Sunday, March 16, 2014

I Saw a Bug! That Means it's SPRING!

I actually DID see a bug, though it was a Box Elder bug and they're nearly omnipresent in Utah! Anyhow, I'm taking it as a good sign even though Spring in Eden so far has just translated into MUD in a big way.  Ah, well, a girl can Dream can't she? LOL

Speaking of Dreaming... Cast your eyes on these cute DREAM pillows! I confess I saw something like them somewhere, but I can't remember where. Maybe in a magazine or at a shop.  I think they are DREAMY and I love the way they turned out.  
They are Machine Embroidered with pillow forms inside and come in all different sizes.   
You can find your special dreamy pillows at my Etsy 
shop here: Sew-Brina 
The rather romantic pillow below is also in my shop.  I have had a time trying to find the right flower for it!  The one below is too ivory... and the one in the next picture is too BIG... so I left it without a flower until I make a flower the right size for it. LOL.... it's a process!

The flower is great but I think it's too Ivory colored for this piece.  So back to the drawing board...

Too big!  But Beware!  You'll see a ridiculous amount of these in my shop.  I found the pattern in a pattern called Punch & Cookies by the people at Sew Much Good.  You can find their tutorial on this flower here: Sew Much Good.   It's a great tute
and it makes the flower super easy to make.  Just remember the ridiculous amount of them I'll be making if you aren't exactly
"flower" friendly.  LOL
It looks lovely without a flower! However, I'll keep trying since I want to try out making those flowers in different sizes anyway!



This flower is almost perfect... don't you love the lace peeking out?

This Bunny Tote is so fun because I was just using up scraps from my scrap buckets (yes, there are more than one, is that a bad thing? LOL)  And wasn't I glad I'd kept those scraps?  I've got to tell you, KEEP your scraps, no matter how small!  I had a fabric seller on Etsy send not only my fabric but a handful of carefully cut and colorful scraps.  They were such a nice surprise!  What a lovely thing to do for a crafter!  She went up on my list, you can be sure! And Bunny here has a few of her scraps in his ears!  This Tote is lined in such a soft pink and white polka dot.  It's very sweet.


Hi there! Yes, you are peeking at my very old and slightly more romantic couch with it's beautiful things upon it.  You'll notice a lace scripture cover  on my scriptures there... and the Lace collar that I picked up for a song at some yard sale...

Can  you see all the laces I have draped over this chair?
And the doilies in that old tin bucket?  I love finding vintage doilies and antique shopping.  I think that old bucket lends the perfect contrast to those beautiful old frills.  You can also see my other bunny bags there, waiting to be sold.  They may have to wait until next Easter! (Or go to a lucky Grandchild!)

No I'm not just showing off my old Singer again..(Though it's so pretty who could resist a chance to show it off?) This is a sewing caddy that's ready for sale.  It's really cute and has pockets to put everything from A to Z. Funny, I was trying to come up with an "A" sewing term and all I could think was antipasto... and that's food!  I must be hungry! LOL.


Applique is one of my newer skills and I've been practicing... this heart has many pieces applique'd into it's shape.  I've loved doing it and though it's a challenge, it's fun! This and the bag below it are both done with the applique technique. It's funny, I just started out on each of these, testing out the applique pattern... but was able to turn them into something useful or beautiful.  I recommend both trying your patterns out and making sure that you "try" them on something large enough to be useful. You never know what fun you can have with a "test" pattern sew out!



And that's the end for today... of course it isn't today anymore... it's tomorrow... which makes me one sleepy blogger... isn't it always that way?  It is in my house because sewing gets the most attention... :Well, everyone, leave your comments.  Why?  Because it gets lonely in here!  Hope you'll refer a friend or two to my site. Or at least to my Etsy site?  That would be super!  

Tips And Tricks...For the Crafter.



1. Did you know that you can sharpen scissors by cutting sand paper? Wow!
2. Use Cereal boxes as small "bolt's" for fabric storage, or put beautiful paper or fabric on them for simple magazine holders, or to house your various scrap book papers.











3. Along that same line of thought, one can also use the large boxes which diapers come in to make large decorative storage boxes... a great idea for a Scrapbooker or a Sewist!







4.a.Pill bottles can be used as small sewing canisters you can toss in your purse or travel case.  Just fill it with a needle, a scrap of cardboard, you've gotten from one of the above ideas, LOL and wrap tan, black and white thread around it. You might even be able to include a small seam ripper.  Several safety pins would be a plus. And there you'd have a nice little sewing kit...
b.Or you could use them to put old broken or bent or used needles in.  Did you know that it's important to change your sewing machine's needle for every 8 hours of use?  Those old needles could find a great hideaway in these pill bottles until you are ready to throw it out and then they won't injure you or anyone else when you throw out the trash.
c. They can contain small snaps and buttons.
d. You can keep fresh sewing needles in them, making sure you mark them plainly so that you know what kind of needle you are getting.
e. Small beads, just glue a sample of your bead to the lid.
f. Keep small things like paper clips in them.








5. Wax paper has a kazillion (as my granddaughter likes to say) uses, but here are a few that were nearly new to me.
a. Cut through wax paper to lubricate your scissors or punches.
b. Rub them on garden tools to lubricate them and keep them from getting as much stuck on soil and prevent rust.
c. lay wax paper on the  very top of tall cabinets where dust and grease accumulate for an easier clean up.


