Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday Owl Finds: Owl Soaps!

I love these owls soaps! The first one is a vegetable glycerin, hand-carved soap, and you can choose your scent. The top right owl is a goat milk soap that has been covered in felted wool. The bottom left would make a great party favor, and you can choose the scent. And, the bottom right is a sandalwood soap with three adorable owls.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Etsy Feature: Adorable Fashion for Girls of Every Age!

Have you visited turquoiseangels' etsy shop?

The items in this adorable shop are created by a mother-daughter team in Purcellville, Virginia. They offer items for youngsters and for mothers as well! From tutus and wings to artistic clothing, something is sure to spike your interest. The tutus are great for photo shoots or a little girl's special day!

Check out these sweet items!

Keep up with turquoiseangels:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tutorial: Applique Fun!

I love to sew, and one of my favorite things to do with a sewing machine is to applique. I haven't been taught professionally or anything. I just came up with my own method, and I think it's pretty simple. It just takes a few steps to create artwork out of fabric!

Different fabrics
Iron-on adhesive
Sewing machine with zigzag option

Step 1
Decide on the design you want to create with fabric. Once you pick a design, cut out each piece of the drawing. Each piece will be a separate piece of fabric. (To avoid spaces appearing between the pieces in the finished product, plan for some pieces to overlap.)
Step 2
Iron on the adhesive to the backs of the fabrics that will make up the appliqued design. (I use Heat N' Bond Lite.) Then, trace around your cut-out pieces on the adhesive paper. Be sure to trace the pieces upside-down, since your fabric is currently upside-down.

Step 3
Once you have traced around each piece, cut them out. Then, pull away the paper backing from each one.

Step 4
Now arrange the pieces to create your design. Once you are pleased with the arrangement, iron them down. Adjust the iron depending on the type of fabric you use. With about 10 seconds of heat, your pieces will be attached to the background. Pieces cannot be rearranged, so be careful!

Step 5
Sew around each piece using a zigzag stitch to secure the pieces in place. Knot the thread on the back, and you're done!

Here's my finished owl pillow!

Tip: If you don't trust your drawing abilities, you can always find a picture to use as a guide. Drawings from coloring books make great applique patterns too!

Applique is a great way to personalize all kinds of items. Here are a few items from my etsy shop that utilize this technique!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Positively Precious Pouches and Purses!

Today I am featuring Swing Station Studio, a lovely etsy shop of hand-sewn goodies.

The shop owner, Heather, is a collage art graduate who makes some adorable creations! She says making things is her passion, and that passion shines through in her items. Her pouches and purses are useful, stylish, and wonderful to give as gifts.

Check out this owl box purse...

...or how about this zippered pouch...

The owls items caught my eye, but Heather has a variety of other fun prints as well. I love this springtime clutch...

All her stuff is so cute!

Keep up with Swing Station Studio...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

If you like truly unique jewelry...

... then you will love the pieces created by LotusMira!

Check out these lovelies.

Broken China Beaded Earrings

Vintage Malaysian Stamp Pendant

Alice in Wonderland Bracelet

The images and vintage items used in the pieces really make a statement. The jewelry is one of kind... charming, eclectic, and stunning. Wouldn't these make great gifts?

Keep up to date by following her blog. When the blog reaches 75 followers, a giveaway is going to happen! So, follow for your chance to win.)

Also, be sure to check out LotusMira's twitter and facebook pages.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Time to Celebrate!

I missed last week's Monday Owl Finds because of the flooding in Tennessee. However, now I am moved into a new apartment, and I have reopened my etsy shops. I think this calls for a celebration!

So... this Monday's Owl Finds are all about celebrating...

Party Package: $135

Cupcake Toppers: $9

Party Dress: $200

Party Shirt: $18

Greeting Card: $3.99

Owl Softies: $76

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Shops Supporting Nashville Flood Victims

I found these wonderful etsy shops that are donating proceeds to help flood victims in Tennessee. Check out these great items...

Journals by preciouspages

Earrings by luelue1971

Pendant by DIMATSU100

Print by meglangford

We are still recovering in Nashville. Please keep all the flood victims in your prayers!

Friday, May 7, 2010

When it rains, it pours...

I live in Tennessee, and this is what my neighborhood looks like...

Flooding the past weekend was horrible. I had 4 feet of water in my home, and water creates more destruction than I could have ever imagined.

My lower level needed complete gutting. Fortunately, my second floor was not affected. I have closed my etsy shops temporarily, but they will be back up and running soon.

Please keep Tennessee in your thoughts and prayers.