Sunday, December 2, 2012
I really enjoy basket making. You take strips and pieces of wood and make them into awesome baskets and some of them can be very detailed. They always look more complicated than they really are. Eventually you get so many baskets you just don't know what to do with them. I have a friend that I do basket class with that has so many that they are piled into a huge mountain in an extra room in her home. We joke that she has created another layer for mount basket. When I start a new basket I try to think of a use for it. Will it be a decoration on my shelf, a laundry basket. Will it hold apples and other fruits or can I use it to pick the produce from the garden? But lately it is getting to that point where I am running out of ideas for uses and have started a mount basket myself. This newest basket I just finished will not be part of the basket mountain. I created this one with one thing in mind, Alec's Hot Wheels collection. Alec has quite a Hot Wheels collection at my house and at home. Here they are piled into different places, a wagon he likes to pull around, a Mickey Mouse Easter bucket from last year, a Halloween candy pumpkin bucket, you get the idea. So when me and Becky dug through all the reed I had bought for home to use it up I decided I needed a large bushel type basket for Alec's Hot Wheels collection. About the using up reed I had at home. When I cleaned out my sewing room at one time I realized I had a tub full of unused reed for basket making at home. The thing about that is I do not weave at home at all. I prefer to use my time at home for sewing and fabric crafting and I do not have the room to spread out and keep things out that long to work on a basket. Also reed goes bad. It gets brittle and will eventually be un useable. So I took the tub to Becky's and said lets use it up, what can we make? This is my second finish from the tub. Hot Wheels bushel basket.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
On a quilting group I'm on we have been talking about sharing photos of our sewing rooms. I have shared mine before but I don't think I've shared since Dan made my awesome new cutting table. I also rearranged my sewing room a few weeks ago. This layout works much better for me and makes the room feel like it is bigger. I've always been opposed to having my back to the door but I told myself to suck it up and do it. Well it's fine. I don't know why I had an issue with it but issue resolved. This is the view from outside the door looking in. Wee Little Stitches I can not say enough good things about their patterns and customer service.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Well, I got it together and snapped a photo of the finished project that I gave you a sneak peek of a few weeks ago. Please ignore the fact that the room still needs the top trim put up and I will not admit it has needed that put up for about the last 9 years, oopps! It is getting done this winter! I swear! Anyways.....
Monday, November 12, 2012
Ooooopps. I complexly missed posting in October. Thats ok. I got into a sewing slump. Who knows why, they just hit me once in awhile. I had caught a couple of stomach flus from the grand baby and that didn't help and I also was diagnosed with another ailment so I spent time learning about it and learning another new way of eating. That wasn't too overwhelming as I was pretty prepared from having to overhaul my life when I had to go gluten free. I'm still learning and will probably have to be on different meds to help, but that is the way it goes some times. But, I have really gotten back to my sewing in the last couple of weeks an am able to share some awesome work and patterns with you. I was super excited when a pattern designer put out the call for pattern testers for like 6 new patterns and can you believe 4 of those were for boys!? Talk about super exciting. She is really breaking out with new patterns for the boys and this is super exciting as there is a huge lack of patterns for them in the market place. I love her designs because she makes it so you can embellish and change things how you would like. She calls them Blank Slate Patterns Seriously, go check them out. I had the pleasure of testing the Trendy Tuxedo Pants, Trendy Tuxedo Shirt, The Holiday Pajamas, and The Saddle Shoulder Polo Pattern which I don't see up for sale yet but you should jump on it when it does come up because it is such a fantastic pattern. I love it and it is a new favorite for me to make for my grandson now. This is my Holiday Pajamas. You will notice it is not in holiday fabrics. I used some I had on hand and can you believe I have not been able to find any holiday fabrics yet? I will be making a couple of stops later today to see if I can find some, fingers crossed.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Yes, cross stitching. I have been doing a lot of it lately. I used to do it all the time but as I got into quilting I got sporadic at best with the cross stitching. My taste changed and I could not find any thing I wanted to take the time to work on. It is easy to do but takes up a lot of time and I do mean a lot. One day I was looking around on pinterest when a pin caught my eye. Wee Little Stitches They are awesome! I have been buying patterns like crazy and stitching them up! I am still working on the super hero alphabet and in between have made Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Golden Girls, Milk and cookie Love, Peanut butter and Jelly Love and have a ton more to do. I am also working on Harry Potter. These are cute and stitch up fast. Here is some of what I've done and what is done on the Super Hero sampler. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
My husband reminds me often how I have not updated. Well it's been busy and not a ton has been accomplished and yet some has. I have been baby sitting the grand baby so some days no sewing gets done, some times days and days at a time. But now the boy is getting older and less clingy, more independent so I am able to do more. I also post lots of finished projects on my face book instead of posting here. It's pure laziness really. I just snap a pic and upload it with my phone instead of getting the big camera out so I can load them here. This summer I had the pleasure of testing 3 patterns from Melly Sews She has created a whole book of Blank Slate Patterns all for boys. I love it! There is such a huge hole in the market when it comes to patterns for boys. Every thing is for girls and it drives me crazy when I am trying to find some thing to sew for the grandson. You can buy these patterns in a booklet and can make a whole wardrobe of basic patterns that would be so simple to embellish. I tested the blank T, the prepster pull over and the jeans. Loved them all. The instructions are so simple and clear. The prepster pull over even taught me how to install a yoke. I had actually started a shirt for me in the beginning of the summer that has one and because I just could not understand what the instructions were saying about it I set it aside. Now, because of her instructions with this pattern I completely understand what I'm supposed to do! Made By Rae I can't say enough good things about this pattern and I have praised her pattern before. She is very meticulous to make sure they are easy to follow and the instructions are very clear. I have used this pattern for jammy t's and every day t's. Because my grandson's body temp is so hot I always make the short sleeve version. Whipstitch fabrics I took her online kids clothing course and learned so so much. I loved it and walked away with so many great patterns and skills that I can reuse until Alec is at least 7 or 8 years. Awesome! If you want to learn to sew clothes for kids defiantly take this course next time it is offered!! This version of the over most I made into shorts and I have a plan to make a couple more for the winter time. I love how these are lined so I can choose a nice flannel for our super cold winters if I'd like.