Monday, June 26, 2017

Four Projects Finished

The reversible bucket bag is done and I do like it. I still am upset with the pattern.
The bag is made out of quilting cotton that is a family grouping. The outer bag fabric has a woven fusible medium weight interfacing (Pellon SF 101) fused to it. The inner cotton has a black fusible fleece (Pellon) fused to it. Counting the interfacing and fleece, there is 2.5 meters of fabric in this bag.
The bag comes from the book "The Bag Making Bible" by Lisa Liam. The full size pattern in the back of the book is an asset and it was marked as Chapter 2 which gave the tutorial on the bag.
The bag was probably meant as an easy sew and the instructions seem to assume a person knew what they were doing. If not, they were poorly written. Though the pictures were well taken, they didn't add to the instructions. When making the bias binding, you had to go to the back of the book for instructions. Cutting a 4" wide piece of fabric to put through a bias tape maker of the largest size to make a 1" binding was impossible. I made the binding using the method of folding it in half, pressing, unfolding and bringing the raw edges to the middle and pressing.
When I sewed the bag, my biggest mistake (my problem not the books) was to sew the base in incorrectly. I did it to both the outer and lining bag bodies. I took them out and got them back in neatly again. I did not like how she stated to make pleats if the base didn't fit. My thought - make the base to fit the bag when you drafted it.  
I put the strip of bias on the seam allowance when I put the base in wrong. When I fixed the base, I left the trim on and really like it.
The button loop wasn't life threatening; probably because the instructions made sense. I got the bias trim on the back and front doing it my way. Sew, turn, pin, hand stitch down and then top stitch. The handles were another story. I could not find the instructions for them. As there were two pieces, I put them on separately and it was wrong. I looked and thought and said a few unkind words before I sewed those two pieces together with a 3/8" seam. Those seam allowances matched up at the side seams. I sewed the binding to the top of the purse, turned them, hand sewed them down and then top stitched all the way around. Once at the bottom of the binding and once at the top.
The bag is roomy and holds everything with space left over. It is fun and practical at the same time.
If I decide to make this bag again, I will have to remember all the pitfalls of this pattern. I would not recommend it to a beginner unless it was done in a class setting one step at a time.
On a more positive note, I cut out and made three 40" square scarves (called Cowboy Rags) for Daughter. The cutting out was the hardest part. Once I got the serger set up and sewing a nice rolled hem, I zinged through those scarves.


The top two fabrics are a satiny polyester and weren't too hard to cut out. The flower fabric was a lighter weight, more slippery and harder to cut out in a square. I did succeed. They are ready to put into the Christmas gift box. That was a total of 3 meters used up in the course of 2 hours. I have enough of the flower fabric left to make an infinity scarf. I will need a piece of black crepe and some lace to make it for me.
Today was sweet success.

Missing Bag Instructions - Not in the Book

We had a cloudy and very warm day yesterday. Even with the cloud coverage, it got to 36C or 97F. The a/c was running at 4 a.m. this morning as it is still warm outside. The a/c is off but will be on again soon.

Lifestyle

We got the boards up for the door track and it is held up with 6 screws. It got too hot to do any more than that. Today is a no go as it is too warm to be out there even if it is cloudy.
It will be another inside day and maybe tomorrow, the Spousal Unit can finish up the door track and I can help him Wednesday morning I can help with the metal track prior to going to work.

Sewing

The reversible bucket bag that I am making from the Bag Making Bible got the handles put on and then ripped off and put on again my way. I read and reread the instructions and they are missing the handles (straps). I did a search and found that someone else made the same comment. And, I found the pattern free.
In the end, I sewed the two long strips together with a 3/8" seam, pressed it back into a 1" bias strip. The seams I pinned at the side seams and sewed them to the bag stopping where the bag ended. I have the edges turned to the wrong side ready to hand stitch, then top stitch so the handles are sewn closed. By the time I got ready to hand stitch I was upset and decided the book can go to the thrift shop.
I have calmed down some this morning but am not happy with the book. I moved on and will talk about the bag after I finish it. I decided that I needed to find a bag pattern big enough for me to carry when we head to Nova Scotia in the fall. My journey began with a Google search on the book I am using. I looked at about 30 patterns and then I somehow scored on this bag in Pintrest.
I found the free pattern advertising here and then the full tutorial here. I had to read all the comments and that lead me to a person who customized the bag. I was on a roll. And really excited when I read her blog post.
Part One
Part Two 
The fabric is on the table and ready to go. Then, I read this wonderful blogger did a bag organizer. You can pick up the pdf on Craftsy. I can see this carrying both our iPads and other items from my purse.
I would love to start this towards the end of July and migrate it to August. I will add it to the bottom of my project sheet. I do have to get some black piping, a black zipper, some grommets or ?, and a bag latch.

