Best laid plans….

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This year for me had started off really rough.  Nothing much has really gone according to plan.  I have been wondering what the hell I did to piss Murphy of royally. Needless to say,  due to all the drama in my life crafting,  sewing and blogging has suffered.  I really wanted to make myself a dress for Easter.  Unless I pull a all day sewing Saturday adventure,  it’s not going to happen.  My
family will understand that making a new dress is more important than being prepared for Easter,  right?

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Scrapbook pages. A great excuse to put off cleaning!

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I am very good at organizing my scrapbooking projects, a little too good. I think I have more pages organized than completed.  I get excited about some photos and gather the paper I want to use, a collection of embellishments, stickers, memorabilia, etc. I then use clear scrapbooking files or clear plastic boxes to keep it all together until I actually do the page I had in mind. And there my pages sit waiting until I get the gumption or inspiration to actually put them together.

There is a downside to this method. I find that I tend to over buy materials. Or since I have them all organized away, I forget that I have them. Recently I discovered that I purchased the same sticker set three times, for three different projects, that I completely forgot that I had in the first place. I guess I really like the stickers. (PS still have yet to work on any of those three projects.)

So the other day I was picking up my crafting space a bit and picked up one of my organized clear boxes when inspiration struck. Or it might possibly be that scrapping is much more fun than cleaning.

Out of the box I pulled some Christmas photos I scanned and had reprinted a bit ago. Also tucked away I had a Christmas paper stack (So that’s where that went to!), some embellishments, stickers, and letters. I guess since the weather is finally cold here, working on Christmas pages seems an appropriate subject matter.

Below I will break down what I used, what I like about these pages, and of course what I don’t like.

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New patterns that I am excited about…adding to the stash.

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New spring patterns are out and I took a peek online at a few. I was really excited for some of the Simplicity patterns that came out. It just so happened that I had to pick up a few supplies for three aerial costumes I am working on and I had a few minutes to spare at Jo-ann Fabric’s to see the envelopes in person. They were also on sale for $1.00. I picked these three up. I love all the details in the steampunk pattern that is kinda hidden. The vintage wrap dress I found intriguing and beautiful. And I loved the center red costume on the third pattern and that neck line.

No I don’t have any plans to sew these at the moment. I do have a vintage pattern I am interested in making out of vintage fabric for Easter. But more about that later, right now I need to focus on these costumes.

Anyone have a new pattern they are excited about making?

Quick skirt and the blind hem stitch

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If you are like me, your sewing machine has a plethora of fabulous stitches and fancy feet, and you use maybe 5 of the stitches and two of the feet.  I have decided that I really should at least try out all the options my machine has. So I decided it was time to try out the blind hem stitch. I decided a skirt with an elastic waist band was a quick and easy project to accomplish in an afternoon and I could try out this stitch. To my fabric stash I went and because I was felling a little festive this weekend, I pulled out the red fabric with velvet polka dots for the project.

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Materials used

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Foxy Lady – finishing up my shorts pattern.

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I have been hibernating lately as the temperature has dropped into the negatives. Great time to sew and clean up the crafting space. So I completed my fox sleep shorts.

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Finished shorts!

After basically remaking the free “save me time” pattern from online, I cut out the pieces from the fox cotton fabric I purchased a bit ago. (see previous post on fixing this pattern)2015-12-06 19.04.44This is a super easy project for beginners as it only has four pieces. Continue reading

Force Friday

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The Doctor I am teamed up with at work is a HUGE Star Wars fan! He just loves everything about the Universe of Star Wars. His fandom is rubbing off on me. I was not old enough to really get into the franchise when the first three movies came out. Ewok’s were just new, interesting teddy bears to me. I didn’t even see the three prequels in completion until last year over my Christmas stay-cation I watched all six of the movies in order to be caught up for the newest movie release. His excitement over this newest release was contagious and I am really excited to see it. Yes, it has been out for weeks now. No, I haven’t seen it yet. (I hate sitting in crowded movie theaters. Someone always spills something on me!)

Anyways, the movie was released on a Friday, (which is our surgery day) and we had to sport some Star Wars gear in celebration! So I came prepared to work with new surgery caps for us and some Boba Fett creamer for my morning coffee.

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Ready for Work!

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When insomnia strikes….

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My sleeping patterns have been a bit off. It feels like I would function so much better with a nap in the middle of the day. But that is not going to happen at work, so it hasn’t been unusual for me to sit down once getting back home and passing out for a few hours. Sometimes I can’t go back to sleep at a normal hour when this happens. Other times I can go back to sleep, but I wake up at an awful hour in the morning. That is exactly what happened. I found myself wide awake at 4 a.m. Tossing and turning I pondered what I could do that didn’t require a lot of technical thought. I hopped out of bed and wandered into the sewing/crafty space. I have a clothing rack of works in progress or things to get to someday which I pushed through. That is how I came across this!

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Same Project, Two Different Glues: A Review

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A while back I showed off the presents that were made for my mom for Christmas. Namely, this one:2015-11-26 21.11.29I mentioned that I had a second one to work on and I finally got around to it. Since I had no experience with Mod Podge I decided to pick up a small container of the clear matte finish kind.

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The start….excuse my mess of a work space!

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Failure to launch: Continuous Bias tape

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I have this strapped tank shirt that I purchased from Alloy hanging around in my closet. I loved it with the beading on the front and unusual color combination (in my opinion). image

But I never wore it because the straps just weren’t long enough and the top cut into my armpits, making the most unflattering creases and rolls. The straps are just fancy satin bias tape so I figured that I could cut them open , make more bias tape, and add to them so the shirt fit better. Off to my local Joann Fabrics I went, shirt in hand, to match the straps color with a similar fabric.

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