Archive for September, 2009

Sewing Day 30

September 30, 2009

Wow, this is the last day of September. National Sewing Month is almost over. I’ve been sewing pretty much all day on the Gingerbread Doll. I’ve got her dress, bow, the little doll and stocking done. I’m working on the apron now. It’s going faster than I thought it would. I should be able to finish it tonight after my visit with Daughter C. on Skype.

This month has gone by fast! When I look back over all the projects I’ve sewed, I’m a little in awe. Of course, it would still take me a lot of Sept. National Sewing Months to get everything done that I’d like to do. But now that I’ve been sewing so much this month, maybe I’ll keep it up. I’ve heard that if you do something for 20 days in a row, it becomes a habit. Of course posting everything on my blog has helped too. It’s like an incentive to me. I guess I’m the type of person that needs incentives to reach their goal. In either case, I’m hoping to stick to it. I’d forgotten how much fun sewing can be.

I’ll post a pic later showing the finished Gingerbread Doll.

Sewing Day 29

September 30, 2009

It’s been a beautiful fall day. Sunny and in the 60’s. It just can’t get better than that! It’s been a busy day in my sewing room. Surrounded by fabrics, yarn, and pattern books. It can’t get better than that! Well, I guess it could, but I sure enjoyed my extra day off from work this week. I rummaged around in my UFO’s again. I found and finished these nursery rhyme pictures that I’d painted a loooong time ago. I bought the frames not quite that loooong ago. But I got them all together today.


These are painted with the “puff” paint that puffs up when you heat it after the paint dries. Then I put them on batting before I framed them so they would be “puffed” out. (Ha Ha) I’m sorry —  it’s been a long day. Well, these don’t really qualify as “sewing” projects because there’s no sewing involved. But, hey, getting a UFO project finished qualifies as a good thing no matter when it gets finished.

I’ve had a wonderful time “playing” in my sewing room today. I cleaned it up again. Gee, I sure make a mess when I sew. After I cleaned up and finished the above pictures, I went through my tote full of Christmas pre-printed panels. You’ll never guess what I found. Eight (yes, eight) more soft books to sew! I don’t think I’m EVER going to buy another book panel. They aren’t hard to sew. They just get kind of boring. Five of these books are the same thing. Why I bought five of the same thing, I’ll never know. They must have been clearanced for next to nothing. I’m a sucker for a bargain!

Anyway, I have a lot of cute items for Christmas. A lot I forgot I had. Snowmen, puppies, reindeer, wall hangings, Santas, and on and on. But then I found this little gingerbread doll. I knew then what I wanted to make next. I put everything back in the tote and started cutting out this doll. She has a dress, apron, and even her own little gingerbread doll in a stocking. I got the doll done…..


Isn’t she cute? The little dress is made just like a dress for a little girl would be made. It has separate sleeves to sew into the bodice and a gathered skirt. The apron is separate and goes on over the dress. The little doll is just two pieces, front and back, but is tucked into a little stocking. It’s a very involved project. Just look at the directions!


It may take me a couple of days to get this little doll together. There’s a little picture of what she’s supposed to look like when she’s done. I’ll be sure to post a pic when she is.

Sewing Day 28

September 29, 2009

Sorry, I didn’t blog yesterday. I was washed out after work. But I’m off today and I’ll be sewing,  so check back later!

Sewing Day 27

September 28, 2009

The fabric pictures here are from the same pre-printed fabric that I cut the fall apron from a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know if they thought you could make potholders or what out of them. But they were on the fabric and too cute to toss out, so I decided to put them into frames. I had to sew strips of fabric to all four sides of each one to make them big enough for the frames. Then I cut backings for the frames, padded them with some high-loft batting, and centered the fabric pictures on top of them. Then I glued them into the frames. What do you think? I think they’ll be a nice addition to a country kitchen wall.


Here’s a close-up of each one.



I wonder if these are real recipes. I might try one of them just to see. The pumpkin cheesecake sounds really good!!

Well, tune in tomorrow to see what goodie I’ll have come out of the sewing room.

Sewing Day 26

September 27, 2009

No sewing today. After work today, I headed north to Fair Grove and the Heritage Festival. It was literally wall to wall people!


Of course I love it! The more people, the better. I know, call me crazy, but I really enjoy being around people. I’ll strike up a conversation with anyone, and I did. Some really nice people there. Of course the main reason I go is to see all the crafts. Lots and lots of tents with the folks selling their creations.


There was something for everyone, though, not just the crafts. There was music at the Wommack Mill,


horse rides and a play center for the kids,



and an area set aside for dancers. These people are with the Hilltop Dance Group.


I enjoyed it all, but I love to watch the craftsmen doing their thing the most. Here’s the little lady that’s there every year with her bobbin lace. She’s so patient and will answer all your questions not missing a beat with her lace making.


I didn’t buy much. (I really don’t need to add to all the junk pretties around my house.) But I couldn’t resist this mug.


It was a long day for me. Even though they were going to be open until six, I begin to drag around 5:00. I bought a fresh-squeezed lemon drink and headed for the car to come home. It was a beautiful day and a fun time.