Saturday, December 19, 2009
I told my Daughter this is the last sewing project I am doing for her until after Christmas, until then she needs to make a list. I have to many projects (that I won't get finished) that I want to make for gift giving. This is a Boppy Pillow, she requested a couple of these, my first question was what the heck is it? After her explanation and me doing a internet search, here it is! We didn't have Boppy Pillows when my kids were little, if you wanted them to set up a little you just laid them on a ordinary pillow, lol.
I just love the internet in looking for free patterns for just about everything! My thanks to all those who are willing to share and taking the time to take pics and type up instructions without asking for $$ to do it!
Here is the link to the instructions I found http://sewityourself.googlepages.com/
very easy and they sew up quick, you know how much these things sell for in a store? Way to much!! I didn't put a zipper in the ones I made, had a ton of left over stuffing which was enough to make up 2 of these, one for here and one for my Daughter to take home. Katie looks pretty comfortable in hers.
It was time to break down and get a new Washer and Dryer. My old dryer had developed a hole in the drum from the pulleys, so every time I used it, it made a constant thumping. My son was able to pop rivet a piece of metal over the hole, because at one point the pulley came through and the drum wouldn't turn at all.
We purchased the latest greatest Front Loading machines. I read several reviews on these machines, them seem to be along the same line as my Roomba's. Yes they are nice but they take a little bit more maintenance then your standard old fashioned type. I like being able to load a lot of stuff in these, and they use so much less water too, should help with the water bill! At least the cat has some new entertainment.
I would like to thank anyone who reads my blog for taking the time, if you ever have a question or comment please feel free to leave it, I will get a notice if you do. Also want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Having a new Grand Daughter is so much fun! Finally have a little girl to make bows for, I have been making hair clippies, korker bows, woven headbands and regular bows to sell at the Country Lane General Store in Auburn, Indiana, for a couple of years now. Her Mommy is now into the bow making, so gave her all the instructions, templates and ribbons she wants so she can make them instead of waiting for me to get around to it. She did an excellent job on this one!
Of course we do have a attention grabbing kitty, she doesn't care if I already have a baby on me, she still wants her petting too.
These are some of the items I have been making and selling on eBay and etsy. Casserole Dish Carriers 13"x9 size and then round ones to carry a 2-3qt
casserole dish. These have actually been pretty good sellers so far. One thing I have learned from making and selling things at the store is that you don't want to go hog wild making up a bunch of the same thing. Why? Because if it doesn't sell you are stuck with it. I have lost a lot of money in eBaying some of my items that just didn't sell at the store.
But on another note, just because it doesn't sell at the store doesn't mean it won't sell well some where else. These carriers did not sell at all. I don't think people took the time to look to actually see what they were.
The rectangular one is my own design, just used my 13"x 9" dish to make a pattern. The round one I found instructions for it on the internet. These have either Warm and Natural Batting or Pellon Thermolam in the center to help keep warm items warm or cold items cold. Usually use a cotton/canvas fabric on the inside, webbed/fabric handles and it is quilted to hold everything together.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Started out to make him a Dinosaur Costume, but once he saw
the pattern envelope he wanted to be a Pumpkin.
I used Butterick Pattern BP230, and fleece for the costume, the
directions said to use velcro for the back closure, but velcro and fleece
do not mix in the wash, so I put a zipper in. After doing the hat
per the instructions, it was a little skimpy looking, cut out and added
more leaves, and made my own stem. Just cut a rectangle, stitched it
up, stuffed it and hand sewed it to the top. Made the size 6, he should be able
to even wear this next year.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Used this FREE pattern from the You Can Make This website
These stitch up really fast and easy! Great Website to browse and purchase from, love all their stuff!!
Made this one for my Son-in-law
Used a fleece panel and added another plain color fleece to the back, pinked the edges and folded over to the front and instant binding.
We are now into the month of October, already had our first frost advisary, the temperature went down to about 34° These fleece throws/blankets are perfect to cozy up to on a chilly day or evening.
Very simple and fast to make!!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Well here she is all cleaned up and refinished. Once I got it all cleaned up you can see more of the decals. Spent many hours sanding the cabinet with a palm sander and hand sanding. Also used a Dremel with a small wire wheel to remove loose paint and rust from the base before re-painting it. The Dremel and its small sanding attachments were a big help to remove gunk around the drawer details. To help protect the machine and the remaining decals I picked up some clear top coat for cars, hopefully that will keep any more of the details from being rubbed away.Drawer Details.
In researching info on this machine and the decals, found out it is a Pheasant? design. I love the way more of the detail came through once I removed all the dirt and oil, in some areas I didn't even realize there was any detail until it was cleaned up. Used extreme goo gone and a soft cloth to gently clean the machine, didn't want to remove any more of the decals, so a gentle touch was required. In the places that it is worn away you can tell it was used a lot.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tomatoes are another story, they are growing very slowly, may be the flooding in the spring, the cooler summer we seem to have had, the variety I planted or the spot in the garden I planted them in, not sure how they are going to turn out. No red ones yet and it is almost September.
I do have one volunteer that came up in another spot and I have gotten a few red ones from it.
I have planted beets 3 times now, and still nothing! I think something has been digging them up as soon as they start to grow and eating them. I have found little dig spots all around them. Since they will grow in cooler temps I am going to plant them for a fourth time inside the little fenced in area I have. I really like my pickled beets and eggs.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
American Girl Baby Boy Doll, came with no clothes, so I am working on getting him some made. Finished his pants, just need to make him a shirt now.
I always have several of my Embroidery Machine test stitch outs laying around. Usually I end up making Sewing, Embroidery, and Serger Machine dust covers. I needed a dust cover for all of my wooly nylon thread that I use on my sergers. This was a challenge to make. Tall and round and has a lazy susan bottom. But I am happy with the results.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Latest sewing projects, casserole carriers. The round ones hold up to a 3 quart round or square casserole dish and the rectangle one I designed to fit my Pyrex covered 13" x 9" Dish.
These are available in my etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5599084
I also have these available for sale at the Country Lane General Store in Auburn, Indiana
I searched and searched for a normal round casserole dish but could not find any I know I used to have one and don't know what happened to it. Wal-Mart carries them but all they have are Rachael Ray or Paula Dean, I just wanted a normal pyrex, corningware etc. 2 or 2.5 quart. I even checked the local goodwill and salvation army stores and still no luck.
I finally found one from a fellow etsy seller, ModishVintage, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5462461 whew! It was $24 including the shipping cost, I just could not see the sense in buying one and paying high dollars for it just because someone famous had their name attached to it!!
Believe me this one will not be let out of my sight for anything I love it, Thank you ModishVintage!!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Watching and learning how to wind a bobbin, and loving on Mammaw!