Friday, March 30, 2012

{new stuff you can pre-order!}

Happy Friday everyone! I have been hard at work on custom orders this week! I'm wrapping them all up and shipping them out today which means I can get excited about what's on schedule for next week! Ready for your sneak peak???

I have a lot of knit in my stash just taking up room and preventing me from ordering more fabric so I am going to bust out a bunch of cowls this weekend that will be available in the shop next week. 


This is not something I will be stocking in the shop regularly. I just happened to have the knit laying around so once they're gone, they're gone! Here are the fabrics to choose from:


 I can make 2 from each print so if you want to PRE-ORDER they are $15 SHIPPED. Sales tax will apply to CA residents. Buy HERE.

I'm finally introducing this new wristlet clutch to the shop! 


It's sweet and stylish and curvy and cute. I just love it and I hope you will too! Mine will have a wristlet strap for hands free happiness. Currently the two color ways to choose from are:

 Red & White Chevron with Aqua diamond lining
Dusty Blue Chevron with lining by Anna Maria Horner in Hugs & Kisses: Scotch

I have limited quantities of both color ways and can only make 4 clutches from each so if you want to PRE-ORDER yours, let me know ASAP and I'll set you up with a sweet little 15% off discount code! Pre-discount price will be $32.

Email me at sewchatty.eo @ gmail dot com to pre-order your new goodies today! Happy weekend!


Elizabeth
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{my week as told by my phone...it's InstaFriday!}

life rearranged

Hi friends! Hope you had a great week! Crazy busy over here, but got a lot done which always feels good!

1. Crazy cat felt very threatened by Carter's sweatshirt and felt the need to viciously attack it. 
2. Our church does a March in March every year. We map out the perimeter of the city and people sign up and walk one mile, that way the whole city is covered in prayer. One of my favorite things we do each year! This is us stopping for ice cream along the way! We walked with a few kids from our Young Adults Group this year.
3. Poor Jess, dropped her ice cream. Tragic. 
4. Fresh hair cut. Always a good day!
5. Mr. Independent wanted to do his homework all by himself in his room. Me thinks it's time for a big boy desk.
6. My new favorite coffee!!!! Donut Shop Coconut Mocha...YUM.

Here a few custom orders I got to work on this week...

Yoga Mat Tote pattern by Sew 4 Home

Super Hero Cape pattern by The Long Thread

My business cards came!!!!!! LOVE them!!! Here is the link to whip up a batch of your own!

Well that was my week in a nutshell! In other fun news, I am very excited to be introducing a new wristlet clutch to the shop next week!


These will be in a fun chevron print and I'll have two color ways to choose from! Stay tuned for more details on that later today!



Elizabeth
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

{no bake oatmeal cookies}


Hi there! I'm sharing with you one of my favorite cookie recipes! This is a yummy no bake cookie that I generally have all the ingredients in my pantry for! Make sure you have a glass of milk nearby when they finish setting :)

No Bake Oatmeal Cookies:
2 cups sugar
1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup)
4T cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 cups quick cook oats
1t vanilla

In a medium pot bring sugar, butter, cocoa, and milk to a boil. Hard boil for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the oats and vanilla. Mix well, and let the mixture cool for just a few minutes, then drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Sometimes I pop them in the fridge to speed up the setting process.

That's it! Easy peesy. Great after school treat for the little ones! Enjoy!

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So honored to have my recipe featured on Yummly! Check out the feature HERE!!!


Elizabeth
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

{WIWW...a little re-fashion}

Hi friends! Thanks so much for coming by to check out my Skinny Jeans reveal!!!


 So let me tell you a little story...

Last week I went shopping for new jeans. I've come to the realization that as I get older {sigh} the junior's dept is not a good place for me to buy jeans. Any extra lbs I happen to carry are all in my stomach which makes low rise jeans a very bad idea. Much more flattering to have them come up a little higher on my waist.

Anyhow, went to a store. Tried on a few pairs. Fit well. Loved them. Started having major anxiety about dropping $80 on two pairs of jeans when I still had more spring items to pick up for myself. So I put back the jeans, but got an idea! 

I've seen lots of tutorials on the interwebs about hemming your own jeans, but keeping the original hem in tact and altering regular jeans into skinny jeans, but until now, I was too terrified to try! But determined to save a buck {or $80} I hit the Goodwill to see what I could find. And let me tell you, I scored BIG.TIME.

{that's my current fave pair of skinnies on top of the new flares} 

I definitely had to dig, but I got these Gap Flare Jeans that retail for $60ish in perfect condition for $8. AWESOME. But as you can tell, they were very flared and WAY to long for me {I'm a shorty at 5'2} so I knew I had some work to do, but for saving that kind of $$$, that's fine with me! As soon as I got them home, they went in the wash because they stunk. Why do Goodwill clothes always stink? Anyhow...

Once they were clean, I followed THIS TUTORIAL to turn them from flares to skinnies. And THIS TUTORIAL to hem them leaving the original hem in tact. Both tutorials are GREAT and very easy to follow!

*NOTE* If you decide to try this and need to make BOTH alterations like I did, hem them BEFORE you make them skinny or you will have a difficult time fitting the skinny leg under your sewing machine. Yes, I learned this the hard way.

Want to see how they turned out???

What do you think? I love them! They are so comfortable!
 
