Saturday, December 11, 2010
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!
Monday, December 6, 2010
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
TodaysMama (link to: http://bit.ly/tmwishlist) and GameStop (link to: http://bit.ly/gamestop10) 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: http://bit.ly/gamestop10) 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
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
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!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
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.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
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.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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
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!
Monday, March 22, 2010
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.
Monday, March 15, 2010
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
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!
Friday, February 26, 2010
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!).
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!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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!
Well, off to watch a movie for family night.