Sunday, December 10, 2017

Holiday Decor

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love to decorate my home with items that I make. Years ago I bought tons of decorating magazines to look for inspiration and to provide ideas to decorate my home.
You Tube has become my go to for inspiration and ideas.  This holiday season I was inspired by The Magnolia Housewife. I appreciate the time she takes to share her projects.

Below are four canvases that I painted. I bought four gifts bags, painted the image and the canvas. I wanted something that reminded me of my kids when they were little (adults now). I love the results.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sewn Magazine

I got my first copy of Sewn Magazine on Monday. Ohhhlalalala! what a treat it is.
In my dictionary (LOL) the synonyms for Sewn are: classic, traditional with a modern flare, contemporary, ethnic, stylish, vintage with an urban flare.
There is something for everyone. The first issue of Sewn appears to be a breath of fresh air in the craft magazines arena that reflects the diverse world that we live in.
Disclaimer: the above is my opinion based on the review of the magazine. I was not asked nor did I receive any compensation for the above review.

Monday, November 27, 2017

December- Layout

Wow!in exactly 34 days 2017 will be exiting and 2018 will be arriving. Below is the December layout in my planner. Enjoy!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Where have I been? Life Happen, We Must Go On and Anita’s Post

Where have I been since my last post?  Dealing with life, family health issues, death and grief. That sums it up short and sweet.

For the last 15-years I was the primary caretaker for my mother and she passed away in June due to years of chronic health issues.  A month later in July my sister passed away.

 My family and I are devastated. I kept asking the Almighty why? Why he chose my family? Why he took them away without my consent?  It annoyed when anyone tried to tell me he knows best. I was angry because I accepted my mom’s passing, he prepared me.  However, he did not consult with me regarding my sister. Yes, I am angry at life because it’s not fair.

Why did he choose to take my sister so soon without preparing her children, grandchildren, family, and  friend etc.  
Why he chose my family instead of another family? 
Why he would not take away the pain and grief ? And how much longer my family and I must suffer with this pain and grief? And then, I read Anita’s post this morning.

Her words inspired me to stop questioning the Almighty because he knows best.
The written words in her post gave me hope and made me accept that my mom and my sister are no longer here and that my family and I must go on.

Anita’s faith propelled me to write this post, because I was inspired by her strength. I know how much it took out of her to write such a compelling post and I also know what she is going through.
May God continue to bless her and her family, give them the strength to travel the rough road ahead, pave the road that so it may only look rough but its surface is smooth. With all of us who are praying for Cemo and his family, mountains can be move.  

Thanks Anita

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

America, Happy Birthdate

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday with friends and loved ones. In celebration of this important holiday I decided to create a page or two in my planner. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Planner- June 4-11

This week was inspired by my love for Strawberries; they are delicious. Strawberries any one? Enjoy.

Here I added a Dutch door. I have added a Dutch door to my planner for the last two years. Just recently on Facebook I read that small card/page was named "Dutch door". You Tuber had been adding it to their planner for years.
This is the opposite side of the Dutch door. Notes that I want to keep private will be written on the back of the Dutch door.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My Planner

I’ve had a planner in one form or another since first grade. In 2014 I found on You Tube a 3-part tutorial by Pocketfulof Vintage regarding how to create a journal/planner using a composition notebook book. In fact, I remember watching the video after Christmas and New Year’s Eve I set up my 2015 planner using a composition  notebook book. It was one of my best planners because I used it consistently throughout the year until after Thanksgiving of 2015. 
Of course, once you get involved with the planner world, you become addicted to stickers and all the paraphernalia that is available for planners today.
 In March of 2016, I was gifted two full boxes of 12x12 acid free paper that was being thrown out; I switch from a composition note book planner to a three-ring binder and the paper was reduce from 12x12 to 10x10. I went bananas buying stickers and scrapbook papers to decorate my planner. At the end of 2016, I decided to use 8.5 x 11 paper in my 2017 planner.
There are so many planner videos on You Tube and I am inspired by all of them. There is always something to learn and I appreciate all the You Tubers who take the time to make the videos.
Below are three planner videos that inspired me:
1 The first one was by Paloma  where she demonstrated how to make a protective cover for the planner using the Dollar Store chopping mat.
2  The second video was by Miriamhow to use old magazine pages in your journal and how the layout of the pages can be used in a junk journal.

