Thursday, December 29, 2011

Organization!!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and also Happy New Year to everyone!  I had a wonderful Christmas with everyone at my house on Christmas Eve.  Lots of good food and loved having the family over.  The kids always have presents to open so they are always sooo excited.

It was such a beautiful day on Sunday here in Mansfield, Ohio.  I put on my coat and decided to walk around the yard and I could not believe my eyes.  My flowers are all starting to poke through the ground.  Even my rose bushes had new shoots and leaves on them.  This usually does not happen until April, so I am a little bit concerned.  We have had some pretty mild weather and just had our first real snow on Tuesday.  I hope this does not hurt my flowers.

I have been putting away all of my Christmas decorations.  Eveything is down and packed away for another year. When Christmas is over, I am ready to get the mess cleaned up and put away.   Now I just have to clean again and straighten everything back up.  I have a lot of tubs that I pack everthing into.  My husband told me one year that I just have way to much stuff, so I bought all these tubs to keep everything organized.  He really has no idea what I have.  hehe!!!  Here is a picture now that I have it put away.  It just takes up one small end of the wash room.  It is all nice and neat and he is happy.  I know it looks like a lot, but there are other holidays besides Christmas!  I decorate for Easter, Valentines Day, Halloween, and Thansgiving also!!  All my tubs are marked and I just very sweetly ask my husband if he would bring up the tubs for what ever holiday I need.  He usually doesn't grumble to much!  Does anyone else have any organization tips that they use?


Well, I need to go get the rest of the cleaning finished so I can finally sit down for a change.  I have my usual two grandchildren all day today, so probably won't get much done!  I just wanted to let you know that soon I will be back to sewing!! Yeah!!  Cindy




Friday, December 16, 2011

Fun Shaped Crayons




Look what I found this morning made from old crayons.  They are so cute and how much fun they would be to make.  I have boxes of old crayons just laying around. I am going to try this.  I wonder if I could put a little hole in the top and use Christmas molds and hang them with ribbon on my home made tree.  I set up one tree that has nothing but home made ornaments.  I think these would be really cute!  I bet my grandchildren would also love to color with a kaleidoscope crayon!


Whatcha Need:

■Crayons

■Silicone Molds




For complete instructions visit:  http://itsgravybaby.com/2011/11/diy-crayons/

Thank you "It's Gravy Baby" for such a cute idea!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I knitted A Scarf!!!!


I have had my embroidery machine for years and when I first got it my husband said, "Don't" ever embroider anything of mine.  I have granted his request.  I embroider for everyone, but never anything for him.  I have never sewn anything for him.  He is very supportive, but he just doesn't think it is for him.  Must be a man thing.  Well back in September he told me he would like a scarf for winter.  I told him maybe I could make one for him since I never sew for him or anything.  He said O.K.  I asked him what color and he said red.  I said, don't you want black?  He said, no red.  Sooo, I said O.K. red it is. 

I have not knitted in years.  I am a beginner, you know, I can knit and purl, and that is about it.  I went to the store and brought home some burgundy colored yarn.  I asked my hubby, how is this?  He said, no I want red.  O.K.! So I took it back and bought red.  I started on this scarf back in September.  I started and then ripped it apart.  Then I started again.  I made a few more mistakes, and thought if I keep ripping it out I will never get it done.  So I decided to keep going. Every now and then my hubby would say, sure wish I had my scarf, it is getting cold outside. It has taken me since September to knit this scarf and I must say, it has about 3 tiny boo boos, but other than that I am quite proud of myself.  It is about 54" long.  I just finished it yesterday!!!  He really likes it and I sure hope he doesn't lose it!!  I think next time I will get a thicker yarn so it doesn't take so long.  Maybe I am a slow knitter.  Yes, that is probably the problem.  Also, just in case it gets throwed in the top of the hall closet and doesn't get worn, it also matches my coat!!  I am not stupid!! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Embroidery Ornaments!!

A peace Christmas ornament machine embroidery design.


