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My Mom and I will be at The Pec Thing in Pecatonica, IL all weekend. Come see us at our booth Vintage Trunk.

This is our booth after set up today! :)

Oh and just in case you were browsing my etsy shop this weekend it will be closed till Monday when I will relist anything that didn’t sell craft wise. Follow me on Instagram @woollypetalsvintage for instasale info late May early June for Vintage items that didn’t sell.

More info here on The Pec Thing site.

 

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Well that was a little unplanned blogging break. Not that I’m the most consistent blogger. :)

Anyway, rest assured I have been super busy. Just not a ton that is in a shareable state as nothing is done. Plus I switched over to a new computer because my old one took about 10+ minutes to do anything. But that means so many of my files aren’t transferred yet, and I don’t have photoshop currently to edit pictures. I am currently using picmonkey which is nice but different than what I’m use to so it takes longer.

I do believe I owe you a giveaway winner from the forever ago Dinosaur Tutorial! Jen of PatientnKind.Blogspot.com I drew your name! I will shoot you an email for your address. Congrats!

 

Okay so here’s something fun! I finally finished Norah’s first dress I made for her. It’s Made By Rae’s awesome Geranium Dress. It was super easy to make and has several different variations that are all adorable. I love it and would have finished it sooner if I enjoyed putting buttons in. Seriously though the buttons took all of 10 minutes. Why do I procrastinate?  I have a stack of fabrics to make Norah a bunch more of these dresses. I need to make some bum covers to go under them too.

I made this dress out of Timeless Treasures House Designer,Crosshatch Sketch in Charcoal from Hawthorne Threads. I sewed the circles on with raw edges in hopes that once laundered they will have a frayed edge that will add some fun texture. The circles are Kona in Coral.

I lined the top of the dress in the Kona Coral for a cute little pop of color and also made a cute little coral bow that I need to find colored elastic to attach it too.

 

I have also been making burp cloths like crazy.  I have a bunch from Luke but I think Norah would appreciate some that were more girly. :)

I have a couple sets to list in my shop after the weekend too.  They are the simplest thing to make and I love giving them as baby gifts because everybody loves them and they work so well. I back them with terry cloth and I also serge the interior edges and top stitch them once turned for extra durability. We still use them with Luke when he’s snotty, drooly, or sick.

This eyeglass print is one of my new favorites. I have it in yellow and white and I think I need to get the pink too. It is adorable. It’s Amy Adams, Geekly Chic, Geekly Glasses in Yellow and I purchased through Hawthorne Threads.

I typically buy all my fabrics through Fabricworm and Hawthrone Threads since they both have amazing selections.

 

So that’s a little sample of what I’ve been up to. Other things I want to make before Norah gets here 5 weeks and counting.

- another nursing cover or two

- a light weight blanket for sunshade in the stroller – fabric ordered

- some more hairbows – I need to order some fun elastic

- a couple girly crib sheets from vintage sheets

- and some sort of wrap , mei tei, moby, etc…. I need to try some out so this one may wait till she’s born.

So yeah there’s a list! Along with some of the bigger Home improvement projects including the building of our new deck and patio ( not by us) ;) and switching Luke to a big boy bed….

 

Oh and if your in Pecatonica, Illinois this weekend come to the Pec Thing Flea Market and say hi. My mom and my booth is in one of the sheep sheds and is Vintage Trunk! It’s all day Saturday and Sunday!

 

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So the Living Room is coming along. It’s a slow process as all you who decorate know. :) I’ve definitely made a couple mistakes, but am learning that I need to go with my gut, and not with what everybody else is doing even when it looks fab in there own homes.

 

Soo the last I shared my living room looked like this. I had just gone from gray/beige to white. You can view the full room tour here.

It was slowly coming to my vision.

I have made a few changes that you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram.

 

I started by recovering our sofa. It just had a slipcover on it, so I took that off and started a Charcoal colored one. I really want white, but after living with the white cushions on the basement sofa that we use a couple times a month at best I knew I would be laundering a white slipcover in the living room every single week, so charcoal it is.  I am almost done. Just the two back cushions left and a few tweaks to make things fit perfectly.

We upgraded our toy storage from all the jumbled baskets and the small cream cabinet in the top picture next to the red sofa. These bins won as the perfect solution because they where the exact, I mean EXACT, dimensions I need to maximize storage on the shelf. They are awesome and from the land of nod if your interested. They sell out fast though.  I also brought up Luke’s little table from the basement to replace the cream cabinet I was able to do away with.  Oh and that kiddo chair is for sure getting reupholstered or slip-covered.