Bullet Journal

I have to work on July 1/2 and the following week. I am struggling with July 1/2 as it is only two days and I work both of them. Maybe I need to find some stickers and fill up the page with that.

Today

I am off work and need to shop, do a load of laundry, wash some floors and finish the bag.
Until the next time................................

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Few Thoughts

We had it warm yesterday ~ 33.3C or 92F. It is suppose to be warmer today. The humidity dropped to 14% which is nice. Today is suppose to be warmer with a high of 36C or 97F. Not as hot as some areas but warm for us.

Lifestyle

We have almost finished coding all the fabrics. I am hoping I can do the last check on Tuesday and then add density numbers on signs and pink slips to some areas and drop fabrics flat on the tables. We have condensed as much as we can and are busy trying to keep the fabrics in their correct spots. At times we look like we are lost trying to locate where a bolt of fabric goes. We laugh a lot about it.
The Spousal Unit is trying to get the doors replaced on the large shed and today I have to help him with two boards. That has to be done soon due to the heat.

Sewing

My goal is to finish the bag I have been sewing on. To keep life exciting, I did the same mistake to the lining as I did to the outer bag. Both are fixed and the first two pieces of bias trim are on the top. Top stitching and onto the handles.
Once done, I will be sewing up the fabric pile on the cutting table. I am looking forward to doing simple items for a couple of months. Most will be gifts to family. There is a couple of doll's dress planned also.

Bullet Journal

I need to do July 1 and 2 in the bullet journal and then plan out the next week. I have ideas in my head and need to choose one. Once I get started, I will do them up quickly.

Today

I am off work for 2 days and have to do some house work and sewing. Looking forward to having the time off before we head into the final stages of inventory.
Until the next time.............................

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bullet Journal - Monthly Log completed

Once I watched a couple more videos, I was able to finish most of my monthly log. 
I finished the second page of the spread by adding a To Do list and below it, I divided the Sewing into two parts so I can include blogging.
On the calendar of the previous page, I added in some dates and put a strip of Washi tape down the edge so I can find it easily. I also added a tab with July on it.
The next two pages (called a spread) have pages taped on them. I got them from the blog called The Fold Line.
The above page allows you to cover several months of planning but I am going to use it for one month only and maybe add a few ideas for the following month. I don't think I'll plan that far ahead. My goal is to use up my stash and this will allow me to see my progress on my projects. I may even add the total yardage used.
This page allows me to plan my blogging. I can start a blog and put it into a draft or schedule it to show up on my blog down at a later date. Again, it is only for one month with and idea or two added for the next month.
I also added a little graph for weight loss. If I want to add a graph for eating properly at breakfast, lunch and dinner, I can or I do what ever I want, such as sewing ideas for the future (Christmas gifts pop into mind). If nothing happens, I will add stickers to fill the space.
Next is our weekly planner and I have done some research on Dutch doors. I need to think about what I have seen and design what I want. Soon, I will be starting to fill in those pages as July is coming faster than I thought.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bullet Journal - Monthly Log

