National Button Day

 

Today is National Button Day, so I got out my Busy with Buttons book, hit up Pinterest, and found come cool crafts and a sewn project to adorn with buttons.

Button Balloon Birthday card for Bry {her birthday is Tuesday!}

Button bracelet that Bry ended up confenscating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A small little pin cushion for Bry to use in her new tent

The new addition to my sewing space! Which just so happens to be my favorite button craft today. I am definitely making more of these!

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Reusable Produce Sacks

As you may know from my previous post on my reusable grocery totes, our county placed in affect a plastic bag ban. Any retail store of 10,000+ sq. ft. would not be able to hand out plastic bags to their customers. In addition to that, if you needed a bag, you could pay the store .10 for a paper bag. Or you could just bring a reusable bag!

But grocery stores are still providing plastic produce bags! I feel as though that is the one thing that consumers do not reuse when grocery shopping a whole heck of a lot more than the actual plastic grocery bags {I would reuse mine for the trash cans in the bathroom}. Yet grocery stores are still providing them to their customers. So I thought, in addition to my reusable grocery totes, you can also purchase reusable produce sacks!

Whats great about these, aside from the fact that they’re reusable, is the cost is low for me so the purchase price is low for you!

Another great fact: they’re virtually weightless so it wont effect your price when weighing your produce. And they’re see-through so the checker is able to still see the stickers on the produce!

Speaking of produce stickers here is a great photo full of info on what those numbers on that sticker means

These bags are pretty much my new fave thing!


If you would like to order some, email me at willow.little@gmail.com! I can do just about any color and size!

Even if your county doesn’t have a plastic bag ban, reusable is the way to go! Keep our streets and oceans clean as well as keeping unnecessary waste out of our landfills! Plus, these are just too cool not to buy!


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Share Your Style Swap

Thanks to the lovely world of Instagram, I was able to stumble across an awesome swap called ‘Share Your Style’.

Share Your Style

The premise is to make handmade hair pretties and swap with your partner. I was paired up with Andrea McCave at Shabby Kitteh! She’s an awesome wife and mom of three with incredible, sassy style. Which got me excited because I was sure to get nothing less than amazing.

And that I did! I love, love, love what she sent me. Totally my style and in my fave colors! Even the card was fab. I hope she likes what I sent her. {Forgot to take pics of those – ooops!}

Thank you Maria & Nichelle for putting on an awesome swap! I made a good bloggie friend and now have three great blogs to follow.

{#shareyourstyle}

Happy Swapping!


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Weekend Art Challenge with Jeff Claassen

A good friend of mine and amazing artist Jeff Claassen has been doing this ‘Weekend Art Challenge’ series on his blog. Last weekend, and the first of this series, was to paint a self portrait. I used to paint before all of this sewing. I wasn’t any good and I was better at abstract than realism because let’s face it – I can’t draw for crap. So I skipped out on this series since I haven’t painted in… 8 years. And I am glad I did because even that sweet Evy {who is 10} would have beat me out of it.

But this weekend was a challenge I wanted to take! Paint, draw, sew, collage, screen print {or any other medium} a turkey hand! Heck yes.

Weekend Art Challenge 2

So I got out my fall colors, traced my hand on some lovely red gingham fabric, and sew’d up this little cutie; who will be the first fall decoration of our home {I know, I know – I’m a little late.}

He is currently perched upon our fireplace mantle gobbling away.

Happy fall, happy turkey, and happy weekend art challenge!

Thanks Jeff for the opportunity to participate – it was a good kick in the butt to get our home decorated for fall!


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Sewing Basics | What You Need to Get Started

A friend of mine had asked to come over and get some information on sewing basics and what machines are the best starter machines so she could get something put together for her man for Christmas. Her asking inspired me to put together a very basic post on what you would need to get started and some of the best rated machines out there to purchase in a wide price range.

First things first… Sewing supplies

You can either purchase a great starter kit on Etsy, Amazon, or Ebay. These are great resources to be able to get everything you need and even some extra fun things. You could also purchase everything separately and put together your own kit.

-fabric cutting scissors

-mini thread scissors

-thread {cotton or polyester} in several colors

-pins {several}

-needles {several}

-buttons {a few for mending}

-measuring tape

-pin cushion

-thimble {one will do, but is also not necessary}

-threader {a couple}

-fabric marking pen or pencil

And if you want to get serious {and make your life so much easier when cutting fabric} you should get:

-rotary cutter

-cutting mat

-6″ clear cutting ruler

And of course, one cannot sew with out fabric!

Here are some great places to purchase fabric from:

Fabricworm

JoAnn Fabrics

Fabric.com

Etsy

There are lots of different types of fabrics out there {refer to the book linked below Fabrics from A – Z} to sew with, but for beginner projects you should get quilting weight cotton.

That is about it as far as basics go for supplies.

You’re going to need a machine to utilize all of these supplies and create some cute little projects. There are so many machines out there to choose from and depending on how serious you are about your sewing adventure, you really have to be careful on what your first purchase will be.

For me, I went to Walmart and purchased a Brother LX-3125. It wasn’t the least expensive, but it was a basic model for a great price. I believe I purchased it for around $70.

It has a lot of the basic features and has been a great machine. I bought this because I was sewing only a couple styles of bags and did some normal hemming. This machine has been great for me and still gets the job done! Walmart ratings are 4 3/4 stars. 119 5 star ratings out of 158 – I would say thats a great rating!

There are other good basic models to buy in other brands. Good housekeeping has a great article on the best beginner machines. For that article.. go here.

