Wednesday, June 13, 2012

make it sew modern



My friend Vanessa wrote this great book all about adding texture to your world. It's definitely her niche and she does it well. I've tried a few projects from the book with much success. The book is full of all kinds of smaller projects (and a few quilts, too) that are sure to inspire.
The first project that I tried sewing was this great adorable dress.  (The image is from the book.) I fell in love with as soon as I saw the photo. You can see the dress I sewed for my daughter here. As I said before, the ruffles were a bit of a pain, but were well worth it in the end. The instructions for the dress have you measure your child, so the dress is sure to fit your little girl to a T. A custom fit garment is a fabulous thing! My daughter has worn her dress and loves it. And she looks pretty darn cute in it if I do say so myself.
The second project I tried from the book was the decorative balls. (The image above is from the book.) I did this craft with my kids. My 11 year old and I ended up doing most of the gluing. He thought it was great that I actually let him use the hot glue gun. It was a nice afternoon activity, except for burning our finger tips! (I've gotta look into a low temp glue gun.) But again, the results were worth it.
My son did so well with his...he picked the green color and did it pretty much on his own. I think he did better than I did. :) We've only made 3 so far, but have plans to make at least a few more...or enough to fill up the tray. It's going to add some fun color (and texture!) to my coffee table. Hurray!

Now, for the fun part! I have a signed copy of the book to give away to one of my readers, compliments of Vanessa herself. If you would like to enter your name into the drawing, please leave me a comment in this post. In your comment I'd like you to include what your favorite summer time beverage is...just for fun. Only one comment per person and also, please make sure that there is a way to contact you in the event that you win.

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linda said...

I need to make this dress for all my granddaughters. My favorite summer is tea with lemonaide (arnold palmer)

james and bess said...

great giveaway! my favorite is any kind of berry lemonade - with lots of crushed ice!

bess :)

Ms. De said...

I would love to win this book and sit and read it with a glass of iced orange/passionfruit/jasmine green tea!
Thanks for the opportunity!

Cokie K said...

Iced tea or ice cold beer. Depends on the activity and time of day! lol

Judi Creed said...

Love your ruffle dress. My favorite summertime drink is white wine

Kris P said...

What a fun book! My favorite beverage in summer is Iced tea made in the sun, then chilled with lemon.

Linda T said...

That looks like an awesome book! I really like that dress - if only I had girls! Count me in on your drawing - the beverage I'd like to try this summer is watermelon slush. Maybe it'll be my new favourite!
ltenhage@gmail.com

Kathy B (from MD, USA) said...

Love the fabric balls! My favorite summertime drink is a mojito!!! Non-alcoholic would be sweet tea with lemonade.

kathyburley@comcast.net

The New Mrs. said...

My favorite summer beverage is starbucks passion fruit iced tea. It may be the best refresher I've had in a while. :)

pforgerson said...

I have admired her work for a long time. Thanks for the chance

Anonymous said...

What a great book!

I love ice cold Homemade Lemonade in the summer. Cindi

cindi@azza.com

nannyrae2003 said...

Iced constant comment green tea! Thanks for sharing the book.

Nancy said...

I loved the adorable dress you made for your daughter. I need to make one for my grand-daughter. :) I love your blog Amanda. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

This summer I am loving the Shiner summer brew "Ruby Redbird".

Linda said...

Oooohhhh I just love those fabric wrapped balls!

My favorite beverage is half lemonade and half iced tea! It is a PERFECT combination in my mind and I don't have to decide which i want...iced tea or lemonade, lol.

Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.
lindapawlak@verizon.net

Ali said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I'll always go with fresh brewed iced tea with lemon and lots of sugar, and if it ever gets sunny and warm here I'll actually make some!

mandbrid said...

That looks really fun!

beeps said...

Lemonade for sure! I also like to make milkshakes but those are a big treat. The book looks cool - thanks for the chance to win

Wendy said...

