Monday, December 31, 2012

My First Leather Project!

We bought one of our granddaughters, the oldest, a used drum set for Christmas.  I hope she learns to play this.  She plays the drums in the school band.  There was a tiny hole in the stool, so I decided to recover it.  I have never sewn with leather, so this was a new experience for me.  I did this several weeks ago, but I could not post it because I was afraid she would see it on my blog.  She likes to keep up on Grandma and see what I post.
Here is what I removed from the seat.  I took the cover apart and used that as my pattern.  The cushion still seemed to be in perfect condition so I reused it.

I cut out my circle and then folder the circle in half and then half again to find the center and placed a dot with my ink pen.  Then I drew another circle on the back of the leather in about 1/2 inch.  This was going to be my sewing line.  I knew I had to be perfect the first time because you cannot rip out mistakes without the holes showing. 

I am top stitching around the edge of the seat cushion

Then I stapled the cushion back on to the wood base.
Here is the finished seat.  I also painted her some designer drum sticks.  She loved them!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Did anyone get this Design for Free!!! Hurry!!

 I sewed this design out for Christmas!  It just sewed beautifully!  It was a little slow going and you had to read the directions very carefully, but it was well worth it.  This design is available until Dec.31.  Better go grab It!!  The design comes with 2012 on it, but I took it into my digitizing software and changed the wording to add the name.  If you can't change the year, I will do it for you next year.  The little teddy bear comes out of the pocket and I thought it would also be very cute to sew it in pink and make a little tutu for the teddy bear.  Just an idea!
Here is the link:

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Candle Wax On My Quilt Update!!!

I just wanted to say a great big thank you to everyone who wrote to me about getting that wax out of my precious quilt.  Well, it worked and it is all out.  I really can't believe it, I thought sure it was ruined.  I did what everyone said.  First I put my quilt in the freezer and scraped off as much of the wax as possible and then I ironed over the wax spot with clean paper towels until all the wax disappeared.

After the wax was all out, I had a great big oil stain.  He is my trick to get out grease.  I sprayed it with a grease relief product and then the trick is to rub it with a bar of Fels Napa.  Yes, good old Fels Napa.  I love it.  I very carefully washed the quilt and hung it on my line in the basement and all the grease is gone.  This is what I use for all my stains.  I usually spray with Shout and rub with the Fels Napa.  It pretty much works on everything! 

Yesterday I have been working on a dress for a cousin of mine.  She bought it in New York and it had an invisible zipper put in it.  The zipper was broken and needed replaced.  The dress is 100% silk.  Oh my, what a mess I had.  This dress was made never to be taken apart.  It is a Juicy couture sewn dress.  It had steps in it that I have never seen before.  The zipper is in the side seam.  I worked for hours trying to remove these little tiny stitches without tearing the thin silk.  I used a gigantic magnifying glass.  The dress has a band that runs around the waist and I was having trouble putting in the new zipper and having that band match up.  The silk was stretching.  I finally had to iron a small strip of iron on stabilizer to it.  I did get the zipper put back in and now I have to see if I can do these special techniques to put this dress back together like they had it.  It probably isn't necessary, but I am going to see if I can do it.  The zipper had matching material running down both sides of the zipper and they used a different technique to hold the bottom of the zipper down to the dress.  Pretty interesting!  I thought I was a good sewer, but they are way better than I am!  ( unless they have special machines to do these tricks) LOL!! 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Please Read, I Need Help With Wax On My Quilt!!

I received one of those candles that has the light bulb in it and you place the wax cubes on top.  I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and was just thinking how much I really love this.  It makes the house smell sooo nice.

Well, I went to move it for Thanksgiving and boy did I get a surprise.  I had it sitting on one of my good quilts and apparently, the wax melted down over the lid or else it has a crack in it or something.  I have a big wax spot now on my quilt.  Here is a picture, you can see the dark spot.

Does anyone have any suggestions on getting this wax out of my quilt.  It went all the way through the quilt.  I just hasn't been my week!!  I would sure appreciate any help!!  Cindy

Friday, November 23, 2012

Something Is In My Flower Pot! - Continued.......

