Sunday, October 26, 2008

Waste Not Want Not

We’ve all heard that term, usually from our more seasoned relatives, I prefer seasoned to senior, seasoned means they have more flavor and usually wisdom, years ago when money was really tight I use to braid a woman that went to my church hair, (one of many income generating endeavors) and as a lot of older people will do they will give you things and since she knew that I sewed she would give me fabric, now this fabric was usually horrid but I would graciously accept it and take it home and never think of it again but today as I was planning my sewing projects and getting rid of scraps that I could not justify keeping I ran across this and had it in the pile to trash but then I looked at it closer and determined that the fabric was really heavy and as they say I had a “light bulb moment”, I needed a new ironing pad so I got busy

And This Became my new ironing board cover,

I think this fabric is probably from the 60's if not earlier it has to be older than I am, although I did see this type of fabric in stores over the summer but it wasn't anything like this monstrosity.

My new ironing board cover, cost $0.00 dollars, I used batting I had purchased when I made my sewing table, it came out really nice but took almost all day because of course I had to stop and fix my Sunday breakfast and my first attempt wasn't too great but I finally got it right. I think Sister Julia would be proud and I say “Thank you Sister Julia for teaching me once again; “waste not want not”.

A little Saturday morning baking, I sometimes make muffins and take them in to work on Saturday, everybody is always happy to see my blue carrier because they know something good is in it. These are banana nut muffins, again that waste not want not thing because if I have really ripe bananas this is what they usually become.

I'll leave you with the picture I promised, I like the way the blouse finally came out but when I wore it I wasn't too happy with it, the sleeves tend to slide and I ended up adjusting them all day. I love the fabric it was my second more economical choice I initially wanted the project runway black and white stretch knit but it was almost 2.00 more a yard than this and as you've probably guessed I'm kinda frugal (cheap) lol. I think the entire world will be learning this
way of life with the way the economy is going.

I like to think you would never know that I'm frugal until you get to know me, I try to always dress nice and keep my home looking nice too, although most everything in it I either made or bought at yard sales or second hand. I tell people this was not the way I was wired it has been a learned behavior as a single parent with two children they always came first and I always wanted the best for my children, which is why I started sewing when I had my daughter. I will share some of my other trash to treasure with you at a later date for now have a great week.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Back in Stride Again

To quote Frankie Beverly and Maze who put on a great concert at this year's Macy's Music Festival I will definitely be there next year dressed in white. I have a sewing story about that too but no pics so I'll save it for another time.

I think I finally have it figured out and hopefully this will be finished tonight. Thanks again Lesa for all your help.

It's finished I will post a picture wearing it over the weekend. The pattern says "easy" and I guess it would have been if I had read the instructions all the way through before trying to go it alone. I had to rip out stitches more times than I care to say, and the tank top is really a no-brainer but I had to take it in after I tried it on because it was too low for me, I might want to wear it to church and I don't want to flash anybody at church. In any case it's done and now on to the next project.

In the crochet world I'm working on a long red sweater that my DD requested, no pattern just winging it, hopefully it will turn out well.

I'm really pleased with the way the sleeve and cuff came out now I just have to remember what I did and make the other one the same. I still have to make the other sleeve and cuff, trim out the bottom and front and she wants a hood which I have no idea how that's going to come out but we'll see. I really hope to have this done by the end of next week.

I am using the double-ended crochet hook again for the trim, here's a pic

I am using Red Heart SuperSaver yarn so I will definitely use Sheila's blocking technique

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wonderful Weekend sewing and other stuff

My weekend could not have been better, this will go down as a great birthday week. Friday night my DD and I went to see The Secret Life of Bees, I read the book long ago and couldn't wait to see the movie and it didn't disappoint. I think it was cast very well and we both really enjoyed it, although my DD didn't read the book, even after I went to the library to get it for her she did like the movie.

