Friday, March 29, 2013

The Weekend

Busy weekend ahead with friends and family - it feels good to have the entry way done for the most part. Just waiting on a few things to come in.
  • Friday night dinner & movie - BBQ and Gerard Butler
  • Saturday sew time and pizza from a real pizza oven 
  • Sunday is family time and getting ready for some girl time down in AZ

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Nothing is happening on the WIP list - except for me deciding that the entryway needed to be painted. Not only is this our entry way but it's also an extension of my office. It has all of my crafting books, inspiration and it's where I iron.

I decided on Jamaican Aqua by Benjamin Moore - I was a little hesitant because I didn't want too much color but I did want to brighten up the space. So far I am pretty happy with it. New area rug is ordered [Nirvana by Shaw area rugs] and deciding on a hanging pendent for one of the corners.

It's almost there - working on a few of my W's, most of the books are in magazine files [from Ikea], pictures are being hung...

Can you find Amos? 

Will do a full post on all the progress and organization - Leaving for a quick trip next week to see some girlfriends and find some warm sun. So all of this needs to be DONE...stay tuned!

This post series is inspired by Freshly Pieced and linked up over there! 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Joining a few others in WIP Wednesday - I will try to post all my WIPs, UFOs, Stash busters, stash builders [weak moment] and all kinds of projects. There may be some cross over to Weekend To-Do but remember how much I LOVE lists!

I didn't get as much done as I would have liked but loved cleaning and purging out the office/craft room. I moved a ton of my scrapbooking paper to my mom's craft room. Since I have not touched the stuff! Made more room in my shelves and trying out a new way to fold fabric using comic book boards. More on this later since I am still testing it all out.

Drawstring bags are done - lots and lots of cording! Now we are well stocked for gift giving.

In my weekend clean up I found my African fabrics - some of which I collected when I traveled there 14 years ago. Last year I was thrilled to find more fabrics at one of the Portland quilt shows - the plan was to do a quilt but this fabric is pretty stiff... so now I am off to tackle Amy Butlers Weekender Bag using the quilt as you go [QAYG] method. After seeing this one by One Shabby Chick, this one by Oh Fransson! and this one by Hey Porkchop with some great tips! Especially recommending that you buy your piping instead of making it.

I am going to be using my new to me industrial Juki - hoping is warms up a little so I don't freeze in the garage! I have a little set up out there complete with ironing station and carpet floor tiles.

My next project that I have been working are those bell bottom pants for my niece. She needs these for her tap performance in Mid Summers Night Dream. Not sure how the pants fit into this theme?? Anywho let's just say I am not good at making adjustments, she is so tiny that if I go by her measurements on the pattern she would be a 3T in the waist size 5 in length and size 7 in the hips. So the first pair I tried just were too big [vintage pattern] - going to convert that into a skirt for her. I am hoping that this Whitney Pants pattern by Viollette Fields is going to work out better.

They came together fairly quickly given this was the first time I had ever done box pleats. I was pretty happy with them and now want to do a skirt for myself! We will do a fitting this weekend so I can adjust the side seams.

This post series is inspired by Freshly Pieced and linked up over there! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Nail Art by Emi | Midori Lashes & Skin Care

I am usually a pretty neutral gal when it comes to my manicures - Essie Mademoiselle is my go to. Occasionally I will sport a mint green or black but only on occasion. Mostly because I am hard on my nails and can't stand chipping!

When Midori told me that she was going to be offering nail art I jumped at the chance to sit down with Emi! I have always been impressed with what people can do with their nails - pinning nail art on Pinterest, trying to figure out when would be a good time to try something out other than my clear pink.

Once my appointment was set up I started to get an idea of what I wanted - something with color and a little sparkle. I browsed through Emi's nail magazines from Japan and was a little distracted from all the fancy out of this world designs - realizing also that pointy is the new fashion in nail shape. Not just long and round, we are talking pointy!

