Sunday, August 26, 2012

Posting Problems

My computer died.  It might have new life once some parts come in, but for now, I am computerless.  (I am working on a borrowed one this minute.)  So, posting has been a bit difficult.

I also have no finished items to post.  I have almost finished a blanket.  I have made a half and a quarter of two llamas.  I have made about 75% of a long sleeved shirt for Miss M.  I have painted the fabric and cut out the pieces for D's Halloween costume.  I have cut out the pieces for some quilt blocks that I want to make.  But, I haven't finished anything.  My sewing room is becoming overrun with unfinished items!

I hope to make a good dent in it this week, but we will have to see!  I also hope to get my computer back, alive and well.  Or, at least well enough to keep my life in order.  I often forget how attached and dependent I am on a computer.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

My Christmas Present

I went ahead and bought my own Christmas present.  I even get to go ahead and start using it!!!  But, that is because I need to finish it before Christmas. Hmmm...  I will share some pictures after I get started on it.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Toddler Tank Tops

Due to the nature of my current career (mostly raising kids with a little office work thrown in for relaxation), I was recently off of the office work portion of my life for a little over 2 weeks.  Now, this is not cool in the payroll aspect of life, but it was fun in the relax with kiddos and shop on ebay side.

Oh yes, ebay.  That addictive auction site.  The one that I try dearly to stay away from for the sake of my checking account.  Everything is on there.  Or, almost everything.  During this 2 week ebay study, I was super excited to find Barney fabric!!!

Barney fabric!!!  The mystical fabric of my year.  I bought it.  It is awesome jersey knit.  The twins saw it coming out of the dryer, and were amazed and excited.  I cut them each a piece of it then, and they carried them around like little treasures!  So, I knew that the Barney fabric had to quickly turn from fabric into clothes, but what?

I needed it to be suitable for pink and blue toddlers, so I decided on tank tops.  I traced tanks that fit nicely, added seam allowances, and serged those babies into trimless tank tops!  Then I went into my fabric for something to use on the necks and arm holes.  I had nothing stretchy that matched!  I then decided to raid the tub of cute striped t-shirts for stretchy material.  Bingo!!!  Green and white stripes for M's tank top.  I still couldn't find anything small manly, so I used the same fabric as the body of D's shirt.

I think they turned out great, and so do the twins!!!  And, sorry for the terrible photos, but there just wasn't time to keep trying to get snazzy ones!

And, yes, they will sit still on their little couch to watch Barney!  And, M has decided that she doesn't like having her hair fixed this week, so I am picking battles carefully.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fabric Yumminess

I have no clever project to share today, just a little something that I recently learned.  I guess I already knew it deep down in my fabric self, but it became much more clear to me this week....  Really nice fabric, the kind that I want to make a new wardrobe, quilt, and kids clothes from....  It really does exist.  I am sure there are tons of great fabric producers out there, but I found Moda, and I love it.

I ordered a set of charm squares (5 inch squares for quilts) on ebay.  When I opened the package, I learned how fabulous Moda fabric feels and looks!  For large pieces of fabric to sew clothes with, it will cost more than I like to pay for fabric, but I think it will definitely be worth it for special projects and events.  The only big negative, besides the cost (which really isn't terrible if you price other designer fabrics), is that now I really want to start some new projects with Moda, even though I only have one set of 42 squares.  But, I will try to prevail over my desire to start new stuff.  I need to completely wrap-up everything partially done, and then I have a robe and a blanket on the sewing list.  Those are not for me, so I think it will work telling myself that I already promised my cousin to sew these things for him.  Then.....   I may have to break down and make myself something from some Moda fabric.

And, now, because W says that I don't have enough pictures of him on the blog, I present my soon-to-be 6th grader.....
He took this picture of himself, and I like how you can see his game posters behind him! I am not really sure why his mouth is wide open, though!