Saturday, December 11, 2010

Fabric and Pattern for a wedding

My daughter is getting married this coming year on 9/10/11, to be exact.

Her dress is purchased, the bridesmaids dresses were found for a steal so the only sewing I will be doing is the flowergirl dress and my own. Well, I will do all the alterations but does that really count as sewing?

Here is the pattern I am leaning toward for me. I will shorten it to just below the knee.

Here is the fabric I found that I love, love love!

The fabric arrived today and it is stunning.... STUNNING!

Can't wait to sew this dreamy dress but will wait until spring to dive in!

Blessings- Linda

Monday, December 6, 2010

A little something for a little someone

I have a dear young mom in my life. She is newly married with a 11 week old baby boy. He is my "grandbaby" and I love him to pieces. I made the little baby coverall out of a double sided faux suede/sherpa piece of fabric I bought years ago to make a dress coat for a daughter. The pattern called for two pieces of fabric sewn right sides together then turned right side out. Since this was a double sided coat fabric, I just too a matching boyish stirped knit and cut some binding on the bias (so the stripes would be slanted) and bound the edges. Easy peasy sewing project for Ottobre Autum 2003

I will see him this weekend. Can't wait to give him his new "coat"!

I also made this little shirt for him. It is a Ottobre too but I don't remember which issue. It is to be a knit but I used a fleece remnant I found for about a dollar at Joann's.

I have a few pieces laid out to make a couple tops for me and a skirt to hem so better get busy. Snow is falling here in Mid-Ohio, everyone is safely at home, supper is over, dishes are done and I am ready to sew!

Monday evening blessings-


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme
TodaysMama (link to: and GameStop (link to: are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What is your holiday wish for your family? That all my kids have a wonderful holiday and know that I love them and that their Creator loves them even more.
2. What is your Christmas morning tradition? Monkey Bread for breakfast
3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be? A 7 day holiday cruise where I did not have to worry about money AT ALL!
4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money? We make a birthday cake for Jesus. Spend the ay in our pj's, go nowhere on Christmas day, and watch movies/play games all day!
5. What games did you play with your family growing up? As a late in life child, /i had no other kids to play with so did not really play games
6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood? Stockings are a BIG thing!
7. Where would you go for a Christmas-away-from-home trip? A cruise to an exoctic place
8. Check out GameStop (link to: and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year? 2 DSI's for my daughters and Kinect sport game and Kinect Zumba

Saturday, May 8, 2010

My En"light"ening Day!

I had plans... big plans. I planned for hubby to move the linen closet doorway from the bedroom side of the wall to the master bathroom side. He did not want to do that. He did not say that in so many words but rather started doing other projects on the "honey-do" list.

First he started taking down old light fixtures and "stuff" (my technical term) on the front porch.

The picture below is where the ugly, 1950's original light fixture was. It was
by the front door. U.G.L.Y.

This is the light fixture now. Now is where I tell you that I have the greatest husband EVER! Did I mention that I purchased this light fixture at a Hospice Thrift Store in Chicago? I paid a whopping 5 whole dollars for this baby!

This is the other fixture he added. The base is in the center of the porch ceiling and we swagged the actual light over with chain to above the sitting area. I would so be sitting out there right now with a magazine if it weren't a measily 40 degrees outside!

This picture shows the price tag of the above light fixture! SCORE!

The final light bulb moment happened in the kitchen. We removed a teeny, tiny pantry last year and that removal left a ceiling light fixture typical to closets. The porcelain basic fixture. It has been sitting on my ceiling waiting for the "right" light fixture to be found be me at a premium low price. I have been following a whole bunch of ingenious and frugal women who blog of their decorating deals. Someone, somewhere had used "work light"for fixtures over a counter. El-cheap-o. My kind of thing! So while at Home Depot getting supplies for the front porch, I found a clamp on cheap "stainless" work light. Around $7.00. I bought some chain and one of those screw in plug thingy mabobs. Once home we (hubby) screwed in the plug thing and put up a hook and took the clamp off the lamp and WA-LA a light over the "coffee station". Perfect!

Here is the entire "coffee station". I do love my coffee!

And THAT my friends was how we spent our day! Perfect on a cold, blustery May day!

Blessings- Linda

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Prom 2010

Son and date headed out for prom 2010. I made Anna's dress. It was a combination of several patterns. She found a picture online and I created it for her. I now realize i should have underline the satin. It was a little flimsy and is buckling. Other than that, I am pleased. She was happy with it and due to my stashing fabric and sale coupons we accomplished the dress for right around $22.00. Not Bad!

Son is wearing the suit he wore in his prother's wedding! His shirt and tie are new. $30.00.

Very budget friendly prom!

Coursage for Anna. Looks great with her dress style. Anna and a front view of the dress. The "pulled up " areas of the skirt are centered. I think this was taken before I realized it had twisted from car riding.
I love this smiling shot! Evan rarely smiles like this... love it!

Wish I had thought to underline the satin. A little buckly here. It looks very unpressed but I promise, I pressed this! I did learn that i need to carefully consider underlining satin when using it. I did do a compete boned corset under this. Oh well. She was pleased so I am too.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A decision has been made....

