Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
I just returned from having dinner with my mother. She lives a half hour away and normally I don't drive over during the week, but the threads on her sewing machine were forming clumps underneath the throat plate. If she can live nine decades plus and still hem her own pants, she deserves to have her sewing machine fixed asap. Besides, the sun was out and it was a pleasant drive listening to old rock, Eric Clapton and all.
The daffodils are still not blooming around here, but the crocuses are gorgeous! The purple striped ones have always been my favorite, but the mix of yellow, purple, and white is always such a happy sight :)
I promised a fourth giveaway, which I originally scheduled for this week. I have had to reschedule it for next week, since I'll be away Saturday and Sunday and the giveaway may have something to do with that. So please stop by on Monday to see what's coming up next!
Have a pleasant evening!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
I confess to having a shredder. In order to use it about once every other week, I have to get it from the back of the lower cabinet, plug it in, and hover over the trash can. (The base is somewhere in the storage room. I choose not to have the unit out in the open, like a piece of furniture.)
However, the other day I came across one of these. They do not need electricity. They can do crosscut, making tiny pieces. They actually take less time than setting up my electric unit. I just grab them out of the junk drawer, where they sit with my regular scissors. Win, win, win. I'm loving this.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This one is white and covered with emergency stickers. The plan is to clean off the stickers, use a little Mr Clean Magic Eraser on the phone and hang it on a wall, unconnected, of course. A girl can have a little fun :)
So, what else was there besides the old papers?
There was a copy of the Newly Revised Sewing Made Easy from 1960. Along with sections on choosing material and altering patterns, I particularly like the chapter on Remodeling Your Clothes. Yes, refashioning is not new ;)
There was an undiscovered box of old Christmas ornaments. I have always regretted not taking the ones my mother was giving away! But I've been able to find a few boxes over the years.
You may have noticed that one of the latest trends on sewing blogs is the return of the old-fashioned sunbathing top. The vintage patterns are running up high prices on ebay. I just happened upon three of the "real deal"....3 original sunbathing tops. The elastic has done what elastic does with age, but these are really neat. I may end up using them to draft patterns.
There was also a dress which I am anxious to show you, but it is at the dry cleaners. I'll tell you about it next week ;)
The pink and white floral number has an interesting tie detail, where it feeds through the loop. It also has that wonderful shirred back, typically vintage. I had a bathing suit of shirred material like that when I was a young child.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
On the subject of color, if you've got some yarn scraps that you haven't had use for, you may want to take a look at this.
If you're still thinking about it, remember that my Spring Apron giveaway winner will be chosen this Saturday evening at 6:00 eastern time. Leave a comment on the original post to join in.
I'll be participating in tonight's Friday Night Sew-In, so look for photos tomorrow! I've got a light dinner planned so I can get started early. There are 170 folks already signed up, so there will be a LOT of really great crafts being displayed on Saturday.
Have a great Friday :)
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
What would my wallet say about me? I have a separate key ring with all those little plastic tags from the grocery stores and Best Buy and CVS to get special "savings". Would they think I spend all my time looking for ways to spend money? Likewise the receipts that get stuffed in there. My pocket calendar with birthdays, appointments, vacation days, hieroglyphic notes scratched everywhere....would they think I'm very organized....or dis-organized?
I'm somewhat impressed at the collection from Mr. Marks. It says so much more about him than just being someone who kept papers......over one hundred ten years ago.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
On another note, I've been doing just a bit of sewing on my floral quilt. I've signed up for the Friday Night Sew-In for this week with the intentions of completing the center medallion. The small pieces are taking more time to applique than I expected, so these scheduled Friday nights are working out very well! Setting aside a block of time where nothing interrupts is just what I need. And I've found that hand stitching is like meditation. I don't worry about anything else, and the time just flies. If only I could burn off some extra calories at the same time ;)
If you missed my post for my Apron Giveaway, please check out this link! The drawing is Saturday, March 19th at 6:00pm eastern time.
There will be one more giveaway after this one, in celebration of my two year blogging anniversary - woohoo! Thank you to everyone for all the fun!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Here is a link to many organizations offering help to Japan. If you would like to assist the aid efforts, you will find some good choices there.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
One lucky commenter on this post will receive this apron. The winner will be chosen, at random, on Saturday , March 19th (St Joseph's Day!) at 6:00 pm here in the east.
Do I smell apple pie baking?
My goodness! The giveaway is the day after FNSI! It looks like a busy weekend....I can't wait :)
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I'm sure it will help the flowers that the weather tonight is rain and more of it. Because of all this rain, the piles of snow are almost gone. And along with the rain, we've got a bit of wind. So it was good to come home tonight to a cup of tea.
Coming up on March 18th is the next Friday Night Sew-In hosted by Heidi and Bobbi. It's a luxurious time you can set aside for your chosen craft. Imagine, a whole evening for whatever creative thing you want to do. Don't sew? No problem. How about sharing a crafty activity with your children? Want to get your craft on at the workbench? Allow yourself an evening to indulge in art ;) As I type this, there are already 94 folks signed up. If you'd like to join in, hop over to Heidi's blog and add your name. I'm looking forward to it!
