Friday, December 14, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
This is the center piece, the two crystal xmas tress I bought from Macy's couple years ago. The are battery operated and when you turn the light on the color changes from red, green blue, yellow. So pretty.
The xmas trees on the buffet were made out of magazine. I saw it last year on HGTV white house xmas special, and I have been working on them all year. I,ve made a total of seven, I might make 3-4 more. See the pic below
Sunday, December 2, 2012
I am getting my home ready for the holidays. This year's theme is "Nice, Quiet & Easy". I am taking a breakmy yearly holiday madnesssss. That means that I will only decorate one Xmas instead of 10 xmas tress.
DIY project red flowers centerpieces
1. Five clear vases ( I bought the vases at AC-Moore two years ago using a 50% off coupon on each vase for a total of $7.50 per vase
2. Flowers from the dollar store: Blood red, 2- Orange red, 2-Red, forr a total of $5.00
3. Epsom salt- I had on hand
4. Glitter crystals three bags (AC Moore) $10 per bag - 50% coupon off each bag for a total of $15.00
5. One large bag of cat litter.
Mix the glitter crystal with epsom salts- this gives you the best bang for your money.
Take the empty epsom salt boxes and cut the top off- making sure it lines up with the rim of the vase
You can also use a 16oz yogurt container. Fill the container with cat litter and inster the flowers into the box of cat litter, arrange the flowers in a pleasing manner.Take the container of flowers and place it into the clear vase, add the crystal glitter epsom salt mix. And here is the final product
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
I will not be joining SWAP swe along, instead I will be using the concept to add needed pieces to my wardrobe.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Recipe to Clean Floor
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 baking soda
1-Tbs liquid soap ( do not use dishwashing liquid)
2- gallons of very warm tap water
Mix all ingredients together in a bucket. I pour half into an empty gallon bottle and use the next half.
Mop the floor. This solution removes dirt and grime from your floor without scrubbing. If the floor is really dirty, let the solution sit on the floor for 10-15 minutes and mop the excess up.
Tip: I put a gallon to heat up on the stove, and when the solution is very warm to hot it takes less time to remove the dirt from the floor.
Spread baking soda over the bottom of your oven and on the door (leave the oven door open. Put vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz vinegar over the baking soda until saturated and it becomes moist. Let it sit in the oven for 30-40 minutes and take a plastic bristlte brush and scrub the oven and the door. Move the paste around and spray and let it sit for 20 minutes and scrub. You will continue to move the paste around the inside of your oven and spray with vinegar until the oven is clean. Remove the paste and wipe with clear water.
I've tried it and it works, my oven..... and when I was done the oven looked brand new.
This is the type of cleaning that takes time, so you can do a little sewing while you give the oven cleaner time to work. This is enviromentally safe.
Vinegar instead of Commercial Fabric Softener
Add 1/4 cup of vinegar (front loading washing machine) or 1/2 cup of vinegar (regular wahsing machine) to the rinse cycle when doing your laundry.
My son developed eczema when he was 3-months old, his pediatrician recommended that I wash his clothes with harm and hammer detergent and rinse his clothes twice with a vinegar rinse.
I have been using vinegar as fabric softener for 18-years with great results. I no longer use harm and hammer detergent, instead in my home hair we use shampoo to wash our clothes, and detergent ( no perfumes) to wash sheets and towels only.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The wrinkles in the back was caused by the lining, the lining was sewn to the fabric at the neck and I used bias binding to finish the armhole. I did not like the pattern instructions for the lining. The lining fabric was in my stash, I don't think It was a good choice, but oh it feels so great against my skin
Sunday, October 7, 2012
I made a muslin and the center front and center back lenght was too long. I decreased the lenght and its ok; I will continue to work with this pattern until I get it right.
I did not use the skirt that came with the pattern instead I use M5390 my TNT skirt pattern with a few pleats. S1873 skirt require a bit of pleating and it was too much fabric and pleats for my wide hips
Fabric: a medium weight linen. This fabric has been in my collection for a couple of years. I don't lke the flower near my bust.. oh well moving alongggggg.
the pattern instructs you to line the bodice; I underlined and lined the bodice. The instructions providing on the pattern guidesheets were a bit confusing, in the end I made it work. Once the lining was attached I was not happy with all the hand stiching required to hem the lining to the waist of the dress and I decide to take to remove lining. I tried the dress on before removing the lining and the bodice with the lining feels great next to my skin. I will not remove the lining.
Please forgive the wrinkles, believe me I press the fabric before cutting the dress out and during the construction of the dress. Once the dress is completed I will post better photos.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
My son moved into his college dorm on September 1, 2012. It was a happy and sad Labor Day weekend. I did not go with him, my DD and DH went and they came back home, I saw the sadness in their faces. My DH, DD and I spent the rest of the day feeling sad and really missing him.
My birthday was during the Labor Day Weekend. I sewed a sexy bold and pretty dress for my special day in anticipation of going on a boat ride to party hardy. Nope did not happen was not in the mood.
Went to dinner with DH on Sunday and I wore a dress that sat in my closet for the last two years because I needed to loose some weight. I did (10 pounds).
My plan is to loose another 10 pounds by September 2013 and start an exercise routine that will work for me.
The Christmas Quilt
August 19, 2012 September 16, 2012
Back In The Sewing Game
I bought the fabric last weekend. I bought five yards and used all of it, I was able to get three panels. One panel was cut in two and piece to the other two panels in order to create a wider piece of fabric. You can imagine that I had to cut and piece following the repeat of the fabric design. that took a bit more time to do and then the curtains are fully lined. I started sewing last night and the project was completed two hours ago. I pressed and hung the curtains up two hours ago. I love ittttttttt. As I said I am in the sewing game.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
When I started this process I was a bit careless about how I cut the hexagons out. As I worked with the hexagons putting them together I realize that it was important to ensure that the hexagons were cut as accurately as possible. The mistake I made was using a white paper hexagon template on top of four layers of white paper, I was unable to see that I was not cutting accurately. I have cut templates out of manila folders, I checked that each hexagon template was the same size. Now it is going together like a puzzle and I can work on individual section and it will all work out.
Lesson Learned- If you can afford to buy laser cut hexagons- buy it!
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Fast forward three years later, a friend gave me a bolt of green fabric with small Christmas designs on it. I decided that I will use the fabric as muslin to test the fit of a TNT blouse/top pattern, and suddenly the more I looked at the fabric the more I started thinking about the holidays. I found the book and as I looked at the black and white diagram for the Christmas quilt, I realise that the diagram of the was not clear and that it would have been very difficult to follow. I went to the author's website and sent her an e-mail inquiring if she had a diagram of the quilt that was easier to follow. She responded quickly and sent me a revised version via pdf file. The revised version was in color- awesome. instructions for this quilt. You follow her tutorial on you tube and follow the diagram.
In other quilting news the quilt below I completed the top 4 years ago and last weekend I found 5 yds of corduroy fabric. I washed it and used it as the backing for this scrap quilt. Scraps quilts tell a story, every bit of fabric in that quilt reminds me of a particular time in my life or my children’s’ life. This is not a award winning quilt, it just a scrap quilt to keep your warm on cold fall/winter days.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I am getting my son ready for college; he will be leaving home next month.
My sewing laboratory looks like it was hit by a tornado; I am doing a bit of cleaning up.
I sewed a white cropped jacket, more about that later.
I have been working on muslin for the past few months, I am a slowwwww sewer and after speaking to Sheila I am not going to make any other muslin. I will tweak the fit as needed.
I started working on a quilt; more about that later.
Home dec projects, more about that later.
Holiday projects; more later
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Here I am. It was a beautiful day with no humidity.
Me, Mom and my sister. I made the maxi dress using mimi's tutorial.
My cousin and I. Another view of my maxi's dress. My cousin and I are
color coordinated, this was a coincidence.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Here is Rachelle and I with the store owner. She was a lot of fun.
Here I am wearing a maxi skirt I made the previous weekend
The weekend was a lot a fun. I got home around 6:30pm on Saturday and at 8pm my DD decided that she wanted to sew a maxi skirt. This was her first sewing project. As a good mom I taught her how to cut and sew a simple maxi skirt, two hours later the skirt was done. I was exhausted, however I got up Sunday morning renewed and ready to go. I hope everyone had a great weekend.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Ms Faye presented me with the LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD. Thank you Faye.
The reason for the award is to recognize and promote other blogs. I enjoy reading sewing blogs so it will be very easy for me to nominate other blogs for the awesome award.
CENNETTA- I have a followed this beautiful lady blog for probably five years. Her sewing skills gets better with every garment that she makes. The inside of her finished garment are absolutely beautiful. I also enjoy the recipes and craft project that she post on her blog.
TOY- I enjoy Toy's video post regarding pattern collection; she compares the pattern from the big 4, and at times shows how the pattern companies tweak the pattern and presented as though is was a new design. She used beautiful print fabrics to create awesome dresses.
MIMI- All I can say is to check her blog out. She is stylish, down to earth and kind. She shares sewing knowledge by posting great tutorials and most important she encourages beginner sewers to jump right into the sewing game by posting easy peasy tutorials.
ADRIENNE- I enjoy Adrienne's blog. My favorite post are the ones that includes recipes and sewing projects.
SHEILA - This one another one of my favorite blogs. Sheila sews timeless garments. Her style is classic, timeless with a twist of modern; one of my favorite garment that Sheila made was the matrix leather dress. In addition to sewing she makes pretty crochet sweaters, cards and other craft items.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
This is my version of the maxi skirt. It only took about 1-hour to sew maybe a little more. I bought the fabric at Jo-Anns two weeks ago. The fabric is cotton with maybe rayon. It feels like silk, its soft and has a nice drape.
I love the color blocking trend, although I seemed to be gravitating to softer colors.
Movie- Think Like A Man Act Like A Woman. This was a fun movie, In my opinion young single women should go see this movie. Here I am leaving the theater.
1. Migraines- I am feeling much better, no migraines. I cannot believe that it took 3-weeks to get a relief.
2. Bulging disc in my neck- I am doing much better, I have two more weeks of physical therapy and hopefully that will be the end of that.
3. Black jacket for the Donna Karan skirt- work in progress.
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