Bluebonnets To Peaches


Garage Sale Find – Sewing Supplies
August 25, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Curtains/Sewing Projects, Frugal Deals/Ideas

A few weeks ago Hotrod and I headed out to do some garage sale shopping.  We hit a small sewing supply jackpot!

We came across a garage sale of someone that makes theater type costumes and he was selling a bunch of supplies!  I quickly spotted this box with 10 lbs of piping in it!

For all you non-sewers, this piping is used by covering it with your fabric and then attaching it to your curtain (or whatever else you might be making).  It gives a very nice custom finish and is extremely helpful when you can’t find cording or fringe to match your fabric.

This is over 1,000 yards of piping and would cost over $200 at a retail store.  I got the whole box for $8! Yea!  I also picked up buttons and a zipper for .25 each.

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More Fun Bags
July 12, 2010, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Curtains/Sewing Projects

I had a request for another diaper bag, but instead of the onesie on the front she requested a pocket.  I LOVE the way this bag turned out.  Perfect for a new MOM, but doesn’t scream “diaper bag.”

I also did this one up for a baby boy:



A Fun Diaper Bag!
July 10, 2010, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Curtains/Sewing Projects

Here is my latest project, a fun diaper bag!  There have been quite a few new babies around here and what new Mom doesn’t want a fun diaper bag?

I’ve made several of these bags and I’m selling them so quickly that I haven’t been able to stock my etsy store with any yet!  That’s a good problem to have 🙂

Here’s the back of the bag:

Here’s a peak inside the bag (It has 8 pockets in different sizes, because every Mom knows you can never have too many pockets!):



Fabric Delivery
February 3, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Curtains/Sewing Projects

I was so excited when I received this package last week!

This is the first time I’ve ordered fabric online. I’ve always been a little skeptical about ordering fabric or yarn because it’s hard to be sure about the exact colors.  However, I found that ordering from fabric.com was really easy.  They have a “design wall” that you put the fabrics on and then move them around until you find the match that you want. 

I finally ended up with these fabrics and I’m very happy with them!  Wait until you see what I turn them into!

I was able to find a coupon code on retailmenot.com plus they offer free shipping with orders $35 and more!  An added bonus is that fabric.com is located right here in Georgia and I received my fabrics the very next day!  I also ordered a few other notions and things not in the picture.  Their notions were reasonably priced and I noticed that they have drapery weights in stock which is something I haven’t been able to find here locally.  Do you prefer to order your fabrics/yarn online or at a store?



An Envelope System Wallet
January 21, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Curtains/Sewing Projects, Frugal Deals/Ideas

We are big fans of Dave Ramsey and we have been using a cash envelope system for over 2 years!  We love the system, it helps to keep us from overspending.  When the envelope is empty we are done spending in that category for the month!  If you want to learn more about using a cash envelope system, go here.

I’ve been looking for an envelope system friendly wallet for sometime but haven’t been able to find anything that I really liked.  I’ve been stuck to pulling out one envelope and sticking it in my purse to use at the store.  I will admit that when we started using the cash envelope system, having only one envelope at a time definitely stopped me from making some random purchases because I didn’t have the correct envelope with me; however, now that we’ve been on the system for 2 years we are much more disciplined in making random purchases.  I’m not saying it never happens, but we’ve learned to ask ourselves if the item is really needed in our home before buying it.

There are times, however, when I visit a superstore center that I will be buying from more than one category (such as groceries, clothing, and home decor) or when I’ll be making several stops at different types of stores in one outing (such as stopping at the office supply store and grocery store in the same trip).  In these instances it would be really nice to have our most used envelope categories in my wallet, easy to get to.

Last week I spotted this post and Kelleigh’s LOVELY paper envelopes!  I was so excited after learning that I could make these envelopes at home for FREE!!  Whoo Hooo!

I gathered my supplies and made beautiful envelopes!  They make my heart sing . . . but I had nowhere to keep my new beautiful envelopes.  I don’t have a large size wallet so I decided I could make my own! 

I picked out some fun fabric from my stash and got to work!  I wanted my wallet to have a zipper for change, a place to hold my driver’s license and gift cards, a place to hold receipts and of course a nice spot for my new envelopes. 

Here’s how it turned out:

The front has a snap closure

The inside holds 10 of our most used envelopes and there is a spot behind the envelopes to hold receipts.  The bottom front has 6 spots to hold cards (i.e. drivers license, gift cards, etc.)

The zipper pouch for change is located on the back of the wallet.



Cute Kitchen Curtains!
December 30, 2009, 11:34 am
Filed under: Curtains/Sewing Projects

My neighbor had some flag design curtains from her old house that she still really liked, but her new kitchen windows are bigger and she didn’t have enough flags for the new windows. She had tried contacting the company that she bought the curtains from to see about getting some more, but they no longer carried that pattern. She asked if I had any ideas and I came up with adding a solid color flag to “extend” what she already had.

I think they turned out great!  We ended up with one extra printed flag so I turned it into a table runner using scrap fabric from the curtains!  I think the table runner really pulls it all together!



Another Apron!
September 10, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Curtains/Sewing Projects

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My neice, who is a very talented seamtress, saw the aprons that I had made for my mom and myself and decided that she wanted one too!  Her sister asked me if I could make one for her for her birthday.  It’s always a little nerve racking sewing for someone else that also sews!  She loves butterflies so I wanted to find some butterfly fabric to use.  It was difficult finding fabrics with butterflies on them that didn’t look childish.  I finally found this pink/black print at JoAnn’s.  I think it turned out cute and my neice was happy to receive it!