Sewing projects

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing lately, (I’ve become kind of obsessed) and I decided I really should be documenting my projects better! For a while I’ve just been snapping little pictures of projects with my phone, most of them gifts, before passing them on to their receiver. I’ve compiled a little collection of those phone photos below. Maybe from here on out I’ll actually start using my camera to get some decent quality photos! (With that being said, please excuse the fairly poor quality of a lot of these shots!) Also, I realized that unfortunately there are some projects that I never took pictures of. Boo. Lesson learned!

Reversible apron made for my mother-in-law, using a pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing.

Reversible apron made for my mother-in-law, using a pattern from Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing.

Baby bloomers, made using pattern in Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby.

Baby bloomers, made using pattern in Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby.

Baby snuggler made for a friend, using pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby.

Baby snuggler made for a friend, using pattern from Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby.

Little baby pants made for a baby shower, using a pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby.

Little baby pants made for a baby shower, using a pattern from Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby.

Bunting made for a friend's baby shower.

Bunting made for a friend’s baby shower.

This skirt. YIkes. I used a pattern from the Burda Style Sewing Handbook. I love this book, and need to try more projects. This one just didn't come out ver well. I've worn it once, and I had to put it over my head to get it on, ha!

This skirt. YIkes. I used a pattern from the Burda Style Sewing Handbook. I love this book, and need to try more projects. This one just didn’t come out very well. I’ve worn it once, and I had to put it over my head to get it on, ha!

It's unfinished in this photo, but this is a stuffed owl wearing a tutu that I made for my cousin's daughter.

It’s unfinished in this photo, but this is a stuffed owl wearing a tutu that I made for my cousin’s daughter.

A few of the little zippered pouches, with first initial, I made my bridesmaids. I always use this tutorial when making these little pouches: http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2011/06/tutorial-how-to-make-a-lined-zippered-pouch.html

A few of the little zippered pouches, with first initial, I made my bridesmaids. I always use this tutorial when making these little pouches: http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2011/06/tutorial-how-to-make-a-lined-zippered-pouch.html

Just one of the MANY sets of bunting we (me, my mom, grandmother and cousins) sewed for our wedding.

Just one of the MANY sets of bunting we (me, my mom, grandmother and cousins) sewed for our wedding.

More wedding bunting triangles.

More wedding bunting triangles.

Tim's anniversary quilt, unfinished. It is very humorous how so-not-perfect this thing is!!

Tim’s anniversary quilt, unfinished. It is very humorous how so-not-perfect this thing is!!

Baby shower gifts - bloomers from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby. The little shoes were made using a pattern/tutorial found online. I can't remember which though. :(

Baby shower gifts – bloomers from Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby. The little shoes were made using a pattern/tutorial found online. I can’t remember which though. 😦

Pieces for the baby shoe assembly!

Pieces for the baby shoe assembly!

Baby shower gift.

Baby shower gift.

Baby shower gift.

Baby shower gift.

Duvet cover, one side print fabric, reverse side solid blue fabric. Snap closure (which I accidentally messed up and put on the wrong side of the cover, arg.) Used this tutorial on Design Sponge to sew this up - http://www.designsponge.com/2010/03/sewing-101-making-a-duvet-cover.html

Duvet cover, one side print fabric, reverse side solid blue fabric. Snap closure (which I accidentally messed up and put on the wrong side of the cover, arg.) Used this tutorial on Design Sponge to sew this up – http://www.designsponge.com/2010/03/sewing-101-making-a-duvet-cover.html

Little bit of detail of the duvet cover.

Little bit of detail of the duvet cover.

Hamlet snoozing on the duvet cover.

Hamlet snoozing on the duvet cover.

Yikes, this is a pretty poor way of showing this project, but this is the Tiny Pocket Tank, pattern by Grainline Studio.

Yikes, this is a pretty poor way of showing this project, but this is the Tiny Pocket Tank, pattern by Grainline Studio.

"Vintage" cafe apron bridal shower gift. I used my great-grandmother's apron as a pattern.

“Vintage” cafe apron bridal shower gift. I used my great-grandmother’s apron as a pattern.

Cafe apron detail with card.

Cafe apron detail with card.

Another cafe apron bridal shower gift.

Another cafe apron bridal shower gift.

Detail of the cafe apron.

Detail of the cafe apron.

Padded sunglasses case.

Padded sunglasses case.

Most difficult project to date, I'd say. The Alder Shirtdress, pattern by Grainline Studio. Worked on this ALL vacation this year. My first time with a collar/collarstand, buttons/buttonholes and  button placket.

Most difficult project to date, I’d say. The Alder Shirtdress, pattern by Grainline Studio. Worked on this ALL vacation this year. My first time with a collar/collarstand, buttons/buttonholes and button placket. (One button is sooo off center.)

