Sunday, March 25, 2018


Andy and I take turns making Christmas gifts, and while this is going to be his year, we're so much busier now that I'm back to work that it never hurts to be ahead.  And, we have a new house to decorate.  And it's easier to sew a project that one can find than a project one hasn't seen since the first week in the house.  I'm flexible that way.

I finished these a little while ago,
and while we're keeping one, one goes in the gift bin.   And this
 is for us.  I bought this set of fat quarters shortly after we bought the house.  I love batiks.  This one
 is a Christmas gift for some very old friends.  This is a more time-consuming pattern so I don't make many for gifts each year, but I thought they would like it. 

Yesterday I cut out some red peachskin to make some coordinates to go with that poppy jacket.  
My industry dresses pretty casually, but after all the back issues and wearing mostly pajamas, I love dressing up for work.  Not suits--I'm not sorry at all to be out of that sort of industry--but fun clothes. I'm hoping this love of fun clothes gets me through at least 100 yards of my fabric stash in the next couple years......

In previous years, I had counted pants and shirt as an "outfit" and one finished project.  Now that time is more limited, I think counting each piece is fair, so having finished the pants yesterday, I'm up to 6 projects for the year.  Whoo hoo!  50 could still happen, right?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Me Made Mondays

I didn't necessarily set out to do Me Made Mondays again this year, but the group on Ravelry wanted to continue, and so far I've only missed one Monday this year and even then, I wore me-made pajamas that night so I'm probably good.  I was SO excited about the new jacket

that I wore it to work yesterday.  I love this jacket!  I've loved this fabric since I first saw it at Joanns, but kept putting off buying it for one reason or another, then it started getting difficult to find!  That's not a good situation for one with fabric-buying issues.  Joanns is lucky they have any left.  I'm going to make a long tunic next, and maybe a tank shell to go with the jacket.  I have some red peachskin for slacks.  I'm trying to be a bit more mindful of making things that can be worn together, or at least intersperse that amongst the "ooh, shiny!" moments.  

Sunday, March 4, 2018


More than two months of the year are gone, but I have finally made something!!!!
I have some red peachskin material that will make a great combo with this jacket, and I'm hoping to get at least the pants cut out today.  Andy is gone this weekend, so the kitties and I are catching up on some sewing.
and a bit of squabbling over who is Primary Sidekick.  No winners have been declared yet, but thankfully there's a lot of napping as well, so I can actually get things done. 

As you might have guessed, work is keeping me busy, but lots of the potential sewing time has actually been spent unpacking the sewing room.  Shortly after we moved, I found this great little sewing table in an antique store,
and with this and the sewing table, I'm loving having furniture with drawers! There's a lot of stuff in the sewing room, but one of the challenges has been that I needed bins for holding absolutely everything as there wasn't a single drawer anywhere in the old sewing room.  Now, I have unpacked my oldest crafting bin
thrown away some VERY strange things that have been lurking in it for 30 years, and moved it to another use.  AND, in very exciting news, the sewing room is down to just 7 boxes left to unpack!!!!  And we think there aren't any more lurking out in the garage!  Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!