I really like the jewelry displays people are coming up with on Flickr!
Monday, December 3, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Here's the skirts:
They started out life as the ruffle for a bed. I still have enough left to trim both shirts and to make a skirt for Sofia and Elise.
This skirt is a bit big for Sofia, Purple Tie-Dye and Black Lace...
I picked up the purple tie-dye sheet at a thrift store. Not sure if it was that way originally, or if someone dyed it at home. I still have the middle of the sheet, that I think I am going to make a circle skirt out of.
I also put together a skirt out of two cloth napkins. I just sewed the sides up to make a tube, cut about 5 inches off the bottom, in two 2-1/2" strips, and made 1 super long tube, which I gathered on the sewing machine to make the ruffle on the bottom of the skirt. Then I folded down 1/2" of the top and put some elastic in and we have a cute paisley skirt. Who would ever guess it was made from 2 napkins from the thrift shop?
So....I have been learning a lot as I create this week. It's hard to put into words what exactly I learned. Mostly just "be careful" stuff. Like having to take a waistband off 3 times on one skirt I made earlier this week made these skirts' waistbands go much more smoothly. As always, never give up, and don't expect absolute perfection. It's been awhile since I have been sewing regularly, so it's going to take me a while to remember all of the tricks.and tips.
I am having an absolute BLAST upcycling, recycling and repurposing! It's fun to take something which was discarded or at least seen as having no value, and turn it into something beautiful!
Monday, September 17, 2012
|Twirly Skirt from vintage sheet goodness. The waistband is 2x her waist size and each subsequent row is 1.5 x longer than the previous row...|
|Until it comes Full Circle to a wonderful Twirly Skirt, and what little girl doesn't love a Twirly Skirt?|
|Skirt with attached leggings and embellished shirt|
I just finished sewing a Twirly Skirt from vintage sheet scraps, and a skirt with attached leggings and embellished top that I upcycled from a nice women's lined lace shirt I had little hope of ever fitting into, and a textured knit shirt which would never fit Cassidy again. Both of them are for my granddaughter. I hope she likes it as much as I do!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Scraps to Eyeglass Cases
Oh, I forgot to tell you, on the other 2 cases, I fused a smaller piece of fleece to the back of the square, so it wouldn't be in the seam. It works much better, less bulk but still soft. I like the long straps because I can wear it around my neck, or hang it from a bedpost or hook. I need all the help I can get to not lose things!
Practice while making something you need. I also need potholders.....
Here's my current sewing area:
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Saving Them...Using Them
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
In my other life I am a pharmacy technician. Kinda funny, because there is NOTHING creative about pharmacy. It is all cut and dry, black and white, no grey areas. Routine. So very opposite of the ceativity I want to express, and have wanted to express. It pays the bills. I got a raise when I changed jobs. I had worked for one company for many years, mostly as a floater, which I enjoyed because it afforded me some flexibility, since I also have another life as a caregiver for my best friend who lives with me. Then things started to change.the flexibility went away, wages were frozen, no more mileage. Slowly leaving started to creep into my mind. A hard thought after 28 years, most of my adult life. But I was no longer happy, and I felt I was no longer appreciated by them. So I left, and went to work for a temp agency, which I LOVE!! I have gotten nothing but compliments, a raise, mileage, and much better working conditions.
I am so much happier, I am glad I left, I needed to. I needed to let go of the past and move forward to my much happier and more creative future. I hope to share my journey to creative living here. Hopefully we can have fun on the way.
Oh, and did I mention, I sew barefoot...
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Blogs......it seems like they have been here forever, and yet it has only been a few short years since they were created, since they went viral. Viral, that's another word that has been given a new meaning by the internet. So much information...anything we want know we can find, but we have to be careful to filter the information, sort the garbage from the gold.
Time...how much time have I spent just hopping from blog to blog, Starting with something that interests me, finding another blog linked to the first one, then on to the next one, until I fall alseep....information overload.
Oh, did I mention I sew barefoot?
Friday, January 20, 2012
This is the first garment I have sewn in at least 10 years. I made this sunsuit for my roommate's great-granddaughter, Sophia, who will be 2 this summer. I targeted it for her birthday, July 2012, giving me plenty of time to get it done. Yay! It's done and it turned GREAT!
I am so happy to be sewing again. I don't know why it took me so many years to get my sewing machine fired up again, but here I am. It's like the years of pent up not sewing are bursting out!