Saturday, March 20, 2010


Happy Birthday Dad!  Hope you have a fabulous year!  I made this Kindle case yesterday- based on the pattern found here.  I chose a vintage fabric that I LOVE and also added his initial on the top of the case.  The letter "L" is a fun one to make.

This is the vintage Lion Fabric that I just love.  I plan to make some other stuff from it soon.  I am thinking of selling some as well.  I have about 4 yards.  Anyone interested?  It is a 1960's canvas cutie.

I will add more pics when my dad places his Kindle inside and gives a big *sigh* Now he can read in comfort and style.

To make the inserts so the case stands up, I used the back of a drawing paper pad.  The same one 3 of my 4 beauties just finished using the last pages to make drawings for their sweet granddad. The very same one getting this case. Way to reuse, Jewels!

Hubba Bubba asked why we didn't make him anything...remember dear, patience is a virtue.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Apron Crazy

Hello out there!
I have been so busy making these aprons for my kids school fund raising event.  I got a little carried away- can you tell?  But, I had so much fun it was worth it!
Here is the kids apron.

This is the child size apron.

I followed the pattern by Montessori By Hand- now found here.  I just love this pattern.  It is written so clearly and I followed it just as written (except for the applique, which was my design).  I recycled fabric by using clothing donated by each child in the class.  They gave me items that were stained and could no longer be used, but the fabric was cute or had an interesting texture. Some of the fabrics were from my stash- I was so happy to have an excuse to use some fabric---this just gives me an excuse to get more..heeheehee and there are so many great fabrics out there; especially now with Spoonflower! 

My favorite is the little gnome in the tire swing.  His beard is made from an old washcloth.  My son's teacher calls him Moinalee (sp?) I think this is a European term for gnome.  Does anyone know?

Check out the fairy behind the mushroom.  She is a little subtle (I wanted her to be more obvious).  I like her shoe, don't you?

This is a photo of the backside of the apron- with my slightly off attempt at embroidering a label- see the messy green and red area on the left? Thanks to the tutorial from futuregirl- I still need some practice making these.

See the adult apron now- using the Retro Apron Pattern bought here

See the pattern?  I followed the one on the right.  I sure had a tough time with the bias tape- maybe because I used denim and it was so thick.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Here is the dog checking out my handiwork.  I think she likes it.
I like how the gnome is peeking out from the tree and the owl hidden in the tree.  This was a fun project.

Again, thanks to futuregirl.  Please advise the best way to get rid of the pesky paper. I had a super hard time with this and hence, had to leave some on there.   You can hardly see it, the photo is not great- it's a wonder I even left it on there- it says "Made with Love by Mama J. Pea Bee (that's me!).  Happy weekend everyone.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Hello world.  Anyone out there?  This is my first attempt at blogging.  Please let me know you came for a visit.
I have been so inspired by the wonderful creativity of many bloggers out there-thank you.  It has inspired me to get busy making some items and to see the potential in things all around me.

Here is an attempt to link to some sites and to attach pictures of what I have been up to these last few days.  If you have suggestions of ways I can do this better, please share!

Trinket Keeper Tutorial by Amazing Mae -She is awesome!  I made these for my daughters party this weekend.

I found lots of funny pictures of Chihuahuas (which are my girls favorite kind of dog) and printed them on the fabric (using the freezer paper ironed to muslin)

 Then I made the bags, just like it shows in the tut- the only changes were the sizes- as these varied depending on the size of the pictures.  I also put a picture and the child's name in a cool font on each side- but I covered up the names (for privacy, of course!)

Each child got a different photo per size- based on their individual personalities and filled them with take home treasures.  I also made these for the ladies that helped out at the party- thanks gals!  (I made 14 in total). Thanks Dana for this awesome tutorial.

NEXT the birthday girl must have a crown and she did- thanks to the tutorial from lovely lady at Juicy Bits.

Here is the tutorial for her glorious felt birthday crown.  I added some fabulous chihuahuas with wigs to keep the theme alive.  The sweet birthday girl loved it.  Thanks so much for this great idea and pattern!