Friday, May 30, 2008

A Productive But Tiring Day

Whew! What a busy day. I'll leave you with several pictures of what I have been up to. These are travel kleenex tissue holders, a gazillion of them...well, almost. I have only 42 left to cover out the of 208 that I started with.

Only a little over one day left to enter the giveaway for this pretty polka dot pillow. Please comment under that post (5/19) to be eligible for the giveaway.

I'll be back on Sunday to announce the winner of the giveaway. Until then, stay safe and have a fabulous weekend!


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Whimsical Butterfly

Sparkly and polka-dotted, a touch of whimsy that all little girls love. This cutie measures just under 5-inches and has been attached to a clothespin so that she can be securely pinned to almost anything. Wouldn't this make a cute decoration in a little girl's bedroom? How about as part of a curtain tie back? The possibilities are endless.

My sincere thank you to all of you who read my blog and especially to those who comment. Knowing how truly precious time is, I appreciate that you choose to drop by and see what I am up to.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for this pretty polka dot pillow. Please comment under that post (5/19) to be eligible for the giveaway.

Have a wonderful day, my bloggy friends.


Beach Tote

Every girl needs a summer bag to tote her towel and suntan lotion to the beach. The only thing missing is the cute polka dot bikini to go with it!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for this pretty polka dot pillow. Please comment under that post (5/19) to be eligible for the giveaway.

Have a wonderful day, everyone.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Living In A Polka Dot World

Okay, someone stop me, please. People are going to start wondering about me real soon. All I do is think about polka dots and flower yo-yo's and the projects that I can make with them. It is getting very difficult to wrap my mind around other things.

This is a picture of what my grungy vintage hanger looked like before the transformation...

This is after...

Imagine these hangers in a little girl's closet. Throw out all those yucky plastic ones and replace them with rows and rows of these cuties. Oh, the thought is almost too much for me to take.

If I owned a children's boutique, these are the hangers that you would see throughout my store. Of course, the main wall would also be painted in giant polka dots too. Boy, am I a dreamer!

The kleenex tissue holders are coming along, although in my opinion, not quite fast enough. Here is the progress so far. I will probably be sewing on buttons all day today. Ick! It is clearly not one of my favorite things to do because it slows me down too much.

I also ran out of linen fabric and will need to start an island-wide search sometime soon. At the same time, I'll be looking for more polka dot fabrics too. A girl can never have too much, you know. It can be very difficult to find what you're looking for when your search area is limited like it is over here. I jumped for joy when I found the linen and snatched up the 4 yards that were left. I had the biggest stupidest smile on my face and practically danced out of the store with delight when I found it. Yeah, it sometimes can be that difficult to find things on this island.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for this pretty polka dot pillow. Please comment under that post (5/19) to be eligible for the giveaway.

Thank you so much for all of your comments regarding my projects and for spending time with me here in Polka Dot Land. I truly appreciate the cyber camaraderie. Have a fabulous and creative day, everyone!


Friday, May 23, 2008

Pincushion Tutorial from Whip Up

Many of you are asking for a pincushion tutorial. I'm crazy busy at the moment so I fished one out from cyberspace for you. This is from a great site called Whip Up. Of course, it is for the basic pincushion but I'm sure this will enable you to create a unique pincushion to call your own.
Have fun!

Polka Dot Fabric Tissue Cover

Table fillers. This is the name that I give to these fabric tissue covers and to any other small item that is quick and easy to make. They are used to round out the craft fair table and soften the edges, so to speak.

One down, just 207 more to go.

Thanks for stopping by and for all of the wonderful comments you've made. You really know how to bring a smile to my face!

I hope you all have a productive weekend. I plan to spend mine in front of the sewing machine. Craft fair "season" is around the corner. I'm so far behind it isn't funny. Can you smell panic??? LOL

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for this pretty polka dot pillow. Please comment under that post (5/19) to be eligible for the giveaway.

I'll be back to blogging on Tuesday. Take care, stay safe, and have a fabulous holiday weekend.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

I Love Pincushions!

