Thursday, November 29, 2012

My sewing room

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.
This is the front of my cutting table. I left the table top wood because I was too impatient to paint at the time but I will probably paint it white some time down the road. As you can see I didn't bother to clean it up for the photos. I don't mind if you see how messy it is. You can see my large stack of knits for clothes for Alec Daniel. I have a good sized stack of fabric cut out to make pj's for him. I have some Christmas ones cut out too. On the left there is a pile of taped together patterns for a couple of pajama patterns I am trying out to find a go to one for Alec. I love pdf patterns and have accumulated quite a few of them. My tv is up there too.
I have shelves above the table for supplies and you can see I like to hang things I love everywhere and I love bright, bold colors.
This is my sewing desk. I love this desk. We bought it years ago and used it for what it was intended but when we went to lap tops and I finally wised up and decided to use this room for a sewing room and not a junk room I started using it as a sewing table. When I upgraded to a much nicer machine Dan cut it out for me and added supports so my machine bed was level with the desk top. I love that he is so handy and can do anything! I never need a mechanic and never need to hire any one for repairs of any kind or to build buildings. It's awesome! Anyways, this desk is huge and I even have my serger on it permanently with plenty of room for quilting still.
Nothing fancy in this corner. Just my ironing board, some extra machines (there are more in the closet, these just didn't fit) and some books stacked up that don't fit on the book shelves. I do love this oversized ironing board. I bought it years ago with some birthday money my Grandma sent me. It's a nice reminder of her since she has since passed.
This is just the bookshelf. Lots of quilting books and magazines here. That awesome green chest on top is a floss chest to hold my cross stitching floss. It's home made and I bought it off a yard sale site full of floss and had room to add my substantial collection. It was a stained wood that I was not fond of so I spray painted it this awesome green. I do need to touch it up a bit but that will be awhile before I get around to that.
This is the door to my closet. You can not look in there, it is that bad. It is my plan to tear every thing out and reorganize it some time after Christmas.
This is the shelving unit under my table. Lots of craft supplies, fabric, and aida cloth crammed down here. I'm out of room down there.
And that is it. I'm hoping to get those tubs in front of the books case into the closet when I reorganize and also those extra sewing machines. I like an uncluttered space. I work better in one. What am I working on now. Well some of it I can't show yet and some clothes I plan on sewing this weekend but I can show you a gift in progress that I am working on.
Heres a shot of the pattern. This pattern and many more can be found here Wee Little Stitches I can not say enough good things about their patterns and customer service.
And just a shot of Alec so you can see how big this little boy has gotten lately.
So sweet. Bye!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Alec Daniel

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.....
I love how it turned out. This is what I started with.
When I bought the letters I spotted the colored popsicle sticks hanging and figured I could come up with some thing to use them for. I really like how I chose to use them as the back drop and the different design with the colors really turned out nice if I do say so myself. I was surprised at how long it took to do this. I figured it would be a quickie one day project but it actually turned into a 3 day project. The gluing the popsicle sticks together and the multiple coats of paint to cover the wood letters took some time. We love crafting around here and I have started getting Alec on that path.
Love him! Bye!

Monday, November 12, 2012

I missed October....

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.
I used a too cute Yogi Bear flannel and I love it. It was my first time working with piping and I had a few curse words for it while working but that was more about my zipper foot really. I can officially say I hate my zipper foot for my beloved Horizon. I need to work with it a bit more and I will work with piping again. This is my version on the Trendy Tuxedo Pant. I used a colored denim but it's not as heavy as a regular denim and used a ribbon I had on hand. I wasn't liking my choices until I put them on him and saw how adorable they look on.
This is my version of The Trendy Tuxedo Shirt. I didn't have any plain fabric so I used a cute Charlie Brown fabric that I have had in my closet for at least 10 years. No I am not joking on that. It turned out so cute! My only problem and big disappointment was I used an orange chalk to mark my pleats and darn it it did not come out in the wash! Big time FAIL! But the shirt is still cute as can be.
And finally the Saddle Shoulder Polo. I LOVE this shirt. It is so adorable on. It reminds me of shirts people wore in the early 80's. And I have to say I just love the color combo I chose on this.
I believe I gave you a sneak peek on what I was working on in my last blog post. I was making some decorations for Alec's room walls in his room at my house. It was pretty plain in there and needed some thing to jazz it up. I will have to share that in my next post because I need to take the photos. I took them with my phone and put them on Facebook but forgot to take them with the regular camera so I will do that soon. In the mean time I did take a photo of some thing I am working on now so here is a sneak peek of that project.
Every body needs a Thneed right? And finally Halloween has passed and here is Alec in his costume.
Cutest Mickey ever! Bye!