Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Diaper Bag for Sharon's new grand-daughter, Liliana

One of the best things about Facebook is that it reunites you with old friends.  When my friend, Sharon (from high school) found out that she was going to be a grandma in 2014, she contacted me and asked if I would sew a diaper bag. Of course I was thrilled and said yes. A few months later she again contacted me and told me the baby would be a girl. It did take some searching and lots of emails back and forth but I finally found fabrics that would match the nursery and shower theme. The next step was to design and create a pattern for the "perfect" diaper bag. Many hours later, I think it was about 18 hours, this is my design and finished product. At times I had no idea where I was going with my design until that moment when I was ready to add the next piece from the pile in front of me. I was thrilled with the outcome as was Sharon. The best part of all…two old friends reconnected and got to have lunch with my new grandson, Aiden and my daughter, Karleen when we made the exchange. I am sure there will be many more lunches in our future.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Colors of 2014

Did you now that the Pantone Institute chooses the color of the year for fashion? They sure do! If you want to know what colors you will find hanging on the racks this fall, you can find out early. It is not a coincidence when the fashions on the catwalks share the same color pallet. I can't stand when I finally get to go shopping for new clothes, go to the mall and find everything is dark and dreary (as you all know I love color). By knowing the colors in advance I can hang on to that old sweater I was going to donate, since it is now back in style, or plan my sewing in advance.

This is the link to the Pantone Institute's blog. The color of the year and for each fashion season can all be found on this blog. The colors not only pertain to our clothes but they are also for decorating our living spaces from paint to furniture, drapes, appliances, etc.