I found a design that gave me color and sparkle - color blocking using turquoise, pink, coral and sparkle white. [I am not the best nail model since my fingers are VERY stubby.] She uses a gel product and after three days no chips. The only thing that I have to get used to is the color on my fingers!
photo by Midori | Nails by Emi
Emi is wonderful - she hails from the homeland of Japan via New York and splits her time between Portland and LA. I highly recommend her and before long she will be booked up! In fact, I am already planning my next design... sparkle tips, ombre, maybe some cross much fun!

If you are in the Portland area you can contact Emi @ Midori Lashes & Skin Care [5 0 3 2 8 2 2 7 7 7]to make an appointment and for more information go to their website. This is a great idea for special occasions - I think this would make a great bridesmaid gift or mother of the bride/groom gift. A little something special without standing out too much.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Follow my blog with Bloglovin

With Google Reader going away I am switching over to Bloglovin' - follow me over here!

I just started using Bloglovin' so I don't know much about it. Here is what I like so far:
  • iPhone app - so far I am lovin' this app because you can quickly view your unread blogs on your iPhone. The format is great and easy to navigate! Download the app here
  • LOVE that on both the mobile app and desktop that it shows a photo - definitely makes me want to click on it and read more!
  • OR you can set it up to receive a daily digest email once a day of all the updated blogs
  • You can create groups of blogs -I have already started to group my blogs...
  •  I connected my Facebook page so when I update my blog it pushes it to Facebook 
  • Importing over from Google Reader was REALLY easy

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Weekend

Looking forward to have this weekend to work on a ton of projects...
  • Cleaning out the office
  • Pick out a new entry way color and prep for painting
Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

WIP | pillows

Joining a few others in WIP Wednesday - I will try to post all my WIPs, UFOs, Stash busters, stash builders [weak moment] and all kinds of projects. There may be some cross over to Weekend To-Do but remember how much I LOVE lists!

Finished up some pillow covers for a friend - we had fun going to Fabric Depot and picking out the fabric. The one on the right is a gorgeous linen - I might go back and pick some up for me! Simple envelope cover and IKEA 20x20 inserts.

taken with iPhone 5

I have been on an organization quest - it was just getting to be too much! Especially my garment fabrics. I finally have paired the fabric with the pattern and made a list of supplies that I still need to complete the piece. Now I just need to sew sew sew like the wind!

I am starting with some small projects that I need to get off my plate because of some of my past WIPs will be put on the back burner and these new ones come forward.

Bell bottom pants for niece's dance costume - found the fabric at JoAnns in the sale section and the pattern at an estate sale.

Drawstring bags - these have been half done for months. Need to stock up on these for gifts!

Finish binding snack rugs - stock up for gifts

other stuff...
  • MUST QUILT this Ron Swanson quilt because I need to make another one
  • Cuddle needs to be turned into a dog blanket...this stuff sheds all over and is driving me nuts in my room
That is the plan for this week! Wish me luck -  This post series is inspired by Freshly Pieced and linked up over there! 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Miss you Dottie

It's been five years since Dottie passed away. Kirk and I were talking about her last week and he said 'Unfortunately you are never going to have a friend like that in your life, she was one of kind, special.' You know what? He is right. Those of you who knew her raise a glass today in her honor - those of you that didn't have a chance too, raise a glass and call your best friend just to say hi.
Love you Dottie!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Crazy Monday

My weekend to do post was missed on Friday because this is what is going on right now...

Finally taking some time to organize sewing projects with all the stuff that is needed to complete them. If I don't have it, it goes on the shopping list. Need this detail in organization right now so if I get busy I don't have to waste time trying to resource everything. Plus it is giving me a chance to purge those projects that I am NEVER going to start or finish.

This means I am buried at the moment. But have lots to share this week!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

1937 Singer Featherweight

Last summer I took a quilting class and some of the students brought in these cute older/vintage Singers. I was a little shocked to see them using them. So the first chance that I had I befriended a gal and started asking her all sorts of questions.

