Friday, April 25, 2014

KCW: Spring 2014

Oh Kids Clothes Week. I love you, but I think the universe wants to keep us apart. Life and important things keep getting in the way.
I was all ready to participate in KCW:Spring 2014. I had my plan, I printed my patterns, and cut out my fabric. I even had a little jump start on a dress. But then my Grandfather died and all the not so important things like KCW got tossed out the window, and I packed the kids up and we flew to Utah for two weeks. I'm back home now. I went into my sewing room and felt a little lost.
I had planned to do some Oliver + S sewing this round. I have several of their patterns that I've bought and never sewn. So I was going to make a pair of puppet show shorts from the orange, a puppet show tunic from the orange and purple floral print. A jump rope dress from the blue princess print with the green floral for contrast. 

And, this is the dress that I cheated and got a head start on so I could have a finished project on the first day. Cheaters never prosper right? Anyone notice a color trend going on here? haha totally unplanned. (I will share details about this dress next week, it deserves it's own post) 

Regardless on how productive my KCW sewing was, KCW still loves me. Did you notice on day three I won the Warp and Weft giveaway? So happy! At first I thought "Oh my goodness I won some fabric!! oh wait, pins? $46 fancy shmancy pins??? What?! I will admit I was a little confused.
Let me tell you, the packaging on these babies is gorgeous. The pins seem so high quality. I've only ever sewn with the plain ol' $2 package from hobby lobby. I will let you know how these pins are... if I ever use them! I'm a little tempted to just put them on display and never use them because they are just so pretty

Thank you Warp and Weft for the fancy pins. I will probably have to buy some fabric from you very soon. I have my eye on the Safari Moon fabric line.

Friday, April 18, 2014

My Grandfather

Did everyone see the post that my sweet husband wrote last week? He is so supportive of my blog and knows I have a goal of posting once a week. He knew I wasn't able to write something, so he wrote one for me. You see, my grandfather died last week. I didn't even know if I could manage to get to Utah for the funeral, (Jeff couldn't get time off from the hospital) but miraculously my Dad was able to fly out to Texas to help me pack up the kids and fly with us to Utah for the funeral.

My grandfather was an artist. He was a high school art teacher. He was a photographer. He threw pottery. He always encouraged me (and my siblings and cousins) to spend time developing our talents. He gave me art supplies like watercolor pencils and big fat gummy erasers and encouraged me to draw and paint. He valued artistry.

My grandfather influenced me greatly, and I hope to be the type of person he wanted me to be.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Born to Sew- Zuzzy's Husband Post

"Mommy can we play something?"
--Sure what would you like to play?

"Oh, I get to choose!.. I'll show you what I want to do."

"Let's Sew!"
--But Honey, you don't know how to sew. You're only 2.
"Oh please. I was born to sew! It is in my blood."

"You just take your fabric like this."

"And you just run it through the machine like this."

"See there is nothing to it!"

Since that day, Christine has improved her sewing abilities. She knows now, to lay the fabric out so you can measure it.
 Then you need to add some bling... blue buttons in this case.
 Then you measure out  how much fabric you'll need.

Zuzzy's Husband's advice: Chose your wives wisely, because they are whom your daughters will want to be. I hope my daughter becomes just like my wife.

Friday, April 4, 2014

I started an Etsy shop

Yep. I started an etsy shop.  Some of you who know me are probably not surprised. I have been talking about wanting to open a little shop for a few years. I think my original idea (maybe four or five years ago) was to sew pillows, then I tried to get my sister on board with me to make felt baby books. Now that I am finally doing it, it was easy to decide what to fill my shop with- kids clothing.
I named the shop Zuzzy Design and I sewed up a few things for Easter. I only have a few things in the shop right now. The lace leggings picture on the top have already sold. I just bought more stretch lace fabric so hopefully this weekend the shop won't be so empty... it all depends on how nap time goes.

I know that if you follow my blog you probably sew yourself and aren't interested in buying handmade clothing from Etsy. But I just wanted to share what sewing adventures I have been up to lately :)