Looking for Beautiful Christmas Ornaments to embroider? Check these out! These are absolutely irresistible! I don't usually get to excited over embroidery designs.  I like to play around and make my own, but these really are gorgeous!!  Check out the whole set, on sale for only $1.25 a piece

http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/new.aspx?date=120911

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Have You Seen This Video!!!! You Must Watch!!!!

This is the best song I have heard all year!  Every woman on my blog needs to type their name in here and watch the video.  You will be so surprised!!!!!  Do It!!  Do It!!

http://www.obtampons.ca/apology

Wednesday, December 7, 2011





I wish I would of seen this at the beginning of the week!  I watched five of my granchildren who live out of town.  They love to do projects, even the boys, and this would of sure kept them busy.  Grandma would of had fun with these recipes also!  I think I still will make up a batch.  If you are looking for a cheap little gift, maybe for classmates for your kids, I would make this up and pick up some cheap cookie cutters.  This would make any little girl excited!  Check out this site, she has recipes for Gingerbread playdough, Chocolate playdough, CandyCane playdough and Pumpkin Pie playdough.

http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/blog/2011/12/gingerbread-playdough/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20TheSweetAdventuresOfSugarbelle%20%28The%20Sweet%20Adventures%20of%20Sugarbelle%29

Thank you - the Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle!!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

3D Star Paper Wreath



Here is another Christmas decoration that you can make!  Isn't it cute!!  You could decorate your whole house this way.  This would be really cute going up  a stair banister!!  Oh if I only had more time and didn't have to clean, cook, and babysit!!!

For directions visit:


http://www.feedblitz.com/t2.asp?/693265/25836696/4106552/http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2010/12/last-mintue-christmas-decorations-3d.html


Thank you "Little Birdie Secrets"

Friday, December 2, 2011

Recycled Christmas Cards



I was just reading about this article and thought it was so cute!!  I probably would not do cards for everyone this way, but it would be fun to make something special for my favorite people on my list!!

This would also be a great starter project for kids, they could get very creative and learn to turn corners and things!!  If you want to read the article please go to:   http://mixedmolly.com/2011/12/01/diy-rec...














Thank you Mixed Molly!!

http://mixedmolly.com/2011/12/01/diy-rec...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Serger Ribbon !

As I was putting up a small tree, I pulled out my decorations.  I thought I would show you how you can make really cheap ribbon. 


I purchased stripe material.  It is red with gold stripes.  I cut it in strips and did a rolled hem along the edges.  For the garland, I just did the rolled hem along the edges, but for the bow, I added some thin wire as I did the rolled hem edge. Now the bow can be shaped!   Get out your sergers and play.  You can make ribbon for presents and anywhere you need a bow.  Don't forget you can use this technique for any material, such as birthday gifts, or other holidays.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Decorations Are Being Hung With Care!!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Mine was lovely, and we are still picking at the leftovers!  My husband has been taking turkey sandwiches in his lunch this week and hopefully it will be gone soon.  I don't really care for turkey, so one tiny piece on Thanksgiving day will last me for a year!!


I have started my Christmas decorations and the outside is decorated.  Here is a picture of an old sleigh that belonged to my husband’s father.  I just love it!  The picture does not really do it justice.  My husband puts a spotlight on it at night and it is just beautiful!!

 My youngest daughter stopped over yesterday.  I had all my inside decorations out and ready to be hung.  She said, mom, your house is a mess!!  I said, well, I am trying to put up my Christmas decorations!  Her reply was "Why do you put up so many"?  I had to stop and think for an answer for that and I guess it is because, I like it that way!!  It is a lot of work, but I love it when it is finished.  My daughter is not like me at all.  She puts up a tree in her house and she is decorated.  I decorate just about every room!  It is funny how she can be my daughter and be so different.  She has two children and the 11 year old is just like her, she really could care less if there are any decorations.  Then the 5 year old is just like me.  She wants to take my decorations home to decorate her house.   She loves to decorate!  I have two little gingerbread dolls who sing and sort of sway back and forth.  We had to stop and play with them.  I was the girl doll who she named Jolly Girl and she was the boy doll who she named Gingerbread! 


