Friday, January 30, 2015

MY FRUSTRATING BUT PRODUCTIVE WEEK!


It's pretty early over here (around 5:15) and as you can see I am starting my day off with a new post. I was snoring by 8:30 last night so I got plenty of sleep in (I was soo tired!) but my day starts even earlier when I fall asleep that early, so thought I might as well take advantage of it to get a post up.  I have had a FRUSTRATING week at the sewing machine, but at the same time a very productive one. I learned some new things, and had some moments of triumph and fun along the way as well, so I guess that's about as good as it gets.  I am very sure that there are MANY of you who think I might have gone a little nuts in all that I am making for this baby.  And I guess maybe it's true.  (I've never tried to pretend I wasn't a "little" nuts! lol) I guess I could justify it in a few ways in that all the clothes are not the same size and so will therefore serve for a several month period of time.  Lots of the clothes were made out of left over fabric and squirreled away pieces I have been hording saving and it feels good to come up with ways to use them.  Lots of the fabric Melody bought and sent over which thrills my heart so in that she actually LOOKED at fabric (I've been trying for years to get her interested, lol) and that she actually WANTS me to make things for the baby. I am crediting that amazing accomplishment to Etsy and Instagram which has been her inspiration and driving force, but she's too frugal to want to spend the money on the prices they ask.   I am totally amazed at the business these gals who have Etsy shops and Instagram businesses have got going for homemade clothes. AMAZED!!  Where was all of this when I was young and had the energy and desire to jump on board is what I want to know?  But it does provide both of us with daily doses of inspiration, and the desire to recreate what we see.  Melody does not have a mall she can pop over too easily to (it's and hour and 45 minutes away!) she does NOT even have a Target or a Ross or a Kohl's nearby she can browse through and dream about how she might like to dress her new baby girl, let alone actually buy anything.  Not too mention with a 3 year old and a 20 month old while 6 months pregnant to deal with as well, even if she did have those stores near has added to her dilemma.  Therefore, most all of her shopping must be done online, and that's how she has discovered this wonderful world of Etsy and Instagram for clothing shopping. And with a mom who looks for excuses to sew, well it works well for both of us  is all I can say.  It seems like one or the other of us is always sending over things we've discovered throughout the day to each other.  I guess 1000 miles away from me it's how we shop "together" lol.  Where there's a will there's a way. Anyway, now that I have gabbed away and wasted used a lot of my time, let me show you this week's work.  I think I already told you about the frustration I worked on early in the week with the romper.  Well it kind of continued on from there. The next couple of pieces of fabric I used were thin cotton pieces which both wrinkled easily and were a little more of a challenge to sew with, AND I kept making mistakes.  And I mean "rookie" mistakes!  Sewing the wrong side of something to the right side of something else.  And way more then once or twice!  The seam ripper and I have been mighty close this week. I was actually getting concerned that maybe I have been sitting there too much and my mind is going.  But I think I've mentioned my stubborn side, and so I pressed on.  I DID actually make the LEATHER shoes too! These moccasins sell for 60 dollars on Etsy and Instagram which is why I was considering "maybe" selling some of these. I've re-considered, lol.  They were not hard.  In fact, suprisingly simple considering, but still took me a good hour and half from start to finish which I consider long.  Now some of that may have been because I went REALLY slow and carefully and had to follow step by step directions.  There is NO ripping out with leather as of course once that needle goes into the leather there WILL BE a hole. But all of this is not my reason for re-considering.  It is just as I researched and looked I realized there are SOO many who already sell them, and the thought of competing for the market exhausts me.  Like I said when I was younger I would have jumped in there with the rest of them and fought it out.  But nowadays I think I will just stick to making an occasional pair for any grandbabies who might want some. They may not be as perfectly made as the other gals I am not going to lie, but mine only cost me 3 bucks too, lol.  Well considering it is close to 6 now (goodness that went fast!) I am going to jump into the shower now and get to the rest of my morning routine...I will finish this later, but at least I got a nice start on it....I'll be back.

Well here I am again (I know...I know...your thrilled!) let me see if I get the bad pictures up without too much of a fuss.  Sometimes that goes soo smoothly I wonder why I ever think it doesn't...and yet other times I want to throw the whole computer out the window.



I FOUND THESE FABRICS IN THE GARMENT DISTRICT AND MADE UP ANOTHER ONE OF THE LITTLE HOODIES WITH MATCHING LEGGINGS IN A BIGGER SIZE.  THE FABRIC WAS JUST A NIGHTMARE.  I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT FOR ME THE "KNIT" MUST BE JUST THE RIGHT WEIGHT AND FEEL ETC. IN ORDER FOR ME TO ENJOY WORKING WITH IT.  THIS DEFINITELY WAS NOT.  WHICH I DID KNOW WHEN I BOUGHT IT, BUT I GUESS JUST TO TORTURE SEE IF I HAD CHANGED MY MIND I DECIDED TO GIVE IT A WHIRL.  THE ANSWER WAS NO...I STILL HATE IT, LOL.  BUT THIS DID EVENTUALLY, FINALLY, (AFTER MUCH MUCH RIPPING) COME OUT PRETTY CUTE!  THESE HOODIES BTW SELL ON ETSY FOR 50 DOLLARS!  IS THAT INSANE?  I WOULD THINK NO ONE WOULD SPEND IT, BUT THEY SELL FASTER THAN THEY CAN MAKE THEM MOST OF THE TIME I AM TOLD.