The map below is one of my favorites. I bought it for $6 at the Kane County Flea Market and really wish I had the forsight to buy the other 3 or 4 maps the guy had to. :) It’s been in the stairwell for a long time and it actually works perfectly there, but in my “I need something above the red sofa phase” I brought it down and lived with it above the sofa for awhile. Yeah, it just didn’t work. I love maps above other peoples sofas, but I think it is to big for this sofa/wall and to much color. So I admitted defeat and popped up some simple gallery frames and you know what, it’s perfect. I am hoping to thrift vintage letters to spell out a word above the frames. But that will take time and for now it’s just nice to have the openess.

Okay, you may also notice we got a new rug… and in this photo of our living I snapped tonight around 9pm (read:dark & blurry) you will notice I finally got my chair reupholstered! Love it so much! Clearly this picture shows the horibble clashing of the rug now that the chairs is back….. It HAS to go. Don’t get me wrong I like the rug. It was a great match for the room until the chair came in, and since I LOVE the chair and am only in like with the rug it will be relocated or sold.

So this brings me to you all to ask for a little input . :) Have you heard of Olioboard? I signed up for it last year when I was trying to figure out living room fabrics, and it is fun. You can make an idea board with pictures of your furniture, or anything on their site. I am sure you can make a board with Oliobaord better than mine if you want to take more time than I did. Or maybe if you are a wiz at Photoshop you can pop a rug into your own room picture. I can’t. :)

I went back tonight and popped in some different rug options. So let me know what you think. I cropped in pictures of my red sofa, my new chair, a stock photo of a similar sofa and shelf, I cropped in my sofa wall awhile back so it’s changed a bit but the colors are basically the same. And then I popped in some pillows that are similar colors to what we have. So it’s not exactly like our living room but it gives the feel.

Option 1: An over dyed traditional rug in peacock.

 

Option 2: A fun yellow and white abstract rug.

 

Option 3: A lovely Moroccan style navy rug.

 

Option 4: A black and white diamondy rug.

 

Option 5: A black and white striped rug.

 

So what do you guys think? I am not sure. As long as I have been decorating my own home the only rug I haven’t had regrets about is the original (and our first rug) in the living room shown in the very first picture in this post. But it leans towards beige undertones which won’t work in here. My husband just rolls his eyes at me and reminds me that I already bought a rug for in here recently so he will not be footing the bill. :) Luckily I have my own personal money that I will be able to do some damage with. ;)

I thought I would share to a: get some help in the way of opinions and b: to share that if your not happy with it than change it. I find my own home to be so much harder to make exactly as I like than it is to decorate others homes.  Also sometimes it’s just better wait for what you know will be perfect in the long run than to rush into something just to fill space.

 

p.s. I will have much better pictures than these I snapped with the old phone once I get that rug, the sofa cushions down, and the little wing back covered. :)

 

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If you have Instagram and like Vintage textiles follow my Instagram shop @woollypetalsvintage. I am having my first sale Friday Night, April 19th at 7:30pm.

 

Oh and don’t forget to check out my Dinosaur Tutorial and leave a comment for the giveaway! I will be announcing a winner this weekend.

 

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Need a project for the weekend? Do you want to make a super cute, squishy, soft dinosaur? You do! Well you’ve come to the right place. And if you don’t want to make one you can enter to win one! Yay! You can enter to win even if you want to make one. ;)

 

Okay let’s get stated!

Gather your supplies as outlined in the photo above.

Print the Pdf and tape the three pieces together. You can size to your liking, but when printing at 100% you will make a dinosaur 17″ nose to tail. Cut out two Dinosaurs, 1 regular, 1 reverse, use two different fabrics if desired: The easiest and fastest way to do this is to lay your fabrics on top of each other right sides together, pin the pattern on top and cut out.

To cut the felt spikes cut a strip of felt ( I use my ruler and rotary cutter, but you can measure it out and cut with scissors) that measures 2″ x 18″. Take strip and cut the triangles out, you can make them as uniform or as wonky as you want, just make sure to start the points 1/2″ from one side so you have that strip to sew in the seam.

Pin Spikes to one of the dinosaurs. Starting at the neckline and pinning till you are 1/2″-1″ from the tail end, if you spikes are longer than that just cut off the extra.

Sew the spikes on using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure to lock or reverse/forward your seams at beginning and end so the stitching doesn’t unravel.

Make sure to pin the spikes up on the tail so they don’t catch in the bottom tail seam.

Pin the two dinosaur pieces together and sew around starting on one side of belly and ending on the other so you have the belly portion open to turn and stuff the dinosaur. Sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Make sure to lock or reverse/forward your seams at beginning and end so the stitching doesn’t unravel. If you serge the seams now would be the time to do that. If you have never serged it is a good way to add stability to the seams, either use your serger or a zigzag stitch around the edge.

