Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Going cukoo over tea wallets!

I am having so much fun making these things!  This one is for a friend.  I made another one for my SIL for her birthday, but forgot to take photos. If she can get me a shot of it, I will post it. Hers turned out very cutely too!
 I have learned a few good tricks to help with the process. One is to NOT use a hair elastic for the closure.  They are round and much harder to sew in and have stay in place. I am using thin flat elastic now. You can get it in white or black and it lays flat. If you take about 5-6 passes over it with the sewing machine, it won't go anywhere. The other trick is to try to get the corners pushed out as well as you can to sew a smoother top stitching around the whole thing.
This particular wallet (I am about to reveal a secret here), I had sewn all the way around the outside edge with beige thread.  Well, it looked great on the inside where the pockets were a lighter color, but on the outside, where the background was black, you could see the smallest of little stitch messes.  Well, here is how I corrected it.  I used a thin line black permanent Sharpie pen and basically colored the stitches black!!!!! It worked like a it looks so much more professional.  And adorable, I might add! Check it out in the photos!!!!
I did not get my corners turned well, and that was what caused the sloppy looking stitches.  I need to find a way to do it well.
Once again the free pattern is here:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I should have told you where I got the pattern for the tea wallet in my last post. This gal really makes it easy, and has pictures!

Monday, November 17, 2014

I finally got to make a tea wallet. A particular family member who loves HK, will get this one. It was so fun, easy and fast.
Here's the inside. Holds 4 teabags. 
What do you think of this? Are you a tea drinker. Would you carry something like this???  Maybe not HK, but some other lovely print?
The only thing I would do differently if make a flap to come around to front with a plastic snap.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Scandinavian star ?????

For some strange reason I was thinking of Pam over at:  Gingerbread and Snowflakes blog (
as I made my first crocheted star ornament in red and white! Does it look Scandinavian to you? 
 Pattern at:
A red tropical hibiscus flower for you all this morning. Our lovely gardening season is just starting down here in south Florida! 
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
XOXO- Julie

Monday, November 3, 2014

My grandson playing in a concert at school!

He is a bass player, along with his best friend!  Top picture is Donovan (age 9), in the 4th grade orchestra.
 Best friend, a fellow bassist!
 The two clowns!

They did a great Halloween show for us called Boo Bash, where one person read parts of a very descriptive book about a bat in the forest, and the orchestra played descriptive music to sort of set the scene!  It was really a great show, and glad this ol' grandma was invited!!!