Sunday, December 4, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
ETA: just kidding. I can't get the video to load. Imagine big thick flakes, 32 degrees on the thermometer. And all the leaves on the trees were still green. Snowtober. I'd rather not meet you again.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Today was the day to clean up all the riff raff and get out the fall themed decorations. I've been enjoying the battery operated candle that is set to come on around dusk and flickers in the front window when I pull in the drive, so it was time to pull out the coordinating decorations. Gone is the wreath with the sad floppy bow. It it's place a lovely harvest wreath with acorns and an appropriately fluffed leaf themed bow. I know the mailman and paperboy will approve.
This, however, is my favorite Halloween decoration.
Yep, that pumpkin is from a ceramics place my grandmother frequented when I was a small child. I can remember putting the candy I got trick or treating inside. Somehow, I was allowed to keep that pumpkin and the candy in my bedroom.
In case you were wondering, the ghost I've had ten years or less...doesn't look much different than the crafty punkin' does it? Not ALL 1970 something crafts look dated...now where did I put that macramé book?
And in case you thought I had it ALL together, I found this lurking in the breakfast nook...
Yep. A snowman. Maybe he'll just stay there for a couple more months...
Friday, September 30, 2011
But the request was from a friend, and I just couldn't say no. So I made them.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
My amazing co-worker, Lauren, made me the bestest birthday cake I've had in a long, long time.
Read all about it here. Lauren's telling of the making of this cake is the icing on the cake (so to speak).
And she's right.
I loved it.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
It's been all about preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. I've learned a lot -- like why you fill up your bath tub, and that putting tape over your windows is mostly over rated. My car's got a tank full of gas, so I can charge my cell phone if the power is out (j/k -- kinda). We've been filling various jugs with water so we've got something to drink. I'm doing laundry. Not because we'll run out of clean clothes, but to be sure there is sufficient fabric for projects.
I'm resisting the urge to cook and bake up anything I can think of. Today is not the day for filling up the freezer...although I did fill up various containers with water to freeze to help retain the cold in our currently fairly empty freezer in the case of a power outage.
I did, however, bake zucchini bread.
We needed SOMETHING to eat in the dark.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
This week's vintage, thrifty find has to do with my grandmother's cookies.
Both my Grandmothers were great bakers. Each had their own style and specialties...not only in what they made but how they were stored and delivered.
This lovely find
My other grandmother stored her cookies in an equally unique tin...a storage/shipping tin for a film reel. They also make great storage for a pie, if deep enough. Haven't found one of those... yet...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
(ok, not that far, but a few states from here)
I was going to my weekly ceramics class, and made a mirror for my new baby sister who had been born that day.
It was a simple mirror, with a chunky, clunky rattle on it and if I remember correctly my new little sister's initials.
Happy Birthday! I'm so glad you were born!
Monday, July 4, 2011
Hope y'all had a great three day weekend celebrating all the 4th of July means to you.
Special thanks to all who have served, are serving, or will serve to preserve the freedom that is easy for us to take for granted every day.
I'll share some more of the weekend adventures later this week!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
A good sewing day is one where the garbage can is full. In my quest to destash and USE the fabric I have, here is the great accomplishment of this weekend:
(if I can figure out how to get the photo off my iphone and into my computer it will appear here...technology, why do you challenge me so? Hey look! I figured it out!)
So it's one small garbage can of scraps. But it's full. And I have stacks of bib pieces on the cutting table waiting to be put together in addition to the dozen that are waiting for me to turn them inside out. Progress.
The failing this weekend was in my fancy sewing machine that has the fancy stitches I use to finish off the gems I sell in my shop. The tension stopped working. No amount of re-threading or cajoling resulted in a seam with an appropriate tension. It's a problem when you can just pull the bobbin thread out, right? So off to the machine doctor we go...I hope I can get out there this week before Thursday!
Luckily I have a back up plan. My trusty machine that has been with me almost 20 years. (How is it possible I can write that? 20 years? WHAT?!?!?) Thanks, Mom, for the best high school graduation present a girl could ask for.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
That is the question.
I listened to a podcast a couple nights ago and the podcaster was talking about sewing thru all her fabric stash. I mean all of it. She had one piece of denim left. She was debating how much stash she felt like she should have. What was the right amount to feel like you could just decide to go sew and have options of what you want to create but not so much that it would feel overwhelming.
I gotta tell you. The idea of walking into my sewing room and having neat, clean, uncluttered shelves sounds like a dream. I would be delighted. But the idea of walking in and seeing just one piece of fabric? That makes me uncomfortable. Really uncomfortable.
