Saturday, December 27, 2008

Vogue Easy

Yma was naked in the closet so I made her this shirt today. It's a black and white knit from Denver Fabrics. I'll have to wear a cami underneath it because the neckline was a bit low. If you are wondering who Yma is...she's my dress form and my name spelled backwards.

Friday, November 21, 2008


This is my first lined coat. phew! The fabric is a gorgeous lavender/beige/white wool boucle that I purchased on clearance from Denver Fabrics for $20.00. Butterick 5145 view A is the pattern I chose. I'll post this on pattern review too.

I sewed the buttons on with my machine which was another first but I think I'd rather sew them next time by hand because they were not tight enough.

I used my new Baby Lock Embellisher with scraps of the wool to make my matching scarf.

Black is my favorite color to wear so it was fun making something other than black.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Blind as a Bat

My costume was inspired by my serger. I was cussing because I could not thread the needle one afternoon. I said to myself out loud "I'm as blind as a bat"... "THAT'S IT" that's what I'll be for Halloween. I made the hood from a McCalls costume pattern, wore a t-shirt and black slacks. The wings are made from cardboard and black cotton fabric. I covered the wings with a black and purple sparkly sheer fabric. More glitter was added by using hairspray and a glitter shaker. The feathers were a "damaged" item at the fabric store that cost $1.00. I used plenty of hot glue, black duct tape and elastic and walla! The glasses were in a bargain bin for $1.00. Super glue made the nails stick to the gloves ($3.00) and the cane was a dowel covered with white athletic tape and had a red fabric tip. P.S. Steve and I sat on the porch and my wings nearly caught fire when I bent over to pick up something off the table! yikes! glad that did not happen. P.S. Steve has a broken leg and I hate having my picture taken that's why I look like a goof ball.

Josie my baby girl

Dogs are funny! mine hate costumes. I made Josie the baby bib and bonnet. The bonnet stayed on for about 2 minutes. No matter how many times I brush her she always looks disheveled.

Garden Gnome

Lauren wanted to be a garden gnome...this costume was too easy! a lot of the people in the neighborhood thought she was Santa though! I think they looked at her hat and beard and not at the rest of the garb.

Happy Halloween

Hi friends! I've been lazy and have not blogged much, but I have been reading your blogs! After my big purchase I had a few weeks of buyers remorse and felt guilty. That feeling lasted way too long, but let me assure you all I've been using my new machines. I had so much fun this Halloween. After decorating the yard and porch I sat in my rocking chair, drank beer with Steve and passed out candy. I tried to enter my photos in the costume contest at Pattern Review but had nothing but trouble loading last night, it did however work this morning. Oh well! Enjoy my photos!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Homecoming 2008

Here is my man child Paul with his darling girlfriend and date Carley.

fun fun

Well, the Nancy Zeiman Sewing retreat was a knee slappin' good time. I learned some new techniques and of course came home inspired. I purchased the Baby Lock Evolve Serger.....oh my! this is amazing and an Embellishing Machine. I thought the embellisher was a frivolous item until I took a class and daydreamed about a gazillion things I could use it for. I think the machine is definitely for those who have the desire to be extremely creative. I noticed that the ladies that really like to embroider did not fancy this machine. Now I need to get my tail end into the studio and whip up something to show you all! eee gads! I look like a big fatso in this photo! we were both looking at different cameras!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Seminar with Nancy Zeiman

I was fortunate to get a spot in the Baby Lock hands on 3 day seminar with Nancy Zeiman this October. I'm so glad I put my name on the waiting list. I did try out the Evolve Serger/Coverlock but had sticker shock when told the price. I called the dealer back to haggle and was told there will some great deals at the seminar. I'm saving up ladies!

P.S. Do any of you get neck pain from sewing?

This cute little sleeping bag was made by Lauren 4 years ago.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Anybody Home?

Can anyone guess in which hotel this famous room is located? I took several photos but no wee ghosties came out to play.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


After listening to Obama, Clinton, & Palin I could not take another evening of yappers.
So, sew...I made these lounge pants, scrunchie and vest for Miss Priss while the most recent gomer was blabbering. No patterns used this time. Just easy breezy mindless stuff because I am exhausted. The vest looks wonky in the photo but it is straight. Hey, I just noticed the symbols are upside town on the pants...oh well...these are for around the house. I really am tired.

