Saturday, November 28, 2009
But maybe this is better because Jessica over at one of my favorite blogs is!
I've only recently discovered the world of blogging but already I have favorites and Chronically Vintage is one of them. And right now she's running a give-away for a set of the cutest vintage Jessie Willcox Smith cards. They are too cute for words. Honestly!
So go take a look at her blog at http://www.chronicallyvintage.com/2009/11/chronically-vintage-is-giving-away.html
For the give-away and then treat yourself - hang around and read some more. Her site is wonderful.
So I finally had some quiet time yesterday between kids and errands and got some sewing done!
Well, no actual sewing yesterday but I got C's pyjamas totally cut out and ready for the serger. What a relief to actually get this started. I so don't want to be sewing the day of Christmas Eve. Not that I've ever done that! oh no, never! ;-)
So first, here's a pic of the pattern. I used it last year too and it still fits. That will help it go together quickly.
Here's the material we picked out a while ago. It was long before the Christmas season so I think it was from last year. I like it anyway though. Especially since it was on sale! LOL
Yesterday Fabricland had one of their usual sales on so I went to get some stuff and see if I could find buttons. Here's what I found.
C really liked them. I'm not sure if you can see it in the picture but they're very "warm" feeling with a bit of sparkle. Nice.
Also bought at Fabricland and of course on sale. What can I say? I'm a single mom and I'm Scottish. Not "on sale" is very rare around our house!
Friday, November 27, 2009
I'm so sorry. Can I plead temporary insanity brought on by pending vacation? LOL
You see, yesterday was my last day at work before taking off for (hopefully) 5 weeks! Yes, if all works out I will not be back at work until January 2010. And that takes a lot of work to get ready for.
So, my apologies to all. I hope you had a great, safe holiday and you had lots to be thankful for.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
As you can see this weekend.....it didn't happen.
Probably because I got no real sewing done. :-(
I did get some mindless prep work done though so that's good. Both sets of flannel for Christmas pj's are ironed and ready.
Christmas pj's are a tradition I started when C was .....maybe 2? So 11 years or so now. I actually got the idea from a book. The girls each get a set of new pj's (or nightgown or whatever) and they get to open them on Christmas Eve.
It's silly really as they pick out the material and now the patterns and yet, somehow, it satisfies the need for something to open early. Go figure.
I did get *something* done though which was good. I finished spinning up the Mulled Wine I got in September. I got it plied up too. Amazingly enough that means that I have spun and plied everything I've bought this year! And stuff from last year too. Isn't that amazing?!?!? Trust me, it is. Especially since I've gotten stuff at 3 events this year.
Here's a pic of the spun and plied Mulled Wine.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
SNOW! This was my yard this morning when I got up. SNOW!!!
We're not supposed to get snow this early in the year. I still have roses blooming for goodness sake! See?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Why? Because as I came over the bridge I had my first swan sighting of the season. I live and work in a fairly rural area and every year we have swans come. I'm not sure where there are the rest of the year, but they're lovely to see every fall for the first time.
On my drive to work I have also seen; wild rabbits, hoards of frogs, deer (one so close to the road that if I had been in the passengers seat and rolled down the window I could have touched it!), bears (singly and Mamma with cubs) and a fearless coyote.
We are also blessed with eagles regularly. I get to see them in trees at the side of the road and soaring high above. Sometimes so high you can barely see them.
Wildlife; it's one of the perks of the job.
Monday, November 16, 2009
But I did get more spinning done, so the day wasn't a total loss. I bought some pretty pencil roving at my last Spin-In in September and I'm almost done spinning it. Which is pretty amazing since it's a 1/2 lb (I think that's the biggest lot I've ever bought) and I only bought it in September. I have no idea of the breed of sheep this came off, it's from Louet and says 100% wool top. Not very helpful huh?
Oh well, doesn't matter, it's still a nice roving to spin and that's what counts. It's a lovely colour too. It's called Mulled Wine. It's a deep red with some purple and bits of yellow. The yellow is pretty bright in the roving but muted in the spun yarn. I like it like that personally but I might have been disappointed if I wanted that bright contrast.
If I get a couple of quiet evenings this week I might even get this done and then wonders of wonders, I will have spun up BOTH batches of wool I bought in September. Spun up in the same year?!?!?! That's a bloody miracle! Now if only I could actually get something made with it. LOL But I guess for me, the fun is in the spinning. Hmmmmm
Saturday, November 14, 2009
First yesterday; while watching Ghost Whisperer I finished up the spinning and the plying of the lilac BFL. This is a pic of it spun up and waiting on my big wheel. I say big not because of it's footprint but the orifice and bobbin size. Huge compared to my other wheel. My spinwell has a really small orifice and that can be a problem for me as I like to spin thick a lot.
