Archive for January, 2009

January 31, 2009

100 posts in 100 days, my first perfect score since high school. It has been a lot of fun and I have learned a few things. My plan is to keep going for as long as I can. Keep reading and look for a cute little calico dog. The pattern for which I waited until it went on sale. I also have 11 of the 24 flower motifs done for row 3 of the big rose doily; row 4 will be a surprise. Speaking of high school, I still have my first learn to knit swatch. I wonder how many of my classmates still have theirs.


This is what Rick brought home for dessert. Isn’t he sweet? He has been really understanding. Considering I set up a light box in the living room and dinner has been late or take out much more often than before I started this blog.



No Pattern Sewing
January 30, 2009

I got all the patterns I wanted at the sale. Putting them away and looking through my other patterns, I found this little book I bought as a teenager. I love it, 50 designer fashions to make for 25 cents. That is only a 1/2 cent a fashion. It is one of those little 3″x5″ paperbacks that were commonly sold at the grocery store checkouts. The designs are really basic. I have seen several books published lately that have similar information for much more money.


I showed the booklet to my son and he commented on the illustrations. That may have been why I bought the book. I drew lots of girls in this style in high school. I use to copy fashion illustrations for fun. The cloche hat and shawl are in fashion now. 1925, 1965, 2005, seems they are back in style about every forty years.


Looking through the pattern catalogs today I saw several patterns similar to the dress on the right below. Every design featured in this little booklet had a maxi and mini version. The book was published in 1972. In 1972 maxi’s were so last year. I remember the year well. I started high school and girls could finally wear pants to school. That pretty much did away with the mini too.


Waiting until Today
January 29, 2009

Today! Today, I can go get a pattern I for something I saw posted months ago in the Sew Obsessed forum on ravelry. This flyer came out at the beginning of the month, so I wrote the day on the calendar and waited. Just hope one of the Joann’s store have it in stock. I have never waited for a pattern sale before. If there is something I want to make and I am lucky enough to catch a sale, then it is great. If not I just pay the regular Joann’s markdown price. I never realized how long it was between pattern sales before. Maybe by blogging about this 3 day event, it will remind another sewer and they won’t miss this sale like I missed the last one.


January 28, 2009

After being on the computer all day trying to learn a new mac software application, I did not know what to blog about. Much to my surprise the latest issue of “Inpirations” magazine was in the mailbox. It isn’t known as the ‘World’s most beautiful embroidery book’ without reason. There are at least 5 projects I would like to make.


One project  is the Étui. What is an étui, you may ask? It is a box that unfolds and holds sewing notions. There are straps and pockets so the contents do not rattle around inside. I think this one is so pretty. The outside is embroidered with silk ribbons, here is a photo of the inside with the cute pin cushion.


Using fimo modeling clay to make rose headed pins to match the étui is such a nice touch. Aren’t they pretty?


Celtic Way
January 27, 2009

I didn’t get very far on my Yarn Journey today. I had to stop and catch up on chores. Cleaning up I came across this sample of crochet form the “Celtic Way” booklet. It is crocheted in size 3 cotton thread. At the time I didn’t like the look, thinking it was too heavy to be pretty. Now I am not so sure, it is kind of interesting, though I do not know what I would make with the technique. You all be the judge, whether it is something to pursue or something to leave behind.