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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Christmas Sewing Update!

 I feel bad for not posting more often. It seems my time just gets away from me. I spend a lot of time reading blogs so I need to do better.
 I worked really hard through November and December making stuff for my great granddaughter, and a few odds and ends. So after Christmas I decided to do a few things for myself. I've started on a rag rug, and a new quilt. Of course, there will always be interruptions with other projects. 
 The first things are some Christmas shirts for Ellie, and the bottom pic is shirts for her and her cousin, Trent. They are so cute together.  Since Ellie didn't need more toys, these were part of her Christmas presents from us.

 I also did her a cute little outfit. I didn't make it, but I had to alter it to fit. I just love the elf legs. 


 I bought the ruffle shirts, pjs, and this buffalo print dress from ARB Blanks. All I did on the dress was put a simple outline of a deer. I think it's so cute! I did make the red/white striped leggings so she'd have something to wear with her shirts.

 For all of the girls in the family - including adults - I made some ornaments. The designs are from Applique Market except for the snowman. He's from Golden Needle Designs, and he holds candy. He was for Ellie, the great grand.
 At nearly the last minute, I got a request to make my granddaughter, Shelby, a purple minky blanket. She'd seen the fabric at Hobby Lobby, and even sent me pics. She is such a trip for an 11 yr old. 
 So I bought the fabric and decided to make a fleece blanket for the 2 grandsons (the younger ones). I did one in Star Wars theme for Eric and one in Marvel Comics because Cayden collects those. 
They all loved them, but Shelby was the most thrilled.

I love making the grands happy, and I love they they still love for me to make them things.
  So now on to other things. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and can enjoy lots of sewing. 
 Sewing is my therapy! 


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop!

 I decided to join in the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop sponsored by Carla from Creatin in the Sticks! She always has the neatest blog hops! 
This link will take you to all of the posts for the whole blog hop.
Creatin in the Sticks

 Back when I signed up, I knew there wouldn't be a problem having some pumpkins to share. I love fall, and I also love sewing for my great granddaughter, Ellie. I had forgotten about the blog hop when I was working on some of these so I was glad I already had some projects done!

 I made Ellie a purple outfit that would work for football, and for Thanksgiving. The gingham side has a tiger on it, and the purple side has the pumpkin. The pumpkin design is from Embroidery Boutique. Their designs always stitch great!

 Of course, I have to include a couple pics of her wearing it! 
I also did another pumpkin outfit for her to wear to daycare. I love the Garanimal sets from WM. They are perfect for little kids. This is another design from Embroidery Boutique, but I did the wording myself.

I did one more pumpkin shirt. The fabric matches some pants Ellie's mom bought, and a friend of mine gave me a piece of the same fabric to match. This design is from Applique Alley. She is such a little ham!

 Now for my table! I wanted to do something different this year. I found a tutorial on Pinterest for the fabric pumpkins. I decided to stack them together to save space. The plates came from Family Dollar, and they look like glass, but they're plastic. I had the other stuff already. So basically this is decorating on a budget! 

My husband loved it, but I will move it all for Thanksgiving dinner. It's just for me to enjoy! 

 Thanks for visiting my blog. I would love to have more followers. I love reading blogs, and I really love getting a comment on mine every now and then.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Teaching the Love of Sewing!

I don't know when I've been so happy as when my grandson's wife, Alyssa, asked me to teach her to sew! 
 I've been wanting to teach sewing for a while, but I've just never gotten organized to start. So I had to figure out where to start and what I needed to go over with her before she sewed anything. She already knew a little so that helped a lot. 

 I explained a few things about fabric, grain lines, selvedges, cutting options, and a little about patterns. To keep her interest, we cut out some little pj pants for her baby, our great-granddaughter. She practiced sewing some seams first, and she did great. 

 She didn't finish the first pair the first day, but she came back another day, and finished those plus made another pair. She was pretty proud! 
 Now she's still coming, and she's working on some knit pants with a ruffle. I love this girl, and she's wearing me out, but what a great feeling to know someone wants to learn to sew! 

One of the best things is that I still have plenty of fabric for her to use that was left from sewing for my granddaughter. The first time she buys fabric, I will go with her because that's a lesson within itself!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Dresses for Honduras.

Some people from my area go on a mission trip to Honduras every January. My WMU mission group always likes to contribute in some way. 
 In the past we've collected flip-flops, sun glasses, glasses, jump ropes, little toys, band-aids, vitamins, and medicines just to name a few. 
 Last year the group had fewer people going so some of the stuff didn't get sent, but they've been taking it as they can. So this year our group is collecting baby and children's Tylenol.  Plus we will donate some money for other expenses. 
 I think we do really good considering our group isn't that large, and most are getting elderly. 