Well, guess what!  My husband got home and opened up the garbage bag and nothing was in there.  Now I know I am not crazy, there was something in that plant.  It probably jumped out when I was trying to get the garbage bag over it.  Good thing I did not know this all day!

I didn't really feel like cooking after that, I just felt like everything was dirty.  Who knew where this little mouse, or what ever it is, could of been.  Did he walk on my kitchen counters?  I wiped everything in the kitchen down with clorox wipes before I started cooking.

My hubby said it was possible it could be a mole and that it bore down into the dirt of the flower pot to hide.  My plant looks O.K., so we put it in the garage.  I guess we will keep it out there for a few days.  We are getting ready to go to bed and he set a trap in the dining room to see if something is in the house. 

I always set my table the night before Thanksgiving and then throw a sheet over it.  Well, not this year.  I could just see that mouse walking across my dishes and then we would be eating off of them.  Now I will have to add that to my list of jobs in the morning.

You would think that we live out in the country, but we don't, we live in the city.  Last year we had a problem with tree frogs getting into the house.  That is just as bad, I am cleaning and a frog jumps out at me.  I think we finally found out how they were getting in.  They were coming in through the fire place.  One morning we came downstairs and four of them were jumping around in the house.  I guess it could also be a frog in the plant.  Just wish we could see what it is.  Oh well, maybe we will have something in the trap in the morning.

No nothing in the trap.  I looked at that bag several times during the day and the garbage bag was moving, I thought sure there was something in there, I guess it could of been the wind.  My husband got home when I wasn't there and opened up the bag.  I wish I could of watched to see if anything got away when he was not looking. 

Now what do I do, is it gone, is it still in the house?  My husband will be home for a few days, but I just know it will show up on Tuesday when he goes back to work.  That is always my luck!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Something Is Moving In My Flower Pot!!!

I got up this morning at around 4:30am.  This is my usual time.  My husband has already left for work.  I am in the refrigerator getting ready to make some breakfast and I hear this rustling.  I turn and look into the dining room and my plant in front of the window is dancing all over the place.
Something is in my plant eating!! 

Now I can tell you, nothing upsets me more than something being in my house.  I ran to the phone and called my husband and said, you have to come right back home, something is in my flower pot.  Now we have gone through this before and he knows how I am.  He says, "Cindy, I am half way to work and I have already driven 40 miles, you are going to have to take care of this yourself.  Be brave and go in and see what it is.  I say,  Yah Yah blah blah, I will just do that.  We hang up the phone and I decide just to go over to my daughters house until he gets home later today.  Then, it dawns on me, today is the day before Thanksgiving.  I am having Thanksgiving at my house and I need to cook all day!
What am I going to do?  I am sick to my stomach now, I certainly can not cook with something in my house.  We caught two mice down in the basement over the last week and I just bet that is what is in there.  Well, I tip toed into the dining room and turned on the light.  That did not faze him, he just kept right on eating.  Then I got the flashlight and tried to see what it was while standing in the kitchen and could not see anything.

I then decided to see if I could throw a garbage bag over the plant and take it outside.  That is exactly what I did, I throwed the garbage bag over the plant and pulled the ends shut.  Then I put that into another garbage bag and tied the end shut and put it on the front porch.  I then pulled my pumpkin over and placed it on the end of the bag.  It will now set there until my husband gets home and he can open it up and see what is inside.  My plant is probably ruined and I have had that over 20 years, but I don't care, I want that animal out of my house!!  I called my husband back and told him my heart was beating so fast, I will probably have a heart attack.  He said he was very proud of me for being so brave!!  Yah Yah blah blah!!  I still think he should of turned around and came and got it!!  Here is a picture of my bag.

To be continued tomorrow!  What is in that bag!!

This post is by Cynthia Dickerson

Thursday, November 15, 2012

When Did Squirrels Get So Smart???