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Thank You! to all who left sweet comments :)
(I need some sunshine this weekend to take photos :)
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
It's still a bit on the chilly side, here. Our snow is almost gone, and what's left is small, very dirty mounds. It's been in the 40's, but the wind makes it feel colder. I'm not acually complaining....I'm just wishing out loud ;)
The daffodils are just peeking through the ground about one to two inches. And if we get more sunshine this week, the grass will start greening up :) I can even say there's that orange glow to the willow trees, if you look at them in the right light. Before you know it, the farmers' markets will be setting up!
I've already told my bike buddy that I'm ready to carry mine up from the basement and take a spin. I'm anxious to get some miles on it already!
Funny how time speeds up at certain points in the year. Winter drags on and all of a sudden, it's a pleasant, sunny spring-ish day! I hope you're enjoying all the changes this time of year. Whether you are only enjoying an occasional sunny day, or you're watching those lilac buds swelling. No matter where you are, have a great Wednesday!
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Knits, doubleknits, and self-fabric belts
Details, like a collar that splits and overlaps in the back:
Feminine, functional style in seersucker
(Can you see a mother housecleaning and getting dinner started?)
(I love the overlapped back :)
A plain straight skirt, made special with dart details
And a handful of brand new old panties, with the tags still attached.
Some of these are from W.T. Grants, which was one of my favorite stores when I was a child.
It sold everything that a family could need.
I've REALLY fallen for this light sweater.....(sigh)
I can see it over a straight skirt.
Those are pearls and rhinestones on the collar, with fabric covered buttons.
Like I always say....details.
Oh, there is sooo much more. I'll start posting them in my etsy shop tonight. It may take a while to get them all in there.
Vintage should be fun, educational, and entertaining. What I've learned is an admiration for the skills that went into sewing fashions in the 50's and 60's. They used the darts as shaping and as part of the design. Clothing was designed to enhance the feminine form, whereas today's styles seem a bit more relaxed and casual, or simply expose the form (lack of fabric and style.) I'd love to see a renaissance* and appreciation for fashion that manipulated fabric to create beautiful styles. Some very talented folks are doing this by sewing their own styles, sometimes using older patterns. That could be a lot of fun, but for now I'll just enjoy admiring what they produce and finding some vintage clothing now and then.
Please stop by my earlier post to enter my Welcome Spring! giveaway. Add a comment for a chance to win my banner made from vintage aprons. Drawing on March 10th!
* Renaissance, per Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary: a situation or period of time when there is a new interest in something that has not been popular in a long time.
Friday, March 4, 2011
The sunshine is quite a tease, beaming at me all day through the window at work. It beckons, asking me to come out and play, but one step out the door brings a reality check. At 5:00pm it's a windy 36 degrees and dropping quickly. Tomorrow may hit 50 but will be overcast with possible rain. I'll take a chance and go to the shore for a walk and some photos. I WILL replace the winter header this weekend! There aren't any flowers peeking out around here but I'll find something to photograph. Perhaps that flock of robins will be around. I've seen them twice this week, about 10 birds enjoying the sunshine on a patch of grass near work.
After work yesterday I drove up to the large secondhand store about a half hour away, just on a lark. Well, it was doubleknit heaven! Someone must have cleaned out an attic, and everything was from the 1960's and 70's. I haven't seen that many pull-on knit pants since I was a teenager. They were in very good condition, too. There was another gal there who filled two shopping carts with good quality items, and a few folks who took merely a handfull apiece. I found just over half a cart of treasures. I could have taken more but a lot were questionable in their appeal or where the fabric had faded along fold lines, the kind of damage that occurs in storage. It looks like I'll be doing lots of laundry this weekend. I will post photos so you can share the trip down memory lane with me ;)
Have you stopped by my earlier post to enter your name in the Welcome Spring! giveaway? The winner will be announced on Thursday, March 10th. Enter a comment on that post for a chance :)
Tonight is for resting, some cooking, maybe a little sewing, and lots of good music. I'll be back tomorrow with lots of pictures. See you then!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I continued this tradition when my children were young, baking zucchini, pumpkin, or cranberry-orange breads, pies, cakes, cookies, whoopie pies, even granola bars. Whatever I thought they would enjoy, I'd make.
From all this, I have this weakness for quality baked goods. And since I don't have anyone else in the house to help eat the goodies, I usually buy a single serving at the bakery. I've enjoyed tiramisu and fancy chocolate cakes without the mess or the leftovers. And whenever I go to Whole Foods I
I happened on this cookie recipe the other day at Get Natured/Live Nurtured blog. At first I thought that there were too many ingredients, too much fuss and bother. But the more I read, the more I liked what I saw. It's got some good flours, nuts, and natural sweeteners. I decided to try it.
I'll have this out in the mail asap!
Something from my hands to you...