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Genny is all business, as we drive to Gretchen's house.

Genny is all business, as we drive to Gretchen's house.

Here is the lovely aqua toile that gretchen picked out, and here is the floral silk that matches!

Here is the lovely aqua toile that gretchen picked out, and here is the floral silk that matches!

here are all the slipcover pieces, that now need to be assembled!

here are all the slipcover pieces, that now need to be assembled!

Gretchen and genny are so happy that darn slipcover is complete.

Gretchen and genny are so happy that darn slipcover is complete.

Time to rest.

Time to rest.

A final touch, this pillow is perfect!  Not too matchy-matchy, but....just right.

A final touch, this pillow is perfect! Not too matchy-matchy, but....just right.

Genny is all smiles as we finally drive home.

Genny is all smiles as we finally drive home.

I am determined to blog each day, but it has not quite worked that way being that I am the company of one. So, I will continue to do my best, as I truly wish to only inspire others to create new things!
On Memorial Day and Tuesday I worked on a slipcover at my friend Gretchen’s home. She was cool enough to let me bring Genny, my canine companion with me for 2 long days of work. Making a slipcover takes time. Before I got to the point of where I could construct the cover, I had to cut out the pieces, and back them with muslin. To make it really special, I serged the fabric and muslin together for that “professional finished” look. I then proceeded to carefully assemble all of the pieces. Genny and I were very happy when I got it all done. As a surprise to Gretchen I found a printed silk with vintage looking flowers on it that matched her aqua toile to make 2 throw pillows. Check-out the pictures. Next up a cute day dress for Megan!!!

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this is a very lovely friday today.  yesterday i gave my friends Mary and Sean a skirt for the most beautiful toddler in the world, their daugther Harlow.  Mary is building my website, and she saw this little girls skirt on Heather Bailey’s blog.  this fabric collection by Heather Bailey called “Pop Garden”  is fabulous.  it is a great mix of modern and shabby chic, with awesome color ways.  in any case i was all over it like butter on toast.  i checked out the skirt, and whipped one up for dear Harlow, and the pictures are here for all to see.  i enjoyed making this using variegated lemon-lime thread.  i will be getting my class schedule for the summer and the fall in the greater Seattle area next week.  there will be a e-mail sign-up for those of you that wish to know of new stuff and upcoming events.  I am working hard to bring it all to you.  If you wish to know how to make a skirt for your little one like this, visit www.paradisodesigns.com soon for the sewing tutorial!!! Luv,  cher

Harlow and her dog, Bailey

Harlow and her dog, Bailey

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Hi!  I am back to do this thing.  My name is Cheryl Kuczek, and I have a little company called Paradiso Designs.  I have an independent line  of handbag patterns.  Anyone can create their own designer handbag that looks great and is can really be used.  If you wish to view my patterns click here, www.paradisodesigns.etsy.com.  I am the first designer to use pleather for my bag straps.  Soon on my website  www.paradisodesigns.com,  I will have a teaching tutorial on how to sew pleather!

I love to sew, and I love to teach sewing to people that wish to learn to create!  My friend Melissa is learning to sew knit fabrics into t-shirts.  She was so worried that she would look like an old lady in a very colorful pattern that she had made into a t-shirt.  So she called me up today, and said “what do I do”.  I told her i would bring some solid knit fabric to embellish to class tonight, and it turned out really cool.PICT0020PICT0021

I showed Melissa how to cut out flower petals, and then I showed her how to sew them on freeform, and this is what happened!

I showed Melissa how to cut out flower petals, and then I showed her how to sew them on freeform, and this is what happened!

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