Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Planner Layout/ Ideals Magazines/ Barnes & Noble

Once a year I enjoy going to Barnes & Noble and spending time in the Annex section of the store. Not all Barnes & Noble have an Annex.   The Annex have  all kind of old books, magazines, cds, old vinyl records, art and books about any subject for cheap.

There is a perpetual sale of red, blue, green and yellow stickers. Depending on the stickers the books can cost from $1.00 to $100.00 or more. 2-years ago I found Ideals Magazines for $1.00 each and I bought all the magazines (10).

The magazines were from the 1960's; they had beautiful images, poems, a bit of history (Legendary Americans), recipes,crafts etc.   After reading the magazines from cover to cover I did a bit of research and I learned that Ideals Magazines were published from 1944 until 1967; I spent time reading each magazine from cover to cover and decided to use it to decorate my planner instead of keeping them in a bookshelf. I also bought a few more copies on E-Bay.

 I got the idea to use magazines, old books, calendars to decorate my planner or to use in journals ( sewing, writing, health journal, fashion, etc) after watching a few videos by this You Tuber.

I wanted a break from all the stickers and the washi tape in my planner, and yes it is a lot of fun to purchase them, however, there is a big expense associated with constantly buying washi and stickers and decorating my planner began to take up too much of my time and eventually I lost interest. I took a break and did not decorate my planner in 2016 for a 2-3 months. And oh what a relief it was.

When I began to decorate my planner again I used the pages of Ideals magazine and it only took 10-15 minutes, sometimes 10 minutes and it was done-dot-com.

It has been 2-years since I bought washi or stickers because I have a large collection and I also use magazines pages, scrapbook paper and wrapping papers that I already have in my craft arsenal. Also, I saw a You Tuber make washi tape out of fabric scraps and guess what I did a big portion of my fabric scraps.

 I don't pay full price for magazines or book (old ones), I get them free at the doctor's office or I buy books from the the library during the bi-annual book sale and the price range from 0.25 cents to 1.00. Additionally, my local library sell books and magazines all year for 0.25-0.50 cents.
You can also go online and google free magazines and you will be surprise to see how many magazines you can get for free. Oh this is not my idea, I got the information from this You Tuber.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

# Wakanda Color Palette

I found this eye shadows color palette here. The brand is named Araza. I don't know anything about the brand other than what was written in the blog post where I found the photo. I love the colors because it is similar to colors that I saw in the movie. The colors of Wakanda, these are the colors that stood out the most to me.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

#Blackpanther #Wakanda


Went to the movies with the honey and had a blast getting dress. I have a closet full of beautiful clothes that allows me to get dress for any occasion  at any time. The jacket is RTW, it's a bold, colorful & beautiful leopard print; however it hung in my closet for ever because I was waiting for the perfect occasion to show it off. And show off I did. The blouse is another classic that is at lease 10-years old and the pants I sewed last spring.
If you have not seeing the movie, please run to the nearest theater. The colors and costumes are absolutely beautiful. For those who are into technology there is a glimpse of the future particularly as it relates to communication and science.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Crochet Vest- UFO #1

In the fall of 2014 I bought this magazine because there was a pattern of vest that I like and I though it was easy to crochet.
Below is the photo of the vest in the magazine

Here is the vest that I started fall 2014. I completed the back and one of the front panel. By then I realize that it was too long and way to big. So I became disappointing and threw it in the UFOs pile.

 I spent the last few days watching Yarn Substitution Made Easy on Craftsy, and depending on the subject I found additional information on YouTube.
I've learned a lot about working with yarns and when and how to substitute. I also learned about gauge and how to make a pattern work for me using my gauge instead of the pattern gauge.

My vest  failed to the following reasons:
1. I substituted a light weight yarn for a heavier cotton yarn. This lead to a bigger and heavier garment instead of light weight garment.
2. I did not understand the importance of gauge
3. My stitches were inconsistent throughout the project.
I have been crocheting for over 30-years,and I never paid attention to gauge because I knew how to work with acrylic yarns. Unfortunately I can no longer work with acrylic yarns, wool, angora, cashmere. So, I now have to learn how to work with cotton in all its varieties, bamboo, silk, etc.

As for this project, I will not discard it, I will wash it and rewind the thread, and I will use it to crochet hats. I made a collection of hat using this same thread in 2015 and I am still wearing those hats. I love them. So hats it is.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Two Half Circle Skirts ( # 2018 Make 9 and # 2018 Sew 9)


The second week in January my DD asked me to sew a white circle skirt for her. She gave me two-week's notice and specific instructions about the length of the skirt.
I had a TNT pattern for a flared skirt I’ve sewn many times for her; I though it will be easy to alter. I altered the pattern and cut the fabric. Disaster, 4 of the 10 yd of white fabric I had in my stash was thrown in the trash.
I recut the skirt and altered the circular waist to ????  who knows what the heck I was thinking, another 4 yds. of white fabric was wasted.

I went to  Pinterest and found the instruction for a halfcircleskirt 
I followed the instructions (or so I though) and of course this time I made a muslin only to realize that I did not followed the instructions and created a quarter circle skirt if there is such a thing? Wasted another 3 yds. of muslin fabric.

I threw the fabric in the trash and walked away.  After a good night sleep I took another look at the pattern and I saw my error. I added paper to the exiting pattern and completed the circle.  Unfortunately, I only had 2 yds. of white fabric in my stash. I search high and low because I really did not want to buy fabrics.  I made a run to Joann for fabric. Luckily, I found the same type of fabric and it was on sale for 30% off plus an additional 20 % of your total purchase. I purchase 10-yds. enough to make 2-skirts and a jacket.
I tissue fitted the paper pattern on my DD because after the shenanigans I was not about to make another muslin; the fit was perfect. Within an hour I cut and sewed the skirt added elastic to the waist and hung it up for 48 hours. The next day I cut and sewed the second skirt and hung it up. My DD had a change in the date, so that gave another week to work on the skirts. This morning I realize that skirt were hung up 6- days ago and I decided to complete the skirts today. 

The most time consuming part of making the skirts were the bias hems:
1. the hems were recut and serge.
2. I  machine basted a running stitch the depth of the hems; this made it easier to turn under the hem
3. because the hems were on the bias I did a second basting stitch near the hems; this allowed me to pull the thread and press the extra ease flat
4. lastly, the hems were press under, the extra ease were press flat and I hemmed the skirts by hand while I listened to my favorite playlist on Spotify until I was done.


Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 Projected Plan and # Make 9 # Use 9

This is my first post of 2018.

My interpretation of #Make 9 # Use 9 includes sewing, needlework, home decor, organizational projects and craft projects using what I have in my stash. I am a multi-crater and my blog reflects what I enjoy.

Here is my projected plan, patterns and fabrics will be decided later:
1.     Skirts or pants
2.     Dress or dresses
3.     Jacket, coat or vest
4.     Home Project- to be determine
5.     Complete or give away all UFO
6.     Other- to be determine later

# Make 9 has been around for a couple of years. # Use 9, I believe this is its first year. There is a lot of information regarding Make 9 (You Tube) and #Use 9 on Instagram.

I like both concepts, however after years of attempting to sew with a plan and joining sew-a-longs without success, (except for Faye” skirts sew-a- long and Tops sew-a-long) I realize that it does not work for me because I feel pressured and the next thing you know I begin to feel overwhelm and I walked away from the project.

Sewing is fun, it’s a hobby and life is too short for me to use my time participating in sewing related events that brings me stress instead of joy. With that said, I really wish I could successfully participate in sewing related events, because of the results and it may take me out of my comfort zone.

Anyway, I like the concept of #make 9 and #use 9 and I will be using fabric from my stash and patterns from my stash. I will buy notions and lining if needed; except for fabric I will be buying to sew a gown for a formal event in May. More about that later.

My fabric and pattern stash is out of control and it began to overwhelm me instead of bringing me joy and enjoyment.  
I will never be able to sew up all the fabrics and patterns I own, so, with that realization I took charge of my fabrics and pattern stash. I started to evaluate the need for the fabric prior to purchase, I did the same with patterns. This lead to a decreased in fabric and pattern purchase from 100% to 20%.

Although my stash remains large the fact that my level of awareness was heightened brought me relief and some enjoyment because I know that this is going to be a slow process to decrease the amount of fabric I have. More on that later.