AND THIS FABRIC (WHICH GOES SOO WELL WITH HER GLITTER SHOES AND BOW!) IS JUST ADORABLE BUT RAVELED BADLY, WRINKLES WORSE, WAS TOO THIN AND WAS A GENERAL MESS TO WORK WITH.  I SOUND LIKE I AM NOT ENJOYING THIS, BUT THAT WOULD JUST BE UNTRUE, LOL.  JUST HAD SOME CHALLENGES THIS WEEK, THAT'S ALL.

AND THIS ROMPER!  LOL  LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THIS.  FIRST OF ALL THIS IS FABRIC THAT MELODY BOUGHT AND LOVED AND IT WAS NICE, NICE FABRIC TO WORK WITH.  I HAVE ALREADY MADE A LITTLE PAIR OF BLOOMER SHORTS OUT OF IT.  BUT AS I WAS GOING THROUGH MY PATTERNS TRYING TO DECIDE WHAT TO MAKE WITH IT, I SAW THIS PATTERN AGAIN AND REMEMBERED THAT MELODY DIDN'T CARE FOR IT MUCH  (SHE SWEARS NOW SHE NEVER SAID THAT....BUT SHE DID! LOL) BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS DARLING, AND READING THROUGH THE INSTRUCTIONS QUICKLY IT SOUNDED EASY TOO.  AND AFTER MY LAST ROMPER ADVENTURE, I WAS LOOKING FOR ONE THAT WAS SIMPLE.  THIS ONE WAS A BREEZE! AND I JUST HAPPENED TO HAVE THE RIGHT COLOR OF GREEN RIBBON ON HAND FOR THE TIES (WHAT WERE THE CHANCES I ASK ONE?) SO I DECIDED THAT MEANT IT WAS MEANT TO BE.  THE ONLY THING THAT GAVE ME MUCH OF A CHALLENGE HERE WAS THE GRIPPER SNAPS IN THE CROTCH.  I WAS USING THE KIND THAT COME ON A BAND, BUT THEY HONESTLY WERE JUST TOO BIG FOR IT SO I HAD TO CUT THEM APART AND PUT THEM ON ONE BY ONE.  I WON'T BE DOING THAT AGAIN!  GOODNESS, THAT TOOK ME AS LONG AS THE ENTIRE REST OF THE ROMPER TOOK!  LOL (COULD IT BE BECAUSE MY ZIPPER FOOT IS BROKEN AND I HAD TO IMPROVISE WITH MY OVERLOCK FOOT?)  IF I MAKE ANOTHER ONE OF THESE I WILL HAVE HUBBY PUT HIS SNAPS IN THE CROTCH AND CALL IT A WRAP.   IT REALLY DID COME OUT PRETTY, THOUGH I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD HAVE EVER CHOSEN THIS FABRIC.  AND NOT BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE IT, BUT BECAUSE IT JUST WOULDN'T HAVE OCCURRED TO ME TO PICK.  THE RIBBONS CAN EASILY BE TIED IN A DOUBLE KNOT WHICH SHOULD KEEP THEM FROM COMING UNDONE EASILY,  AND I HEAT SEALED THE ENDS OF THEM TO KEEP THEM FROM RAVELING.  LEARNED THAT FROM ONE OF MY HANDY DANDY BOW TUTORIALS.  THEY USE THIS EXACT PATTERN (I KID YOU NOT!) AND SELL ROMPERS ON ETSY WITH IT FOR 45 DOLLARS!  45!  MELODY IS NOW CLAIMING THIS IS HER FAVORITE PATTERN.  (COULD IT BE BECAUSE SHE KNOWS I WON'T MAKE ANY OF THE OTHERS AGAIN?  LOL) 

AND THEN I MADE UP THESE.  THESE ARE MADE OUT OF VINYL.  I HONESTLY WONDERED WHY ON EARTH THESE SHOPS WERE NOT USING THE LESS EXPENSIVE VINYL TO MAKE UP THEIR MOCCASINS (AT LEAST FOR THE BABIES WHO DO NO WALK YET ANYWAY) BUT VERY QUICKLY DISCOVERED WHY.  GOODNESS WHAT A JOKE.  THEY ARE CUTE, BUT IT ENDS THERE.  THE "PLASTIC" SHOES ARE THIN, THE "FRAYS" ARE ALREADY COMING APART, AND THEY ARE JUST GENERALLY "CHEAP" LOOKING, LOL.  GUESS I DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING AFTER ALL.

AND HERE ARE THE LEATHER ONES.  THE LEATHER WAS AS SMOOTH AS BUTTER AND HONESTLY VERY EASY TO WORK WITH.  I LOVED IT.  TRUST ME THERE ARE A FLAW OR TWO HERE BUT I THINK WITH TIME I COULD PERFECT THEM.  I MADE A MATCHING BOW WITH THE SCRAPS WHICH I GUESS IT THE NEWEST BIG THING ON ETSY....LEATHER BOWS.  SOOO MUCH EASIER THEN RIBBON BY THE WAY.  THESE SHOES (MINUS MY MISTAKES OF COURSE!) AND BOW WOULD SELL ON ETSY TOGETHER FOR 75 DOLLARS!!  YES. NO TYPO'S HERE...75 DOLLARS!  IT COST ME 3 BUCKS.  MUCH MORE IN MY PRICE RANGE, LOL  I AM REALLY HOPING I CAN FIND SOME MORE LEATHER SCRAPS SOMEWHERE  

