Tuesday, October 16, 2012

SGG Seeking LMGG

Stupid Geeky Gal seeking like-minded geeky gal.

So here's the story.  A week or so ago, I received a custom order through the shop for a blue linen Timey Wimey, a natural linen Timey Winey, and a Tardis pouch for some christmas presents for her brother and sister in-law.  Great!  So I ordered the fabric and got to work on them over the weekend when they came in.  Well, being the anal fastidious gal that I am, I erased the convo that said customer sent me.  So when I went back yesterday to send her a message and tell her that they are just about done, I realized the stupid, stupid, stupid thing I had done.  BOOOOOO ON ME!!!!!  Not the smartest thing I have done.

So if you are you that sweet, sweet gal who contacted me would you please be kind enough to overlook my stupidity and contact me again?

In other, non-stupid news.....
I am going on a trip!!!  YAY!  I am going to visit my sweet friend Jacey.  She invited me to come for a visit over the summer and I jumped at the chance to get out of Nashville and go paint the town with her!!!  I am beyond excited.  Especially after missing out on all of the Sewing Summit festivities over this past weekend.

Of course, as all Sewing Summit veterans know, traveling handmade is the only way to travel.  After seeing this duffel bag on pinterest, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to make.  So I bought the pattern, did some Horde diving, and here is what I came up with.

I loved the color blocking that LBG studios did on hers, so I kind of did the same on mine.  But I followed the pattern instructions for the handles because I didn't want to cover up any of the buck print.  I also used fusible fleece as the interfacing and a shortened sport zipper.  I wanted a zipper that would be sturdy enough to handle the packing abuse that I will undoubtedly give it.

I am in love with this bag and I am pretty sure that after my trip I am going to find a way to use it on a regular basis.  Also, now that I have used up this fabric I need to hurry and get more before I have an anxiety attack.  It is definitely one of my all time favorites.

I hope your week is going well!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tricks and Treats

The screen printing is still going strong over here!  Not getting tired of it at all.  I have been working on some new things for the shop and other things and just thought that I would share some of them with you!

I was feeling in a festive mood, for once, and I thought making some trick or treat bags might be fun.  I am pretty happy with the way they turned out.  Not sure how many of these I will make since it is a holiday thing, but they sure were fun!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Down the Rabbit Hole

It happens that every once in a while I fall down a rabbit hole.  Down, down, down I go.  This mostly happens with books, tv shows on Netflix, or in this case a new craft or technique.  More specifically, screen printing.  Words cannot express how deeply I have fallen for this newly learned craft.  I love that I can use it in conjunction with my sewing.  I love for my projects to tell a story, and before I had done this with embroidery.  Whether it be a favorite quote or nursery rhyme, or just simple thoughts in my head.  I love adding them to my projects to create something one of a kind and more "me".

A few weeks ago I came across a pin that lead me to this post on How About Orange.  I really really loved the idea of the bag, but I had worked with the iron-on transfers before and hadn't really had good luck with them.  Also I didn't want to use just a generic canvas bag that you can pick up at your local craft supply.  I new that I could upgrade the bag myself just by sewing up a simple interfaced linen tote and adding a fun lining to it.  But figuring out how to get the words on there was a little more challenging.  So I did a little more research and found this tutorial and thought that maybe it could work.  I enlisted the help of some friends for the graphics and I set out on a mission to try something new.  And here are the results.

I knew I wanted to make them geeky, of course. So I relayed my ideas to my counterparts and they generously contributed their artwork.  I try not to make anything I wouldn't use myself so I pulled my inspiration from some of my favorite geeky things.

I am SO thrilled the results!!!  And since I have started, the flood gates have been opened and ideas keep popping into my head.  So you can expect to see a lot more screen printed projects here.  I am working on some new screens this weekend and I seem to have ordered my weight in essex linen.  So hopefully next week will bring some fun things!

If you are interested in making one of my bags your own, I have some listed in the shop.