Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Play Ball

The bible says that "children are a gift from God" (not sure of the verse maybe someone help me with that) I truly enjoyed his gifts this evening.

Doesn't this picture just say "summer"

My little red head at bat.

I know it can't just be me, he's adorable.

And yes, this little lady is on the team.

Their first game is this Saturday, I'm sure it will be even more fun than today's practice. They ran in the wrong direction, two were on base at the same time, it was wonderful. This is about the only time I enjoy sports when the competitiveness isn't so important and it's just about having fun.

I finished the shrug, as you can see one side is bigger than the other, don't know how that happened but you can bet I'm going to wear it anyway lol.

I've had this dress forever, by now you know I don't throw anything out. I forgot how snug it is but I'm going to wear it anyway.

Hopefully some stockings and heels will do a lot for the outfit. The junk in the trunk will not be ignored, those skinny bitches are letting me down. You can't see my cankles but you can see that I have tree trunks for legs which is why I'm not a fan of dresses. Monique thinks skinny women are evil I think that of women that have nicely defined legs, with calves, ankles and all that other stuff I didn't get.

My sewing mojo is in full throttle, I guess so with all the fabric I purchased in Texas. I know I just said I don't like to wear dresses but I want to make either the suit, if I make the suit I will make pants instead of the skirt (McCalls 5817) or the dress (McCalls 5847) out of khaki I also want to make these cargo pants and a top out of this knit. On the rare occassions that I make a dress I always lengthen it so it falls about mid-calve or where my calve would be if I had them, to sort of camoflage it doesn't work but makes me feel a little better when wearing a dress. Thank God maxi dresses are back in.

I think that's it for me until the weekend. I'm going to try another shrug to see if I can figure out what I did wrong.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Two Days Two Tops

I finished both the green and the red/white floral tops and I'm happy to say that the sewing gods are smiling on me once again.

This top is Butterick 5219 view B. Very easy just like the pattern says, I think that funky fabric I was so in love with was cursed because when I tried to make this top it was a disaster even after removing the facing I found there were holes in the top, I gave up and trashed it. The top that I eventually did make I gave to my DD because I just wasn't feeling it but I'm very happy with this top and will probably make it again or use a different view of this pattern.

I forgot to take my glasses off, oh well.

This top is Simplicity 2892 view F. Love it as you can tell by my enormous grin. I will probably make this one again too.

I found a picture of a finished "shrug this" and ripped mine out because my marker placement was way off but I'm still almost finished with it, I will definitely finish it by the end of the week. I started the shrug on straight needles per the pattern instructions but I HIGHLY recommend using circular needles if you make this pattern. The stitches get very tight on the straight needles and I think that was part of the problem but I'm very happy with it so far and will post it as soon as it's done.
Simplicity 3775 is cut out and waiting so that should be done over the weekend.
Tomorrow is my GS's first day of T-Ball so get ready for some really cute pics.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

I'm Baaaaaaaaack

I just got back today. You can click on the link below to see all of the pictures.

I have to say the best day was Monday, my cousin had a day off for a change, she usually works a lot, she took me to Best Fabrics in Bossier City, LA and after going there I totally agree with the name. If you’re ever in Bossier City, LA you have to stop by 2380 Barksdale Blvd., or call 318-549-0515. My cousin does a lot of sewing for her Mother and she was looking for black lace to make a suit with a lace overlay, she found a beautiful black lace and navy lace and coordinating satin for the suit, which she promises to send a picture of when it’s finished. Unfortunately Wal-Mart had all my money by the time we got to Best Fabrics, it’s a wonderful fabric store and I will definitely go there again on my next trip but it was a tad over whelming after shopping at the very limited JoAnn and Hancock fabric stores. They had absolutely everything you could ever want but as you can see I still had quite a haul from Wal-Mart’s 1.50/2.00 tables. I also purchased a few buttons, they had really good prices and selection of buttons at Wal-Mart, also as a side note the Wal-Mart we stopped at in Bossier City had won the highest monthly department sales so maybe they will keep their fabric departments.

I did find the same type of fabric that I used to make the gray jacket, it’s a different color so I will just make another suit, I made sure I purchased enough this time.

After fabric shopping we went to Joe’s Crab Shack it was awesome, all in all a great day.

While on vacation I've been working on this shrug to go with this dress. The dress is a RTW sleeveless sheath, I think the shrug will be just what it needs for wearing to work or church.

The green top didn’t get made before I left but I’m itching to do some sewing and it’s already cut out so I should be able to have it finished today.

You guys were busy while I was away, Adrienne I love the green gable I’ll have to look for the pattern and give it a try. Of course Erica didn’t disappoint, love, love, love the electric blue dress. Faye I can’t help you with your pattern APB but I know blogland won’t let you down and once finished it will be exactly what you envision.
It's true what they say, "there's no place like home" it was good to get away but better to be back.
P.S. The dishclothes and scrubbies were big hits, everybody loved them and I gave them all away.