Raspberry lemonade! yum.
Thanks for this opportunity.
Wendy

jblissenbach said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I'm boring, I can't get enough ice water in the summer :P

Samantha K said...

I think I'd need to make the purse on the cover right away!! Looks like a fun book to add to the collection! I think nothing beats ice cold lemonade during the summer!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I have been eying this book!

My gave summer beverage: frosty corona with lemon!

Jen L
Jen at toddleita dot com

Cheryl said...

Iced tea. No sugar.
(:

Claire Jain said...

Looks so cute! I think my favorite summer beverage is peach iced tea with a wedge of lemon ;-)

Stacy said...

Love the book! Thank you. My favorite summer time beverage is Eegees fizz. For you non Tucson Arizona people these are the BEST!!!! Sorry you can't enjoy one with us!

Jen B said...

I moved to the south when I was 11, summer wouldn't be right without sweet tea!

Katie Fleming said...

My favorite is Diet Doctor Pepper....mhmmm

This book looks fabulous! I love all of her designs. So beautiful!

- Katie Fleming

Anonymous said...

I would love to make that dress for my granddaughter. Love doing ruffles!
contentncm@yahoo.com

VickiT said...

I would absolutely LOVE to have a copy of Vanessa's book. I already have that on my wish list and hope to buy it. Winning would be much more fun though.

My favorite drink in the summer is a recipe I found a number of years ago for ice tea with lemon. It's super quick to make with tea bags and a pack of Kool Aid Lemonade plus some sugar and, of course water. The hardest part is waiting for it to get cold. Good thing the freezer is always stocked with ice cubes.

pizzaeater said...

I love just cold filtered water with no ice.

Diane Hitchens said...

Love the colored fabric balls! My favorite drink in a glass filled half way with Pepsi and the rest of the way with Canada Dry Club Soda. It thins down the sweetness of the Pepsi and tastes way better than diet pop! Try it :)

Sharmond said...

I am a lemonade lover. When I was child, my grandmother always made lemonade for me, while they drank iced tea. Now, I do the same for my grandson! Thanks for the opportunity. Love these projects!

aiah23 said...

My favorite summer beverage is a margarita!

grandmarockton said...

I'd love to win and THANKS for reviewing the book

cindy said...

Oh my goodness, you have A LOT of commenters! This book looks awesome-just the inspiration I need. My favorite summer drink is a pina colata.

Di~ said...

Basil lemonade...sooo good. Have you tried it!? Thanks for the chance to win the book.

Anonymous said...

My favorite, for the evenings, ia a Pimm's cup with a huge wedge of cucumber.

freedomschick said...

I love raspberry lemonade....specifically from cracker barrel :) Thanks for the giveaway....my email is jenniferashleywalker@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

This book look like it might be full of fun summer projects!!! A vodka with cranberry sounds yummy right now. Kim (kguerrier@strongtie.com)

Anonymous said...

My favorite beverage is a Mojito! I learned how to make them last year and made them at my quilting group's potluck dinner. However, the beverage I enjoy the most often when the weather is too hot is an iced decaf coffee - reminds me of the caloric cold coffee float (with coffee ice cream) of my youth!

Lisa
Lalexander733 (at) gmail (dot) com

Kristy said...

Iced coffee for me! (Thanks for the give-away)

Teressa P. said...

Such cute stuff! My favorite drink of the summer is lemonade. Here's hoping I win! alonzoteressa(at)hotmail[dot]com.

Caroline said...

Nothing better on a hot day, than a cool glass of iced tea :)

Beth said...

my favorite summertime beverage ... well my family's...is strawberry lemondade, with frozen strawberries as the ice cubes. But mine,...good old fashioned ice water. boring, simple and plain!!

Beth
potterkb@gmail.com

Lisa said...

My favorite summer time beverage is watermelon Juice. It is soooooo yummy!

Cindy said...

Good ole H20. Also enjoy lemondade occasionally.

