Monday, May 23, 2011

French Lavender Sachets

Like many of you, I can't stand throwing away any "usable" (pretty loose, negotiable term in my sewing room!) piece of fabric.  Particularly those that are most vintage-y and retro-y.  I can't remember why, but for some reason, I decided to go on a hunt for dried lavender so that I could make sachets from my little teensie tiny pieces.   I also decided to quilt pieces together using 3x3" squares - I like the looks of them quilted, but also - I can use up pieces of fabric that are 3x3"!  (pretty small) - you would think that I could then throw away those bits that are smaller, right?  Hmmm.... well - we'll see.  (that's what I say to my kids when what I really mean is "No").
I wound up purchasing from an Etsy seller - PopKo - and I love this stuff!  I've made several sets of sachets and plan to list them in my Whoopsie Daisies shop as well as give them as gifts.  I've also realized that they are great in the dryer, leaving clothes with a soft lavender scent (not the chemically scents from regular dryer sheets).

So, now my radar is on anything "lavender" scented.  My Yoga instructor uses the most calming combination of lavender and mint oil that I'd love to have in my nostrils all day long.  Still looking for a good lavender candle, but haven't found one yet.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stamped Vintage Spoons Teacher's Gifts

I'm so excited - in my procrastination I think I've actually come up with a cute, original year end Teacher's Gift.  
I had purchased these spoons back in December at an antique mall, thinking that I would attempt to stamp sayings, or names on them for Christmas gifts, but soon realized that my time had run out.  And - I was chicken to start whacking on these pretty little spoons.  
For some reason I got the courage today to just jump in and try it.  I think they turned out pretty good, for my first ever attempt.  The key, I discovered, is to really whack them hard!  and... to do it with a towel on the drive way instead of the wooden workbench (which is way to soft).
So - 
here we have the finished product:  A gift card to the local ice cream parlor, 2 ice cream dishes, a thing of sprinkles and one silver plate spoon with the words "Ice Cream".  Ta Da!

Can't wait to get back to the thrift store and snag some more cheap (this time!) metal silverware in order to make garden herb markers.  It's fun to WHACK stuff!
I read this blog post at Window Ledge Arts before attempting the whacking process - you might want to check it out too!

Oh, the Places You'll Go

Friday, May 13, 2011

Vintage Hippie Steering Wheel Covers - opinions please?????

So, I'm curious about a reaction!  I've noticed steering wheel covers for sale in different places none of them had that funky vintage vibe - so I decided to try some myself.  What do you think??
I realize that the "Infiniti Sedan" doesn't make for the best photo, but it's not like I have a lot of cars at my disposal for picture taking.
So, list in the Etsy shop?  Or.... no?
You can even head over to the Whoopsie Daisies facebook page and Vote - thanks!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Still Here......

Hi Everybody!  Still here...... just seriously hit a "blog block".  Feeling very little motivation to blog lately.
I'm hoping to upload some pictures of projects I've been working on - one in particular that I would love hear your opinions (I'm in the gypsy-hippie mood!)

Here's my life in a nutshell:
1.  Running kids to school
2.  Running kids to ball practice
3.  Running kids to ball games
4.  Running into the grocery store to feed hungry ball playing kids
5.  Cleaning up dog poo and spew.  Nasty Yuck.  (carpet cleaner is on the way!)
6.  Doing Laundry from ball playing kids
7.  Seeing the hubs every now and then:  He is working at a new job (a blessing for sure - just a lot of adjustments)
8.  Planning summer camps for kids
9.  Squeezing in a trip to the gym every now and then (Love me some Yoga! Need to be on the Treadmill tho)
10.  Dreading the HOT summer......
11.  Spending ample amounts of time on Twitter.  Do you TWEET?  Yes?  Then come find me!  "RetroLeeTX"  It's fun!
12.  Little bits of sewing... (some new stuff coming - Not just Toothfairy pillows, what can I say?  I got bored!)
13.  Reading "The Dukan Diet" and realizing that I cannot eat that much meat.  barf.  Also realizing that I eat WAY too much sugar/carbs.
14.  and.... squeezing in a little bit of "me" time while enjoying some of my favorite musicians!  Some new and some familiar. (Bobby Long, Sam Bradley, Lee MacDougall, Tom Bertram, Marcus Foster on the horizon)
15. Oh!  Almost forgot!  The hubs and I took our first ever BALLROOM DANCE LESSON!  We learned a total of 3 Fox Trot steps - it was hilarious.  Except the part where I back stepped into another woman and just about put my heel thru the top of her foot  - oops.  I'm so sorry!

Peace Out from the Looney Bin.......
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