I have a long standing fascination with pincushions stemming from childhood. I remember organizing the pins on my mother's pincushion by color and placing them into neat little rows. I looked forward to the aftermath of her sewing spree just to be able to reorganize those pins once again. I guess I didn't have all that much to do as a child. *grin*

I hope you enjoy seeing my latest polka dot project. Tell me if you're getting tired of them, okay? LOL

Sorry for the dark and shadowy photos. The lighting is very poor. We're currently experiencing vog due to southerly Kona winds. It has blocked out much of the sunshine making everything pretty hazy and gloomy. (If you're wondering what vog is, the word itself is derived from volcanic pollution and smog).

I've been feeling rather energetic and cheerful since I began working with my polka dot fabrics. I guess perky fabrics will do that to you. I should have pulled them out much sooner!

I'm currently hosting a giveaway for this pretty polka dot pillow. Please comment under that post (5/19) to be eligible for the giveaway.

Thank you so much for visiting with me. I hope you have a truly fabulous and creative day!


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Severely Addicted

I officially have polka dots on the brain. It was bound to happen. Don't come too close or you probably will catch it. Too much touching and caressing of polka dot fabrics will do that to you. Consider yourself warned. Then again, since this is a self-induced kind of disease, have at it if you wish. The residual effects of the disease is that you will be left with many cute polka dotted projects. I can handle that, how about you? *grin*

After viewing oodles of photo's of real owls, I have come to the conclusion that some owls are cute and some owls are not so cute. In fact, you could say some owls are downright scary looking.
I think I'll stick with the polka dot owl. She's nice and gentle, doesn't screech and hoot and is pretty to look at.

Incase you don't already know, I'm currently hosting a giveaway for this pretty polka dot pillow. Please comment under that post (5/19) to be eligible for the giveaway.

Thank you for the cute quotes and sayings that continue to come in. I'm really enjoying them.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

So Sweet It Makes My Teeth Hurt!

Okay, I think I may have died and gone to yo-yo heaven. These flower ornaments are my absolute favorite of all the jumbo yo-yo's that I've done so far.

I'm really digging the pretty pastel colors. It reminds me of a candy from my childhood called Candy Dots. They're the little dots of sugary candy that you peeled from long strips of white paper. Somehow I remember eating more of the paper than the candy but I loved them anyway. In fact, I think I may still love them, minus the paper, of course.

They're the same on both sides so the yumminess factor can be enjoyed from any direction.

I'm loving the pearly striped button centers. It is a refreshing change from the usual opaque white ones.

Each ornament measures 4-inches. Besides hanging from a tree, I think it would make a very sweet package tie. I'm sure I'll find many other uses for these as time goes by.

Just in case you haven't noticed, I'm currently hosting a giveaway for this pretty polka dot pillow. Please comment under that post (5/19) to be eligible for the giveaway.

I would like to introduce you to another fabulous blog called Sorta Frugal. This blog is bursting at the seams with a vast array of sewing and crafting projects. She is presently hosting an ABC of cool blogs. Please stop by as I'm sure you will find many new blogs to inspire you.

I'm really enjoying your wonderful quotes and sayings. Some of them are so funny that I've found myself laughing out loud. You've all made my day! Thank you.

Have a sweet day!


Monday, May 19, 2008

It's A Giveaway!

If you're a polka-dot-jumbo-flower-yo-yo kinda gal, you are gonna love this bodacious little pillow. From side seam to side seam, it measures 11-1/2-inches. The jumbo yo-yo measures a whopping 4-inches. Wouldn't it look sweet nestled amongst a cute doll collection on a shelf or if you decorate in brights for summer, this would make a lovely addition to a side chair.

Tell me you are interested in the giveaway by making a comment under this post. I love quirky quotes and sayings like, "Raising kids is like being pecked to death by a chicken" so please include one in your comment. You will not be judged by your comment or quote. This will be a random drawing. I will run this giveaway until May 31 to give everyone an opportunity to enter. A winner will be chosen on June 1.

