Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Progress!

I got two Valentine's Day items finished yesterday, so I'm ahead of my self-imposed February 1 deadline.

Buttercup's pajama pants came out super cute, especially with the little tiny bow I added to encourage her to wear them frontwards! (Now, let's just hope I put the bow on the FRONT...I just saw her wearing them and I am beginning to wonder...hmmmm.) Notice that I almost ran out of the thread I was using. I finished in the nick of time. (I keep offering Valiant and Superman some heart pajamas, but so far, they're holding firm in the conviction that they just don't need them!)

Pajama pants are so easy to sew, I encourage anyone who's wanting to start sewing to start with them. They are very forgiving, as you really don't have fit issues and they are instantly gratifying...people are wearing things you made! They've been a terrific way to get better at sewing.

The other thing I finished was the "easy Valentine's wreath" from Little Birdie Secrets. They have a little tutorial if you click on the link, but it was basically like making those tissue paper flowers we used to make in elementary school, except you use fabric and a styrofoam wreath form. It was super easy and it turned out really well. Superman was pleasantly surprised, I think, but I'll let you judge for yourself.

I think it looks really festive on our front door and it was exactly the kind of thing I was looking for, so I'm really pleased.

Now I'm ready to start embellishing some towels and making a ton of Valentine's Cards...and getting much closer to that February 1 deadline...

9 comments:

Clark said...

The wreath looks awesome. You really did a nice job on it.

loveaphid said...

I heart your heart!!!!!!

Melissa Henning said...

i love reading your blogs! you feed into my creative side, and make me want to start projects! (which my hubby hates lol)

I have always wanted to learn to sew--i can knit, crochet, paint, draw, sculpt, build, play instruments among other things, but I can't sew (outside of a button or fixing a hem). I want to get a sewing machine someday, and if you say pj pants I should start with, then that's what I shall do! Once I learn to sew, I want to quilt--they go hand in hand right? lol thank you for inspiring me :)

Erin said...

Melissa, I want to learn to knit! Now that I live someplace where I actually use scarves and throws and sweaters, I can totally see the point. Apparently sewing is back "in" and sewing machines are even at Target. I don't have a super duper machine...I just have a basic machine. Maybe someday I'll "need" better/more, but for now, I'm happy. My sister quilts, but I don't have the patience for it at this point in my life.

generationsgoneby said...

I may make that wreath. That is so pretty and I don't have a valentine wreath.
Asked #3 when we were going to decorate for valentines and she informed me it was not yet February. So I guess we wait. LOL

momstheword said...

Love the jammies and love the wreath. My husband used to put our son's overalls on backward when he was little.

He would either forget to criss-cross them so that the suspenders would keep falling down or he would remember to cross them but they would cross in the front and be backwards!

loveaphid said...

Good night my darling sister. In this case Progress may have been perfection. Now off to make some progress on the sleeping thing.

Shopaholic in rehab said...

I received a sewing machine a few years ago but have NO clue how to use it. I'm getting motivated by reading about all the cute things you make. I can't wait for pj pants in themes! I use to sew them by hand but I no longer have the patience for that. Cute wreath; brings color outside with the current dark and gloomy weather conditions!

Erin said...

Shopaholic - pj pants are sew easy (like the pun?)...I still can't make anything that has to fit well...the wreath did help combat the gray weather blues...

Generations - I found the wreath form at Joann's - Michael's didn't have it. It was really easy and I just worked on it here and there when the family was watching something together - I have television ADD, I can't just watch tv, I get too bored.