Friday, February 15, 2008

on the sewing front

*edited to correct the links ~ sorry everyone! And thank you Mira for letting me know.*
February seems to be a good, quiet month to accomplish indoor projects, and although the basement needs a good cleaning and organizing, I've opted to do some sewing instead.
A couple aprons have been added to the shop. This is one of the aprons' pockets, where I've handstitched a little rooster...

I also decided that I needed some more fabric shopping bags; maybe a little nicer than the plain old totes I've been using for a few years. I ended up cutting out a bunch of them so I could add a few to the shop as well.

This is one, in linen...

...made by using a plastic shopping bag as a pattern.

I've also been stitching up some gifts [which are long overdue], but they will have to remain a secret for now.

Thanks for stopping by!!


  1. That apron is beautiful. I wouldn't want to mess it up by cooking in it!

    I also love the shopping bag. Mine are pretty boring and not so attractive.

    I just read your post from yesterday. You're so lucky you have those Valentines! They are precious. I wish I had kept some of mine. Thank you so much for sharing and giving me that trip down memory lane.

  2. That shopping bag is just the perfect size. I am going to try making some soon I hope, right now it seems as if I am stuck in knitting mode.

    I love the hand stitched rooster, he is so cute.

  3. The shopping bag is very cute, what a great idea.

    BTW, your link to your shop is incorrect, you left the in there. Just wanted to let you know.

  4. i love those market sacks!!! Those are great and so wonderful for the environment!!! :)
    I love the hand stitched rooster you did!!! Looks great! i hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

  5. Oh, how I admire your craftiness. You inspire me!


  6. I like both of your projects.I think you could use the shopping bags for other things too. Love the sweet little rooster on the apron, it's just the perfect touch.
    How neat to have Valentines from your school days...they are precious. Linda

  7. Oh what a busy girl you have been. How funny I am making a bag to carry around for shopong too. I love yours and I love the shape of your apron. The linen with the red is perfect !!!!!! Love Clarice

  8. After all that hard work on the entry hall, I think the basement can wait for sewing. ;o) Lovely work, as usual. I don't see market bags used in the south so much, but when we lived in Maine, it seemed like everyone used them. And I enjoyed your valentines - very cute!

  9. Both apron and bag are wonderful!! I really love the Linen fabric, I use it a lot myself. And your little rooster is a fun little touch :))
    What a great Idea to use a plastic bag as pattern for a new one. Hmmm..thank you!

    I also found your old Valentine cards so fun. I hope you had a great romantic day!

    Myself are still preparing for opening my own little shop, fun but very much hard work. I hope you will visit it later on?
    I now have a link on my page :)

    Enjoy a Lovely weekend Deb!

  10. Great apron and the shopping bag is terrific! I just made a shopping bag using a paper sack as a pattern and added handles. It's nice, but I like yours much, much better. Maybe because it's an interesting style and lined with red/white polka dots. I love red & white polka dots! Mind if I copy you?


  11. Deb,
    I just had to comment about your market bags in the shop. I just made a tote for my dd with the exact same lime kitchen towel! And I'm about to make another with the "peach" towel. I really like your market bags using the kitchen towels.


  12. Very cute apron. I've got roosters in my kitchen and I'm going to think about that apron. Great idea on the bags - I should really think about using cloth bags instead of the plastic ones.

    Have a great weekend - Karen

  13. Anonymous5:36 PM

    Stop by my blog sometime - you've won and award!!

  14. Very pretty things you've made, I would love to have your talent! Love the little hand stitched rooster, he's adorable!
    Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

  15. It's always a real pleasure to stop by your blog, Deb. I love your new projects and your chicken is lovely. I like seeing a photo of my potholder here when I visit. It's been a great help in my kitchen, along with the napkins.

  16. Hi Deb!!!

    I wanted to thank you so much for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.

    Isaac is fully well again - Thanks be to GOD!!!! and we are in the process of unpacking into our new home......whew.

    Soooooo.....this is the first time I have gotten to check in. :-) My lovely daughter got me all hooked up to the net and now I can at least come and look at my favorite beautiful homes and gives me hope when I am sitting here looking at 6 boxes high and "decorations" strewn EVERYWHERE. Ah, moving.....what a way to really see how you deal under stress. Hee hee.

    Blessings and Shalom to you!!!!!!!! TTFN.

    C.A. Worcester

  17. Cute apron!
    And I love that bag design...Pretty and practical.

    Kimberly :)

  18. Okay you inspired me, thank you xoxoxox Clarice

  19. Your shopping bag is really sweet. I have fabric waiting to be made into bags. I have been so busy elsewhere that it has just had to wait. I really think we all should have them instead of using store plastic...I will post mine, if they ever get made...have a good day, mary

  20. I'm spreading the love today, bloggy love that is, so I've posted about your lovely blog today. I enjoy visiting your blog whenever I get a chance!

    Have a great day!!

  21. Thank you so much for the nicest comments you all leave ~ your encouragement is very much appreciated.

    Jody & Clarice ~ I'm happy to share ideas and glad that you might have found some inspiration here!


  22. Anonymous3:36 PM

    Lovely stuff, great coice of fabric.

  23. What neat aprons, and your shopping sack is wonderful. I admire your sense of style and color. your rooster pocket is adorable!

  24. Deb! Can I buy that Cherry bag? I would to have it~ email me please! Tina

  25. So cute! I love the little rooster, and the bag is fabulous. I may have to try my hand at one of these.


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