Anyone gearing up for Halloween yet?

For those of you who emailed me and wallet is long gone, I think I had it on my lap when I got out of the car. A man came to my door 3 days later with my ID that was found blowing in the wind clear across town. Luckily nobody used my credit cards.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


I was sewing the sleeve for my Halloween costume, obviously not paying attention and look what happened! Mr.Serger was hungry for a bite.

Thankfully this is just a costume and I can cover this with some trim.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Here is my Paul on the first day of school. He has some stylin' sunglasses on that he bought in Korea. Paul went to World Youth Day in Australia in July. Mr. Stud came home with over 200 email addresses from girls all over the world. Isn't the internet wonderful? I hope some of the friendships last a lifetime.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


My favorite elementary school teacher Mrs. Ventolier taught my 5th grade class how to make these shrunken apple head dolls. I always loved the idea and made this 2 weeks ago. I entered Granny and baby in an art contest at work but they received odd stares and goofy wide eyed expressions. I love them anyway!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Star Light...Star Bright...

I wish I may, I wish I might...have my wish come true tonight!

Well, I went to the store to see a demo of the Baby Lock Evolve Wave yesterday. Then guess what happened? I looked in my purse and my wallet had gone missing. I searched for 8 hours straight yesterday, digging through the house, cupboards even the refrigerator (one never knows) even the stinky rubbish. I slept about 1 hour last night then woke up to my puppy's mess in the kitchen. I've also been having a pinching chest pain that is frightening me.

So here's the funny part...the salesgirl phoned me and I told her I'd lost my wallet and had been searching for 5 hours (at that point) and she asks me if I was thinking about the machine! well the machine was the furthest thing from my mind! I informed her that life stops until I find my wallet. Sales sales sales! I do have my heart set on this jet air threading serger/coverlock baby. The price is scary! $2599.99

Guess that's a no for now since I have no wallet. I wonder if a little house gnome is hiding it knowing that it is not the time for a large purchase.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Back to School

The first day of school... I always get a wee bit emotional. Last year I couldn't wait for my freedom, this year I think I might be lonely. I will probably complete more sewing projects. (fingers crossed) Big brother is walking with her and our other baby... puppy Josie.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Beautification Committee

My strapping young lad Paul has been helping me keep the yard nice all summer. The Beautification Committee (I think that's a funny name) awarded us with August's yard of the month.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Studio Friends

Here is the gang at the studio on our last night of recording. I now have a cd full of voice overs that I need to listen to and decide what I want to use for my demo. I do not like to listen to my own voice! All in all it was great fun and I miss the recording sessions and my new friends.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sewing White Trash Style

Honestly I have not had much time to sew...except my outfit for the white trash party one of my co-workers had last night. (I made the sleeves and appliques from Budweiser Boxer shorts) Yee Haw! My shoes are not white trash but aren't they darling? The tattoo is fake.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

25 years ago...oh you look wonderful!

This past weekend was my 25th class reunion. The best part was laughing at all the crazy things we did years ago. There were some bittersweet memories of deaths, acute and chronic illness, divorces and some folks with fame and fortune. I lead a rather dull life but I am happy most of the time and am thankful I have not had any tragic circumstances to endure. Here is a photo of me and Derek from the class of 1983 senior favorites...Best Dressed! we were irritated because the photo was taken on a day we were dressed down because of nasty cold weather. We stood outside in the sub zero temperature trying to look happy. Here we are again 25 years later on a warm July evening drinking beer!

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Hello Ladies: this sing a long is to the tune of John Denver's Take me Home Country Roads

Almost Heaven...Denver rayon's...silks and get the idea.

I have not really done much sewing with knits and I hit the jackpot with the bargain bin and nabbed up $100.00 worth of knits.

I stopped by a thrift store and scored these vintage patterns and notions. The seam binding came with matching thread at one time!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Maternity? PJ's?'s a peasant top

I forced myself to use some stash fabric and I had just enough to make this peasant top. It is identical to a pj top I made for Lauren last Christmas. It fits nice and looks cute on and luckily looks like a peasant top. The fabric is a very stretchy knit with iridescent glitter and blue and aqua stripes. Not bad for a stash fabric.