Creative Outing!


A couple of weekends ago, my sister and I went to the Creativ Festival in Toronto- a convention of sorts for all things creative including: sewing, quilting, beading, knitting/crochet.. etc. As much as I do love all things sewing, I was completely side-tracked by all the shiny beads! (how can you not drool a little looking at this..)

– I also got side-tracked by a huge crochet aquarium display, that included many cute little friends- this one in particular that I will have to make sometime soon!
But as I said before, my sister and I got really carried away and spent most of our day ‘ohhing’ and ‘ahhing’ over all the pretty sparkly beads, and we brought quite a number of them home with us – only the ones we couldn’t leave behind of course!
There was also a booth where you could buy bracelet kits and make them right there, which we decided was a good option since we had been standing for a few hours at that point. 

Despite the terrible quality of this phone pic (sorry)- this was my little beading area while I worked on the kit, I picked a jazzy green number. I had never made a charm-style bracelet like this and I found it really fun and inspiring! So inspiring that as soon as I got home I jumped all over my sister’s expansive bead collection and started beading, making some original creations!

The first one I made was the black/gold/silver bracelet (inspired by halloween) and the second was the blue/turquoise/silver one, followed by the chandelier-style necklace for good measure. I made sure to included at least one of my favourite bead purchase from the show into each piece- which I like to call the ‘galaxy bead’ (the main top circular one on the necklace, shown well below in the bracelet) It is a midnight blue colour with sparkles and it just reminds me so much of a night sky… I’m a little obsessed with them…

Something about this style of jewelry making is so appealing to me, working the metal and making all the little charms to attach- it makes my creative side smile :). I am really looking forward to doing more of this!

After the creative festival Kristie and I went to an art show being held in the same building, that was recommended to her by one of her art profs. We saw some super cool things! Although I can’t say that I am the best art connoisseur, and I had my fair share of ‘what is that?… I don’t get art…’ moments, but there were some really cool things to see.

Then – just so we could finish with a bang- we went up the CN tower for dinner, mostly because Kristie, being Canadian for all 24 years of her life, has NEVER been up the CN tower, which is an abomination, and because you get a free lift up the tower if you order an entree in their restaurant, and we needed to eat anyways!

It was so high up! and, as you can see, it was dark by the time we finished dinner and went to the observation deck to take pictures. The whole day was so much fun, so inspiring, and it was also a little colder than we thought it would be- so I also picked up these little hand-friends. (other mitten not shown as it was needed to take the picture)

I think these will keep me good company over the winter :). 
Now off to make more jewelry! 
xo erin
-also, I suppose I haven’t mentioned this before, but all comments are welcome 🙂 !

Hibernation Preparation


So now that Halloween is over, and the long winter is ahead, I have decided to prepare for my inevitable hibernation (not wanting to leave my bed ever) by making myself a new duvet cover.

My old duvet cover had a pretty flower print on a white background, but was prone to yellowing near the top where it would come into contact with my face, that may or may not have been properly removed of make-up before going to bed.. Anyways, this time I wanted something very pretty, and perhaps a little more off-white, to at least appear clean for longer, so with some help from my mom, I picked out this fabric:

With green being my favourite colour, and the lovely serene print- I figured that I could sleep very soundly bundled up in a cocoon of this. So I set to work making a queen sized duvet cover and matching pillow cases for good measure. I also set out to prove to my mother that I can use the serger that she bought for me for my last birthday (although I do have a slight fear of sergers), and I have learned to love it! It is a beautiful Husqvarna Viking H class (pictured below) and it really did make this project easier. (see mom, it was worthwhile!)

This picture is a good representation of my sewing process – machine in front of me, and laptop beside me playing an audio book- Audio book of choice was Paper Towns by John Green, which I actually enjoyed more than his more recent Fault in our Stars- however I would recommend both! I also like that they are short enough that you can listen to the whole book in one day on a sewing marathon. In general I would say that this project was really simple, just a lot of working with huge pieces of fabric that can get a little awkward at times, but I was so happy with the result!

Complimentary shot of the vintage fashion posters *cough* pictures cut out of a calendar *cough* above my bed.
The duvet cover is simply a big rectangle (lined with off-white poly-cotton blend) with an opening at the bottom to fit the duvet in, with ties to keep it closed. The pillows are a little more decorative. I designed them so that there would be a border of fabric around the outside of the pillow, and I did a bit of piping detail on the front, as well as having an overlapping back to fit the pillow in, instead of having a zipper or side opening.
– the piping detail, using the same green grosgrain ribbon from the curtains in my sewing room.
– dark and awkward hand shot showing the back overlap opening of the pillow.
Overall I am so happy with how this turned out, and am excited to snuggle into bed every evening, which realistically looks more like this picture below, once I have piled more pillows and all the appropriate stuffed animals onto the bed, along with (of course) my laptop.
I do realize that this blog seems a little more involved in the ‘home decor’ area of sewing, but I promise that is only because I have recently moved, and I really don’t do this home decor stuff very much. My next post will be a fashion sewing post. And now you can clearly imagine where I will be creating that post from :).
Sweet dreams!
xo erin

Fighting Evil By Moonlight…


♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year ♫- yes Halloween! As both a sewing and Halloween fanatic, I can declare that this is indeed the most wonderful time of the year, a time of year where you can dress up however you want, in whatever costume, and you can make it yourself!