The dolls helped with the decorations.  I know just how to play with her because she has the same imagination that I had as a little girl. We have lots of fun!    It takes me about three days to get all of my decorations up, so I am on day two today.  I guess I had better get at it!!  Maybe I will have some more pictures tomorrow!  I hope you like to see how I decorate, and if anyone has any pictures they would like me to post, I would be happy to do that!  I just love to see what everyone else does also.  That is how we get our ideas!  So send me some pictures!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Angry Birds

All I have been hearing about and seeing in the stores is the Angry Birds, toys, games and such.  I saw this game for sale if anyone is looking for it.  I hear it is sooo much fun and I picked it up for my grandchildren!  It is on sale also, just click below.  Thanks, Cindy


Monday, November 21, 2011

Noodles are Made!!



Well I got my noodles made.  I use my kitchenaid mixer most of the time.  It takes a little bit of trial and error, but it works great once you get the hang of it.  Here are some pictures of my noodles hanging to dry.  I made two batches and ended up with about 3 pounds of noodles. You can see my make shift noodle dryer rack.  It is a long stick covered with aluminum foil and set up on tomato juice cans.  Finally, here is the finished product.  I always get a sense of accomplishment when I am finished knowing that I made it with my own two little hands!!

I am really missing my sewing, it seems like months since I sat down and sewed.  I did get my sewingroom cleaned up, so if I ever have a free minute, it is ready to go.  It really needed it!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Preparations Have Started!!

I am a big crazy holiday person!!  All of my grandkids will be coming this year, so I am getting some activities together to keep them entertained.  I have seven grandchildren, ages, 3, 5, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10.  I think I have that right.  I will be cooking for 14 people.  I always have to get started early.  I like to have lots of fun things for the kids to do after dinner, so I have started on that today.  I checked out websites on the internet to find projects, games and color pages.  I found three cute projects and some Thanksgiving crossword puzzles.  There were some picture puzzles for the young kids and harder ones for the older kids.  I found a cute word search for the older kids also.  I will have to pick up a few things for the kids projects at the store this week and I always buy an abundance of crayola crayons when they are on sale before school starts.  Everyone gets their own box of crayons so there is no fighting!!!  I have also decided to try some  "Bingo"  this year.  I think all of the kids are old enough and even great grandma can play that also!  I will have to pick up some prizes and make sure that everyone wins!!





I am going to get my table set this weekend.  This is a big job and I like to fuss over it!  Everyone will have a place card and I just love to set a pretty table.  So if I do it this weekend, I can play with it for a while.  I bet you are all going, WHAT??  Already??  Is she crazy? Well yes, what I will do after I have it set, is throw clean sheets over the tables to keep dust off of the dishes.  I will also get my grocery shopping done.  Everything will be ready to go by Monday.  I have done a heavy cleaning this week, so I think if I just give everyone the "evil eye",  we can keep it straightened enough to just go over the tops of things on Wednesday.  I make the dinner by myself, so I have a system that works for me.  On Monday I make homemade noodles for my husband, and on Tuesday, I will start some of my food.  I can make my pie crust and my pumpkin pie filling and just refrigerate it separately until Thursday morning.  This works great!  On Tuesday I will make my cranberry salad, get my Turkey starting to defrost.   On Wednesday, I will make my broth from the giblets and start the dressing.  I will put my bread in the oven to dry out and I cut up all the celery, onion, etc. and put in the refrigerator. I even have a great recipe for mashed potatoes that I make the day before.  I didn't believe that these would be good when a friend gave me the recipe, but I knew she was a great cook.  I took her word for it, and have used the recipe ever since.  It is nice not to have to mash potatoes when you are trying to carve the turkey and make gravy.   Everything is ready to be mixed together on Thursday morning!  I can make a couple of vegetable casseroles also on Wednesday.  I have used this schedule for years.  I have a written time table of when each item needs to go into the oven or start cooking on the stove.  By 1:00pm, it will all come together and we will eat our Thanksgiving feast!! 

