Monday, December 02, 2013
For those of you who follow me, you know how I love to take sweatshirts and make jackets. I have never been able to wear a pull over sweater or sweatshirt because I feel confined. Long long LONG ago my parents gave me a pretty sweatshirt and sweatpants and the only way I could wear the sweatshirt was to make a jacket out of it. It was glorious. I appliqued southwestern fabric designs, I beaded, I added dangles and sequins and wherever I wore this jacket, I got compliments. So from then on I was on a roll to alter sweatshirts. Here is my most recent. A pretty turquoise in SM, with flowery fabrics on the prairie points and pocket. And a tote to-boot with a felt yellow flower. Hope you think it is as pretty as I do.
Friday, November 22, 2013
More fabric fun.... I love making these hanging towels. I bought some nice towels at Costco, and got two for the price of one since these are cut in half. I had fun bringing out some of my fabric stash to coordinate with the color on the towels. This towel pattern is really a good one. I used some mesh stabilizer that I would normally iron over the back of an embroidery design to cover the thread ends but it works wonderfully to enhance the fabric thickness. Instead of a buttonhole and button, these are secured with a small strip of Velcro. You can find this fun and easy pattern here: http://kleiosbelly.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/christmas-prezzies-6-1-for-you/.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
These are a few of my favorite things. (sounds like a song, doesn't it?)... I have so much fabric and I never throw even the smallest piece away. The photo below shows some little pouches, a credit card purse, and an eyeglass pouch. Great little projects.
Thanks for stopping by.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
In The Hoop Coasters
I love to sew. I have a new black and gold scrolled vintage-looking Singer sewing machine, I have a Singer Heavy Duty sewing machine, I have a Singer Serger... and I love them one and all. I LOVE my Brother Innovis 2500D embroidery machine. Notice I capitalized LOVE on this one. I have drawers of embroidery design CD's which delight me to no end, and I put those designs on flash drives so all it takes is to insert a flash drive in my embroidery machine, pick a design and go for it. Ideas swirled around my head 24/7 for all-things-sewn. Recently I have become absolutely smitten with "in the hoop" designs and if you saw my recent prior post of the little zipper purse or the cut coffee cozy, you can see why. I make a lot of 'gifties' to share with friends and family, and that included making bright and colorful coasters. Well now... even that project has been ever so simplified with an ITH design project. I found this delight at GG Designs Embroidery here.
This site has the cutest little designs of all kinds. I selected, she sent the selection by email and I was off and running with all sorts of cute coasters. And if you see my sewing items, you know that I love finding projects to use up the smallest of scraps. Two 5x5 pieces of fabric will make a cute cute coaster. If you have an embroidery machine, take a peek.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Every year before my son and daughter in law visit me for Thanksgiving, I start making their Christmas cards as well as mine.This year was one of those push push projects. I knew I had to get started but my creative mind said "sew sew sew"... Nonetheless, here are my efforts. The Cricut created cards have several different styles and these will go to my son and daughter in law. My cards this year are a bit off the beaten Christmas Card for Carole path. I bought some darling punch out kits.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
I used to love to bead. I made woven beaded hat bands, belts, bracelets. I have always beaded on clothing, pillows, handmade purses and totes. One thing I love to bead, and something that my friends love to use, is an eyeglass necklace. I decided I needed to use up some of those 9 trays of beads so for about 2 weeks I sat at the work station and happily created one beaded eyeglass necklace after another. I made 65. Yup.... time just flew. And although I used trays of beads, I still have trays left so back in the craft closet they went to sit until another day. Here is a view of the tubs containing the 65 beaded necklaces.