Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I'M HALFWAY THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday was my 183rd day without buying fabric, making me halfway to a year since it's a leap year.  And I'm 16 days away from my one-year cold sheeping badge.

Then again, when I break down and upgrade Jeeves, that will pretty much take care of my personal allowance for the foreseeable future.......

Monday, June 27, 2016

Me Made Monday

Today I'm going to figure out a way to wear this,
which is a scarf from back when I first bought my serger (2008? 2007?).  I know I've actually never worn it, because while I love the idea of scarves, I always lose my nerve to wear them.  In my mind, there's always a chance that someone will tell me that I'm wearing it wrong (and since that is EXACTLY the sort of thing my sister has always enjoyed doing, that isn't as crazy as it sounds).  But I'm going to wear it ANYWAY.  Because that's part of what I'm trying to do with Me Made Monday.  I think the real key to scarves and shawls is just to wear them with confidence, no matter HOW you've put them on, because in reality no one else knows how to wear them either. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

I Sewed Today!!!!!!!!!

We went for a 2 1/2 mile walk this morning, and after having to rest for a bit, I hit the sewing room!!!
This is some of the oldest fabric in my stash, and it's almost a jacket!  Maybe in the morning I can do a couple buttonholes or pin the sleeves on before going to work.  You know, in case I need a jacket soon in our upcoming 100-degree heatwave.......

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

That Sounds Better

By now, I'm probably on every yarn and fabric mailing list in the country, but Denver Fabrics is my current favorite.  Their emails are addressed, "Dear Fabric Enthusiast."  Now doesn't that sound better than "Crazy Fabric-Obsessed Hoarder?"

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Okay, I haven't actually been to the Bernina store yet, but I have been checking options online.  HOLY COW!  I really would like a bigger embroidery option, and I do know that I really use embroidery, but I have come to the sobering realization that this is going to be the most money I've spent on something I could neither drive nor live in.  So I'm concentrating right now on finishing projects, saving money, and getting every last stitch out of Jeeves.

I did remember Me Made Monday, and for the record, it's not the greatest idea for summer.  Yesterday was 95 degrees, and I wore this
I think I have worn it, but I haven't worn it for Me Made Monday (and won't be wearing it again until fall) and since it's new this year, it counts for one of my 20 new MMM things.  If I wasn't working, I might have been a bit harsher about that as a rule, but NOW I'm getting all kinds of flexible.  

I did get some crafting in on Friday,
"some" being the key word here.  Theo helped me cut out and mark the new jacket, 
 and hoop the fabric for embroidery.  You can't really see the cat hair, right?
 I love this design set, and have already been trying to think of what to do with it next.  How many table runners do you think friends-of-sewing-maniacs can receive before staging an intervention?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Whew! The Week That Was

This week I had Wednesday off instead of my usual Friday because the piano people at the main store were attending training, so I filled in for them on Thursday and Friday, as well as filling in for the audio person on Thursday and the guitar guy both days.  It was like a music pop quiz.  We were so short-staffed that I didn't get to leave for lunch, which was a bit disappointing because.....

I was going to go look at a new sewing/embroidery machine

My faithful Jeeves is having problems again.  First it was not being able to tell the difference between needing a new thread color and having an empty thread or bobbin, but that was workable.  Now it's stopping repeatedly during a design saying he's out of thread when he clearly isn't.  This is all fixable (probably), but my embroidery software can't run on a computer system newer than Windows XP.  Microsoft, of course, hasn't supported XP for years, but personally, I've never found Microsoft's "support" to amount to anything anyway.  Now, however, both Chrome and Firefox are going to be dropping XP, which IS a problem as now any new embroidery designs are downloaded rather than sold on cds.  On top of the card reader and cards having problems.  Jeeves and I have been together 10 years now, so it's a big decision and I actually will keep him as a sewing machine because he isn't worth anything as a trade-in and the machine I sew on most is the next one down in the series and I might need some parts.  So, I had planned to spend my lunch hour (probably both days) looking at the Berninas nearby.  Which made me feel tremendously guilty for just thinking about it, so yesterday Jeeves and I spent some quality time together.  I finished the embroidery on the next Christmas table runner,
this time using the same design on both ends (the pine cones) and water-soluble stabilizer on the back so it would drape a bit better after washing.  Then we used the other new design set,
 to make a not-too-girly spring runner.  The threat of replacement seems to have frightened Jeeves.  He still had issues with stopping and starting, but fewer.  Poor Jeeves.

