Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Two In One Pattern Tester for Sotak Handmade!





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

KitchenAid Mixer Cover Using a Tutorial from Carla at My Half Dozen Daily

 


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!

Freezer Cooking - Lasagna Day!



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!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Met my goal!

I finished 5 things off my to do list before school started.  I actually finished Sunday, but I need to take pics and post.  I made the mixer cover, noodlehead tote, zippy wristlet, in color order drawstring bag and pink penguin lunch bag.  I also made a small pouch with an exposed lace zipper.  I am trying to figure out a way to use these zippers after I saw Carla trying to figure out what to do with them!  I also cut out all of the pieces for the sew together bag.  I am a little worried about putting it together, but I should be able to do it...


Saturday, August 16, 2014

A New Sewing Machine and a To Do List Trick!

This is my new Brother 420 sewing machine and boy did I struggle with this decision!  I ordered it last Saturday from amazon and it came on Tuesday.  It is too soon to tell for sure, but I think I am in love.  Many of the super cool sewing bloggers that I follow sew on high end mechanical Jukis or super expensive computerized Janomes, Berninas, etc.  I have the means to buy what I want, but I am super practical and wanted to buy something that would not make me want to rip my hair out!  Also, sewing is a hobby for me, not my job.  Most of the sewing bloggers I follow are designers, authors or simply love to sew to supplement their income.  All of these things are admirable and fantastic, but they are also things I am never going to do.
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.
My 6000 was a great way to start 5 years ago, but I have put it through a beating.  It would jam and make multiple thread nests when going through thick materials.  I was hesitant because this was the same brand and not much more expensive but it had great reviews and I could always send it back if I needed to right?  I wanted to have it for over a week before I go back to school so I would have time to try it out before going back to school in the fall.  I have 6 days before I start work on Friday so I am going to play some more and I will let you know what I think then.  I have already made a Kitchenaid cover and will put pictures up soon.
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...
AND
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

Open Wide Pouch, Lace Zipper Pouch and More Penn State Items



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!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Penn State Graduation Gift with Noodlehead Gathered Clutch



My friend's daughter just graduated from high school and is headed to Penn State.  This is what I gave her for a graduation gift.  Upper left is a basket that I made following this tutorial.  Lower left is a Noodlehead gathered clutch.  I also included a key fob, 2 pillowcases (from this tutorial) for her dorm room and a little bit of cash.  I think it was well received.
This is how it looked all bundled together.