Monday, December 28, 2009
So many things to post about, so little time. These little cuties I got for Christmas and have taken them off only to sleep. I love them, love them, love them. (thanks Lewis!) I posted all my christmas photos over on my FB page. Go check it out there. Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas - seemed so short because husband had to work so much. Hoping he has a three day weekend this weekend to enjoy some time together. Ya!
Friday, December 18, 2009
This is our NEW tree skirt this year. You see, I made the stockings a couple of years ago out of old sweaters and knew that I wanted to make a tree skirt. So I went to one of my favorite stores (ARC thrift store!!!) and purchased an off white blanket last year only to decide I REALLy needed more than one blanket. So, I HAD to make another trip to the thrift store and I actually found five sweaters that were in the off white color scheme and that would be long enough to make into my tree skirt sections.
To construct the skirt 1) cut a large circle from muslin to serve as the backing (and help with construction) 2) fold into fifths to get the measurement for the pie shapes 3) cut out the sweaters (I used the fronts and backs of five different sweaters) 4) lay them in a pleasing pattern and serge one to the other leavingg two disconnected - see the picture? 5) lay the sweater "top" right sides together with the muslin circle and sew down both sides and the entire bottom 6) turn inside out and I encased the small inner circle with bias muslin strip.
I do need to add some ribbons to tie the skirt around the tree but with all of the sewing I've been doing for Christmas I just didn't have time. I figure it will be under the tree and noone will see anyways. Funny thing is . . . I wonder how long it will take me to get the ribbons on??
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I just sent these to Oregon for a craft sale that my mom is participating in this weekend. I hope I sell some things. The wallies would make great wrappings to stick a gift card in for a teacher/friend/swap etc. Or they make great stocking stuffers. I also sent my coffee cozies which make great stocking stuffers too. Some were made of fabric and some I crocheted and put large buttons on. They look like little sweaters for your disposable coffee cups. But you could put a gift card in an empty disposable cup and then put the coffee cozie on the outside and attach a cute gift tag. Wish I had a pic of that. Both of these items sell for $4 each.
I just hope to have this one finished BY Christmas. Then i hope to make at least one type of advent calendar a year. I really like them.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
These are two of my most recent thrifty finds. The top one I got for $2.50 and the bottom one for 50 cents. Chaching!
I've been eyeing these rub-on letters. Seems they are everywhere. But I found some at my local Hobby Lobby store and purchased them this weekend. I think it took longer to open the package then to apply the lettering. Hoping to add some more family pictures to this wall (hint, hint Kari, Jenny and Mom). Oh, this is in the foyer of our home. It is the first thing you see when you walk enter. Most of the frames I purchased either at garage sales or thrift stores and spray painted them black. I especially love the center one. It was one of those frames that has a mat with 50 openings! Seriously? Who has a whole bunch of 2" photos? So I purchased the larger mat 16x20 with an 8x10 opening and I LOVE IT!!! I think I've spent maybe $20 on all of the frames/mats/paint and new lettering. Pretty impressive if I might say so myself.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
You can not believe the incredible deal I got on this frame. It is such a good deal that I am seriously embarrassed to tell you how much (well, little) I paid for it.
And because of some great friends they led me to the frame. It was at a garage sale and two of my friends were there and were talking (they didn't know each other) and decided I should be called because I would need to buy it. And I did! I nearly cried transporting it home. Then after doing some research I discovered it was a Hinterburg frame (Not a Grace like I was told by the seller) AND . . . get this, I ran into another quilting friend at Walmart and she has one and called me later that day and offered to come over the next day to look at it with me. Her and her husband gave me lots of great information and even offered that my husband and I could come check out their set up. I am just amazed at how it all fell together.
I hope to at least quilt the five quilt tops that I have had completed for five plus years.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I can't remember how Mary and I met exactly. I've thought about it many times. I think we've always been connected. But I do remember seeing her at one of the Elementary school functions about 12 years ago and talking to her and wondering why she was there. She told me she was there for her granddaughter, LYNDSI, and imagine how shocked both of us were when we realized that my daughter, Brittney and her granddaughter LYNDSI were becoming bestest first grade friends. It was amazing. Those girls were such opposites and just perfect for each other. Brittney was/is so shy and Lyndsi was so outgoing. So outgoing! They were together during school and on the weekends pretty inseperatable too. Lyndsi was at our house or Brittney was over at Lyndsi's house. Thank goodness their first grade teacher "looped" and for second grade they were in the same class. AND . . . third grade - same class! The girls ended up going to different schools for fourth and fifth grades but stayed connected still. In middle school , they were back together and in eighth grade were the closest they had ever been.
The girls played volleyball and basketball together and we saw alot of each other and our families during practices, games and tournaments. Their family was especially there when our family had a medical emergency at one of the basketball games. I had no worries because I knew Brittney had Lyndsi. The girls were crazy together. Lyndsi allowed Brittney to let loose. They wore these goofy black/orange striped socks, shared hairbands and traded shoes for games.
Highschool brought alot of drama. Lyndsi continued with basketball but Brittney did not and so they no longer had that tie with sports. But the girls still shared . . . and boys. Sometimes that was okay and sometimes not. Sometimes a love/hate relationship with the girls. and so that is how the girls ended . . . they were not getting along. But you see, we always thought she would be here. I figured the girls would go to college and Lyndsi's grandma and I would talk about it. I figured they'de get married and we'de talk about it. I figured they'de have kids and we'de talk about it. And I knew eventually the girls would start talking again. I never in my wildest dreams thought we would lose Lyndsi. Everyday we are saddened in some way by it. I know someday we will be happy when we think of her but I just don't know how. We miss her so much and I can't imagine what her grandmother (and mother and father and brother and grandfather) are dealing with.
