Sewing Community

Source: http://babylock.com

I upgraded my Kenmore to a Babylock Elizabeth!  Now, I can easily put the buttonholes on that unfinished shirt that’s sitting in my closet.  I don’t want to deal with that buttonhole contraption on my old machine any longer if it’s not an emergency.

The store I purchased it from gives you a free one-year membership to a sewing club so you can work on planned projects with others who have your machine or similar.   This month’s project was a chicken shaped bun warmer and  a bowl cover.

Source: kwiksew.mccalls.com, Kwik Sew 1135
Source: kwiksew.mccalls.com, Kwik Sew 0104

I thought the bun warmer was cute, but my only option was to make the bowl cover since I didn’t buy the other pattern in advance.

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I got to work with iron on vinyl, which I had no idea that such a thing exists.  It’s a very simple project, not very challenging, but the real fun for me was getting to work on my craft with others.    It made me want to be a part of a sewing community even more.

I’m pretty much a solo crafter.   Only few of my friends craft on limited occasions.    I visit and comment on other sewing blogs, forums, etc.,  but I’m not sure I am keeping up with that enough to say I’m officially a part of the online sewing community.   I am just in the early stages of getting together my sewing-related content so I’ve missed out on some meet and greets.   Once my club membership runs out I think it’s time to push the boundaries and branch out to a few local meetups /groups to meet more new folks who share the love for sewing.

What do you do to connect to the sewing/craft community?

-Nizzy

Sewing Community

Turning a House Into a Home, One DIY Project at a Time

I mentioned in an earlier post how badly I wanted to decorate to make my place feel lived in.  Well, I am finally getting around to putting something up on the walls!

I had my husband cut the wood blocks and I started painting.  These colors are a lot brighter, but I painted them the in the color palette that I want my livingroom: chestnut stallion, deep aubergine , leapfrog (green), hallowed hush (blue).   I saw this Eastern inspired palette in a Behr paint pamphlet and thought it looked quite modern, but the bright colors make it look fun.

To start, I selected various photos from our engagement and wedding and attached them using removable glue dots so I can change them as often as I want .  So sad that I’m just getting around to printing these out years later.

I used the velcro command strips to adhere the blocks to the walls for easy removal and positioning.

Et Viola!

It feels so good to personalize!

-Nizzy

Turning a House Into a Home, One DIY Project at a Time

Happy Februween!

Craft Book Challenge Month 2!

I have an interest in decorating, but it’s not always something that comes so easy. I often take the lazy way out: doing nothing.  Most times I just pull out the Christmas decorations.  But I’m tired of looking at empty corners, walls, and surfaces.  I want my place to look lived in, inviting, with a touch of something personal in each space.    I imagine indoor plants, pictures filling the walls, pieces of art strategically displayed on surfaces.  For the outdoors, dreams of a floral container garden with the fresh colors of  spring fill my head.  For now, I’m starting with placemats.   And not those headache-giving shaped ones either.  Instead of doing lazy this time, I did easy and created a few holiday themed placemats.

You really don’t need a pattern for simple placemats: two rectangles, sew some straight lines, and you’re done!  I took it  a quarter-step further and went with the look of the place mats in this book: four rectangles. 

Unfortunately, I will have to enjoy the Valentine’s Day mats next year and since it’s such a long stretch to Halloween, I picked up some patriotic fabric so that I could enjoy a set in the near future.  Inside I used Pellon 926 Extra-Firm instead of the Timtex called for in the instructions.

My best pal Fibbonaci even makes an appearance in this craft.   The placemat front pieces above are cut in a Fibbonaci sequence.  How cool!  A geek craft, home craft, and craft challenge completed all in one.

-Nizzy

Happy Februween!

Zodiac Face Cloths

I think I’ve seen WIP Wednesday somewhere around the web.  Anyone know to whom I can give the credit?

Anyway, the summer sweater is pretty much taking me almost all of the summer (and I can guarantee some of the fall) to work, and I need a break from it! 

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So, I’m whipping up something future guests and I can use in the near future: Zodiac Face Cloths.  I’m only doing the two symbols that currently matter in this household and they will be worked in Sugar & Cream/Peaches & Cream cotton yarn that’s already in the stash. 

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4.5 completed and about 4-5 more to go! 

-Nizzy

Zodiac Face Cloths

Old Table, New Life

I had a deck table that a neighbor had given me when they upgraded.  It was the perfect size, but needed some love.  I had been dragging my feet about doing something about it.

So, I got off my ass, last weekend…complete with brace on my dislocated knee, and gave my old table a new life.

Sadly, I didn’t take a before picture (there might be one somewhere tho), but here is the after…

I used a textured brown spray paint to cover the white legs and table frame.  Since I was too lazy to take the table completely apart, and I wanted to do it anyway, I painted the glass top with chalkboard paint.  I can’t wait to doodle on that!!!

But, there you have it.  I *finally* did a craft!  🙂

 

~DW

Old Table, New Life