We have an acorn tree right outside our back door.  We have lived her for at least 20 years and have always had a load of squirrels.  No problems ever with them.  We have this squirrel now that just has me baffled. 
One day this summer I was playing hide-go-seek with my 6 year old granddaughter.  I ran to the back yard and stood behind the tree.  All of a sudden these nuts started falling all around me and one hit me on the head.  I looked up and there was this squirrel tossing down these nuts at me.  He did not want me standing by (his) tree. 

We have patio furniture out there and were eating with the grandkids and he did the same thing, started throwing down nuts at us.  Now he thinks he owns the backyard.

I also have been fighting with him because I have a clothes line tied between two trees, of course, one of those trees is (his).  I have seen him chewing through the line and I go back out and tie it back up.  Twice he has done this.   Now this morning I see it is down again and this time, he just untied my knot!!!!!!!

He is smarter than the average squirrel,  maybe we should invite him for Thanksgiving?  Anyone else have a smart squirrel???  If not I will send you mine and just so he knows, that is still "MY" tree not his!!  I am going right back out and hooking up my clothesline!  When it gets really cold and snowy out though, I saved some nuts for him in my stash to keep him going through the winter, just in case he did not pack enough away!

This post is by Cynthia Dickerson

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Crazy Ribbon Flip Flops

As some of you know two of my granddaughters are really into gymnastics.  They practice for three hours almost everyday.  They are starting their competitions this weekend and my daughter, Tara,  asked me to make these flip flops to wear with their gymnastic outfits.
Photo: Sisters!

Here is a picture, it would probably be a little easier to see if I had a tiny foot to put into them, but this will have to do.  They are made with all kinds of different ribbons cut to around 8-10 inches.  Then you just tie them on around the flip flop.  The more different types of ribbons you have the cuter they are.  I have never made them before.  My other daughter, April, stopped over and fell in love with them.  She wants them for her girls in every color.  That probably won't be happening, unless I can find cute ribbon at a better price.  Now it was worth it for my two daughter's competition, but I don't know if it is for everyday.  The shoes were $5.00 a pair at Old Navy and the ribbons probably added up to about, at least, $15.00. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

My Spice Cabinet Just Had To Go!!!

I don't know about you, but every time I opened my spice cabinet, which usually is everyday,  I would have to dig around for what I needed and at least three things would fall to the floor. 

I have been watching on the Internet and it seems like all the ladies are getting this area straightened up.  Now it was my turn.  Here is what I am dealing with, probably shouldn't even show you this.
I have large containers from Sam's Club and plastic containers from the Pumpkin Seed and then the usual.  It is those little Tone containers that usually land on the floor. 

I have had this old shelf down in the basement that was in my father-in-laws barn which I have kept for years waiting for the right opportunity to use it.  I knew it would be perfect for my new spice rack.  I talked my husband into staining it to match my kitchen and hanging it on the wall for me. I told him to make it extra strong because it was going to hold a lot of jars!   Now I love to decorate country, so don't be shocked when it see its ruff condition.

I bought two different sizes of canning jars.  Try to find those now that they are out of season!!  After traveling to several stores, I managed to get the number of jars that I needed.  Next, I worked on how I was going to label the jars.  I thought of getting chalkboard labels and writing on them, but I was afraid they would not stick since there is not a smooth side on these jars.  Next, I thought about embroidering something with my sewing machine and even creating tags to hang on the jars. 

I was talking with my niece, Becca, because she is an avid scrapbooker and we finally hit on something much more simple.  I used a paint pen.  This would be so much simpler and much cheaper and I already had the pen on hand, so I could get started right away.

I finished it up this morning and first, here are all my empty containers.

 And here is what my new spice rack looks like!  I just love it! 

What do you think?  I might add some lace doilies in here, I will have to play around with the decorations.  Well, I better go! Now I feel like cooking!!!!!!!!!  Cindy

Written By Cynthia Dickerson

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bella The Kitty Made By My 6 Year Old Granddaughter!