With July rapidly approaching, I decided to set up the monthly log. I watched a lot of videos, looked at pintrest. All I can say is wow! what a lot of creativity and ideas. I decided that I would be doing one layout and if it doesn't work, then I can change it for August.
This month's log is fairly simple. The first page is done and I have at least one to two more pages to go before I start the weekly log.
 I made July's calendar at the top of the page. I did it in pencil first and have since erased the pencil marks away. This allows me to track my days off, when family visits, birthdays, and anything else I want to see at a glance. I will put both Dave's and my appointments on it.
Below the calendar, I added a strip of Washi tape. It is just to divide the page into two parts and it looks nice. I may do a strip of Washi tape down the side as it is an important page to flip to. I will also add a tab to this page.
Next I added Thankful Thoughts. This allows me to record things we did, projects completed, and anything else I am thankful for.
On the next page I will be having two columns; a To Do List for the month and Sewing Projects/blogging. I am thinking about how they will look -- vertical or horizontal. Then I have to pen out the goals in each area. It has to be realistic and attainable.
On the next two pages, I will have be using two sewing planners (sewing projects and blogging) and a small weight loss chart. That will be the extent of my monthly planner.
I will do these pages on Sunday as I have to write out my to do list, projects and design the next spread. After that I will do the weekly log and I have a design feature I want to try; Dutch doors.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bullet Journal - Setting Goals

The goals page supplies are three  items:
  • 05 micron pen (black)
  • Paper Mate Ink Joy pen 0.7 in blue
  • Highlighter in blue
I chose to keep this page simple as it is my goals and I want to read them easily.
At the top of the page, I wrote goals in capital letters, boxed it, shadow boxed it and coloured the shadow box in the same colour as the printing.
You can see I added stars to the oops I had. That is part of life that I needed to fix up.
The goals part of the page is set up was difficult to choose. People had two columns and the goals were listed for themselves and family. I finally found a couple that went into goals, outcomes and action plans and made my decision. I wrote each goal out on post it notes and then did bullet journal.
Goals are not that hard to do. You decide on what your goal is. Is it attainable? Is it a short or long term goal? You need to decide that for yourself. My goal of loosing weight is long term. It will happen later rather than sooner for very specific reasons. I keep plugging away at - one step forward, two steps back it seems.
Next you decide your purpose. Why or what is your purpose for having that goal? One of my goals is to have a small or non-existent stash of fabric and yarn. Why or what is my purpose of that goal? To plan one project at a time rather than have many ideas rolling in my head and not getting to them in a timely fashion.
Lastly you plan on your action plan which is what do I need to do. For my stash it is to sew and not buy though I am allowed to buy some fabric and notions to finish projects or to try a new project that I can do immediately. Am I going on a fabric fast? Not really. But I want to sew more meters than I buy. I really want 3 pieces of fabric for doll clothes and yes, I will buy them. I haven't seen any other fabric I want. So, I will buy those 3 pieces and not buy anything else at the moment except for those notions I will need for project I have queued.
I didn't finish my goals page as there could be more to add to the list. And, yes, retire is on the list with set a date. My purpose changes daily and right now all is private in that domain.
 Next up will be a simple monthly log. Mine will be real simple and will include my goals, what I want to sew, blogging and weight loss.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Design Feature

Yesterday's weather was cloudy and warm. The high was 25C or 77F but it was humid. It felt like it could rain but it didn't. Today will be a repeat of yesterday though we could see more sun.

Lifestyle

I had yesterday off work and I was tired. It could have been the humidity but it could be the fact I am still catching up from working late on Friday night. I hate working late nights. I never seem to catch up on my sleep.
I have been mulling over the craft bazaar/farmer's market thing for 48 hours now and am a bit confused if I want to do it or if I want to go another route. Will it be online with doll clothes or ?? I know there are a lot of craft bazaars in our area in October to December. I'll have to think about it so I can do my goals for the Bullet Journal.

Sewing

I worked carefully and diligently on the handbag yesterday and when I finished the part I was doing, I had a whoops. I had put in the oval base and had the side seams in the center front and back. As the top of the bag is the same no matter what, I dug out the bias tape makers, cut some bias tape, ironed it with fusible tape on it and covered the seams. Now I have something added onto the handbag while hiding the seam.  
I'll do the lining correctly and will make a note in the book about this design feature so I won't do it again.
I went out to look in two stores in our area. One was a wool shop and I lasted 10 minutes in there. The lady has very little stock in more square footage than her previous store. I look at her store as a huge studio for her to do her knitting in. I walked out without her saying a word to me.
The other shop is a quilting store and the ladies were so kind and helpful. I bought four pieces of fabric; half for the doll and half for a couple of zippered bags.
The main piece was this lovely print and it screamed doll dress and the main part of the zippered bag.
Next I added this for the top of the bag. It will be part of another outfit for the dolls.
I added this for the inside of the bag and for another piece for the dolls.
And this finished  up the selection. The bag is one they had on display and very cute.
The doll's outfit is Cute Cotton Candy.

