Tuesday, November 01, 2011

post Halloween project list

Whew - Halloween is finally over.  My sewing room is no longer the sweatshop of costume making that it has been.  Sunday was about cleaning, straightening and organizing for the next flow of projects.  Before any Christmas crafts start I am in need of a belt for my jeans.  I've been wanting to try one of these patterns forever.  I was thinking of doing one in Fall colors and prints -warm hues.
I was thinking of a patchwork one with maybe a single piece of fabric on the other side. 

Here is a few links for the tutorials that I have gathered -

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=194048.0

http://juicy-bits.typepad.com/juicy_bits/2008/08/scrappy-summer.html

http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2008/09/easy-ribbon-belts.html

http://www.christynelson.net/2009/04/learn-how-to-make-fabric-belt/

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween sewing


I made a skirt and cape for a friends little girl for Halloween.  Her mom was going to dress her up as a witch so I was inspired to make some of the costume components. I had the Halloween toile in my stash- black with spider webs with sequins and glitter.  I added a ribbon flower for some pizazz.  The cape was just from a sketch of a pattern I threw together.  It was a black velvet lined with a deep purple satin that had embroidered oriental motifs.  I just loved the satiny contrast to the black velvet.  I expect this will end up being more of a play costume than a Halloween costume. 

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

What have I been up to?

Its been a long long time since I posted here. Too long. I'm going to try to really make the effort this month. Anyone else out there tired of Winter too? I don't really mind the snow so much as I'm just minding the damage to house from it. I suppose I should consider myself lucky my roof hasn't fallen in but come Spring there will be plenty of cleanup work. This last weekend I had ice that came off the roof and it damaged about 4 sections of vinyl siding - puncturing holes all the way down. Looks like it damaged a couple of window screens in that process too. Now come Spring I can replace siding and screens - along with the usual cleanup. Oh well - things happen.

I keep trying to focus on the garden - what seeds I'll need. I'd like to completely redo my raised veggie bed. With new untreated wood sides and extend the length by a couple of feet as well.

I signed up for a couple of gardening classes at the local Gardeners Supply. I signed up for the Small Spaces this Saturday and the Composting later in the month. I'm looking forward to the planning of the garden this year. Also after the class I can browse around and check the Outlet store! You can never have too much garden stuff - well I don't think so.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Testing, testing... its this on?

Hello, I'm back with lots of projects to go on and on about.. but first you must check out my friend kate's blog.. its about food and crafts (the food is my favorite part). She's gonna be putting up some recipes so stay tuned! YUM

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Post (yes really)




Ok, it's been JUNE since I've posted. Yeah really JUNE. Vermont Summers are short but certainly not a lack of things going on. I think this Summer and Fall have been non stop. I went camping four times this year. I spent one weekend in Montreal and went back for a day trip a month later. I tended to my garden and I am still tending to it now.. late Summer/early Fall lettuce still coming along. I quit my job at IBM of eleven years and started a new job a week later at Dealer.com. : ) Am still waiting for my contractor to be available to start my kitchen renovations. Laid down new tile where my pellet stove will go (when it gets here). Purchased a beach permit but only got to once, due to the rainy weather. I know there is still more stuff.. but I can't think of them right now. All in all it's been one busy Summer and the Fall isn't slowing up either. This photo is of my tomatoes, spinach and lettuce from July.

I'm a Katherine

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You Are a Katharine!




You are a Katharine -- "I am happy and open to new things"



Katharines are energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute to the world.





How to Get Along with Me

  • * Give me companionship, affection, and freedom.

  • * Engage with me in stimulating conversation and laughter.

  • * Appreciate my grand visions and listen to my stories.

  • * Don't try to change my style. Accept me the way I am.

  • * Be responsible for youself. I dislike clingy or needy people.

  • * Don't tell me what to do.




What I Like About Being a Katharine

  • * being optimistic and not letting life's troubles get me down

  • * being spontaneous and free-spirited

  • * being outspoken and outrageous. It's part of the fun.

  • * being generous and trying to make the world a better place

  • * having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures

  • * having such varied interests and abilities




What's Hard About Being a Katharine

  • * not having enough time to do all the things I want

  • * not completing things I start

  • * not being able to profit from the benefits that come from specializing; not making a commitment to a career

  • * having a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies

  • * feeling confined when I'm in a one-to-one relationship




Katharines as Children Often

  • * are action oriented and adventuresome

  • * drum up excitement

  • * prefer being with other children to being alone

  • * finesse their way around adults

  • * dream of the freedom they'll have when they grow up




Katharines as Parents

  • * are often enthusiastic and generous

  • * want their children to be exposed to many adventures in life

  • * may be too busy with their own activities to be attentive

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