Sunday, November 24, 2013

As the co-chair of our annual PTL Dinner Auction fundraiser, the fall is a whirlwind frenzy couple of months as we prepare for a wonderful night of fellowship, food, and fun.  We raised a lot of money for our kids thanks to the endeavors of 13 fantastic ladies who have true servant hearts.  As a thank you for all the months of organizing to put on this fundraiser I just finished a mini sewing marathon making 13 thank you tote bags for all the dedicated, talented ladies on my auction committee.  God blessed our evening and we give Him all the glory for the success. 

I just love sewing up gifts from my favorite fabrics. Each creation I make I think I just love this and want to keep it for myself.  Each bag has a pocket, snap closure, and key leash.  It took 2 bolts of heavy interface for these.  My mother always says the best gifts are the ones you love the most.  I used several of my favorite Amy Butler fabrics~ and almost every bag I wanted to keep for myself!

The pile of bags....
Just of few of the ladies at our wrap up party...


And then a couple I made for the silent auction... This is my go to pattern for a multipurpose bag~ the Ann Marie Horner Multi-Tasker Tote.  It is the perfect medium size with four external deep pockets, internal zipper pocket, key leash, and snap closure.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Garden Party Fun with fabric decorating...

I had a bunch of girls over for a girls night. It was so much fun to eat, drink, and have silly girl fun.  The problem I sometimes have when I go to a  restaurant for GNO is you end up only visiting with two of three people around you.. So I decided to throw a Midsummer Garden Party! It was a last minute throw together idea with my girlfriend, Angie...  but we had a blast!

I decided to do a shabby chic theme because I am a trash to treasure girl.. I love to upcycle old pieces to keep them out of the landfill... have some fun with them and pass them on...  So I started with a little seating area in the corner of the yard. 

I threw unfinished sewing objects on some yard sale finds.. a quilt top on a comfy vintage $4 chair from an estate sale, a little place mat on a table I spray painted, and another in process quilt on a padded bench.... I did make the floral pillow on the white chair (from my neighbor's trash)...
The coffee table chest is a find from a cute shop my friend, Kari, owns... as well as the silver tray with the candle, and the candelabra on the end table.  And the flowers were from Kari's garden in a vintage blue ball jar. I lucked into a whole box of those jars with original tin lids at an estate sale for super cheap!

Borrowed a wicker chair from my fantastic neighbor, Amy's sun room.  She has the super cute yellow house across the way.  Her yard make a great backdrop for my garden party! The chandelier with tea lights is a vacation find from last summer that I added a little pink bead bling..
Another pillow cover I made for the matching Adirondack chair from my neighbor's trash.. See the cute candelabra?  Just love that thing~ from my friend, Kari's shop of course!  (Ignore the peeling paint on the fence... it is on the schedule to be painted soon)
I could have gone even more crazy with gauze drapes, more bling but I held my self back! (Ignore the missing slats in the fence- baseball causalties...)

The drink station...
A little easy bunting decoration from some binding and some fabric flags.  The bar station is a trash to treasure dresser I gave a quick coat of paint with some paint I scored at a yard sale for $1 for a nearly full gallon... Then I added some fabric scrap drawer pulls.  The runner is just a piece of fabric folded up and the glasses on trays in a little rolling cart my neighbor scored at a yard sale and gave me earlier this spring. 
Borrowed this little side table from my neighbor's patio and two wicker sofa tables from her shed.  I just threw two pieces of fabric right over the top for the mojito station...
Wine on ice and the party is in full swing... Sangria iced and ready to go..
Next time I will cover up the utility boxes... Old metal tub for beer, more wine, and ginger ale for the sangria..
Mojito station and other cold drinks... just threw fabric over a couple of sofa tables...
Another old tub for soda bottles, Fruit for the mojitos on vintage trays, and cucumber water and ice tea cold beverages.  I used garden stakes with dry erase marker labels tied on with ribbon to label the beverages.  Another DIY~ took an old wooden bulletin board painted a board with chalk paint and added the mojito drink instructions. 
More fabric folded for a runner on the silverware station.. Used these cute rust flower urns for my vintage silver that I scored at an estate sale last spring.  The paper rolled wreath was a lopsided pinterest failed attempt but after all that work I decided to hang it up anyway!
Linen mismatched napkins in the wire basket with glass plates from a yard sale and some pretty china I found at my fav thrift store down the street... flowers from my friend Kari's yard.. her gorgeous, gorgeous yard filled with beautiful flowers everywhere!
Food Station~ whoops I should have taken a pic before everyone started in.. it was all delicious!