Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Project Dress a Girl

For the past couple of years, I have made dresses for Project Dress a Girl Around the World, in part thanks to the campaign launched by Mari, of the vlog Mari Sews for Curves. Last year I was very prolific, cranking out 30 dresses. This September I only eeked out seven dresses for the cause. Every little effort helps...

After I finished those dresses and shipped them off, I got back to work on my Fall capsule wardrobe. In addition to the Love Notions Arlington turtleneck I finished, I made a Sinclair Patterns Harper cardigan in a mauve and cream tribal knit from Olga's Closet. I love the quality of their fabrics, but there always seems to be an issue with shipping with each order. Don't know if I'll order from them again. Truth be told, I probably never need to buy fabric again (who am I kidding? Y'all know I will 🤣) sweet Baboo is gone hunting, so I am free to sew all day (aside from throwing the ball for the dog... priorities...) Guess I'd best be getting to it. Have a blessed day!


Tuesday, September 26, 2023

I'm Sewing...

 I've been sewing...I swear! Actually I've been doing a lot of cutting and prep work, but have minimal completed projects. I am to remedy that this week. I cut out 6 Project Dress a Girl dresses and a black and white striped Love Notions Arlington turtleneck sweater, as well as a nice thick camel colored ponte for a pair of fall leggings. My Sweetheart will be heading out to hunting camp next week, so it will be sewing 24/7 for a couple of weeks! I took in the free motion quilting summit put on by Mary go Round quilts this past weekend and am excited to get working on some quilt UFOs. I just finished the last of the Pendleton wool selvage crochet rugs last night, so I'll be giving my hands a break from crochet for a few days. Oh, and then there's the diamond paintings! Gotta finish those up too. Lastly, sad to hear of David McCallum's passing. From Ilya Kuryakun to Duckie...he was a great entertainer. RIP...

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Meet Ruby! (Or alternative title "Whoops, I Did it Again!)

 I had to go into "town" (I refer to LaPine loosely) yesterday and decided to pop into St. Vinnie's to see what the daily 50% off sale was. Bonus! Crafts were on sale, so I had to take a look. There was an older man with his daughter perusing the crafts and he turned around and exclaimed "ooh, Glitter!" That man is my people! The glitter was in a basket at my feet, so I handed it to him. We got into a discussion about, what else, sewing. I have a Singer 301 in a cabinet that I've been thinking of rehoming and so I offered it to him, but he is moving into a travel trailer. I will find the right person to pass her on to. She was given to me and she needs a little work. I've bought the parts, but truly I would rather spend my time sewing than working on the machines. Plus I have no space to put that machine (it's living in the garage right now) Anywho, St. Vinnie's had a half dozen sewing machines in the craft section, which have been there awhile. In the breezeway between the main part of the store and the furniture, there were three machines sitting on the floor. One was a Viking 5710 for $35.00. I opened it up and checked it out at the power station. Light came on, needle moved with the foot pedal so I took her home for $17.50. Upon getting home and getting to know her, I realized she was stuck in reverse! 😮 A quick Internet search found the fix, so with a hairdryer and some sewing oil, I soon had her purring like a kitten! While I was inside I gave her a good cleaning and oiling, so she is all ready for a sewing marathon! (Which will happen later today...I'm hosting my neighbors for coffee this morning) Without further Ruby!

She is a gorgeous burgundy color with a cream extension table. The accessory tray is cream also under the sewing arm. All the feet and a ton of bobbins were included and the foot pedal is massive! All of this fits in a sturdy case. I think she may become my travel machine. I love Lil' Kenny, but I think Ruby might be better, especially with the extension table. I'll report back after we work together on a few projects! Much love, Mary


Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Good Morning.…

 Wow! It's been a busy couple of weeks and I haven't had time to post. My sister in law came for a visit, which was fabulous! Then I had a week of ASG meetings, babies and getting ready for my trip to Moses Lake to see my sister, brother in law and niece. It had been a really long time since we had been together and the time flew by! We had so much fun, just hanging out, eating good food and enjoying each other. Can't wait to be together again! Now that I am back home, I have several projects in the works and my Sweetheart has gone to the ranch for a few weeks, so I have time to get things done. And what am I doing?

Watching YouTube with a cat on my lap! Time to go make the doughnuts! Much love, Mary 

Friday, August 11, 2023

Achh! Computers!!!

 I actually sewed something this week and wrote a blog post! But...I took pictures on my phone and started the post there. Finished the post on my tablet, adding a link to the pattern...what could possibly go wrong? Whatever I did, my blog was a hot mess for about 12 hours! I could not get it to format right; the post itself was in a skinny little column and where in the world did my cute little header image that I created go? It was driving me crazy last night, so I had to go jump on the desktop to fix it (the device I created all the backgrounds and widgets 😂) Too many devices you say? I had one more tweak in the theme to get things back the way they were.,.pray for me that I don't muck it up again! Oh by the way...the top I made was the Closet Core Marine Breton top. I'll try to add the pictures from my phone...much love...Mary

p.s. I couldn't add the pictures from my phone. I emailed them to myself and then saved them on my tablet to upload them to this post. Some tech nerd's head is exploding right now! 🤣

Friday, August 4, 2023

A New Project
A new project is in the works and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been away from my sewing, spending precious time with my sister in law ( and love). More to come…much love…Mary

Sunday, July 30, 2023

A Project Finished!
Just a simple table runner and placemats made out of a jelly roll I recently picked up at Jo Ann Fabrics. Now on to planning a fall capsule. Standby dear Readers…much love, Mary

Project Dress a Girl

For the past couple of years, I have made dresses for Project Dress a Girl Around the World, in part thanks to the campaign launched by Mari...