Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hen in December- part 4

Gift shopping from Etsy.
As a registered Etsy shopper or seller, you have the ability to "heart" any item. This could be a great new way for you to sneak and find out what is on someone's handmade wishlist!

You can check my favorites out over there. --->

Now me, personally? I "heart" items that I either hanker after or that inspire me. NOT that this is a disclaimer for a post that is actually a ploy to get all those things I've always wanted from fellow crafters....
It's not.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hen in December- part 3

Just filled a Christmas order for a set of bean bags. Well, these are actually corn bags. Popcorn, to be exact.
This is a great first project for a beginner sewer. (Everyone will be so impressed with your fancy stitching skills!)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Hen in December- part 2

Quick handmade gift idea for girls: sparkly dress-up accessories!

A friend gave me some ridiculously shiney fabric this fall. I tucked it away knowing that it would make something great for two of my nieces. They love super-girlie stuff.
I made each of them a little scarf and then had just enough fabric left over to make each of them a hair tie.
(Here comes the fun part.)
Instead of wrapping up their scarf sets as is... (I figured it wouldn't be too exciting to open a gift only to find what would seem like a clump of fabric inside)
I made some cutouts of the girls:

and then dressed them up!
Now then. These should be much more fun to open!

Hen in December- part 1

I LOVE this month!

White lights? Love 'em.
Hot beverages? Love 'em.
Scarves and hats? Love 'em.

So...let's spend some time talking about December-y things, shall we?

Quick handmade gift idea for women: artsy clutches from Amy Karol's Bend-The-Rules Sewing

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Featured items- November

Handmade for Christmas!
Trim your tree with an Africa ornament or mark your room with an Africa door hanger.
These are now in the shop.
More colors coming soon!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Feeling left out?

If you're not an adorable twin boy, there's not much coming your way these days.
Sorry to leave you out.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Decorate with Starbursts!

Inspired by this photo, I made the cake for a recent baby shower. I chose one of Martha's lemon cake recipes, added a little lemon curd in between the layers, and iced with a lemon buttercream. On top- Starburst polkadots!

1. Microwave each candy square for about 20 seconds, depending on your oven. I worked with one square at a time because they "dry" fairly quickly.

2. Roll out the candy using a glass or bottle.

3. Cut out shapes. I used the top of my salt shaker and some glass bottles. The bottles didn't work as well because of the threaded tops. Next time, I'll spend more time looking for some more lids with a cookie cutter edge.

4. Cut different sizes from each color. (Do you see those scraps? Those are for you to eat.)

5. Arrange your dots by gently pressing them onto the icing. My icing was still wet, so they held on very well.

Photos by drew.
Tah dah! Fake fondant polkadot decor!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumpkin a la blender

What became of my Trader Joe's pumpkin:

(Yes, those are green tomatoes in the egg carton. No, we're not getting eggs right now. It's a long story...)

Happy Fall!

Friday, October 23, 2009

The hen is happy!

Thank you very much for participating in the first ever giveaway AND for those of you who used up some of your personal blog space on my behalf! Your comments were lovely. All you people are first-class.

And now. The envelope please.

And the winner* is...
Digital Misfits!

DM- send me an email at with your mailing address and your very own vintage zipper pouch will be on its way!

Thanks to everyone for supporting handmade wares!

*How winners were chosen at uh: Entry names were logged accordingly (once or twice), randomly sorted, and assigned a number. The hen shouts into the living room, "Sweetie. Pick a number between two and thirty-three." The number 5 is shouted back in return. Number five is declared the winner. Fancy stuff, here.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The hen gives away!

Thanks for stopping by for urban hen's first giveaway. The winner will choose from one of the items pictured below: vintage zipper pouch, happy-apple T (size 2T), or Ethiopian zipper pouch.

To enter:
1. leave a comment and tell which handmade ware YOU would choose
2. post a link to this giveaway post on your own blog and then leave a comment with the link address
Do both and enter twice!
Entries will be taken between now and Thursday, October 22nd at midnight CST. The winner will be announced on Friday morning!

Urban hen is celebrating three years as an official seller of wares!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

October's featured items

Introducing....featured items for the month of October!

Celebrating the circle! Round, predictable, indicative of fun when clustered together...
Ready for cooler weather is the Fall Scarf. This version is a tidy, little, tie scarf for ladies or for girls. I love this print!
Next up is the Delivery Bag. Here you'll find the urban hen's take on the messenger-style bag. This bag is great for people who like a roomy bag and who loath straps falling of shoulders. (me) It would make a good "step up" from your diaper bag!
And finally, a great autumn vintage fabric to replenish your stash.

Happy October!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wares from art

I have a little friend who asked me to make him something. Actually, what he asked was for me to make a shirt just like the one he was wearing at the time. As you might have guessed it was a fancy screenprinted T with lots of details and lettering swirling across the front. "Oh no! I can't do all that!", I thought. Then I remembered that this kid is a great artist. So I told him to give me a design and I'd do my best to turn it into a shirt.

He gave me the drawing: A super-fast race car! (I like it already.)

I scrounged through my scraps. (This is why I keep baskets of these all over the room, dear.)

I cut out the pieces. (Lots of details to keep track of.)

The finished product!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Featured items- September

Introducing... featured items in the shop for the month of September.
Celebrating the second largest continent in the whole world!

The two shirts (one for a lady and one for a girlie) are appliqued with a vintage and vintage-inspired print. There is also an urbanhen zipper pouch dedicated to the country, Ethiopia.

These items make great gifts for families adopting from Africa!

Need for beads?

Check out the shop of my friend, BeadingBecky.
Great Christmas gifts here!

Thursday, September 3, 2009


I was supposed to be quilting with a friend today. But, due to my under-the-weatherness we had to cancel. Nevertheless, there's always SOMETHING to sew!

These two blankets will be flying over the ocean to the twin boys we're hoping to adopt this year. I hope they like them!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Movin' right along

I noticed today when I was cutting out some long strips for bias tape that I was snipping to the beat of the music. I'm talking about opening and closing the scissors in 4/4 time.

Next time you order something, you might want to call ahead and ask what’s queued up in iTunes.

In case you're wondering, lately has been this good stuff.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Who could resist?

The Hope Valley collection
True Up describes Denyse Schmidt's new collection as inspired by "homesteading, fresh starts, and pioneering". Kind of makes me melt.

See more here!

Monday, August 17, 2009

SOS- Messenger Bag

Introducing to you:
*The urban hen Delivery bag.*
The photos below show my first run at what would quickly become my most favorite bag of all! I made one for myself last fall and am using it as a purse. This one pictured here was a custom diaper bag.

I've completed one new messenger made from a gray Ikea print for the shop and I'm working up a second one with polka-dot lining as I type. (Pretty tricky. I know.) Hopefully they'll be posted for purchase by the end of the month.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Tutorial- flat felled seam

1. Place fabric, wrong sides together.

2. Sew fabrics together.

3. Iron or finger press seam open.

4. Trim one seam to 1/4" its original width.

5. Fold the longer edge over the shorter trimmed edge. Iron.

6. Sew seam close to folded edge.

7. Finish seam by stitching a second seam, catching outside folded edge.

This is a great way to sew a "patch work" fabric to use for blankets, bags,...