While he was doing that,
we found this at a thrift store several months ago, and Andy touched up the paint for me because it was a bit scuffed.  I had been thinking that I needed to do something a bit better with my button stash when we saw it, and it really is perfect--or would be if I hadn't had to cut the tops off of all the cards to get the buttons to fit.  Oh well, it's perfect NOW.  I still have another container of buttons, which will get the remaining drawer as soon as I find them, but that frees up some space in my shelves, and
 it prompted me to FINALLY decide which buttons to use on this jacket which has been finished for quite a while but which I haven't worn yet because I'd never put buttons on.  I had been disappointed to not find the same buttons I'd put on the one I lost, but
I think these work nicely AND I'm going to wear it today for Me Made Monday.  That will make my 10th new thing for the year and I haven't even gotten to the shawls and scarves, so I think I'm doing reasonably well.  Of course, the crazy-hot days are coming, so things might get a bit creative in the next few months, so I'd better get back to sewing clothes.  Which means, of course, that I worked on table runners.
For my excuse, I'm going with "it's easier better to finish them than find a place to store them."  Sometimes excuses can actually be true.  I got three more done, then I did break out the jacket I've been wanting to start for a while,
and even got half the pieces pinned and one even cut out before my furry little helper arrived.  I tried to just work around him
but being a very determined sort of cat, he just kept getting up and moving to where he would be most in the way.  Which is why I worked on this
for a while instead.   Theo really is having a hard time with me being back to work, and Andy went camping over the weekend, so things were very tough in Kitty World. 

I have now used up (or given away) 61.775 yards of fabric for the year, and with giving away the terry cloth, there really IS more space in the sewing room, so I'm very excited.  Last weekend Andy hung my Valentine's day gift for me:
 so while my sewing room will NEVER look like those cute, spotless little ones I keep seeing on Pinterest, it's getting better.  The fabric I'm trying to cut out now is definitely one of my oldest ones, so that makes me feel good.  The embroidered table runners are from fabric I specifically bought for embroidered table runners and even though I still had that pesky little voice saying, "maybe I should find something better to do with it," I'm committed and I'm making all 3 yards into table runners and it will be ALL GONE and that will be okay.  The oval table runners are from a jelly roll I bought because it was on sale even though I had no idea what to do with it or if I would even LIKE working with precuts, so it had a really high probability of becoming long-term stash, so it's nice to use that up.  I finally got over my paralysis-by-analysis and put buttons on a jacket that had been finished in 2014 and I can now wear it.  And it's been 169 days since I last bought fabric and 335 days since I last bought yarn.  I'm feeling so good about my crafting that I might even have to dig out that glue gun for another round this evening...........

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Yesterday I got up at 6:00 and took a 3-mile walk before work as it's been so hot that our after work walks are impossible for me right now.  Then I had a super busy day at work and didn't even leave the store until 7:00, so there wasn't any crafting at all yesterday.  I did  remember Me Made Mondays
and wore the crop pants that match this jacket, of which I don't seem to have any pictures.  It's supposed to cool off a bit soon to something under 95 at least, so maybe I'll get to wear the jacket soon.  Finding enough things I've made to wear something new every Monday isn't really a problem, but the 20 NEW ones is a bit challenging.  So far, nine things have been new.  I think I need to step up the sewing a bit.  There are a few unworn scarves and shawls, but it's already 97 degrees in the first part of June, so I don't think there are going to be any knitted items for a while.

Why does it always seem like my life boils down to: must craft faster?

Saturday, June 4, 2016


So Theo has figured out what Fridays mean and when they occur, because he's with me as soon as I wake up.  And we certainly did a lot.  We hooped some embroidery,
furred up a table runner,
and spent a lot of time trying to figure out which thing to lay on to be MOST in the way.  The poor cat--he was up and down on to this piece of fabric, then that one, but I have discovered that 3 projects is the optimum number to make sure that I have access to at least ONE at any given time.  So, I finished two new ornaments,
got the rest cut out,
and then plopped them in the sink to remove the stabilizer.  (Theo doesn't care much for that part).  I also got a table runner finished yesterday,
 and prepped a second that I just finished up this morning, and got this ready for hemming:
It's a simple table runner on a woven poly-cotton blend that ravels like crazy, but I bought this fabric at least 2 years ago with this exact project in mind, but had never gotten around to it.  I was originally thinking ivory thread on ivory,
but last fall I bought this set of Christmas one-color designs, and I thought gold thread would look nice on the ivory.  Being ME, of course, I bought enough fabric to make several, so I will try one with ivory on ivory in a non-Christmas design, but I like this one.  I'm hemming it rather than backing it because I like the drape and the ones you buy are almost never lined. I might switch to a wash-away stabilizer for the back as the cut away stuff is just a bit visible if you look hard enough, but I think it looks good.  And I don't think I've used this design set yet, so that makes me feel good.  The embroidery design stash doesn't take up any physical room, but I do have some design sets I've purchased and not yet used, so it's mental stash.  And I think I'll end up with 4 or 5 of these runners, so that will make nice gifts AND use up another fabric in the stash.  With the one I finished up this morning, I'm just over 59 yards of fabric for the year.  It's been a drastic slow-down since I started working, but maybe as my back gets stronger, I can do a little sewing every night and still keep on track for at least 100 yards.  Only 41 yards to go, after all, in 7 months, and I think that is doable.  Especially if I get really desperate and finish a few WIPs......................