Anonymous said...

Looks like fantastic projects in this book. I must admit, my favorite Summer beverage is a good cold bottle of Spotted Cow beer made right here in Wisconsin!!!
gregndeb@amerytel.net

Neese Family said...

I LOVE Strawberry Lemonade. Made from scratch is even better! You can contact me at troicecilia@yahoo.com when I win! Thanks so much Amanda!

Anonymous said...

Oh I love Sonic Cherry Limeades... but I guess they're my all year around favorite treat!!

Eleanor said...

I love to blend Simply Lemonade with frozen strawberries. Yum.

Purse-sonality Plus said...

Awesome job. I love that you crafted with your son. I remember those days. Love drinking lemonade in the summer.
Janet G.

Michelle said...

Looks like a fun book! My favorite summer time beverage is sweet tea, I'm a southern girl all the way!

Anonymous said...

How creative!! I would love to win this book! My favorite summer beverage is Lemonade for sure!
lubna_2112@hotmail.com
Thanks for the giveaway!!

fidike said...
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fidike said...

I would like to win this book. It looks great!

I love icecold watermelon!

Brynn said...

Raspberry lemonade - yum!!!
Followed closely by limeade :)

Erin said...

My favorite summer time drink has to be vodka and tonics with lots of lime. They are so refreshing.
Thanks,
Erin
emstone28@gmail.com

Dez said...

My favorite summertime beverage is a bottle of homebrew.

Umm-Yara said...

What a wonderful book!
My favourite is rhubarb and strawberry slush - homemade of couse :D

Amanda said...

I love iced tea year round, but especially in the summer! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Robin said...

That looks like a great book to have! I am not good at texture so I would love to learn from Vanessa. My favorite summer time beverage is homemade root beer.

kristine said...

I'm a big lemonade fan

Marga (MarPie) said...

Thanks for doing this and my favorite in the summer, actually the whole year through is cold milk.

Kind regards,
Marga♥

qltmom9 said...

I like a lemonade slushie best. And, real lemon, not just lemon juice.
Thank you for the chance. Oh, I hope I win.~

Lucy~

Rachel said...

What a fun book. Looks like its full of great projects.

My favorite summer beverage is definitely iced tea. Lemon, no sugar!

KerryQ said...

My favorite summer cocktail is white sangria. It's nice and light and refreshing.

Erin M. said...

I am a tradionalist with lemonade being a favorite. Thanks for the giveaway.

DAWN said...

Looks like a fun book to get my creative side moving! My favorite summer beverage is iced tea with lime. demshine@comcast.net

shawn said...

tHE BOOK LOOKS GREAT! My favorite beverage is iced cranberry/apple herbal tea.

Sonia B said...

Ice water. Thanks for the chance.

Megan Wenger said...

my favorite summer time drink is... watermellon smoothie. Super simpler, super yummy.

watermellon, ice, a little water and a little bit of sugar all blended together

thanks for the chance to win this awesome looking book!

Hannah said...

Love this book!

Iced coffee is the way to go of course. =)

Abloper said...

I love sun tea in the Summer. It's something my mom made all the time when I was growing up and it's just not Summer without it. abloper@aol.com

Wendy said...

I would love to win - and I love lemonade. Thanks!

Rachel said...

Would love this book! My favorite summertime drink is sweet tea with a big splash of orange juice.

Andrea said...

My favorite drink during the summer is Iced coffee. I need the caffeine to keep up with my kids! Thanks for the chance to win the book!

Olivia said...

Looks like a great book!

Beth said...

Fun stuff! Love my cherry limeade :)

Jennyroo said...

I love a pina colada!

Jacqui Wise said...

Looks like a lovely book full of great ideas. My daughter recently made a fruit punch for her birthday party which I think will end up being a favourite summertime drink (if we ever get a summer in the uk). It was made using orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, ginger beer, mint leaves, sliced lemons & limes and lots of ice. Very refreshing!

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