Once sewn, clip all corners and curves so the seams ease nicely once turned.

Turn the dinosaur poking out all the corners and tail to gain the proper shape.

Finally stuff the dinosaur to your desired softness, the more stuffing the less crinkly any of the corners or curves will be. Once stuffed to desired softness you can do a hidden stitch (what I use) or a whipstitch to close the  belly opening.

 

Now for the Giveaway! The above dinosaur will go to one lucky winner who comments on this post! :) Yep that’s it. Although if you tweet, blog, or instagram it you can come back and let me know if the comments and you get additional entries! Yay!

Thanks for stopping by and Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

It’s Friday! Are you excited? I am! Being the weekend means I have completed my 3 hour Glucose test (awful), that we have made it a work week through potty training (going okay), and that we are a work week through our Month of No Sugar (I am craving Chocolate a lot today).

Linking up with Jeanette today over at Life Rearranged.

Luke’s Easter Basket + Car / Easter Best – H&M pants, shirt, vest, Bowtie by me, Childrens place shoes /We started potty training – the first two days where awful. But once we figure out a timer for every 15-20 minutes it started to click. He can now go a bit longer 20-30 minutes depending on his liquid consumption. I’m hoping he will start telling us he has to go soon

He asked me out of the blue to see himself on the phone camera eating a banana, how could I not oblige / My Husband and I are 5 days into the no sugar and aside from a syrupy sweet glucose test drink this morning we are both cheat free. :) I am getting my sweet fix from lots of fruit and smoothies, I still am really craving chocolate though / This year Luke is bigger and apparently he learned how to climb ladder like things super well

He loves to mow and if I could trust him with a real mower it would be on ;) /He also likes to dig and is better at scooping dirt from one pile to another than he is at scooping food into his mouth ;) / New fabrics I received today from Pink Castle Fabrics sale – LOVE -

 

A fun and light of pictures week – potty training and no sugar will apparently do that.

 

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I’ve been trying to put together a comprehensive list of what we NEED for baby girl. :) But all the pretty stuff gets in the way. So for now I share with you my dream list of things to get for baby Norah! She totally wants everything, she told me. ;)

 

The double Bugaboo! We have the single Cameleon and I love it! I wouldn’t change a thing. :) Truth be told we may try and do without a double stroller. When we are out together David usually corals Luke so we don’t use the stroller. I use it mainly for the mall, walks, the zoo, outings that I am unsure of the boundaries (this way he is safer). It will all depend on how well he does with the freedom of being out once she’s born, he currently likes to run away with excessive energy. :)

 

I think these would keep Norah’s toes nice and toasty this fall.

Freshly picked metallic Moccasins. I have been obsessing about these ever since I discovered them. I think Luke is to hard on his shoes for them to be a good choice for him. I need to decide quick if I am going to get some since they are limited quantities currently.

 

 

This DIY light is amazing!

I stumbled across this picture on Pinterest. Which led me to the DIY for this awesome Happy Girl Light/sign and the lovely blog of Mandi of Vintage Revivals. So inspiring. I think I need to make something similar for above Norah’s bed. Love the sign and the room soooo much!

 

Hair cuteness!

Craftiness is not optional has tons of great flower tutorials for hair wear.  Loving all the cuteness I can create for the little lady with these. :)

Oh and have you seen all the super cute Geranium Dresses Delia Creates made for her adorable daughter.  I have one in the works for Norah. I hope to share that soon. :)

 

Thanks for stopping by!…. oh and if you feel like buying anthing for me…hmm Norah, I included all the links. ;)

 

 

 

 

Easter was fun this year. Luke has no expectations about anything yet but can still join in the fun. My Parents came into town for a couple days to give me a little free time and enjoy Luke before Easter so that was really nice too. My Dad is a pastor so they didn’t stay through Easter but anytime with them is always a blessing.

We went to a local Church Easter Egg Hunt since our Church took the year off from hosting one.

Luke met the Easter Bunny! No fear in him. He just leaned in for a rather loooong hug. :)

It was a really funny to watch him “find” the eggs. He filled his basket half full twice and proceeded to dump them out twice while running and jumping around. It didn’t phase him at all and there where so many eggs that he still managed to fill it up a third time before we left. I think the turning point came when one broke open accidentally and he realized there was candy in it. We don’t allow sweets or treats very much at all and I suppose he thought he would get to eat it all. One piece made it in the mouth and the rest was confiscated. :)

The Easter Bunny was attacked mid hunt when Luke abandoned his basket and ran towards the bunny saying he wanted to hug him. He was rewarded for his persistence.  And as we were walking towards the car, after the hunt to find a park, he told me he just wanted to hug the bunny one more time. He cracks me up!

