Thursday, March 29, 2012

I'm here!

10 days without a post.. eeeks. Well I have a good reason. Been sewing.. some, but mostly Zoey has been keeping me company .. lol (I will get her sewing like a pro in no time though!)

I made a few clothes for her getting my start on summer outfits. I wasn't going to start until April but I'm trying out some different outfits to see what I want to make a bunch in...

I made this cute thing from a old long sleeve shirt I had thrown into the donate pile, but dug it back out. I used the bottom of the shirt to keep the hem (its raveled a bit and I liked that look) then I added the applique.
I made her some shorts and have two dresses cut out but no pictures yet of those.

I finished another Kindle Cover tonight. I listed it on my Etsy. I have been lucky in selling these. They are fast to put together too, which is a plus in my book!

I used fabric from Bee My Honey by Jenni Calo. I love this fabric! Can you see the detail stitching on the pockets??
I used the pattern from Birdiful Stitches . It comes with all the sizes you could need to make any size reader covers! I did make my own pattern at first but needed the sizes for all of them and just went with this! I hate figuring out stuff! and  I support my fellow crafter's!!! =)

There is one certain fellow crafter and I call her my VERY good crafty  friend (that lives too far away ..sad face ) that keeps me smiling.. Sasha from StitchedbySasha keeps sending me goodies!!! I did not take a picture , but she sent me a large envelope stuffed with scraps! I grinned ear to ear with some of these lovely pieces!!! I will be busy making Zoey some new soft alphabet magnets with these! Thank you so much Sasha! Keep saving those scraps! hehehe

Update on my baby chicken from last post.. There is just the one that lived. She thinks I'm her momma, and I have a chicken following me all over the yard. If you could see me outside I'll be walking Zoey , my dog, and a chicken !! geeez My cat follows behind slowly lol  We call the chicken Bird. She follows Zoey around too, and jumps up on her lap lol .. its so cute.
That is all for now...

I hope everyone is doing well !!! TAke care!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring is here!!! and a baby chicken...

I think finally we are out of winter! Cold nasty wet weather . No more bundling up and having to go warm up your car, no more snow or mud tracked inside the house. Its been a mild winter so I shouldn’t complain much , but did I tell you I HATE COLD WEATHER.period. I never complain in the summer.
 I do complain if our AC has went bonkers and we can’t get a repairman out for 2 days.. now that I complained about! But tomorrow is officially Spring and it has showed herself about two weeks early. GRINS.
 I probably jinxed it and will wake up with 5 feet of snow tomorrow…

 I started my spring cleaning couple weeks ago too. I think I talked of it already.. I also made out a weekly cleaning schedule. It keeps me on my toes and my house looks refreshing and smells so good! No, my house didn’t look like a piggy sty or stink but it was dusty and unorganized.
Its been a 3 ring circus with my son living here temporarily and having Zoey here 4-5 days a week. I’m not a person to care how messy the house gets as long as its picked up by the end of the day. I have Zoey helping me some..SOME, and she is learning. But after your kids move out and you only have to pick up after one person(Doug) instead of a household, you get use to having it tidy.. I hate cleaning more though and keeping it picked up on a daily basis helps!
My son usually keeps his mess’s to his room, so I just shut the door.

 I haven’t really sewn much since been cleaning. I made one purse with some really happy prints! Someone gave me some fabric back in December and I forgot she wanted a purse from it.. oops. Glad I never used it!

I used a free tutorial from Jane at ProjectsbyJane.
It was my first time putting in a recessed zipper. It went well and I hope the zipper works out ok. I used a big wide tooth(teeth?) zipper.

  I finally got my Etsy items listed. Maybe list a couple more things soon, but starting in April I’m dedicating at least the first 2 weeks to sew clothes for Zoey! I got patterns ready and have ordered new fabrics! And I’m going to attempt to make me a couple pairs of capri’s. I don’t wear shorts lo

 I’m also going to be making more fabric shopping bags like I did last year. I’m going to donate them all to my local library for them to sell. I have sold a few last year.

 I had 3 HUGE plastic bags full of teeny scraps I was going to take to Goodwill recycle center until my sister informed me she wanted them. I’m like.. they are too little to sew with. But she said she makes wreathes and needs it for stuffing.Oh. So that worked out!

 I hope the weekend went well for you. Me and Doug went to the shooting range and I got mad at myself. I got this new gun and I can’t even shoot it. =( I have no strength in my right hand. NONE! I had surgery on my neck and my shoulder few years past and over time my nerves and muscle's are shot to high waters. Not only I can not pull the top of the gun back to start shooting it I can’t even hit the target any more. So I told Doug well if I needed to use it , it will have to be short distance lol But will go back to practice more til I get it right, and probably do some arm curls at home...

 I am baby chicken sitting.. for just two little chicks.. my youngest son bought them and asked if he could keep them here. They looked half dead and think he was keeping them in his car. oh boy. We are wanting to build a coop anyways so this is just a start to our little group of chickens. UPDATE: I didn't post this yet until later in my day but after talking about those little chickens, I went out to put their crate in the sun to get warm and on of the little fellows was dead.. =( The other one is doing good and enjoying the sun.
She peeps at me when I go out the back door and gets excited.. I'm a chick mom now lol

 I had to set the crate up on the AC unit so the cats wouldn't get to her.. There has been 5 stray cats hanging around because one of the females that happen to get up in Doug's car from work came home with him. So now I have to find a home for her as I can not afford her and kittens, let alone get her fixed!

 Ok I’ve blabbered on already.. have a great week!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Momma's wallet and Food on the Table.