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Coffee Cozy projects are so much fun. I've made these by cutting out the pattern and sewing on the Singer, but this particular Cozy is one of my favorite processes: In The Hoop. Like the zippered purse posted prior to this one, all I need to do is take my 6x10 embroidery hoop and place some tear away stablilizer in it. Into the machine it goes, and the first step, the ITH design sews an outline of where the fabrics go. The first layer comprises of a thinner batting, and the top fabric. The second step is to sew around the shape to anchor the main design. Then the quilting process begins and it finishes in a snap. The last two steps is to put in the button hoop (I use the little elastic bands for pig tails), lay down the back fabric and the machine sews around the shape 2 times, leaving a small area that allows me to turn the fabrics right side out. Voila. All I have to do is remove the fabrics from the hoop, remove the stabilizer, trim and turn right side out. Add a button and it's done.. And it's cute. It's so much fun to change the fabrics because I feel like I am doing it all brand new.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
When I work on my Brother Innovis2500 Embroidery Machine, I sit totally mesmerized at each step. Doing embroidery designs for totes, quilts, tee shirts are a snap. Next comes applique embroidery where you use fabric pieces that are individually added to the design with satin stitches. I am always a wee bit nervous when I start one of these but they fall together easily so long as you pay close attention to the messages that come up on my embroidery machine screen. . My machine has a nice large digital screen that goes thru each step with a very clear picture and instructions. I just purchase a little CD that has about 30 animal faces that are appliqued and embroideried and I can see a baby quilt being made very soon.
Now to the task below. I love making gifties and the little zippered purse is just that. I bought an online design from http://www.charmingstation.com/. This lady had an awesome step to step youtube video and I absolutely had to try this myself. So ...here it is...
Step #1 is to put tear away stabilizer in the hoop. In this design I used a 5x7 hoop. Here you see the 3 various sizes of fabrics (for the upper and lower parts as well as the back of the purse) , the spools of thread and a long long zipper that can be cut to the necessary size. I started out using an 8 inch zipper and I ruined 3 attempts, and broke 3 needles. The larger the zipper, the better, and I had a difficult time realizing that in the end result the zipper can easily be resized in the sewing process. I am using a 12 inch zipper in the 5x7 purses.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Macintosh The Great Gecko Hunter
My friend Brad (who runs a wonderful Historic Phoenix site) has the cutest little doxie named Macintosh (Brad has a Mac computer, so there ya go). Macintosh loves to hunt down the geckos in Brad's yard, and she is always on patrol. It's a funny thing to hear about because my friends Judi and Greg had two doxies who Gecko Hunt and my sweet Springer Spaniel Brig used to be on Gecko Patrol all the time. Just for a while, I stepped away from my sewing rant and pulled out my Cricut to make a little sign just for Macintosh. The cute doxie and the "huntin' dog" were cut from my Paper Pups cart, and the Geckos were cut from Life Is A Beach. I put in my Cricut markers and used Base Camp to print out the titles.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Oh my, these are precious little ones.
My son's high school friend Kathleen is very active in a local Rescue Group for dogs and cats and they take 3 at a time from the kill list at the Human Society and Shelters. When Kathleen posts these darling little fur babies, my heart goes out to each to have a wonderful much deserved forever home. Kathleen says they all will go to a forever home, and they are kept in loving foster homes until that happens. The dogs were wearing dog bandanas with the Adopt Me message, and she asked if I would like to do about 40 for the group. YESSSSSSS, I squealed. I love catching projects as they fly overhead and this is such a worthwhile endeavor, as that. I tried the triangle doggy bandana style, but it appears that when the bandana is tied around the dog's neck the embroidery work is not showing as it should. So I went to the drawing board and I came up with a bib design. Three sizes for the large, medium and small dogs. Kathleen came and picked these up yesterday. Today she will feature two of the dogs at one of the PetSmart stores in an adjoining city. One of the dogs, she tells me, is a boxer and I was on the verge of being interested just as Riley The Cat leapt into my arms and said NOOOOOO.