I whipped this little bunny up the night before Easter using this Pinterest Pin the Original source ( that I can tell) is completely in Japanese? It was super simple and fast, and was passed over pretty quickly for the bulldozer and car. But I wouldn’t change making it for my little man.

He thought it was pretty cool to come downstairs to his basket and car. I am thankful for his innocence and naivety, I hope I can help him keep that, or just be super grateful for what he does get in future years.  I found the cool car at a local resale I do about a month ago and have keep it hidden till now. Since his birthday and Christmas are kind of far away we decided to give him the car for Easter.

And here is my little man in his Easter Outfit. Complete with a mommy made bowtie and a fresh haircut. Man I love that kid.

 

How was your Easter? I Hope it was a wonderful day filled with Family and remembering the amazing sacrifice Jesus made for us.

 

This week we are potty training! Also David and I are embarking on a sweet / sugar based food free month.  I am totally inspired by what Jami from thenatos has been doing since the beginning of Lent and decided that I needed to do this and try and make better choices for my health.

Wish my good luck as cutting sugar and potty training together while 6+ months pregnant might just be the end of me. ;)

 

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I updated my etsy shop this week with some new items. Stop by and check out the ones below along with a bunch more.

Owl embroidery

Market Apron

Deer Silhouette Embroidery

Oh and you know you can find a bunch of other fun stuff I make in my shop to right? Like some of these!

 

Also stop by Oh Sweet Joy and to check out her lovely blog, and to enter the giveaways that I am a part of. There may be a discount code for my shop available too. :)

 

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It’s done! :) As you may have noticed from some of my recap posts or Instagram if you follow me there. (woollypetals on instagram)

I couldn’t be happier aside from how long it took me to finish it. I purchased the pattern from Denyse Schmidt’s site last may in anticipation of it being my first project I would use my new Machine for.

I used Kona in Aqua I believe  for the base and pulled lots of random prints from my stash for the rings. The fabrics where purchased in many a online store and some local stores as well. If you see any prints you would like to know the info on I can try and figure that out for you. :)

The rings are all the same configuration of fabrics, I just rotated the rings as I sewed them together so it wouldn’t look exact. Overall I am please with how simple this project was. It’s the first project I had official sewn curves on and wasn’t as scary as I was initially thinking.  The most tedious part was cutting out all the tiny pieces. I think that if I was to make this again I would try making templates to cut from.

I tried to quilt it like the pattern called for and Denyse Schimdt’s version is with rings offset from the rings on the quilt. But I couldn’t get the quilted rings to be as nice as I wanted and I didn’t care to turn the quilt continuously to get the nicely spaced rings. Sooo I went with varying spaced straight line quilting.  I LOVE straight line quilting on other quilt but have never tried it in a more dense look like this. It take Forever, but is worth it. I really love the look, and the crinkle.

The backing was a vintage sheet I found some time ago, it’s a simple white with coral polkdots and is the perfect compliment to the front. I bound it in this white and gray houndstooth that I have yards of in my stash from Joann’s. It’s a perfect neutral fabric.

So yep… I am super happy I made it and finished it. And I would love to make another. I have seem some that the background is low volume prints and I think that would be rad.

 

As I mentioned earlier this was the first project I started on my new Janome Machine.  I received the Janome Horizon 7700QCP for my birthday and well it was supposed to be part Christmas Gift too but my hubby out did himself. Now lets just say this did not come as just an easy gift. While I would have gone out and bought it in a heartbeat. ;) My husband doesn’t have that same viewpoint, so a deal was struck with my husband so I could get it.

This sewing machine has been a dream to sew on. I love the extra arm space for bigger projects. The automatic sewing is really nice if you need it. I love all the different feet that it comes with and use the 1/4″ foot, the walking foot, and the free motion quilting foot the most aside from the normal foot.  It has so much going for it that I haven’t even tapped into. But I know that I sew faster and more acurately with it and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

If this machine is a possibility for you I say GO BUY IT NOW!  I have had my last Janome, just a simple model a step or two up from the most basic. And it has been a lovely machine for the past 8 years, but I do different sewing now than I used to and I doa lot more sewing now too, almost everyday my machine gets used.  I also have a Janome serger that I love. I have had both my old machines serviced periodically for simple things and tune ups but they have been great machine overall.  I do believe though that most sewers find that machine that works for them and they stick with that brand.

So hows that for an impromptu non paid review?

 

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