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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Online patterns: Sometimes you have to connect the dots

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Remember that fox fabric I shared in my first and only stash post? I mentioned that I wanted to make a pair of sleep shorts with it sometime. Well sometime happened sooner then later. I decided I could just whip them up real quick while I am on my stay vacation. So in order to do this I decided to use an online pattern I found instead of making my own. However, this didn’t really lend itself to time saving. The pattern edges were cut off/missing no matter how I printed the pdf. So in the end I had to kind of make my own pattern. Let me show you how I did it. Continue reading

Gardening in January! A New Year and a Pinterest Fail.

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Happy New Year Everyone! I have been taking it easy the past few days due to my back giving me some grief. But today I felt o.k. to be up and about  and decided to take a peak at what is left in my garden. Despite being officially winter the weather has been mild, which has extended the growing season.

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Frosty leaves in my yard

This is great since the spring was so rainy my garden was not looking like it was going to be successful. So I spent a little of the afternoon removing the last of my Brussel sprouts and one kohlrabi. This led to trimming and cleaning the sprouts to get them ready for freezing. This reminded me a of Pinterest fail I encountered this summer in my garden. Continue reading

Cricut Craft Room: A complete program fail

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I will start by saying I very much love my Cricut Personal Die Cutter. It has added so much to my scrapbook projects. I got one early on before they came out with the gypsy, expression etc. It is the little guy so it cuts on the 6″x12″ mat.

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It works perfectly still so I never felt the need to upgrade it. It would be nice sometimes to cut out at 12″x12″ in the comfort of my home but I found a solution to some of my larger cutting needs. Check out the craft schedule at your local Pat Catan’s. Some of them offer Scrap it/Scrapbooking Saturdays and they bring out some of their crafting supplies for anyone who shows up to use, including the larger Cricut machines. I just save my larger projects for those days I can attend. Continue reading