I am leaning towards the top and capris and making them out of two different combinations of the pink and a golden yellow.

Today

I am back to work for two days and then off for a day. Back to doing inventory which I need to have fashion done in 6 days. Yes, we can do it.
Until the next time...............................

Monday, June 19, 2017

More Rambling Thoughts

It was a slow day at the store yesterday. I guess father's want to do other things on their day of the year and it isn't shopping. The parking lot of the strip mall was about 25% filled all day.
I had the honour of cutting 14 meters of fabric for a teacher as her class made a yurt and needs to cover the inside with the fabric. Just imagine all the skills and learning those students got while making the yurt.
I had set my goals to sell doll clothes at a farmer's market but that isn't going to happen. A customer told me it won't work and to stick with craft bazaars. She was very kind and explained the whys which I needed to know.
If all goes well, I hope to hit the craft bazaars in late fall of 18. That isn't cast in stone as there could be bumps in the road, detours along the way, and unforeseen activities in our journey.
As I am off work today, I need to shop, get medications, clean house/laundry, and, hopefully a bit of sewing.
Until the next time........................

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Rambling Thoughts

After a late night at work, rain, wind, and thunder, we start today with sunshine. And a sort of tired lady. She will survive and hopes the weather will be nicer today. 

Bullet Journal

I spent some time working on the next page. It is on post it notes and a sheet of paper I found here. I don't find wording goals hard or to make them accomplishable. We had to do that in teaching. Thinking of goals is harder. But I did get some down and most are personal. My goals consist of 

  • Loosing weight
  • Reducing the stash to a small pile or to nothing
  • Blog more consistently
  • Retire -- what will that look like
  • Take part in craft bazaars/farmer's markets and sell doll clothes and jewelry.
Now I just have to set up the page and blog about it. 

Sewing

With the sewing room in the basement living room, I started a new bag. The bag has two pieces; the body and the bottom. But you cut those pieces from the outer fabric, the lining, interfacing and craft fleece. Then you cut bias binding to trim the bag's top edge and make the handles. 
I have the bag pieces traced and laid out on the outer fabric. I have to cut a second bag body out of that fabric. I did cut the bias binding, sewed it together, and am pressing it according to the directions. I need to read the directions again as I am a bit confused. Pictures will come when I get the binding figured out. Here is the fabric. 
The bottom two pieces are the outer and lining fabrics. The top piece is the bias binding. I would love to make the dolls something from the scraps otherwise they go to the trash bin. No keeping what I can't use. 
The bag I am making is the funky one on the cover of this book. 

Today

I am working doing books and more inventory when I am not helping customers. I will be retiring to bed early tonight as I will be tired when I get home from work. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Bullet Journal Key

Now that I can only do one thing at a time on the PC, I have had to reintroduce myself to my Mac. We have had our trials but all is well and I can now move on and do the next part of the Bullet Journal.

Materials Needed


  • Bullet Journal
  • 05 Micron pen (black)
  • Coloured Ink Joy pens (mine are gel and 0.7)
  • ruler
  • Washi tape
On the page after the Future Log, will be the Key. I wrote key at the top which is 4 dots high. 
Next, I made two boxes side by side. The left hand box is 12 boxes wide by 17 boxes long. The right hand box starts after leaving one box empty. On the next row, I drew a line across the page. 
At the bottom of the page, I added a piece of Washi tape. I had seen it added to a couple of other Bullet Journals and liked it. 
Next a box was drawn at the bottom of the page. Mine is 26 dots wide by 10 boxes deep. Yours could be slightly different in depth. 
As I researched bullet journal keys, there was a commonality in them in all. The key was an index of symbols. Each of the unique symbols are used to represent tasks, events, appointments. 
 The first column is my index. I am not sure if I will use all of them but I am sure over time I will. 
The second column is the code to tell me where I am at with a project. They are called signifiers. 
In the bottom box, I color coded each of us so I know exactly who is doing what. For example, Elliott has an appointment with the vet tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. and I would write it in the daily journal in orange as Vet - 2:30 p.m. 
Next is the goals page. I am working on my goals for the next 6 months which includes weight loss, blogging, sewing for myself and trips, visiting friends, etc. for family. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

