Monday, November 23, 2009
Nothing makes me happier than getting mail. Postcards, notes,
bills, catalogs (ok not always catalogs, but sometimes they're not so bad, right?), and especially- packages.
I'm not usually the one that goes out to the mailbox, Christopher typically pulls up beside the box on his way home from work to see if anything has come that day. Sometimes, if I'm really lucky, he walks in the door with a box. And the other day, I was really lucky.
I got a package (!!!) from one of my favorite Etsy shop, Random Pretties.
Not just any package either, it was a brightly colored super stuffed box full of awesomeness!
Inside my delivery, was a really cute tea cup zipper pouch- perfect for putting my tea bags and packets of stevia in. All of the supplies that I would need to make the cutest hand sewn pinwheel Christmas ornaments. And my very favorite part: a cute little sewing supply book, just my style.
The reason I got so excited over my new skull craft book, is I've never had my own sewing kit. Ever. I can't sew. I want to sew, I daydream about being able to sew, but I just can't do it. I took a home economics type class in both middle school and high school, and the results were less than presentable. I can't even sew a straight line on a brown paper bag. I suck at sewing. Christopher, my husband, has more sewing supplies than I do.
I couldn't wait to dig into my ornament kit, stab my fingers with my new needles (which I did, several times, and it hurt, and I hated it, but I loved it), and make some random pretties.
It took me two days to finish this project. Not because it was hard, it was actually really easy, which is rad for the no-sew kinda gal like myself, I just don't have time to sit down and focus on something for more than a little while at a time, ever. This was perfect, actually.
Um, I had Christopher help me iron.
Doesn't he look cute?
I hate ironing. Hate hate hate. I'm always afraid that I'm going to burn a hole into the fabric, burn myself, or burn the dang house down. Christopher had to iron his uniforms all by himself while he was in basic/tech school, so... hes had a lot of practice.
After two days of going back and forth to the dining room table (who really eats at their table anyways?), cutting a corner here, sewing a button on there- I was finished! I made 8 beautiful pinwheel Christmas ornaments!!
I strung the ornaments up together on a strand of red wire, banner style, above the dining room window, where our Christmas tree will be going (the day after Thankgiving, of course). Eleanore calls them "flowers", rather than ornaments. I call them perfect. The best part of all though, is that I sewed them myself.
You guys, I sewed something.
If you want to sew some of these super easy and oh so cute pinwheel ornaments as well, click here to get yourself the tutorial! You can make these for yourself, your friends, your family, using whatever fabrics you have on hand (or if you don't have any fabric, the recipe calls for very little, it will cost you next to nothing). You can hang them on your tree, or hang them up banner style like I did. Either way, they'll brighten your space.
Random Pretties is offering a discount to all of you! Enter discount code "TIA" at checkout (tee hee, thats me), and you'll get 20% off of your order. Heck yes! Nessa is pretty rad that way.
She has more than just ornaments in her shop too, shes got really cute clothes for the littles (I purchased a very cute custom birthday dress for Eleanore's 3rd birthday from her), little purses and pouches, bibs- lots of cuteness. You won't be disappointed that you clicked your way over there. Promise <3