Friday, May 22, 2015
...so this morning I cut out most of the pieces to make myself this ADORABLE Miranda Day Bag!
My current handbag is wearing badly (it's pleather). I really wanted a cute little fabric handbag to take on vacation. Something lightweight and fun...but sophisticated enough for an adult woman. I would have loved one of those expensive fabric bags (you know which ones I mean), but I REFUSE to spend that kind of money on a handbag that will eventually wear. I've spent big money on handbags in the past, but they have always been made of high quality leather from the brand name companies who truly stand behind the lifetime warranty on their products. No matter what the manufacturer claims, fabric handbags have limited lives.
Then I remembered a wonderful handbag pattern that was somewhere in my big box of "patterns to make" (someday, sigh). After a quick perusal of the box, and quite a few "ooohs" and "aaahs" as I came across forgotten patterns, I found what I was looking for. An even quicker check through my stash and I had come up with sufficient fabric and batting to complete the project. But, I was missing interfacing. I hopped on Ebay and found a store that was offering a great price on the interfacing the pattern recommended (thank you, Shoreline Handwerks). I was amazed at how quickly it arrived!
I intend to follow the pattern for MOST of the handbag. However, there are several pieces of my old handbag that I would like to cannibalize and use on this new one. While the silver and black handles should be an easy adjustment, the closure mechanism...not so much. My current handbag is a bag by Miche. Miche handbags are great in that the outside of the handbags are interchangeable...held in place by a VERY strong magnet system. This strong magnet also holds the top of the bag completely closed so nothing falls out if my handbag tips over. I'm HOPING (notice I said "hoping", LOL) I can cannibalize the magnets out of the worn out exterior of the bag and use them on my Miranda Day Bag. Should be an interesting endeavor, if nothing else!
Over the weekend I plan to find a few minutes to begin the first steps of the pattern. I'll keep you posted on how my "project" is progressing!
Friday, May 15, 2015
,,,but I'm having FUN! I have a total of 14 tumblers completed, 7 in each direction. It is going to take me FOR-E-VER to finish this quilt! However...it is a charity quilt and that makes it all worthwhile!
I won this WONDERFUL scrap bundle from Brooke at Silly Mama Quilts! THANK YOU, BROOKE! As you can see, one of your scraps is front and center of my two latest tumblers! Several of your scraps are used in the two tumblers before that. Thank you, again, for helping me fill out my scraps to complete this quilt!
Monday, May 11, 2015
Laura Wilson is the winner of my SMS Giveaway Day prize! This giveaway was SO much fun...well except for fighting with the random number generator, LOL. As you can see, I was unable to get a copy of it to show up here! Last time I took and photo and inserted it in my blog post, but my camera is giving me fits today too! Time to go back to bed and start over, LOL.
Laura, please email me your address as soon as possible and I will mail your goodies out to you!
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Today is Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!!! To join in the fun I am giving away a set of 4 fat quarters from DS Quilts with matching zipper, thread and buttons! To enter, simply follow my blog (in whichever format you prefer) and leave a comment telling me that you are now, or always have been, a follower.
That's all there is to it...easy, peasy! The giveaway will end on Sunday and I will notify the winner on Monday! For more fun, check out Sew Mama Sew's page for more giveaways! Open within the USA only.
Monday, May 4, 2015
Two of my wonderful testers have emailed me photos of their completed projects, along with some suggestions to make the pattern easier for all to understand. I am so thankful for the suggestions made by ALL of my testers, even if they haven't quite finished their EPP kits yet! As we all know....life gets in the way of our best laid plans!
Thank you, Joan, for your wonderful MooseStash EPP kit!!!
Thank you, Lorene, for your wonderful Monogrammed Kit!!!
I have had a great time developing this kit and hope that you will have as much fun making and using it as I and my testers have had! ENJOY!
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Back in 2010 I shut down my business. For 12+ years I had spent almost every waking moment in this room, running a business that I loved. But things change and life goes on.
