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Monday Motivation

vintage patterns

OMG, have you seen this?

A whole website dedicated to vintage (25+ years old) sewing patterns, available to view and some to purchase. I found a retro dress pattern that looks stylish and very easy to make, the Butterick “walk-away” dress pattern.

Like I need more projects for me to work on. You know, work just gets in the way of all the stuff I really want to do, you know?

I find some interesting vintage patterns at the thrift store from time to time, I always check out what may be there. That, and look for yarn. Always looking for yarn.

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Monday motivation

reversible carry-all bag

I have lots of this leftover fabric (this pink pattern and orange fabric are actually former bedsheets that I am repurposing into some other wonderful new things – I just love these colors!) that I am making into some wonderful new things, this reversible bag being one of them. I bought a book on bag sewing projects, that are pattern free, so I can modify the sizes to fit whatever I need. This is another test run project of the reversible bag that I made for a friend of mine. (sorry about the wrinkles, I am not big on ironing)

The pockets are bigger than what the pattern calls for, but who cares? You can fit your phone, wallet, and keys in these pockets without any worry. I also added some padding to the handles. I am starting another project in making a skirt out of mens ties and I am taking the ties apart so that I have more material to work with, so I take out the inside padding of the ties and you know how I hate to be wasteful, so I saved the tie padding and used it for padding inside these handles. It makes them stronger, softer, and more durable to use. I also added some soft iron-on interfacing to the orange fabric for a bit of structure to the bag. All in all, I think it turned out pretty good. Only took me about 2 hours to complete, from cutting to finished sewing.

The next time I make this bag though, I will alternate the material, in that I will have a main fabric and contrasting fabric sewn together, so that either inside or outside, it looks like the same bag. I have so much fabric I’m going through it all and just being crafty.

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Anna loves looking out the window

All the snow here has melted and today it was sunny, breezy, and pretty temperate. And since it is getting darker later, I am feeling more motivated to do more things. I know this sounds like an excuse, but this cold winter weather and change in savings time makes me lethargic and unmotivated. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but it makes me feel sluggish. I suppose that this is normal, since it has been going on since the begging of time, this change of season, and I should just get used to it and accept it, but after being in hot and humid constantly for 30 years, this is an adjustment. Next year I will be more prepared and will make my exercise/sleep/eating/crafty adjustments and deal with it. I’ll be fine, it’s not forever, right?

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Crochet hook roll up organizer

I have become obsessed with crochet hooks and having almost one in every color, size, design, and material. I didn’t realize there are ergonomic ones, wood ones, some made from bamboo, some out of plastic (of course), and the old school ones made from metal (those I inherited from my grandmother and mother). They were starting to take over the bottom of my bag and in not a very orderly fashion. So I decided to make up a roll up organizer stash for my hooks. I think the next one I make will have either some batting or lightweight fusible interfacing. I love the one I have, but I think it needs some more texture to it.

I tried making one with heavier material, for more texture, but it turned out too bulky and didn’t roll up very nicely.

I need to make one for my knitting needles, but in a different pattern so I don’t get them confused.

I’m trying to use up some of the stash of material I have accumulated over the years. I find material that I either love the pattern or the colors or it’s on sale or make up any old excuse it’ll do so I buy it and keep it like it’s some prized priceless antique, which is just ridiculous. I need to start purging. And making. It’ll do my soul (and my husband’s blood pressure) some good.

Although he’s one to talk, he’s lost count of how many fishing lures he has.

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Monday Motivation

I don’t know why, (it should be the opposite), but this rainy weather today made me very motivated. I started on a knitting project using some yarn I bought years ago when I went to visit my sister in AZ, I broke out a bunch of ties I’ve collected to take apart and make into a skirt and ironed them and made some measurements for a pattern, and looking through all my patterns I remember this skirt (bottom right) and boy do I have a lot of material I can get started a-cutting and making skirts with pockets. I LOVE pockets! I wish more dresses had pockets.

Tomorrow is expected to have more rain also, and Wednesday too. No worries, I’ll get a lot done.

What have you been working on?

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Monday motivation

The skirt for my Trash2Trends project. I have to sew all the pieces together, but other than that, it is done! The bodice is also finished, and if you noticed, I made a choker from some tubing to fancy the whole thing up. Have you ever tried to iron plastic? Kinda tricky, but so far, I haven’t melted anything, and cross my fingers, that won’t happen.

