Thursday, February 14, 2013

 

The Empty Nest

Sigh, I miss my sewing machine....but soon, very soon, the nest will be emptying out again.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

 

December 21, 2012


 

The New House

I bought this pattern years ago when my own girls were little but had never made it because it had intimidated me!  I decided now that I had granddaughters the time had come to make it with their help, lol!

 Love the windows and the vinyl on them.
 The door with the mail slot and oversized flowers.
 I changed the flowers from the applique ones it called for.  These are more 3-dimensional and fun.
 Inside the dolls have their own little beds and pillows.  The other side has curtains on the windows but I neglected to take a picture of that.
 Behind the dolls is a pocket.  I found the perfect-sized tote to go in there...
 and here it is.
 It holds crayons and coloring books.
 I looked all over for a hard holder for the crayons so they wouldn't get broken and finally found this one at a local upscale kitchen store.  It holds a 24-pack perfectly.
 The pattern has patterns to make bears or bunnies but I found these Disney dolls that were the perfect size and couldn't resist.  I have three granddaughters who go to church with me so this worked out perfect!
 I keep the accessory pieces in a Ziploc inside the pocket.

 The pattern called for a tree and swing set on the back but I switched it out and made up a castle to go there since I have princesses inside!
 A close up of the castle.
 Here's my granddaughter on Sunday taking it to church.  It was an overcast day so I'll have to get a better picture later, plus she was freezing!  this bag is only to be played with at Sacrament meeting so it keeps the toys nice and new to them.  I'm excited about the way it turned out and more importantly my granddaughters love it!  The memories we made sewing it together are priceless.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

 

Bobbin Covers

I found the most wonderful way to keep my bobbins from unreeling and causing chaos in my bobbin holder at Sew Many Ways!
First you need a length of flexible tubing (found in the plumbing aisle of the hardware store), a Sharpie marker, and either an old sharp pair of scissors or a utility knife.

Measure the inside of your bobbin.  I did this by lining it up next to the tubing.

 Mark the inside.
 Then cut the tubing to the desired length.
 After it's the width you want then cut through the tube on one side so you can slip it over the bobbin.
Slip it over the bobbin and you're done!  I like these because they allow me to still see the color of the thread and they keep the threads all inside.  
My bobbin case has never looked better!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

 

Sewing Reveal Part 2 (for snoopy Susan)

I have a sweet friend who wants close ups of some things that she saw in my sewing room so I decided to do a whole post and answer her questions as well as some other comments I got.  Please note that this room has been packed up for the most part to make room for my daughter's family who will be moving in with us tomorrow for a few months so I can't take any new pictures of anything I may miss here until I get my sewing room back.  

