Monday, April 14, 2014

Fabric - Swatch article #12276028
Brand - Robert Allen
Pattern - Frontier Ogee
Color - Henna
Bought From - JoAnn Fabrics online

 I finally finished one of the clutches I was working on. I've been ordering swatches of reupholstery fabric for the couch I'm planning on reupholstering, and so far I haven't liked anything I've ordered. The nice thing about these swatches is that they were about a square foot in size, and while that's too small to do a lot of things, it was the perfect size for a clutch.

Enough room to stack multiple cards in at once!

I have a bunch of pictures and a some 'how to' steps so if you want to see the whole construction, click the link below.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Goats, Gardens, and Getting a New Laptop

T-bone in the background and Moosetracks in the foreground - taken by my friend Eliott

It has been a non-stop past couple of weeks. My roommate had 2 pregnant Nigerian Dwarf goats, and I say had even though we still have them, because they're no longer pregnant anymore. The first set of twins came on St. Patricks day, and last week Wednesday the two in the picture up top decided they wanted to be born even though we weren't expecting them for another two weeks!

Malarkey                                         Shenanigans

Luckily we were all home, but that was the day I planned to start working on my clutches that I was planning to make

This weekend was spent camping and getting our garden started. Since we have the goats in the backyard we're doing a huge front yard garden. Saturday we rolled all of the sod up and Sunday we rota-tilled. I'm extremely lucky because one of my roommates parents are vegetable farmers, so I've been getting gardening 101.

            Smoking a bunch of chicken thighs                                                                    The giant garden

After the busy weekend I was finally able to start working on making those clutches. I should have a post updated by this weekend! In other news my laptop decided to die on Monday so I had to go out and buy a new one. I'm typing this post up from my new one, and so far I'm liking it. Unfortunately I had to spend a lot of money, which means I may not end up buying some of the patterns I was thinking of buying this month. Making clothes can be expensive, and sometimes I wonder why I even bother because it's not as if me-made things end up being cheaper than store bought... This also pushes me one more month out from buying reupholstering supplies. At this point I almost feel like I'm never going to get a chance to buy them. I had a horrible day on Monday when I realized that my computer was done for. It's been a frustrating few months to say the least, especially since every time I have big plans to buy something for a project or for my own personal satisfaction something big comes up. Yay, for being an adult (groans). Keep your fingers crossed that I stumble across some money, until then I'll just keep on sewing.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Upcoming Projects

Is the weather getting nice where all of you are reading from? Because the weather here in CO is definitely feeling more and more like spring every day, even thought we're supposed to get some snow tomorrow. It was so nice this weekend that I was mostly out and about, and didn't really work on any projects. I wanted to share with you all some projects and knock-offs I have planned or in the works currently.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

From Old to New: Ikat Spray Painted Filing Cabinet

Remember that old filing cabinet I found for free on the side of the street last year? It was just kicking around under my desk, filled with craft supplies. But it really didn't go with my new desk, so it got a makeover! I used some matte and silver spray paint, this Ikat stencil from Elizabeth Chaffee which was originally featured on Design*Sponge as a way to print your own Ikat fabric. While it didn't turn out as crisp as I originally envisioned, due to a lack of stencil paper, I really feel that the smeary look better resembles that of a natural Ikat fabric. To see more pictures, click on the link below.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me

These cupcakes, from Sam's club of all places, were amazing
 It's my birthday, well not really, but it is this blogs first year anniversary. A year ago today I decided to take the plunge, starting with this dresser re-do and record all of the random crafts and things I get up to. If you're a frequent reader you'll have  noticed some of the changes taking place on the blog in the past week or so. I completely re-did my header and home page, added a more personalized side bar photo, changed the font, and added a support and popular posts section in the sidebar as well. For all of you new readers, you get the new and improved Guild of Goods! I wish I had taken a screen capture of the before and after but I forgot, which brings me to my next point.