AND THEN THIS SWEET LITTLE SOFT PINK ONE WITH THE SHIP WHEELS ON IT.  I USED THE PATTERN WITH THE LITTLE PLEATS ACROSS THE FRONT.  BUT MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL CAME UP WITH A NEW WAY TO DO THE ARM HOLES SO I WASN'T WORKING IN SUCH A TEENY, TINY AREA.  HOW IT DIDN'T THINK OF THIS BEFORE I CAN'T BE SURE, BUT IT IS SOOO MUCH BETTER.  THIS DRESS LOOKS SWEET, BUT THE FABRIC WILL BE A NIGHTMARE I AM VERY SURE (MELODY BOUGHT THIS!) AS IT WRINKLES VERY EASILY.  I NEVER MINDED USING A QUICK IRON WHEN DRESSING MELODY, BUT SHE WILL I KNOW FOR A FACT, LOL

And so here I am, and it's only 8! I also made up some turbans for my nieces business and got those in the mail yesterday. They are going to stop offering these accessories though, so that was probably the last of those I will do.  I am not going to miss making them I won't lie, but I guess my "free" hair cuts have come to an end too, lol.   This was much longer then I intended.  My kids are constantly telling me that my posts are TOO long, and to NIP them back if I expect anyone to read them. quit saying soo much, but I can never quite pull it off.  It is who I am and this is THE WAY WE ARE....I have a lot to do today.  I need to get out the embroidery attachment out as I have a few things I want to do with that. But first I have one last dress already cut out.  In a darling lavender.  And it's a quick and easy pattern.  I hope all of you (who are still with me, lol) have a good week-end.  We've got lots on our agenda.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY


It has been quite a while since I joined in with the Hodgepodgers, though I do read many of you who do.  I've missed it.  To be honest I don't really have the time today, but I am making it.  I am sitting at the sewing machine for too long of periods of time again and my neck is letting me know.  This seems like a good alternative (for a little bit anyway!).




1.  When did someone last suggest you "chill out"?  Or when did you last tell someone (or want to tell someone) to "chill out"?  Or when did you last tell yourself to "chill out"?  I think I spend a lot more time telling myself to "chill out" then others, lol.  Not that I haven't done so or at times WANT to do so, haha.  I can't go into details here but there is a situation that is going on right now where I need to just "chill"...I have learned from years of making the mistake that if I would just let some things "BE" they have a way of working themselves out.  I don't like to be angry, I am a DEFINITE peacemaker and try as hard as I can to be fair and open.  But sometimes your just "right", you know?  Those are the times I've told myself in the past to open my mouth and speak even if it is in anger.  I usually regret it.  Sooo, I am "chilling".  lol

2.  What most recently caused your heart to melt?  Oh goodness it doesn't take much for my heart to melt over here.  Recently it seems it is related to one of my grandkids or another.  I think my most recent one would be that Melody told me that a couple of days ago she was standing outside little Luke's door (he's 20 months) after she had just put him down for a nap and heard him singing Jesus Loves Me to himself.  Both our hearts were melting.


HOW ABOUT THIS?  MELT YOUR HEART LIKE IT DOES MINE?


3.  "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.  An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered." G.K. Chesterton      Your thoughts?  When did you last experience either an adventure or an inconvenience?  How did you see it at first, as an adventure or an inconvenience?  Does it feel the same in hindsight?    Well, I am not sure...I guess my last adventure would have to be last Sun when my hubby took me into downtown LA to the garment district to look for leather to make baby moccasins.  I definitely looked at it as an adventure at the time even though I knew very well it would be a GIANT hassle as well.  Long drive, bad parking, WAY WAY too much walking (I've got arthritic knees) HUGE overload of fabric to look through etc.  I was definitely excited to go however.  But in hindsight it was not what I had hoped for.  Didn't find the leather I was looking for, walked WAY WAY too long (I paid for that later!) and found myself soo overwhelmed with the amount of homeless people in the area I could hardly stand it.  What does this say about me?

4. A Wendy's Frosty, root beer in a frosty mug, or a frosted chocolate cupcake...of these three, which one is your favorite "frosty" treat?  Well since I am not supposed to eat ANY of these things and we are just dreaming here then it's easy.  If I could eat any of these things right now it would be a frosted chocolate cupcake for sure.  The last one I had was at my 60th birthday party last Sept.  Sooo good!

OH YUM....


5.  Would you say your life so far this year has been more like a circus or a symphony?  Explain why...I have a feeling this will be the one I over-think.  There is always at least one that I do.  I guess I am going to go with a circus, lol.  Probably because it seems I have things going on in many different areas right now.  All the sewing for the new baby.  Organizing things for both the Sprinkle shower coming up and for the 40th anniversary/vow renewal party as well.  I am also hosting women's Bible study at my house next week.  My little brain is on overload, lol.  

6.  Since it's a "snow day" here, what's your favorite song containing the word "white"?  Well White Christmas popped into my head and I can't think of anything else now, lol

7.  If you had to leave the city you currently live in, what would you find the hardest to leave behind? Well considering we have only lived here about 4 and half years I honestly can't think of much of anything I'd mind leaving behind.   It's not that I don't like it here as I do, but the things I like most about this city I can find many other places.  It is nice that everything is close and convenient.

