Cute, small and blue

Baby pants 1Baby pants and yellow too. Here is a peek at what was sewn for little babelette boys. I first came across these while reading my fav blogger SouleMama. She had made some for her youngest little fella and it’s what pushed me to finally buy Anna Maria Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings. I feel like a real tease for not completely sharing these finished projects, but you’ll just have to have patience.

Cute, small and pink

Reversible sundressFlower sundressBesides the near constant sewing of purselettes, I managed to squeeze in some time to sew things for babelettes. Six items, four of these were custom orders. Some for boys, some for girls. Some patterns were taken from Anna Maria Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings, while others were inspired by Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing For Baby, while others are of my own concoction. They are all destined to be gifted to others, so I can only offer a peek for now. Here are the ones intended for sweet little girls:

Treasury Love

Here’s a sampling of 16 artists & designers that will be in attendance at the Make It Calgary event. Of course there are are about 50 more vendors not featured here. You’ll just have come by the show to see for yourself! That little hot pink mouse pincushion in the second row is of one of Kalen’s creations. I can’t wait to be her booth-mate for the show!

Yarn heaven

My husband might think it is slightly more hell-like than heaven-like though. I do have to admit that the craziness in the dining room is getting to me a bit too. My mother-in-law dropped by 12 more garbage bags of yarn last weekend. This pile is much more chaotic, with similar types of yarn in three or four bags mixed with random bits. It is taking more organization than the last load and as such, I’ve had to spread out a bit more too (though still keeping it contained to the dining room). Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving digging through the bags and discovering all sorts of beautiful yarn treasures!

Once I am all done the Make It show, then I will have to sit down and figure how I’m going to go about selling the yarn. I need to decide if I will sell the yarn through my current Bubblegum Sass shop or open another one dedicated to yarn supplies. Something tells me that a light box might be in order for taking good photos. Feels like another new adventure awaits me.

For those of you wondering why our dining room has been invaded by bags and bags of yarn, I am blessed to have Judy from Jen By The Fjord as my mother-in-law. She recently closed down her yarn shop in the Charles Reid Mall in Banff (was previously in Harmony Lane). Several years ago it was located in Canmore. Same shop and same lovely lady running it even back then. For now, big changes seem to await her. I have been tasked with not only trying to help her sell some of the yarn inventory online, but also with making endless beautiful things from it. I don’t want to disappoint.

Here’s a tiny peek at some of the stash:

Pink alfa yarnBaby Kid yarnOn line sock yarnFabel sock yarn

Chance of rain and cupcakes

I feel like I have been neglecting this here blog a bit, posts becoming farther apart; more time spent in front of the sewing machine than in front of the laptop. So I thought I would pop in and give a brief update on all the sewing progress and preparation for the Make It show. Remember when I said I wanted to spend a little more time experimenting and exploring some new sewing ideas? Well, that’s what I’ve been doing for the past week. And it has been FUN!

cupcake purseRain cloud purseSay hello to the newest purselette gals! Miss “I won’t let the rain keep me down”. She enjoys long walks on spring evenings and splashing through puddles. You might even catch her indulging in an ice cream cone.

And next we have Miss “I see rainbows on a sugar high”. She’s a shopaholic who can’t resist anything with glitter and hearts. You’re likely to find her baking sweet treats at home, with a cake decorator in one hand and a glass of cream soda in the other.

In case you’re starting to get a bit worried, I have not gone completely crazy. There’s just something about sewing colourful buttons on bright pink and teal that starts to make you go a little loopy. Anyway, what do you think of the newest editions? Quite different from my stripey purses, but I love their playfulness!

After turning out quite a few more purselettes, I’ve had to buckle down and take a serious look into how exactly to display all of these at the market. I’ve been dreaming of a coat rack-type of display unit and wouldn’t you know it, one of my fellow Etsy team members recently had her husband make one for her. Hilda of Handmade Therapy was sweet enough to pass along a photo of it. It’s a fairly simple design, but I think it would be perfect. So, enlisting the help of my wonderful father, I will hopefully get something similar constructed this week. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Wishing you fresh spring showers and sweet cupcakes until then!

(About two hours after I wrote this post, little white snowflakes started to fall. 15 hours later and it is still falling. Not quite the spring rains I was hoping for, but I guess I should know better… thinking that I need to come up with a winter wonderland purselette)

Steady as she grows

AeroGarden ThymeA quick update on the herb garden… it is doing WELL. Like amazingly well! This photo is now a week old (I’m behind on posts due to another flu/cold thing that I came down with this week). Things seem to grow crazy overnight though. I’m just so tickled with my little herb friends and these seem much more promising than the past two attempts. I still have my fingers crossed that they will survive being planted in soil once they are more mature.

In another news, hubby bought a seed heating mat to aid his attempts to start tomato, cabbage, and onion seeds indoors. Still waiting on the edge of our seats to see if anything pokes up out of the soil. Most of the snow outdoors has melted these past few days and I know that the green thumb of the house is starting to get a major itch to get the veggie garden going. Come on little seeds, come on!

Another weekend, another storm

Snow on windowIt must be Saturday because the city is getting slammed with more snow. Feels like most of our snow storms this year have arrived on weekends. We’re expecting 10-15cm or more of snow (that’s 4-6 inches for our American friends).

So I’m doing the most sensible thing and trying to stay indoors. There’s plenty of entertainment at home these days. Especially since my mother-in-law, Judy, dropped off the first load of her yarn inventory. Yep, that’s right, her yarn inventory. I’m currently looking at 8 garbage bags of yarn. It’s kinda like yarn heaven in the dining room right now. With more bags on the way (once the snow stops), I really need to get a good handle on what type of yarns there are, which means whipping out the spreadsheets and doing inventory. FUN! No really, I like spreadsheets, so this could be a very fun weekend. Plus, touching all that beautiful yarn is like an at-home therapy session. Oh the possibilities of things to be made!

So needless to say, Bubblegum Sass may very well turn into a bit of a yarn business. I’m sure hubby is hoping I can sell some of it. Though we have plenty of room in the basement, I think the idea of being surrounded by bags of yarn is a throwback to his childhood. I’m sure when we got married, he had no idea that I would eventually become a yarn junkie. He was familiar with my sewing habit, but I didn’t take up crochet until a few years ago. He’s a patient sweetie though and knows just how much I love and NEED to craft.

Here’s hoping that wherever you find yourself this weekend, it doesn’t involve snow storms or car accidents or slipping on sidewalks.

P.S. – I’m headed to a concert with my friend, Shauna, tomorrow night. She recently introduced me to the music of Steven Curtis Chapman, which I am loving right now. Yes, he’s a Christian musician, so maybe he won’t appeal to everyone, but I’ve definitely reached a place where I need, want, and very much enjoy that in my life. So look him up in iTunes if you’re interested.