Thanks for stopping by. I know I have become a naysay blogger lately but I assure you I am busy and not sitting by the pool eating bon bons. Stay well, my visitors.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Still sewin', still havin' fun.... I just made a "batch" of cute little baby bibs. The photo shows bibs that I made for my son and daughter in law who are trying to adopt a baby. Some of you may know that my wonderful son, Brent, was adopted. He came into our lives when he was just 23 days old. He is my light, my wonderful son. I was divorced when Brent was just 2-1/2 years old so he and I took on the challenges of life together. He is now 44 and a most wonderful young man. His wife, Lee, is the brightest light,...she shines like a star full of love and personality. Together they will make the most fantastic parents.here it is.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Laundry Day As They Say
Is just a Basket away
I recently was delighted to have my huge walk in pantry reduced and my laundry room increased in size. The walk in pantry was room sized and the perfect culprit that allowed "oh well, just shove it in the pantry". It had shelves in a U-shaped design, 7 in all with vaulted ceiling and the shelves were loaded with ...well, lots of stuff...!!! My laundry room, on the other hand, was nothing more than a "hallway" with the washer and dryer crammed in next to each other. In the garage there was an alcove that had carpet rolls and shelving units store. The front and back pantry walls were knocked down, the shelves removed. In the garage that alcove wall was sealed up and that became the new smaller and very functioning pantry. The back wall was rebuilt to house a pocket door that opens to the pantry. The old pantry now accommodates my new dryer, and a table Rodney my handiman built that I use to fold my clothes on after removing them from the dryer. This table is tall enough to accommodate Riley's liter box. What a wonderful benefit because previously his liter box was in the hall bathroom and I couldn't look down the hall without seeing it.
Here is a shot of the area where my dryer sits. I bought an LG washer and dryer set. These little sweeties sing to me when I turn them on, sing a little song when their cycle has completed. How cool is that?
I have driven myself crazy looking for some paintings or artwork to hang in the new rooms. The paint is a soft sea foam green, and I know I will eventually find something suitable. Meantime today I used my wonderful Cricut machine to do a wall hanging. It'll do for the time being.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
One morning I awakened to the sounds of "cooing" coming from my front porch. I found two pigeons nesting at the top of the porch post. They seemed to have found a home. When I was having the laundry room and pantry remodeled, one of the guys doing the sheetrocking raises Egyptian pigeons. He looked at the top of the post and said "there are eggs, you better get rid of those or you will have pigeons forever, she will just keep laying". He wouldn't do the task, and I tried but simply could not destroy those eggs. Little did I know what a nightmare this was going to turn into. First I noticed that I hadn't seen "baby pigeons". Now I know why. They do not leave "the nest" until they are seemingly full grown. And Jess was correct because these two parent pigeons went from porch spot to porch spot until all 4 corners now had 2 pigeons per spot and two crammed in parents. I can tell you that I had to go out on my front porch 4 times a day to wash down the sidewalk which was now the landing strip for pigeon poop, not to mention the evidence trailing down from the top of the post. The racket these birds made was not fun. I would turn on the hose and spray them away, but as soon as I was back in my house, back they came, babies and all.
..Until my wonderful contractor could get over to solve this issue, I crammed the areas with pots and bricks and thought "well, that's that, no more pigeons". Wrong. I found atop the bricks two scrunched down parents ready to nest on those bricks again.
Finally Rodney arrived and he spent hours creating a perfectly sized platform with long spikes nailed in one inch apart. $135 later, I clapped my hands and said "well, that's that, no more pigeons". Wrong..
The next morning at 5AM I heard familiar cooing. I absolutely could not tell you the shock to find 3 pigeons nesting on the sharp spikes, their legs hanging down between the rows of nails. I grabbed the hose. This was not a fun spray because the pigeons had no surface to launch from so they were wildly flapping wings. Eventually two were able to leave the area and one remained. I was horrified to think that the pigeon was.... ewwww....impaled on the nail and I, who could not destroy the baby eggs, had to peel him from the nail. But finally he lifted off and flew away from the water spray.
That's my Pigeon Adventure, and I could have done without the experience.