BlueflowerTreasures

March 21, 2008

They’re done and that’s what counts

Filed under: sewing — Tags: , , , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 11:56 am

I’ve had a couple of “those” days this week.  It’s been a huge challenge to find the time and energy to sew.  But I did manage to finish and list the two aprons at Retro Femme for tonight’s stocking at 10 PM EDT.

The sewing wasn’t so hard, actually, but the picture taking was torture.  My camera batteries were low and I couldn’t find the spare set.  The sun kept hiding behind clouds.  I couldn’t get the exposure and colors “just right” for the black apron.  Finally, when I felt like the next thing I’d do would be to throw my camera through a window (okay, not really, but you know what I mean), I stopped and listed them anyway, icky pictures and all.  Hopefully, their true loveliness will show through, because they turned out just how I imagined them.  How cool is that!!

    

I’d thought about trying to pull something else together for tonight’s stocking, but it just isn’t going to happen.  It’s Easter weekend, I don’t have the eggs ready for the hunt tomorrow, the house is, well, a mess, dishes are waiting, and I have several custom orders to work on for next week. 

Whenever I can find a few minutes during the day, I’ll be listing the hairsticks at Etsy.  That will catch me up for my goal of listing 10 items at Etsy this week.

Have a great and joyous Easter!

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March 6, 2008

Done!!

Filed under: random stuff, sewing — Tags: , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 5:28 pm

The apron is done.  The AB bag has been shelved.  It just wasn’t coming together the way I saw it in my mind.  The brown corduroy top panel was too casual and the beads too small.  It needs something more dressy, more fancy.  A good excuse to head to my local bead and fabric stores, right?

So I decided to make some more hairsticks instead.  I really like how these turned out.  I hope someone else does, too!  I’d planned to list these at Etsy, but wanted to give them a tour of Retro Femme first.

Tomorrow we’ll be doing a big house-cleaning before my dad & his wife come on Saturday.  Sewing wise, I’ll be finishing up my friend’s jumpers.  I know she will be so happy to get them at church on Sunday.

Thursday already!?!

Wow, this week is flying by.  And I haven’t gotten much sewing done, either.  Tuesday, the “phone guy” came to see why my dsl line was having lots of errors, when it was working at all.  We’ve had trouble since we moved here last summer, and had someone come out last fall.  That phone guy replaced the ancient jack in the kitchen (the only jack in the entire house!) and that helped a bit.  But I finally got fed up this week with the on again-off again dsl line and the static on our phone line and called the phone company to send someone.

This guy was a bit more thorough.  He went down into the basement and discovered the problem.   There is a place were the phone line, which is stapled to the ceiling as it comes across from the phone box outside over to the kitchen wall, was spliced.  It looks like there was once a leak in the furnace duct nearby that overheated and melted the phone line.  Someone had tried to fix it, but without cutting away the burned wire!  (I though about getting a picture, but felt silly about saying to the phone guy “wait, I need a pic for my blog!)  So the phone guy cut away all the burned wires and put a new modern splice and voila! fast stable internet and no phone static! 

Yesterday we went to visit my mom, who lives about two hours away.  We took the ferry Walla Walla across to Seattle.  Here was the view as we came into the dock.

I love Seattle.  I was born here and so were my parents and my children.  I worked for many years in one of those tall buildings.  And I met my hubby on a tour boat,which is in the picture, but hard to see.  It’s one of those small white boats at the far left.   This is my town. 🙂  And this is the best view of the city, from the water on a sunny day.

Here is my week’s work in progress.

Yep, two projects, lol!  The apron is almost done, I just have to make the other tie and attach them to the waistband.  The fabrics are from one of my favorite designers, Alexander Henry.  They are Sweet Treats, Just Desserts and Petit Fours.  The other pile is going to be an Amy Butler Frenchy Bag, reduced to 75%.  I’m hoping to add some lovely clear turquoise drop beads (not pictured) that match these Michele D’Amore Metro Blues fabrics, as a trim.  I’m going for an evening or dressy bag.  A bit of an experiment. 🙂  I’ll be listing these and a couple of hairsticks at Retro Femme for tomorrow’s stocking.

In the time I’ve been writing this post, I’ve also: checked on my children’s chores, started a load of laundry, put the baby down for his nap and taught my 6 year how to add with regrouping (carrying for us older people).  Now it’s time to sew!!

February 26, 2008

a pretty everyday hairstick?

Filed under: ideas — Tags: , , , , , — Lady M Quilts @ 1:31 pm

I have really long hair…it is around hip length, and since I’m nearly six feet tall, that’s a lot of hair.  I wear my hair up during the day and I prefer to use a hairstick to anchor my twist or bun.  I can almost always get the entire length wrapped up and secured with a single hairstick in about ten seconds.  I don’t wear much jewerly, so I think of my hairsticks the way some women think about earrings.   I want them to compliment my clothing and general style.

The problem is most hairsticks are either very plain or very fancy.  Nothing wrong with that!  It’s just that most days I want something in the middle:  pretty, elegant, simple, classy.  So I made some and I’m thinking of listing them in my Etsy store.

What do you think????? Please leave a comment. 🙂

(still playing with my camera and light box, seeing what I can do)

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