It’s been nice having my own crafty room downstairs with extra tables and room to work. It’s like my own workshop, it’s so nice to have the tools I need right there and available and where I can find them when I need them. Guys can have a wood shop, I can have a sewing shop. Hey….I like that name, The Sewing Shop. You heard it here first, don’t steal my idea.

Now I need to do an internet search to see if someone already has that name. Well, there’s one in Louisiana, Milford, Ohio, and Canterbury. No worries, I’ll make it work.

Anyway, putting the final touches on this week to get ready for next week’s show. If you are in the area, come see all the cool designs! You’ll be amazed at what people do with paper, and plastic bags, and rubber, and cardboard, and cd’s, and medical supplies….

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Lazy Sunday

A little bit of work on my Trash2Trends project today. I’m sewing together some masks to make the bodice and it’s coming together quite nicely. This material is so easy to work with and pretty forgiving. I figure just a little bit every day and it’ll get done. I should have this done this week, then I need to finish the skirt. There are so many wrinkles in the skirt material and I’m trying to figure out a good way to remove them. I have a hand held steamer so I’m going to try that. I tried putting the skirt material in the dryer and setting it to ‘touch up’, which did seem to work, but left the material a little used looking. Not a good look.

A high of 36F tomorrow! Almost a heat wave after this past week, and it’s projected to be a high of 54F on Thursday! That’s t-shirt and short weather!

Enjoy your day.

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T-shirt mock up

I like wearing t-shirts, they are comfy, easy to wear, a classic that goes with anything. But I don’t always like the cut of t-shirts, they look too boxy sometimes and are not very flattering for females.

So I decided to take my sewing scissors and see what fanciness I could fashion from a t-shirt.

I found an extra large men’s shirt (on sale of course at the goodwill) with a cool design on it and decided to cut off the sleeves and the neckline. I cut it fairly close together at the shoulders so that I could tie it back together, and VOILA! Fancy new shirt.

Now I just need to work out so my arms look good in the shirt.

What have you been working on?

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Monday Motivation

Been hard at work cleaning up and organizing the crafty room in the basement

YES! I finally have a basement!

I have my desk set up for cutting material, I have my sewing table set up with my heavy duty machine and the serger is cleaned and oiled and working, my mannequin is at the side of the table ready to model my wares, and the steamer is anxiously waiting some work.

This is great! It’s been over 6 months since I’ve done any sewing, and just in the last week I’ve sat down to work on some bead work. Next up: doing something with all the metal I have and making some simple earrings.

SO ready.

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Lazy Sunday

Windy, chilly and rainy today so it’s a very lazy day. Lots of napping, watching American Pickers, and working on crafty stuff. I bought some extra large t-shirts at the local goodwill (half off of course) to make into t-shirt yarn so I can get me started on those crochet baskets I keep talking about. I’m so stoked that my crafty room is finally coming together! I’ve got my cutting desk, my sewing table, my sewing machine…now I just need to find my sewing machine foot pedal.

I know it’s here somewhere…

While I look for that, you have a restful day.

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Wolfie – August 2006 – September 26, 2017

I don’t think I told you, but Wolfie died late last month. Totally unexpected and quite a shock. Up until when I found her she was very active, following me and the dogs around the yard, chasing birds, jumping the fence, always outside and only coming in to eat. Before I left Florida she was getting pretty thin, but my neighbors said (since they have a dozen cats and have had cats all their lives) that that is just what happens to older cats, they get skinny as they get older. So I didn’t think anything of it, because she was still eating and drinking and still active.

It must have been several hours into her permanent slumber when I found her asleep under my BIL’s bed, because rigor mortis had already set in. (Not totally, but it was still traumatic.) I cried for probably 8 hours. We buried her outside, because she loved to be there. My face hurt by the end of the day.

I still miss her walking around the yard with me and giving a hard time to the other neighborhood cats. And she purred all. the. time. I miss her purring.

Anyway, she had a good life and was the sweetest cat. I’ve compiled a bunch of my favorite photos of her in this montage. It’s been too difficult to talk about until now.

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Rogue

Rogue, her sister, doesn’t seem to care much, but they weren’t close; they never really liked each other. A lot like some human sisters I know (not me, I like my sister.)

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The other puppies are keeping me company to help fill the void. They are so cute and active it’s difficult for me to stay sad for too long. I must have my grief and move on, time waits for no one.

I’m busy with my knitting and crochet and *finally* getting my sewing desk set up downstairs. Yay! I have a full basement crafty room! woot woot! WITH a futon! yeah baby! Now I don’t have to leave the basement to take a nap! Life goals, right?

Have a productive weekend.