gifts

I'm in the midst of an anti-sewing, sitting around with my lap top, and watching too much tv funk. It's not that I don't want to sew or that I don't have a pile of half-finished things to work on but rather that I guess it's just time for a little break. Things have been kind of hectic and sometimes I get frustrated that I have to choose between sewing/blogging or sleep. It's a tricky thing to either work all day or chase kid(s) around for hours and still have energy at the end of the day to do things that you want or need to get done. I'm sure many of you can relate. My kiddo is at that age where pretty much everything has to wait til she's asleep at night and there just aren't enough hours to get it all done! Luckily, I'm in good with the boss {me!} and can scale things back for a bit. But just for a bit because I start to miss my sewing machine and get cranky.





I did manage to sew up a few things to send my fab friend Amy for her birthday {she received these today so I'm not spoiling the surprise}. I spotted the pincushion on Flickr here and here and just knew I had to make one. Isn't it cheerful? Obviously, I needed something to hold the goodies I sent so I decided to make another one of Pink Penguin's Drawstring Patchwork Bag. If you haven't made one of these yet, go dig through your scraps and get started! It's a fun, simple project. I'm fairly sure that it's obvious that I love patchwork but when I combine that with my new-ish love of vintage linens, I am in my happy place!





On a side note, I plan to beef up my "about" page soon. I really enjoy reading blogs where I feel like I get to know the person behind the blog and hope to share more about myself with all of you. Soooooo....if you have any burning questions concerning me, sewing, blogging, or just about anything else, ask me in the comments! Seriously, don't be shy!




Yep, totally random photo of the kiddo. Throwing it in for good measure ;) This was taken today while we sat in the kitchen listening to the radio to keep track of the million tornadoes that passed through Alabama today. My little house is still standing and I am thankful for that. Many were not as lucky.


21 comments

  1. Love you!!! My gifts are so unbelieveably awesome and so are you!!!! :)

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  2. great projects you've made!

    my day yesterday sounded a bit like yours.tv and all :)

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  3. Oo now that is a pretty pincushion, such lovely colours.
    Not long found your blog but have to say I'm loving it
    xx

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  4. Very cute (especially the kiddo)!!

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  5. LOVE the pincushion and bag. I'm sure Amy was thrilled!

    I think your About section needs a picture of YOU! :-)

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  6. ah yes, a break is nice. that always gets me inspired!

    cute goodies here today! cute little gal too. :)

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  7. I love the patchwork bag you made! Beautiful! Another project for my ever-growing list. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I know that "funk" all too well!! It's nice to take a little break!

    Love the things you shared. Think I might make those drawstring bags for my friends daughters:-)))

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  9. did you make the patchwork drawstring bag out of vintage sheets? it's sooo adorable !

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  10. Love the drawstring bag and the pincushion! I am so glad you made it through the storms safely; I was so worried for everyone last night.

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  11. love the projects!! geez, you sure look like you've been sewing. I haven't been sewing hardly at all (and I really want to) Somehow lost some motivation along the way. I've been going to bed at a normal time for weeks. I'm glad I'm not alone!!!

    and your about page, you need a pic of you!!!!!!!! I honestly think I've only seen one pic of you. :( Plus you should sew some stuff for you (if you feel like it that is).

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  12. HI Vanessa! Lovely pin cushion and that draw string bag is great. I am so glad you are OK after all the terrible tornados. So scary! It's good to take a break and enjoy this time of year with your family. You'll have time to sew during those hot Alabama summer months!

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  13. so glad u are okay.. i love your bag.. I'm a big vintage sheet lover myself! hugs xo

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  14. Vanessa, I just found your blog through Amy's. I love it! Your daughter is precious btw. I can't wait to poke around your blog and check out your other stuff. I am sure I will love it too.

    The pincushion is full of happiness. I loved the one from Michelle at I Like Orange too. What sweet and thoughtful gifts.

    I am glad to know y'all are OK in Alabama. Bama holds a special place in my heart as I went to college there.

    So happy to have found your blog.

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  15. Vanessa your baby comes first and having a toddler you need some rest:)
    I truly love all the wonderful things you make and you just shine through on your blog with what ever it is!
    I see you ladies too hard on yourselves at times. It's ok to time!

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  16. I love this post - I know exactly what you mean about your laptop/tv, etc. I definitely spend too much time blogging & reading blogs, etc. I love your pin cushion, love the bag and love the pic of your daughter - adorable!!

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  17. I get in those no-sewing funks all the time! I think it's nice to take a break every once in awhile. Love the gifts you made!

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  18. did you make that pin cusion and so as the bag? its very pretty

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  19. Ok that pincushion, DIVINE. I seriously love it so much. I wish I came up with things like that when I was in an anti-sewing funk!
    I actually always think about that, how on earth mom's find enough time to blog, or anything else besides chase their kids around for that matter! I don't blame you for choosing sleep though.. health always comes before blogging! (Or at least it should most of the time :)

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  20. very nice projects you got. love patchworks, too.

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