Yellow and Gray

I’d have to say that yellow and gray is one of my favorite color combinations right now.  I love that gray goes with everything, and you’ll often see yellow and gray show up in my pictures and in my shop.  I went to the fabric store a couple of days ago looking for something inspiring, and I was going through the MOUNDS of bolt on the $5.00 a yard table.  I literally had to put my purse down and put up heavy fabrics and put them to the side as I was sorting through the clearance table.  Almost at the very bottom was a half yard of a yellow chevron drapery panel.  Jackpot.  I picked it up knowing it was going to cost me only $2.5 but seriously I would have bought a lot more if there was more left.  I grabbed some gray to match and made a new purse out of everything.

I think it came together great!  There are intentional imperfections in the fabric that give it such character, and I’m still debating on selling this one or keeping it for myself.  I did find more of this fabric online so I could order more if I wanted to make more but alas it’s $8.48 per yard.  Can’t beat that $5.00 price!

You can see the inside peeking out of this picture.  I choose to go with a yellow gingham for the inside.  I love mixing prints, and I think the tiny gingham really balances the bold chevron on the outside.  Here’s a better view.

All in all, I think this one came out pretty cute.  I cut it one night after the kids went to bed and then sewed it up the next day.  Devin is away on Coast Guard duty until late Sunday night, so I’m fitting in the sewing time wherever I can.  Hope you like it!

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A New Bag!

I just made a new bag for my mother in law for her birthday later this month.  I’ve gotten great responses to it so I thought I’d offer them up for sale as a made to order type thing.  I’ll be listing a couple ready to ship bags in my Etsy shop in a couple of days as well.  And, as always, don’t forget to head over to Facebook and like Sugarplum Cuties to keep up with all the new stuff for sale.

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This tote measures about 12” x 12” not including the length of the handles.  Made with stain resistant fabrics and is also machine wash and dry friendly should you need to wash it.  (I recommend tumble dry on low and then pressing it back into shape if needed).  All seams are hidden and finished.

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Inside of the bag features a magnetic snap closure and 2 side-by-side interior pockets.  Each pocket is big enough to fit a smartphone.

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Tote has been strengthened with interfacing which makes it a structured bag that will stand up on it’s own and not flop over.  Handles have been double stitched for extra durability as well.

I had a lot of fun making this bag, and Rylea even picked out the fabric.  I think my sewing and designing skills are rubbing off a bit!

Bumblebee Inspired Halloween Costumes

We just got back from Indiana.  We went up there to visit Devin’s family and we timed it so we could celebrate Dieter’s first birthday and Halloween all at the same time.  Devin and I knew this year that we wanted to dress up the whole family and we wanted it to be one cohesive idea.  After a little brainstorming we came up with this.

There we are!  The entire DeWitt family dressed up with a bumblebee theme.  It was really fun to make all these costumes and I’ll give you the rundown.

Devin was the beekeeper, naturally, and his costume was the easiest.  His white suit is one of those painter coveralls from Home Depot that I just bought.  His hat is one he uses when he’s working out on the golf course.  If you’re looking for one, it’s called a “pith hat” and you can Google it and probably find one at Party City.  Since he needs his hat on the course, I couldn’t glue or sew anything to it so I just bought a half yard of some white tulle and pinned it to the underside of his hat.  Then, I bought some of those little bees in the flower section of Hobby Lobby that have the wire attached to them and I just pulled them off the wire and hot glued them to his hat and suit.

I was the queen bee.  I made myself a tutu out of black and yellow tulle, some elastic and some black satin ribbon.  I also made myself some wings out of 4 wire hangers, 2 pairs of white tights, and some more elastic.  I wore black leggings, black boots, and a black sweater.  Simple.

Rylea was the princess bee.  (Seriously, you can make anything into a princess version to get your little girl to love it).  I made her a tutu also and added sparkly tulle to hers.  Her wings were made the same way as mine and I added some puffy paint to hers to make them more fancy.  Her shirt is a black long sleeve tee from WalMart.  I ruffled some yellow fabric scraps and sewed them to her shirt.  She wore black leggings under her skirt too and some little ballet type shoes.

