewing. In the top of the skirt, run two rows of gathering stitches. Pin side seams to match side seams on bodice, and pull gathering stitches to fit. Pin and sew.

5. Congratulations! If you've gotten this far, your dress is finished, and we'll be adding the embellishments next. Be sure and cut any remaining threads so everything's neat and tidy. You don't need to finish the raw edges inside; knits do not unravel the way woven fabrics do.

6. I decided to add the trims in navy blue. Cut a 2 1/2"-3" strip from the bottom of the shirt, keeping the hem as the hem of the strip so that you don't have to make a hem.

7. Run a gathering stitch along the top of the strip you just cut. Measure about 4" from the hem of the dress and pin the hem of the ruffle on that mark. If you'd like it higher or lower, adjust it, and gather the ruffle to fit. Pin in place and sew it down, sewing right over the gathering stitches.

8: Cut three 1 1/2" wide strips from the remaining hem of the shirt, cutting them open at one end so they're strips. Run a gathering stitch down the middle of each and pull gathering stitches as much as you can. The strips will be very ruffly. Leave one a little longer than the other.

9. Sew the three ruffled strips to the front of the dress as shown. Cut three 1/2" wide strips from the remaining hem of shirt, cutting them open at the end. Make gathering stitches and gather tightly as you did with the previous strips. Sew these strips to the hems of the sleeves and around the edge of the neck. Make sure to pin them first and make sure you pin the neck strip on the inside so that when the neck is folded down, it will be on the outside.

Trim all your loose threads, and wash the dress as sewing on the sleeve ruffles will have stretched out the sleeves and you'll want to shrink them back down.

And, the finished dress! If you do try this tutorial and would like to share, I'd love to see your creations! I have a few more with different color combinations and embellishments in the works that I'll share when finished.