Friday, October 30, 2015
This Kwik Sew pattern contains a lab coat and a scrub or nursing top. I failed to get a picture of the pattern to include in this blog post.
My son wanted to be Jack Hodgins from Bones for Halloween. I used the lab coat pattern and switched the buttons and the buttonholes to the way guys wear them. I embroidered Hodgins on the coat, and my son found this patch on the internet. I moved it over slightly because there is a pen/pencil pocket area. I ironed on the patch and it stuck like glue but latter fell off and the pocket was on, so I had to carefully slip stitch it to the pocket. Next time I will use a good fabric glue.
The little valance is new too. I use a clearance fabric from JoAnns for that. We have a high fence and yard in back and it's hard for neighbors to see in through the blinds open or closed. This window is also next to the back door and long curtains can get dirty. I only had 10 yards and made 2 valances and in the process of making a curtain for the window closest to our next door neighbor. We have a yard and fence on that side also, but decided to go ahead with the curtain.
The piano we got also on clearance many years ago when the boys were taking piano lessons and the teacher said these types of pianos were good when you didn't know if you were going to keep taking piano lesson for the first few years. They only took for a few years, but the piano sounds really nice still.
The cushion was leftover foam from my pillow cushion sewing festival that's going on now.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
What I did on my summer vacation. Not that much sewing and what I did was not very good. It felt like a vacation where we had to get a lot done before going back to work. We did some vacation type eating and I gained some weight. I went through my closet and tried on a lot of things and put back a pretty good small collection of things I'm going to start the fall on. My husband has decided he is not ready for retirement and went looking for a job. I've picked back up on my walking.
Look how big these guys are!
I had some upholstery fabric I bought a long time ago when Walmart began closing out their fabric section, but I never found the chair I wanted and didn't have enough to recover anything anyway. So I began to turn it into cushions. I made one for the fireplace. We have DVD's and dog things so I only made this one. I made 2 for a bedroom window seat. I'm now going to make some big sofa cushions and slowly use it up. It is definitely upholstery fabric, stiff and doesn't feel very good for any other projects. So I'm currently in pillow/cushion making mode.
Monday, August 10, 2015
I've been going through my stash for fabrics. JoAnns is way over by the mall, and I haven't had the time alone to spend looking online for fabrics, but I do have a fabric stash. I pulled this linen out and played around with the yardage for quite awhile. From skirts, to dresses, to shorts, to some sort of a jacket, but I just wasn't happy. The linen seemed to stretch a bit when hung on a dress dummy, the weave felt a bit coarse..
I'm taking a brief (hopefully) break from sewing. The ironing board I brought down from the attic is broken. A plastic piece that holds the ironing board up is broken. Since I had to recently buy a new refrigerator, I've decided to sand the rusty part of the old one and repaint it with a metal paint. My husband is trying to get the fence protected, but we are having a heat wave and the painting is going slowly. He's got the rusty part sanded, but I wanted to use a much stronger white paint (he had green, black and white in the garage) and he needs a paint filter to breathe through for that paint. I plan to paint the whole thing all the way white at a later date.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
And, now a car update. When we purchased our car, we bought it through a Honda dealer. That dealer sold his dealership to a big multi used car dealership that has authorized Honda repair people. After the last recall episode, I wanted to move away from that dealer and get fresh eyes on my situation. Another recall notice came in and we moved up the road to a well thought of Honda only dealership. The recall was sent out from Honda just to make sure everyone was sure to get their parts replaced. This new guy took us over and sat into our car and explained to us that Honda did indeed replace the horn piece with the airbag attached because the other airbag was defective. * We thought this was the case, but the old multi car dealership was very confused and kept changing his story.
The next recall was for a gas cylinder. So our car is perfect and if there is anything else he can do for us, let him know. It felt like it was the first time we purchased our car.
I'm finishing up another project. We think we may be losing our fridge. Retire early and every major appliance goes. In early retirement, there is no income, but that division of the company is closing forever. We are also brushing off old sealer from our fence and putting on new sealer. I'll try and remember to get a picture. The brushed off fence looks great though.
Friday, July 24, 2015
My old ironing board is breaking through and rusting out. I had 2 ironing boards, one I bought when I had my own sewing room. I put one up in the attic and that's the one I brought back down.
I may wait till school begins to work on my valances. I just don't want any mistakes and I'd like to think and plan a bit.