bump up the jam

Monday, September 29, 2008

The title of this post is dedicated a bit to my goodlife class that I miss dearly. I've been out with a bad back for a few weeks and haven't been able to go. I went to the gym for the first time today and gazed into the classroom longingly at all the bodypumpers pumping away to pump up the jam (gotta love that hair and green spandex...)

But I suppose the title is really about the latest project that I did for C a few weeks ago. She really does keep me busy, that girl!

C wanted a bumper pad for her daughter's crib and I took the challenge. She didn't know what fabric she wanted for the longest time, but she knew she wanted something to match her Dwell bed skirt. She decided on Amy Butler's Lime Full Moon Polka Dots after she threw the bag I made her into the crib one day and liked the look. (It also looks pretty cute with the coriander pillow I made her awhile back).

I'm really happy with the turn out -- but I likely won't be making another one until the time comes from my own little ones... these things aren't as easy as they look to make! But it was fun and I'm happy that C keeps me sewing for practice.

welcome to lealou's house

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Well it's up! I spent the past month or so sewing, taking photos and writing descriptions for each item and had lots of fun doing it. Even if no one buys anything I had so much fun getting back into sewing I can't wait to get back to the sewing machine to make more.

I have to say I had the most fun writing the descriptions... people might think I'm a bit crazy naming my pillows and totes after parts of East York where I live but that's ok... I like it here and why not promote it?

For this first batch of sewing I used a lot of Anna Maria Horner fabrics... her new Garden Party line is so bright and vibrant and really I can't stop looking at them. I just LOVE her Drawing room volumes print which I used for my tote. I also used a couple of Amy Butler's print's although they're a bit springy! It's so dreary here today that a little punch of pink is just what I need to tell you the truth.

Thanks again to my sister for creating my very cool banner and to my cat for staying away from all the stuff I sew... also thanks to M for vacuuming up the little threads he finds all over the house every week...

So here we go! here's a little taste of what you can find in the shop:

The Taylor Creek Cushion
Named after the little creek near my house - this pillow reminds me of the crispness of fall...

The Relish Cushion

Named after one of my favourite places to eat in East York, Relish Bar & Grill... it gives people in the area something different than the every-day mundane.

The East Lynn Cushion

This cushion reminds me of a park with it's bright colours so I named it after East Lynn Park down the street from me...

Springtime in the City Cushion

Sure it's not springtime, but I know I will be wishing for it once the first snowflake hits the ground, so I made this bright pink pillow to add a touch of spring to those cold winter months.

The Stacks Tote

This was my favourite project -- I LOVE this fabric and want to keep the tote for myself... I made the handles a bit too long but I tied them up and think they look kinda cute now...

I'll be updating the shop as I figure out what to up up there next so keep a look out... also I have a cute baby project I made for C and Rowan a couple weeks ago... I have to get C to take some pics when she gets it set up...

Happy weekend! I'm off to the in-laws and then to visit some good friends tomorrow north of the city.


it's coming!

Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm working on the last bitsy details of my etsy site and I should have it up and running tomorrow at noon. Be sure to check it out then!

Happy Friday!

Getting TUFF

Friday, September 05, 2008

As I mentioned this week, my sister has a film in the Toronto Urban Film Festival this week and now is your chance to see it and vote! Below is a description of the film and festival in her words. Enjoy and don't forget to vote!


Ok, so you all know about the Toronto International Film Festival happening this week. But underground there is a hipper, quieter, simpler festival happening called the Toronto Urban Film Festival. The films are silent, 60 second pieces that play in rotation on subway monitors over 10 days. My entry is titled ‘Gayla’s Garden’, inspired by and featuring Gayla Trail masterfully edited by Beau Dickson, and shot and directed by yours truly!

So, if you are in the subway this Sunday, look up to the monitors and you may just see it playing. It will be in rotation throughout that day.

You can also see it here and VOTE:

Cheers, and happy Autumn!

my sister is so talented...really.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

I asked my sister eS to design a banner for me for my blog and my new shop and look what she came up with!

Now I've just got to figure out how to get the little sucker up on this site!

Oh did I mention she also has a film in the Toronto Urban Film Festival again this year? More news on that Friday.

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