Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekend of Shows

I usually don't get out much beyond the grocery store (starving teens eat so darn much), but this past weekend was a whirlwind of activity. On Saturday, the Prairie fiber Arts Guild held a yarn and fiber show in Chillicothe, the town where my parents live. Eric made sure I had enough gas in my car for the hour drive, and Kerry and I hit the highway. I dropped him off with Grandpa and Mom and I checked out the show. It was small but really nice. I forgot to take pictures, darn it, but we met loads of vendors (one who made amazing Fimo buttons and I didn't get a card darn it) and met a baby ram. I picked up a few things:

some lovely silky merino from Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts

a gorgeous purply BFL braid from Leading Men Fiber Arts

and a super cool fossil pendant from a man named Phil Krumholz - his card says Art to Wear but he doesn't have a website sadly, his jewelry was gorgeous.
Sunday brought the rock and mineral show here in my town. It's held every year but this was our first time going. I took Khloe and one of her friends and we had a ball looking at all of the pretties. We picked up a few treasures:

Khloe got a geode, a slice of stained glass-like stone, and a piece of chalcopyrite from Mexico.

I got a little stone egg for my collection

and some little purple polished stones that may become pendants with some knotting or wire wrapping. There was a "fossil dig" for kids that was boxes of pebbles full of polished stones and shark teeth. Each of the girls picked out something. I would have chosen one of the very large teeth if I could have - they were neat.
I was pretty worn out from all of that socializing but it was great. I also learned something, especially at the fiber show. One of the vendors was selling handmade jewelry - pretty stuff. It was all the kinds of things I've made over the years. I looked at her prices and it hit me - not everyone can make things. I have a rather easy time figuring things out and tend to undervalue it as a skill. I need to appreciate my talents more and not consider myself "less than" someone who can sing or who has amazing people skills. I tell my kids that everyone is special and has their own special skills. It's time to listen to myself.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dolly Clackett Dress

I have another new dress to share! It's for the Dolly Clackett sewalong Roisin makes beautiful dresses and the sewalong is to celebrate her upcoming wedding by making dresses in her style. This is from Mc'Call's 6859, a vintage pattern from 1963. I really like how it turned out. It looks a little wrinkly in the picture because Khloe was in a hurry to get done - it got rather chilly while we were out. It fits great and I got several compliments while we were out.

The fabric is from Wal-Mart. It's a light weight cotton. I lined the top with fabric that I cut off of a too-long slip. It was the first time I lined something that didn't call for it and I did pretty good. It has a zipper up the back and I used the instructions on the zipper package to sew a lapped zip instead of my usual visible style. That's all for today. I have another dress about half done and will be sharing it soon.

Friday, March 21, 2014

My Dress Is Finished!

I'm so excited - I've finally finished sewing my vintage Simplicity 7705! I wore it all day yesterday. Khloe styled it with the scarf and shoes because I didn't have quite enough fabric for the tie belt. Want to see?
I love this dress. I spent some time on fabric.com and found at least a dozen fabrics I want to use for more versions. It fits well and my family all thought it looks good - even with the flashes of cleavage. I know there's a post somewhere in the blogisphere about preventing wrap gapes, but I can't find it and, really, a flash of boob never hurt anyone, right? I'll fix it eventually. Khloe thinks I should shorten it a bit. What do you think? I can't decide. She also thinks that boots don't go with dresses, silly girl! This is my first project for the Vintage Pattern Pledge. It's been fun seeing what people are making. There's even another black wrap 7705! Next week is spring break for the kids so I should have another new dress to share. Yay for no alarm clock! I'm sure the cat will make sure that I don't sleep too late - he likes to be fed pretty early or he thinks he's starving. Poor spoiled baby. Okay, that's all for today! Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Leaf on the Wind

I've finished knitting my Maple Leaf. It wasn't a difficult pattern - mostly stockinette. I did have a bit of a problem shaping it right so it's not exactly like the pattern picture. In fact, both Kerry and Eric think it looks like a big pot leaf. Silly boys!

It's hanging from my ceiling because I couldn't find a good place to lay it out without the help of a certain little furry friend. Wearing it may be a challenge. It will be warm, though, since it's alpaca. I was hit by a blow yesterday. I love plants. I have lots of them around the house - it drives everyone else crazy. Most of them have been with me for a long time. One of my favorites is a dwarf banana tree. I bought her when she was about three inches tall about eleven years ago. She grew to six feet tall and loaded with lush leaves - she was magnificent. She died yesterday. I had her out on the porch all last summer and she loved it. When I brought her in for the winter she wilted. Her last leaf broke yesterday afternoon. I'm crushed. It's probably silly to be upset about a plant, but I can't help it. I wish I had a picture to share. Maybe one of these days I'll find another one and can start again. Today, though, I'm looking at the empty space and missing her. The title of today's post comes from Firefly. It's a great show. I've watched it several times. I recently started watching Farscape. It's gorgeous. Discovering treasures is one reason why I love Netflix.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tee Shirt Recon

Not long ago my son came home with a big rip in his shirt - he said he caught it on someone's locker. I kept thinking about how to fix it but nothing came to mind. Last week an idea hit - I could make a project bag! A few swipes with my rotary cutter and a run through the sewing machine and I had this:

It's big enough to hold a good-sized knitting or crochet project. I made a second one out of my oldest and most favorite Marilyn tee but the cat wouldn't get out of the way long enough for me to take a picture. I'm always glad to have places to hold my projects. Speaking of the cat, he and I had a bit of an accident the other day. He was trying to go somewhere he shouldn't. I started to shoo him and wound up with a size 13 steel crochet hook through my finger. It really freaked me and Khloe out. Thankfully it didn't bleed! Kerry called Eric's mom to take me to the emergency room to get it removed. It's my pinkie, so I won't be working with yarn for a few days because I use that finger for tensioning. Right now, two days later, I have a hole in my finger and lots of bruising and swelling. Kerry told me that he thought I was crying because of the ice dancing on television until he looked down. I missed the last three performances, darn it. I learned my lesson, though - use the water sprayer to shoo the cat, not my hand! And no, I didn't take pictures. It was too icky. Yes, the cat felt bad. He's been rather nice to me, not doing his usual biting as affection. That's all for today! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Being Bright

If you live anywhere east of the Rocky Mountains you're probably snowed in. I tried to take pictures of all of the snow we've gotten - and we got even more last night - but my poor camera didn't like it. I've taken a cue from my favorite bloggers and decided to cheer myself up with color.

I ran my errands in hot pink and a long skirt (leggings and socks underneath, it's too cold not to!) with my black and white fur on top, not fully zipped to share my brightness. I even got complimented at the grocery store! That always makes my day. Today the kids are home, again, because of the weather. I hope they keep the cat busy because I want to sew and don't need his help. Cutting out a pattern? I'll lay right here in the middle. What happens if I put a paw here on the sewing machine? Hey, you're looking away so I'm going to play with this spool of thread/button/fabric marker. Oh, you're knitting now? I'll bite the yarn while it's moving. All of you cat owners know what I mean. At least he's cute.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Advice, Please!

I love this dress. I made a muslin and it fits almost perfectly - even with my lowish waist. The problem? I don't know what kind of fabric would be best. Any suggestions or advice? The envelope lists so many choices, both silky and not. While I'm trying to figure it out, I'm working on a couple of things. Khloe actually wants me to sew something! I can't believe it. I want to hurry and get it done before she changes her mind - you know how teens can be.

Finally for today, did you see Bruno Mars during the halftime show last night? Isn't he gorgeous? I could watch him all day.

Back soon with some finished projects. Stay warm, loves!