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!