Hello again.

Well, once again I have been MIA for quite some time. I couldn’t believe it when I logged in today and realized it had been over a year since I had last posted anything. Yeesh.

Update: this is the second time I have started an “I’m back” type of post. I just can’t seem to get it going! But I figured this is as good a time as any to revitalize my blog, as we just bought a vintage camper!! This is something we have talked about doing for a long time, but really in the last few months got serious about. I say it’s a good time to get the blog back up and running because this camper is going to be quite the project. Like, serious project.

(Update: this is the third time…Today I will post!!)

The camper is a 1977 Serro Scotty Sportsman Hilander. (I originally thought the Sportsman and Hilander were two different models, but apparently I was wrong). It is 15 feet long and boy does it need a lot of work. Thankfully the aluminum outside and windows seem to be in pretty good condition (replacing windows can be pricy we have heard) other than needing a damn good cleaning. It looks like someone painted over the original aqua stripes with a navy blue. As much as I love navy, I believe we’re going to be repainting her back to the original colors.

The inside, however, is a different story. There is a lot of mold and rotted wood/water damage. This thing is truly in pretty horrible shape. We’re most likely going to be replacing everything in the interior, including the electrical. Actually, we’re pretty sure we’re going to be doing what they call a “frame off” rebuild, where you literally tear it all the way down to the chassis – yes, the metal frame that it all rides on.

 

I’m crossing my fingers that after we tear out all the old walls, the frame will miraculously still be in great condition, and we can just rebuild from there (replacing insulation, walls, ceiling and the floor, are going to be really important to do no matter what). However, I think the husband really wants to do some work on the chassis, so we’ll probably end up doing the total rebuild. EEEK.

We picked her up in Westminster, SC from a nice guy who had bought it off his neighbor. The camper belonged to the neighbor’s brother who had recently passed away. I think he was selling some of his things to pay for funeral costs. Sad situation, but we hope to give her new life, in such a way the original owner would be proud! (Update: it has been weeks since I wrote this original post. In hindsight, we’re now not sure this is the actual story, but that’s neither here nor there…)

The day after buying her, Tim drove back down to SC to meet our friends Walt and Ashly to haul her back to Asheville. Walter owns a roll back tow truck and they were nice enough to tow the camper all the way back up to Asheville, unload it right into the spot we needed, hang out for pizza and a beer, then drive back down to SC. We have awesome friends. We’re really not sure how the camper would have pulled behind a truck at this point, so we were incredibly happy to have a way to put it on a roll back.

Funny story: during the almost two hour drive back to Asheville, as Tim is driving behind the tow truck, he starts to see small pieces of wood and lots of screws just flying out of the bottom of the thing. Not good, and he was pretty worried. When they got to our house, Walt collected all the screws from his truck and put them in a bag for us. Lovely. The next day, as Tim is going back through, poking around the interior, he lifts up the back bed and discovers a little TupperWear container full of screws and bolts, nuts, etc. HA! All of those little suckers were finding their way out a little hole at the back of the camper. We’re just glad he wasn’t watching it follow apart in front of his eyes!

Next we had to figure out where we were going to put her while working on her. We don’t have a garage and “renting” one from a friend or family didn’t seem like the most convenient plan either, so Tim bought a large tent thing at Harbor Freight. We put it up in our back yard and lined it with globe lights leftover from our wedding. It actually looks very pretty and we’ll be keeping it up after this project for get togethers. But for now, it’s our makeshift garage. We’ll still have to be very careful about water getting in, and will most likely be hanging tarp “walls” at the point everything is most exposed, but we think it’ll work just fine. My cousin came over today and helped us move it from the front yard to the back, using his truck then pure man-power to physically move it under the tent. (Again, we have awesome friends, and family.)

So, that’s where we are now. Like I said, this is going to be quite the project, and a lengthy one at that. More than I have ever done before. It’ll be a learning experience, I’m sure they’re will be a lot of blood, sweat and tears (quite literally) but it’s going to be pretty awesome when it’s finished and we can show it off and take it too so many cool new places. Our little home on wheels.

(Since writing this original post, we have done some more work, like taking out all the windows, but I’ll save that for the next post!)

Last but definitely not least, some of the photos we have taken so far. I have a ton more photos of the real nitty gritty, (like the fire damage…) on my phone, so maybe I’ll post those in the next post. Also, every now and then I’ll post a picture on my Instagram. Follow me – user name @letter47, if you want to see those!

 

Can’t wait to update as everything gets more underway!

The rear exterior.

The rear exterior.

 

The kitchenette.

The kitchenette.

Window and shelves next to the larger bed. The shelves might end up coming out. :(

Window and shelves next to the larger bed. The shelves might end up coming out. 😦

Some old, nasty insulation coming out of the front wall.