I was recently introduced to yet another fabulous blog called Bits and Pieces. Pat has a great blog filled with beautiful quilts and stitcheries and many other projects that she loves. In celebration of her birthday, she is hosting a giveaway for "quilty" goodies. Run on over and enter her giveaway. You won't be sorry!

Have a sweet, polka-dotted kinda day!


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Polka Dot Jumbo Yo-Yo Bliss

I'm sure by now you have figured out that my stylemark and passion has everything to do with fabric yo-yo's. This quilt consists entirely of all that I adore.

I know that many of you have made rag quilts before. If you are willing to deal with the massive amount of clipping that is required and the piles of dust that it creates, this is a quick and easy quilt to produce.

I have chosen to include my hallmark jumbo yo-yo flowers to highlight this bright and cheery quilt. I'm sure you already know that I have a passion for polka dots by the title of my blog. I thought that combining both of my loves into one quilt would take me to seventh heaven and I was right. In my opinion, it cannot get any better.

I plan to share more polka dot jumbo yo-yo flower projects in the coming week so please stop by if you can.

If you haven't been able to read far enough into my blog, you may have missed several yo-yo ideas. Have you seen my jumbo yo-yo quilt and tutorial before?

I hope that it inspires you to start a quilt of your own.

Another tutorial that I have put together is one that shows you how to attach a fabric yo-yo to your project by sewing machine. I will be bringing portions of it back to this page directly under this post for those of you who may have missed it. This method was used to attach the jumbo yo-yo flowers to my quilt and is something that I know you will find very useful in your projects too.

I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog and especially to those that leave comments. I'm really sorry that I haven't been able to get back to you individually but please know that I love hearing from you. You really are a bright spot in my crazy hectic world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Have a great weekend.



***This tutorial is intended for personal use only.***

I would like to show you how I have been attaching fabric yo-yo's to my projects with this tutorial. I have been doing it this way for over 25 years. When I first started attaching yo-yo's to projects, it was always difficult to keep the ends from flipping up or if I tacked them down, the stitches would always show. Instead of hand-tacking a completed yo-yo to a project, I use the sewing machine to do the initial anchoring prior to gathering the yo-yo.

This tutorial is designed to show you how to create a 2-1/4-inch completed yo-yo. You can increase the size and make them the size of a bowling ball or larger if you wish.

Here goes...

The first step is to cut a 5-inch fabric circle.

Please note that a 5-inch fabric circle will make a 2-1/4-inch yo-yo.

Since the yo-yo will end up being 2-1/4 inches, trace a 2-1/4-inch circle in the middle of the fabric yo-yo on the wrong side. It should look like this:

Place the right side of your yo-yo circle to the right side of your project with the yo-yo side facing up. Pin in place. It should look like this:

Use your sewing machine to stitch completely around the circle you just drew. You may also hand stitch around the circle if you prefer.

Now, to close the yo-yo, take needle and thread and hand sew using a 1/4-inch running stitch. Make sure to turn the raw edges in 1/4-inch as you sew. It will look like this:

Pull the thread tight and knot off. This is your completed yo-yo attached to your project. This yo-yo isn't going anywhere. It won't lift up on the edges or shift and become lopsided.

Quick, easy and no dealing with the dreaded hand tacking left to do at the very end of your project.


Friday, May 16, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have been very busy with both personal and crafty things. Unfortunately, I have not completed the project that I gave you a peak of yesterday. I hope to post pictures of the completed project sometime this weekend.

I know that it is no fun to read a post without pictures, so I would like to leave you with these shots of a very practical coaster for your drinks. They were very popular in the 60's in both square and round shapes. I'll do a more conclusive post about it sometime in the future when I get some sewn up in some cute and snappy fabrics.

The base of the wine glass sits comfortably inside the coaster. This eliminates the need to tote a napkin around with your drink. If you'd prefer, your glass can also be placed on top of the coaster instead. They also make nice rugs your coffee or tea mug.

Have a nice weekend!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wise old owl... sitting on my latest project. Hopefully, I'll have some progress to show you tomorrow.

My plans for a tutorial and giveaway went by the wayside. Too much to do and not enough time has caused me to postpone it to a later date. Please stay tuned.

