Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Bag for Every Lady - No-Napkin Monday Sewing

Filling my Monday with Bags

Bags are such a quick and satisfying sewing project, and I made 4 different styles on Monday.

1) Tiny bags to be filled with lavender and turned into sachets.

2) A book bag for a special book reader

4) A stylish bag with a perfectly placed bird

4) Two tote bags for a dog and cat lover.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Garden Wall Quilt

A New Quilt at Picking Daisies

Created by Karen Petersen, our official "Picking Daisies Quilter", we have a lovely new quilt hanging "for sale" at our store.

The quilt is predominantly made up of fabrics from Laura Gunn's new collection "Garden Wall".

And the back of the quilt is a bird-lovers paradise!

We hope that we get to enjoy Karen's lovely work of art hanging on our wall for a good long-time, but should you be interested in acquiring this gem for yourself, or commissioning Karen to create a quilt from fabrics of your own choosing, just contact us.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Much Accomplished on My No Napkin Monday

Three Projects Checked off the Sewing List

1.  After much thinking and a few failed attempts, I finally created a new pattern for a re-styled tote bag for Picking Daisies.  And just like our old totes, it cleverly and efficiently utilizes our pre-cut dinner, cocktail and coaster napkin squares.

2.  I made a fabric headband for my lovely daughter using scrap fabric and scrap elastic.  I even had to piece some of the elastic together..... but no one will be the wiser!  Best of all, she is actually wearing it.

3.  I put the finishing touches on my jersey blouse, which involved making some perfect little button holes, thanks to my button-hold foot.

Then finished up by sewing on the buttons while watching Sunday night's episode of Downton Abbey.  The blouse is finally ready to wear, but apparently tomorrow we will have lots of wind and rain.  So for now, it will hang in my closet, awaiting it's debut.

An altogether satisfying day!

A Valentine Table Setting

Skip the Restaurants

On one of the most crowded restaurant nights of the year, nothing beats an enchanting meal at home for your favorite Valentine or two.

Fold the napkins into envelopes and tuck little love notes under the flaps.

Early spring flowers are beginning to bloom, and even more enjoyable if you can pick them from your own yard.

Novelty candies always bring a smile, as well as a sweet treat for the impatient diner.

Add your own special touches.  We used our fabric scraps to sew heart shapes, then strung them together with a length of bias tape.

Hang your valentine creation over your table or in a window.

Fill up those champagne glasses with your favorite bubbly and give a toast to love and eating in.

Napkins Used: Amelie in Red/Pink, Surrey in Pink
Placemats Used: Woven in Steel-Gray