Monday, November 3, 2008

New product - therapy bags

The pile of leftover cotton pieces from my robes was starting to get excessive so it was time for rice therapy bags!

This one's my favorite - lovely asian print cut up into strips and paired with a gold and cream cotton. Two black buttons finish it off to perfection. The outer decorative layer serves as a pillowcase for the inner (and rather plain) rice bag which makes for a clean little therapy bag. I scented the bag with some lavender oil and mixed in some camomile, cinnamon, and rosemary leaves for the additional aromatherapy boost. I really like how it turned out and have two more in production.

Isn't this a cutie? I had a cup or so of buckwheat left over and wanted to make a little bag for it. With all the holiday talk I was feeling mildly festive so I made it up with green on one side and gold and cream on the other, with white and red topstitching. So cute! And surprisingly handy for it's small size. I need to pick up more buckwheat so I can make one for myself.

What is this?

I made up a few therapy bags today and was left with a number of scraps.  What to do with all these little pieces?  Well, make something.  So I pieced and sewed the larger scraps and sliced up the smaller ones to use as stuffing and, well, this is what came out -

Just one question - what IS it?

It's 3" square, soft, and tightly stuffed. Maybe a pincushion? A small pincushion. Or, with the addition of a ribbon, an ornament. Or a pillow for Barbie. A few drops of essential oil and it's a sachet ... maybe.

Any other ideas what I have here?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Showing off my winning costume

My store hasn't updated lately because the last two weeks have been focused on both a new intro to sewing class that just got started and finishing my halloween costume.  I went as a vampire hunter and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  I made the shirt, corset, skirt, and sash and outfitted it all with stuff from one of those mega-halloween stores that pop up like crabgrass every October.  I'll probably reuse this costume for a few more years and hopefully upgrade the armament.  But, for this year, it worked!

And it's such a power trip to be armed with a knife, gun, and sword, all easily accessible.  Even if they were all plastic, I still felt ready to take on a vampire.  :)