Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Zip Up Makeup Case | Ribbon Blog Tour

 I'm excited to be a part of the Renaissance Ribbons Tour for Going Home to Roost. The tour just started and will last 3 weeks, with a new project everyday featuring Bonnie Christine's beautiful ribbons. Today I get to share the project that I designed using the gorgeous fabrics and ribbon that Bonnie sent me.  
Be sure to check out the yesterdays project by Audrey of Skirt Fixation and the tour will continue tomorrow with Sarah of Smiles Too Loudly.

I jumped at the chance to be a part of the tour because I have never worked with any Renaissance Ribbons and I am a total fan of anything designed by Bonnie Christine! 
{Have you seen the butterflies from her Winged fabric line that I am using in my La Passacaglia quilt? Gorgeous!}
I knew that this would be the perfect fabric and ribbon to make a case for my daughters to keep their pretend make up in. They love doing makeovers and are fascinated by momma's makeup case, so I knew they would love a case of their own. 
This make up was one of the very first projects I ever shared on the blog! It's held up for 4 years of playing and it's still going strong! Here is a link to the tutorial if you are interested in creating makeup for your little princess that doesn't make a mess! Just ignore the horrible pictures! ha ha I was totally new to blogging! ;)
 I chose to use the Ivory on Gray Nesting Blooms ribbon paired with a cute print from Bonnie's Hello Bear line and a print from her Winged line- along with a couple scraps from my stash to  create my patchwork for the front of the pouch. I love the colors! Plus the prints are manufactured by Art Gallery and have the most beautiful hand to them! 
{The ribbons are available for purchase directly from Renaissance Ribbons, or A Stitch in Time.}
 I just kinda made up my pattern as I went along. 
For the inside, I made one zipper pouch to keep their makeup in, and the other side of the case has a pocket to keep brushes in. 
(I kinda recreated a different version of my Field Study make up case for the pocket to hold the brushes.)
What makes it perfect, is that it zips together to keep everything contained and the handle makes it easy to carry around. 

  I used the ribbon for the handle of the case (I top stitched it to a fabric strap) and also used it on the inside of the case to cover up the "raw" edge of a zipper so it had a neatly finished look. The ribbon was great to work with. It is woven jacquard ribbon so the underside is "thready", which is why I had to sew it to something to use for the handle, but I can think of a lot of projects that the ribbon would work beautifully in! The pictures don't even do them justice! So detailed and vibrant.
My girls absolutely love it! I was their first "make over client" and I see many pretend make overs in my future! So fun to have "girly girls"! :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Happy Sewing!
xoxo, Ashley

Monday, March 2, 2015

Behind the Scenes | Plus a Giveaway

Are y'all on Instagram? It is my very favorite way to share the "behind the scenes" of all of the projects I am working on. 
I don't do a lot of WIP {work in progress} posts here on the blog, so Instagram is the place to see everything in it's "work in progress" state! It's so easy to snap a photo on my phone while sitting at my machine, or paper piecing in the car, etc and share it within seconds. 
{Trying my hand at paper piecing/appliqueing clamshells... Mine are totally inspired by the amazing Mary Dugan of Molly Flanders} 
It's also my very favorite way to stay in touch with all my sewing and blogging friends- plus make new friends! I love that it's so easy to click "like" or comment on a photo. While comments are few and far between on my blog these days, it is so refreshing to get feedback on a project I'm working on, or get answers to a sewing question I have. {I know you're still reading, and I totally get that it's kinda a pain to log into your account to post a comment on Blogger! No worries! But those of you that are still commenting on my blog have a special place in my heart! You are all the sweetest!}
 {Ever and always working on my La Passacaglia Quilt... You can find all of my progress under my hashtag #mbdcbnpassacaglia}
 {these star points are the tiniest and most tedious part of the La Passacaglia process, but when they are put together, they are so fantastic!}
I have heard from some readers that they are hesitant to get in Instagram, or that they are on there and don't like it. My only advise for you is to give it another chance. I really love it so much! I am inspired daily by the amazingly talented people I follow, plus I also find it so easy to search for inspiration within the hashtags. 
For instance, if I want to see anything made with fabric by Anna Maria Horner {my very favorite fabric designer}- I just look up the hashtag #annamariahorner, and over 6000 pictures pop up. {I have to be careful to manage my time, or I could loose myself for hours there!}
 {Baby girl quilt for a friend. Made of mostly Art Gallery fabrics... So soft! Coming soon to the blog.}
Another reason I love Instagram, is that it is a great way for me to let y'all know when I have a new blog post up. The link to my blog is found in my profile so it's always an easy way to click over and read posts on my blog.  
 I hope that you'll come play along on Instagram! I love talking with y'all there and seeing your creations too! Be sure to tag me if you ever make something using a tutorial you find on my blog! I love seeing your versions of projects I've made!
You can find me here: @crafterbynight.

Last but not least, Fort Worth Fabric Studio is doing a giveaway today for one lucky reader! 
$50 Gift Certificate to their shop!!
What better way to brighten your day, then to go on a shopping spree for fabric online!?! 
I think if I had $50 to spend there, I would definitely get a bundle of Milk Sugar & Flower!

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is head over to browse the Fort Worth Fabric Studio website and then come back here and leave a comment letting me know what you would get if you won the giveaway!
{your answer will in no way effect the result of the giveaway- just fun to hear what y'all have your eye on!}

One person will be chosen at random and notified via email on Friday March 6th. 

HI, I'd select "Indygo Nature", a beautiful collection!Thanks for sharing your neat Blog+a great Giveaway too!Happy Stitching!

Have a happy Monday everyone!
xoxo, Ashley