I'm pooped! Good Night!


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Pretty flowers all in a row...

It seems that attaching leaves to my flower pins (my original plan) didn't work out the way I had planned it. Evidently, too much bulk in the back of the pin caused it to lean forward. That plan was scrapped and a more simplistic version has taken it's place.

This is the first pin that I put together. It's too bad about the leaves because it did add a nice contrast to the flower. I wish I had discovered the problem before I made almost 400 leaves. Ugh!

The completed flowers, although quite plain, are still very pretty.

Another view...

A warm welcome to all the new visitors to my blog. My stat counts have gone through the roof. Thank you Libby for the mention on your blog. Libby's blog is new to me and one that I plan to explore much further. She has some beautiful quilts, craft projects, recipes, and pet photo's to share. She recently made an Americana fabric pinwheel which she included in a primitive tableau. Gorgeous!

I am desperately trying to juggle my time on the computer with the time that I need to spend on sewing and crafting. In an effort to do so, starting tomorrow, I will be posting during evening hours. The plan is to keep the computer turned off until evening. This does mean that most of you will get my posts a day late and for that I apologize. I haven't been as productive as necessary so I have to reduce all temptation of staying on the computer all day. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Hope this works!

Have a fabulous day, everyone.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Slowly getting there, one petal at a time....

Hopefully I'll have something pretty to show you tomorrow. For now, I'll leave you with this colorful mountain of petals and leaves. Have a happy day!


Monday, May 12, 2008

Home Tweet Home

Every birdie needs a home, even if it's in a pepper!

I don't really consider this crafting. Buying components and then slapping them together doesn't feel like I put enough effort into it to consider it crafting. To me, this falls into the category of flower arranging. Regardless, this was a fun project to work on.

If you are looking for a quick gift, you can put this together really fast. I started out with a vinyl coated foam green bell pepper. You can usually find these near the artificial flowers in most craft stores. I carved a hole into the pepper and painted the inside (white foam) with dark brown paint. I glued some spanish moss into the hole and a dowel just below it for the mushroom bird to perch on. The base is made from the saucer of a terra cotta pot which was sponge painted with mossy greens and golds. Silk daisies, ivy and spanish moss were added for interest. A raffia bow completes the look. Easy, peasy and a snap to whip up.

I'm sure you're all very much aware of the "new" retro fad. For a long time, I resisted anything considered retro. To me, it was just "old" and nothing else. I guess when you yourself can physically be considered retro, the natural thing is to resist the old in favor of something new. It was a part of my past and I wanted it to stay that way. Follow me so far??? Something happened along the way to make me change my mind. I guess it was the constant barrage of advertising of retro items in fashion and home dec that helped me to do an about face. I now love a burnt orange, lime green, and chocolate brown combination. They are clearly colors that were popular while I was growing up. I can't seem get enough of the new retro and I'm starting to look for it wherever I go.

This brings me to this cool retro wrapping paper that I fell in love with the moment I saw it. The cream, moss green, and aqua blue combination is clearly circa 1950. This is the wrapping on my Mother's Day gift to my mom. I created a simple hang tag which adds to the retro feel.

I really love the new retro even if it's actually the second or third time around for me. The old new has now become the new new, or something like that. Anyway, I adore it no matter how you call it.

If you've read this far, thank you. You are the bees knees, the cat's pajamas, cool cats! Okay, now I'm just getting carried away...

Have a nice day!


Friday, May 9, 2008

Miss Bunny

My photography skills really stink. Sometimes I get lucky. Most times I don't. Today was no exception. After 40 tries, I give up.

For some reason this little bunny was a booger to photograph. I really couldn't capture it the way it looks in person. I always have a problem with yellow's anyway. Oh well, I guess anything is better than a post without pictures, right?

Here's a blurry closeup...

Miss Bunny's body is made from a giant stuffed yo-yo. In fact, so is her head although that has been sculpted a bit to give her face a little definition. Her long floppy ears bring a smile to my face. I hope it brings one to yours!

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there.