Archive for April, 2011

SushiBooties on the Martha Stewart Show!!!
April 4, 2011

My friend Della was on the Martha Stewart Show!!!!

Della was one of five finalists in the show’s “ReMarthable” contest, to find the crafter who best embodied the style of Martha herself.  She got airtime last friday, to show Martha her Fortune Cookie baby booties. See the clip here! I’m so incredibly excited for her, and needless to say, am living vicariously through her. This kind of prize is pretty much the ultimate reward to any craft enthusiast.  While she didn’t win the grand prize from Martha (a customized bmw) she won the people’s choice award, determined by online votes. I may be biased, but I think she should have won everything.

You can also check out Sushibooties on Etsy!

Happy Floral Shower Curtain
April 4, 2011

I have been looking for a new project to work on sewing skills. Often I will find fabric at work, and the only way I can justify not buying it on the spot is that I want to dedicate it to a project first, because I splurge.  I’ve got terrible crafting hoarding tendencies, so I’m trying not to fall down the same slippery slope with fabric.

I have been admiring these cool plastic grommets at work, and have been trying to figure out what kind of project I could make that would showcase them. We have them in all colors, bright yellow, kelly green, cherry red, a dark true blue… They look so fun.  Unfortunately they were a little spendy – $10.99 for 8! I made sure to save coupons.

When I found this bright floral material, I knew I could make a really great shower curtain using the pink grommets. I love the color scheme of the material, the print that is just busy enough to be this side of chaotic, and it’s a poly/rayon that is soft and silky so it drapes really nicely. I added in panels of blue cotton because the material wasn’t wide enough on it’s own, and I didn’t want to have a seam running through the floral print. I also made a tab of cotton at the top to hold the grommets, for aesthetic reasons and also because I thought the cotton would be more stable.

I bought a set of metal shower curtain hooks at Target for $6 and we were in business!

This was a really fun project and a great way  for me to practice sewing. I used a large cutting mat and rotary cutter that I found in my mom’s sewing stuff downstairs, which greatly helped cut straight and clean lines.

I have four grommets left over – I’m thinking of a cute, sturdy cotton reusable shopping bag!