Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Happy Distraction...

I haven't sewn it a few weeks, I have some things to finish but my sewing mojo is in slow gear.   I've been distracted lately by something I've been wanting to do for awhile but held off because I knew it would divert my attention.  I'm finally getting into card making and scrapping & it's so exciting.   So, today instead of sewing I made my first card.  My son's birthday is coming up next Friday and I wanted to get this card made so I could get it to him in time.  He lives in LA and he an artist & musician (as hobbies right now), so that's how I came up with the theme.  It's pretty elementary but I'm just beginning so here it is...

Front of Card

Inside of Card

This is just a little tag on back bottom

It's just my first one but I'm excited about  continuing this new hobby. I hope he likes it.  It was the perfect activity for a day like today, other than sewing that is.  Thanks to my scrapping and card making blogger friends KMQ, Sheila & Ki for sharing their beautiful craft creations and also tempting me to get on board.

On the storm front...I hope everyone in the path of hurricane Irene stays safe.  In my area it's just been rainy so far with more severe weather forecast for the evening and over night.  STAY SAFE!! 

Happy Sewing & Crafting everyone!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

I've Got A Winner!!!

Sorry about being a bit late, I got in later than usual this evening, but I've got a winner.  I opted for a good old fashion pull the name from the proverbial hat... I used this container that I usually keep my pattern weights in. 

I wrote the names on little strips of paper & folded them, gave them a little shake, shake, shake, closed my eyes and.....
I pulled the name...
Congratulations Renee, send me an email (on my profile page) with your information and the books will be in the mail headed your way.

Thanks everyone for following my blog, I enjoy sharing my adventures and misadventures.  The world is a better place because of you!


Thursday, August 11, 2011

100th Follower Giveaway...

How exciting...I just reached my 100th follower and to celebrate,  this calls for a giveaway!!
I appreciate those of you that are following my blog.  It's really great to have this blogger connection,  I enjoy the interaction with you and your taking time to read my blog.  I appreciate your encouragement, comments, suggestions and help on many occasions.  The winner will receive these two books:
The Tailoring book is full of really great "how to" color photos.  It so happens that this book is a recent re-publish of the "Singer Reference" collection that came out many years ago and the only update that I can see is a few up-to-date garment pictures.  It's a great book to have in your sewing reference collection.  The Nancy Zieman book "Pattern Fitting with Confidence" is also a great book to have for the pivot & slide method of pattern fitting.  I'm not sure why, but I ended up with two copies of this book and I'm sure it would be a welcomed addition for someones reference library.  Both books are just like new and no point in having them just setting around in my sewing library if someone else can get good use from them.
So this give away is open to all official followers (those on the blog "FOLLOWER" list).  Just leave a comment to participate in the giveaway by Mid-night Sunday Aug. 14th and the winner will be announced on Monday Aug. 15th by 8 p.m.

Happy Sewing & Thanks for following my blog.

Monday, August 1, 2011

More Sewing...

I was glad to get a couple hrs of sewing in this weekend.  I made this top to have something new to go with the white skirt from a couple posts back.  Ya!  This is just a jersey knit and the black binding around the neck & sleeves is bias strips I cut from some light weight poly knit (not sure what to call it) it's not a tricot but reminds me of tricot but it's more stable, has a little stretch and a nice sheen.  I plan to make a couple tank/camisole tops just to wear under low cut things.  I know, I'm going on about the black trim but it's so nice I wish I could get another 10/yds of it.  It's kinda nice to have around.   OK, back to the top, I made this top from "Pamela's Patterns" T-shirt pattern.  I've been meaning to use this pattern for a while but just now getting around to it.  It's a very simple pattern but one of the nicest fitting T-shirt patterns I've tried.  I haven't really made a t-shirt in a while and I guess that is the reason. Any I've tried in the past just didn't fit nicely.  This one is great without much adjusting.

OK, another thing I'm going to get back to doing is full reviews on the items I make.  I haven't posted a review on PatternReview in quite some time.  So, I'm going to copy the template and use it on my blog here and on PR as I've seen many of you do, that's such a time saver.  I've gotten lazy about some things in an effort to reserve all my free time for sewing.  I've got to do better...I know I didn't do it this time but going forward...OK...promise.

More later....

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