Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Janome Memory Craft

I was sewing the other day and my Janome (12 year old used embroidery/sewing machine) locked up. :(
I went into severe and instant withdrawals.

My old machine
Janome Memory Craft 5700

My sweet husband sent me to Sears.

New Machine
Kenmore (170$)
This will be my temporary main machine till I get my christmas present. If everything goes well I've been given a budget for my new embroidery machine.

We went to Longview today to

I was introduced to the Babylock Ellure
Oh My Gosh!!!!
I had not realized I was sewing in the darkages. Seriously if my Janome were a computer it would be Dos and this would be Windows Vista. I have to add in the Software in the equation it was amazing.

I can't wait to get my hands on this machine and will probably be visiting it again just to drool. :)

I'm hoping we can swing this thing by xmas. I'm going to try to be patient but I know it's going to be hard.

Ren Fair costume

I saw this simple white umbrella at hobby lobby and decided to cover it to compliment my costume.

I used the same white eyelet lace that I made the underdress out of.

The eyelet material is so soft and bright.

I sewed at each end of spines then in about 6 in so I could shut the umbrella and the material wouldn't flutter up.

It shuts well.

I can't wait to try all this on. I just have to finish the skirt  waist band issue.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Scrap Monsters Post

Sat down at the sewing machine and picked up a piece of denim in the big scrap pile and saw the little guy in the front on the left. It just grew from there.

I can't seem to sit down and watch tv instead I pick up more scrap and start looking for monsters in it.

I've been told I'm a little strange but each of these guys called to me from the scrap pile. LOL

I've given away a few but I think after I've collected about 30 I might start an etsy shop.
I'm amazed at how relaxing sewing these scrap monsters is.

I was trying to explain the process to my sister states away and just told her to pick up a scrap bigger than her hand. Then look at it turning it around until she saw a spot for a mouth and eyes. You just work out from there.
Happy Sewing


Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Windows

Old Windows we believe they are original to house.

Hubby and the empty window

Hubby's friend helping so I don't have to! :)

Living room window all done.
Very excited to have nice new windows with E glass. This is a southern window and in TX that is a very hot window. I'm looking forward to better cooling.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I am so out of shape.

Planted my gardens.
Raised Gardens

Tomatoes 1



Bell Peppers

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Finally found Font !

I've been making the fabric postcards for a bit now and I've been trying to find a font to use for the address side. Most mini or tiny fonts were too big. I sat down at my Win 98 computer that has my embroidery software on it and started going through the 1000 of embroidery files I have. I'm happy to say in some of the free software I got when I bought the magic box converter I found a mini block font and it's perfect.

It fits!

Close up of my embroidery foot and the start of my name

In case you noticed, yes I'm using scrap to hold the back of the postcard in place. I'm sooooo cheap. I just can't stand to waste any thing. The interfacing I've been using is actually an old queen size sheet I've sliced up. :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Commissioned Elephant

Mom asked me to make an Elephant. I looked at some coloring pages after a failed attempted to remember what an elephant looks like. :) I made a card board pattern then cut off the head and added a new one. Hubby said the tail was wrong so I came up with this one.
I think this is one of my favorite creations. I love the material and the way it turned out.

Hope you are enjoying it Sue!

New Postcards and tissue covers

I had some polar fleece I turned into little tissue holders

The bottom

The top

Silvery Night

Rainbow I think I'm going to add a pot of gold on this one, have to find the gold material.

Rainbow fields I'll probably put a couple of birds on this one.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Post Cards Ready to leave home and travel

Postcards looking for a home.


2 Gone, flying to WI

3 Gone, flying to WI





Tip Junkie handmade projects

Nieces skirt/purse

What do you call your nieces daughter? My first niece? Hummm Oh well I call her my niece. She outgrew her wonderful skirt and asked if I would turn it into a purse. I can't believe I forgot to take a before picture! Here is what I came up with. The felting was already at the bottom of the simple A line skirt.

I lined the purse with a bright multicolored material

I added a bottom, would that be a gusset? I put it in like it was.

I sewed the lining in and left it open at the bottom so I could turn the purse.

I pinned the pinked edgle of a fat denim tube for the strap

I used more scrap for a catch and a knot for the catch to hold. I used the back pockets to make a pocket for the purse. I sewed a doubled over piece of the lining then added the pocket section so really I ended up with two large pockets and the two small pockets.

I'm very happy with the way this turned out. I spent from 8:30pm to 10:30pm on it.