I am not a writer and i can't express my feelings but just thought I should let you know why I have been gone.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I am a little concerned about our computer situation. The girls have computers (in which I have been using for blog posting) but they will turn them into the school tomorrow and our home computer is SO slow. I will either 1) have to have the home computer fixed or 2) go to the library a couple of times a week. Both have their pros and cons i.e. the computer fixing will cost $$$$ but I won't have to leave the house to use it and I will have to leave the house to use the library computer BUT it is a brand spankin new library and it is gorgeous!!! So, we'll see.
Actually, if I just sewed instead of being on the computer I could get so much done.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I can't complain. This is my "work". Ya right! Aren't they just so cute. Those little kids.
Makes it easy to ignore the fact that the landscaping is hidious. Pretty much prairie all around us. and I don't mean pretty prairie, I mean weeded prairie. Good thing I have those "bunnies" to look at.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Yes, we are saving the dress forever! No, my younger daughter will not be wearing it because. . . I will be making her her own prom dresses.
I can not imagine the wedding dresses - this was pretty darn stressful - but I WILL make them. I've always told the girls they have two choices for wedding dresses 1) I can make theirs or 2) they can wear mine. (Hope one of those works out)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I made these lounge pants from Amy Butlers book "In Stitches". I adapted the pattern to omit the side seam so they go together super quick. The owl fabric I had purchased about a year ago so finally got to use it.
The t-shirt was given to me and I added an owl applique from the pants material and made a drawstring casing to give it an empire waist look.
Although I am happy with the pajamas, I am very unhappy with my weight right now. Goodnews is that we did just join a health club so I hope to shed a few (ok, ALOT) of weight.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I love this book. It is due back at the library today - ugh! I used the "charming handbag" pattern for these three bags. They will be donated to a Young Life banquet/Auction for this saturday.
So, as many of you know, I didn't follow the rules. I wanted to add the embroidery and had this idea with the circle that I had to try. The first one was my trial and by the third I think I perfected my idea. You would not believe how simple it was to get those circles like that.
The embroidery was not done on my embroidery machine but on my regular sewing machine that has monogramming letters to choose from. I like the way the words look - Hope, Faith, Love.
Check out my flickr for other pictures of the bags/embroidery.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
but I have fallen in love with it. You will get one . . . but later! It is a pleated beauty bag by Amy Karol from her book Bend-The-Rules Sewing. Oh, my goodness, I just saw that she has a new book coming out August 2009! I already love THIS book. She is so talented and creative. Oh, she's from Oregon. So many talented people there, like my niece Avery. She will be taking sewing lessons from my mom and I am so jealous that I am not the one to be giving her lessons. ugh! But how special for her and grandma!
I went to my sister-in-laws baby shower this weekend and I made her a quilt and bibs and burp clothes - but no, nope, no pictures. Hmmmm. Will have to see if I can get a picture to post. You're all waiting aren't you?
And plans for Spring Break? Haven't even paid attention to what the weather may be like because I will be in my sewing room making a tshirt quilt that should have been done months ago. MONTHS!!! I think I'm aproaching the year marker! People, you have to give me deadlines - I am horrible at "oh, whenever!" That turns into months, ahem, a year!!! (that's bad, really bad!) Ok, but I will have it done next week. Think positive!!!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
On Saturday, while putting on my makeup I got a sewing idea and hurried to finish my makeup so I could go write down my sewing idea. Later my daughter was trying to get the big blob of mascara off the side of my face. So how do you do it? How do you manage to take care of your hair and makeup and Sew? I really need to reprioritze here.
Monday, February 16, 2009
This is the apron that I sent to my Hearts and Kisses apron swap partner, Betty aka Fudgie. I like how it turned out (I hope she does too). The wide apron ties make the apron very comfortable and surprisingly, all of those layers of gathered material didn't take too, too long. The apron she sent me is just amazing. I really, really like it. I wore it all day on Valentine's day until my teenage daughters friends came over (it would have really embarrassed my daughter).
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I looked back at my first post. It is a picture of my family. Awww! So much has changed - I think I cut off 10 inches of my hair (and I hate it) One of the girls went blonde and the blonde daughter went brunette AND now are back to both being brunettes. Gotta love Miss Clairol!
The husband is still at his job (and in these times - thank goodness). Seems everyone complains about their jobs but you must be thankful to have a job right now.
The boy started college and quit college and that's ok (neither one of his parents finished college either) So many things are changing for him. He wanted to be out in his own place by his birthday (March 3rd) but looks like that will be a little late too.
I will have a giveaway soon too. So keep reading.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
The apron I received is perfect! It is two layers, with binding and a heart shaped pocket on the front with a giant "J" monogram embroidered on that. She also sent two fat quarts (I'm thinking of making a bag with them) and 4 pieces of JUMBO ric-rak (oh really cute)!
The thing I'm experiencing about joining in these swaps is even though you're given at least a month, I wait till the last week to get mine together. I also joined a St Patricks day swap (see button on the right). I'm gonna have quite a collection of aprons in no time.