3   The third video was by Garnet Boricua), she decorates her planner using scrapbook paper.  
This year I did not decorate the monthly pages, instead I chose to do a weekly spread. My planner has evolved into a scrapbook, an album, and a journal. I am much more productive when I use my planner because it helps me prioritize what is important and how to use my time wisely. 


Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day- Honoring Our Fallen Heroes.

This is my planner and I decorated two pages to honor our fallen heroes.

Today is Memorial Day, dedicated to remembering and honoring our fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their life in America’s war as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US military.

Today I say thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in cemeteries across America.

Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes, Veterans and current members of the US military.

Today I pray that  leaders around world will find a way to bring peace to every corner of this world so that no more heroes will ever have to die for us again.  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

McCall's 6078- TNT

This is the sleeveless version of my TNT cowl neck blouse(TNT/CNB). I compared my TNT/CNB to McCall's 6078 and made minimal adjustment. I added a front self facing lining that was not included in the pattern. Here is the tutorial that I followed when constructing my TNT/CNB.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

TNT-Butterick 5941- Take II

This is the second version of B-5941.
I wrote a post here concerning this B-5941; this is my second version. I wore the pants with the top to work and it was comfortable to work, easy to get on and off. After a 13-hour day the pants was tooo big in the hip, so I will remove a total of 2-inches from the side seam.
Fabric: the fabric was a two-way stretch that was in my stash.
Construction details can be read in my previous post here.
1.    2-inches total will be removed from the hip tapering to nothing at the knee.
2.    ½ will be remove from the crotch depth
3.    I will create two copies of the pattern; one for a 4-way stretch fabric, and a second for a 2-way stretch fabric.
This may seem like too much work, however, for me and the way my brain function it's perfect. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Butterick 6419 and 5941

My DD attended a spring fling event on April 21. The color for the event was blue, anything blue. She asked me to sew a blouse in blue with a large bow at the neck and palazzo’s pant in silver. She Choose Butterick 6419.
I started with pant, the fabric was bought at Joann’s for 19.99/yd. Thank heavens for 50% coupon; I bought 3 yds. There is enough left over to make a blouse.
I use my TNT pants (Butterick5941) made a muslin, extended the front crotch length and tweak the fit in the hips. I use the muslin as the pattern to cut the fashion fabric. The fabric took me out of my comfort zone, because of the appearance on the right side (liquid silver) , however, it was a knit and it sewed like butterrrrr.
Next was the blouse; I did a muslin, there was minor adjustments in the back because of her narrow back and a swayback. I did not do a swayback adjustment in the muslin, instead I did the adjustment on the fashion fabric when I sewed the center back seam (I learned the technique in a class I took at Craftsy) and it was perfect. The fabric was from my stash and its polyester something. There is enough left over to make another blouse or maybe a skirt.
Please forgive the wrinkles because both pieces were washed and I was a bit lazy and did not feel like pressing the garment.
This was a success because I took the time to plan, organize, gather all my supplies and dedicated a block of time every evening to get it done. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Butterick 5941-TNT

Hello All, This pant was sewn the beginning of March and I posted it on my Facebook page. I sewed the muslin in 2013 and put it away, I don't remember the exact reason why I walked away from it. Anyway, I joined Build Your Wardrobe 2017 Sew A Long and the first garment to sew was a fly front pant. Lucky, for me I had the pattern. However, I remembered that I had a muslin done for Butterick 5941 and I decided to use the muslin as a starting point. I tried the muslin on was satisfied and I use the muslin to cut the fashion fabric. During the construction of the pant I decided not to bother with the fly front zipper because it was not my preferred style of pant. The fabric was a 4-way stretch and I finished the waist with a yoga style waist band. I wore it to work an realize the front crutch was too long. 1-inch was removed from the center front tapering to nothing at the side seam and I made a second pants post alteration. Pics coming soon!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hello & Happy Spring

Hello Friends,

It has been a few months since my last post. Today is a beautiful day and spring is in the air. Since my last post I made a pair of pant and I was happy with the fit. I need to make a few minor adjustment before I sew another pair. I will post about it as soon I am finish working on my next pair of pants.

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