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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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! 🙂