finished!

The bolero is done. It took a lot of time but I am very happy with the way it turned out.

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The sleeves are really over the top! They are a cross between Carmen Miranda and Dr. Seuss.

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What I learned about with this one:

I used different colors for the lining on the sleeves. Since they were going to be completely covered, it didn’t seem important. However, the bottom edge does show slightly. Next time I will be more intentional about the lining.

The double layer of t-shirt is surprisingly warm.

The pattern for the sleeves is very large. It is difficult to get two sleeves out a t-shirt unless it is an extra large. For this reason, I trimmed a small amount of the ease off. This didn’t affect the fit at all for me.

 

surprise for me!

I was out-of-town this weekend. I had a great time visiting my family and seeing my adorable nieces and nephews. In any case, I do not have anything to share with you of my own work. However, I was given a lovely gift, that I happened to have the perfect place between my design walls. I also already know what I will use it for.

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Thanks, Mom, Becky and Jenny. It was great to see you all!

Published in: on October 13, 2014 at 9:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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jean quilt update

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Here is an update on the jean quilt for S. It is coming together well, although S wants a little more dark, so I may still make some changes.

Published in: on October 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm  Comments (3)  
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studio play

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Slowly making progress in setting up my studio. I got the design panels up on my walls. It is really nice to look at projects as they grow.

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Published in: on September 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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here is something I saved for you.

So, the day passed quickly without me doing much crafting. P and I went to the fabric store. We went to the Richfield Penn Celebration, spending way too much time in the sun. But how many of these beautiful autumn days will we have in Minnesota?

In any case, for sewing, slow sewing construction is slow. Luckily, I saved a project I completed almost a month ago for a day like today, when I didn’t get much done in the week and don’t have much to say.

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These are the fingerless gloves I told you about a couple of months ago. They actually didn’t take that to put together, but the beading took much longer.

I love the way these look but I am not sure how useful they will be here since Minnesota weather is either really hot or really cold. However, I like the way they look so much I will probably make another pair.

Published in: on September 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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There is always some chaos…

This weekend was full, so full I am late even thinking about this blog. The boy was really back here for the first time with all the changes that implies. I had my first time of lead deacon at church which I will say two things about:

  1. I didn’t drop all the hosts.
  2. I didn’t start my robe or the church on fire.

In any case, all of that plus a cold has kept me mostly sleeping and reading. There has been little progress on my studio and sewing. I am done painting and have started to shift things in.

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Here are my first two sections of design wall. I plan to have six in total so I need more fabric to cover them. I need to go to the fabric store to create the rest. Now, I am folding fabric and cleaning. Next weekend, hopefully, I will make my way to the fabric store.

 

Published in: on September 14, 2014 at 6:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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new studio start

Happy birthday, P! We are going to have a great day together.

That being said the end of birthday season is today- although we have a few loose ends, I am glad to say it is done! This birthday season was a little more expensive because E moved out in the middle of it. The upside of that is that I got my sewing room back when he left.

About a year or so ago, I moved downstairs to give him a little study room and create some flexibility and space in the boys’ shared room. Now that he has moved out, I have reclaimed it.

Here is the little space I carved out in the basement to sew in these past few years:

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Another view:

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Yes, it was quite tight and cozy. A good part of the chaos will follow me upstairs, but some of it was preexisting. Here are my new clean shelves:

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And more:

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I’d show you the rest, but I’ve still have it set up for painting. I followed the Donna Porter rule of thumb. If most of the stuff is out or being moved out, you might as well paint the room while it is empty. I repainted it a nearly white- it this picture you can see the tint has a little pink in it. Tomorrow I will paint the trim and begin moving my things back up. I will be going through my things to see if I need them as I bring them up. It will be a nice fresh start.  I can’t wait to discover what I have and get organized!

Published in: on September 7, 2014 at 11:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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new corset top

 

I finished another one of the kits I created to go on the trip a few weeks ago. I really like it, but my husband and my son insist it is not flattering.

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I actually think I just need something better to wear with it. I may over dye it to create more unity. Here is the back:

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So after finishing this one, I started on my next kit. This is a long sleeve bolero. I plan to strip piece the sleeves. Once I started on it, Steve said it should be a skirt:

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I like this idea so I will cut out a base for skirt to be striped like this one.  If I wear it all together, it will be completely crazy, but as individual pieces they will be really fun.

 

Published in: on August 31, 2014 at 9:18 am  Comments (2)  
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Changes

Changes for sure. School starting tomorrow the big sophomore. When I say big, I mean it literally. Look at the size of the great shoes he picked for his new school shoes.

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I do remember in 1987 having very similar shoes. I think I got them at Kmart for 2.50. I won’t say how much these were but they weren’t 2.50. Teenagers are expensive. These were worth it by how much they make me smile.

So other big changes: the big boy is turning 21 tomorrow. I told my husband that we had been married a whole grown man time. Then I thought: my parents have been married a whole 45-year-old woman time.

He has begun packing:

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Quite a treasure trove. I will miss him, but his happiness is infectious, I am starting to get excited to help him move next week.

 

Published in: on August 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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bolero

I just got back from a long trip to my mom and dad’s.   I had a great time first at my parent’s house and then at a big family reunion.  We had a good time fishing and hanging out with my dad.  At the reunion, it was wonderful to see everyone and catch up.   We also had a rousing game of kick ball which has left me still walking a little funny.

 

It is a 10 hour drive each way so I made up 4 kits a la Alabama Stitch book to work on in the car. The first one was this little bolero which I made to match the little tank top I made a few weeks ago. It took me most of the trip but I am very pleased with it.

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Here is a close up of the beaded edge.

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I am very happy with it. I am excited to start on my other three kits. Now I can position one on the porch and another up in my bedroom while I am watching TV.

 

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