My granddaughter, Gisele, started on this kitty over a year ago.  She is six years old.  She would do about 3 rows of knitting and stop and put it away.  She never gave up and I didn't push her.  If she saw I was knitting she would pull up her chair and grab her knifty knitter and start to knit.  This was a great project for a beginner and small child.  I would wrap the thread for her and she would do the knitting.  I did do the final sewing to put the kitty together, but she made all the parts.  I will introduce you to Bella!  She picked the name.  I am very proud of her and even more she is so proud of herself!  If anyone wants the pattern, just let me know!

This post is by Cynthia Dickerson

Thursday, October 18, 2012

My daughter posted this on her website!  She made these cute Bat Pumpkins out of pumpkins and black duct tape.  I thought they were so cute!  I am planning on making one this weekend.  If you would like instructions, you can visit her website.  It is called Unsophisticook and here is the link:

She is like me and loves to cook and bake.  You can get some fabulous recipes on her site and some are passed down from our family also.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sickness, Cameras, and Hedge Apples Oh My!!!

I hopefully will be able to now get back to some sewing! My mother has been sick and was in the hospital for a couple of weeks and then she came to my house for a week to recuperate. She is home now and doing much better. I am hoping to get a little free time for myself.

My husband, mother and I went for a ride out into the country while she was staying with us and I got out my camera to take a couple of pictures and I didn't have the SD card in the camera. I stuck my camera in the cup holder in the car. The next morning I was looking for it and realized I must of left it in the car. When I went to get it, the cup holder had about 2 inches of coffee spilled in it and there was my camera setting in it. It was in its case, so I was praying and hoping that it would be protected. Well, it wasn't! My camera would not turn on and I loved that little camera! It took really good videos and pictures! I don't know how the coffee got spilled, but it was no place but the cup holder!
I have been doing some research on cameras and purchased another one last week. I have been taking pictures around the house to make sure I like it. I thought I would post a couple of my decorations for the Fall/Halloween season! You can click on the picture to enlarge it if you would like a closer look!

If you look, you can see those green balls that we found out in the woods. They look like tiny green brains. I had never seen them before and had no idea what they were. I got on the internet and typed in green balls that look like brains and sure enough a picture of them popped up! They are called hedge apples. They make great additions to center pieces. Here is a closer picture of what they look like.  They are kind of sticky and they say to wash your hands after handling them or you could get a rash. I raised them up on a bottle cap so they are not sitting directly on my table runners.

I read up on what everyone does with them and it says that they are great for repelling spiders and crawly insects. My husband cut one open just so we could see what the inside looked like and said he was going to put it down in the basement to repel the spiders. The next morning I went down to the basement to wash a load of clothes and I turned around and saw this blob sitting in the middle of the floor back at the far end of the basement and I got scared to death. I thought it was a mouse! It didn't move, so I tip toed a little closer and there sat half of one of these hedge apples. I don't know why he would sit it in the middle of the floor, I would think it would work just as well in the corner of the basement!!!
Men just don't think like women!! LOL

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Video On Hair Bows for Pony Tails Out of Jeans Material

Jeans Pony Tail Elastics

CynSew Sewing

Please watch video at:

Cut your material 6" wide by 17" in length.  Cut 2 if you are making two pony tail holders.
Draw two lines down the center of your material 2 1/2 inches from each side the full length.  Next, draw lines every 3/4 inch up to the center lines.  Do this on both sides of the fabric. 
Place both panels of material together and using a basting stitch, stitch down both center lines.  Now cut around the perimeter of your material with pinking shears.
Cut up each 3/4" marking to the center line.  Now you can remove your basting stitches and both panels are ready to sew.
Wrap this material around a elastic band, ( I use "Goody") and put a zipper foot (center position) on your sewing machine.  If you have a needle down option on your sewing machine, please engage.
Now sew the material around the elastic band.  Take your time and straighten out each section as you go.  I usually pull the elastic at the top and bottom as I sew.  This creates a straight line for your material to wrap around the elastic and it is easier to line up and sew. Over lap the ends a tiny bit and back stitch to finish.  For the jeans, you can leave as is, or wash and dry for the fuzzy look.  For regular material, I do not recommend you wash.  Just leave with the pinking shear edge.
Do not sew through the elastic or to close.  Just close enough so the elastic has room to move freely through the material. 
Author - Cynthia Dickerson 



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Grandkids All Back In School!

