Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Swapping "Goodness"




First sorry about the poor pictures, this camera really needs more natural sunlight then today is offering.
I did a "mini" (literaly) with Rebecca and just look at what she sent me!! A little party in a box.


I wish these pictures were better because everything is so cute. She even included wrapping paper!! The hats are so sweet and look at the ribbon spools!!



The cake is from Turkey Feathers I am such a spaz that I feel like it was made by Martha herself. (I would rather have this mini one) My little piece of fame. If you have not seen what they make you have to look because my pictures do not do this cake justice!! Thank you so much Rebecca you out-did yourself!

Shay, thanks for clearing up: why hang a skirt overnight before you hem? Shay said in the comments for those interested....
"Skirts that are not cut on the straight of grain, IE that have bias or half-bias seams, need to "hang out" (no pun intended) to allow any residual droopiness to appear before they are hemmed." Thanks so much and I waited and hemmed it and there is no droopiness!!

Roxanne: I actually made the Garden bag for my sister's birthday, so no I won't be using it in the garden. But how chic would I look gardening with that bag? You know in case BH&G happened to be driving by to photograph me.

Our flooring is half in-in our lower level if you remember our flood so long ago. The whole process is taking longer then we'd like, but when you do your own work that is what happens. So I still have no place to sew and most of my stuff is in boxes in the garage. I have managed to drag out a fair amount that has multiplied in our living room.

On the note of things in disarray I thought I would list all the things in disarray (okay they are downright broken) right now:

1. Both washers (yes I have two) are not working- one leaks and the other just spins-no agitation- which is agitating to me
2. Both dryers: One is apart awaiting new parts and the other takes three years to dry a load (slight exageration but you get the point)
3.Stove: Only two burners work-the other two have been replaced once already and they just fizzle out.
4. Vacuum: The dirt bucket part is held on by packing tape which has to be replaced each time I empty it and yesterday the plastic deal that holds the wand thingy broke- I guess it wanted to be taped on like the bucket. Sheesh I hate plastic.
5. The letters: L and V and the space bar on my laptop have lost there keys and they are really hard to get back on properly once they pop off. It is so hard to type like this... You have push harder on these spaces to get them to work.

So whah whah for me I am going to go have a pity party for myself with my new miniature party supplies!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Tales from an old bag

O.k. it is a new bag or one that I made over the weekend. It is from this book which I treated myself to as a graduation gift. It was the first pattern I made of hers and it went pretty smooth. I really like that her patterns are paper not tissue. They are so much easier to manage and I don't get that over whelming feeling when I unfold paper. With tissue I feel like I am under some sort of attack.



I did a make a few changes: I added an inside pocket-I just feel like all bags should have one, then I sewed the end pockets down-stitching in the ditch. Either I have selective pattern reading or she really never mentioned stitching down the side pockets.


The same was true for the front, I think hers was just left open - I tacked it with a button. I just can't do super floppy.

Whats that? Oh you like my creative use of both pink and white twill tape- yeah, twill tape.... when synthetic, will not properly behave when sewing however, ironing those last three inches to try to get it back in place may melt** it. I will be investing in some cotton twill tape, which only seems to be obtainable for, me on-line.

**no bad words were used in the assembly of this bag....okay maybe one

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Skirting the issue

I made this skirt today..(I can't make this underline go away...ugh) Anyway I am very happy with it.



(No mysterious underline down here?) I used the pattern below and it is easy. I actually learned a few things!!! The best was when the pattern told me to tack down the side seams so that the tie did not get caught up in the casing. Ummm, am I the last to know about this trick. Do you have any idea how many casings I have gone into the ring with head to head? Wow I could kiss simplicity for this tip.

You will also notice that the skirt is not hemmed.... Hmmm why is that you ask? Well the wise pattern said to hang the skirt over night. Okay, oh wise pattern, I will do as you say after the casing advise. BUUUUT why am I doing this? I do not know....do any of you? What difference would that make? Is it just to let the seams relax? Couldn't I just serve them a cup of tea?....Okay that is just silly-seriously any ideas?

Notice my pattern is in a new home? I love this idea, take the front of the pattern and tape or glue to a large envelope and whooola it all fits nicely inside. No more stuffed, tattered and torn pattern envelopes for this girly. Plus, as an added bonus there is a whole blank space on the back of the envelope to make notes on altering the pattern or what have you!!

Monday, June 04, 2007

The Winners are.....................

With the help of my trusty assistant Lilli the first name is.......


.........Sonja Congratulations!!


Oh the excitment is killing me the second name is............


Wait for it!!!


Oh its Leigh Ann!!


One more draw for the Holly Hobbie and the winner is........



Linda T!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!!! I will send each an e-mail letting you know!!

I also want to thank you girls for your lovely, thoughtful and oh so insightful comments on my last post. It is not often I re-read comments unless I am looking for something but I re-read those. I can't believe what intelligent women you all are. It is so nice to know that I am not the only one who faces insecurities. So thanks again!!

*Someone has to stop me from photographing everything from my deck!! Sheesh do I need the world to know how badly it needs to be painted? Let's just say I take shabby chic to the limit.... Yes thats it!

Friday, June 01, 2007

So I had a moment...bare with me

An interesting comment was posed about my or the use and possible overuse of discarded items. Which first made me smile then laugh then suddenly a large defensive wall went up and I felt like I was being personally attacked ( a very bad reaction I often have, so much so that an hour earlier my hubby asked me something and when I answered he said “honey that was not a personal attack.) ** I DO NOT believe this was the intention of the commenter. I DO believe it was an innocent thought and a good one. This post is merely the manifestation of that comment in my little world and is in no way intended to offend or upset the commenter as I think she has a lovely blog and is a very intelligent and talented person.

On to my manifestation and the answer to the comment

The art of creating and often, especially for me, re-purposing is one of the reasons why I love blogging and its ensuing community. I did not set out for this to be a political platform or a green space. Nevertheless, there is a lot of Green in my beliefs. I think that many of you will agree that we are conscious of our use of materials. Let’s face it we are all living in a plastic loving, readymade, fast food society. Most of us are trying to do our part. Take this and this for example. Last year there was a widespread “use what you have” movement circulating throughout blogland. So the question, could ones use of broken dishes and cast off shoes turn a garden into a landfill with flowers. I suppose it could. I can also suppose the mate to the said boot is resting comfortably among the flies and other cast off items in such a place. I am just trying to limit my contribution to that space.

As for artful, I find this an interesting thought, for one "artful" is relative, I was just telling another blogger how using half of a broken mug in a planter and its esthetic appeal satisfied my craving for a quick creative fix, when my creative time is so limited. To me, doing this little thing was both creative and artful. Indefinitly however, is a long time and I don’t expect to do anything that long, besides I believe in balance. Near the broken pitcher is a beautiful rock that we found hiking in one day (and had permisson to take). In the same garden is a brick that was part of the landscape my father did at the house I grew up in, placed near some transplanted flowers that were his. My father passed away four years ago. This particular garden is a balance of favorite things and precious momentos.

For my purposes, I try to limit my use of the broken and the discarded in my garden to those that were favored. The life spans of these items in the garden are significantly shorter and when they expire they are broken further to be used in the bottoms of pots for drainage as will the boot-cut up. Such items and things like packing peanuts, that seem to arrive at Christmas, are great to put in bigger pots as filler. They serve for both drainage and save on potting soil. I had thought to post a picture of the particular garden in its entirety but I decided against it as I do not want to indulge my self-inflicted feeling of this comment being a personal attack. I know it was not. So thank you for your thought provoking comment and questions and giving me cause to think deeper into the why of things.

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