BlueflowerTreasures

August 19, 2008

Wait! I can’t catch up!!

Filed under: random stuff, sewing — Tags: , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 5:48 pm

There are times when my life (and probably yours, too) feels like an old-fashioned carousel ride.  It keeps spinning and I’m trying to catch up and jump on, but I just can’t run fast enough to get on a horse, let alone grab the brass ring.   Just when I think I’m getting close, the ride speeds up or I stumble and I get farther behind.

I didn’t step foot in my sewing room for almost a week.  We had several days of above average temps (around 90 degrees), which makes my west facing, used to be a sunporch, sewing room into a sauna…minus the steam and naked people.  One day, just for fun, I put a thermometer in there…105 degrees.  No way was this pregnant lady about to spend more than a few seconds there!

But the heat did bless us with this…a gorgeous sunset

Then, over the weekend, I was visited by a tummy bug.  I will spare you the details, but I was totally useless all weekend.  Thank the Lord above that I was the only one honored with this visitor.

Yesterday, I surveyed the wreckage of my house.  And decided that even though the balance of clean to dirty dishes was tipped way to the dirty side and that parts of the rug crunched when walked upon, the thing that really needed to be done first was to organize our home library and homeschool area.  Hmm, could I be nesting already?  I have reached the third trimester of my pregnancy, yeah!!

Today, I had a grand plan to spend the first couple hours of my day (while the baby was still sleeping) sewing…or at least getting my messy sewing room ready to sew.  Alas, the baby woke up early.  Then, I spent the first half hour of my day unclogging the toilet.  My sweet husband had already left for work, so the job fell to me.  

Finally, I was able to spend a few minutes on a huge job I’ve been wanting to get to for a while:  taking & posting photos of all the fabrics I have available for custom orders.  This is a huge undertaking, and I’m going to be doing it in little bites.  I took 9 pictures before the camera batteries ran out (note to self: find the battery charger).  And I opened a new photobucket album for my fabric pics.  I debated between pb and flickr, but picked pb because if I wanted to add another flickr album, I’d have to upgrade.  Since I’ve spent a little too much on fabric recently, I decided to go the free route.

Then I made a little button to put on my sidebar. 

Pretty cute, eh?

So, I did finish rehemming a friend’s linen shirt.  I put away all the (home)school supplies I’ve been gathering.  I shelved about half of the book the toddler pulled off the shelves when I was busy elsewhere.  I went to a long overdue eye appointment (yeah, it’s been over five years…).  I picked veggies (cukes, beans & tomatoes) from our garden for dinner.  And made dinner.  I’m done for the day.  Ugh.

Tomorrow, I will spend time picking, shredding and freezing zuchini and figuring out the easiest way to make pickles without a pressure canner.  I need to return some overdue books to the library and stop by the optometrist, because when I went today, I left my wallet at home and funny thing, they won’t order my new glasses until I pay for them.

I will try to take another set of fabric photos and finish another A is for Apron apron for the Retro Femme stocking on Friday.  I need to call a repair person for our fridge, which occasionally leaks water out the bottom.   I need to do some laundry and start packing for our annual trip to the beach next week.  Making sure that 6 other people have enough clean clothes for 5 days at the beach when the weather is doing a hot today, cold tomorrow thing will be fun. 

If I can do all that, I will start on a set of Bible covers for a local customer.  I want to try out the new Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag pattern I just received. 

HA!  What are my chances??  Can someone push the button to stop the carousel??

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July 18, 2008

Sewing for a boy: bibs & shorts

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 4:30 pm

I admit, I think sewing for girls is more fun than for boys.  My oldest boy prefers to wear jeans, tees and button up shirts…all of which we get in quantity from a couple of friends as handmedowns.   My (currently) youngest son, at 18 mths, could care less what he wears…he’d prefer to be naked, actually.  So I naturally tend to focus my limited sewing time and energy on my much more appreciative girls.

But I decided to spread the sewing love today and made a couple things for my youngest boy.  First up, bibs.  He is very determined to feed himself using a spoon or fork and, of course, makes a huge mess doing so.  The bibs we have are old, ratty, and too short.  They keep his shirt clean, but don’t protect his pants.  Part of the issue is that we use a wooden restaurant style highchair that doesn’t pull up quite as close to the table as I’d like.  (But I detest those huge, plastic highchairs with a zillion little cracks and crevices for food to get stuck in and a footprint the size of a refridgerator, so it’s a worthwhile trade off for me.)  So, I drafted a bib pattern that I hope will work better for us.  If these testers “pass”, I’ll make some for sale.

These bibs are slightly wider and much longer than what we’ve been using.  They are 10.5 inches wide and the main front area is about 12 inches long.  This will cover the straps of the chair and his lap.  I made 4.

    

They are flannel backed and fasten with a snap.  I tested some different stitch patterns for the top stitching, some worked better than others, especially around the tight curve where the snaps are.  I’ll post a “how they are working” update in a week or two.

The other thing I made him was a pair of shorts.  His older brother was not this size during summer and the handmedown shorts are too short, plus they don’t fit over his cloth diapered tush.  I’ve been cutting off the bottoms of pants with worn knees for him, but wanted something a little nicer.

    

Pretty cute, eh?  I used a vintage-y pattern for boys pants and then made them the length I wanted:  slightly below the knee.  I might make the next pair a little bit shorter, maybe an inch or so.  And I need to add one inch to the back rise.  I think this fabric is so cute…and I’d completely forgotten I had it!  I moved something and voila! there it was.  (Is that a sign my stash is too big…noooo, of course not!)

Another cute picture, an action shot, with our poor garden in the background:

My big girls come home tomorrow from their week with the grandparents and I’m so excited to see them!  And I need to tackle the weeds in the tomatoes and replant (again!!) our second crop of peas:  some small animal keeps digging up the seeds.  Have a great weekend!!

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