This year, I will admit that I let my make-up loving side get the better of me and went as a sugar skull- which has no special costume elements in particular and I just wore a black dress…. BUT THE MAKE-UP WAS SO COOL! – I did lose a part of my sewing soul though….
BUT I did have a chance to make a costume earlier this month (making up for my lack of epic costume on Halloween), and as the title of this post suggests- ♫ it was the one named Sailor Moon ♫! I was huge a fan of Sailor Moon when I was a kid, and I remember watching them thinking “they’re so pretty and brave!” and that tuxedo mask probably still had cooties… anyways 
It all started when my sister said- “Hey there’s a super hero themed pub night at my college, want to make us some costumes for it?”, and I said “DO I?! – YES!!, when is it?”, and she said “tomorrow night”….. So after a frantic trip to Fabricland, and to H&M to get two white v-neck t-shirts, I started on my marathon of sewing to finish our Sailor costumes: Sailor Moon (for my blonde sister) and Sailor Jupiter (for brunette me!). 
After quite a few hours, and an unknown amount of “will I get this done on time?” moments, that were calmed with chocolate, I finally finished the costumes!! And they were amazing!
 
After doing the first one, the second one was a lot easier to whip up. And seeing as everything in the costume has ample amounts of lycra, eyeballing all the measurements worked out fine. Some of my favourite costume elements are the gloves, and the bows, who doesn’t want a huge bow on their butt?, and as I am Emerald Erin, I was quite pleased with the overall colour scheme that Sailor Jupiter has going on.
This is a photo taken at the actual event and, as you can see, my sister is the gloriously tan and blonde one, and I am the almost fluorescently pale brunette, and in the middle is our friend who went with a batwoman theme. – I can say that we were perhaps more dressed up than most, but our costumes were generally loved, and I do feel like this makes up, at least in part, for my lack of sewn costume this Halloween. 
As a last little tidbit to this Halloween post, I will share the Halloween costumes of my favourite stuffed animals growing up, my first models for sewing as a kid, I’m not sure how old I was when I made them these costumes, probably 10-12 – a witch, a pumpkin and a fairy! And I still dress them up for Halloween every year!
Happy Halloween!
xo erin

Sewing Room Curtains!


Here it is! , as promised, this post is going to be about those fabulous curtains/window-coverings that I showed in my sewing room tour. These were made with the help of my mom, who is a little more experienced at sewing household-y things than I am.

So after realizing that the amount of sun coming into my sewing room made it impossible to inhabit between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, I called to my mom for help in making some curtains, and she took me to Fabricland where we picked out this beautiful fabric!

We measured for the large window, and decided that we would do 3 panels, that I could roll up and tie at whatever height suited the current position of the sun- easy peasy.

This is me cutting out one of the panels, with a grey lining – because the sun simply cannot be stopped by one layer of fabric. After serging these panels together, the next step was to secure the bottom, so that I could roll it up and it would keep the shape- I used small wooden boards for this, but you could go to the hardware store and get dowels as well, and just cut them to the width of the panel. Then I just sewed a little fold-over pocket in the fabric to hold it.
To secure these panels to my window I sewed a strip of velcro to the top of each panel (fuzzy side of velcro), and glued a long strip of velcro to the top of my window frame (hooked side of velcro). Check out my handy work with the hot glue gun! (and the not so handy camera work… sorry for the blurry pic)
Then I sewed some ribbons on, front and back, and stuck them up! I used off-white twill tape for the front ribbon and didn’t have quite enough for the back, so on the back I have used a coordinating green ribbon, which I think worked out well in the end.

I am quite happy with the finished product, and now I can use my sewing room in the day without wearing sunglasses and SPF 50. YAY!

xo erin

New Sewing Room Tour!


With my first post I thought I would show off my new sewing
room. After recently moving into a new apartment with my sister I finally have
a sewing room! It is so nice to have my own little space where I can have my
machines set up and ready for whenever I am!
Complete with my dress form (dubbed ‘Stella’ by my mom), and
an inspiration board, which I admit is slightly devoid of inspiration at the
moment, that is pending..  I also want to get some artwork up here, my sister is
currently a Visual and Creative arts student in college – and I’m hoping that
she will make/help me make something great to put up there. (HINT KRISTIE!)

I’ve also made some new curtains in here with the help of
my mom (blog post on the making of these curtains is in the works!). The midday the sun beats directly into these windows making it a billion degree
light box in this room- but now that I can manage it with these snazzy new
curtains I appreciate all the light I get!
This apartment also offers an impressive number of closets
and I was able to snag one for all of my sewing swag. – It makes me so excited just
looking at all my fabric together in this closet, thinking of all the future
projects – I haven’t completely organized everything yet, but at least all my fabric off the floor!
I am really loving this organizer because I can see all my bright and patterned
fabrics and remember everything that I have. As you can probably tell I have a bit of a soft spot for bright prints!
Now I feel ready to take
on some sewing projects! Here we go! 
xo erin

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