For Christmas that year my Dear Hubby and J emptied out my old office furniture to turn my "beloved office" into my "beloved sewing room". My first purchase for the sewing room was this wonderful table. I found it on Craigslist... for a mere $60! I was thrilled. On the prescribed evening J and I drove to the owner's home to pick up my purchase. Oh My Goodness, what an ordeal!!! The owner lived on an OLD, tiny, one-way street with virtually NO parking. When I DID find a parking space, I had to parallel park...something I haven't done since 1979 when I moved out of the city! The entrance to her home was up a set of four really STEEP steps leading through a teeny, tiny front door! AND...it was POURING!!! Not a fast drizzle, but a downpour that turned the gutter into a raging torrent of water. After a good amount of slipping, sliding, splashing and cursing (from me when I dropped my end and dented the perfect piece I had just purchased...okay I think I have a "thing" for alliteration, LOL) we managed to heft this rather bulky piece of furniture into my Highlander. I was THRILLED! I couldn't WAIT for Dear Hubby and J to carry it up to my sewing room. However, my room still needed some sort of "desk". I needed a place where I could peruse the internet, handle the household phone calls/paperwork and while away the day if I wasn't sewing.
Dear Hubby found a PERFECT desk unit for me, with a matching lateral file and 4 section cubby! The furniture was a darn close match to my sewing table, felt very sturdily built, provided just the right amount of storage for my "home" office and was on sale!!! Combined with coupons and rewards cash it was a deal too good to be true! I came home one afternoon from a full morning of medical testing to find that J had spent HOURS assembling my furniture. This mama's heart melted...
While the furniture is VERY sturdily built and has held up WONDERFULLY to daily use over the past five years...the FINISH is absolute JUNK! Apparently, the wood grain is simply a photo glued in place. Now don't get me wrong...I knew this wasn't wood from day one and knew all about this type of finish! My old office furniture was the original "flat pack" furniture brought out in the 1980's. It had survived daily use from 1988 to 2010 and the finish was still in perfect condition when Dear Hubby and J carried it out of my room. I was even able to sell all five bookcases on Craigslist because they were in such wonderful shape!
But this finish is coming off if I accidentally allow tape or Post-It's to touch the desk!
That worn away spot on my pull out tray is where I use my mouse!!!
So...what to do? I could disregard my goals for 2015 and go out and buy another set of furniture, but that would mean spending money to replace something that still has YEARS of life remaining! I could do that. Yes. I could get rid of this furniture. BUT...I STILL LOVE IT !!!!!
So I am giving SERIOUS thought to using ModPodge to decoupage the entire desk top. If it looks good, I could even do the same technique on the top of the file cabinet and 4 section cubby!
Last night I spent HOURS searching the web for "free" scrapbook papers that I could cut into "hexies" to cover my desk top. Then I found a blog that had everything I could possibly want, right at my fingertips. The blog is http://melstampz.blogspot.com/. My only question now is..."Do I cut hexies from all of these papers to have a wide variety of patterns?"...OR..."Do I simply print out tons of the first paper that is hexies already and ModPodge sheets that are close to 8.5" x 11" instead of individual 1" hexagons?"
I'm looking for opinions. What do YOU think?
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
I have wanted to make charity quilts for quite a while now. However, I've been so busy making quilts for my immediate family that starting another quilt has just been out of the question. Not any more. Even though I am still nowhere near done the quilt for J, I have decided to begin piecing some scrappy tumblers for a Project Linus quilt.
Yesterday I pulled out my box of "crumbs". It is overflowing with lots and lots of bright happy colors! First I ripped out a few sheets of telephone book paper and cut them to a 6" x 6" square. I pulled out the fabric pieces that I thought may be long enough to cover the paper foundation and began the diagonal piecing. Oh what FUN! I gave myself no rules at all except that I would make an even number of tumblers, half going one direction and half the other. I also decided that if I had enough of the fabric pieces used in one tumbler, I would try to combine the same fabrics on a tumbler of the other direction. These tumblers will probably not end up anywhere near each other on the final quilt, but knowing that there are two tumblers that sorta "match" eases my perfectionist anxiety over a truly "scrappy" quilt, LOL.
Since this is going to be a very "long-term" project, I left the papers attached and even did a line of stitching within the 1/4" seam allowance. I don't want any jostling around to cause fraying of edges!
Once I have run out of "useable" crumbs, I will pull out my scrap drawers and continue the process. If those empty too quickly I have some started fat quarters that can be used too.
I'm going to put a shout out on Freecycle to see if I can get a brand new, in the package, sheet in either white or black to use for the alternating solid tumbler. I know I have enough pieces of batting that I can "heat and seal" together to make one large piece adequate for this quilt. Then I will just have to find another new sheet for the backing. SUCH FUN and for a good cause, too!