8.  Insert your own random thought here...I am doing this on Tuesday afternoon on a little break and I enjoyed it.  I spent the WHOLE morning hassling another little romper I made for the new baby.  I "tried" to make it yesterday afternoon and for the first time in such a long time I can't even remember I had to throw in the towel.  I just could not understand the pattern directions.  I ripped out, tried several different things only to end up ripping out again.  Talk about telling yourself to chill.  lol  I honestly wanted to cut the fabric to shreds or even just light a match to it and drop it into the trash can, lol.  You'll be glad to know I did neither of course and mainly because it was fabric that Melody had bought and some of her favorite.  How on earth I managed to cut out a completely different romper pattern with the fabric using the pieces I had I honestly don't know.  But somehow I did.  It was NO breeze either however as the armholes are soo tiny it was really hard, and my zipper foot is broken (Yes, I broke the zipper foot on my machine...another first!) and there is a zipper in the back. Trust me, it looks like I didn't use a zipper foot to put it on with either.  But it's done.  I don't see me making another romper too soon though but that's OK.  Lot's of other patterns that are just as cute and WAY easy for this grandma.  I intend to spend the rest of the afternoon making some matching moccasins for this outfit, though they will NOT be out of leather.  I am going to use felt.  S00 hope I don't need to tell myself to "chill" again.


DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A BIG DEAL DOES IT? LOL
Well it's about an hour and half later and the moccasins are done!!  I am soo pleased with myself, lol. Does that sound bad?  But if you knew how hard my last couple of days have been at the machine you'd give me a break, lol.  They were MUCH easier than I thought they might be.  Honestly the booties were harder.  But they are NOT perfect yet.  They are NOT out of leather.  They are a glittery navy blue and hot glue showed kind of easily on it for some reason.  Have not run into that problem before. I burnt my thumb BADLY.  If I hadn't added a bow you don't even need hot glue as the rest of it is sewn.  But this grandma has a hard time leaving off bows.  I am hoping as I make a few more of these I might get it down well.  I'd like to make some for all the babies I know.  Vinny and Luke for sure anyway.  But I need to practice some on the felt before I touch the leather.  And who knows...maybe I will get really good and I can sell some of these.
OF COURSE SHE'LL NEED A MATCHING HAIR BOW TOO.  NOT BAD FOR 75 CENTS HUH?  LOL

ACTUAL FRINGE!

THE WHOLE ENSEMBLE

BLISTERED AND EVERYTHING!

Hope you all are having a good day.  Soo glad I jumped back on this week!  Blessings to you all! Debbie











Monday, January 26, 2015

OUR WEEK-END ADVENTURES...


I am going to try and put up a quick post this morning.  I have SUCH a busy week ahead of me with things to get finished before Melody arrives in two weeks.  I told myself the other day that I didn't NEED to feel soo rushed just to have things done when she gets here, (don't know why I always do that to myself) as the baby is not even due until late April and of course we will be heading out there when she is born.  But I plan to be working on the quilt and things for the nursery after she leaves so I do want to keep on my schedule as much as possible.  After the things I saw and experienced this week-end I DO want to keep the prospective that I need to on what is important and what is not, and be grateful for all that I have.

I so enjoyed our week-end and I hope you did too.  On Sat. hubby needed a hair cut so we ran over to Jessie's shop which worked out well for me too as I needed to drop off the finished hair turbans I had made for her business.  I have been kicking around for a while the possibility of "maybe" adding some leggings and possibly some leather moccasins to the things she offers in her business, and wanted to talk to her about my ideas.  She is launching her new spring line right now so it seemed like a good time.  I know that I do NOT want to have my own business.  I don't want to go to the hassle of promoting and advertising it the way I know you have to in order to be successful, nor do I want to deal directly with customers and the bother of sending out orders etc.  But I DO like the idea of making some extra money and doing it by doing what I soo enjoy doing.  Sewing for someone else's business seems to be the way to go for me.  I know that a lot of these businesses hire seamstresses to keep up with their demand, but honestly again I don't think I want to get involved with anyone other than my niece.  We discussed all this briefly while she cut hubby's hair, and she also told me what I needed to know about the leather moccasins that are soo popular with babies and toddlers right now and gave me some more to think about there.  After we finished there we had lunch at our favorite spot and decided to see the movie the theory of everything.  I could write an entire LONG post of what I thought about that movie, but I will spare you and TRY to sum it up as quick as I can.  It was a REALLY good movie with superb acting and I thoroughly enjoyed it in spite of the depressive story.  But honestly it did leave me with a couple of thoughts I haven't been able to shake. First, I am not sure I will ever complain again about feeling incapacitated with my arthritis in any way.  How on earth this poor man (a true story of course) has ever managed to live as many years as he has with such a debilitating disease I honestly don't know.  And of course he is just one of sooo many that do.  But mainly I was struck by the hopelessness of living without belief in God.  How truly sad and overwhelming that would be.  What on earth would be the point of it all?  I felt an urging to pray more diligently for the lost and hope that I in some way may be able to lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus.  After the movie we met my sister Diane at Joannes so I could give her the finished blankets I had ready so she could crochet them too.  She showed me the progress she has made on the rosebud one and all I can say is OH MY GOODNESS!  It is SOOOO beautiful.  And yes, don't worry, I will post pictures when she has finished all of her beautiful crochet work.  After that we browsed the store for a while (no I can never NOT look for fabric, lol) and I discovered that they do not carry any leather.  I thought maybe I had seen it in the past though I had never actually looked.  They did not.  However, I did buy a very small piece of fake leather to practice on and see if maybe making those leather moccasins is even something I want to do.  I had spent quite a bit of time in the last couple of days coming up with the perfect pattern to use, and one that looks identical to the VERY popular one that see just everywhere on Etsy, Instagram, and Pintrest.  Even the fake leather is NOT all that inexpensive, but luckily for me it was on sale for 40 percent off and I only needed a quarter of a yard to make some up for the baby.  So for 2.75 we will see what I think.  It is on my schedule for this week (hopefully today but we will see).  After that we headed home and relaxed the rest of the day.

