Archive | April 2012

I get my kicks…

…with my new Big Kick from Sizzix! I have wanted one of these babys for a long time. When I get obsessed with something, I scour the world wide web for the best deal possible and you know what, the best deal was at my local Michael’s store. I brought it home, unpacked the periwinkle coloured cutter and my 2 dies and started cutting pretty little butterflies and dragonflies. My husband asked me if I really needed to buy another gadget, don’t I have enough gagdets, answer ‘ of course I needthis periwinkle coloured shape cutter, look at the pretty butterflies’ by the way do you need all the different sized screws and nails, his answer, ‘bought them on sale and I’m sure they’ll come in handy for something’. Case closed.

Washing and Swooning

I learned the hard way that doing laundry and sewing together blocks for my Swoon quilt does not mix. While putting together my second block I was short 4 rectangles. It took me half an hour to realize that I had sewed them together with squares. You’re probably saying ‘just unstitch them’ right? Well not that simple, I had also trimmed them at the corners. Oh well, I guess this means I need to order more Ruby fabric. I knew things would work in my favour!

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The Entertainer

I’ve been taking piano lessons for about a year now. This is something I’ve wanted to do my whole life and now that my son is finished with all his piano lessons, guitar lessons, hockey, soccer, blah, blah and blah, of course I’m now into 3rd year university fees but that’s a different post, I thought it would be a great time for me to do something for me. I love playing and practicing, I even think I sound good at times, but then I go to my lesson and my fingers refuse to do what my brain is telling them to do. I’m sure my teacher is tired of me telling her how great I was  playing at home, how I hit every note and that my dog even sits and listens to me. Don’t get me wrong I have progressed and now that I’m actually playing tunes that I recognize, it’s even better.

So tonight I’ll go to class and try to play the Entertainer for her and of course I’ll miss a few notes, my timing will be off, and I’ll use the wrong fingering, but you know what, it doesn’t matter, I’m having a great time and it’s one more thing off my bucket list.

Against the Clock

It’s Saturday night of the Easter weekend and I am frantically trying to get these little coin purses finished. This is a new craft for me, which I started dabbling in about a month ago.

My husband asked me what I was going to do with all these squares and bolts of fabric that keep showing up at our front door, well here is another reason why I need to keep such a big stash of fabric. This is kind of addictive or is it that I have an addictive personality…

Have a great Easter weekend, what’s left of it!

Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and Charms

So, in January while surfing the web for new, exciting, yarns, and patterns, I came across a quilting site. You know how they say we eat with our eyes first, well I was enthralled with all the great colours and patterns in quilting fabrics. Who new that quilting had evolved and entered the 21st century. These were not the quilts that I remembered from the ’60’s, ’70’s, ’80’s, of what the heck even the ’90’s. These didn’t have all those little flowered grandma looking fabrics, these had bold colours and layed out with wonky squares and stars. Being a sewer I new I could put together a quilt and all I needed to do was to find myself some funky fabric, fancy rulers, squares and cutting gadgets. Soon packages started arriving at my door, almost everyday. My husband thought I was running some kind of illegal business. I had packages from our friends south of the border (U.S), from China and from places I never heard of. I now have a cabinet stocked with all things quilting! And because I never do things small, it’s always go big or go home here is my first quilt. I know, maybe a photography course should be my next big thing.

My Bloomin’ Coat

Does this ever happen to you. You’re out shopping or window shopping and you spot a dress, skirt or coat that you really, really want and your first thought is “I’m sure I can make that”, well that’s what happened to me with this knitted coat. When I saw it, I knew I could knit it, top-down, raglan sleeves, shawl collar, piece of cake. This coat had faintly painted flowers along the bottom and then the flowers were embroidered. The knitting as I said not a problem, didn’t take long at all. Oh, I should tell you I started this project last August. Then I had to figure out how to paint those lovely darn flowers, I have to say I thought about this for months and was getting stressed thinking what I would do if it didn’t work out. All that knitting and making sure all the decreases and increases were done perfectly, and that the picot hem wasn’t all wonky and twisted, only to ruin it with fabric paint, which I didn’t figure out I could use till sometime in October. I made piles of swatches and tried brushes, rags and sponges to get the flowers looking just right. And then, I remembered stencils, duh, why not use a stencil. So, I took out that plastic stencil stuff, drew what I wanted and Bob’s your uncle! Anyway, enough of my ramblings, I’m sure you get the picture. Here it is, finally finished in February 2012, oh wait I still need to add snaps and buttons!

My first time…

This is my first time blogging. I never really thought about setting up a blog before, and actually this is all strange and new to me. Last night when I was trying to fall asleep, I always have trouble getting to sleep on a Sunday night, the night before Monday when I have to go to work, away, I was lying there with my ipad reading someone’s blog and for some strange reason decided that I wanted something new to try and that something new would be a blog.

So, I do have some new sewing and knitting projects that I could share and I could share my thoughts on a book I just finished reading. Anyway, I’ll give this a go and see how it goes.

“The Journey is the Reward”

              Steve Jobs