Thursday, July 21, 2011

What I do when I am not sewing....

I caught 2 pound, 5 ounce big mouth bass. 
Now let me start by saying that I was really fishing for bluegill or sunnys, so hooking into this fish was quite a surprise.

The best part of this tale is that I caught it with a pink hook.  Go girl power. 

Will be back and sewing on Sunday, or it may be Tuesday depending on how the laundry goes. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A month has come and gone....

A month, how does that happen?  I know that I have been busy and all of the business make it fly.  July will be no better.  I have a week of vacation and then start working on getting my DS ready for kindergarten. 
But to prove that I have been doing something, here is what I have been doing.  I have been making these pillowcase dresses in a whole lot of diffrent sizes and colors.  Sold a couple but not enought.  I am selling them over at  come over and look and tell all of your friends.

 The other think that has taken up some of my month is cleaning and organizing.  My wonderful husband made me a couple of wooden shelves to put some of my fabric stash on.  So, I had to move a dresses out of the closet, move my cutting table into the closet and then get the shelves in. 
 This is the chaos,
this is the calm.  Now, as may sewers know, it does not say clean for long.  But I am trying.

The other big thing that has been taking my time is the garden.  There has been some watering, but I am already picking from it.  Got a zucchini, summer squash, 5 cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.  I have been amazed that we have gotten all of this before the 1rst of July.  We may be in trouble.  Husband planted 18 tomatoe plants and 13 pepper.  Salsa city will be here in August for sure.

Monday, June 6, 2011

What changes the seasons bring...

I know that I have been busy.
 March/April was filled with dance costumes.  I made some skirts, lined some tops and made boy shorts.  3 times, I made the same boy shorts.  A little frustrating.
April/May I have been busy trying to make dresses that are to fill up spaces on my website,
I am now looking at June and have started to think about what to make for winter.  Very weird to do when it is 90 degree outside right at this very moment.  I am also working on some items for a baby shower that we are having for my sister-in-law.   I should make extra to put on the website.
My birthday is tomorrow and with it is excitement, joy and some sadness.  As of tomorrow, I will have out lived my mother.  Missing her very much. 
My wonderful husband couldn't wait till tomorrow to open presents so I got to open them yesterday.  So, I sit here on the couch working on my new laptop.  So exciting!!!!  It even brought tears to my eyes. 
Because of this being a new laptop, I don't have any of my pictures on it yet, so this post will be picture free.  Next post should have a few pictures to show.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Friend, and Once Upon a Thread garment.

So, it has been a while since I have posted and I have to say that I have been alittle busy.  Not crazy busy, just alittle.
I did make a decision on sergers and so I introduce to you, Pearl
She is a beauty.  Got her from and got a great deal.  In a package, I got the serger, a carrying case, extra feet, 12 white cone thread, and extra feet.  She works great and can go through some thick fabric.  I used her to repair some jeans and she was able to sew through the hem.   Love!

Unfortunately, I have only gotten one outfit done for the Once Upon the Thread Sew along. 
We Help Daddy is the book that I choose to make an outfit from.  I just love the illustrations in this book.

 I have been trying to do alot of ReCreating when it comes to kids clothes and this outfit was no exception.  I found this large stripes mens button down shirt and figured it would work.
 So after alot of cutting, this is the dress that I came up with.  The only problem was that it is alittle short for a dress. 

I decided to make up some cut pants to go with dress/top to make it wearable.   I wish that I had a little girl to have model it.  But it is a size 1 so I am out of luck.   
Now on to the next project.  I am planning on putting together a website to sale some of the outfits that I have been putting together.  The name is going to be Alexander Alter & Create.  I am going to get some   bodyforms size 1,3,5,7 to help with the photographing of the outfits.   Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Brooke Snow Workshop

So, I have come across the photographer Brooke Snow blog and love all that she does.  She teaches online classes to improve your camera skills.  Right now they are not in my budget, so I noticed that there was a give away on this website.  Now, I never win anything off another blog, but I couldn't let the chance to win get by.   Here is fingers crossed.

“Come check out the Workshop Jungle Featured Review on Brooke Snow at and win yourself a FREE spot!!“

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What a Valentines day...