On Friday, I will collapse!!  Just kidding!!  If I don't have time to write another note, everyone have a Very Blessed Thanksgiving!!!!  Cindy











Monday, November 14, 2011

Industrial Strength Sewing Machine

Well I just got a new sewing machine added to my sewing room.  My husband has been asking me to recover his boat seats for about two years now.  I keep telling him, that would require a industrial sewing machine to do it right.  He must want this done very badly because last month he was on eBay looking at sewing machines.  I asked him what on earth he was doing and he said he was looking for a cheap industrial sewing machine for me!!  I thought to myself, Oh MY!!  Let me sit right down and help you look!!  Who would pass up that opportunity??  Not me!!



I really don't know anything about them but I didn't think I wanted the one with an oil pan and large motor and special table.  I just wanted something that could handle a large stitch and the heavier threads.  We saw several on eBay and after doing some research, I narrowed it down to two.  It is not an industrial machine, it has industrial strength.  What this means is that it has the power to go through all of the thicknesses and will handle the commercial heavy threads.  I bided on the first machine and was out bided.  Oh wow, how much do these machines go for!  A couple of days later, I bided on the second machine.  This is the one that I really wanted, so I upped my bid and I won it!!

The machine was delivered the other day, and I was a little surprised.  It supposedly came from a sewing dealer and it stated that it was all cleaned and oiled and ran great!  Well, his idea of cleaning and how a machine should be cleaned are two different things.  He might of oiled it, but he sure did not clean it.  I worked for a day and a half cleaning that machine.  I took off the top and used q-tips to get out the dirt and oil it,  it had so much dirt and lint in the bobbin, I could hardly get it out.  Well, it is clean now and it really does run great!  I wrote back to the person that I bought it from and said, it really wasn't as clean as described and he couldn't even remember the machine.  He said it came from an estate sale.  So they just must buy them up and sell them!  Well it now has a loving home where it will be taken care of.

My husband has already pulled out the seats from the boat!!  I tried to tell him that now is not the best time to try and start such a big project.  I mean, after all, it is Christmas time and I have a million things to do.  I promised him I would start working on it in January.

Here is a picture of my new addition.  It is a Necchi SuperNova.  Does anyone know anything about this machine?  I am anxious to try and sew with it.  I thought I might try to make a vinyl purse or something first!  I can tell my husband, I just thought I should do a little practicing first!  When I start this project, I will be posting pictures along the way, it really doesn't look to hard.  I am only going to replace the cracked areas.  I think I am going to use the back of the seats material and replace that with black.  No one will ever know it has been repaired!  I hope!!  The boat is aqua and black, so I think this should work!



I took this picture also. This is my little granddaughters sewing area. She is five and I watch her everyday along with her big sister. When I sew, she sews. I took out the needle, even though it is a toy, because she could still get her little finger hurt. She has never asked why she doesn't have a needle, and I just don't say anything. Then one day big sister came in and said, "Mamo where is the needle"!! Now all I hear is,
 "Why don't I have a needle"!






Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How To Make A Vintage Paper Wreath

I love to do crafts, sew, cook, and read.  I saw this article this morning and thought how cute it is.  I would think you could also use Christmas Wrap, especially paper that is double sided.  Wouldn't that be cute!!  I am going to go try this!!  I think I have some mod podge up in my sewing room!!







Most people have a “one time read” book lying around the house collecting dust. Why not put it to good use by making this amazing wreath? It’s simple, fun, and cost effective to make. Plus, it’s great for any holiday because there are so many different ways to accessorize it.



WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

•Old book – Check the Dollar store or thrift stores if you don’t have one on hand.

•Paint – I used brown, but to make it more snazzy consider using mod podge and your choice of glitter.

