Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A New Adventure!

So another year is here. Wow...thought the world was gonna I'm glad it didn't as I have so many plans for this year. First off I thought I would show you what my Christmas gifts to family were. Of course it was something handmade...I mean...that is how I roll..

I quilted these gorgeous table runners for my husbands family. Each of the stars are fabric folded and thus with all the oomph to it, it makes it a pot holder. So each of the table runners have 3 pot holders sewn into them. This was one of my sister-n-laws

You can see the star up close here. I absolutely love how these turned out.

 Here is the one for my mother-n-law.
 Love the pink/blue/grey combo
 and here is my other sister-n-laws. Yellow and grey is so gorgeous together!
 An up close look at this star.
 Here is the ONE picture I took of a back to show the quilting.

this one I made using leftover scrap fabric. I made this for my cousin

I think this is my most favorite one. Something about the colors just appeals to me.

So a lot of sewing was done in the month of December. I like to wait til the last minute just to pressure myself (NOT)

 I also managed to find time to make my Christmas cards. I love this pic....the boys and I were laughing the entire time we were doing this. Brogans face cracks me up every time I see it
Now for some exciting news. My new venture this year with BumbleBee Bagz is to now offer patterns of all the bags I make!!!! If you love to sew and want to make something yourself you will have to check them out. They will be extremely detailed with step by step photos to help you along! I am so excited to teach everyone all the little tips and tricks I have learned. There will basic patterns to very difficult patterns so you can start slow and learn as you go! My goal is to have the first set of patterns ready by the first of February. I cant wait!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Wow its been awhile! Life just seems to get busier and busier around here. Growing up you always heard the older ones talk about how time flies...never really understood it til now. This past year has been a big time of readjustment for us. As my family is getting older so are my priorities and thus I needed to make some changes.

About 3 months ago I was feeling completely overwhelmed and just tired. I was trying to keep up with the demands of my bag business and take care of my boys and their schedules. It got to the point where nothing was fun for me anymore. I was just tired and worn out! So I put my bag business on hold and just focused on the boys. It worked...for awhile. You see for me the bag business wasn't just a was part of my soul! I LOVE sewing, its like oxygen for me. I can go a little without it but then I start to sink. Around this time I also went back to driving school bus for my boys. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!!!!  I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy taking them to and from school. I love kids...their stories...their drama...most of all their HONEST expression of their feelings. Going back to driving was like putting on your favorite pair of PJ's...just so comfortable!

The only drawback was I was now working 2 jobs, taking care of 3 boys and totally missing sewing. Something had to go!

So this week I made the decision to quit working at the hospital.

I have been there almost 9 years but as I sent my managers an email I felt the weight of the world lift from my shoulders and a smile cross my face!

I feel so blessed that I am able to leave frees me up to resume my bag business and to my absolute love of sewing! I am so excited for the new year to start and to be able to do what I love without any pressure. I already have quite a few shows lined up for next year and some AH-MAZ-ING bags to show off.

So stayed tuned....2013 is gonna rock!

♥ Christina

Monday, July 23, 2012

Gorgeous Nails!

Wow...its been a long time since I blogged. Life as always has been absolutely crazy. Summer is in full swing in my household. Meaning lots of pool parties, play dates and movies! My oldest son is playing football for the middle school this year and has work outs EVERY morning! Some days I feel as if all I do is run around...I think any mom out there would understand!  Today's post is about a great little secret ( its sold at almost any store so its not a REAL secret) but one that most women walk right by! I love,love, love having my nails done but I absolutely HATE paying for them. I keep myself on a tight budget and this is just one extravagance that I cant justify! So I just paint my own...what a spend a nice amount of time on your nails and within a day what happens????
This!!! EEEK..look how gross they look. Seriously this is only after 2 days!!!! I am trying so hard to grow my nails out and love to have them polished but this just makes me want to pick at them. UGH!
So I did what I always do and researched a better way...and this is what I found!
Sensationail gel polish kit that COMES with a LED Lamp!!  It has gotten 5 star reviews from everyone that has tried it. It sounded good so I went to my local Walmart and bought one. It is initially pricey at $49.98 but it will last at least 10 polish changes. So if you figure twice a month like at traditional salons then this will last you 5 months.

It comes with absolutely everything you need for perfect nails. The Lamp, plug in cord, cleanser, primer, gel nail polish (each kit contains only 1 color...additional colors can be purchased for 9.99) gel top coat, nail file, cleansing cloths and a cuticle pusher. The instructions are very easy to follow and overall it took me about 20 minutes to do all of my nails. This is from start to finish because once you are done...YOU ARE DONE! There is no drying time!!!
Here are just a few of the colors you can get...there are alot more!

 I did mine in my dining can't see on here but all 3 boys were enthralled with this light!

and VOILA! Perfect nails. Now please excuse my stubby ones....I am trying to grow them out! I had gel tips on and they made my nails so brittle and soft.

If you want something that you can do at home that is inexpensive and works then this is the thing for you. I am not getting paid for this endorsement...I just loved it so much I wanted to share it. Be the first to comment on here and I will send you a $2.00 dollar off coupon to try if for yourself!!!

