Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Better Bridesmaid Dress

I wasn't really happy with my not-a-cyber-bride-maids dress that I finished last week but I wasn't sure I would have enough time to finish something else that would be worthy but I think this will meet KMQ's approval.

It had to be something simple and what could be easier than Simplicity 2933. I made the top in a light green satin so I knew it would be quick but I wanted to bring my A game, I think two people pledging their undying love deserves as much.

So the dress is lined.

And I finished both the lining and fabric with a french seam.

It's not finished but neither is the wedding dress lol, I have to sew down the facings and hem it, that will be done tomorrow so I will make my deadline, I just hope she does.

I think what really qualifies this as a bridesmaid dress is I have no idea where I'm going to wear it lol. This will be my last summer outfit.

Up next is McCalls 5672 in a dark teal fabric that I've had since 1997, I know because the receipt was still in the bag with the fabric. I will lengthen the sleeves, I don't like 3/4 length sleeves, what's the point in that?

All my best to the happy bride and groom, I wish you both many, many years of bliss.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Genius or Crazy Lady—You Decide

Sometimes it’s really scary the way my mind works. For some time now I’ve wanted to purchase a knitting needle case but the ones at Hobby Lobby were a tad expensive and they didn’t address my one critical storage issue—circular needles. There wasn’t any place to store them and as you can see my current method is very primitive. Stretched out under a paper box, it keeps them for constantly curling while you’re trying to use them but wasn’t a long term solution.

So I decided to design an all-in-one needle case, something to store my crochet hooks right along side my ever growing collection of knitting needles.

This is what I came up with….
I used the left over canvas material that I used to make the monstrous swing canopy, quilting fabric I got when Wal-Mart got rid of their fabric dept. and a piece of stretch lace that I’ve had forever, I did back the lace with a piece of the (1,001 uses) knit tricot. I added a large pocket to the front for stitch markers, double pointed needles, and all the other knitting stuff and used Velcro for the pocket closure.

I really need a new cutting mat, this ones kinda gross.

The Pièce de résistance is what I came up with for the circular needles, I stitched semi-pockets in the bottom at random intervals so that the circular needles could be threaded through no matter what size they were, now tell me that isn’t genius. It can be folded 4 times depending on how much stuff you have in there, I have it folded three times and it still isn’t too big.

It addresses all my needle storage needs and can be expanded to house the larger knitting needles I plan to purchase someday.

The large craft bag I purchased at Hobby Lobby is great but not really good for organizing. Just everything thrown in there and all the knitting needles jammed in the bottom, just wasn’t working for me.

I have to say this project was a success; in any case it makes me happy. Which explains why I’m single all my ex-husbands underestimated the importance of that one fact.
Haven’t posted a Sunday breakfast in awhile but this past Sunday I was blessed to enjoy a solitary breakfast. I know to some this wouldn’t be a good thing but I’m so happy if I can just cook for me. I was watching Grilling with Bobby Flay and they made chorizo eggs…YUM. I remembered I had some chorizo in the freezer; I use it when I make jambalaya. I whipped up my version and they were so good, rounded it out with some cheesy hash browns, bacon and a homemade blueberry muffin, yep I was a happy girl, just me and Tony Morrison’s latest novel.

I think my OCD kicked into overdrive because KMQ is really cutting it close with her wedding dress and I think I’m having her panic attack. I know I have issues but I totally agree with her making her own dress, why would you have someone else do it when you could do a better job. I'm sure she will finish in plenty of time but jeeze only two days to go and it's not finished.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Time Flys

I can't believe it's almost the end of August and this is my only FO. Where did the time go. This is from my I'm old enough to have my own vintage pattern collection--Butterick 6205. The fabric is from my Texas shopping spree, it's actually a very fine hounds tooth, although the picture doesn't show it.

You have to forgive the "I'll get you my pretty" hair, if you don't know that's from the witch in the Wizard of Oz, it's been awfully humid here but I'm going to heat it into submission tonight. As you can see I didn't do cuffs, I just left the sleeves long and did a narrow hem. I wasn't too sure about the pleat in the skirt but I really like it.

KMQ, I'm afraid this will have to be my cyber bridesmaid dress because I don't think I can get anything else finished before the 30th. I'm very happy to see you've started on your dress I was getting a little concerned.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Let the music play

Well, it arrived today. Isn't it pretty. I'm very intimidated by the prospect of learning to play it but I promised myself that I would give it my best effort so I'll keep you posted on my progress or lack thereof, it seems my first task is to purchase a tuner and learn to tune it. My DD is still saying put it on ebay, I said she is a harp hater. If nothing else it gives my extremely neutral living room a punch of color and it would be an awesome conversation piece.

To celebrate I made chocolate chip cookies, okay I just wanted cookies. What is it about the smell of cookies baking that just makes you smile.

I feared that my sewing mojo would go missing because I was feeling very uninspired but not to worry, all I had to do was get started. The skirt is finished and the jacket is coming along nicely. I omitted the shoulder epaulets, they were a bit too 80's for me. I should have this finished before the weekend.

The jacket/skirt will be more suited to Fall than summer. I don't know what it is but I'm feeling ready for, (dare I say it) cooler weather. It's probably because I purchased two pairs of winter boots and now I can't wait to make outfits for them. I started this vest, yippee, it's not a shrug. Don't get to excited because if this doesn't go well it could very well become a shrug, so far so good. The yarn is Lion Brand suede and it's yummy soft. I envision a pair of flannel lined corduroy pants, turtleneck, my new boots and coordinating scarf/hat, see I told you I'm ready for winter, I'm sure I will regret it.