Friday, April 17, 2009

One more thing

I finished early so one last post. Here’s my Step-Mother’s robe. I love this color blue and I hope she will too. This was very easy, I made this almost 20 years ago, (really) for my ex’s GM.

It screams old lady doesn't it but I really like the way it came out and I don't think it looks old lady.

The jury is still out on this top Butterick 5035. You have to excuse the blurry photo, the photographer was my 6 yr. old GS, I think he did a great job but back to this top.

First of all these are the instructions. Sew front and back together, that’s it! I guess you’re supposed to leave all the other seams unfinished. You would have a homemade-hot-mess if you did that. I finished all the seams but the top is really off the shoulder so I have to wear a strapless bra—which really isn’t a bad thing because my strapless bra does wonders for my girls but it isn’t the most comfortable.
Initially I thought this fabric may have the same bad ju-ju that Adrienne experienced with her red cable—I still chuckle when I think about that but I think my bad experience with Butterick 5219 is best explained as a—one D 10 T error. We would actually say that to users when I worked on the help desk and not one of them figured out that one D 10 T spells idiot.

I don’t leave until late tonight and I’m very tempted to cut out another top out of this fabric because it would look so cute with these sandals. I will probably cut it out and if I get all my errands done try to finish it, if not it will be waiting on the sewing table when I return.

Along with this red/white knit. I really scored some nice knits at Hancock Fabrics, maybe they are finally buying a vowel and figuring out what sewers want.

Okay, that's really it for me, really, unless I finish the green/white number.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Everythings Big in Texas

Including my Father. As promised, his fleece robe and another pair of pj’s. It’s not easy finding patterns in size XXXL. The pattern I have (McCalls 8524) only had a pull-over shirt and my Daddy is getting up there and I didn’t think a pull-over was the best way to go so I modified the pattern to make the shirt a button up.

I’m very happy with the plaid matching. A friend told me the way to make sure your plaids line up is to cut each pattern piece individually, that’s just way to much work. I just try to make sure they are lined up before cutting the pattern piece and in most cases I can get away with lining them up when sewing.

Everything else was pretty basic. I’ve made both the robe and pj bottoms before but I swear I felt like I was wrestling a bear while making the robe and the fleece picks up every little piece of lint or thread. He says he’s always cold so the bear should do the job.

The last time I made my Father pj’s I put this little JoAnn Fabric's tag in there, you should have heard how he went on about “his tag” so of course I had to include them again. I still have to make my Step-Mother's robe tomorrow, it shouldn't be a problem and I have a different tag to put in her's because my Father would have a fit if I put his "Made With Love" tags in anything that wasn't for him.

Aren't they pretty. I'm taking these with me to Texas to give to whoever. I think my Step-Mother will like these, she likes simple everyday things that you actually use.

Well that's probably going to be it for me until I get back, you guys hold down the sewing front.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Past Easter’s – Feeling Nostalgic

I miss my babies, so I hope you won’t mind if I indulge myself with a few memories.

I know everyone thinks their baby is the cutest but you have to admit my little butterball was adorable. This was her first Easter and no I didn’t make that dress.

Here are a few more Easter’s, I made both of these dresses and my nieces (in the peach), the bottom one was my first attempt at an Easter dress, as you will see with every dress I got more elaborate. This was also the Easter she wasn't allowed stuffed animals due to her asthma, I searched all over for a plastic blow up bunny.

This was the “Orange” Easter, you see why I loved Aretha Franklin’s inauguration hat.

This dress gave me a fit but the final result was well worth it, she looked beautiful, and I went a little crazy with the tapestry. If you look closely you can see I'm wearing the same shoes, times were tough.

These aren’t from Easter they were actually Christmas outfits but the pictures are so cute. I think this is the only outfit I made my son, his little knickers are black velvet and his tie matched the bottom of his sister’s dress, her dress was black velvet with a taffeta bottom. It's not pictured but I loved this gold lame number, no wonder she's so over the top now. I used to call my son, my little four-corner head baby, you have to admit his head is really square but he's so cute.

As promised here are some pictures of me wearing the gray jacket. I LOVE this jacket, after 8 hours of wear no wrinkles.

I had to switch gears with my sewing projects since I promised my Father and Step-Mother robes when I visited in NOVEMBER I want to take them with me when I visit next week. I have a robe and pj’s cut out for my Father and a robe for my Step-Mother maybe some unselfish sewing will have the sewing gods smiling upon me again.

I hope everyone has a great Easter, make lots of memories that will last a lifetime.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Some Fun and some bad Karma (Long rant and pic/video heavy)

No sewing going on and I think I’m just going to throw in the towel and call this weekend a bust.

But last night was great. Gwen invited me to a party for a friend of hers who has a live band. You'll see we had a great time.

Gwen can't hear but that doesn't mean she can't dance, we had a ball doing the line dances but the Cupid shuffle threw her for a loop, the steps were too much but she'll get it.

