08 March 2013

Sewing for The 3-Day

It's been a while, I know.  I have been busy!  My aunt and I joined an awesome 3-Day team and are committed to walking 60 miles in 3 days and raising $2300 each to find a cure for breast cancer!  Check out my personal page at www.the3day.org/goto/whitneybryann 

I'll be doing the usual emails to people I know requesting donations, but I also thought I'd put my sewing "talents" to good use and raise some money that way!  So far, this endeavor has gotten me $298, with another $65 - 110 in pending orders!!  Safe to say, this idea is a hit.  What have I been making?  So glad you asked!!  

If you're interested in ordering any of these items, please comment on this post so we can be in touch!  Prices listed do not include shipping.  All items are made to order, I don't keep pre-made items on hand except for some coffee cozies.  

My favorite - coffee cozies!  this is my first and biggest seller so far!  These can also be made to fit a can - see the Seahawks version!  $10 each

Next, this challenging project.  I made reusable paper towels!  One side is flannel, and the other is terry cloth.  These towels are extremely time consuming and expensive to make = not a great fundraiser.  However, if you're dying to have them, please contact me and we can work something out!  

The newest project - tablet cases!!  These are cotton on the outside, fleece lined and have an elastic & button closure (the bottom photo is my personal case, and I didn't want a button on it). $25 each


14 June 2012

Baking Adventures

In the oven right now are some vegan, sugar free and gluten free chocolate chip walnut cookies! Courtesy of this recipe. We replaced the egg with a vegan substitute, used sorghum flour because that's what we had (any gluten free flour will do!), and made sure to find sugar free chocolate. They're purposely vegan and sugar free; gluten free is just an extra due to explorations of different grains. The dough is delicious, but we may try agave instead of honey next time because the honey flavor is a bit overpowering - we'll see after they're baked! Can't wait to try them - let me know if you try out the recipe too!

 **EDIT: the dough didn't look much like cookie dough, so we added extra flour - don't do this! They came out really dry, so we think that the large volume of chocolate chips and walnuts is what binds the cookies together. While they were still tasty, next time we'll follow the recipe exactly and I think they'll be great!**

27 April 2012

More Soft Blocks!

My manager has a 5 month old son, and she asked if I would make soft blocks for him!  She just loved the ones I made for my niece (see previous post), and knew her son would love them.  I happened to have some great dinosaur fabric, and a bright orange cotton that matched perfectly!  I just had to pick up some baby blue minky fabric and we were set.  I sewed them up last night and presented them today.  I was pleased with how quickly they came together - I must be getting good at this!  She loved them, and I can't wait to hear how delighted her son is with the new toy. 

I'm also pleased to report that this checks off an item on my "101 goals in 1001 days" list - sell my crafts!  I am by no means done trying to sell them, but it has begun!  

26 April 2012

More Sewing Adventures

This was my very first project - a bag!  I followed a pattern in my sewing book, and it was incredibly easy!  Turning the handles did give me a bit of grief, but it worked out and I just made the handles wider on my second bag! 

These coffee cozies were the first item I perfected.  I picked up a "how-to" from JoAnn's, and decided to make mine with felt.  They're so fun to make, and the double layer of felt really works well!  I love that I can embellish with fun buttons to make them each unique! 

22 April 2012

a beautiful day

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day!  I even got a little sun burn!  I did some chores, and laid out in the backyard during my "chore breaks."  =)  It was then I noticed the barbecue tucked in for winter, and decided it needed to be brought out for the season, so I drug it up onto the patio and invited a couple friends over for dinner.  It was a lovely day, and a fabulous evening laughing with friends.  Plus, I made a delicious guacamole that we enjoyed with chips, and I added to my Boca chik'n burger to make it out of this world amazing.

All in all, a fabulous day.  If you asked for one word to describe this day, I'd say happy.  I'm truly looking forward to the 70+ degree weather expected for the next 3 days!  I think the barbecue may have an encore performance later in the week!

15 April 2012

Getting better at sewing

I repurposed an old soccer jersey into a cinch sack! I used a couple parts borrowed from another cinch sack that was begging for retirement and the body of the jersey became the new bag! Hopefully it holds up to use.
I'm really loving my sewing adventures. Hopefully will be finishing a dress for myself soon!