I've gotten very used to being able to solve a sewing challenge with whatever supplies I can find in my studio. In fact, I've started to feel proud about not always having to run out to get something (thread, elastic, etc) to finish a project. But how much it too much? How do you know when to say when? How many fabric bins in the basement of things that no longer fit in the studio is too many?
I recently visited a friend who has always been a person where there is a place for everything and everything is in it's place. Always. That's never been me. But it's sooo appealing. Realistically I won't likely ever be that kind of organized, but I'm definitely more conscious about how much might be too much.
So I've started. I'm attempting to use up my stash. If the perfect fabric or notion doesn't immediately make itself apparent, the project goes off to the side. The perfect thing is in there somewhere...I just haven't searched to the bottom of the right tub yet. No really.
Wish me luck. And if you're in the market for some sewing supplies...give me a buzz...I might have just what you're looking for!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
First, for those of you who don't know Savers is a store much like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. And you know I'm always in for a thrifty store to search for treasures.
In addition to finding a great black short trench coat which I needed to replace the worn out one in my closet and a couple funky scarves for my collection I always check out the crafty section. I'm a sucker for recycling craft supplies that someone else never got to use, or grew tired of. Vintage trims and fabrics are one of my favorite finds...some you just can't get anymore and the price is generally right, if you know what I mean.
On this particular trip the great finds were yarn.
What thrifty finds have you scored lately?
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Nothing particularly fancy or expensive. But near and dear to my heart. It got me thinking about the other treasured items which I've already been fortunate enough to have as part of my daily existence. So I decided to share some of those treasures with you. Hopefully, this will be something that will prompt me to blog on a more regular basis. At least for a while. But enough about me...on to the treasure.
Today's treasure is simple. A rug. But not just any rug. One with some history. My great (great?) grandfather was a weaver of rugs. The "fabric" is denim that had outlived it's useful life as overalls, coveralls, etc on the family farm. I've been surrounded by these rugs since I was a kid. They would come out in the winter to help hold the snow, salt and just plain ick of Iowa winter out on the back porch. My grandmother would use them in her house just about anywhere you could use a throw rug. They're machine washable, and practically indestructible. The loved, used and worn rugs are just as amazing as the never been used rugs.
At some point in the past 10 years my grandmother decided that each of her grandchildren needed a rug as a reminder of this man who is part of their lineage. I was fortunate enough to end up with two that year--it's always nice when your grandma likes your boyfriend and gives him the family gift too. :)
This past Christmas I got to choose another rug from the large rough wooden box that houses the few rugs that remain. Here she is:
Sunday, March 20, 2011
It's so easy to be green!
Everyone is brings their own bags into the grocery store, drug store, Target, fabric store, right?
This weekend we to it to the next level. Produce bags.
I found these great bags on Etsy before Christmas, and bought a couple sets for gifts. AMKDesigns makes a great set of six produce bags with a pouch that holds them all together. See?
Luckily one of my gift recipients is the guy who goes grocery shopping with me. ( See how that works?)
In addition to using the reusable produce bags, we were at a local "wholesale" fruit and veggie place. Trying all kinds of new stuff this weekend!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
After a reasonable amount of weekend couch sitting, I started to tackle various works in progress. Especially with my business, there are always started, but not quite complete projects lying around the sewing room...and other places.
So far I've managed to finish weaving in the ends on a baby blanket I knit for charity, finished off three (or four) knit dishcloths for the shop, tinked back 8 rows on another charity blanket to fix a glaring mistake, knit back those 8 rows and then some, finished two 1/2 done aprons, and added to the stack of 1/2 done bibs and blankets. Sounds like a lot, right? Don't look in my sewing room then. :-)
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
January's baby knitting was a Vintage Baby Cardigan out of some fun and sassy sock yarn. Easy to follow directions, and a fairly quick knit. Done within a couple weeks, including a decent amount of procrastination before actually doing the finishing work.
I used a three needle bind off, which may have been a first. I also was blessed with my grandmother's knitting needle stash this Christmas, and I was uber grateful for the HUGE stitch holders I found in her knitting stuff. They were super handy for knitting the various pieces of this pattern...there are only two seams afterall.
What should I knit next?
Thursday, January 6, 2011
This time, it was easy.
A good friend of mine is having a baby. Any day now. I decided back in the fall that I was going to knit her a pair of longies. I did a lot of searching on Ravelry and found many great patterns. I finally picked one from http://www.buttknits.com/. The website was very helpful when I questioned what size to make, and how to finish off the waistband, and what washing instructions I should include.
So I cast them on before Christmas, and cast them off before New Year's Eve! This pattern is easy to follow, well written and super cute!
I can't wait for the next time I see these little pants, on baby Fuller!