Friday, September 2, 2016

BACK IN THE SADDLE...

After several weeks of feeling too "under the weather" to even turn on my sewing machine, I have spent two days this week making birthday gifts for J's lovely girlfriend.  Both of them are REALLY into camo, he the regular Realtree and his girlfriend the Realtree pink camo.  I am not much of a fan, but it is one of the plethora of things they have in common!


Several months ago G (J's dear girlfriend) had asked me to make her a headband.  I found a free pattern online and made the first of what I had planned to be 2-3 headbands (leaving room for one or two to be in the wash at a time).  However, after following the directions to the letter, I was unsure if this headband was exactly what she was looking for.  After giving it to her as part of her birthday gifts, we have both decided that the best course of action is for her to wear it for a while and determine what, if anything, she would like me to do differently when making more.


As part of her birthday presents, J had gotten her a new set of earbuds for her phone.  Many moons ago I had made myself a zippered pouch for my earbuds.  I loved how they were always safe and secure in their pouch and I could find them in a flash.  I showed her my pouch and asked if she thought she would like and/or use a pouch of her own.  She loved it and said that she would love to have one...in pink camo, LOL.  No big surprise there!  Even though I had made this pattern previously, my sewing machine was having major problems sewing through the multiple layers.  My thread broke at least 10 to 15 times and resulted in much muttering and cursing under my breath.  Some days I am SO happy that I am home alone for most of my sewing, LOL.  When it was finally finished I added a cute little silver heart...a constant reminder that she is the daughter of my heart!




A while back, G asked if I would like to spend some pamper time with her while she did both of our nails.  Because of my tremor, doing my own nails is an absolute impossibility.  We had a great time talking and laughing as she painted my nails...all the while trying to hold my fingers still!  It was quite the undertaking!  We talked about how she had to borrow the polish because hers had been taken without her permission and never given back.  I decided right then and there that I would be buying her some replacement nail polish for her birthday.  She also mentioned that she would love to have her nails done professionally...time spent being pampered and taken care of by someone else!  I remember the days of being a young mother and decided that a certificate to a local nail salon would also be part of her gift! 



I knew I had seen a pattern for a travel manicure set online, and with a little searching I came upon this wonderful free tutorial by Noodle-head.  What a GREAT way to package up the nail polish I was giving her! 




I can honestly say that this pattern by Noodle-head is fabulous!  It was SO easy to follow and the results were even better than I had hoped!


Here is her travel kit, all ready to go.  Before wrapping, I popped the certificate (appropriately pink) into the zippered section.  It was a little taller than the section so I couldn't close the zip...but it made it all the more obvious that there was an additional component to her gift. 

G seemed to love her presents and we have made plans to go to the nail salon together for manicures.  We could ALL do with a bit of pampering!  While never one for camo, I have to say I LOVE the way the Realtree pink camo fabric made up.  I guess it's finally growing on me!

Hopefully within the next few days I can knock out my huge basket of mending and then get back to the quilt for her adorable little boy, K, and also finish up the quilting on my first charity quilt.   I think I have finally gotten my mojo back! 

Stay tuned for more to come...

Toodles...

12 comments:

  1. I do love that pink camo... Not for me mind you, but perfect for someone younger.

    Glad you got your mojo back.

    God bless.

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    1. Thanks, Jackie. It was so much fun to make!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I have really needed some destressing and and sewing calms me...as long as it is going well, LOL.

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  3. Lin...glad you are feeling better & getting back to what brings you happiness. I too, am not a pink camo fan, but the gifts were lovely. I
    adore the little purse for the ear buds, I think everyone could use one of those...even for spare change. Thanks for sharing your creations. Enjoy your time together at the salon!! So HAPPY you are feeling better. Carrie W.

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    1. Thank you, Carrie! I had SUCH fun making her gifts. As usual life is getting in the way again. My mom is back in the hospital and I have gotten some bad news from my neurologist which means I cannot drive for several months and could conceivably have to have my license revoked. It never ends! BUT, at least I am alive to deal with the BS ;o) Always better than the alternative!

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    2. Lin...I truly feel for you, in a big way. I too am an only child and know how it goes when your parents get older & ill. You are all they have. My Mom had severe Alzheimer's disease & took broken (repaired) hips. I took care of her at home as long as I could, until I got sick. It is always so much more difficult when you are not well yourself. Everything gets harder. But, like your said, we both are still here & can find joy in the things we love. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Carrie W.

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  4. Beautiful gifts and I am so glad you are feeling better!

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    1. Thank you, Connie! She absolutely loved them and I had such fun making them, too! All she wants me to do different in the next headband is increase the length of the fabric part and decrease the amount of elastic...an easy fix!

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  5. Love the camo and the awesome gifts. I may try the travel kit and ear bud holder. Glad you are feeling better and thank-you for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much! I love the gifts and had such a good time making them! My sew-jo is back but my body has been uncooperative of late. Can't wait until things are back to normal, MY normal!

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