Some old, nasty insulation coming out of the front wall.

View from the door. That white door to the right was to the bathroom. We're pretty sure we're not going to use it as a bathroom when it's redone. We've heard they're a pain to keep up with.

View from the door. That white door to the right was to the bathroom. We’re pretty sure we’re not going to use it as a bathroom when it’s redone. We’ve heard they’re a pain to keep up with.

Shelves next to the dinette.

Shelves next to the dinette.

The dinette. The table is halfway lowered in this picture. It all folds down into the smaller of the two beds.

The dinette. The table is halfway lowered in this picture. It all folds down into the smaller of the two beds.

Sink. Yuck.

Sink. Yuck.

View of the bag, larger bed.

View of the bag, larger bed.

Jessica and Dana

I met Jessica and Dana in the summer of 2012 after a mutual friend put us in touch. They were getting married in July and were looking for a photographer. We got together to meet, talk and take some photos before their big day. They were such a fun, laid back couple. After having been together for eight years, they were nice and comfortable and easy in front of the camera. In late July they had their wedding at the beautiful North Carolina Arboretum. What a perfect place to have a wedding! Thanks Jess and Dana for including me in your day!
Thanks to Alex Minkin for shooting the wedding with me!

First, for the engagement photos, taken at their home that they share with their furry children….
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Look at that smile!

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And, onto the wedding.

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Kipper and Hannah

As always I’m catching up on some old posts. It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon (in January!) and I thought I’d sit out on the porch and blog a bit.
Anyway, Kipper and Hannah are our now former neighbors. They lived across the hall from us in our old apartment. We loved, loved, loved living there and became good friends with everyone in the building. We love our new place, but we sure do miss these awesome friends!
Kipper and Hannah got married in October 2012 and since we couldn’t be in two places at the same time, we had to miss it. (We were at our friends Walt and Ashly’s wedding in SC – post from that wedding to come!) Back in the spring, Kipper and Hannah asked if I’d be willing to take some engagement photos for them, and I was honored. These two are just a lot of fun (I mean, a LOT of fun). If you’ve been around Asheville for a while, you probably know, or know of, Kipper. He runs the most successful trivia night in town and is a killer DJ (has won the Mountain Xpress Best Of for both several times). Hannah is a total sweetheart, very fun, and beautiful to boot. We didn’t shoot for long- Hannah is pretty camera shy (I totally don’t know why!) so we kept i quick and simple. Enjoy! (PS – we took these outside our apartment building, in the beautiful Montford neighborhood.)
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Jamie and Brad, October 2011

Jamie and Brad got married on a beautiful day in late October of 2011.  The ceremony and reception were held at a local park in Kernersville, NC and it was just perfect.  I say this often, but it was just “so them”.

Jamie and I lived together in Greensboro and she has of course been one of my best friends since.  She started dating Brad and it fit – she was very close with our other roommate Ashely, and Brad was very close with Ashley’s husband Hank.  But it didn’t just fit because of the friend connection.  They are just right together, something that is always amazing to see.

Whenever Jamie would talk about getting married, she would always say that she wanted it to be a big party with all the people she loved.  Well, she got her wish.  Their ceremony was one of the most unique and loving I’ve seen.  It was short, and they were married by Jamie’s cousin.  Their vows were perfect and included talk of Brad allowing Jamie to adopt any stray animal she came across and being “food partners” for life.  They left everyone both crying and laughing.  The reception was just the same – tons of fun with dancing and everyone celebrating their love for one another.

Jamie asked me if I would shoot their wedding and I was thrilled.  She was worried that I wouldn’t have as good a time being the photographer and a guest as opposed to just a guest.  Well, she had nothing to worry about – I had a blast just being a part of it all.

Alright, I’m getting long winded (errr I’m already there…), but, I must say it was an honor and pleasure to shoot the wedding of such great friends.  After they received their photos, Brad and Jamie’s words of thanks just really touched me.  Words like their’s make me really enjoy capturing others’ special days.

Typical Jamie!

Donna and Curtis

Donna is the mother of one of my best friends, a best friend since kindergarten.  So when she asked me to shoot her and Curtis’ September wedding, it only felt natural!

The two had a beautiful and laid back ceremony and reception on a neighbor’s property in Asheville.  It was a beautiful spot that seemed like it was just meant for a wedding, though this was the first one ever held there!  Oh, and there were horses involved!

I’ll get on to the photos, but I have to say, I had a lot of fun shooting this wedding.  Like I said, it was all beautiful and it was fun to be around old friends and family (my parents were there).  So, here we are…

Donna looked so pretty in her white jeans and top.

My dear friend Lauren

Grandbabies are the cutest!