♥ Christina

Ps: check back next week as I will be sharing my all time favorite make up secret...flawless foundation!!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Have your cake and eat it too!!

Chocolate cake...the absolute death of  me.  I love it! Could eat it all day long! In my house I am the only one with a sweet tooth. My boys and husband like salty things...chips do not last long around here. But I like my sweets. Especially chocolate cake. The biggest problem with that is if I make a typical cake no one will eat it but me..and I end up eating the whole thing. Not good! While perusing the Internet one day I came across this recipe...and fell in love!!!! I cannot begin to tell you how good this is! And it is less than 25 calories a serving!  So here is the best cake recipe ever...

 1 box of Chocolate Sugar Free cake mix ( or use whatever flavor you love)  
1 box of Angel Food cake mix

you need an empty Tupperware container that you can seal..

mix the two cake powders and dump into your container

That's it!! Now for a fabulous piece of cake you take 
3 Tablespoons of cake mix
2 Tablespoons of water 
Mix it in a coffee mug and.....................

Microwave for 1 minute and you have a perfect single piece of cake!!!! 

I promise you will love tastes so good. I love to put sliced bananas and sugar free cool whip on top of mine. At less than 25 calories I can have a piece of cake a day! I also love that you can store the powder in your pantry. 

Try it!!!!

♥ Christina

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sewing with Laminate

One of my custom orders was for a diaper bag made out of laminated fabric. I have never sewn with laminate before and it was quite the experience! I love how the bag turned will be very easy to keep clean. It had 2 front pockets and 2 side pockets...a large back zip pocket and 5 interior pockets. I also made the strap adjustable for over the shoulder or messenger style wear.

as you can see from this picture it is super shiny!

While I was sewing this I came up with a few tips. I simply used the same pattern that I would for any bag I make but there are some adjustments that need to be made. 

1. I still interfaced all pieces of the bag with Thermolam. This actually helped me sew it as the laminated part was on the inside as I sewed. 

2. To sew a top stitch I had to use my walking foot. If you don't have one it is well worth the investment to get it!!! 

3. I also had to increase my stitch length to 4. 

5. I had a heck of a time with my bottom thread having "gathers" as my thread was going too loosely through the machine for this type of sewing....I had to put tape on my spool to make it go through tighter. 

6. I did not have any problems with wrinkling like some people have stated. I even turned mine out and in a couple of times.  You can see in the photo that its not very wrinkly and looks good. I think the key here was that I interfaced everything. It gave it a good bit of support. 

7. This is a slow bag to make. Most times I can whip out a diaper bag in 2-3 hours....this one took about 5 to make. 

All in all I loved the laminate and there are so many fabulous prints in this fabric.....I cant wait to make more!!

♥ Christina

Friday, January 27, 2012

Adding a Hard Bottom to Your Bags

 I love a hard bottom on a bag...I think it adds a touch of polish not to mention helps it be more stable and durable. This tutorial is how I add a hard bottom to a simple tote bag. I have been doing it this way for awhile and I think its one of the simplest ways out there. 

For this tutorial I am assuming that you know how to make a simple bag. While this tutorial is easy to follow you do need to know how to make a basic bag to follow along. If you do not know how to make a basic bag Creative Little Daisy has a great tutorial on one. This picks up after you have cut out all your pieces and interfacing.

If you follow a basic bag pattern for a square know that you need to cut a square out of the corners of your bag front and back like the picture below....for this bag I used a 2 inch square

Line up your front and back pieces and sew across the bottom. 

Open up the pieces and iron flat

Measure the front part of the notch 

and the long side part of the notch

Cut a piece of interfacing the same as your measurements.

Tip!! I always use Pellon #72 for my bag bottoms. It is double sided fusible and it is super stiff. For this tutorial I didn't have any so I used Pellon #71 It is one sided fusible. I just used two on top of the other and put the fusible side to the outside on both. This works fine..but I still prefer the #72.

Cut a piece of your main bag fabric big enough to put the interfacing in the middle like below. Make sure you have at least 1 inch of fabric on the ends.

Fold over the sides and iron flat (this is where the fusible is so necessary!!)

On your bag pieces lay the hard bottom piece on top of your sewn line...making sure you center it up. Pin in place.

Sew down the sides of the bag twice...making sure your lines are nice and even as this will be seen on the bottom.

Tip!!!! I always use a #18 size needle when I make bags. I never have a problem going through all the layers this way!

Now you assemble the bag like a basic bag pattern...sewing down the sides

In a basic bag pattern you square off the corners and sew do the same thing here...just make sure you pull the ends of the hard bottom fabric through your opening and smooth it out!

Sew across the bottom!

Tip!!!! I never do a back and forth motion on this part....I have had my needle jam as there is alot to put through your machine. I simply sew across....pull out and start at the top again and sew across once more.  This adds durability without trying to shove everything back words.

Do the same thing to the other side and you will have a nice square bottom.

Turn everything right side out and there you have it......a hard bottom for your bag. Just simply finish your bag the way you normally would. 

I hope this helps...if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!! 

♥ Christina

PS: Next week I will be sharing a tutorial on how to install a inset zipper to the top of your bag like this

I am adding this to Amy's Sew and Tell Friday....check it out!