First and foremost I have an APB posted for a suspected sewing mojo on the run, the fugitive is likely hiding in another sewist's home and I must warn you that if you are aiding and abetting a fugitive, you will be charged in connection with same....LOL
My sewing mojo has run amok and has left me high and dry. The only sewing related thing I've done in 2 weeks is a baby blanket that is still in the making. Also, with my sewing mojo on the run, it has caused me a major set back in that September 1st was 9 months of not buying any clothes. With the onset of not having anything new to wear and exhuasted from searching for my sewing mojo I fell prey to store vultures... yes, the sales clerk ambushed me into the store and I became a victim of their purchasing assaults. I ended up walking out of the store some what disheveled, a bag filled with 3 pairs of slacks, 3 sweaters and 3 cardigans... shaking my head, but feeling wickedly satisfied with something new. For some time now I have cut & marked Simplicity 2700 pants and Butterick 5147 jacket, but unable to find my sewing mojo to sew them up.
In an attempt to do something I started on a baby blanket and for the most part its nearly completed just need a special touch and thinking of adding an applique or two. The fabric is from Joann's, a soft flannel perfect for a baby, which I caught on sale last year for $1.49/yd. I'd purchased 2 yards in various baby/child friendly prints and for this blanket cut it in half and with wrong side together added the hot pink quilt binding .
With the baby blanket in UFO mode and my sewing mojo still on the run, my attention was diverted to more cards and this one was for my mom. The cardstock is from Joann's labeled Golden Swirl, with the swirly bling I used mininal embellishments, just a ribbon, cut a frame, EK swirly card punch for the bottom & stamped Happy Birthday.... she loves it!
To date, I have not heard from nor seen my sewing mojo and decided some more crafting was in order and made some peppermint scented body butter (3 months of not buying lotion... yeah!! the family loves it), eucalyptus scented soap, peppermint oil for our hair & lemon-grapefruit message oil.
The peppermint hair oil is perfect for my dry scalp and dandruff and love the fact that it minimizes that awful itching. My concotion is a mix of grapeseed oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, evoo & peppermint oil which leaves my scalp energized. The lemon-grapefruit message oil with a little heat melts away a day worth of stress... sorry only a day's worth...lol The body butter is a mix of shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil, apricot oil, aloe vera gel & peppermint and provides such a refreshing feeling.
So while my sewing mojo remains on the run... I am off to make a b-day card for my nephew and until then Everyone have a Great Week.
for my first fall garment using my vacation dress template (VDT). I used the bodice portion of the dress and lenghten it an additional 10" (for the 1st one I only added 8"). Also, added the collar from Butterick See & Sew 5166 and removed 1/2" from the length, used sleeves from Simplicity 2850 and decreased the sleeve cap 1/4" using the sleeve cap from the VDT as a guide. I am really having fun with the VDT and seeing all the possibilities.
I can't recall where I purchased the fabric and only know that the fabric is a medium-weight slinky knit in a denim blue. As usual, I serged all the seams and again used the wooly nylon... I love that thread. I will say that it can be a pain to thread the needle since the threads tend to separate. I keep a stick of Elmer Glue handy and just swipe thread across the top and give it a twist between my fingers and presto all is right again...lol
I like to think of this as a wrap sweater than a wrap blouse... it hugs my body and feels so good against my skin and it was perfect for New York's crisp temps this morning paired it with navy slacks and a pashmina shawl and off to work I went. My collar appears askew and spent a good amount of time trying to right what I thought was a wrong, only to realize that in pulling the ties tight around my waist it appears to control the collar like a puppet on a string.... but it didn't keep me from my Shades of Blue though...lol
My favorite spot to people watch until the birds chase me away...lol
Signing off with a Birthday card I made over the weekend.... until then have a Fabulous Week.
LoL... I am enjoying cardmaking and feel that I am getting better with each card... I think.. giggling
September is a busy Birthday month in my family and with my cardmaking in full throttle, my Mom asked me to make a Birthday card for my sister and with that took the slow approach to keeping it simple. I must say that it's easy for me to overthink a project and end up with a motherload of embellishments. For the card base I used Colorbok multi-stripe cardstock, and also Colorbok cream cardstock to print the digi stamp from Bird's Cards, she has such lovely circle frames which has channels to add a sentiment. Again I used a digi sentiment stamp from Bird's Cards and used WordArt for Dear Daughter. Now on to the good part, coloring takes me back to my childhood, being an introverted child I had tons of crafting gadgets to placate me and one being coloring books. I immediately pulled out my stash of Glitter Gel Pens & Colored pencils and presto a simple card with pop.