 One year I made 44 pair of shorts for boys. The past couple of years the group has taken up with some precious little girls - 4 little sisters whose mom left them. Their dad tries to take care of them, and he works so much of the time they are left alone. The group started taking up money to help support them throughout the year to be sure they were fed and kept cleaner. There is a local doctor there that helps to manage the funds.

 I decided to make each one of them a pillow case dress, and a little bag to store the dresses. I figured they could use the bags for storage since their little huts don't hold much stuff. I just loved that one of the ladies sent me the names so I could put them on their bags. 
 Please, if you read this, say a prayer for these sweet girls!

All of the fabrics for the dresses were given to me and leftover from other projects. I bought the fabric for the bags at a yard sale really cheap, and she gave me a whole bunch more. 

 Thanks for stopping by! Please come back again!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Summer is Busy!

When I was teaching school, there was never enough days in the summer to do all I wanted to do. Now that I'm retired, somehow it's not any better!!
 You would think I'd be able to sew every day of the week if desired, but it seems so many thing come up! 
 There's always house cleaning - never ending! Yet I never see much improvement. 😁 
 I did finally get to sew a few things, but it's been sporadic. I made a bunch of the Pioneer Woman placemat bags I showed on my previous post. 
 I embroidered a couple of towels for two children that were baptized at church. These are donated by my husband and myself. 

Then I decided to make a little sunsuit for Ellie. The pattern is Little Lizard King Astoria, and it was pretty easy and very cute! I got a few pics of her wearing it. I just love it on her!

A friend of mine gave me a dress she'd started for her granddaughter about 10 years ago and never finished. I finished it, and made some bloomers to go with it. I had to cut the dress off into a top so Ellie wouldn't trip over it as she's walking now. It's really sweet fabric.
I've been working on this post for a few days. I had to redo some things in my sewing room - again! I'm really liking that I have a more open space to work. I bought an Arrow Gidget 1 sewing table, and I love it. Now I can have more machines out at once. I sold the hutch over one of my desks, and that gave me much more desk space. 
Gidget 1
 Thanks for stopping by! I hope to post again soon!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Where Flowers Bloom!


Welcome! Today is my day to show off my project for the Creatin' In The Sticks blog hop "Where Flowers Bloom"! Many thanks to Carla for organizing all of the blog hops. I'm glad I was able to participate in this one. 

 Flowers certainly rank high on my list of favorite things! We have a pretty good variety of flowers that start appearing in spring starting with the azaleas, bridal wreath, and then the yellow day lilies. The day lilies are dwindling down. I sure love their bright yellow blooms. 
 We didn't get many potted plants done this spring due to a lot of reasons. My previous posts explain how hectic things have been for us, but it's getting better. 
 I debated on what to make, and I was about to cut out a pillow when I saw this blank flag sticking out of a shelf in my sewing room. Then my feeble brain remembered why I had bought it! So I went through my files looking for the perfect flowers to stitch on the flag. It's called Swirl Applique Flowers from Lynnie Pinnie Embroidery Designs! I love how it stitched - just perfect! 

 Instead of adding fabric to the center, I decided to glue on a cute button. The burlap flag was really cheap at the vinyl store - $5.00, and it has a backing that makes it sturdy. I've used these before, and they hold up pretty good outside. 
 The alphabet I used is called "Fallen" from Applique Corner. I was pleased as it also stitched so well on this flag. I will be using it for lots of stuff including burp cloths. I always use Heat n Bond Lite on the back of the fabric for appliques. It keeps them sturdy and unwrinkled.

 Now to share a few other things I've made with flowers in the past few weeks. 
 My daughter-in-law, Tonya, asked me to embroider a shirt for her with "Lolli" on it because that is what she wants her granddaughter, Ellie, to call her. (Ellie is our great-granddaughter that I sew for, and I have previously posted some of things I've done for her.)
 I love this whimsical fabric I had in my stash, and Tonya loved it too! 

I've also gotten into making the zip bags using The Pioneer Woman placemats from Walmart. These can be so addicting, and they make such nice gifts. I made one for myself, and two for some good friends. I have more to make when things settle down.

The placemats have some pretty flowers on them, and there are videos of at least 3 different styles you can make. Just Google Pioneer Woman Placemats, and you will find them, or search on Pinterest. 
 This beach towel was for my granddaughter, Shelby. The alphabet is the Daisy Swirl alphabet from The Itch 2 Stitch. Shelby loved it, and I love the daisies! 
You can tell I love to sew, and I'd have a lot more to show if things had been a little calmer the last few weeks. 

 I hope you will visit the other blogs too!

 These are the other blogs participating in the blog hop! 

Have fun everyone!