•Sponge Brush

•Hot glue gun

•Wreath base – I recommend using a foam base. I got mine from Roberts for only $4.79 (after my 40% off coupon.) You could also go to the plumbing department of Home Depot or Lowe’s and buy a six foot long piece of foam tubing. Cut it to the desired length and simply duct tape it together. This will cost you less than a dollar.



INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP ONE: Tear the front and back cover off your book. Take your paint and coat the three exposed edges of the book. Allow a couple minutes to dry. If you are using mod podge and glitter then run the mod podge over the three edges and sprinkle with glitter.



STEP TWO: Once this is dry, carefully tear out the pages of your book. Try to get a semi-straight tear.



STEP THREE: Take a page from your book and either roll it like a cone or fold it back and forth like a fan without making any creases. I traded off rolling and folding to give it more texture. Then use your hot glue gun to attach the pages to the wreath. Start at the outside edge of your wreath first.



STEP FOUR: Once the outer row is done, the following rows need to be shorter in length. Simply fold the page and inch or two at the bottom, making a tab. Glue the back of the tab to the wreath. Continue this until your wreath is full enough to your liking. Once you get to the final inner row, glue the pages as you did on the first outer row.



STEP FIVE: Ta-Da! Your wreath is complete. Now go ice your hands because if you’re anything like me, you have several hot glue gun blisters.



This has been a guest post by Katie from Pleasant Grove, UT  Thank you Katie!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thanksgiving Printables



I just found this site!  These are just the cutest printables for Thanksgiving!  My grandchildren love to help decorate the table each year and we printed these off.  My oldest always types up a menu and hangs it on the front door for all to see as they arrive.  I hope this will be a tradition they always remember about Grandma!

Here is the link to print them out! 

http://www.dimpleprints.com/?p=229

I had trouble printing them, but if you go to the top of the page and look under the tab that says free printables you can just click on Thanksgiving!  Have Fun!!

Thank you so much "Dimple Prints"!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011




How to Make Cute Flowers from Brown Paper Bags!

I love these brown paper flowers! When I first saw them, I thought they had to be store-bought. They just look so elegant. But as it turns out, we can all make these at home using leftover brown paper lunch bags. They’re the perfect autumn decoration, especially if you have more time than cash!

What You’ll Need:

•6 – 8 brown paper lunch bags

•glue stick

•scissors

Directions:

1.With bottom flap of an unopened bag towards you, cut off the bottom of the bag above the fold.

2.Draw a petal shape on the bag and cut it out. Make the petal as wide as possible; make one end pointed, and just cut straight across the other end.

3.Save the small parts that fall out as you cut the petals. You will use them later.

4.Bend the petals in half length-wise and then glue 6-8 of them together at the straight-cut end, making a flower shape.

5.Repeat with smaller petal pieces that fell out as you cut. Make sure to overlap pieces as you glue and keep them slightly elevated for a 3-D effect.

6.Now you should have a large and small flower. Glue the smaller flower inside the large one and you’re done!

If you want picture directions, please go to the following website!

Thank you!  A Place For Us 
http://www.aplaceforusblog.com/2011/10/brown-paper-flowers-tutorial.html

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Apple Butter

My apple butter is all finished and canned.  It didn't take as long as I had planned.  I thought it would cook until 9:00am this morning, but last night around 7:00pm it was done.  I was afraid if I left it cook all night, I might wake up to a burned up crock pot. I had read on another recipe to crack the lid a little to thicken it up and maybe this speeded up the recipe.  I really didn't feel last night at 7:30 to finish the canning, but I did it anyway.  We get up at 4:00am so by this time of night I am worthless!  We had it on toast this morning and it is delicious!  I had to force my little granddaughter who stays all night on Fridays to taste it.  After chasing her around the house, she finally took a tiny lick of the spoon and said "Oh that is good, Mamo".  She eats nothing, so this was the ultimate compliment!
It doesn't take much to make me happy!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Canning Some Vegetables!

