Monday, August 11, 2014

Instagram Update #3

I was house sitting for my neighbour/friend and they have the most gorgeous flowers!




More pretty.




We finally had our first beach day of the summer.  It was a great day for the beach.




My girls  :)




I'm doing a fundraiser with a group from my church going to Cambodia in December.  We've sold 19 necklaces and raised $190 for their trip already!




Map Necklace - Italy.  Available in my etsy shop Oxford Bright.  Or check out Sew Lovely Designs on face book.




Colourful map of Africa.  I really like this one.




Amazing Grace Necklace.  Also available in my shop.




I have some ambitious plans for creating this week, but I also have family coming to visit on Friday.  Cleaning might win out  :)

Have a great week!

Bethany



Sunday, August 3, 2014

Instagram Update, #2

A picture of the corn while on my run.  It is so tall already!  It has me thinking of school and fall and summer ending.





One of the farms on my run.  I feel so fortunate to have such beautiful surroundings when I run!





Wheat is so pretty  :)





A Pyrex gravy boat that I found thrifting.  At $10, it was a little bit more than I like to spend but it was unique, in good condition, and I actually needed one!





I worked on a bunch of necklaces this week.





This might be my favourite.





This necklace was made to help raise funds for a team from our Church that are going to Cambodia in December.  $10 from every sale goes to the team (cost is $18).  If you want more information, find me at Sew Lovely Designs of facebook and I'd be happy to answer any questions.  Or leave a comment here!  :)





I went to the Mill Race Folk Festival today and took this picture of two of my kids.  They are in front of the church my grandparents got married in, approximately 68 years ago!  You might remember from previous posts that I had had a booth at this festival.  The last two years I didn't participate.  Even though I loved it, it was sooo much work and the unfavourable weather conditions the last year I did it caused me to have no desire to do it again!





Saw this at Dollarama this week.  Way.  Too.  Early.


Are there Halloween decorations in the stores where you are?  Is it just me, or do they seem to bring out seasonal merchandise earlier and earlier all the time?

I hope you all had a great weekend!  It's a (kind of) holiday weekend here and I'm excited about going to the beach tomorrow with my family.  Talk soon!

Bethany

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Instagram Update

It's been so long since I've updated that I'm not sure where to start!  So let's do an update via Instagram.  My user name is bethany_sewlovelydesigns if you want to follow along  :)



My husband, David, went to Russia for the first two weeks of July to help with a building project at a local church.  The kids and I were pretty happy when he returned home!



Silly faces.



Selfie of Evie and me.



I mailed the beauties to Australia.  I sell vintage linens at SewLovelyVintage on etsy.



I ran my second half marathon on June 1st.  Finished in 2:27 something  :)



I opened up a new etsy store called OxfordBright to sell some of my new jewellery! 



Still sewing, too!



I held an open house sale at my home in May.



Lots of thrifting still going on.  I love my globes  :)



I've been getting a lot of custom map necklace orders through my facebook page.  I love making jewellery with a special meaning for people!



Five bucks.  Totally awesome.



Another custom necklace, this time the customer wanted her surname initial and two bead to represent her kids birthstones.  I love this one too!



It feels good to be back in this little space.  Talk soon!

Bethany

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gifted Quilts, part 1

A week or so ago we went to visit my in-laws, who live near Sudbury, in Northern Ontario. It was the first time all six of us went together and also the first time I had been in 3 years. I decided some quilts for gifts were in order!

 The quilt I'm showing you today was for my father-in-law. My husbands mom has recently been moved to a nursing home, so they each got their own quilt. His quilt is very similar to this quilt that I made a couple of years ago. I had all of the blocks sitting around for about 3 years and finally got around to piecing them together.

 A friend of mine recently bought a long arm quilting machine and this was quilted on her longarm using a pantograph. I'm not sure I could ever go back to pin basting again :)

 Here are the pictures! My husband was a good sport and helped me take pictures at the French River on our way up North. We were both a little embarrassed, but I kinda love the pictures we got!










A close up of the quilting.



And the backing, a thrifted sheet.



Thanks for stopping by!
 Bethany

Friday, December 28, 2012

I'm Still Here! Quilts of 2012

Hey! I'm thinking about giving this blog a proper go. Anyone still out there? As 2012 comes to a close, I'm seeing some year in review posts and thought I'd do one of my own! First up - my Giant Starflower Quilt inspired by this quilt by Jeni of In Color Order.
It was started in 2011 but not completed until February of 2012. It was given to one of my sisters. Made completely of vintage sheets. Second - A quilt for my niece Olivia, finished in April (I think!) and mailed to it's new home in Florida. I tried to keep it simple to showcase some of my favourite prints, but to be honest, it didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped. I still like it though!
Third - A quilt that traveled all the way to Russia. My husband spent 2 weeks there this past summer to help with construction on a church and this was for the Brubacher's. They are missionaries in Russia and it was such a privelege to be able to make this for them. It features some of my most favourite fabrics :)
Fourth - A quilt for my Dad and step-mom Karen. This quilt was for their 25th wedding anniversary, which we celebrated with them in Myrtle Beach!
Fifth (and last!) - A quilt for my great Aunt Marg, who was in a very serious car accident in October. She spent about 5 weeks in hospital and still has a lot of hard work ahead of her. Hopefully this quilt brings her some comfort!
(Made using this tutorial from the Missouri Quilt Co.) I've been busy being creative in other ways in the last year too, but that will have to wait for another post! A belated Merry Christmas to all! Bethany

Monday, April 23, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I started a new quilt on the weekend. My mom is working on these blocks in purples and pinks and I just fell in love! These blocks finish at 7.5 inches. I'm planning on a lap size quilt so I'll need sixty or seventy more :)
I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times today! Happy Monday! Bethany

Monday, January 30, 2012

Learning to Crochet

I came across a link to Craftyminx's Crochet School a few months ago, but with Christmas coming and my baby deciding to start nursing 2 or 3 times a night after sleeping through the night for months, I just didn't have the energy to contemplate starting something new. But I have been wanting to try crocheting for a while now, particularly because it's so portable. So I bookmarked it and started watching the videos a few weeks ago.

These are really great videos! She is very thorough, and if you don't understand something you just watch it again! So far I've watched all the videos up to "Granny Squares". I got sidetracked by a yarn sale and bought some yarn to make dish cloths. Not very glamorous, I know, but I thought they would be perfect for practicing on before I jump into something bigger. So far I am really loving the repetitive nature of crocheting. It's very soothing and relaxing. I doubt it will ever replace sewing, but it is a very nice addition!

Here are a few pictures. Please don't look to closely!


This is my sample swatch. Starting with single crochet all the way to treble crochet.




This is my crocheting in the round.




And this is my first dish cloth. Next time I'll make it a wider because once washed, it shrunk a little. Either way, it works great!




Do any of you crochet? Do you have any advice (or great links!) for me?

Happy Groundhog Day!

Bethany

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