August 2011

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For the last couple weeks I have been in the dumps. I have no idea why just nothing appealed to me. I really dislike it when I get like that but hey, it happens so what do you do? Well if you are me you read… a LOT. Especially pioneer style books or Grace Livingston Hill books. You also listen to up beat hymns over and over and over again. Then one day, like today you wake up with a song on your lips and a bounce in your step and the urge to once again be creative.
I looked over the aprons I have made and decided to go for a bit of frill on this next one. This one became an experiment. I had a bland purple pattern cut already. So I dug into my stash of rick rack and laces and goodness knows what :

This is a 7 drawer chest. 6 of which are stuffed with rick rack and laces and who knows what all. There is more in the closet in a basket and in a box under the sewing table and… you get the idea.
This pile is what I began with:
Since this was an experiment and not up for sale I did it free hand and did not do all the ironing I do on ones for sale. I made a few mistakes in it too, probably because I did not preiron the seams.
Sew Sew Sew:
Tada:

This apron has the ties at the top, they cross over in the back and go through loops to tie at the waist. I have an apron in this style made for me by a sweet lady I have lost touch with. I love it but for 1 thing. It has no pockets. I need pockets. However I can never decide if I want deep or wide ones. (Great now that hymn is going through my head but I only know part of it! )
So on this apron I put one of each so I can see which I use most often.
I also used a combination of stitches, #1 and #3 on this.
For an extra bit of frill I added the vintage lace along the bottom. I know it is not real fancy but it satisfied my urge for a pretty apron. I got to sew and sing hymns and have a really happy morning!
What do you think?
Keep on sewin’ y’all!

Moving…

No, we are not moving to a new place. We are moving our bedroom. Remember the room I just redid sort of? Here.
Well we decided to move into a different room altogether. We have a tiny back room that used to be my son’s room. He had in it, a double bed, desk, desk chair, couch and dresser. Plus his laundry basket which he kept full of clothes. His dirty ones he put on the floor his clean, instead of going in the dresser went into the basket…
Well this summer our room just got unbearably hot. At night it was unsleepable. I tend to be a huge grouch when I do not sleep well and with it being in the 100s for weeks on end, I was plenty grouchy!
So I noticed son’s room, destined to be Beloved’s office was much cooler than the other room… it is actually the coolest room in the house all the time…
So I suggested to Beloved we move our bed in there for the rest of the hot days. We did.
Last night we began talking of making the move permanent. The only down side is the closet is not big enough, he would have to store his hang up clothes in his office… not a huge thing but still to me a negative.
In discussing it further we realized that since he is inheriting his mother’s office furniture, it will not all fit in this tiny room. Adding to that he wants to really start his pc business up again, there would be no space in the tiny room for a work bench…
I think we have decided to make this temporary move permanent. We only use the bedroom for sleeping, I do sometimes read on the netbook in there. We usually get dressed in there too… The tiny room has plenty of space for our bed, my chest of drawers, hubby’s dresser and our night stands, laundry baskets. It has a built in book shelf I can put books in so my little one from the bedroom can go into my sewing room… The closet will hold my clothes and coats…
We have laminate flooring I want to put down. We will need to paint and I need to figure out what to do with this:

This is a huge picture window that gets all day sun… My idea is to cover it with plywood and paint over it. Make it a sort of wall. The bed will be against this. Otherwise the room will not work at all. There are 2 small windows on either side of the picture window. You see the ac unit in one of them. These I will make curtains for or buy blinds for.
My dresser will go against the outside door.
I hate covering the door. Seriously I have a thing for exits. However when we eventually really get to redoing things, the back door will move into the breakfast room anyway. That is a couple years down the road but still on the agenda.
I plan to paint the room a light tan color. Not sure if I will do something else to the trim or leave it white. I plan for this room to be a red and blue room mostly. The comforter is my scheme.
Here is the room now:

Please ignore the pile of stuff. We were using this room for storage and since the bed was only a temp addition we just shoved it all in front of the outside door… it is all stuff for Beloved’s office so now it will be moved into there…
Here is the laminate flooring we have:
There are 12 full boxes, enough for the tiny room and possibly the breakfast room too. Normally I would not cover a wood floor. However this floor in most places is in such shape that we can not afford to redo it. Since some one gave us the laminate, it is best for us to use it.
My hope is to be done labor day weekend. Since we already have the flooring and part of the moisture barrier, we only need some wood, some spackle and paint. Oh and 1 rolls of moisture barrier.
What do you think?
hugs y’all!


Ok so not out loud or anything. No need to terrify the kitties or the neighbors!
However we are getting lots of rain! So much that I need to stay off the roads! Our 100 year flood plain is ummm flooding.
SQuEEEEEEEEE! I will miss church but we are so praising God for the rains!
I took a picture but it is not very good, of some ones basket ball floating past my home!

There is more rain on the road now than there was then… My drive way which is a hill is slowly being covered!
I hear a cow and her calf crying for each other in a near by pasture.
Road from my house to the highway is flooded, and we are under a flood watch! No rain for months and now, such an abundance!
A nice quiet day at home is welcome after the last few days of busy! There was grocery shopping on thursday, stuff at church on Friday and Saturday. Then yesterday afternoon there was the kids and games and… whew I am worn out. Though I did want to go to service, I am not good at driving in wet weather and after doing so yesterday I think I will avoid it in the near future!
Have a lovely Sunday!
hugs y’all!


There is nothing new going on here about. Just heat heat and more heat. Just for kicks I am gonna post kitty bed time pics.
Cuz I want to entertain but there are no new things to report!

 Spazzy Girl:
Munchkin:

Mouse:

Spazzy just seems to plop and be fine.
Munchkin has to find just the right spot.
Mouse always make the same pilgrimage to the Top of my Chest of drawers. 
Hugs y’all! 



I made this apron for my friend Roxy. She has 3 of the most adorable girls… so now I am thinking of doing a few trials in child sizes… 
I really loved the roses on this fabric. The color is just what a rose should be! As usual the seams are double folded for no fraying and the pockets are reinforced. 
Roxy told me yesterday that this apron has already stood a trial as she washed a stray kitty they found in their yard while wearing it!  

The beginning with an audience:


Iron Iron Iron…

                             


Sew Sew Sew…

Picking buttons…

Tada…

I am part of an apron group on yahoo. There are so many cool apron patterns out there! I want to make them all!

I am working on a schedule now that will give me a day each week to cut patterns, and then 3 days of sewing…
I also must begin planning and executing Christmas projects!

Keep on Sewin’ y’all!
I had another health scare with my Beloved but he is back on track now.
I have several aprons cut that I need to sew. Today however I decided to work on an idea that has been on my mind the last few days.
I read… a lot… and I enjoy fancy book marks. Some books like my Bibles have many places marked. You know certain scriptures just fill a need at any moment. Instead of turning pages to find them when needed I like to just open up to them.
I have a lot of scraps of this and that. I also have a ton of lace, binding and rick rack to find uses for.
So I began with this one fabric scrap in particular and decided I wanted a book mark out of it. I found a cool color to back it with and a lace I felt worked with the very busy pattern and away I went.
I began with this:

A Bit of fabric, some vintage feeling lace and a jean leg. 

Ironed:


Sewed:
And came up with this:

What do you think?
I have decided the jean material for the backing is too thick I think. It was hard to hold still going around the corners… I have 1 more bit of the busy fabric to use up and I have a different type of blue fabric I may try it with… 

Keep on sewin’ ya’ll!