I have been struggling recently with the busy-ness of life. Following is my current life:

Mom- 5 kids. 2 grown and three at home. 17 YO soccer and tennis player, finishing his junior year of high school, preparing to make college visits. 10 year old daughter, gymnast who competes. 9 year old daughter who plays soccer.
Taxi drive for kids
Seamstress (own my business)
Work as secretary for husband's business
Church obligations- adult Bible fellowship leader
School volunteer obligations- Coordinator of SCRIP program, coordinator of annual auction
Mentor and Bible study leader for 4 couples

I have been feeling overwhelmed particularly when it comes to my sewing business. I have made the decision to close my business for this portion of my life. I enjoy sewing for myself and that has been pushed to the bottom of the pile and I am losing the joy of sewing. As of the end of April, I will no longer be accepting any sewing "jobs". The little bit of spending money I make doing this is not worth the anxiety I get from this. I want my sewing room to be a retreat. A place where I can relax and think and pray. Now it has become a chore to head here and that makes me sad.

God keeps bringing people into my life to minister to and I want to do what He wants me to do.... and that is focus on people and love them as He would.

One custom prom dress to finish, two to hem, and a few pair of trouser to hem and then it will be done for now. I may come back to it when my life changes but for now, I am at peace with this.

Blessings- linda

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Closet dreams.....

We have been working on transforming some space in our bedroom. We have a very large master sweet but had the typical 1970's reach in closet for each of us. Hubby had one and I had one. Mine was at the "end" of the bathroom wall. To the right of the stool is the closet area. Please excuse the pile on the bed. This was taken as I was emptying the closet. Once all is said and done the closet will be 6' x 12'8". We are leaving hubby's closet on the other side of the room to become a linen closet as the one I have is about 18 inches wide and holds nothing neatly. The linen closet will be cloed up on the bedroom side and then opened on the bathroom side to make built in towel storage. Eventually we will be tiling the bathoom and adding a few things. No change in the footprint for in there. I'd love a whirlpool tub but that costs way too much and we are trying to be frugal ont his project.

This photo shows the before closet area. Very standard closet with bifold doors- yuck!!!

Here is the in process of demo. Shelves, rods, and doors removed.

Here are some studded walls and then drywall is up! This is the bedroom side of the closet. The bed will go on this wall. The blue electrical boxes are for scones that we moved from another wall for above our bed. You can see on the far purple wall where we moved them from.

I am now in the process of priming over the paper over paper over paper (left by the previous owners) so that the entire wall will be purple. I will take some more pictures and post them later.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Repurposing... well, sort of....

My niece had a baby a couple weeks ago. Her 4th in 4 years! So in the spirit of having so many so close, my mom and I decided to shop for matching outfits (for the babies not my mom and I!) We found adorable dress/bloomer dresses ( all at a killer on sale price) for the newborn & the 18 month old but not for the almost 4 year old. There was a shirt in a girls size 12 that was of the same fabric (also on killer sale) so we purchased that and I made knit shorts fromt eh shirt for the almost 4 year old. The other child is a boy so we found a polo and short in matching color scheme for him.

This picture is of the style of shirt used for the repurposing. I forgot to take the actual shirt photo. I was so excited to get started on the repurpose so the fabric is different.

And here is the photo of the shorts made from the top:

The navy ruffle on the legs is from the bottom band of the shirt. Turned out rather cute and makes a nice matching ensemble for the kids. We purchased a pink top to go with the shorts.

Now off to finish a prom dress alteration!

Blessings- linda

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sad day for mom

The day has finally come. I knew it was on it's way. My 10 year old daughter just had a melt down over her Easter dress. She thinks it makes her look fat. She picked the pattern and the fabric. It was a loose fitting, more flowing type dress. One of McCalls new patterns. I knew the time was coming so I am okay with it.... The meltdown on her part and frustration on my part is not worth it. I will take her shopping and she can find a dress she likes.

The 9 year old liked her outfit so I am okay on that one.

It marks the end of that time in her life.. she is growing up and for now, does not want to wear homemade items. She is becoming more independent and trying to figure out who she is apart from me.

She is a strong, determined, beautiful, intelligent, witty, bossy, and strong-willed young lady. God has a wonderful plan for her. I will not allow something so petty as sewing for her to stifle her or cause her to be frustrated with me. There will come a day later, on down the road where she will ask me to make her something again. And I will do so with love.

And jsut so you know, there is not one speck of fat on her precious little 10 year old body. She is a gymnast and is smaller than most second graders in her school. She is a 54 pound bundle of dynamite! With the temperment to prove it!

Well, now I am off to sew something else.... maybe something for me.. or maybe the prom dress for my 17 year old man-child's girlfriend.

Blessings- linda

Monday, March 15, 2010

Baggy pants

I made a pair of jeans a few weeks ago. They are too big in the backside for sure. I do not like the high rise either. I pulled the wrong adjusted pattern out when getting ready to cut these so they are not right. I used Sandra Betzina jean pattern V 7608. I have a pattern done that reflects alterations that she recommended when I took one of her classes but as I said before I pulled the wrong pattern out. I probably should get rid of the too big one!