That's it for me, I'm going to go strum my harp lol.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Is it just me

Or is everyone experiencing the almost season change blahs. I'm almost finished with the skirt from Butterick 6205, just have to hem it and add the hook/eyes on the waistband.

The zipper. It's not an invisible zipper but I'm very happy with the placement.

Another shrug, I know I need to try something different. I'm casting on for a sweater wish me luck. A friend suggested adding a zipper and I just happened to have a black separating one. I think I've finally gotten my yarn over increases right, that's why I've made so many shrugs I needed to practice.

It's going to be very hot this weekend and I should be sewing but I can't get motivated. Hopefully I will finish the top to go with the skirt before the weekend is over. I want to start sewing for Fall/Winter but what's the fun in that if you can't wear it. Knitting is different, I can start knitting something and know I'm not going to be able to wear it for months but with sewing if I make it I want to wear it.
I hope everyone has a great weekend, I think I'm going to go work on my sweater.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Weekend Wrap

I'm so happy that the weekend is now history. We had the party on Saturday and I was so busy playing hostess I didn't snap one picture. I was exhausted but everyone had a great time and consumed mass quantities of food. I made two cakes and a peach cobbler and there wasn't anything left and that was just the desserts.

I was finally able to get some pictures of LaTrisha in her dress, she's going to wear it to a wedding in Seattle this weekend. Doesn't she look beautiful. That's her daughter McKenzie at the top of the stairs.

That's all for now, short and sweet. I am hoping for a peaceful weekend of sewing so stay tuned and have a great week.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Yes, you read that right. I won a harp lol. I stopped at the library to drop off some books so my GS could get his toy for the summer reading program and the librarian whom I've know forever told me to come back because they were going to have music. Since I wasn't doing anything it seemed like a good idea for a Thursday night and an excuse not to cut down that last tree branch.

There was a husband/wife team talking about harps, it was interesting and she said that she would give one to whoever could tell her where harps originated. This man said Ireland and then I said Egypt, the look on her face was priceless because I'm sure they never intended on giving one away, I totally guessed. I think a biblical reference may have inspired my answer, David played the harp and it was real big in the old testament, it was still just a guess maybe an inspired one but still. Now the question is what am I going to do with a harp, they will include a book and CD on learning to play the harp and we all played this evening. What a hoot, a harp...REALLY.

Needless to say I didn't cut down the last tree branch but hey I won a harp lol.

Its the Little Things

The chair I was using for sewing broke and I stole this one from my son's room, as you can see it was in need of some TLC and it was no fun sewing with these rips.

So I covered it with some of the black vinyl that I've had forever. I used a drawstring so that it could be easily removed if I inherit another no so great chair.

I've had this little lamp on my sewing table since I made the table way-back-when, I don't use it often only when working on something that needs closeup lighting and it served it's purpose.

I've also had this black light on my computer table and use it even less but it has holder's for post-its and other office stuff but why not use it on the sewing table to hold my scissors, seam ripper and other things I always need to have close by when sewing, so I made the switch, see it really is the little things that make all the difference.

It was making me crazy that I didn't have anything cut out so I cut this out and I'm doing view D (the white one) with some more Texas fabric, it's a very small houndstooth pattern. The pattern is probably older than most of you reading this but that's why it's a classic.

I found this awesome decorating blog Thrifty Decor Chick check it out, she has some amazing and easy to do decorating idea's, I see molding in my very near future. I've wanted to frame my pegboard for some time, now I think I can finally do it and not to mention the possibilities for my basement. None of it will happen this weekend the Graduation/Birthday/Graduation party was rescheduled for Saturday so I'll be busy making sure everyone has a good time, which has me asking the question why are Corn Hole sets so expensive, it's two pieces of board with a hole cut in it and some beans bags, I might have to try and make one before Saturday, we'll see.

KMQ has given me the wonderful honor of being a cyber bridesmaid, I'm so excited, don't know what I'm supposed to do but I think I'll make a dress anyway.

One last thing, remember how I said I hate yard work, here's another reason to hate it, Gwen and I both got poison ivy from pulling up all those unknown weeds, we know what they were now. Thankfully Gwen insisted that we wear long shirts and pants so it's not too bad just a little on my wrist and arm. I've almost cut the tree down, I've been doing it branch by branch and there's only one left, I think today's the day.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Concert Review

WARNING! Pic heavy.

I have to give this year's Macy's Music Festival a solid A+, the performers were awesome Charlie Wilson stole the show on Friday night, if you ever get a chance to go see him I HIGHLY recommend it, he put on a great show.

Alan Thicke should be very proud of his baby boy, he put on a great show again this year, he performed last year and was even better this year.

Joe, killed it!

The OJay's and the Whipers were GREAT!

Anita Baker was awesome, she closed on Saturday, I really enjoyed her performance. Fantasia was also very good, she did Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady", SHUT UP!

Here's me and Trudi, we had a great time, last year they only went on Friday night I talked them into going both nights this year, it was a blast.

This is me and Trudi's Mom, whom I absolutely adore, this woman is amazing, she said that she saw Nat King Cole, Eartha Kit, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and countless other music greats perform, can you imagine. I wondered if I would tell of seeing the great OJay's in concert, she is so much fun, she made the weekend for me. LOVE YA, Mrs. Virginia!

Now the GTFOH's! They were many and plentiful but I had to be careful because I didn't want to have to fight.

WTH! Just because you're skinny you still can't wear everything, she looked a hot mess.

She just looked nasty and that's all I'm going to say about that.


Obviously no sewing this weekend but we had a really good time. Oh, and this lady said that she would pay $80.00 for the geometric maxi dress, I may just have to start whipping some up to sell but you know how I feel about sewing for other people, my DD said I should just make up different sizes and try to sell them instead of sewing for specific customers, she may be on to something.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.