6. Upcycle any container that looks like it might be useful.  You can re-use Crystal Light containers for pens, markers, crayons, (just remember not to leave crayons out in your car in heat) paint brushes, buttons, beads, scissors,  etc.








7. Empty tic tac containers can hold a variety of things..
from extra batteries for your camera to hair pins. Spices when you are camping, ribbon rolled up and coming out the top. Small parts and pieces you need and use.  It can hold glitter, beads,sewing kit.  



8. This 2 liter bottle can be cut to make many useful things in the craft room.  One great use is to cut the bottom off and use it with it's natural dividers for painting.    Wow, this was just a jumble of tricks and tips I threw together... I hope you get some use out of it!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I have to share with you one of the cutest stories I've read in a long, very long time.  This is really adorable and I hope you all like it.  Tiana Galloway wrote it and I just had to have it for my blog.  I hope you all enjoy it.  It's not about sewing but it is really cute.  I'm up to my ears in orders and in family doings.  Don't be shy, let me know what you think about the story and how you are doing and / or anything you are thinking.  I'm also at https://www.facebook.com/SewBrina with 4,200 likes!  yay!  Come see me there if you can?  Love you all! Sabrina @ SEW-BRINA


The Sound of an Unplanned-for History Lesson by Tiana Galloway
One morning as the whole family was coming to life in the kitchen, for some reason I began singing songs from different musicals. I love to belt out "The hills are alive with the sound of music." Shockingly, Jake and I discovered that our children had never watched The Sound of Music. So, after dinner he surprised me by offering a walk (together) to the video store (together) for the three-fer deal. This is the deal where every Tuesday you can rent three movies for three days for three dollars. We even held hands.

That evening as we collected together in our various spots in the living room, my husband announced that we would be viewing the Sound of Music. Morgan, who is five, immediately fell to the ground and broke down, crying. Jake patiently sent him upstairs and began the show.

The movie begins with music playing while photos of Austria are shown on the screen. Back when this movie was made they would would show the credits first. So, a name would appear and it would stay there for long enough that you could read it and have time to discuss with your neighbor who you think that is and why they were chosen for the part and whether or not they are still alive or why their parents would give such a name to their child. Rylee, who is nine, recognizes that this is not how movies are done nowadays and says, "I don't like how they did movies in the old days."

When the credits are finally exhausted and we, the parents, can finally exhale, the opening scene is Maria, by herself, singing on a huge grass hill. While most of us aren't really thinking all that much, Porter, who is six, asks, "Mom, why is she there and why is she singing?" That was a great question which I didn't get to answer because the next thing we knew some bells started ringing and Maria took off running. I'd like to interject here that I couldn't remember a single thing about this movie except for the music. In fact, some of the songs they sung I thought were from different movies. You know, cause Julie Andrews was also in Mary Poppins which is also a singing movie which is also about taking care of children.

I was just as surprised  as the children were when we figured out that Maria was a nun. And I was just as glad when we got to the part where the actors were using dialogue. But of course, being a musical, pretty soon the nuns were singing and even doing some synchronized dancing. Porter asked why they kept "stopping talking" to sing. Being new to musicals, maybe Porter wondered if this is what Nuns do. As the pattern of normal acting and singing, may I say, dragged on, Rylee took up the very traditional act of whining: "Not the singing again." The funny thing about this is that ever since then they've all been singing whatever lines they can remember ("You are sixteen, going on seventeen...") and causing me to cringe whenever they butcher the timing of "Me, a name, I call myself...".

This movie led to a lot of new info for my children. One of which is the act of playing pranks. They could not understand why the children in the movie would put that frog into Maria's dress. And then when her kind comments at the dinner table brought out such strong guilt that the children all started crying, my children were completely puzzled which I found hilarious. The war content of the movie even led to a personal talk with Anthony, who is 14,  about whether or not a people can be convinced to pursue such an atrocious cause
and not feel the evil in it.

As the plot thickened the questions were flying. Why is that girl out in the rain with that boy? Why don't they go inside? Why are they looking at each other like that? And, again, when Maria and Mr. Von Trapp fell in love: Why are they looking at each other like that?

All in all, it was fun sharing this movie from ye olden days (i.e. my childhood) with our own children. I think movies are a great tool for giving someone a stronger idea of life during time periods past. They are exposed to the unfamiliar in a safe environment which excavates discussions led by their own curiosities. And this can snowball into reading books at their level pertaining to the subject matter; or creating a reference to a lesson given later on. The Sound of Music covers history, music, politics, relationships, personal agency, fashion, dance, and even the Catholic religion.

I told my family that we should learn these songs really well so that we, too, can all break out in song together. I have exactly enough children for everyone to have a part. Some were all for it. Some said, "Pshaw" and "Yeah, right." and "You have fun with that."

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The new Cranky Cakes blog and her products are fabulous!  I've just got to give a shout out to her for all her fabulous ideas and products!  She is really amazing.  I hope you will all check out her cakes and her business!   http://lizevansmakescakes.blogspot.com/

Love all the wonderful mother's day wishes!  Hope your Mother's Day is as Peaceful and wonderful as mine has been.  Take care!  Much Affection!

Sew-Brina!

Monday, April 29, 2013

All I have time to do is share the pictures of a couple of things I've done recently,
 and run run run!  or should I say, sew, sew sew?