Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Unique Opportunity

If you are new to sewing and looking for tips and tricks to improve your sewing skills or an experienced sewer you may want to check this out. Most of you know Sandra Betzina from her many sewing books & DVD's such as:
Now Sandra has a new WebTV sewing series. You can view 3 shows for free then after previewing the free shows you can subscribe to the series for either 6 or 12 months. I've gone through several of the shows and have picked up several tips & tricks that will help improve my sewing. To check out Sandra Betzina's new Web TV show or for more information click here and enjoy.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Custom Cakes & Cupcakes

If you need custom made cakes or cupcakes for your special occasion, there's a wonderful new business in the New York City/New Jersey area, CUP2CAKE - Elmont, NY. specializes in all kinds of cakes and cupcakes. For Professional Services check out this site: Cup2Cake. There's a gallery to view some beautiful samples of product offerings and a contact link for more information. The owner is my friend Kimie Mento, check it out!

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Well, I never thought I'd do it but I did. I never really wanted to be on a social networks like Facebook, but was convinced by a family member as a good way to keep in touch. I also found some of my local sewing friends on Facebook so we've connected. Now that I've done it I'm glad I did, it's nice to catch up with some friends that I had lost contact with. If you are on 'FACEBOOK' let me know and let's be friends.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What a weekend!

I didn't get a stitch of sewing done, but what a weekend I had. Considering just a little over a week ago my back was bothering me and I couldn't do much of anything. Well this weekend made up for my down time. A group of my family & friends decided to go "snow tubing" (I didn't get the greatest pictures, hope to to post some better ones when my brother sends me his.) It was about 13 of us including the children. We had such a good time, I think the grown-up had more fun than the children. We went up to "Round Top Mountain" ski lodge in Pennsylvania. The irony is that Monday of last week a snow storm hit the east coast/mid-Atlantic region and here in the DC area we had our fair share of the fluffy white stuff. However by Thursday of the week the snow was just about gone, by Friday it was warming up significantly and by Saturday it was 70 degrees. On the mountain it was only slightly cooler, so we had the best of both worlds...snow to play on without being overly burdened with too many clothes, I was almost sweating (it don't take much for me, I have a private Summer in the dead of Winter sometimes). People were skiing, snow boarding & snow tubing with just jeans & sweaters on We spent two hours sliding down the hill screaming and laughing all the way, the most fun is when we all linked together and went down together (13 us linked together) what a blast! It's funny how I can do some nutty things (at least for me) and not bother my back but other time do almost nothing and next thing I know my back it out. My back didn't hurt a bit from our adventure but my shoulders are a bit sore I guess from dragging that tube around, but I'll soon be over that and next weekend back to sewing. I hoping to start cutting out a couple of the patterns I've been working on altering. I will soon discover what my TNT picks will be. More on that soon.
Just a few more pictures of us playing on the mountain.
My sister-in law "the snow bunny"
My brother
We're going down with our tubs connected.
What a blast it was a fun day!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thank you my sister!

What a nice surprise, many thanks to Rachelle @ Smoking Needles for nominating me for this award.
This is such a nice award to get & to share!

The rules are:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and /or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received your award.

I'd like to nominate:

Sherril @ Sherril's Sewing Saga
Jackie @ Jackie's Sewing
Christy @ Sew much fabric, sew little time
Krystal @ Krustallos
Linda @ Danvillegirl
Debbie @ Stitches & Seams
Kyra @ Black Threads
Susan @ Knitter's Delight
Alethia @ Kassmin's Creations
Christy @ Designing Creations
Opal @ Opal's Passions
Dei @ Dei's Delights
Thanks for sharing your knowledge, creations and this great sisterhood.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Slowly making progress...

Well I've been working on my potential TNT's patterns for the past few days. It seems like it's taking for ever. Several of the patterns had never been used before and those that had been used had to be altered. So, I've been trimming some & tracing others preparing them for alterations. I've made a muslin on this one, so it's good to go now with a real fabric. Thanks to the FBA I've had to make, my patterns look pretty butchered up...this is the full bust alteration,this is the jacket pattern, I also did the alteration for the top, I can see getting a lot of use out of this pattern,So, I need to make a muslin on these to see how I did. Here's a neat jacket pattern & accompanying idea book I ordered from Nancy's Notions (Nancy ran a special on this combo but they are usually sold separately)
I didn't include this in my potential TNT list because I ordered it and had not received it when I was pulling the others together. I think this one will make a great TNT jacket pattern. So I traced it and it's now ready for alteration. With these jackets underway I'll work on a couple skirts, they will be a lot easier. Also I want to get a couple pant pattens done to see if I can come up with a great fitting pair of pants. It's slow going but I'm making some progress. I won't be making anything else for Winter. At the rate only Spring & Summer sewing is on my mind. Funny thing my fabric stash consists mostly of Winter weight fabrics especially for jackets, so I will have to seek out a few pieces of fabric for Spring & Summer sewing. I'll be firing up my machine soon and hope to have something to share soon.

Happy Sewing!
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