Well it is time for another school year!  Gosh that was a fast summer!!  Here is a picture of 4 of Tara and Luke's children.  They started last week!  They are just sooo precious!!

Here is my youngest baby, he is four and just the apple of Grandma's eye!!  You can see why!  He goes to preschool a couple of days a week. He is Tara and Luke's, youngest.  Tara started me blogging.  She has a very helpful blog some of you may belong to.  It is  She started this about five years ago to help young familys living on a limited income with lots of children.  She teaches how to save money with coupons and how to shop for every item you buy!
My last two grandchildren started back this morning.  They are April's,  my youngest daughter's children.  Here is their picture!  These two, my husband and I have watched every evening since they were born.  We are more like parents instead of grandparents.  They go to catholic school, so they are in their uniforms.  I just love them "ALL" sooo much!  I thank God everyday for my seven little angels!!
The oldest doesn't really wear glasses.  These are called nerd glasses and she has just about every color of the rainbow.  I tried to get her to take them off for the picture, but no way!!  In my day, you didn't want to be a nerd!  How things change!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Cute Idea To Dress Up A Childs Room!!

My youngest daughter and I had made these dresser drawer handle little decorations.  They are made out of washers that you purchase at the hardware store.  As I told you in other posts, we changed her girls room to "Hello Kitty" so we also had to make new washers.

You can paint these washers anyway you would like.  You could add flowers or designs to them and get really creative.  They look so cute on the dresser.  It just really turns it into a little girls, or boys dresser.  Here is a picture of the ones we removed.  All you do is unscrew your dresser drawer knob and place the washer behind it and screw the knob back on.  It does not damage the dresser in anyway.  So  you can change them out anytime, like we did.  I would make one recommendation, and that would be to remove one knob and take it with you to the hardware store so you can get a large enough washer to show when the knob is added back on the dresser.

Author - Cynthia Dickerson

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Top Finished With Many Alterations!!

I finally got my new top made.  If you have been following my blog, then you know I was having an issue with a full bust and my small shoulders.  I fixed this problem by adding a small dart and removing the excess material abouve the bust line.  Then, I took that dart and moved it to the proper placement along the bust line and now my top fits through that area very nice.  After finishing with this problem, I cut out my material to sew my new top.

When you try to sew from a muslin fitted bodice, they tell you to fit the bodice and then to transfer your markings to your paper pattern.  Well, I just used more muslin and fitted that and just marked my adjustments to the muslin.  I will just save that muslin as my pattern.  Here in this picture you can see that I cut out my material with my muslin.

Always when I sew my shoulder seams together I add a little piece of stabilizer to that section.  I feel like it is a very small area to carry all the weight of the top and that is one place that I do not want any stretch.   I ironed this seam to the front because I added a dart to the back shoulder seam.  This makes the bulk of the seam more even.

I always press my darts on my ham.  I found this wonderful old ham at an old second hand store.  I was so excited when I saw it for $1.00.  When I went to pay for it, three woman who worked there asked me what it was.  What a find it was for me!!

When I put my top on my duck tape dummy, it was really big in the back.  It was all one piece, so I decided to spilt it down the middle and add a zipper.  I also had to take in some of the excess at the waist by adding darts and I also added darts at the neckline.  The reason this was so large was because there was no zipper in the pattern.  You had to just pull the top on over your head.  After I put in the zipper, then I could take out some of that extra material, because it just makes me look heavy and with the added zipper, I will be able to get it on.   You can see my adjustments in the following picture.
Now that the back was finished I worked on the front.  The pattern had a large pleat down the center front of the top.  I didn't care for that after I made it either.  I thought it just made the top look homemade.  I played around with it, and decided to take that pleat and fold over the sides and sew it down.  Now it looked better.  Here is a picture.