HOW CUTE ARE THEY?
 On Sunday we did not go down to San Diego to church as my son is in Mexico working with the orphanage that our church helps down there and so we decided to just listen to our old pastor online instead.  It was wonderful as always.  After that hubby had told me that he would take me into LA to the garment district to look for leather.  Now I don't know what any of you know about the garment district, or about LA and honestly I didn't know much myself.  I did know that it is where to go to buy fabric if you wanted to get a good selection and the best prices.  But I also knew that it is in a very bad area, parking is a nightmare, and it was not something I would ever want to do without him.  Hubby worked in LA for years and knows the area (thank goodness) like the back of his hand.  He knows all the freeways and the ins and outs of getting there as well.  I do pretty well with freeways (you almost have to in order to navigate them if you live in California) but the LA ones especially downtown do overwhelm me.  So I was very glad he was willing to go with me.  He supports whatever little idea or tangent I am on but that's another post, lol.  Anyway, we had researched the probable best spot for leather and headed there.  Let me just say this....I have never seen such a gigantic, overwhelming, hodgepodge or fabric in all my life.  To have gotten through all those stores looking at it all would
JUST A SMALL GLIMPSE OF HOW IT WAS
have taken DAYS let me tell you.  We spent almost two hours in a couple of the stores and honestly it was about all my knees could take and we finally left.  Here is the bottom line on leather.  Yes, you could find it there but you had one of two choices.  Either buy a piece of a hide, or little scraps of left over pieces.  We dug through both.  The hides varied greatly in size, quality, color and style and were pretty much WAY too expensive for my little ideas, and WAY too big.  I quickly switched to digging through bins of scraps.  And after all of that I only ended up with one little piece, lol.  I will make a pair for the baby out of it (2 bucks...just what I felt like spending, lol) and continue to look for other sources to get leather.  These gals have to be getting it somewhere, but I am very quickly starting to think this is NOT something I want to do, lol.  I did also pick up some other fabric, a couple of cotton pieces and 3 small pieces of knit, So all I really did was add to my list of things to make in the next couple of weeks, lol.  After our shopping we had a late lunch and then did our grocery shopping before heading home.   I was left dwelling on all the homeless people we saw in LA.  It was honestly pretty overwhelming and so very sad.  They were just everywhere.  With tents sat up and rolling around their grocery carts that hold their life's belongs.  As I dwelt even just a little bit on how it would really be to find myself in such a situation I honestly felt such gratitude that it has not been my lot, and an urging again to pray DILIGENTLY for those that do.

So I guess for now I will head back to my sewing machine and try to finish up somewhat on all I still want to do.  It was SOO warm yesterday and the wind whipped around kind of bad.  I am glad that it is overcast this morning and considerably cooler.  Not really ready for such warm temps yet.  I am praying the weather is nice when Melody is here for her sprinkle and we have our anniversary party in two weeks, but truthfully here in California it can go either way.  We could all be huddled around the heaters in Jessie's back yard, or even forced inside do to rain.  Or maybe it will be soo warm we will be sizzling in the sun.  But whatever it is, I am determined to keep it all in prospective and be grateful for the opportunities we have and the health we enjoy.  Hope you all have a good week!
Blessings, Debbie



Friday, January 23, 2015

LOTS OF NIGHTIES!

Welp I have finished up the nighties this week, and AFTER I FINALLY figured out what mistakes I was making and how to "fix" them, the new pattern turned out to be a snap.  Goodness, I can be a little slow sometimes on figuring something out, (and it was SOO easy too!) but I have always been a little stubborn and I wasn't about to admit defeat.  I am really glad now that I didn't, not only because I WANTED to know how to do it, but because honestly they are REALLY cute, and that style of neck and shoulders can be used in many other projects in the future.  Anyway, I made up 6 of those, and 3 of the old fashioned ones as well.  So 9 altogether which should be plenty I am thinking.  You know, I was thinking.  Those old fashioned ones were made originally by what will be this babies great, great, grandmother.  Pretty neat I think.  Personally, they remain my favorite ones.  And not just for sentimental reasons either.  I just prefer the fuller nighties, and the fact that they snap up the front rather then go on over their heads, but to each their own.  Let me show you them all.  I have to say first though that these were REALLY fun to make!  lol.  I found another PDF pattern for a little beanie hat and made a few of those as well out of scraps.

AFTER I STRUGGLED THROUGH WORKING THE KNIT FABRIC (WHICH I REALLY DON'T LIKE...DID I MENTION THAT, LOL?) IT OCCURRED TO ME.  WHY COULDN'T I USE FLANNEL FOR THE GOWN PART, AND KNIT ONLY ON THE NECK AND THE SLEEVES?  THAT'S WHAT I DID HERE AND IT WORKED PERFECTLY.  SOO MUCH EASIER FOR ME, AND THE FLANNEL IS SOO SOFT TOO.

