Saturday, January 30, 2016
So I got invited to a favorite things party. Say what? I had never heard of anything like that before. It was so much fun! You were to bring 3 of something that you love and you would go home with 3 different things. It was a blast.
Thing is, I couldn't give an empty lunch bag, so I packed lunch in it. What would my favorite things be for lunch if I could take anything I want and not get fired from teaching? Glad you asked... A bottle of wine from our local winery, and treats from our local Sweet Shoppe. Doesn't that sound like the perfect lunch? I think that the recipients really liked them. Who knows for sure because we all have different taste... The important thing is that it was a fun night out with some great ladies on a cold wintry night.
On a side note - I make my bags much larger than the tutorial. You could carry a gallon of milk and then some in these bags, although that wouldn't be my beverage of choice! Increased size measurements can be found here.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
I made the medium size Noodlehead Open Wide Pouches for Christmas gifts to give at work. I was pleased with how they turned out and how well they were received. I put some candy, lip gloss and lotion so they weren't empty and so that the recipients would get the idea that they might be able to use them as makeup bags.
I am not sure about all of the fabrics but the orange florals and matching fabric are from Denise Schmidts DS Quilts line at Joanns, the green/blue, yellow black, red/black and royal blue are mostly from my local fabric store, the pink/orange fabrics are Joel Dewberry, purple squirrels are Tula Pink and I have no idea where the teal/aqua/red came from - Joann's maybe?
I am not always pleased with how my projects turn out but I am very happy with these pouches.
This is the link to Anna's free tutorial! And you can find the instructions for all of the different sizes here!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Oh my goodness I have excited to share this project. Svetlana of Sotak Handmade was looking for pattern testers for her new two in one pouch and I was lucky enough to test for her! When I saw she was looking for people I contacted her, never thinking I would get to do it and was completely blown away when she contacted me to pattern test for her.
The funny thing is, I had been wanting to make a double zip pouch for a while and couldn't find a good tutorial or pattern. I even tried to come up with my own (a zipper compartment within another zipper compartment) and was not happy with my results. This pattern is exactly the type of thing I had been trying to do on my own without any success.
I used Boho by Urban Chiks fabric and am quite pleased with how it turn out.
Svetlana's pattern is fun and easy to follow. I highly recommend it! I will definitely be making more of these for Christmas gifts.
A great big thank you to Svetlana of Sotak Handmade for letting me test your pattern. You are like a rockstar in the sewing/blogging world and I am just little old me. What an honor! What are you waiting for? Go buy the pattern and make some of these, they are awesome!
Saturday, November 8, 2014
I have followed Carla's blog at My Half Dozen Daily for a few years. She is such an inspiration. The lady can budget, cook and sew like nobody's business.
I made this using her mixer tutorial. It was easier than I imagined it would be. I added jumbo ric rac not knowing if it would really work out or not. It fit perfectly into the bias trim that I made with 2 inch strips. The bias helped to keep the ric rac straight. I then sewed on top of the ric rac, clase to the edge with orange thread to keep if from curling up over time. You can see I have a blue countertop and orange walls, so I thought the fabrics were a nice choice. They are DS Quilts from Joann fabrics.
If you don't follow Carla's blog, you really should. She is such an inspiration to me!
Today is big batch of lasagna day! My family is coming for dinner so the 2 metal pans are in the oven baking right now. The other 5 pans (3 9x13 and 2 8x8) are already in the freezer. This batch should last us through the winter months!
Saturday, August 16, 2014
My simple criteria - a machine that doesn't jam and have threads bunch up underneath the project, some cool stitches, a large throat area for big projects, and something without a huge learning curve. I picked this machine because I already own a brother. The parts are interchangeable and I understand my current machine which is a brother 6000.
This brings me to my to do list. I have a Pinterest board of things I would like to do sooner rather than later. I never seem to be able to finish a large to do list, there are always a couple of lone things that don't get done, which are then added to my next list. My trick is to put more things there than I know I have time to do and set a number of things to get done from the list. This gives me options and choices, which I need. In other words if I have a to do list with 5 things on it I will probably finish 3 or 4 because at least 1 of those 5 things won't sound interesting to me at the moment. BUT if I have a list of 8 or 9 things I would like to get done and set a goal of finishing 5, I will get 5 done. It sounds stupid, but I think it is because I have a choice. If I say I want to make a lunch bag, tote bag, wallet, car bag and cosmetic bag I won't finish because maybe I am just not in the mood to make the lunch bag, so only 4 of the five will get done. If my list is longer I can choose 5 things that I am in the mood to make and 5 will get done. Does anyone else have to trick themselves into getting things done, or are all of you just over achievers?
My sewing goal is to get 5 of the 9 things on the board done before the first day of school with kids on August 26th. Do you want to know a little secret? That goal contains not 1, but 2 tricks!
1. I really only want to get five things done...
2. I really want to actually be done by our 1st teacher inservice day on August 22nd.
My tricks give me room to breath and actually give me a chance of reaching my goals! My big summer goal was to deep clean my house from top to bottom and I only have 1 room left to go so that goal is going to also be easily met!
Friday, August 1, 2014
One of my best friends recently celebrated her birthday. We don't normally exchange gifts, but she has had a rough year and I felt the need to do something. I made her a Noodlehead wide open pouch, a tiny boxy pouch with an exposed lace zipper, a Noodlehead Penn State wristlet ( I didn't actually put pleats on this one) and a Penn State key fob. I also threw in a couple tubes of Almay lip gloss that I got on sale at rite aid!
Sewing is a great stress reliever for me. I do it at my leisure and am not really interested in doing it to make money. I feel that making items to sell would put me on the pressure of a schedule and take some of the enjoyment out of my leisurely activity. I spend a good bit on fabric and supplies, but I feel that it is offset by the fact that I am making gifts for a fraction of what it would take to purchase a ready made gift. I think that people are very receptive to the items and are touched by the fact that I didn't just go out and purchase a ready made gift.
I also feel that the prices I would need to charge to be fairly compensated for my time would make the items cost prohibitive to buy. I live in an economically depressed area of the country. I enjoy my hobby and I want to keep it that way, so sewing for leisure it is!