Saturday, March 31, 2012

summer frocks...

I've been using this same pattern for several years. It's easy and fast to sew. I like to use old-fashioned style fabrics and tie with cotton twill. This is the pattern I use. You're suppose to use a knit like fabric but I prefer cotton or linen.
I'm also thinking about making more of these.
Then of course more ruffles because I'm loving my ruffle attachment!

How about you... Do you enjoy sewing? I know you do!


Jill 00

Friday, March 16, 2012

Burlap Market Bag

For those of you that frequent bittersweet blog then this burlap bag looks familiar to you. The bag is constructed mostly of burlap and accented with what else, calico side pockets on each side. It sits flat on the bottom and holds a number of fresh veggies or market goods.

I used a basic pattern to construct the bag and then added my own design idees here and there. The market bags were offered at the bittersweet studio for a short time until I sold out!
This blog offers a wonderful tutorial on making your own market bag. You can adjust this pattern and add a side pocket if you want. Personally, I believe the side pockets are a necessity. I stick my car keys and money in the pockets. Then when I purchase a bouquet of fresh flowers I stick them in a pocket. So market bag cute!
The market bag would make a treasured gift for a friend. Make sure you make one for yourself!


Jill 00

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A calico Porch

photo courtesy of Pinterest

We're in the process of finishing a new addition to our existing porch.
The old porch sits right off our kitchen and the new one is extended outwards towards a row of red buds and cedar trees.
You really do feel as though you're in a tree house when you're sitting there. The tops of the trees are level with the decking of the porch.
I nabbed that picture to show Lennis. I'm considering hanging a porch swing right outside the kitchen door.
I've also been pondering outdoor furniture. I have a few white wicker chairs that I'd really like as part of our seating. Maybe add a vintage iron bench and a small table and I believe we'll be ready for outdoor entertaining.
The new porch overlooks our backyard. We have a huge backyard with lots of grassy areas.
My salvaged plant bench that I picked up along side the road. It was being thrown out. Can you believe it?
This is from last spring. I'm anxiously awaiting this one so that I can get started planting.
I can hardly wait to begin planting herbs and everlasting flowers. Statice, straw flowers, lavender and baby's breath. Top of the seed list.
How about you? I know you're as anxious as I am for spring to arrive.
It will be here before we know!

Jill 00


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