THIS ONE IS ALL MADE OF KNIT.  THE FABRIC ITSELF IS REVERSIBLE, SO THIS WORKED OUT REALLY CUTE.  THE PATTERN FOR THIS HAT IS REALLY LITTLE.  IF HER HEAD IS TOO BIG FOR IT, OH WELL I GUESS, LOL

I RE-DID THE FIRST ONE BY CUTTING IT APART SO IT IS A TINY BIT SMALLER THEN THE OTHERS.  IT WAS DRIVING ME WILD BACKWARDS.  SHE "COULD" HAVE WORN IT THAT WAY, BUT IT WOULD HAVE DRIVEN  GRANDMA NUTS, LOL  THIS ONE GOT A BEANIE TOO.

HERE'S ANOTHER.  LOVED THIS FABRIC.  IT'S A DARK GREY BACKGROUND.  HARD TO TELL HERE.  THE PINK IS SOO SOFT AND PRETTY.  THIS ONE IS ALL MADE OF KNITS

I LOVE THIS ONE!  THE BLUE AND WHITE CLOUD PART IS FLANNEL, AND THE REST IS KNIT.

THIS IS THE SAME.  TINY FOOT PRINTS ARE FLANNEL, AND THE SLEEVES AND NECK ARE KNIT.  LOVED THE FABRIC
AND HERE'S THIS ONE WITH THE LITTLE MATCHING BOOTIES.  MY SISTER DIANE IS ADDING CROCHET DOWN THE FRONT OF THIS ONE, AND AROUND THE NECK, AND ON THE ENDS OF THE SLEEVES.  I ALSO MADE A SINGLE WIDTH RECEIVING BLANKET FOR THIS AS WELL, AND SHE IS CROCHETING AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF THE BLANKET ON IT TOO.  THE CROCHET IS IN THE COLOR OF THE INSIDE OF THE BOTTIES.  I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT DONE.  THESE OLD FASHIONED NIGHTGOWNS WERE OFTEN FINISHED THIS WAY BY MY AUNT OR MY GRANDMOTHER, AND I AM SOO GLAD DIANE KNOWS HOW AND IS WILLING TO PUT IT ON FOR ME.  IT JUST MAKES THESE SOOO MUCH BETTER,  THIS PRINT IS MELODY'S FAVORITE.  MIGHT MAKE UP A BURP CLOTH OUT OF IT AS IT HAVE A LITTLE LEFT.

THIS ONE IS THE OLD FASHIONED PATTERN, BUT I ADDED ELASTIC ON IT AROUND THE BOTTOM THE WAY MELODY LIKES.  IT'S CUTE I THINK, BUT I PREFER THE OTHER WAY.  I EMBROIDERED A LITTLE BUNNY ON THE FRONT OF THIS ONE.  SOO CUTE.  AND MADE ANOTHER RECEIVING BLANKET THAT DIANE IS GOING TO CROCHET USING THE GREEN COLOR THAT THE BUNNY IS EMBROIDERED OUT OF.   THIS ONE ALSO GOT MATCHING BOOTIES

CLOSE UP OF THE BUNNY



AND I LOVE LOVE THIS PRETTY LAVENDER.  THE APPLIQUE I PUT DOWN THE FRONT I BOUGHT AT JOANNES WITH A COUPON, BUT MY MACHINE DOES MAKE THESE I GUESS BUT I HAVE NEVER TRIED IT.  SOMEDAY...THIS ONE TOO WILL GET THE MATCHING RECEIVING BLANKET WITH CROCHET AROUND THE EDGES.  DIANE AND I FOUND A BEAUTIFUL WHITE THAT IS SOMEWHAT IRIDESCENT LIKE THE APPLIQUE HERE FOR THE CROCHETING.  CAN'T SEE THAT VERY WELL BUT IT IS.  AND SO IS THE LITTLE EMBELLISHMENT ON THE BOOTIES.   
I also made up some turbans this week for my niece, and worked on some details for both the parties coming up in two weeks.  Oh!  And I found an outfit for the anniversary/vow ceremony, and a new blouse for the sprinkle shower.  Whew...I am tired I am not going to lie, so I am so glad the week-end stretches ahead with nothing much we HAVE to do much to my utter  and complete delight.  Next week I hope to finish up a couple more little dresses, and a romper and I think I am done....for now, lol.  I will begin on the quilt and the rest of the nursery items AFTER Melody has gone home.

Soo, hope all of you are looking forward to your week-ends as much as I am, and get to do some of what you truly enjoy.  Our weather is going to heat up some for a couple of days (mid 80's) as the Santa Ana winds are blowing in tonight and bringing their warm air with them.  I have all my windows open right now and a truly luscious breeze is blowing in.  I love it.  Blessings to you all, Debbie

Just curious...what style do YOU prefer?  And which nightie is your favorite?  I think I am going to go with the old fashioned (think I mentioned that, lol) and the white with the little rosebuds.




Monday, January 19, 2015

MORE SEWING, AND SOME OLD, OLD PICTURES!


I am going to try and do a post in about 15 minutes.  Think I can?  Yah, me either, lol.  But I am going to try,

I have spent a VERY frustrating day at the machine as I can be SUCH a glue sometimes.  I am trying to make a nightgown from a PDF pattern I found online which is made with knit fabric.  Melody loves the style and the elastic at the bottom so I decided to give it a whirl.  My goodness, what a dunce.  There is basically NO ripping out in knit as it only leaves a hole since I use a super small zig zag stitch to do it.  Anyway, good thing I was using some old stash to practice on before I finally attempted it on the good fabric or who knows how many I might have ruined.  AND!!!!  It's still not right.  It's backwards....she will just have to wear this one that way but I will do this again and again till it's right or it will just drive me nuts, lol.  Let me show you real quick,

IT LOOKS OK I KNOW BUT THIS SHOULD BE THE BACK...SIGH

HERE'S THE WHOLE NIGHTIE
But I did make up a couple of the ones I have made in the past too.  She does like those as well, but just wanted to have a couple of the others too.  Less you think Melody is MAKING me make these frustrating things let me just say the minute she heard I was having trouble she BEGGED me to just leave it alone and not bother.  But you'd think she'd know her mother better by now.  That's not going to happen, lol  Anyway, here is one of the others.