I sewed down the little pleats I added to the front placket.  All that was left was using my Cover Pro machine, I cut bias strips and added the trim around the armholes and neckline, hemmed it and it was finished. 

These pictures just don't do this top justice.  The color is such a deep, deep red and I am happy with the way it turned out.
Author - Cynthia Dickerson

Monday, August 20, 2012

Janome CoverPro Machine "What The Inside Looks Like"

I decided to open up my Cover Pro machine because I was having some problems when first starting to sew.  When I would push on the floor pedal, I would have to manually take my hand and turn the hand wheel to get the machine to start sewing.  It has done this ever since I bought it. 

I opened up the machine and could feel the tightness when I turned the hand wheel.  I marked the two places that I oiled and immediately felt the machine loosen up when I continued to turn the handwheel.  I marked those special spots.  I also oiled a few other spots, but I am not a Janome repair person, so I will not recommend this to anyone else.  I usually oil where metal rubs against metal.  I also oil along any bars that slide up and down.  After I finshed and closed the machine back up, she now purrs.  When I push the pedal, she starts immediately.  I would say that yes our Janome Cover Pros also need some oil!!  You can click on the picture for an enlargement.  If you need any help, just let me know!
Author - Cynthia Dickerson

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pretty Fabric Mouse Pads You Can Make!!

This is a really cute idea from J and O Fabrics.  They also have some pretty fabrics, so I included their website.

Mouse pads are an essential part of most workdays, so why not jazz them up a bit? This simple no sew mouse pad tutorial will have your mouse looking cute in a flash! Begin by choosing a beautiful print.

You will need:
• An old, cheap or free mouse pad in need of a makeover
• Fabric of your choice
• Scissors (Use pinking shears to avoid fraying. You can also slightly glue the edges of the fabric to achieve this)
• Decoupage glue, fabric adhesive or Mod Podge

What to do:
• Remove any plastic coating on existing mouse pad
• Trace the shape of the mouse pad onto your fabric
Pro-tip: Add a corkboard backing for a no slip pad with a vintage feel!
• Place some cardboard or newspaper beneath this project prior to the gluing process…a mouse pad should be mobile rather than stuck to your table.
• Evenly and lightly coat mouse pad with adhesive and gently place fabric over it
• Trim excess fabric
• Allow to dry!

That is all! Now your workspace reflects your fabulous side.

Choose a color that warms up your workspace

Who knew a mousepad could be so cute?

You can also opt to change the shape of the pad

Friday, August 10, 2012

Draping A Fitted Bodice and Having It Fit Perfectly!!!!

I found this fabulous video on how to drape a fitted bodice. After all these years of sewing, I have finally figured out my one problem of fitting a garment to myself. I created my duck tape dummy with the help of my husband years ago. I have my shape, but I can never get the bodice to fit exact. It is fine for a knit or drapey material, but If I want something a little more fitted then I run into problems.

I watched this video and followed it exact. Now mine didn't come out quite as neat as hers, but I tried it on and it fit perfectly. I was so excited!! We can always learn from someone else. What I needed is an extra dart to take out some fullness. Now I will be able to use this top and make this adjustment for every pattern I want to sew and " I think" this will correct my problem.

Here are some pictures of my drape fitting. You will see that I had to add a dart just above the bust line. I am very small through the shoulders and then I go into a "C" cup bust. I always have extra material just above the bust line and you can see into the sides of my clothes. No More!!

I have been wanting to sew the "Sorbetto Tank Top" that I told you about several months ago. They offered this as a free pattern back then. I tried to fit this pattern and I could tell before I even started that I was going to have this gapping problem. I didn't want to ruin my $60.00 material, so I did not cut it out yet. I am sooo glad. Now I will be able to make this adjustment and hopefully it will fit perfectly. I am going to be working on this if you would like to follow along.

Now if you would like to watch this fabulous video from a famous designer named, Angie Dartnell, you can view it at:

Author - Cynthia Dickerson