Happy Holidays all! Hope all your beautiful gifts are well received.
Done this month
4 reversible kids' capes,
2 kid's reversible aprons
2 pair pjs
4 market bags
1 modified gratitude folder
1 modified note taker
4 rice bags
2 lap blankets
7 pencil crayon or crayon rolls
3 waldorf felt crowns
6 pillow cases
3 bird ornaments plus a couple
1 recipe holder
1 small fabric basket
various gift bags
2 doll quilt tops
to do tonight:
3 decorator Christmas pillows
2 pillow cases
2 small crayon rolls
writing it all out like that explains why I am so flipping tired.
Blessed partner to a great guy, and mama to 4 amazing kids. Unfortunate target of an irrationally angry IRL stalker.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ Buddha
I've read about half this thread, but my son is begging to play a game, so I'll have to come back and read the rest later! I've been sewing since I was about 8-9, which is, *cough* well, a long time! I'm sort of a sewing machine addict. I have four - all of which need some work right now! The one I use the most right now is a little Brother that I have. My favorite is a 1966 Kenmore. That one is getting fixed first. My cat got her butt caught in it when I was sewing, and it hasn't worked right since! Yes, the cat is fine. I also have a 1955 Singer Featherweight that is really cool. The belt broke on that one, so I need to get another one of those. My latest acquisition is the coolest! It's a 1970's Singer Futura complete with the entire cabinet (http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q...s/DSCN2205.jpg. I have to get some work done on the machine, but I am so anxious to start using this one!
Now that Christmas is over I am working hard on getting some maternity clothes made. Last night I almost completed a shirt and a pair of pants. I need to go buy some bias tape to finish the shirt and some elastic to finish the pants. Today I am working on another shirt (cut it out last night), and I will be helping dd make her first pair of pants! I'll be back later to catch up on the rest of this thread. Great thread.
3 pairs of toddler pajamas
Kitchen hangy towels
and a whole lot of knitting, lol.
I won't have my sewing machine out until Thursday, when DH is home from work. Until then it's all about cleaning up after Christmas and knitting legwarmers.
My dad and dh both liked theirs - they just need a longer drawstring.
The pair for my future bil...lol, you should have seen the big grin on his face. I was really nervous about the ones for him because I had never seen him wear anything like that. I figured it was likely because he's so tall and can't find a pair of comfy pants/pj pants that are long enough for him. I was right and he was SO EXCITED when he opened them tonight and tried them on. I think I could make him a pair for every upcoming gift giving event and he'd be just as tickled pink! :
My to do list:
-Make reusable birthday banner/"bunting" for dd's upcoming birthday
-Make curtains for the patio door in our kitchen (from Emma Hardy's Book)
-Make new iron board cover (from Emma Hardy's Book)
-Make crayon/pencil roll for ds' birthday in Feb (adapted from Emma Hardy's book or from Amanda Soule's book)
I got a cutting table and rotary cutter for Christmas so I'm really excited to try them out on my new project list!
I also finally bought some corduroy (I already had a decorative fabric for half the project) and covered two floor pillows that were looking pretty ratty. I'm ready to try making a skirt!
I've bought some Bedford corduroy from an Ebay seller I buy from in weak moments because he sells good fabrics very cheaply. I'm planning on using it to make a smock top for dd1 from Mayfly's Blog, a 5 minute skirt from Angry Chicken's Blog for me and the butterfly party trousers from Ottobre 1/08 for dd2 if I can find my magazine I've got the pattern sheets in my pattern box but the magazine with the seam allowance info and the construction tips has gone AWOL. The search is on!
The Play Tent for ds and dd
The Peg Board for my mom
I need to make some longer drawstrings for the comfy pants I made, but I've been waiting on dh to fix the casters on my cutting table so it'd be easier to drag out. So far no such luck, but I have high hopes for this weekend.
I did head out and try to match some existing fabric to make curtains for my dining room patio door, but didn't have much luck. I've decided to take my mom with me to a locally owned fabric store and if we don't have better luck there I'll likely head to a Hancock Fabrics that's about 40 minutes away. I had planned on putting these curtains off, but then saw that JoAnn's is having a sale on home decor fabrics and most especially the lining fabric I wanted to use for the curtains so I'm guessing I should either get it started sooner rather than later *or* just buy the lining fabric now while it's on sale.
BUT what I'd really like to tackle as my next project is to make some mama cloth. I have a few that I used pre-dd, but I really would like some more. I was going to go out and buy some, but then remembered that I could just as well make my own. I've got some tweaking to do in order to combine 3 patterns into my own, but after that I think I can get started with some of the fabric I already have on hand!
The best part was I had a chance to compare the "professional" one with the one I made. All in all they were very similar. The "professional" one had the rod pockets closed at the bottom so I'm definitely thinking that closing the bottom of the rod pockets on mine might solve some of the issues that we've been having. Plus, I figure if I don't like the change I can always use a seam ripper and take it back out. Now all I have to do is find some time to get the poles out and make the change.
The 'legs' are encased - I sewed each panel together, turned them right side out and then sewed a long casing all the way up big enough for the pole.
I still have to put holes through the poles (they are pvc pipes) and thread a rope or somthing through it.
I used bedsheets from when I was a little kid for the fabric - it took a lot of them, some have fishys, some blue and some white.
I also made a matching nap mat (from the pillow cases)