SNAPS UP THE FRONT.  
And last Friday I made up a little pair of leggings with a little matching hoodie top.  Again, SOOO popular on Etsy and Instgram shops for the babies, and I was glad I found the pattern.  However we are talking another PDF pattern and I had my issues with this too.  They are just not real thorough in their directions.  The only reason this wasn't more difficult was because except for the hood part, I have made all the other things many times.  It did come out adorable.  Only issue with this so far is Melody posted it on her instagram and several of her girl friends with baby girls are begging her to ask me to make one for them.  They will pay, lol.  But I don't think that's going to happen.  If they saw my pile, they'd know why,  Let me show you.  Oh, and it goes perfectly with the glitter shoes,

LOVED THE FABRIC
And then I wanted to show you really quick some OLD pictures that hubby and I found on Sat.  It is a long sad story of why and how our pictures are in such disarray, but the bottom line is they are.  Our wedding pictures too.  We didn't have a professional photographer so that is part of the problem.  We are trying to put together a slide show for our anniversary party, and it is WAY WAY harder then you might think considering our picture situation.  But I think we found enough that there is enough to put together a semi respectable slide show.  Anyway, let me show you...

ME IN HIGH SHCOOL...ABOUT 15 WEARING MY UNIFORM, LOL

HUBBY'S SENIOR PICTURE

MELODY PUT US SIDE BY SIDE AS SHE WAS ASTONISHED HOW MUCH WE LOOK ALIKE.  WE ARE BOTH 15 IN THESE PICTURES.  

SAD THIS IS ABOUT THE BEST OF OUR WEDDING PICTURES.  I WASN'T EVEN LOOKING AT THE CAMERA, LOL

MELODY AND I ON THE WAY TO A BRIDAL SHOWER.  YES, MY HAIR WAS STILL IT'S NATURAL COLOR HERE.  I MUST HAVE BEEN AROUND 39.  MADE HER DRESS HERE TOO.  IT WAS HER NOAH'S ARK DRESS THOUGH YOU CAN'T SEE IT, LOL

AND MY LITTLE MELODY ON HER 3RD BIRTHDAY.  LOOK AT THAT WHITE HAIR!  AND YES, I MADE HER LITTLE DRESS.  SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY IN SOME WAYS AND A LIFETIME AGO IN OTHERS,

This took me 30 minutes not 15 and sorry if there are typo's.  Hubby is pulling into driveway and dinner is not ready!  Hope you all had a good day!  Blessings to you all, Debbie




Thursday, January 15, 2015

TRYING SOO HARD NOT TO OVER DO!


Well it's late Thursday afternoon and I have done some debating about rather or not I should even post.  Here is the bottom line.  ALL of my posts are the same, lol.  Me showing you what I've sewn for the week, and you all wondering what on earth is with this lady?  Is sewing ALL she does?  And I guess the answer to that would be...pretty much.  lol.   I do the chores I must...dishes, laundry, cooking, picking up etc., and I do my devotional for the day, chat on the phone when anyone seems to have the time to talk, and the rest of my time is spent parked at my sewing machine.  I am having SOOO much fun sewing for this coming baby girl I am thinking that it is taking everything in me NOT to over do it.  I mean after all she will grow quickly and can only wear so much.  And yet....it's soo fun to do, lol.  And costs soo little.  And most of the things I have been making are soo easy.  I have to tell you what's been on this weeks creating table.  Legging pants and little shoes!  Now the legging pants I knew would be easy, but honestly I was still surprised that they were as quick as they are.  I can make a pair in 15 minutes. There is only 1 pattern piece (which I bought online) and 4 steps and you are done.  The pattern I downloaded will work for newborn - 6T so that'a pretty good news too.  They are SOOO tiny! Trust me they will fit a newborn for sure.  She can probably wear them though only a couple of months and she will have to move on.  Grandma can have the next size all ready to go though.  The other thing that is such a plus is that I have all kinds of scrap fabric that I can use, making them virtually free as well.  Melody sent me over 3 cute pieces of knit she had picked out (she is starting to get as excited about fabric as her mother, lol. A day I never thought I'd see) and I made those first.  They came out SOOO cute I kind of went beserk after that and made SEVERAL more.  I added things to some (bows and little flowers) and I will confess I bought a few pieces as well.  Knit is on sale right now at Joannes, and I only need a half of yard to make both the pants and a matching hair piece,  so for around 3 or 4 bucks I can get them both.  Not bad.  So I guess I should show you these....(I wish you could see them in person...they are soo little.  My sister Diane saw them today (we met at Hobby Lobby and then had lunch..) and was SOO surprised they were so little.  lol  Each of these will have the matching hair accessory pictured above it.

