Monday, September 22, 2008
1. My grandmother taught me how to cross-stitch and do needlepoint when I was 8. This skill came in handy in my early 20's when I worked for a company doing embroidery samples for children's clothing.
2. I learned to sew at about 23. It is truly a passion for me. Sewing relaxes me, calms me, challenges me. I am so thankful to have found such a wonderful sewing community on the Internet to learn from, and I have learned ALOT.
3. I love to mow the grass. I have been kind of irritated with Cody because he keeps mowing before I have a chance to get out there. There is just something awesome about the smell of freshly cut grass.
4. I don't like to cook which is kind of funny when I consider that I love to read cookbooks.
5. I am a native Houstonian and proud of it. Despite this, I absolutely adore living in the country.
6. I grew up the oldest of 4 children. I have 3 brothers, Matt, 32, R.T., 24, and Taylor, 18. Yes, we are spread out and it looks like I am following in the family tradition because.....
7. I am expecting! By the time this baby is born, my DSS, Johnathan will be almost 22. Hannah will be 12, and Rachael, 7. I am still in shock.
So there you have it, 7 things about me you didn't know and 1 that I just found out about.
These are some of the ladies that I would like to learn more about (and it was hard to choose which ones).
Cathy Jean of Home, Sweet Home, Noble
Faye of Faye's Sewing Adventures
Sally of Sally Sews - Aunt Emily's Legacy
Marjie of Modern Day Ozzie and Harriet
Bunny of La Sewista
Shannon of Frogs In A Bucket
Ann of Ann's Fashion Studio
Ladies if you have already done this or just don't like to do this kind of thing, I promise not to be offended. No obligation!!!
1. Link to your Tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know that they are tagged by leaving a post on their blog.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I bought this fabric at Hancock's several months ago, intending to make a skirt for Hannah. After looking at it in my pile of "TO DO" I finally pulled it out and washed it. This is what I ended up with. Hannah would never get a chance to wear this skirt because it would end up on the pile of "don't really want to do this" ironing! I plan to sew the petals down to facilitate ironing later on.
McCall's 5631, is basically two rectangles that are pleated and then gathered to a shaped waistband. The rectangles are the same for all sizes, the pleats are deeper for the smaller sizes and of course it is gathered tighter for the smaller waistband.
I am making a combination of view B and view C. I used pattern piece #4 for length, adding the hem band from view B. I want the skirt length to be about 30". The hem band has rows of top-stitching every 3/8". Instead of folding the hem in half and then top-stitching, I did my top-stitching first and then folded. I didn't want rows of stitching to show on the wrong side. I used the four colors of the flowers in the main fabric. The dark blue kind of fades into the fabric. Definitely a live and learn situation. Maybe I should have made samples. Maybe.
We found out this morning that the ADA dismissed charges against my neighbor for indecent exposure. I am going to the courthouse this afternoon to find out WHY! I know that I haven't explained the situation very much concerning my neighbors, mostly because it just makes me so angry and then it gets to be all that I think about! I'm trying to avoid giving her anymore space in my head than she already gets.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
I used the pants from Simplicity 9186 OOP. Rachael decided that she wanted Capri length. I ended up completely cutting apart the pants and re-cutting. This was one alteration that actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. From the time that I cut the pajama bottoms apart to the time I handed them to Rachael to put on - 1 hour. She stood over my shoulder the entire time waiting!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort by EllynAnne Geisel
Published by Andrews McNeel Publishing
In the introduction, Mrs. Geisel states, "... every apron spoke worlds of the heart and character of the people who had sewn and worn them." How fascinating to learn that there is another person who looks at an apron and sees "their stories." Why did someone use this particular fabric? Why did they choose the pattern? Every apron, whether for messes or entertaining has a story behind it.
Chapter 1 focuses on the aprons' journey from utility use to decoration, from Adam and Eve's aprons made from leaves to modern day. Throughout this book are pictures of aprons, directions for making several different styles of aprons and the remembrances of the roles that aprons have played in peoples lives.
Chapter 2 talks about the differences in aprons and includes a pattern for a Basic Waist Apron, Basic Bib Apron, and the Basic Smock Apron. Mrs. Geisel also mentions how pockets can really bring an apron to life and give it personality.
Chapter 3 is an overview of the kitchen apron, the "workhorses of aprons." There is a section about adding hot pads to an apron and about children's aprons, including a pattern for a Basic Child's Apron.
I love this line at the beginning of Chapter 4:
"Who, after all, gets high fives for a well-washed load of laundry or kudos for an expertly dusted room?"
So begins a look at utility aprons, made for cleaning, dusting, laundry, etc. The Baby Bath Wrapper, a variation of the Basic Bib Apron is such a great idea and shows how versatile one apron pattern can truly be.
"The Backyard Daddy" is the title of Chapter 5 and it talks about the wonderful aprons men wore/wear for backyard grilling. I just love the pattern for the Bottle Apron with a place for a straw.
Did you realize that there are many uses for "aprons on the job?" Chapter 6 talks about the many different occupations that wear an apron, maids, soda jerks, butchers. It includes a variation of the Basic Waist Apron, the Wipe-and-Go Plastic Apron. How ingenious!
Chapter 7 discusses the fancy apron, The aprons saved in the back of the drawer and pulled out when entertaining company and throwing parties. I absolutely adore the mauve satin waist apron on p. 107. I must make one for myself!
Chapter 8 covers the funny aprons. The aprons that have messages, such as, "I Hate Housework." Ummm, that would be me!
The last chapter is about the collecting and preservation of aprons. The love and care of them.
While reading this book, the love that EllynAnne Geisel has for aprons really shines through. There is so much inspiration included in the book, not only the patterns and their variations but also the modern and vintage aprons pictured throughout.
Please buy a copy for yourself, this book deserves a place on your bookshelf!
So, I wanted to show a few of the aprons that I have.
This apron is made from a pot holder and a kitchen towel with red bias tape used for the neck and waist ties.
This is the apron that I received for the Summer Sassy Apron Swap from Beth of cloth and fodder. I told y'all that sooner or later I would get a picture taken!!!! Please forgive the wrinkles, I was actually using it. One of the funny things that I have noticed since I received this apron, is how much I LIKE wearing an apron!
This apron is an antique child's apron that I bought years ago off of ebay. I bought it for Hannah to play with but changed my mind when I received it. This apron is completely hand stitched together. The embroidery is hand-done and the yellow ribbon is SILK. Do you see why Hannah didn't get her hot little hands?
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Somebody, tell me why I have to do without air conditioning while waiting for the electricity to maybe go off? We've survived Hurricane Gustav, but I wasn't sure I was going to survive the without just completely melting.