Had a great valentines day.  Got my lovely husband a digital photo key chain to put on his desk at work so that he can always see us and the changes my DS has gone through,  my DS got his obsession filled Lego Ninjago Skeleton Bowling Set.  He is in heaven with it. LEGO Ninjago Skeleton Bowling (2519) -  LEGO - Toys"R"Us
Sterling Silver Charm - AdoreI got from my wonderful husband a Pandora bracelet with 2 beads.  Bracelet - Size 7  Now I just want to state right here that I had asked for the imitation bracelet that Target has.  He never goes the economical way.   LOVE that man. 

Now for the bad part of Valentines day.  
I had taken in my trusty serger that got me through these dance costumes.     With all of the fringe, he was tired.              

So, as I was driving home from a wonderful day, the repair man call,  RM "I have bad news.  There is a part that is broken,(at this point I tuned out) and they no longer make the part.  We will not be able to fix him"  Me "OK, do I need to come pick him up?" RM "no, we can depose of the body. We have a guy that picks them up and parts them out for the metal."  ME "OK, go ahead and do that" 
UUGGGHHHHH!!  Now what to do?  I am currently using the serger that my mother had purchased many, many, years ago.  She is getting up in age and just isn't keeping up like she should.  Skipping stitches and going alittle slower.  So, what do I get?  I think I have is narrowed down to to machines.
               Juki MO644D and Juki MO 654DE Pearl. 
I have looked at all of the reviews and people rave about this company.  I know that I just need a power horse that does will with knits.  There is only $100 difference in price.  I am really leaning to the pearl.   If anyone out there has a Juki serger, please comment and let me know what you think of it.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Wow!  Things have been crazy in this household. 
I got the dance costumes done and have check in hand.  Yeah!! The girls look wonderful and got high marks on the costumes.  I am very proud of them and how they look.  When they get professional pic taken, I will get some uploaded for all of you to see.
Then on to the next job, I have a friend that wants to give his boss a polar fleece quilt for a belated Christmas present.  I am proud to say that it is done and here are a few pic of the process.

 As you can see, piles and piles of 5 inch squares.  This was the first time of doing this pattern and it was alittle time consuming.   First you cut all of your squares then you put to different colors together and then draw a diagonal line across it.  Then you sew a 1/4 inch stitch on both sides of the line. 
 Then you will use your ruler and rotory cutter to cut them apart. 

 This picture is the piles in the pattern that I want to put together. 

The start of the process of the quilt.

After all of the blocks are attached together I put on a border and then backed it with more polar fleece.  This is going to be one warm blanket.

My next job is doing some alterations for a friend of mine grandma that has turned 90 and has lost about 4 dress sizes. 

Then on to some maternity sewing for the baby sister-in-law that has just announced that they are expecting. 

Update on Eating Clean.  I have lost 10 pounds at this point.  A good start, but have found that I am stalling for some reason.  Thinking that I am getting lazy with the choices that I am making.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Eating Clean ROCKS!!!!

Ok, so I have gotten through my first week of clean eating and gingerly stepped on the scale.  I was doing cartwheels after, 4 pounds gone.  Now the biggest amazement is how much I eat every day.  Granted, alot of it is fruits and veggies that were pretty much non existent before changing the eating habits but still. 
The only struggle that I have is making sure there is a veggie or fruit with our dinner.  I think that I am making it harder then it should be.   I am spending alot of time worrying if my husband will like it or eat it.  I have to stop this thought process. Stop it, stop it. 
So, off to the grocery store to get more clean food.  Yeah!!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Beginning of 2011

Wow, that year went fast and I see that I haven't posted since November.  I have to sit back and think, what happened in November that stopped me from posting and I had a light bulb moment.  I started my sewing for Anderson Hoxie Dance Project.  I have been busy. 
These are what are taking up most of my time.
Now if I only had to do one it would be no big deal, but I have to make 12 and then when done with the bottoms, I have tops to do.   But I have to say that I love making this for the girls. 

The other thing that had me busy was the holidays.  I had a wonderful time this year.  My DS is 5 and everything is all exciting for him.  The best present that was had has to be the wii.  It has been played everyday since opening it.

My next great 3 month to life adventure is to take on the eating habits of Eat Clean.  I need to drop a large number of pounds and I need to get my cholesterol in check.  So far I am on day 2 and so far, so good.  I have alot of cleaning out of cabinets, pantry's and fridge.  Way too many simply carbs around. 
As for sewing, after the dance costumes are done, I have a polar fleece quilt to make and then on to polar fleece hats and masks for the hunters out there.   I need to really sit and figure out what I want to sew and if I want to do the Etsy way of selling.  Much to ponder.