SOME OF THE FABRIC MELODY BOUGHT.  SHE HAS A REAL THING FOR PINEAPPLES I TELL YOU, LOL.  THIS FABRIC IS ADORABLE THOUGH

MELODY PICKED THIS TOO AND HONESTLY IT MADE UP CUTER THAN I THOUGHT IT MIGHT,

SHE PICKED THIS PLAID TOO WHICH IS SUPER CUTE

OK, THE REST ARE MINE...I HAD THIS FABRIC IN MY STASH.  ADDED A BOW TO THIS ONE AND CHANGED UP THE HEAD PIECE A BIT

AND THIS IS JUST LIKE THE FABRIC I USE TO MAKE THINGS FOR MY NIECES BUSINESS.  MELODY LOVED THE DIFFERENT PATTERNED LEGS.  SOO POPULAR RIGHT NOW.  AND THE HEAD TURBAN IS A MODIFIED VERSION OF WHAT I MAKE FOR JESSIE FOR A NEWBORN

MORE FABRIC SCRAPS I HAD.  I THINK I MADE A DRESS FOR DONATELLA OUT OF THIS ORIGINALLY

LOVED THIS!  I HAD THIS FABRIC TOO.  MELODY LOVED THE BIG BOW ON THE FRONT.  THE LITTLE HEAD PIECE WAS MADE OUT OF A STRETCH BEADED LACE I ALREADY HAD TOO.  DON'T REMEMBER WHY.  I WILL ADMIT I DO LIKE COMING UP WITH THINGS TO DO WITH MY SCRAPS.

THIS FABRIC I BOUGHT.  JUST COULDN'T RESIST.  I AM GOING TO EMBROIDER A LITTLE ONESIE TO GO WITH THIS ONE THAT WILL SAY "LIL SIS" ON IT USING THE SAME FABRIC.
So how fun was that....And then, here's where I really might go totally off the charts, lol.  I have always wanted to know how to make the little shoes you see everywhere all over Etsy and Instagram. But truthfully, I do not like PDF patterns much (though I do have a few) and I had found that Simplicity had a perfect one, but they wanted 17 dollars for it.  Seemed like WAY too much for me. But! Simplicity patterns are 1 dollar this week at Joannes (though you can only buy 5 at a time...which seems dumb as you can just drive to another store, or come another day and buy 5 more) so I swooped up the pattern and decided to give it a whirl.  I knew they called for SOO little fabric I could easy make them out of scraps too.  I have to confess that I originally had a problem or two with these, and ALMOST threw in the towel.  But I can be pretty stubborn and I just kept ripping out and starting over until I had it right.  Once I figured out what I was doing wrong I was astonished I was making such a dumb stupid simple mistake.  But they finally came out right and I have made 4 pairs now!  Including a pair of glitter ones.  Glitter is everywhere on Etsy too so I dug around online for a while to see what they were using to do such a thing, and found out you can make them from little squares of fabric glitter that you can buy at Hobby Lobby for 1.35.  So for l.35 she will have glitter shoes and a matching glitter bow.  I doubt I will make many more of the glitter ones even at that cheap price as they were WAY WAY more fiddly and kind of hard to maneuver through my sewing machine.  And the bows on the front of the shoes were downright HARD, lol.  I burnt my fingers with the hot glue a few times getting them right.  But the others I am making out of flannel, though you can use any fabric you might chose really.  It's just that I have SOOO much flannel scrap. Anyway, let me show you the shoes...

THE FIRST ONES...I ADDED A LITTLE BOW AND AN EMBELLISHMENT AS WELL

I LOVE THIS FABRIC AND SO DOES MEL...SHE WILL HAVE A NIGHTIE OUT OF THIS, A BURP CLOTH, AND A SWADDLING BLANKET TOO.  DIANE IS ADDING CROCHET AROUND THE EDGE OF THE SWADDLER RIGHT NOW AND IS GOING TO PUT IT AROUND THE NIGHTGOWN TOO (THOUGH I NEED TO GET IT MADE FIRST, LOL)
SOO SWEET...REMEMBER THIS FABRIC?  I MADE HER A BLANKET OUT OF IT ALREADY

AND HERE ARE THE FAMOUS GLITTER ONES WITH A MATCHING BOW

JUST HAD TO SHOW HER WHOLE ENSEMBLE, THOUGH I GUESS SHE WILL NEED A TOP OF SOME SORT, LOL

HER ENTIRE SHOE COLLECTION FOR NOW...I HAVE A FEELING THIS PILE WILL GROW...THEY ARE FREE AFTER ALL...LOL
And I thought I'd show you a picture of the mama to be.  The most astonishing thing about these pictures is that 3 year old Sam took them. lol/  He is REALLY good at it.  She told him to make sure Luke was in it too.  And he did.  Focused and everything.  Might be better then grandma at it already.

LUKE WAS POSING FOR SAM TOO....LOL...PRICELESS

SHE WAS ON HER WAY TO WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY AND LUKE HAD A FEELING HE WAS ABOUT TO GET LEFT BEHIND..."PICK ME UP MAMA!"

SAM SAID, "AND NOW ONE OF THE NEW BABY MAMA"  INCREDIBLE!  SHE IS CARRYING THIS BABY SO MUCH HIGHER THEN THE BOYS.   SHE'S 24 WEEKS.
Soo that's about it.  I have SOO much more on my table I am wanting to make I will have to keep my nose to the grindstone.  But trust me, it's not hard to do.  lol.  I DO take a break on the week-end so I can focus on my hubby and just relax, but my head never stops whirling with all my ideas.  How grateful I am for my machine.  How grateful I am for the time the Lord has blessed me with to do such a thing.  How grateful I am for soo many sweet grandbabies that truly my cup runneth over.  I sure hope you are all enjoying these winter days (we hit 78 today...it was GORGEOUS!) and get to spend at least some of your time doing what you enjoy best too.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie