Sunday, November 11, 2012

Window Treatments vs Lemonade

Sewing new curtains (with lining) for my living room was on my to sew list for the holidays. I choose a sage green fabric embroiderer with pale blue flower and scrolls. I bought the fabric at the fabric warehouse in September during their 50% off everything sale. Total cost of the fabric plus thread was around $30.00. The lining fabric was in my stash.  My ultimate goal is to have a total of 16 panels with four different colors that work well together. Unfortunately the old saying measure twice cut once did not play a part in the first panel that I cut.
As you can in the photo above the panel on the far right has a line that is clearly visible. This is where I accidentally cut the panel in half. I decided to sew it together and kept it moving, unfortunately it is not going to work because the green fabric blends into the wall and it looks blahhhhhhhh. So when you get lemons, you make lemonade. See the pic below.
So there you have it lemonade, and I am loving it. I am going to go back to the fabric warehouse and see if I can more of the green fabric.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sewing With A PLan (SWAP)

Swap is a concept that has been around for a couple of years. I read about swap was from Julie Culshaw's website sometime in 2006 or 2007. After reading Julie's article I started buying stitchers magazine on E-bay; and I was able to read and see more of how the swap concepts work. I have been planning to swap from 2006-2010 without success; I made a plan, choose patterns, fabrics, and created a design board. After all that planning, I felt overwhelm, anxious and abandon the whole idea. Every fall I went through this exercise and finally last fall I decided that SWAP was no longer important and that I was going to sew whatever I wanted, no rules. The fabulous Sheila-CTK who has a relaxed, matter of fact attitude has encouraged me and shared her knowledge and experience. This has helped me to refocus and re-organize how I sew and what I sew. The results were evident in the last three post (carnival of skirts and simplicity 1873- Cynthia Rawley). Finally, I realize that the reason why my attempts of SWAP was not succesful in the past was because I only had one TNT (skirt) pattern, all the other patterns I choose required too many alterations and this took so much of my time. Also, I did not have all required notions for the fabrics I choose etc. I now have several TNTs (skirt, dress, jacket). This brings me to my last point, there is a SWAP over at Sticher's Guild that starts December 26,2012 and ends April 30, 2013. There are three options for a total of  9 to 11 garments including tops, bottoms, dressess etc. This equals 2 garments a month. If you are interested head over to Stitcher's Guild.
I will not be joining SWAP swe along, instead I will be using the concept to add needed pieces to my wardrobe.

Friday, November 2, 2012

From My Home To Yours

This is another non-sewing post that I am sharing with anyone who reads or visit my blog. The recipes below was posted on Pinterest.  I've tried the recipes below and the result was great.

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.

Oven Cleaner
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.