The reason I made so many changes within the last week is that I want to continue to improve this blog and take it to the next level. Not only the blog itself, but my sewing and crafting as well. Here are some of my plans for the next year.

- I plan on focusing more on sewing and reupholstering this year with the occasional furniture re-do and crochet project. I think that having more of a focused approach will help streamline this space and attract more people with similar interests.

- More of the personalized photos, like the one above, that headline each post. Not only does it make a pretty picture on here, but if you're pinning these photos, the photo will say exactly what the post is about. That way if you forget to caption it when you pin it, you'll remember because of the tag on the photo!

- I also want to remember to take more pictures, and I want to start to get away from the cell phone pictures I've been using. I'm not really sure how to go about this yet because I'm not really ready to splurge on a fancy camera. I see a lot of sewing blogs use cameras that have remotes, which is ideal because you never need to ask someone to stop and help you take pictures. Does anyone know if they make webcams with remotes?

- I want to get better at recording the type of fabric I use in my posts and where I purchased it. Not only will this help  me keep track of fabrics I like or don't like, but it can help you as readers if you're venturing out on projects of your own.

That's about all I have for now, and I hope you all are just as excited as I am. Let me know what you think of the changes I've made so far. Do you like the new font and header? As I continue to work on this space feel free to leave comments either at this post or on my contact page. I'll have an upcycled filing cabinet that I'll be sharing tomorrow so check back then, and if you haven't already checked out the two newest Renfrew shirts I made you can check them out here.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sewing: Two New Renfrew's

I've been a busy little sewing bee! Here are the last two Renfrew Tops, from Sewaholic Patterns, that I will probably be making for a little while because I've used up all of the fabric I'd purchased to make a bunch of different variations. I've already made a long sleeve scoop neck that I love and a short sleeve scoop neck that I badly modified and used fabric I probably shouldn't have seeing as this pattern calls for stable knits.

Pretty pleased with how lined up the v part turned out
 I managed to match the stripes up perfectly!

Let's talk about the v-neck first. It fits perfectly, and the knit fabric i chose is sort of fuzzy on the outside but the inside is silky and feels great against the skin. I realized after I cut my pieces out I should've taken better care with how I cut things out on the stripes, however I think I got lucky this time because I didn't really have a problem with things not matching up. I think I might end up top stitching the seam at the waist and arm bands because the seam keeps rolling over and causing the waistband to stick out a bit. Ironing the seams down didn't really make much of a difference and at the neckband where there is top stitching everything lays nice and smooth. Super pleased.

I'm really happy with this cowl neck too. I made this as a 3/4 length sleeve so it would be cozy for dreary days. This was just as simple as all of the others, even with the cowl neckline. I think it took longer to lay out the fabric and cut all the pieces than the actual sewing. You can sort of see what I was talking about with the waist band seam puffing out in the picture on the right. I might top stitch the waist and arm seams on this shirt too.

All in all I've really enjoyed working with this Renfrew pattern. The shirts are simple to sew and come together in no time. I can see myself making many more of these especially the v-neck and scoop neck because they're both really flattering. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Before/After: Wood Slab to Coffee Table

Pretty excited about how great this turned out!
My original Saturday plans were to work on making another shirt, put the finishing touches on a filing cabinet I've been re-doing, and watching some Netflix. However, after eating breakfast with my roommates and chatting about the downstairs area in our house I decided I wanted to turn our current coffee table (piece of wood on cinder blocks) into a padded/more colorful coffee table.
Spruce: A Step-By-Step Guide to Upholstery & Design - $22.14

I got the book listed above as a Christmas present for myself, and not only is it amazing, but it had a great tutorial for a tufted ottoman. After talking things over with my roommates we decided that we didn't want to do tufting because we wanted to keep the coffee table as a flat surface to place things on besides our feet. After looking up color schemes and brainstorming what we wanted the downstairs area to look like I took off to JoAnn's and Home Depot to get the supplies I needed. I'm putting all of the other pictures and my step by step process after the link!