Monday, August 31, 2009

A great idea....

I don't even remember how I wound up at this site but I did, and I signed up to participate. I think it's a great idea.

Check it out:

I can't wait to get started. I have a million ideas swirling around in my head. Now I just need to find the time to get it all done.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wardrobe Refashion

I've asked the kids to go through their clothes and pull out the things that are too small or that they just don't want anymore. They are so skinny though that lots of pants still fit in the waist but have gotten too short. These fit into that category.

I just loved the plaid and hated to see them go so I decided that they could be a skirt.

I cut them off at an appropriate length. Cut the inseams out. Then sewed them together for the skirt. I used the remainder of the leg fabric to make the ruffle around the bottom. I would have liked for the ruffle to be a little more full but I couldn't match up the plaid for the remainder piece of fabric. Oh well, I think it turned out well and the girls are happy with it. Another plus, it only took about 30 minutes total to get it done. Not bad. :0)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Christmas Wish BOM

I haven't given up on the Christmas Wish BOM from Gail Pan Designs. I'm still working on it but, I'm still behind. Two blocks (or months) at the moment, but I'm really hoping to close the gap.

Here's the most recent one I've finished. I believe it's the June block.

The pattern didn't call for buttons but with the round flowers on it, I just couldn't resist. Now I'm trying to decide how to keep this block from looking too out of place. I guess I'll just figure it out as I go (like usual).

I'm really enjoying these. You should check out her site. She does a lot of really cute patterns.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday Morning Check In

I probably shouldn't even update since I'm not even weighing right now.

My birthday was earlier this week and we went to The Salt Lick for all you can eat BBQ.

When we got home I had made these cupcakes for us.

They're a cream cheese cake with caramel cream filling and chocolate butter cream icing. Pretty good if I do say so myself. lol

It's also a big-time pms week and I'm retaining water like crazy and craving almost any food that I can get into my mouth. lol

I'm hoping that will end soon and I can get back to eating right sometime soon. I am trying to resist it but sometimes I just can't help it.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Something quick

I decided that since I'm working on about 10 things at once I might as well start on something else. (It's a crafter's logic, right?) Anyway, I wanted to make something really quick so that I could at least have a since of accomplishment.

I got this email with this cute little pattern for free from Bird Brain Designs. I have some little frames and wanted to use one for this pattern so I shrunk it down on the copier.

Then, my troubles started.

I didn't want to use plain old white again so I decided on this scrap from an old (and torn up) apron that I had bought ages ago just for stitcheries.

First I tried tracing it. It was really hard to see through the fabric so that didn't work out at all.

I moved on to carbon paper designed especially for this type of thing. I still couldn't see it well enough to be able to stitch it. The transfer was just too light.

I finally decided to go with an iron on transfer pen. But, of course, I don't have any and they don't sell any at Hobby Lobby in my town which is really all I have local available. *sigh* I got online and found someone on ebay that had one in red and one in blue so I bought them both. Then I had to wait for them to arrive.

Wait....check the mail.....wait some more.

They finally arrived and I rushed into the sewing room, oops, I mean STUDIO, to give them a try. I traced the pattern from the back and then ironed it onto a new piece of the same fabric. It worked perfectly!! Woohoo!

That night I sat down in bed to stitch while I watched t.v., so excited to finally be able to work on my quick little project. (It had only been about a week since I had first started it.) I put my fabric in the hoop, got my needle threaded, and when I went to stick the needle through for the first stitch I noticed a hole right in the middle of the design. (Oh God! Please don't let me start crying like a big baby here.)

The next day I cut out another square of fabric, carefully checking to make sure there weren't any thin spots in it at all. I was able to get it stitched this time. So much for quick, huh?

It really is a cute little pattern. I really wasn't happy as I was going along with using three strands of floss because I thought the stitching was looking too lumpy. Well, it occurred to me when I was putting on the finishing touches that since I reduced the size by more than half that I should have reduced the bulk of my threads too. DOH! Sometimes my brain just doesn't kick into gear quickly enough. LOL

Anyway, go check out Robin's site. She's got some really cute stuff there. I have one of her Easter patterns to do and I can't wait to get it started. I just have so many other things on the list too.