Stone Mountain and Daughter

The kids and I were in the East Bay today. For those of you who may not know what exactly that means, it’s Oakland, Berkeley, etc., the eastern cities across the bay from San Francisco.

We had a nice, albeit unproductive outing to Stone Mountain and Daughter, which is an amaaaaaazing fabric store.

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Before moving to San Francisco in 2007, I used to live in Berkeley, within walking distance of this shop. But at that time, I was a knitter but boy yet a sewer, so I only ever looked at the yarns they used to carry. Today was all about the fabrics!!!

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Too tired!

I’m too tired for any crafting tonight, sadly. So very sadly! This has been an unusual week, with both kids in school or camp and me chauffeuring them around in addition to my usual activities. AND I’ve made it back to the gym for the first (two!) times in a few months. All of this added up to me feeling too sleepy for anything. I’m bummed, but it’s clear that I need some extra sleep.

In happier news, I finally made it to a fabric store after several failed attempts lately! I had an errand on the same block where Pincushion is located, so I dropped in for a peek at their sale fabric.

It’s such a cute shop!

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I left with a dress worth of black fabric with white polka dots. I think I’ll start something tomorrow while the boy is at school.

Good night!!!

Put a bird on it, part four?

For a long time I had been wanting to see some new sofa cushion covers and I finally got around to it!
Before:

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I made these wool ones a few years ago out of thrifter sweaters. I still like them, but wanted a change.

Using this tutorial, I made these!

http://craftsnob.com/2013/09/bite-sized-sewing-how-to-make-a-patchwork-pillow-cover/

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I’m very happy with them! I still have plenty of fabric left, so maybe I’ll make a few pillowcases…

Ready to roll

We’re heading out on a car trip tomorrow, so I thought I’d whip up some car caddies for the kids and fill them with some new things that will hopefully hold their attention and distract them from asking if we’re there yet.  I used this tutorial by Yvette from Abernathy Crafts, although this link is to a guest post on the Lasso the Moon blog:

http://letslassothemoon.com/2012/07/17/diy-backseat-organizer-for-kids/

I went back and forth on fabrics, finally choosing a bundle of quilting squares I got as swag in Puncushion’s grand opening. It’s this adorable Richard Scarry farm-themed fabric, which took away the work of finding coordinating fabrics.

Knowing my kids, I thought it best to make (almost) identical caddies so they won’t bicker about it. 😉

Yesterday they looked like this:

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And when I was finished today, they looked like this!

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Them, because I couldn’t help myself, I filled them with the activity books, etc., that I bought at Target (coloring books, activity books, new funky crayons, old but still excellent crayons in the mint tins, etc!):

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I am completely satisfied with this tutorial!!! I thought it would be cute to add a few tiny pockets for the wee treasures that kids pick up, but I forgot that the seam allowance would eat quite a bit of them up, so next time I wouldn’t do that. If I made it again, I might also make it a bit wider, although I was pleasantly surprised to find that the jumbo coloring books DID fit in the pocket!  I was worried there for a while.

The pattern has instructions for a velcro strap, but we don’t have the kind of car with bars on the seat backs, so I just improvised some straps- I decided to use up scraps and kind of patch them together, which I think turned out cute.

And! This is only a 2-nap project! I decided that’s how projects aimed at parents should be categorized; by how many naps they take to complete. 😉

I hope the kids like their caddies, and I do hope they help our road trip go smoothly!!

Back to Pincushion

I ventured over to Pincushion Sew + Craft yesterday and was pleases to see the shop bustling, as well as nearly bursting at the seams with excellent stock, especially fabric!

Having used the fabric I bought at their Grand Opening, I was in the market for more! I chose a bird print and a seashell print.

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I think I’ll use both for dresses like the one I made last week, this time without the mistakes. 😉

Here are a few shots of more cute things in the shop!

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Pincushion sew and craft

It was another gorgeous day in San Francisco, but with the drought, I feel guilty for enjoying it so much.

ImageToday I visited a new local sewing/knitting/craft shop called Pincushion!  It’s located on the fashionable Union Street in San Francisco’s Marina District.

ImageThe storefront is simple and adorable.  I love how the words in the top windows cast shadows onto the backdrops of the main window displays.

Inside, the space is spacious, airy, and bright, and the owner and staff were friendly and welcoming.

ImageThere are yarns and notions in the front, with fabrics and other notions toward the back.  (There were many more yarns whose travels from the East Coast were delayed by the Polar Vortex, so all the stock wasn’t out yet!)

ImageI love the ribbons!  I searched high and low for this type of embroidered ribbon several months ago, now I know where to find them!

ImageThese adorable vintage-y sewing kits!!! (the cuteness temporarily stole my verbs, sorry about that!)

ImageBolts and bolts of tasteful, carefully chosen fabrics!  Two are missing from the photo because they were on the cutting table for me. 🙂

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These are some of the yarns and notions.  Plenty of Clover brand needles, stitch markers, etc.  Oh, they have some adorable sewing patterns for sale, including Amy Butler, Oliver + S, and others.  There are also baskets of super cute embroidery patterns, iron-ons, etc.

I went with a very specific sewing pattern (or 2) in mind, and left with fabric for both!  I’m so excited to wash them and get sewing!  Here are the fabrics along with the swag that Melissa, the owner, gave me; a ball of yarn and a stack of adorable Richard Scarry fabrics. I’ll make something adorable for my son with the Richard Scarry fabrics.  The more ahem mature fabrics will be blouses for me.  The yarn, I don’t know its fate yet!

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I’m glad to have this new shop in the neighborhood, and I’ll be keeping an eye on their class schedule to see if there’s a sewing class that would be useful to me.  Good luck, Pincushion!