July 1 - Canada Day - Bag Completed

The Canada Day bag (Anthology Bag) is finished. 
I wish that I had put the clasp down another 1 to 1 1/2" but I will live with it looking like that. 
The original bag looked like this.
I have to figure out how to do the pattern as it cannot be found on line. I found it in staffroom at the store and took a copy of it. 
The bag matches a dress that another staff member made and she wants the bag. 
Now that I have figured out how to use the Mac, I can work on my Bullet Journal once again. I can use my PC on occasion as it freezes up if I do too much on it. 
Today I am off work and plan on moving the sewing room downstairs and set up my sewing room for our Grandson to sleep in while he is here. I have to make the bed in the guest room for Son and Daughter-in-Law. 
Sewing for the next while is presents for Christmas gifts and a couple of doll outfits. 
Until the next time........................

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Starting a Canada Day Bag

We had a cool day yesterday with some showers. I actually wore a coat to and from work. 

The doll is at work ready to showcase her July 1st dress. I added a red ribbon at the waist. 
I also got started on the Canada Day bag. 
 I have all the pieces interfaced and it is ready to sew together. It is a fairly easy sew. The goal is to have it done for next week. 
We are visiting friends on my day off. We haven't been anywhere for a long time and it is time to be away for a day. 
Until the next time.................... 

Friday, June 09, 2017

July 1st Red and White Dress

Yesterday weather was unusual. It was cloudy and warm then windy and cooler. There was a thunderstorm at the airport which is 7 km west of us. The high temperature was 27C or 81F.

Lifestyle

Many hours were spent cleaning the bedroom end of the house. Laundry was done and I finished up around 3 p.m. It was a big job that needed to be done. The house was warm and the humidity was high so the Spousal Unit closed the air vents in the basement. The cold air cooled the upstairs down quickly after that.
The Spousal Unit boxed up all 20 dozen canning jars in his shed and I can list them for sale. I won't be canning again as we don't have the space to grow the fruit and vegetables like we did in Ashcroft.

Sewing

After watching Joan Hind's course on making doll clothes, I decided that I would make the back of the Canada Day's dress 3/8" narrower. That is what the sloper indicated.
I followed the ideas Joan Hind showed on the top; clipping the seams, pressing well and sewing up the side seams so no seams show. I am impressed with the results.
The fit is much better than the previous dresses.

I spent the evening finishing it up with no issues what so ever. One easy dress to make.
Next on the table is a purse in red and white. Something a bit different.

Bullet Journal

Sorry it is taking me so long to do the bullet journal. I am having issues with my computer and need to transfer all my information over to my Mac. Right now I am fighting to get a blog post done let alone search for information. The internet freezes on me and I have to reboot my computer. Grrrr........

Today

I need to grocery shop, clean up the living room/kitchen and finish the dress. I work Saturday and we hope to visit friends on Sunday.
Until the next time...........................

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

More Fabric

Our weather has been warming up again with a high of 31.4C or 88.5F yesterday. We are to be warm today and then it will cool off and be damp for a few days. Just in time for my days off.

Lifestyle

(It is 12:35 a.m. and there is a plane either landing or taking off from our airport. This is something that we don't have -- night flights. The Spousal Unit thinks it may be water bombers doing night training.)
With the weather we've had, the garden is taking off and growing quickly. All I can say is WOW! We should have lots of vegetables and be able to admire the flowers we planted.
At work, I am busy coding fabrics. I have been busy at the back of the store with a person helping me out. Hopefully that area will all be done by Monday. Another person is willing to code in the main area. I got her going in that section.  Two others are also coding in the store. And then we are busy helping customers.
We are having new soffit put up on the house and it is looking good. Then the company will put on new eaves trough and the house will be ready to paint. We'd like to get most of it done this summer and be done with the outside this year. All that will be left is the shed and fence.

Sewing

I bought fabric and zippers yesterday to make some bags after I do the trial ones. I picked out funky coloured zippers to go with the two fabrics I chose. I still need to get the fleece and thread for these projects.