On Sunday I always make a HUGE breakfast, my Sunday breakfasts are legendary. My DD got me a waffle iron for my birthday and we loved the waffles she said it was just like "The Waffle House". I think they were better than the waffle house but no one would accuse me of being modest. My DS had to work so he missed breakfast but I made him a waffle when he got home, now he wants to learn how to make them, he cooks much better than my DD.

Nope, I didn't forget the little pat of butter in the middle of the grits lol.

Then I had the rest of the day to sew and I was in the zone, I finished this pair of khaki pants to go with the ruffle blouse and vest. I am very pleased with the way they came out, I used McCalls 5710 I cut a size 14 and they fit very well. I will post a picture wearing the entire outfit at a later date. I didn't have any problems with this pattern which further put me in the zone so I thought I may as well finish this pair of black pants that have been cut out for about 6 months. I was on a roll so I stopped at Hancock Fabrics to get some material to make the shirt that would put an end to my zoning.

Here is a close up of the zipper, the pattern called for a zipper and hook and eye closure.

I made this vest as well, it's done using Lion Brand Jiffy Mohair Look yarn that I got on sale at JoAnn's for .50, I went a little crazy that day. I didn't use a pattern I just went for it and I'm very please with the way it came out. I used double ended crochet hooks for the neck and bottom trim, it gives a really nice clean edge to the trim. The pants are from a pattern I've had for at least 10 years so I'm sure it's out of print it's McCalls 7076 they are drawstring pants
on the pattern but I just wanted simple elastic waist with side pockets. The blouse is RTW.

The offending blouse is McCall's M5536 which Lesa made look so easy I got a really cute black and white print knit at Hancocks and was sure I would be wearing it today, instead I am sitting here ripping out stitches trying to get it right, oh well it was a good run.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

It's good to have friends

And the birthday celebrating continues, at my second job (yes, I work two jobs) four of us have a birthday club and it's such a blast to get so much love on your birthday, as the picture shows my girls out did themselves and I am feeling so loved. I not only received $50 in my birthday card, I also got gift cards to Wal-Mart, Red Lobster, Hobby Lobby (yea!) and a free movie pass.

My friend Nita does something we affectionately call the Nita dollar store bag, where she goes and fills a bag with all kinds of goodies, the bag is in the back this is what was in the bag, it might sound silly but there's a ton of stuff in that bag and it's all things that you need at some point, as you can see

I made a huge cake to take to work and it was gone in record time, I love my girls but they don’t bake so that’s on me, I really don’t mind I love to cook. I made a butter-cake with chocolate frosting; everything I make is from scratch (ALWAYS). I used the double sheet cake size pan, this was my first time using this pan the cake batter made a mess in oven, but I should have known that when the label said the size was two cake mixes, a scratch cake is not equal to a cake mix, anyway lesson learned, I didn’t even get a piece but everyone said it was very good. I will probably make a chocolate-sour-crème cake tomorrow for home.

To top off the day my Grandson and I went to the $3.00 movie and saw Kung Fu Panda and then we had to make our annual October trip to K-Mart for this….

He's been on a Spiderman kick for past few years, I couldn't believe that he only wanted one costume, he usually wants two or three and he wears them throughout the year.

I really hope to get some sewing in this weekend but I have to admit I’m am really, really enjoying my birthweek.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

More Birthday Fun

Went out to dinner with two of my dearest friends, we've know each other for almost 20 years.
Thank goodness Endless Shrimp was still on (yum!) I'll worry about the diet after this weekend. My Endless Shrimp strategy works every time but my daughter insist on doing it her way.

Sandy, Tanya (sitting left to right) & Joyce

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Birthday Post

This is my first blog post. I love to sew and recently started to crochet again after almost 25 years. Here are a few of my more recent projects.

This is a layette set for my friends Daughter she's due in December

I crocheted this vest and made the satin blouse to wear with it, I'm working on the pants now, I will post a picture once I have the pants done.

This is where the magic happens, I'm very proud of my sewing table, I made it from an old door that was in my garage for years, I covered it and used shelving and brackets for the supports. I had enough shelving left to hang a shelf. It's a very good work space. I've had the peg board for awhile but it plays a big part in the success of my work/play area.