Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New! Hooded Towels

New  to our Oh Sew You inventory just in time for Easter are Hooded Bath towels for only $20.00 for the first 3 towels!  Each towel after the first three is only $15.00! (Towels must be ordered in the same transaction.)   The great thing about these towels is that they are a LARGE high quality towel.  You can use it with a new born all the way until age 7 or 8 or until your child deems them self too big for a hooded towel.  This is definitely a value buy!  Compare to the baby hooded towels you find in the stores for $20.00 that your child will grow out if within the first year.  Click on the link to the side to see our full selection.  Custom orders available upon request.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

No-Slip Headbands

New!  Are you tired of putting a cute headband in your hair only to have to fix it soon after because it keeps slipping?  Well worry no more! We have just started our own line of No-Slip Headbands.  Each headband is made with stylish ribbon designs and backed with velvet ribbon that makes slipping out of your hair a thing of the past!  These can be used for exercising, keeping your hair out of your face while you work, or just to add a little color to your hairdo!   Listed below are the available designs. Just send me an email or reply to this post and let me know which ones you would like. Let me know if you need child or adult sizes.
The best part is that they are only $10.00 each!
 (Compared to $15.00 at our local running store)


Thursday, April 28, 2011

An accidental success!

 On Sunday there were lots of little girls wearing their new Easter dresses.  My husband saw one and asked me if I could make one like it.  I said um..... sure.  I couldn't back down from the challenge so Monday while my students were working on their sewing projects, I started looking in the scrap bin for something I could use.  I took a chalk pencil and started drawing out the pieces on the fabric.  I cut them out, sewed them together and tada!!!  This is what it became.  I added the cute turquoise ribbon and flower around the high waist and then to poof out the skirt I added some matching tulle. It is one of my favorites! And the best part is that it actually fits a child.  It is a 12 month size.   I can't wait to make more.  :)  If you like this one send me an email!  It's only $25.00!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Opinion Time

One of my neighbors was wearing a skirt in this style last week and I liked it so much I wanted to make one like it.  So I rummaged through my fabric stash here at the house and found this combination.  Thanks to my sister for taking measurements of my nieces so I had something to go off of.  So here's where you come in.  Do you like this style?  Should I make more in different colors or should I find something else to make? 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Quilt Raffle

I am raffling this quilt off to help one of my students get to the National FCCLA Conference in California this summer.  She is an awesome student from a single parent home who deserves to go on this trip but cannot unless we help her.  If you would like to buy a raffle ticket click on the donate button in the side bar.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Monday, April 4, 2011

New Dresses

 NEW!!  Baby size!  I begged my sister into letting me use her 9 month old baby as my model for this one.  She's a chunky monkey (I say that with all the love in my heart!  I LOVE chunky babies) so she is wearing a 12 month size.  Baby size is only $10.00

For the rest of the pictures, my sister got one of her neighbors who has lots of little girls to bring her girls over to model.  They too, are GREAT models.  So cute!  Dresses are $20.00

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


In addition to sewing, one of my other loves is gardening.  Today I started my tomatoes.  I tried this last year for my first time with pretty good success, but there is still a lot I need to learn.  I've been doing a little research on how to grow the best tasting tomatoes.  I wanted to write down the things I have been learning to help me remember it better.  So I decided to share what I've learned with you.

There are two types of tomatoes - Determinate and Indeterminate.  Determinate tomatoes ripen all at the same time - ideal for canning.  Indeterminate tomatoes ripen throughout the season allowing for fresh tomatoes throughout the season.  Indeterminate tomatoes also benefit from a bit of pruning.  I planted Roma tomatoes - a determinate variety and I have Beefsteak tomatoes an Indeterminate variety. 

When starting your own plants keep the soil moist but not wet!  Last year I think I kept them too wet as mold grew on several of them and killed them off.  Also if you keep a plastic covering over it until the seeds sprout it will help keep in the heat.  I had a bunch of paint tray liners lying around the garage so I used them for the base and the covering.  Works like a charm - and a lot cheaper than buying the kits from the store.  However you have to have a bit of air flow under the plastic or again...mold will start to form.

Plant several seeds in one container as not all will germinate and grow.

When you see your first seedling start to appear, remove the plastic cover and put in a well lit warm area.  I put my seedlings in a south facing window. 

When the tomatoes start to form their first "true leaves" thin out the plants in each container by cutting down the weakest plants and leaving only the strongest plant.  Do not try to pull out the other plants because often their roots are intertwined and it will pull out or damage the strong plant.  (I learned that lesson last year)

Put a fan on your seedlings for about 5 - 10 min a day twice a day to help them develop stronger stems.  I live in a pretty windy area so I definitely need strong stems.  

About a week before transplanting, place a black plastic mulch down  (there are people who say other colored plastic mulch works better, but black worked fine for me last year).  This helps raise the temperature of the ground a few degrees before planting the tomatoes.  When you're ready to plant, simply cut an X into the plastic where you want your plant.   Leaving the plastic on also helps reflect light and heat back up onto our heat loving tomato plants.  I live in a colder climate so anything I can do to help keep my plants warm will help them.

Also about a week before planting outside you want to "harden" your plants.  To do this, begin by putting the plants outside for a few hours during the warmer parts of the day.  Bring them in at night or cover them.  Gradually leave them out for longer periods of the day as you see them start to get stronger.  

When you put the plants into the ground, put them all the way up to a few top leaves.  Tomatoes can form roots all along the stem.   Put some sort of cage or support system around the plant so that as it grows it will keep the tomatoes off the ground.  It will also give the plant more support and prevent branches from breaking off from the weight of the tomatoes.  Be careful not to pierce the stem of the tomato when you put in your stakes or cages. 

When the plant has reached about 3 feet tall, remove the leaves from the bottom 1 foot of the stem.  They are usually the first to develop fungus problems because they get the least amount of sun.  This is also when you want to begin watching for "suckers" on indeterminate plant varieties.  These are the new leaf starts that form in the joint of the stem and existing branch.  If you catch it soon enough just pinch it off with your finger.  If it gets to the size of a pencil cut it with pruners so you don't damage the rest of the plant.  

Watering tomatoes - water deeply and regularly while the plants are forming.  ie. once a week with a nice deep watering.  Tomatoes have deep roots, sometimes up to 5 feet.  Make sure you water on a schedule to prevent flower rot, or the brown spots that form on the bottoms of the tomatoes.  Once rotting has begun there's nothing you can do.  Remove the tomato to allow the nutrients to go to other tomatoes.  When the tomatoes begin to ripen lessening the water amount will help the tomatoes concentrate their sugar content, however you don't want to dehydrate the plants either or it may cause the tomatoes to fall off the plant.  

I got most of my information from the following site:

If you have had success in growing yummy tomatoes, I would LOVE to hear your tips as well.  I will post pictures for each of the steps as I see them happening.  Here's to another year of experimenting with tomatoes!