I had alot of left over green tomatoes in my garden and it was calling for frost.  My husband and I went out and picked all of them and I should of gotten on the internet before we did this.   The internet says to pull plant and all out of the ground and shake off the dirt and hang it upside down in a cool place and the tomatoes will continue to turn red.  Well it was to late for that, so I found this recipe on the internet for Green Tomatoe Relish and it had lots of reviews that said it is very good.  You just put tomatoes, green peppers, red peppers, and onions in a food process and chop them up, add some vinegar, sugar, mustard seed and celery seed and then bring it to a boil for 5 minutes and process.  I did give it a little taste and it is delicious.  I can't wait to put it on a hamburger or hotdog sandwich!  Here is a picture of all my hard work.  I made some small jelly jars, to make some gift baskets at Christmas!


Now today, I have some Slow Cooker Apple Butter cooking and I will be filling jars with that.  Here is what I have started now.


This is a very easy recipe, you just slice up 5-lbs. of apples and put them in the crockpot with some apple cider and spices.  This will have to cook until tomorrow morning, so I will fill the jars tomorrow.  I wanted to show you the slicer that I used.  My mother purchased this and then never used it and passed it along to me.  I just love this!  It is called a "Vidalia Chop Wizard".  It comes with two different size blades and you just lay your vegetable or fruit on it and slam the lid.  I chopped 5 pounds of apples in about 3 minutes!  This was so easy to get ready and my house smells wonderful!!  Only problem is, it is making me hungry!  I like to can and it is becoming a lost art!  I wish I could have a larger garden and can everything!  I canned tomato juice last year which I use to make chili, but my tomatoes this year just did not want to redden up, I still have about 5 jars of that left and it just makes the best chili ever!  If anyone wants the recipes, just leave me a comment and I will send them to you!  I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spooky Ghosts!


Do you remember my front porch pictures that I showed you in back in June?  Well I had those planters on my front porch that are heavy and hard to move.  The flowers have died and my husband said; What are you going to do with those things?  I wasn't sure and said maybe we could just push them off to the side of the porch.  He then suggested that I make some ghosts out of them.  He always has great ideas and then I whip them up.  Here is the final project. What I did was pull the flowers out of the top basket and replaced it with a basketball.  Then I took a twin size sheet and sewed it up the sides.  I found some scary faces on the internet and transferred the faces to some black felt and sewed them on to the sheets.  I think they came out cute and will surely keep those pesky treat or treaters away!! hehe!




Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Lanterns


I saw this project on the internet and thought they were about the cutest homemade craft I have seen for Halloween.  I just had to make them.  You use canning jars and mod podge with tissue paper.  I didn't read the directions very well.  You were suppose to cut 1 1/2 inch strips of tissue paper and put some mod podge on the outside of the mason jar, then add your strip of tissue paper. then mod podge over the jar again when finished.

What I did was put the tissue paper on the inside of the jar and did the mod podge on the inside of the jar.  Even if it was wrong they are just to cute and actually I think I like it better.  The ridges don't show up like the  jars on the website.  I added a set of Christmas lights and  tucked a few into each jar.  I won't go away and leave them on, but they are sure cute and I have gotten so many compliments on them.  Everyone wants a set.  You can click on the picture for a bigger view!

If anyone wants the site for the directions, here is the site where I saw them at!! 

http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/10/crafty-in-the-kitchen-mason-jar-lanterns/

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Yummy Diet 60 Calorie Fudge Pops


This doesn't have anything to do with sewing, but most of us women are at some time dieting.  I also love to cook and I made up this recipe for these Fudge Pops.   My husband said, You Made These???  These Are Diet???  WOW, Keep Them Coming!!!

Anyway I was making a batch this morning and thought I should give away my recipe.  If you are like me, you can use something that tastes good once in a while while dieting.  I usually have one in the evening while watching TV.  This is my worst time, when I am idle.  This really hits the spot.  I have made vanilla( my granddaughters favorite), chocolate(my favorite), and Butterscotch(my husband's favorite).  Give these a try, they only have around 60 calories in them.

