At Christmas, while my family was spoiled with toys, video games and other gifts under the tree, I was spoiled with gift cards from my wonderful husband. The second I opened them I knew what I was going to use them for.
Ever since a friend of mine showed me how to use my sewing machine I have been making trips to the library quite often. I have taken out every sewing book that I can get my hands on. For the most part I don’t get to read very much of them before I have to head back but I still enjoy the tiny bits I get through.
There are a few that I have taken out more than a couple of times so I figured it was time to add them to my library. The first is Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross.
And four other pairs of PJ bottoms that my family wore on Christmas morning.
My plan for Christmas 2012 is to have a 75% Handmade Christmas (yes I know it’s only January but if I start planning now perhaps it will happen). This book has a variety of patterns; a teepee, toy bins, dolls, papooses, capes, art satchels and more. I think I will be able to finish almost all our gifts for my four girls from this book alone as well as some of the other little ones in my life. If you are looking for some great gift ideas for some special little people in your life this would be a perfect place to start.
Oliver +S, Little Things to Sew is a book that I was drawn to immediately because of the adorable paper doll clothing images on the cover. I mean seriously, how cute are they? So yes, I judged this book by its cover and was not disappointed. Super cute projects like art smocks, backpacks, hats, messenger bags and a fantastic pattern for a Bento Box carrier that I will definitely be making. There is also a quilt in there that I will be trying to make despite the fact that my previous attempts have been less than successful. Practice makes perfect right?
Now there is still one book that I haven’t added to my collection but I will one of these days. Wee Wonderfuls by Hilary Lang. This book is packed with beautiful dolls. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L dolls. Couple of my favorites are the Ellie backpack, the Tag along doll (which has an accompanying pattern for an apron that she can be carried around in) which my girls have been begging me to make for them and a few little critters that would be a welcome addition to any child’s room. If you have some time you should check out her site http://www.weewonderfuls.com/ it is totally worth a visit and I am sure you will love her work as much as I do.
I figured that buying these books would be a good financial move especially considering the amount of fines I racked up from the library.
So now that I am dripping with inspiration, I just need to find a bit of time to get it all done. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Right?
What projects do you have planned for yourself this year? Where does your inspiration come from?