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Gardener Bucket Tutorial

5 May

Hey everyone! It’s been a long time since I wrote a post here! I wrote up a tutorial on my other blog yesterday, and I thought I would share a link to it here as well.

As we all know, Mothers Day is coming up. Next weekend, in fact!!! If you are anything like me, you usually forget about it and have a mini panic attack at the last minute. This year I decided I wasn’t going to do that. If you have basic sewing skills and a 5 gallon bucket, you can make this in just a few hours time.

Here is the link if you want to check out the tutorial and give it a try! http://littlehouseonmeylah.blogspot.com/2012/05/gardeners-bucket-apron-tutorial.html

Have a great weekend!



What to do When Your Kids Grow

9 Feb

Two years ago I promised my daughter I would make her a dress to wear for her first day of kindergarten. I purchased fabric that was brightly colored with letters and sock monkeys on it (she loves sock monkeys!). It was a total pain, I even put in a zipper! Dang, I must love this kid. I got the dress done just in time for her first day of school and she loved it. It immediately became her favorite dress and she wore it at least once a week.


She is now in 2nd grade. Imagine her disappointment when she tried to put it on recently and the zipper broke. She had grown quite a bit, so her favorite dress no longer fit her. My mother in law came over one weekend and while she was here we went through the kids clothes to give a bunch of them away. She donates to a local battered womens shelter so I frequently send things home with her to donate when she comes to visit. She put the sock monkey dress in the pile of giveaway clothes. She must not have realized how attached my girl was to it! Well, when grandma wasn’t looking, she fished it out of the pile and hid it under her bed.

One day while doing some serious deep cleaning I found the dress wadded up in a ball under there. I asked her about it and she told me the story of how she rescued it from being given away. I knew I had to do something with this dress because it was so special to her. I asked for her permission to cut it up and make some new things for her from the fabric. She loved the idea and quickly agreed.

Out of this one dress I ended up with a banner for her wall with her name on it, and a really cute little bag. I even reused the tag I had sewn to the inside of the dress that says “made with love by mom”.

Banner for her wall

Inside made with dress lining fabric

The point of this post was to inspire you to use what you already have to  make something new. I know my daughter would have been upset had I just given away this dress that was so special to her. I’m glad I could repurpose it to make something she will be able to use for a very long time. If you look closely at the bag, you will see some stains on the fabric that she got on it when she was playing in the mud or rolling in the grass. Those stains are memories and thinking about how they got there makes me smile.


I Wish I Had More Time

23 Jun

It seems that we have more time to ready our home for sale. I am in the process of trying to make it pretty by sprucing up the paint. You see, we are not fans of white walls. Every room in our house is painted sone kind of funky color. My kitchen was this color that I bought just for the name; it was called “storm warning”. I loved it. Now it’s beige. Blah.

We had a relative come over who happens to own a framing business. He bulids fancy new homes for a living. I was very upset after his visit because he said my house is awful. Not in those words, but he actually suggested that my best bet would be to “accidentally” burn it down. I’ve decided to take his words with a grain of salt. My house is not brand spanking new and I don’t have stainless steel appliances, or granite counter tops. I also don’t have a postage stamp for a yard, a garage with no door opener, and a house that looks like every other house on my block. I also don’t have neighbors five feet from my house that can see in my windows when I’m changing. So it’s fine. My house was built in 1970 and it has character. I’d take that over a cookie cutter any day!

With all this painting and cleaning and packing, my sewing is taking a back seat for the moment. Hopefully I can get all this done soon so I can get back to doing what I love. I miss Ingrid (yes, I named my sewing machine. So what?). Thankfully Lizze is still sewing up a storm and helping out with the shop. We haven’t even had time to get business cards done. Maybe Thursday will be a good day for that. I’m taking that day off.


Who are we?

16 Jun

Hello, we are Selina and Elizabeth (better known as Lizze). Since this is a new blog we’ll start off  by telling you a little about ourselves.

First of all, we met online through a quilting group for moms. We would chat back and forth until one day, we decided to have a craft night with a few other ladies in the group and it was there that we met face to face for the first time. It is a bizarre experience to meet someone in person that you have only known online. Not to mention a little scary. But we are so glad that we did! We have had many adventures so far including several concerts and an impromptu trip to Canada. We have become the best of friends.

Selina grew up in Yakima, WA. She was married at 19 and has since had four children. She now lives in Puyallup, WA with her gaggle of children, loving husband, three crazy kitties, and a pug named Bijou. Selina has been sewing for about five years.

Lizze was born and raised in West Seattle. She was also married at 19. She has two gorgeous children, two kitties, and Todd the Pomeranian. Lizze has been sewing for a long time. She made her first quilt in high school and hasn’t put the sewing machine away since.

As many compliments as we get on our handmade items we decided to open a shop on the Etsy website.  We use only the best quality fabrics and threads for our wares. We both do all of our own quilting. Please check out our shop and tell us what you think. Good or bad, we can take it! We love feedback and appreciate any help in knowing what things could use a bit of work.

Come visit us at http://www.thewanderingstars.etsy.com

Best Wishes,

Selina & Lizze