What you need to consider when purchasing a machine is what your budget is, if you want to purchase local or online, and what exactly it is you want out of your machine. Here are three basic models with good ratings to start you out with:

Brother CS5055PRW – Project Runway, Limited Edition

Currently $129.99 on Amazon {click picture to take you there}

This machine has:

-50 built-in utility, decorative and heirloom stitches, each with multiple stitch functions.

-Sew fleece, elastic and other stretchy fabrics with the built-in stretch stitches.

-One-step bobbin replacement with quick set drop-in bobbin.

-Embellish or join quilt blocks with the built-in quilting stitches.

Janome 2212

Currently $149.00 on Amazon {Click picture}

This machine has:

-Easy turn dial pattern selection

-12 built-in stitches including a four-step buttonhole

-Stitch width adjustment and length adjustment ensures ease of use

-Drop feed for free motion sewing and quilting

Singer 7258 Stylist

Currently $164.99 on Amazon {Click picture}

This machine has:

-SINGER Stylist 100-stitch pattern sewing machine

-Adjustable sewing speed

-Push button stitch selection

-Automatic needle threader

These are all great machines to have as first sewing machines. As long as you keep up with maintenance on them {your book that comes with your machine will tell you how to keep it cleaned out, etc.} your machine will last you a very long time. I would search around online for any local sewing machine places that sell and/or service machines. That way if anything breaks and it’s outside the manufacturer’s warranty, you can take your machine in to get fixed and serviced. I’m fortunate enough to have a place here in town that does that. In fact, I bought Bry a used, refurbished sewing machine for $60.. and it’s just about better than my own machine!

Now that you have the supplies, fabric, and machine you are just about set. Oh, but what to sew for your first project?

Mine was a box bag! My friend Breana and former co-blogger of Sew Basted I Wanna Purl showed me how to sew a box bag and that one night with that one bag took me to where I am today!

So I have compiled a list of projects that you could start out with that are very easy!

One Hour Skirt

Lavender Bag

Wash Bag

Pillow Cover

Zippered Pouch

Pleated Headband

Box Bag!!

Those projects should get you up and running and each teach you basic sewing structures that you can take in to creating projects of your own or incorporating what you have learned into more advanced projects.

Check out my post on sewing vocab and their meanings!

Books to invest in:

1 -2 – 3 Sew!

Fabrics from A – Z

Seams to Me 

24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby

Alright, now that you’ve got the basics, lets get some projects started {and maybe even finished?}

If you’re new to sewing and have completed your first project and would like to share, leave me a comment.

If you’re a seasoned sewer and would like for me to add anything to this post or change something, let me know!

Happy Sewing!


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Halloween Roundup | Food & Costumes

You can’t have Halloween with out ghoulish food and haunting costumes! Here are a few inspirations to make your Halloween party smashing!

FOOD

1. Hot Dog Mummies

2. Enchanted Brooms

3. Witch’s Wicked Punch

4. Cheese Frankenstein

COSTUMES

1. Fox Costume

2. Mousey

3. Pig in a Blanket

4. Jelly Fish

5. Hot Dog Stand

6. Bat Wings

7. Monster Claws

8. Sweet Treats


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Custom Order | Chevron Wet Bag

I was contacted by a friend of mine to make her a hanging wet bag for her son’s nursery. She wanted a zippered bottom and elastic top in a grey and light yellow pallet to coordinate with the nursery. She chose an awesome tone on tone Chevron print with a light yellow zipper which makes this wet bags one of the cutest I’ve done so far.

I love the zippered bottom; makes it easier to just unzip all the dipes right into the wash. The elastic band keeps the dipes in place while not completely sealing the bag off so you’re not creating ammonia and bacterial growth. It is fully lined with PUL to prevent leakage, but still allow for air flow.

I get to hand this off to her tomorrow and I am so excited about it. I hope she likes it!

If you would like a custom wet bag, please contact me on Etsy!


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The Holiday Stitch Market

This past April I had to duck out of The Spring Market since I delivered Oliver one week prior to the event. I was super bummed about it, but I decided it was for the best and I didn’t want to spend two days nursing a newborn constantly, while changing a gazillion poopy diapers and recovering from a cesarean. Plus, inventory-wise, I wasn’t ready.

But I have been slowly working toward the Holiday Stitch Market and I am happy to announce that I will be a vendor for the market this time around. I’ve done quite a few booths for Art After Dark as well as being in a few credited art shows, but never have I took on a Market like this.

My booth is under Oliver’s Treasure Chest, so I will have all my handmade lovelies for baby and mama, but in addition to that I will be offering goodies from The Little Willow Tree as well. And I am so excited to start planning my booth now.

So please, if you’re local, come out and support local and handmade! There are so many amazing vendors at this market I am truly honored to be a part of it.



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Halloween Roundup | DIY Yard Decorations

We decorated the front of the house weekend before last and this week we are getting our front yard ready. We plan to make some creepy graves and add dome more webs, but I want to add a few more scary things too. Maybe some pumpkins? Dress up our pink flamingo?

What yard decorations are you pulling out for Halloween? Not sure? Here are some fun{ny} diy yard decorations that are sure to scare or laugh the pants right off of your trick or treaters!

1. Grounded for Life!

2. Spirit Jugs

3. Halloween Graveyard

4. Boarded Up

5. Ghost

6. Crashing Witch

Fun and easy diy’s to do to mix in with your already purchased items. Have fun decorating! I will update you all when our yard is finished.

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