Scarf: Handmade by me
Cardi: Target
Top: Local boutique
Jeans: Gap (from Goodwill for $8!!!) refashioned by me
Flats: Target
 
So hit up your local Goodwill! Find a pair of good quality jeans that fit you will in the waist, bum, thighs and do the rest of the fixing yourself! It's super easy! Quick fun project, I promise!

I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy today!
pleated poppy


Elizabeth
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

{come join me in April!}

Are looking to drive some traffic to your site? I'd love for you to join me for the month of April!

 
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Visit my Advertiser's Page for all the details!

{Sign up today and get 15% off a 3 month sponsorship!}


Elizabeth
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

{Made With Love Link Up & some weekend craftiness too!}

Hey there friends! I hope you had a fantastic weekend and were able to get a little crafty or cook something tasty!

I made skinny jeans!!! Yep, it's true! 


 I'll be sharing the tutorials I used and a few tips I discovered along the way on Wednesday so make sure you come back for that!

Thanks so much to everyone who came and linked up last week! The most popular link from last week was:

 The 45 Minute Top linked up by Love. Laugh. Sew. I love sewing for myself in the spring so I will definitely check this pattern out!

Alright party people...are you ready for this week's link up???
Let’s get to it! I'll be featuring my favorite links on the Facebook Fan Page throughout the week! Are you a fan? I also try to Pin my favorites to Pinterest. The top three clicked links will be featured during next weeks party! 
{Just a few party guidelines}
  • To link up, I would first love for you to follow my blog. I like followers. The more the merrier. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!
  • Link up your crafts, recipes, home decor....anything that has been made by you! {Multiple links to different posts are fine}
  • Link back here by grabbing the super cute button on my sidebar and posting it either in your post or somewhere on your blog to let others know you've joined the party!
  • If you see something you like, click on it and go leave them a comment. Everyone loves comments!
  • Lastly, feel free to help me spread the word about Made with Love Monday! Follow me on Twitter {just click on my little Twitter button} and use this tweet "I linked up my craftiness to @sewchatty's Made with Love http://sewchatty.blogspot.com Check it out and link up your craftiness too!"
Thanks for stopping by! Now go link up something crafty!


Elizabeth
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Friday, March 23, 2012

{shop update}

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I am so ready for the weekend! It's supposed to rain hear on Sunday so I have big plans to curl up the couch with my Kindle and READ!!! 

There are a few new things in the shop{s}!



This is the LAST Belted Tote in this color way! It can be yours HERE.

The yellow and gray color way sold out at my show last weekend, but good news for you...I have enough fabric to make TWO MORE!!! If you're interested in one, shoot me an email and I'll get you on my custom order list! {sold out, sorry friends! Stay tuned for more bag updates!}

Thank you all SO MUCH for the love on my DIY Business cards!!! 


 I was overwhelmed by the response I received to the tutorial! I love that you loved it! Do you need something cute to carry your new business cards in??? Well I can hook you up! 

Two different styles to choose from! Both have two interior pockets and both will hold your business cards, cash, debit card AND your phone!!!


 So fun. They're my favorite! I carry mine everywhere. 

Lastly, there is a new crochet item in my Etsy shop!


A fun chunky headband with a flower and a fabric covered button. Cozy perfection. It can be yours HERE. I am hoping to whip up a few more this weekend if I have time! 

Have a great day everyone!




Elizabeth
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

{let's make your keys cute}

I have a fun and EASY tutorial for you today for an {all fabric} Key Fob! 


Key fobs are FABULOUS. Hands free is the way to be! Yes, I know that there are lots of key fob tutorials but I was not able to find one that I liked that used only fabric NO WEBBING so I made my own and I'm sharing with you because I like you a lot and I want you to have cute things. You're welcome.

Alright here we go!

First lets gather our supplies.

You're going to need:
 1. two coordinating fabrics. Cut 1 12"x2" piece of each one.
2. key fob hardware. I used 1" key fob hardware that I purchased HERE.
3. Peltex. You can find it at the fabric store with all the interfacing. It's the one that's SUPER STIFF like cardboard. You are going to cut your Peltex just a hair shy of 1 inch wide. The length is 12".
4. various other supplies: coordinating thread, mat, rotary cutter, hem gauge, fray check, pliers, kitchen towel
5. optional lobster clasp {so you can clip in onto your bag/jeans when you're out and about}

 Now that your strips are cut press them nicely and put them right sides together. You can pin if you want to. I'm not a pinner. Slows me down!
 Sew RST using a 1/4 seam allowance.
 Press your seam open.
Press on the front side too.
 Now take your hem gauge and press the edges under and 5/8" {that says 1/2", but ignore it and do 5/8}. Do this for both long edges.
 Fold in half and press well. Lots of steam!
 Press it on the front side too.
 Now you're going to shimmy your strip of Peltex into the seam allowance of the "outer" side.
It will look like this when you have it in there.
 Press it well from both sides making sure the edges are matching up nicely.
 Now you are going to top-stitch down both sides. I think a 1/8" top-stitch looks nice.
 Time to trim up the edges to make them nice and neat.
 Grab your fray check and apply to all the raw edges.
While the fray check dries, go find the pliers and maybe eat a piece of chocolate.
 Fold your fob in half right side out matching up the raw edges.
 Place your hardware over the raw edges.
 Wrap your fob in your towel {so you don't scratch the metal} and squeeze hardware into place. Make sure everything is still lined up perfectly after you put the towel over. Squeeze the middle first, then the sides. That's what works best for me. Attach your key ring and optional lobster clasp and your done!
 Thanks for stopping by! Now go make your keys cute!



Elizabeth
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