I had a custom order to do and got right on it yesterday when I woke up. It was for my momma so of course I had to get it finished for her! =)
So, Mom if I don't get this to you by tomorrow here it is! lol
I made one of these wallets for her last Christmas but she asked me to tweak it a bit so I did.

 I used the Woodlands fabric ,, so cute! She wanted dark fabric so it wouldn't show the dirt.. Mom, you're not suppose to get it dirty!!!
 The last one I made for her was made for coupons and a little notebook tucked inside. You wouldn't believe what all she has fit in it... But her checkbook stuck out at the top and so I made this one a bit longer.
I had a busy Sunday. Started my spring cleaning early. My back is screaming now. But today I'm resting (sewing). Sewing does relax me, until I have to get the seam ripper out and then well...its all down hill. I just remembered something.. when cleaning yesterday I put stuff in the sewing room to get it out of the way to go through it later.. oh geez. I guess today is the later part..

I got 2 huge bags of books and a lawn sized yard bag full of clothes to donate. I kept looking at them and thinking.. hmm I could probably re-purpose these. But talked myself out of it...........but kept a few t shirts hehe. Doug took a box of them to the garage to cut up for rags. I went through my closet and just pulled things off the hangers and didn't try to look at them. When you second guess at something you're in trouble.

We "sprung" forward Sunday with the clocks.. I'm still in the mode of oh its really 7 am and not 8 so I can sleep for a little bit longer.. when I have a early appointment then I will get on track..I hope Spring has arrived to stay this time. Last week we had 60's then it snowed the next day. Hate this time of year. I hear the froggies outside singing happily!!

Last thing.. my bank gives me points through out the month when I use my debit/credit card. (who has cash now a days?) I let some expire as I kept forgetting to check on line but I did have around 180 points saved up. For 100 points I ordered this LeapFrog learning device for Zoey. She loves it! It is like her own little laptop. It came with a "stylist" pen and she can draw on the page. It gives your options to do games or work on letters and numbers or shapes. Then it shows dots and she can trace them . Right now she just likes to draw circles. But she will get the hang of it. She barks with it too, because it has a little doggie on there that tells her she did a great job and barks lol
But for FREE this is awesome!

I was asked about my new checkbook wallet from my last post, if I wanted to make a pattern to sell! I put it on my thinking list, because I would like to sell some of the wallets I make first.

One last thing...
I joined Food on the Table with a code for a free life time membership. I have used some of these recipe/menu making sites before just to be bored of them or their recipes had a zillion things you had to buy.. I like fast, easy and simple. (cooking cuts into my sewing time!)
But I really like this site! You put in your grocery stores you shop at the most. Then you tell them what types of food you like to fix. Then you can browse their 1000's of recipes and add them to your menu list for the week. It will let you know what is on sale at yours stores you selected too! After selecting the menu you have the option to print out the grocery list that you need for that week AND the recipes. You can even add your own recipes! Also it lets your change the recipe around for more servings or less. I printed my list up last night. Most the stuff I'll be making I already have on hand. My menu this week is:
Cheddar Beef Enchiladas
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
Grilled Chinese BBQ Chicken Thighs
Mexican Lasagna
Potato and Bratwurst Skillet dinner
BBQ pork chops
and then I added spaghetti for tonight because I already had that planned out.
With my son moving back in (temporarily) what I use to fix for me and Doug doesn't cut it now. They both like double helpings and I needed some help!
If you are interested in this ,this is still free(as of today)so you might want to join up now before it expires ..
There's a link on this page and it will fill in the code for you after you click on it...
Happy day!
I'm linking the wallet above here today!!! on SewhappyGeek linky party!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

A super fast post!!

LOOK..over on the right side bar at the very top------>

I've been featured on Threading My Way !!! That's exciting to me! I linked one of my zippered pouch's to her Linky Party a few weeks past.

OH and also I made a custom order for my friend Trish from Trishsworld and she was very happy with the out come! Go take a peek at what I made her HERE. Thank you Trish for you continued support and for buying hand made!!
That is all I got today , and hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My wallet!

I been working on a design for a wallet and finally got it done! I made many MANY wallets and none did it for me. Either too big or too many flaps. So I made it for me in mind. And I made two of them today and put in Etsy!! =)

You can check them out on the right over there ------>

And you can see them here too..


I'm finally using some of my fabric I've been afraid to cut up! This will hold my checkbook and / or receipts in the front pocket and your money in the zipper part.. with a smaller pocket to hold your debit/credit cards.
As you can see I have very little money to put in mine! I had to scrape that little bit up from the floor from when Zoey plays with her money.

I want to make some more Kindle cover's next week.

So.. have you noticed anything different or better with this post??? Like pictures!!!

Aren't they nice and clear and perty!??? I made me a light box and it does help!

I'll take you behind the scenes another time! I'm sort of , kind of wordless today.. so making it a night and curl up on the couch ..

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hi ya..

Just a short note to say I my Etsy store! I made me a photo light box (I'll do a post on that another day!) and borrowed a better camera then I had and got things moving...
If you are reading this in your email or reader here is the Link  to take a gander what I made! Or go over and click on the widget on the right there on my page.
I'm making Kindle and Nook covers . I had a custom order request for one and thought why not make some up and see how they do?
I have more things to list but this is what I got done today.. Thats a lot of work writing all that stuff up, taking measurements, uploading pictures..ugh. But hope its all worth it!

I do offer free shipping within the states on everything right now.. and very very low rates international.
Hope everyone is in good health and doing well!

Also I'm still working on a new header for the page.. I'm having a time with getting it centered on the full layout.. I'm tempted to go pay for one! lol