The dolls got a piece of fabric for a dress. It is very summery with lovely bright flowers on a white background. I need to get white lining for it.
The missing items are due to the fact I had to cut fabric for 30 minutes after I was off shift and then I rushed around getting what I wanted and missed several items. That is life. I'll get the rest on Saturday.
Today
I am working day 5 and then get two days off. More coding and preparing for two people to code while I am off work. I have to say that I am looking forward to my two days off.
Until the next time.......................

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Craftsy Courses

Yesterday was a day that reads like:
I did the shopping and slept for three hours in the afternoon. A child would add The End.
After leaving work at 9:30 p.m. after correcting a mistake from cash, I got home at 10:00 p.m. and to bed about 10:30 pm. It was a late night for me and I didn't sleep well. Hence the three hour nap on my day off. And no Bullet Journal entry. I was classified as non-functional all day.
While awake, I watched Joan Hawkins Craftsy course called Zip it Up. You make three bags with the focus on zippers. The Bendy bag has left over triangles and you can use them up to make a cute bag called Bendy Bits.
I have lots of fabric hanging around so I am going to be making some of these bags for gifts. My trial bags will be made out of these fabrics.
The frog fabric will probably have a red zipper or a lime green one and the peacock fabric will have a royal blue zipper.
These pieces jumped into the pile and could have a turquoise blue zipper. I will take them into the store when I have done the red and white sewing. Once I have the trial run done, I will start on the ones I want to make for gifts. When I get these out of my system, I will take her other class on bags with zippers in it. I am sure it will be just as interesting.
I also started to watch the doll sewing course from Craftsy. I found some of the paper towels I wanted and made a bodice sloper for the dolls and will have to cut out a muslin to make sure I have it the way I want it to look on the doll. I am now watching how to make a bodice and when done I will sing a tune about that. So far so good and that makes me happy.
I work for the next 5 days and may or may not get a lot done. I have taken some items downstairs so I can move my sewing down to the basement for the summer. I may continue moving items to the basement if I am not too tired. If not, I will do nothing.
Until the next time............................

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Wandering Thoughts

We are having some nice weather with temperatures sitting at nearly 90F. Summer is on its way it seems.

Lifestyle

I noticed on my way to and from work that the river is over its banks in some spots and moving into the surrounding low areas. The forecasters say the river could be as high as it was in 2012. Those forecasters also said the snow pack was lower than normal this winter until the first hot weather hit us and then they changed their song.
At work, I am busy cutting coloured tags, putting coding numbers on them, and attaching them to bolts of fabric. I have the interfacing (staff did the tagging but I did organizing), the flannel, and two groups of the tulle and netting done. I'll pause tonight and do the pink slips and put them into bags ready for when we condense the store for inventory. I set a goal for each day and try to get most, if not all, done. So far the plan I have in my head is working.
I am doing well with my eating plan and using up my WW points each day. As I put the weight on fast, it is coming off fast with an almost 5 pounds lost so far this week. It will slow down though. I am between 8500 and 9500 steps per day and I am happy with that.
I will do the next step in the Bullet Journal tomorrow. I set it aside to finish the bridal gown as I needed to get it done. I have looked at a couple of ideas for the Journal after I do the key.

Sewing

I bought the Craftsy class on making doll clothes with Joan Hinds. I started watching it and decided I need to find the good paper towels that are hiding in the house. I didn't locate them so will have to continue my search before I move on. I really want to figure out the bodice for the dolls I have so I can have them fitting closer to their body. I want to start with the dress I am making next.
I am hoping to finish the doll's dress and purse/bag next week and then I am going to sew up some other items until October (unless push comes to shove for another project for the dolls which I am sure it will). Some will be quick Christmas gifts but I am hoping to make a couple of tops for me. Simple ones to wear to work.

Today

I am working late tonight and have tomorrow off. I have to set goals for a tired person tomorrow as I will want to joing Elliott in sleeping the day away.
Until the next time.....................

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bridal Bouquet Done

Yesterday was a warm day with a high of 32C or 92F. Today is to be another warm day also and then it is suppose to cool off and have showers. We did have a heat shower yesterday just before dinner.

