Monday, June 9, 2014

This blog still exists?

I am afraid that I have to ask myself this question. Somehow I have completely lost the motivation to blog in the last year - judging by the fact that the last entry is in May 2013. But I have not completely forgotten it, just neglected. I still have plans returning to it, but at the moment, my family and ministry have been more important. Also there was not much to post, since I didn't do any digital scrapbooking or sewing in a very long time. But I miss it, both the creative process and posting about it. So hopefully this means I am coming back.

My vintage Elna (my best machine) was broken for a long time, but finally a friend got me the needed part and shipped it across the ocean :) Which means I have started sewing again. As for scrapping, I don't know when  and whether I will return to it, but maybe this blog will be more of a sewing blog for a  while and maybe I will even do some housecleaning and declutter some old posts. My daughter is in art school and I have asked her to redesign the blog for me, so I am hoping she will get to it this summer :)

So, Taly's Creation still lives, but will need a bit reviving and nurturing in the next few months. Hopefully that will also motivate me to declutter my fabric stash, try some new patterns and make clothes for myself, because after loosing quite some weight last year and throwing away all the old clothes, my closet is almost completely empty. I am hoping to muslin some patterns and develop some TNT's (true and tried) to use over the next few months.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Back to scrapping

After a longer break and just some occasional pages, I have started creating again for some of my favorite digital designers - Nicole Young and Marcee Duggar, who have recently moved to a new home - the Creative Pixel. 

Here are some pages I created in the past few weeks. With Nicole's products, which you can find all here at the new shop.

Create Inspire Play Graphic Pack 
Font: Anther Typewriter

Falling Into Fabulous Graphic Pack
Fonts: Pea Kadee, Another Typewriter

The Very Best Part of Me Graphics Pack
Font: Another Typewriter
Credits: Higgledy Piggledy Graphic Pack by Nicole Young
Font: Christopherhand

Funky Freshtastic Graphic Pack by Nicole Young

And for Marcee Duggar, whoe products you can find here.

Collage Background Pack
Collage Art Graphic Pack
Collage Clipping Masks 1
Flea Market Kit 2
Collage Alpha Set 1

Collage Blends 5
Heritage Charm Background Pack
Heritage Charm Elements Pack
Heritage Charm Flowers
Heritage Charm Graphic Pack
Heritage Charmed Graphic Pack
Heritage Charming Pack
Stick It Decorative Tape 2
Fonts: Georgia and CK Maternal

I also ventured a bit more into art journaling :)

Collage Journal Paper | Stick It Decorative Tape 5, 6 and 7 | Wire Fence Pack | Collage Blends 2 | Artistic Clipping Masks 2 | Collage Elements | Heritage Charm Graphics Pack | Collage Stamps 1 and 3
Fonts: Another Typewriter and 28 Days Later

Collage Journal Papers
Collage Blends 1 and 4
Collage Elements
Collage Brush/Stamp Pack 1

Collage Graphic Pack
Collage Art Stamps/Brushes
Collage Blends 4

Collage Elements
Collage Blends 4
Collage Stamps/Brushes 3
Heritage Charm Graphic Pack
Heritage Charmed Graphic Pack
Heritage Charming Graphic Pack
Heritage Charm Elements
Heritage Flowers
Stick It Decorative Tape 2
Wire Fence Pack

Monday, March 25, 2013

New car seat cover

Four and half years ago, I made a new car seat cover for my then 1 year old. I took apart the original pieces, took off the ironed on (torn) fabric and cut new fabric from quilting cotton. I attached the new fabric to the sponge pieces (at the edges) and then sewed the pieces back together.

It worked out great, but since then we had another girl and kept using that car seat. The cotton fabric was too thin and recently has started to completely fall apart. It was time to redo that cover one more time. This is how it looked after I took the pieces apart:

As I examined the pieces, I found out that the sponge was also torn and worn out. So, I bought a new sponge and used these pieces as a pattern to cut out both the sponge and the new fabric. This time my mom gave me some leftover fabric, which is cotton, but sturdier. I again attached the fabric to the sponge pieces with a large zig-zag at the edges and then treated them as one. This time I didn't just used zig-zag to finish all the holes, but I made bound button holes, to make it nicer and sturdier. I top-stitched all of them. Then I put it all together and sewed wide FOE all around the cover. It took me almost two days, but it was worth it:

So much better and I love the color (which is a bit more green in real life :).  

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Back after a long long time - two little jumpers

I know I have been gone for a very long time. Real life has a way of taking over and our camera was broken, so I couldn't show you anything :) Now my computer  is broken and I am missing a lot of my files. I hope it's going to get fixed soon. Meanwhile I was able to sew my now 5 year old girl some new jumpers and actually take pictures of them :) So here they go:

This one is done with Burda 11-2008-139. I really like the top-stitched pleats and the buttons on the shoulders. I think I would make it a tad longer next time, but I am sure I will use this pattern a few more times. The full review  can be found on Pattern Review.
This jumper used the same bodice as above, but I omitted the shoulder tabs and made my own tiered skirt. I didn't have more fabric or I would have made it longer. It has a invisible back zipper and trimmed hem. It's made from a embroidered baby corduroy I got in the US on our last trip. Wish I had more of this kind of fabric, it's definitely the best fabric for fall/winter skirts and jumpers.

I hope I can keep up with the blog and some redesigning/redefining is due during the next year. I will try to take some photos of projects made in the last few month and catch up a bit.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Recycled orange dress

The big girls had a dress that was just a simple orange knit sun dress. It had ruffles around the neckline and nobody wanted to wear it. The fabric was still pretty good, so I decided not to get rid of it. I cut it apart and decided to use the fabric for a summer dress for my 4 year old.

I didn't use a patter, just kind of traced the top of a sundress she had and used that for the bodice. For the skirt I just gathered two rectangles. I wanted to add a splash of color, so I bound it with strips of another knit. I only had a tiny piece it, so I had to cut it vertically, not horizontally like i normally would with knit binding. But because this was a four way stretch, it worked pretty well.

Lastly I had two small pieces left, so I made a sash. She loves it and I think it came out pretty well. She really needs some more summer dresses, so I think I will make her another one.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mimi's Prom Dress

Last week I showed you a quick collage of Debi's 8th grade dress. That same weekend our high-school graduate had her prom. So, I made a dress for her. She had a unique dress in her mind and in the beginning it seems like we wouldn't be able to fulfill her wishes, but in the end with a combination of some lace my mom had at home, a green lining I had in my stash and some sparkly tulle I was able to do it and she love it. I will try to blog about both dresses a bit more in detail in the next few days (patterns/construction/changes), but for now here is another collage of the dress:

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Regency Dress for Debi

My last two weeks have been busy with sewing. My 8th grader was dreaming of a regency dress for a long time - she is a big Jane Austen fan. I had the Simplicity 4055 pattern for a while, but somehow never got to it. Her 8th grade school celebration was a great opportunity. The fabric proved to be quite a challenge, as it stretched out in places as I worked with it, but in the end I managed to finish the dress - complete with hand-made buttonholes and covered buttons. I also managed to braid her long strong hair into a beautiful up-do. She truly looked like a princess. 

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