Archive for the ‘Sewing’ Category

My Loyal Sewing Machine

August 11, 2011

I am a lucky duck to have a separate room for my studio.  I claimed one corner of it for a permanent sewing station.  Here is my trusty sewing machine from the 1950’s.  It doesn’t do any sexy stitches.  We go forwards, backwards and zig zag.  (Sort of like a well-lived life.)  I’ve been spending the past week fixing up the clothes I already own – shortening hems, repairing and adding zippy little touches.  Mending stuff feels darn good.

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Packrat Payday

July 20, 2011

This is just the sort of project that reinforces my rackrat habits!  I was ready for some new pillow coverings to spruce up our outdoors swing.  A friend had given me some extras from her fabric stash back when our sons were in elementary school.  (They are now 30 and 31.)  I remembered she had included some very lovely fabric squares in a variety of blue patterns.  She had acquired them on a trip to France back in the day.  I’ve thinned my fabric stash over the last twenty years, but always made room to save these French fabrics for a special project someday.

Someday arrived, and here is my packrat payoff.

Silver Bella Wreath

December 1, 2010

So sorry to have been absent from blogland since our move.  Today is our one month anniversary in our new home, and we are feeling settled and really happy here.  At least in the house.  The garage and garden are still on the to do list.  Currently I’m smitten with decorating for the holidays.

Last year when I attended Silver Bella, I took an advent calendar wreath class from the so-talented Pam Garrison.  I got my wreath covered during the class, and did some embroidery on a few of the holly leaves.  There are one for each day of advent.  During our June visit to Texas to spend time with our son Carlos, his wife Casey and not-so-baby-anymore Claire, I had time to embroider the rest of the leaves while our granddaughter napped.  That was a fun gig – I played with her when she was awake, and sewed while she slept.  It was the best summer camp I’ve ever attended! 

Then a couple of days ago, the wreath all came together.  I fired up the glue gun, went with a touch-of-tacky look, and will be finding the best niche to display it in today.

Birthday Brosage

July 30, 2010

I recently created this brosage (brooch + corsage) for my friend Judy R’s birthday.  I started with a vintage gardenia millinery flower, and just started sewing on elements in creams and whites.  Her color palette.  My favorite component is the gauzy stuff – strips torn from a first aid kit gauze bandage roll.  I added a pin back so she can attach it to a purse, or a pillow, or add a tie to it to adorn some element in her house decor.  I can’t wait for my next invite to her lovely and serene home to see how she has used it.