Saturday, January 7, 2012

Moving to WordPress

I did it, after almost 10 days of pulling my hair, I DID IT! I have built a Word press site where I can do a better job of separating all of My husbands stuff, My daughters stuff and My stuff. It's a lot of Stuff!

Our new business name: Three Unique Rabbits! What do you think?

I decided not to move all the stuff I have here straight over, as some if it just doesn't apply, or seem to fit in with the new look, which my daughter tells me is Hipster. I had to go look that up, interesting what she thinks of me, to say the least.

I will slowly take some of the craft stuff from here and post it over there, in it's appropriate place --- I love love the Portfolio pages this new Theme I bought has allowed me to do.

I hope you will all come over and take a look around, and if you don't want to miss anything Click on the Blog link along the top and then Subscribe!

Here it is:

I'll get it all populated soon enough. I'm also working on a major sewing endeavorer, that I will be blogging about soon, I'll give you the title: Sewing with a Missionary Plan. Yes, it will be an entire wardrobe for my soon to be female Missionary.

Thank you all for your support.

~Sonia Barton

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fire Trucks and Black Background Photography

My husband has been trying to develop a Toy Fire Truck for his Etsy shop. The first two were a bit miss proportioned but after a lot of yelling (he is still a retired Sailor first) he came up with a good one.

While I was in the Black and White Photo Class it was a combined class with 2nd semester students also in the class. Me being me, I would go over and see what their projects were and one of their projects was Product Photography. I fell in love with the photo's one of the girls was taking, she was doing everything on Black.

To Photograph the Fire Trucks I thought I would give a black background a try. Here are a few of the shots:

It really helped in being able to Photograph the very light color wood. Then my cat walked by and I captured this one in a million shot, Kitty rubbing on the Fire Truck Ladder:

The black background really helps the subjects. There is no way this picture would look like that on white.

~Sonia Barton

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday...Santana&Feather Bed

When you go off to do laundry for several hours, you shouldn't leave your feather bed exposed to a puppy, especially if it already has a tear in it.

~Sonia Barton

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

I hope you all had a wonderful New Years celebration. I hardly ever stay away until mid-night, and this year was no different I was in bed when the guns started going off, and the dogs started barking. After 30 minutes of that everything got quite again, and I went back to sleep.

2011 was an interesting year for me, my little identity crisis has lasted way to long, I think it has moved into the mid-life crisis definition by now. I do still want to get a BA in Art, but have come to the realization that going to school during the day is a must in order to complete the classes I need to graduate. So for 2012 that goal will be put on hold.

What will need to happen in 2012 is I will need to find a large source of income, so I'm currently looking for a night job, to add to the day job. My daughter will be going on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when she turns 21 in June, to begin with she will need a new wardrobe because she never really busy skirts and the one's she has I wouldn't call presentable.

So for 2012 I will be posting about all the sewing I will be doing to build a Female Missionary Wardrobe, I've already made one skirt which I will post soon, I can't sew to much until I know what part of the world she will end up in. I can foresee a lot of sewing happening in the month of May.

Getting my child on a Mission will be the focus of 2012. And hopefully in June there will be a week long trip to Utah, I'll drop her off and then go explore what Utah has to offer, another reason I want to have a good size savings account. If you know of any Part time jobs feel free to send them my way.

I wish you all the best for the New Year.

~Sonia Barton

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Barbie clothes Gift for my Nieces

Growing up I loved all things Barbie. I remember wanting a Barbie house, I had a couple of Barbies and a plastic Barbie suitcase that fit the Barbie and her clothes, with these tiny hangers. I never did get a Barbie dollhouse it was to expensive. My father did buy me a cardboard Strawberry Shortcake doll house for Christmas one year, it didn't last very long. The Barbies could only sit in the rooms of the cardboard house.

I passed along the love of all things Barbie to my daughter, and I have a feeling I might be doing the same thing to my nieces.

My handmade gift to my nieces this year was Barbie clothes. Awhile ago The Crafty Mummy posted a link of a pattern she tested for The Craft Barn. And I'm not one to reinvent the wheel, I do change it most of the time, but if I can avoid it I hardly ever start from scratch to learn something.

I had never sewn Barbie clothes before, and knew because of the small scale there had to be a different construction process to the sewing of Barbie clothes. Tonya gave it a great review so I bought the pattern.

It worked out great, wonderfully written with step by step photographs, no guess work as to what comes next, or how did they get there. Well worth the 4 bucks.

I only did the peasant blouse, the skirt and the pants. I wanted to keep them modest. But the pattern also comes with a Shirred dress and Tube Top pattern.

Thank you all for visiting here. I hope you all have a Happy New Year.

~Sonia Barton

Friday, December 30, 2011

Hand sewn gifts for my nephews...

I have 5 nephews. My brother beto has two boys, my brother roy has two boys and my sister monica has one boy. As many of you know there have been hard financial times around here, just like every where else. So a couple Christmas's ago I decide to start making Handmade gifts for everyone. Works out just fine, I have a fabric and yarn stash that can last me for several decades of Christmas gifts. It doesn't help that I don't stop buying fabric and yarn.

I have come to the conclusion that sewing for boys is hard. Not hard as in the sewing is hard, but hard as in What the heck do I sew for boys. Plus the oldest of the 5 boys is now 10 years old, we actually had a conversation about BO when I went to drop off his gift. So needless to say they are older boys.

I was grateful when I came across this blogpost from noodlehead:

A tutorial on how to make a basic boys wallet, She went all out and added pieces of leather and grommets. Feel free to visit her site and check out the tutorial, it was very well written.

Here are the one's I came up with:

I'll show you what I made for my nieces tomorrow.


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