The first picture (above) shows my big scissors and the pink thing above it is a heart pin cushion my grandma Annie crocheted.  I was luck enough to get it after my mom passed away.  
 Susan's pretty astute.  This little guy wasn't pictured in the post.  Trav brought him back from Hawaii for my grandbabies to share.  A friend of his made the little guy. 
 I took a picture of him before they took him home bz I loved how creative she was with the fabric for him.  I never would have thought to use this fabric on a turtle.  I wish I had some of this fabric for something I've been working on for a Christmas gift.
 This was in a bag chock full of fabric and gift bags from Travis' other Ohana in Hawaii.  This is the second time she's sent me a bunch of bags and I love them all and use them to put projects in when I go fabric shopping!  She designs the bags and owns the company that sells them.
 Another lunch tote from the bags sent to me.  I had two of these in the bunch so I gave one to Savannah and she uses it as a church bag.
 For Heidi:  The cutting table seen at the back was a steal from RC Willey's Wild and Wacky Wednesday's.  RCWilley.com has this deal that goes on sporadically on Wednesdays and sometimes you can get a real bargain on some quality furniture.  It's a counter-height table that's wired for electricity (half of it pops up for a computer station complete with a phone jack).  I thought it was just a table when I bought it so I was surprised at this but it's really sturdy and the perfect height for cutting out fabric. The rolling cart below is from IKEA (Alex line) and holds my rulers, notions, etc.  Love it.  The sewing table is custom-made from a counter top store and designed by me.  Holed drilled in for my cords.  The legs are banquet table legs cut to ergonomically fit my height for comfortable sewing.
Table decoration bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby for Trav's homecoming dinner.
Part of my sand collection.
Clearance JoAnn's.  Not a green fan but they were out of the ocean blue ones.  They work well in the room.  For Rhonda:  Yes, I'm insanely organized.  When I decide what to put in them you can bet my lable maker will be out and they'll be labled!
 Clearance Hobby Lobby (homecoming) and more sand.
 A close-up of the afghan.  Larry's mom saves all her scraps from afghans and then makes random afghans.  When she has enough for each grandchild to pick one she gives each grandchild an afghan.  At the time she did this Kellianne was too little to pick her own so I picked one in colors I loved!  I've kept it stored for her all these years while she used another afghan her grandma made.  Right now Kellianne has an afghan she's using that's off-white that her grandma gives as wedding gifts and is in a small apartment so she's letting me borrow it.
 The shelf above the bed.  This area was supposed to have an ironing station with the big ironing board I made but Kaje' didn't take her bed with her, again no room in her apartment, and I've actually found that I like having a bed in the room so eventually I'll make a more beachy quilt for the bed from Camille Roskelly's fabrics that are my favorite colors ever....someday. Necklace is a lei that Trav's companion Elder G sent home for me when Trav came home for surgery half-way through his mission.  Beach and Paradise signs were bought at Sugar 'n Spice (local shop) a few years ago.  Hat was worn at our luau the final Sunday before Trav left on his mission.   Book made for me by my sweet niece Maryanne.
 Yes, my Precious Moments quilter's are in the room.  The Willow Tree quilt figurine from my friend Laurie is displayed too.
 Table is another W&W Wednesday buy from RC Willey.  I bought it for our deck but when I opened it saw that it needed to be in a covered patio to stay looking good and my deck is open to the sun so I saved it for my "beachy" sewing room and it fits in great with it's open slats like a picnic table for shelves.
 Bed, Bath, and Beyond clearance bathroom soap holder.
 Shelf 40% off at Michael's.  Tube is rock salt from far below the ocean in Hawaii.  Decorations for Trav's homecoming on here as well as the big clothes pin on clearance from JoAnn's.
 Thongs (flip flops to today's generation) are toothbrush holders, clearance from BB&Beyond.  Little sign next to it is from my friend Jessica.  Little bottles are sand from Nicholas' cruise.  Little midget tupperware has water from the Pacific Ocean from almost 18 years ago!  It's barely lost any water through all these years.  More sand.  Light bulb is from Hobby Lobby just because I thought it looked "inspirational" for ideas.  Tiki on the far left top shelf was brought home to me by Travis from his mission since I had fallen in love with his "Gilligan Tiki" that a friend of his in Hawaii carved for him. 
 "ME" chosen bz since high school I sign most things as "me."  The little cubby is IKEA and I have two of them that in the old room were butted together.  I had to separate them in this room.  The three-light is for extra light when cutting at night on the table.  Button on wall is from JoAnn's several years ago....wish I'd have bought a couple more in different colors and sizes.
 Quilted Bear years and years ago.
 The dresser top on the window seat drawers was RC Willey W&W Wednesday that used to sit on the two cubbies butted together.  The beach pillow was won in a give-away several years ago and is burlap.  Love it.
 Yes, this is a Pepe Le Pew skunk, good eye Susan!  Cute story that I'll blog about on my other blog some day.  Sea shells in front with the bobbing head turtle in the glass jar.  Pictures are ones Trav took on Kauai and Oahu on his mission. 
 Pottery pencil holder thingy Trav made in middle school or high school.  I'm a sentimental sap and have lots of things my kids made through the house.
Another long story that reminds me of my Achievement Day Girls calling I had in our church.  The story isn't funny unless you were there and loses something in the translation but it makes me smile and think of those sweet girls when I see it.  They're almost all married now with kids of their own.  Best calling in the church!
 Oops, uploaded twice and can't seem to delete it.  The zipper isn't bonging out on this picture, lol!
 Clock says "Take time to enjoy the simple pleasures of each day" and was a $5.00 clearance item at Deseret Book.  I bought a black one for the front room too.
 Address book made out of handmade paper that Trav brought me from his mission in Hawaii. 
Finally, this little quilt is about 36" x 36".  It will be hung by simple wooden hanger from a guy I bought my quilt ladder from on the TV wall.  The other quilt Susan asked about isn't shown on purpose.  It will hang above the cutting table and is about 40" x 40".  I designed it and it means a lot to me so I won't show any pictures of it until it's back from the quilter's, bound, and hung.  Patience Susan, patience! 

Along with putting pieces that remind me of what matters most (my family) I went for a beach feel in this room bz that's my favorite place to be in the whole world.  The sounds, sights, smells, and feel of the beach give me peace and inspiration and I wanted that feeling in my sewing room.  For me, it was a mission accomplished. 

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