Dieter’s costume was originally going to be a honey pot but I scrapped that idea when I got a couple more Sugarplum orders and I went the store bought route and got him this adorable bear costume online from WalMart with free shipping.  He actually kept the whole thing on the entire time.  Score.

We had a great time going to a local trunk or treat, and Rylea told everyone that she was a princess bee.  Devin and I are already talking about next year’s costumes and what we’re going to do.  Hopefully I can get started on those a little earlier so I’m not scrambling to get everything done in the end!!

SHARK!!

After a few tries at a shark pattern, I finally managed to draft one that worked!Seriously, this one took me a long time to figure out.  I’m not sure why sewing a stuffed animal shark was such a challenge, but it was and after much enlarging and shrinking and drawing and redrawing I think he was definitely well worth the effort it took to create him.

He’s made out of gray, white, and black felt and I embroidered the gills on his sides with embroidery floss.  I stuffed him with poly fil and he’ll be on his way today to his new home.

He’s actually a gift for a pregnant mommy-to-be that loves Jaws, the movie.  How great is that?!

And here’s another picture because it’s super cute, and because it shows how big he is in relation to a two year old. 🙂

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Um… Excuse me?

I really like checking my blog stats.  It reminds me that there are 10 people that read my blog in a month, if I’m lucky.  I was checking my sweet stats just now and…

Someone Googled, “how to make a sucky puff quilt” and got to my blog that way.

Really Google?  Now I make sucky puff quilts?

I did my own Google search.  Turns out it’s not as bad as I thought.  Whew.

In case you forgot, here’s the one I made.

Music Note Rag Quilt

I completed another custom rag quilt a few weeks ago for our next door neighbor.  She’s a high school senior now and she’s quite the accomplished singer.  Her school colors are maroon and black and she went and picked out all her fabrics on her own and just dropped them next door to me and I sewed it up for her.  This ended up being a queen sized quilt with a super soft minky backing.  Check it out!

Click on the pictures to zoom in.

Here you can see a little peek of the white minky backing.

Sun Ripened Iced Tea

We’ve been doing a lot of very summery things around here in Louisiana.  The heat is insane as it has been 100+ since June.  We’re just spending a lot of time in the pool and indoors in an effort to avoid sunburns and heat stroke!

Devin mentioned the other day that his mom used to make sweet tea by putting it out in the sun in the Indiana summer.  So I decided I’d try and recreate that sweet tea for him because surely all this heat can be good for something.  🙂

So, here it is, my own recipe for Sun Ripened Iced Tea.

You need:

  • A 1 gallon container with a lid (I got mine at Walmart for around $5, it’s plastic.)
  • 10-12 tea bags
  • Water (You can use bottled if you’re fancy, but I just get it from the tap.  Good ole bayou water.  Yum.)
  • Direct sunlight 
Fill up your container with water and add all the tea bags.  I use 12.  I used 6 the first time and Devin said it was horrible.  10 was getting closer to his liking and 12 put us in the money zone.  So, trial and error worked for us, so just start somewhere and go from there.  
Then, I put the tea directly in the sun to brew for about 4-6 hours.  Make sure you put the lid on it.  I actually ended up forgetting about it and left it outside overnight once and it was fine the next day.  Thank goodness the lid was on, there’s no telling what kind of bugs might have been going for a swim otherwise.  So, just leave it out there until it gets as dark as you want it.  In the picture at the top, my tea was only out there for about 20 minutes.  It gets darker and darker. 
Once it’s done, I bring it in.  Throw away all the tea bags and put the whole thing in the fridge.   I don’t like sugar in my tea, just a splash of lemon for me, but Devin likes A LOT of sugar like a true southerner so I just put the whole thing in the fridge to cool, and we fix our glasses how we like it.  Works better for guests that way too.
Have fun making some awesome summer iced tea!