What a learned was that these Singer Featherweights sew the straightest stitch and only weigh 11 pounds! When I got back to a computer I dived into researching these little treasures - I found that they ranged in price based on year and condition. There were several on Ebay, Craigs List and Featherweight websites. It was a little overwhelming so I put the search on hold. And I really couldn't justify having another machine when I already have the Janome 7700 and 3160.

Fast forward to January our quilt guild is hosting an all day sew and several gals brought their Featherweights. This reignited my desire to have one - must find a gem! Of course what I really wanted to happen was I wanted to inherit one from family. I called family members and to my disappointment we didn't have any in the family. Two Treadles that I will inherit eventually but no Featherweights.

So it was back to the internet - Ebay and Craigs List, plus letting people know in the guild that I was looking to purchase one. Ebay was a little scary since you can't test the machines out but it was a good place to see what the final bids were. They were ranging in price from $350 to $600+.

After some research I was also able to determine that I wanted a 1940s or older, with the Egyptian scroll faceplate. 

When this one - 1937 Singer Featherweight was listed on Craigs List I jumped at the opportunity to go and check it out.

The gal you had it listed is a seamstress by trade and tinkers in her free time fixing these treasures up. I was able to look at three different machines and decided that the 1937 beauty was coming home with me!

I paid $370 without the carrying case. The case was not in good shape and I didn't want to deal with refurbishing it. I knew that I could order a reproduction one for $65. I also ordered some extra bobbins and a qtr inch piecing foot.

She sews like a dream! It's kind of funny how I need to re-learn some old sewing habits like holding the tails and starting the fly wheel. Brought back memories of my mom teaching me how to sew.

Now that I have her home I can see why some gals have SEVERAL of these! I want to find one of the white models, tan version and maybe one more black one... Oh and her name - Sono after my grandmother.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Joining a few others in WIP Wednesday - I will try to post all my WIPs, UFOs, Stash busters, stash builders [weak moment] and all kinds of projects. There may be some cross over to Weekend To-Do but remember how much I LOVE lists!

There hasn't been much completion in the last week - the Do. Good Stitches block for March took me all day to sew on Saturday. Between shopping and socializing at our All Day Sew day I was surprised that I even got them done.

taken with iPhone 5 | Instagram

I am loving this block Road to Tennessee and the colors I chose at random. Once all the pieces were cut out it actually came together pretty fast. This has potential to be another quilt!
  • Socks are coming along and I am working on the 'leg' part. I am ready to start on another pair!
  • Prism quilt was untouched because I had to order some more fabric. I can't believe that I was able to find it since it's 'old' - thankfully Hawthorne Threads was my rescue!
  • My PJs are sitting idle
I did violate my fabric ban - it was just too much just ordering fabric that I needed from Hawthorne Threads

Salt Water by Tula Pink

Bento Box by Rani Child | Maritime Modern by Marin Sutten

All day at Fabric Depot... I think 2 yards of this wasn't bad. And look - it's Amos!

Free Puppy by Alexander Henry
 A stop at Cool Cottons didn't disappoint either

Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander | Where's My Stache | Star Wars
And look at what I found at my local Hancocks
Crafty Chole by Heather Ross

Ok I must sew, sew, sew!!!!

This post series is inspired by Freshly Pieced and linked up over there! 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Jesse | IVDD

This is Jesse - the youngest, ex show dog, goofy, smart, stubborn and loves the sun. Poor thing has been battling IVDD for the last month but is now walking again with the help of acupuncture. This is out second dog that has had IVDD and both times we have been able to prevent surgery with acupuncture.

Over the next couple of months I will be putting together a series of posts that talks about our journey in dealing with this. Understanding every dog is different and some instances are more severe than others. But we want people to know that they sometimes have options.

Hopefully it won't bore my creative readers!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Weekend To Do

Jammed packed weekend - forge ahead!