This card is from me to my Sister incorporating a bit of fun. My sister is all about a good time and full of fun and tried to show that in my card. I used a girly digi stamp I believe from my google search for free digi stamp images. I used Colorbok Argyle cardstock and DCWV 6x4 Matstack. As I'd mentioned earlier, I enjoy coloring with my colored utensils and colored away a hectic day. Of course, I had to add bling (My Moments Petite Gems) on one of the balloons & her belt… too cute. For the fonts I used Inkadinkado Clear Font Rubber Stamps
I have been looking at the Copic Markers which offers a variety of shading markers in earthtones, but not sure if I can handle the price of them.... just yet.
This card is for my Brother.. again I went with simplicity using Colorbok cardstock & DCWV 6x4 Matstack, together with Bird’s Cards Digi Sentiment stamp. For the name I used WordArt in Powerpoint and finished off the fonts with Black glitter gel pen… could I get any more masculine than that.
Off to see what other craftiness I can tangle myself up in... Have a Great Week.
after traipsing over to Fulton Fabrics to replace the fabrics that had become wadders last weekend. I figured that a red wrap dress would set me right for the week and happily pulled out my vacation dress template (Thanks Carolyn, I finally interfaced the pieces and they lay so much better).
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Then I thought it would be nice to have a wrap dress with a collar and pulled out Butterick See & Sew 5166 and used the collar from that pattern.
Everything went smoothly with the collar construction to the extent I made a template.
I even had the joy of using the Wooly Thread I'd puchased at Pacific Trimmings (A big Thank You to Miriam in KS for recommending that I use Wooly Thread for my nieces wrestling gear.). In googling wooly thread, I learned that its great for knit fabrics too I used the wooly threads in my upper & lower loopers of my serger and it purred like a kitten. I also hand wound the wooly thread onto my bobbin for my sewing machine and love it. Where have I been, I'd never heard of wooly thread - a girl like me learns something new every day.
Well I was able to complete the dress it fits like a charm, buttttttt at closer inspection, I noticed the the collar sat far away from my neck... ugggh. Regardless of what I tried, that collar stood away from my neck like it had its own mind.... dagnamit...whyyyyyyyyyyy.
So what is a girl to do.... improvise... well more like refashion....
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The dress became a wrap skirt and added a cute buckle that I'd removed from rtw pants and a buttonhole & button on the inside of the skirt. Then I thought I need a blouse to go with it and remembered a co-worker asking me if I made a wrap blouse I had on last week and some wires connected in my head and off I went.
I used fabric that I'd purchased at Metro Textiles during a fabric excursion for the bodice portion of the dress to create the wrap blouse and extended the bottom an additional 8". Again I enjoyed using the wooly thread and serged the blouse together. The ties took longer to make than the darn blouse... there has got to be a better way to turn those darn things inside out. Despite a wadder, I did come out with two cute garments.
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I like the blouse so much I wore it today....
...and to think I thought that wrap dress was a contender...lol
Signing off with my new popsicle maker....I love gatorade popsicles in the middle of the night...
Robin at Yarn Crawl awarded me the Beautiful Blogger Award... Thank You Robin. Robin noted that she was blown away when she met me in person.. Can I say that is an Ultimate Compliment... blushing.... And to further mention that I offered good practical tips and tricks on my crafting was awesome to read and Priceless. Now if only one could see me in my sewing room short-circuting over pattern instructions ... one may have others words for me... like umm yeah what the hell is wrong with her...lol
As you may know from my previous post, I had the awesome pleasure of meeting Robin this past weekend and she is such a dear. It was fun to meet so many like-minded people during the fabric excursion and chat about our projects, likes and dislikes and walk away with a wealth of information. Let me tell you Robin is serious when it comes to her fabric... sister-friend knew what she wanted and went full throttle. I had mentioned to her during our fabric excursion that she is my Shero of Wrap dresses.... matter of fact I have put B5309 on hold and of course will be working on wrap dresses for the holiday weekend....lol. In being a good sport here are Some Interesting Facts about me:
1- Can be very anti-social;
2- A serious hothead when provoked… nothing passive about that…lol
3- Love and I mean love to meditate… anytime & anywhere; if only I could take exercising that serious.
4- I have been a crafter for years, but only now realizing that I am fully in my element, possibly due to finally having my own sewing/craft room;
5- I am a spoiled brat and learning that I can’t have it all... at least that what my guy tells me, but he fails to realize he is the culprit;
6- Have finally come into myself… didn’t realize it would take approaching 50 to accept my idiosyncrasies…lol
7- Wake up each day with a positive attitude, provided I don't have a glass of wine the night before...haha
Of course, I would love to insert my Google Reader list, but that would be stretching it... So I would like to nominate all that visit my blog... awww come on now... you know who you are...
Signing off with another handmade card in the making.