        POPSICLES
1 container low calorie coolwhip
1 small box of fatfree, sugarfree, pudding
1 cup of milk

Mix all ingredients together and fill your popsicle containers.  It makes about 16 of them.  I have also used small bathroom plastic cups and popsicle sticks before I found my containers.  Let them freeze for at least 12 hours and enjoy!!

Let me know if you try them and how you like them!!  Cindy

Monday, October 3, 2011

Serger Blanket Finally Finished!

I have been working on this blanket for two weeks.  This was the project I started when I dropped the needle screw into my serger.  I just cannot get my regular blanket stitch to work on this blanket.  I have finally come to the conclusion that it just does not like this material. This was different from what I usually purchase.  I always try and buy the Blizzard fleece, it is my favorite.   I had to decide to finish it in another way.

The material was very busy, so I added in a solid piece of fleece with my youngest grandson's name embroidered on it so it would show up.  I had first embroidered right onto the blanket and the letters just got lost in the print.  Sooo, then I embroidered it on the black fleece and sewed it on the blanket over top of the other embroidery.  Then I cut that section out of the back after I was finished.  Remember I sew two layers of fleece together for my blankets.  This way I had no added bulk.  To finish the hem, I sewed it around the edge about 1 inch in from the edge with a "Briar" stitch on the Janome machine.  I like the way it turned out.  It looks like a feather stitch and I took a picture for you to see.  What do you think?  I am just glad it is finished. 



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Look At These Pictures and Don't Drop Your Serger Needle Screw!!

What a day, I am having!!  I wanted to sew a simple serger project.  I was changing the needle and dropped the tiny screw that holds in the needle into the machine.  I worked for hours trying to find that screw.  I cleaned it out and tried using a magnet.  No screw!  Then I turned this heavy machine upside down and heard it rattling.  So I shook it and cleaned it all out again!  No Screw!  Then I tried shaking it again and there was no more rattle.  I knew I was in trouble now!  I had to practically completely unassemble this machine.  I took pictures so you can see my mess and maybe what the inside of a serger looks like.

First are my pieces and parts and hopefully, I will know how to replace everything and get all the screws back into the right places.



Now here is my bare looking machine!

 



After all of this, I still could not find the screw.  So I picked it up and gave it a good shake again, and finally look what fell out!

There is the little trouble maker!!  Now probably most women would have to take their machine to a dealer and have them find it, but I am one of those women that love to take things apart!!  So now I am going to go have some lunch and put this machine back together.  While I have it opened up, I will give it a thorough cleaning and oil some of these parts in the back of the machine.  After about 6 hours of working on this machine, I should be able to do my little serger project.

I just thought I would give everyone the benefit of my mistake, make sure you are paying close attention when you are changing needles and I think from now on, I am going to lay a cloth over my serger before I ever change another needle!!!   I have read that advice from other sewers, but we always think it won't happen to us!   I was afraid if I left that screw in there it might jam up my machine and that would be very costly!!  Has this ever happened to anyone else??

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fiskar Rotary Cutter 5-Blade Sale!

I was looking around and found this great sale on Amazon this morning!  You can get the
Fiskars 95287097 45mm Rotary Staight Blade 5-Pack for $12.98 with Free Shipping!

  I went ahead and bought two for myself. Five blades for $12.98 is a great deal, that is only $2.59 a blade.   That should keep me supplied for a while!  If you are interested, just click on the link below!



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sewing Feet Tip That You Can Use!

I just created a little video on organizing your sewing feet.  These can easily get lost in my sewing room.  My grandchildren are in there and they are always playing while I sew.  They get knocked off my table and several times have ended up in the trash or on my floor where they can get stepped on.  This will help you stay organized!  Take a quick minute to watch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaOVZhoSbnA

Friday, September 2, 2011

It Is Sewing Time Again With My Latest Small School Project!

Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a great summer!  It is time to start getting back to sewing and I have been getting the itch to get started again.  This always happens to me when it is close to fall!


 My fall sewing always starts with altering uniforms for my oldest granddaughter (Allura) to go back to school.  This year she is in the fifth grade and has her very own locker.  She has to keep her school supplies in her locker and try to keep it organized because the principal will check them periodically.  I saw a project similar to this one the internet, so I revised it to fit my granddaughters locker. 








I purchased a $7.00 shoe bag at Odd Lots.  Allura and I measured her locker door to see what had to be done to make this fit.  It worked perfectly.  I just cut the shoe bag in half and sewed up the edges.  Along the top and bottom edges on the back side of the shoe bag, I attached some heavy magnets.  My sewing machine did sew through these.  I had to kind of slip the front of the shoe bag on my sewing machine into one of the pockets to attach the sides of the magnet, but it was not hard. 



We can now attach this to her locker door to hold her crayons, markers, she has to have 10 black pens, 10 red pens, 10 pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, highlighters, colored pencils, bottled glue, glue sticks and the list goes on and on.  You can see why we needed some way to organize this or everything would just be throwed into the locker.  She can only carry a small pencil bag with her.  Here is our finished project!  Maybe this will work for someone in your family as well!




Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sewing As Cheaply As Possible!

As most of you know, sewing is no longer a cheap hobbie.  Most times, I find it costs more to sew than to just go out and make a purchase, so we as sewers have to start to be more creative in making our purchases.  First, I never make a purchase at JoAnn's, Hancock's etc. without using a coupon.  If you watch their ads, you can get patterns for $1.99 or cheaper.  I would never pay the regular price for a pattern.  I always wait until they are on sale.  I just start a list of pattern numbers I am interested in and then make my purchases during the sale.  Always use a coupon when buying material at these stores.  Also be sure to look at the mark down section.  You would be surprised at the bargains you can get there. 

Now for other material purchases, do not be afraid to use tablecloths, sheets, especially flannel kid's sheets, and also look at shower curtains.  These items give you wide yardage to sew with.  If you need an item to be water repellent, be sure and look at shower curtains!  I first learned this trick many years ago.  I made a pair of pants and wanted a vest to match it.  Well, it was an unusual color and I could not find a match anywhere.  I even looked out of town.  Then in a little craft shop I saw a tablecloth that was just the color I needed.  I asked myself, could I use this?????  Who would know???  Would someone say, are you wearing a tablecloth???  Well I ended up buying it and I still where that vest.  Here is a picture of it. 


No one has ever said that it looked like a table cloth! Now, I always browse those departments when I shop
and watch for mark downs.  If you see something cute, I would grab it. 

A few more places to look for fabric are your Salvation Army and Goodwill stores.  These are places where material is usually donated.  I have found many large rolls of material in these stores.  Be sure to watch garage sales also, sometimes ladies will be cleaning out their stash of material.  

Look at buttons also at your favorite stores.  Buttons are not cheap and sometimes you can find cheap ones on a blouse or jacket at Goodwill and Salvation Army.  It is worth picking up the item just for the bling!! 

Here is also a part of the article from www.moneysavingmom.com where a young mother  has learned these techniques and had fun sewing for her daughters.

Instead of buying fabric on the bolt, she began looking for other items made of fabric that she could use instead. For example, on a recent trip to Target, she found two cotton tablecloths in adorable floral prints for only $6.99 each. At 102 in. x 60 in., she scored more than three yards of fabric from each tablecloth at 60 inches wide rather than the standard 45 inches, more than enough to make three simple summer dresses for all of her girls from each print.

She also found cute prints in fabric shower curtains, curtain panels, throws and even bedsheets. She and her best friend just made skirts and hairbows for their daughters from a patterned $2 crib sheet that was elasticized all around, providing instant waistbands!

Good job Saskia!!  Hope you can use some of these tips!!  Happy Sewing!  Cindy