Lifestyle

Our big surprise this year is the miniature weigela bush that is in the front flower bed. It is covered in blooms this year meaning it loves the treatment we are giving it.
This bush will grow to be 3 feet tall and we were so excited when we found it in the front flower garden after we moved in almost 2 years ago. The second weigela bush is starting to bloom and will grow to be 6-8 feet tall.
We sat outside yesterday after lunch for a bit and talked to Son and family in Nova Scotia. Though on the north side of the house, it was warm sitting out there. We have been drinking a lot of water and I know I must drink more when at work.
The Spousal Unit put the old kitchen table together in the basement and we got it in its place. I will start to move my sewing machine to the basement when I have a few minutes. The ironing board has to go down also.
I started again at Weight Watchers. My frame of mind is there and I am ready to do this again. With the Spousal Unit being stronger and doing more things, I can, once again focus on myself.

Sewing

I finished the bridal bouquet and it was a lot of work. Tiny satin roses were hand stitched onto the pompom.
Then I tied a tiny ribbon onto a clear hair elastic and sewed that onto the pompom. More ribbons were sewn on. Finally I strung tiny clear seed beads and teal pearl beads onto silk thread which was sewn onto the pompom. It was declared done.
I cut out another pair of panties for the next doll to wear under her red and white dress.
I carefully removed the elastic from the children's panties while sitting outside. I then cut out the pattern and sewed the elastic back on. I did straight stitching with a zig-zag finish as I need to rethread my serger. I am thinking of adding 3/8" to the panties to make them a bit longer in the body. I'm still thinking on this.
Knitting
I looked at the socks I started in January and am almost ready to throw them in the trash. I don't mind the yarn but I need start again in the fall with a fresh mind. I have several negative thoughts associated with these socks so I feel I need to move on to another project.

Today

I start the first of four days so I won't get a lot done at home.
Until the next time..............................

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Just the bouquet

Yesterday's last fling at the doll's outfit was to try and finish the veil and the bouquet.
I succeeded in getting the veil done but it took longer to make due to a lot of hand stitching.
The bouquet is just a pompom made out of the bridal netting. I will be sewing 11 satin roses on it, adding some ribbons and teal beads to add a splash of colour.
This dress took a lot of time but I did enjoy sewing it.
Next on the list -- red and white striped dress for the doll and a red and white purse for me.
Until the next time...............................

Friday, May 26, 2017

McCalls 6981 Doll's Dress Done

We had 2 days of summer and then it cooled down and rained for 2 days. Today is suppose to the start of our next hot spell with temperatures in the low 30C or 90F. We could see this spell last for a long time or just a week. Who knows this year.

Lifestyle

I bought and the Spousal Unit planted three large hosta plants in the back yard's shady spot. They will fill in an empty corner. We need a load of crushed gravel but that can come in the fall or next year. We can clean and tidy up around in that area on cooler days.
I am nearly ready to finish cleaning the basement. There isn't a lot to do but there are items that need to be brought upstairs and the rest needs to be sorted and dealt with. I need the old kitchen table set up so I can sew in the basement on hot days.
We are starting to move into inventory and I would love to start coding to get a bit of a head start. We have a meeting on Monday and then a staff meeting the following week.

Sewing

I got the lining and the crinoline sewn together yesterday and put it into the dress.
At this point, I could pin on the trim at the neckline and start the mile of hand sewing. The lining was prick stitched down at the zipper and then the trim at the neckline. Lastly, I prick stitched the lining to the dress at the arm openings. That job took well over an hour to do. Tiny spaces take about the same amount of time to prick stitch down as a regular sized garment.
The skirt isn't as puffy as I would like. The bridal netting is too soft for a crinoline but we had no white tulle. If and when I make this dress again, I would:
  • Fit the bodice a little more tightly for this doll.
  • When gathering, put in three rows of gathering at the waist (1/8, 3/8, & 5/8").
  • Not put on the peplum.
  • Add the zipper and lining again as it makes the dress so nice to put on the doll.
  • Put boning around the bottom of the skirt lining (in the hem) and omit the crinoline.
Overall, I am happy with the gown and how it turned out. Next is the veil and the bouquet.

Today

I work the late shift so I am hoping that I will get the veil done and on the doll. I will try to do the bouquet but will have to wait and see if I can get it done. I think it is going to be labour intensive.
Until the next time.........................