Gwen and Melody, I didn't get any pictures of Ryne, Gwen's daughter but this really creepy guy kept coming around taking her picture, telling her to pose like a movie star, he was a bit weird, we'll have to keep an eye out to see if those pictures show up on the web.

The band leader was a great showman, it took the cake when he changed his clothes and came out in this shiny James Brown cape, I'm sure he threw it off like Jame Brown would have but we left before that happened.

He started out in this, white top hat and tails and he was doing some type of dance, I couldn't tell you what it was but it was fun to watch.

I was blown away by all the kids hanging out in a bar this late on a Saturday night—where were their parents—probably at the bar too I guess.

The band was great and the band leader a real showman but this little unknown guy stole the show.

I went through great pains to get this video on my blog, I don’t even know this child’s name but he could dance and I really enjoyed watching him and I hope you do too. He was dancing to “Shot Gun” which I’m sure he could not have heard before last night, you can’t tell by this dance routine, you would think it was rehearsed. The band leader said he was going to put him on the payroll and I think he should.

The bad karma began last night after I got home and continued throughout today. When I got home I noticed that the pantry door was left open, which my kids do often and it pisses me off so I closed the door and then realized I couldn’t open it (arrrgh) I quit messing with it and went to bed, it was very late.

This morning/afternoon without the benefit of my Sunday breakfast I went to pick up a file cabinet I bought off Craig’s list. Well I must have clicked the wrong picture or something because I thought it was a full sized office file cabinet but it was a small cabinet with only one file drawer. I got it anyway because I drove all the way out there but I’m really getting mad now, I missed my Sunday breakfast for this. On the way home I stop at Wal-Mart to get a new door knob. I get home and start to do battle with the pantry door. I had to take the door off at the hinges in order to get the old door knob off, I removed it and started to install the new knob. Here’s a little tip for drilling holes, mark the holes with fingernail polish and then drill, although this tip did not help me I had to re-drill about 3 times.

Lord have mercy!!!! It took me forever to get it on but I did and I’m very proud of myself.

With all this bad karma going around I don't dare try to sew anything. I think I'll patiently rip out my mistake, knit a dishcloth and bake a really decadent dessert, because this day will have a sweet ending even if I have to bake it myself.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

When Easy Isn't

I was so excited I had enough of the funky print to cut out two tops last night. I did Butterick 5035 and 5219. I started 5219 last night and quit after the facing got the better of me. I'll have to rip it out and do it over but that won't happen until tomorrow. I should have started with 5035 it says "1 Hour pattern" right on the envelope but it's only one pattern piece and I wasn't in the mood to figure out how they were going to make that happen.

But I did finish my first knitted sweater. I didn't use a pattern, just winged it knew I needed a front, back and sleeves. I made it short sleeves to wear in the Spring and I really like the way the sleeves came out, they're kinda of a rolled sleeve cap, I guess that's what you would call it. I have had these pants forever, my friend Trudi gave them to me before the recession cured her of her GW addiction she use to shop enough for herself, me and her sister. I loved the color but didn't have anything to wear with them and then I found this yarn and it's a perfect match. That's why I don't listen when people say if you haven't worn it in a year throw it out, whatever. I have vest from when they were in style the last time, I should have kept my platform shoes from the 70's.

Please excuse the neck shot but I wanted to show the neckline detail. I crocheted the neckline and used cord elastic to give it some shape. The middle stitch is one I learned from the book, "Get Your Crochet On" see you can learn something from the least likely of places. I have both those books and although the patterns are a little "young" for my taste my DD wanted me to make everything in them.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better sewing day, I knew I should have made another jacket lol.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Addictions are terrible things

I am so ashamed. I used someone to feed my addiction. Gaiam outlet has a warehouse sale every other week and those skinny bitches really have their hooks in me, I can’t stay away so I offered to go get Sheila a Firm dvd since she missed out on the give away, they’re only $1.00 so no big deal right. The problem is I can’t go in there and spend less than $50.00.

Here’s this week’s haul. Sheila please don’t feel bad I probably would have gone anyway. I got the mini stepper for $20.00. This is the third ball I’ve purchased can’t seem to get the right size, well now I have all three sizes so one of them has to be right. The yoga mats were buy one get one free so to help with my guilt I’m going to do a raffle and give away one dvd and a yoga mat. Just post a comment to enter your name and I will do the drawing sometime over the weekend.

You can choose from one of four Firm dvds:

Super Body Sculpt
Cardio Sculpt Blaster
Cardio Inferno
Burn and Shape

But I have to warn you, they are addictive.

I have been crocheting and knitting. I’m almost done with my sweater and I’m very happy with the way it came out, especially since I was just winging it.

I think I’m going to give this afghan to my Father when I go visit next month, that’s if I can get it finished by then.

Tomorrow is Friday, which means I can start cutting out my knit tops for a frenzied weekend of sewing, stay tuned.