Thursday, September 14, 2017

Welcoming fall with my Halloween rag quilt

autumn halloween rag quilt, handmade fall blanket by refabulous

Is it starting to feel like fall where you are?  Cooler mornings, shorter days. . . ?  It is here, even in west Texas!  Well, except for today.  Today we have record-breaking heat -- 102 degrees, to be exact.  What the hell, Texas?  But that's not stopping me from looking forward to all things fall . . . .

fall aisle at Michael's; my Halloween rag quilt post by refabulous
my favorite season!

. . . and by extension, to Halloween!  Our past few years of autumn months have been consumed by the births of Monkey 9 and Monkey 10, followed by multiple surgeries, and then last year's craft fair fiasco.  With so much going on, we haven't had a chance to really ENJOY an autumn season or a good Halloween in a long time.  But this year, I'm going to be ready!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The marathon quilt: how to sew with polyester athletic shirts in a t-shirt quilt

What I've been doing for the past couple of weeks. . . .

sewing with polyester athletic shirts in a t-shirt quilt, diy, via refabulous

My uncle is an all-around amazing human being who also happens to be an amazing marathon runner.  A couple of months ago, he entrusted me with making a t-shirt quilt from his running shirts.  I was humbled, and really excited to make this for him! 

But... these shirts weren't regular t-shirts.
They're polyester athletic shirts (think DriFit or Under Armor,) and I found this fabric to be a whole 'nother animal compared to regular cotton t-shirts.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rebuilding the shipwreck


*blows dust off*

Hello?

I've missed you.  I didn't mean to be gone for so long, but I think you'll understand why in a moment.

It was a lot of things, a culmination of things. Heavy and hard things.  You all know about my son with the mystery chronic disease.  He's still the same -- no better, not much worse.  That alone was more than enough to deal with.  Except that it wasn't.  I also had two of my daughters move out into their own apartments. . . .  you guys, this flying-the-nest thing IS HARD.  Then, I faced a serious challenge with another one of my sons.  It's one that had been going on for a long, long time, but I thought I could handle it.

And I was wrong.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The one year fabric diet: 2017

Now that my shop is closed, and I have way, way, waaay too much fabric, what in the world am I going to DO with it all?


Sew fun stuff.  Stuff I've put off sewing for my kids and for my home for the past few *ahem* years.

 flannels, patiently waiting to be transformed into jammies

I want to sew gifts and make people smile.  I want to finish those projects that have been piling up that I always meant to get around to, but never seemed to find the time to complete.  And I'd like to sew some things to bless organizations that have blessed my family tremendously... but I'm still thinking on exactly how to do that.  (I'll get back to you on that last one.)


But here's the catch:  I don't want to buy
ANY.
MORE.
FABRIC.

I'm proposing a fabric fast.  A diet, if you will.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thrifty Thursday: spoon art painting project

Well, the last Etsy orders have been shipped out, the shops are closed... and it feels wonderfulllll.  I've spent the last few days cleaning, organizing, and purging junk after a fabulously fun, loud and hectic Christmas. (I hope yours was awesome, too!)  It's so refreshing!   While doing a little digital housekeeping, I came across some tutorials I had written, but never published.  A few needed a little tweaking --  a photo here and there, some edits, whatever.  So, I'll try to get those shared with you guys when I can!  I hope you enjoy this fun, super-easy project like we did.


these are hanging above my kitchen windows :)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Closing the refabulous and Acorn doors


Friends, I have decided to close my Etsy shops indefinitely after Christmas.  It was a hard decision to make, since refabulous has been a part of my life for over 9 years.  I have met so many amazing people, and made some lovely and true friends through Etsy, and some customers have actually become my good friends.  Funny how that happens.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Fool me twice: Craft fair FAIL #2


I thought I'd never, ever do another craft fair after my first experience was such a hugely epic FAIL.  But then this awesome opportunity was presented to me a few weeks ago -- a free booth, at a huge, well-advertised, and well-established craft fair, promising thousands of customers.  After some prayer, consideration, and some loving encouragement from family and friends, I decided to go for it!  I mean, what could go wrong??
We'll get to that in a minute.

So here's what happenend. . . .

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sneak peeks and new refabulous lovelies

It's been a crazy week, my friends!  Somewhere in between finishing the t-shirt quilt, dropping said quilt and my dear daughter off at her new college, and then running to Dallas for more testing for Donovan, I managed to begin listing some fresh new items in my refabulous shop! Yippeeee!  It feels really good to be working and sewing again.

Wanna peek at those listings?

Here we go!  A few of the new listings. . . .



 {oops! this one sold while I was writing this post!} :)

Monday, August 22, 2016

The t-shirt quilt I didn't want to make: tutorial for t-shirt quilt squares

Somehow, my children have gotten the bizarre idea that when they move out of our home and on their own, that I'll make them a t-shirt quilt from their childhood and favorite t-shirts.  Now, I don't know how this legend began, or how I became a part of this legend, but I honestly wanted no part of it.  The thought of wrangling a bunch of smelly old t-shirts into a stretchy monster blanket sounded like a nightmare to me.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

What's a mama to think?

How's your summer going, friends?  Ours has been pretty low-key... and odd.  We're having a little fun, with some school (always, with the schooool,) library trips, ice cream eating, some bowling. . .


and tree climbing. . .  


and worm catching. . .

and waiting.
Lots of waiting for the unknown.


Some of you know that my little boy is sick.

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