Friday, September 18, 2009

Just a Quickie

I'm still sewing like a mad woman trying to get the shirts done for the Russian Soldiers from Fiddler on the Roof. Did I share that with you yet? If not, I'll get to it later.....

Here is a little project that I did - you know, back when I was sewing for myself and not for a play.
Hot pads from Jean pockets. You stick your hand in the pocket to use it. This appeals to me on so many levels. Recycle... jeans... using up left over binding from quilts...and they are quick and easy. Christmas presents? Maybe.

Oh, and just for the sake of sharing - aren't these adorable? Picked them up for 50 cents each at a yard sale.
Back to sewing.... ♪If I were a rich man

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. - John Lubbock

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Taking a Break

I have been on overload lately, and my blog seems to be the one suffering the most. Actually, when I think back, we have had computer problems for the past two weeks, so that accounts for some of my absence here. Now I feel a little better :)

Things have been popping up in the garden. Like this tennis ball sized cantaloupe. Isn't it sweet? We're not sure if it is going to get any bigger, but it's the first one we've ever grown.

I've been doing a lot of sewing lately. First pants and now shirts for Fiddler on the Roof. It has been a little stressful, but it has definitely pushed me to develop my talents. It's like working out - hurts a little, but is worth it in the end. -not that I have been putting that working out thing into practice lately.
From what we're hearing, the local gardens have been having an off year. It could have been the snow in March and April, and the fact that spring really only stayed around for a week this year, but our tomatoes and peppers have done really well. The corn stalks grew, but there isn't any corn to show for it. With all of my time going towards sewing lately, it's probably for the best. I've only had to bottle 4 pints of tomatoes. We've been able to eat the rest as they've come. I've been offered some apples and have my eye on some pears. Maybe more canning as the season begins to change. Off to sew :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thrift Store Find of the Century

There is a new feature in the sewing room Room of Requirement. I just love how that room works. You have a need and it the room obliges. After a nice long browse through DI, our local thrift store the size of any department store, I came across this treasure. It seriously took my breath away. It's a Koala Quilter's dream sewing cabinet. Beautiful. Not a scratch on it. Factory stickers still on it. $35. I know! The sewing machine is on a lift that can drop down into the cabinet and the table top can fold over to close, but I'm leaving it open - forever. It is so beautiful.

Room to sew, room to cut, room for my serger - which by the way is sporting a new cover. Organization still needs to happen. Things have been pulled out and put back in various places - you know how it is. I'm saving that job for a nice, dark, snowy day in the winter. Light some candles for natural lighting, put on some music and pull out all of the cheerful fabrics.

Completely unrelated, other than the fact that it took place in the sewing room Room of Requirement - Yesterday, Josh needed a book cover for one of his school books. In true Josh fashion, he went onto youtube and found a tutorial - you can learn how to do anything on youtube. He asked for some fabric and went to work

About five minutes later, he was done. This kid amazes me.
Oh, by the way, check out that little screen behind Josh. Got it at DI for $10. The idea was that I could watch VHS movies while I sew during the day when the kids are at school. You know, chase away the loneliness and watch a few movies that everyone else would give me grief over like Jane Eyre or Sarah Plain and Tall. I'm still feeling it out. We only have one TV in our house - on purpose- and it's not on during the day at all. I think it will work out as long as I trade off with audio books, music and quiet. It has also proven to be a little more difficult to sew and watch a movie at the same time. Another perk is that Sara can watch some of the old VHS kids movies that have been packed away.