Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
My neighbor commissioned a bag, but since she had a birthday, we decided it would make a perfect gift.
Below is the haul from my new favorite therapy: beachcombing for sea glass. It's an obsession almost. But so much fun! It simply amazes me that nature turns garbage into something so beautiful. Three of us competed for categories such as most, biggest, prettiest, ....
On the last stretch of beach, a beautiful turqouise piece of sea glass jumped out at me. This piece has a beautiful color and is polished smooth. It was just the piece to give our neighbor.
We made a simple wire-wrapped pendant.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The other day, my sister came home with this cute cowgirl-ish shirt from Marshalls. I thought it was really, really cute and fun.
When my mom saw it, she said "Hey, our neighbor just gave us a shirt like that from their garage sale." When I got the shirt out, it was just a plain old blouse, but with blue stripes on it (sorry no photo). Then, I got the idea that I could maybe take in the sides and put elastic around the sleeves and it would look more like my sister's shirt.
Since I want to be a fashion designer, I went up into my fake fashion design studio where I have tons of Project Runway kits and sketching books (although, I have never seen the show, due to the lack of our t.v. channels), and sketched what my idea would be for the shirt. I did it kind of fast, so it was not my best sketch, but it still was adequate. I showed it to my mom, told her my ideas, and then she said that it could most likely be fixed/changed around.
So I did everything I thought might work (with the help from my mom) and it turned out great!! I was so happy. We wished we could have done a before picture, but I had already started sewing before my mom told me we should have done that.
**This post was written by Annie**
Monday, June 8, 2009
How long have you had it? 17 years
How much does that machine cost (approximately)? I'm not sure. It was a gift from my husband.
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? Just about everything: t-shirt quilts, headbands, home dec projects, tote bags, aprons, formalwear for my daughter, wool coats, kids' dresses, vests.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I sew 5-7 hours per week. My machine has sewn many miles!
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
What features does your machine have that work well for you? Straight stitching.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? I can't seem to sew knits well. I know that could be more of a function of the needle, but I get many skipped stitches. Also, the buttonholes are never properly balanced.
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree?
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? This is a good machine. I would recommend it as a beginners machine.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? The ability to sew knits well is very important.
Do you have a dream machine? I haven't researched enough to have a dream machine.