Monday, November 03, 2014

Sewing room redo

With a little help from my organizer friend, I managed to get through the fabric.  She suggested rolling all the soft fabrics and stacking in a box.  I can now lay my fingers on any piece of fabric without pulling everything from the shelf and dumping on the floor - my old system.  I love it!  The bookcases are from Target, $17 each.  So nice to have all the books in one place.  The table is Ikea's Norden gateleg table that folds down to about 12 inches!  I put it on casters that I saw on another blog out there - I think it was Cozee.  And for some reason, I added a huge table to the mix and now have way more room than I did without it.  Scarlett has three drawers stocked with craft stuff to keep her busy out there too.  I decided to protect the table with a piece of flannel-backed vinyl cloth I had on hand.  I wish the pictures did it justice.  I'm very happy!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Great Pumpkin

Christmas is Coming

And in this house we knit.  And now I see the mistake!  ah.  Nice.  This was made on the Brother KH930 with the help of instructions on Ravelry.  I plan on a string of these hanging from the mantel, different designs, different sizes.  We'll see what we end up with!  I input the design from Selbuvotten book, designs for gloves or mittens.  And the ball was from the Dollar Store - gaudy, red, ornament that I ripped as much off as possible.  Michael's wanted $4.99 per 5-inch styrofoam ball.  Even with a coupon for 50% off, it's too much.  Really, I'd like to pay less than $1 for a piece of styrofoam!

Fall is here

Scarlett has been asking to make donuts, and we finally managed it.  She was in heaven.  Sugar, sprinkles...  We made them gluten free, and really, they didn't taste too bad.  Tons of recipes on Pinterest

We ordered the pan from Amazon, but Michaels has it as well.

This was something I saw online and had to try!  Merely leaving that center piece in the orange, putting some olive oil in the orange, and voila, a self-wicked candle.  I've been burning this on and off in the mornings for over a week.
The little witch was being a little witchy - she did NOT want her picture taken. This is her backup costume for Halloween.  First up is still unhemmed - a Frozen dress.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Shrinky Dinkin

Double sided. I actually prefer the feel and thickness the no 6 plastic to go container buttons. But you can't photo on those. 

Friday, October 03, 2014

Picture Knitting and Shrinking Plastic

Img2Track is too much fun:

There are lots of ways to get your knitting machine to knit pictures, but for me, this was the easiest.  I'm attempting to make new pillows from old movie posters for the den.  I'm hoping to make Audrey Hepburn - either Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany's.  I'm using yarn from Michaels, Woolike, which is so reasonable.

I got up too early today and ended up on a site making shrinky dink buttons! Well, I have a lot of little plastic containers in the garage from the days when I'd take cookies to my jobs (boy, is that over).  So I quickly hand cut a few irregular circles, punched holes, and sort of copied their designs a bit, baked them up, and Voila!  Too cute.  And if you sand the plastic first, it makes it more white than clear like the little heart below.  I think Scarlett and I will have a great time playing with jewelry making this weekend!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Santa Fe Dreaming

Carol Sunday has a lovely pattern out called Santa Fe.  I can't afford those kits!  But anyway, I'll just fake up something with my knitting machine and hopefully end up with the "feel" of it.  I was trying to get away without having to purchase any yarns and just fill in with scraps I have, but I decided that turquoise/mottle denim sock yarn may not work.  I'm probably going to do a very subdued version of a fake Santa Fe with mostly greys and natural color.

And another little project was a little clothesline laundry basket for a set of dryer balls for a buddy of mine.  I think it turned out adorable.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Another clothesline bag

I love these bags!  They're fast, easy, and cheap. I dyed the clothesline a couple years ago and just got around to stitching it up. 

Monday, July 07, 2014

Polka dots

More sweet embroidery

Machine embroidery design from   Too many color changes.  I combined some colors to save some time.

Romper for Scarlett.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Machine knitting and embroidery

Urban Threads has the greatest embroidery designs

Kelli's been wanting the Mr. & Mrs. pillows for a while.  I used 100% linen and bought an inexpensive large font on Etsy.  I did the doily in size 3 thread, which made it about 15".

The tuck/stripes design on these dish cloths was accomplished quickly by the use of two carriages on my Brother 930.  

Friday, May 30, 2014

Burlap totes

Having fun with embroidery and making wine totes and regular tote. As always I want a redo. I seem to jump in and get wound up wrong a time or two before I figure out the better way to do it. Really, there's no excuse for it when a simple Internet search will spell it out.
In the end, my granny said it right:  the hurrieder I go , the behinder I get, 

Monday, March 31, 2014

A little in the pink

This is Vogue 7281.  I'm not too keen on the body/sleeve all in one after making this. The pink adds an unexpected pop, I think.   I tried to "fix" the sleeve and cut up under the armhole area several times and probably over-corrected it.  It's still wearable and will be so much cooler that what I usually end up wearing for work in the summer.  I probably should have left it alone and just bought shoulder pads.  I also added an inch to lengthen it and then made a facing to hem it - which added another inch.  Length is perfect.  I'll be making slacks to follow, but not from this pattern. I'd read that the sleeves were narrow, but they seemed fine for me.  In the "old" days, I had many problems with sleeves being too narrow.  Would I make it again, as they ask in Pattern Review?  Well, I really want to love this pattern as it's very quick to make.  I may try one more to see if I can tweak the armhole issue.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bertha the Singer 15-91

This is my latest acquisition.  She's gorgeous.  She works.  I'm not sure why I had to have her, but I did.  She's quiet and a lot cleaner for her age than I ever thought she'd be.  I took the covers off the head and the back and the throat plates, and other than a little felt/lint under the feed dogs, she really looked pretty clean.
Instead of being relegated to the garage with the machines, she rated a place in my office.
I've bid on a newer buttonholer that can make keyhole buttonholes, but this old one came with the machine.  So I thought I'd oil her up and give her a try.  Now if I can only figure out how to tell where the buttonhole is going to end up on the fabric before I stitch it, I'll be happy.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Uniquely Done

She's done.  No, I wasn't just adorning her with necklaces to make her pretty, but to double check her neck marking.  Overall, she's made me happy so far.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Uniquely Me


My Uniquely You dress form needed a makeover. Instead of buying her slightly smaller than me and padding up, I bought a larger size relying on being able to sew the cover in to pull her in.  But the waist wasn't at the right level and various other problems.  So I ended up slicing her up with a carving knife and am covering up the damage. Need to tweak the bottom edge, add some elastic to bottom, cover and dart some at armholes, add a pin cushion to top.  Lastly, I'll give her a good steam with my steamer to shrink it a little bit to smooth it out. 

Overall, I'm pleased so far.