The front fit is not too bad as you see in this photo:

The backside however, well, that is another story! />

I have no butt so I think I need to remove via a fish eye dart alteration under the cheek. Actually going to try just cutting a size smaller in the back and see what that does for me!

I have a pair of ready to wear that I like the fit of (except that it is a little tight in the waist and causes a small muffin top to appear) so I think I will lay them on top of the pattern and compare them.

My adjusted pattern that I should have used has a bit removed from the "body" of the pant to make them a little lower rise than these "mom" looking jeans!

These are wearable for around the house (at least until I lose a few more pounds). I think the main issue is that they are just too big. I can snug them up by about two inches when I pinch out the excess on tne body.

Well, off to hem a wedding dress.



Thursday, March 11, 2010

Some people never fail to amaze me....

This is nothing more than a vent post... I need to get it out of me so that when I see this person the next time, I do not say the things that are going through my mind.....

Background. We had a computer client (person from church) bring us their computer last spring (April). Thick with viruses because she does not work and spends her day doing nothing but hitting the gambling sites and games sites. We cleaned it up and the charge was $90.00. Called her to get it and was told I do not have the money. Well, knowing her financial/work situation (or lack thereof) we did not let the system go without payment. It sat here until September. We knew she was being trained by a church person on budgeting and had been told that we would get our monies due but to not let her have her computer until said monies was paid. She finally paid and all was resolved.

Forward two months and she comes to me at church to say hey we have a virus so you guys must not have got it cleaned up... TWO MONTHS of surfing and playing games and gambling and we did not get it cleaned up!!!!!!!!!!! I told her that as politely as I could and said it would be 90-120 to clean up the virus depending on the extent of the problem. She got mad and made some rude comment under her breath which I ignored. Looking at the source so to speak.

Now today, someone on Facebook mentions a virus that is out there now and I responded with not understanding what the creators of the viruses get out of doing this. She responds back that there are lots of "programmers" (which programmers are not necessarily computer techs but what does she know) out there that can remove them inexpensively but not T.T. (which is our company). AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I want to rip her head off and spit down her throat! She did not pay us for months (not even an attempt at payments), tried to rip us off, and then makes a rude comment like that!

Some people are just plain ignorant and rude!

Anyway, that is my vent... If you made it all the way to here, thank you for allowing me to vent!

Now on to taking down the snowmen and then some sewing!

Blessings- Linda

Friday, February 26, 2010

Getting things done

I have not had much sewing time this week. The sewing I have done was for customers- bridesmaid alteration, pants repair, shirts embroidered, etc. I don't really count that as sewing. I am trying to get DD#5's Easter outfit done. I did get an idea at Target for the top of her outfit. Skirt should be done today since there is no school which means I have no running to do today. Gotta love those snow days! ;)

I made an outfit for me last week and wore it Wednesday but forgot to have someone take a picture of me wearing it. Next time I wear it I will have DH take a photo.

Today is plumbing day at out house. Our kitchen drain was set up wonky by someone in the past. It goes out the wall and around the house. It is slow draining and causes a stinky basement family room after I do dishes. We "think" that the outside tile is probably cracked and filled with dirt OR the tree roots have taken over the tile. So instead of digging up the tile and replacing it, we are running new drainage from the sink through the basement to the 4 inch drain. Of course all this excitement happens mainly in my sewing room so everything is out of place and covered. I am trying to sew a little in between my hubby needing my helping hand (in other words me holding this or that!).

I have also been working on getting the bedroom hallway painted. I have the base done, and the stenciling finished as far as I think I want it. I am ordering a stencil for one wall with a Bible verse on it so until that arrives, I am done. On the lookout for some thrift store snags for the hall decorating.

Top picture is the hallway in process. That is the shot after the primer, which was hideous, was applied. The paint is a chocolate brown. The middle photo is the stencil. The flower is probably 15 inches in diameter and are occasionally painted on the wall. The brown and the blue paint came from the Habitat ReSale shop. Full gallons for $5.00 each. The green for the leaf came from the "mis mixed" area at Home Depot. $1.00 for the quart. The hall area in the first photo does not have the flower stencil on the walls. The hall is in two sections so I am thinking of leaving it plain and just having the stencils on the long area. Waiting to make that final decision after my artistic son sees it this weekend! Always good to have a second opinion! Bottom photo is the light fixture. It is original to the house and I think I am keeping it in the hall. Kinda pretty!
Now off to sew a little while hubby makes a Home Depot run for an elbow he needs for the plumbing project!



Wednesday, February 10, 2010


It's been ages since I posted. Christmas has come and gone, New Year's has passed, my son is another year older, and two snow storms have pounded our area!

I just discovered a Stash Busting contest that I am going to participate in. I need to be on a fabric diet so this is goin to help keep me accountable!

Here's the link if you are interested in joining...


I have already used 3 yards of fabric for the contest. Tan denim for jeans for me (2 yards) and a pink knit for pj pants for daughter, Olivia (1 yard). Now to take and post some pictures!

Blessings- Linda

Well, off to watch a movie for family night.