This morning I started working on the hood for S's coat. Here's a pic of the finished coat from this morning.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Another adjustment was made to the dog's coat. Hopefully this will be the last one as, honestly, fixing stuff is my least favorite type of sewing. I have already put a buckle across the front as the velcro just wasn't cutting it and now a buckle and some elastic is in the belly band. I hope that will help until such time as I can find the pattern and make Scooby a new bigger coat. Although it's a large this one just doesn't seem to be big enough; especially around the neck.
Do dogs get the thick neck that horses get if they're not neutered? We got Scooby when he was (supposedly) 2 and he wasn't neutered so ....would that make his neck thicker than normal? Thicker than the pattern would have expected?
If anyone knows, feel free to enlighten me!
I also got the dress cover done for C's dress that we found. It's a gorgeous wedding dress we found at a local store. It's in great shape and they only wanted $50 for it!
Compare that to an older dress with stains and damaged beading at another thrift store in town - $125!!!!!
We got a steal and we know it!
Because of that I wanted to protect it so it now has a zippered cover that used to be a sheet. LOL It's nothing fancy, just a sheet sewed up the side with a zipper in the bottocm and a fitted top to go down over the hanger. I'm not sure what we're going to use the dress for; Hallowe'en maybe? But we want it to be nice when we decide.
No other sewing done today but I did get some spinning done. I haven't spun in a while so it was nice to sit down, watch the rest of NCIS and NCIS: LA and have a quiet spin. The girls were downstairs so it was the perfect relaxing moment. The wool is a lovely lilac and mauve BFL that I bought in April at a local event. We went looking for some fibre for S's rug that I was making and I couldn't resist the colour and softness of this bundle. I bought the one she had all weighed out and the rest of it before she even had it ready for sale. LOL
I'm spinning it rather thick and I have no idea what it's going to end up being, but here's a look at it on the wheel.
It's just about time to walk the dog, we'll see if I can get a picture of his fixed coat. TTFN
Monday, November 9, 2009
I was worried that after the big rush of sewing I did before Hallowe’en finishing things up, I would be burnt out (I’ll post about that later, to catch up). And with the list of stuff I have to do…that would be bad! That would be very bad! LOL
But not so and I’m very happy about that. Friday (I only work a 4 day week so Friday counts as part of my weekend) I started sewing C’s (DD1's) pajama pants that she was supposed to get last year for Christmas. I love sewing pj pants! They go together so quickly and are so gratifying. Don’t ask me why they didn’t get done for Christmas, I honestly can’t remember except that maybe I was burnt out from Hallowe’en then too?
Ah, doesn’t matter why, just matters that they’re done now and out of my “Sewing To Do” book. They got finished (just the elastic needed to be fitted) on Saturday and have been worn ever since.
They are about a foot too long but C says “they cover my feet and keep them warm so I don’t have to wear socks”. Teen logic – gotta love it (or go crazy!).
Sunday the girls and I took off with a couple of their friends to the Fun Park. I have to take something to do when we go because not a lot of the games excite me. Usually I take something to read and something to do with my hands when my brain gets tired of reading or I can’t concentrate because of the noise and music. (The Fun Park is never a quiet place!) This time I took along my newest spindle and some fibre I had bought at the last Spin-In I attended. I didn’t get anything spun though; the chairs in the seating area weren’t conducive to such a large spindle. I will remember that and bring along a smaller one next time.
I also brought along S’s (DD2) pea coat from Hallowe’en. It is now her fall coat for real life (what can I say? I like to make things with more than one use.) I sat and sewed on the last 4 buttons so now the coat is officially a double breasted coat. I didn’t have time to get the buttons on for Hallowe’en but that’s typical of me; there’s always *something* that isn’t quite done when it comes to trick-or-treating. This year it was buttons (for S) and a covering (shawl or whatever you want to call it) for C, usually it’s hems LOL.
That's it for today, more about Hallowe'en sewing later.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
- Welcome one and all that have found my little blog. This is my first blog and my first post but I hope you bear with me and have as much fun with my blog as I have had with others that I have found.
- First a little bit about me; I'm a 40+ single Mom of 2 girls whom I adore, one 10, one 13. I'm lucky enough to be Canadian (hey, I love my country, what can I say?) and even luckier these days, to be working in a small library. I'm trained as a Library technician (I hear it's Technologist now, but...whatever!) and I've worked in the same system for almost 20 years now. I love it. Being a Librarian in a small library means I get to do it all; from cataloguing to cleaning out the paper jams.
- In my spare time I do many things including read (haha) sew and spin. I know how to knit and crochet, but don't do either well so you won't see much of that here. Rather, my purpose her is to talk about my sewing.
- I sew all sorts of things and love them all. Craft stuff, clothes (mostly for my kids), costumes (a lot of which go on to be regular clothes) and historical clothing. Recently I've become interested in two new areas; Steampunk and Vintage.