Saturday, October 23, 2010

Beautiful Birthday Butterfly is FINISHED!

I about gave myself away early when I posted this:

Do you see it in the corner?

I deliberately left this photo out because I had forgotten
to hide the butterfly before the photo shoot:

And here's a close-up:

Friday, October 22, 2010


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Our Cat, Callie

This is our cat:

While I am the Queen ;), she is the Princess
(who thinks she's the Queen).

She takes over all territory and makes it her own
personal sleeping space.  No place is safe or too 
difficult to squeeze into.

She especially likes to be wherever I want to be working
and to thwart my progress by laying right on top 
of the things I need to work on.

What can I say?  She's a cat.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sewing Projects are well underway:

Last night, I promised you pictures of the sewing progress.  I have completed 1 black vest and have another vest 1/2 done.  I need to have it done by SATURDAY (yikes!); because it is a birthday gift, and Saturday is THE day!  So I stayed up until 11:00pm working on it (said son doesn't go to bed until 9:00pm which doesn't leave much private working time).  Now that may not seem late to some, but for me, uggghhh!  Five o'clock am comes REALLY early when you don't hit the sack by 10:00pm.  Why does 1 extra hour make such a difference???  I want to know!

Here's the 1st success!

 Here's a close-up of the front fabric texture:

The glossy black of the back was hard to capture.
Maybe I'll be able to get a better picture later.

I was SO excited at how well it turned out.
Maybe I'll get better pictures later when I don't
have to hide in the bathroom while taking them.
(No prying eyes in there!  Finally!
When they were younger, I wasn't
even safe in there!)

Now before I show you progress on the 2nd vest,
here's proof that I did actually do this myself!  :)

I have this one together.  I just need to clip the curves
 and turn it.  Sew the side seams together and
sew a finishing edge all the way around
the perimeter of the vest.

I hope to have it done by Wednesday
so I will have time to clean the house
before Saturday for the birthday guests!

In case you forgot what the front looks like:

Stay tuned for this one.
The Cowboy will LOVE it!
(Yes, that is his nickname, given him by his friends.)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mystery Project Explanation

As my readers have seen, I am occasionally posting a picture and not saying what it is for or what I am making.  For those of you just tuning in, I thought I'd better explain what I am doing.  I keep getting questions in the comments, so I decided to write up my idea clearly.  It seemed like it would be fun to do a "Mystery Project".  I think it is interesting to see just the pieces and try to guess what they might develop into.

I will only be posting these pictures occasionally.  I'm quite busy sewing right now and, of course, taking care of the home front and the home school.  I hope to get a picture up of one completed sewing project tomorrow!  I finished it tonight, and I think it turned out BEAUTIFULLY!

Any way, stay tuned for more mystery project pics and eventually the grand finale revelation moment.

Remember:  Jesus loves you!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him
shall not perish but have everlasting life!
John 3:16

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, 
that we should be called the children of God!
For that is what we are!  1John 3:1

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bootie/Sweater Set

My nephew, Titus, turned a year old in July.
When he was born, I made him a sweater and
bootie set out of frosty green and black.

It was SO CUTE!!!

I wish these pictures could do it justice,
but the lighting was bad the day I took them.

Better bad pictures than no pictures, I guess.

The booties are the "All Star" pattern from
by Kay Meadors

The sweater is the Victorian Rose Sweater pattern from
designed by Kelly Robinson.

My color choices were
Aunt Lydia's Frosty Green,
Black, and White.
Hook size 7 (1.65mm)

I found the cute little tennis shoe buttons at Wal-Mart.

If I make the pattern for a boy again,
I will edge it in a plainer stitch, like 
single crochet (American).
The scallops were a bit much
for a boy, in my opinion.

But CUTE nevertheless!!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dishcloth #3

I frogged the dishcloth that was partially
done in the last dishcloth post and
started over.  It was just too big and
my ball of yarn wasn't going to be 
enough to finish it.  I'm not going to 
put more than one ball of yarn
into a dishcloth, so...

I rethought the width.
I changed it from the pattern's 50
to 34 and away I went.

This time it came out square AND
it used less than 1 ball and it
is still plenty big enough to 
wash dishes with:

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sewing Projects

Yesterday I told you about my day of sewing
and today I have time to post some pictures.

My boys are lovers of all things cowboy.
I already mentioned that I plan to do some
cowboy decor in their rooms.

In addition, I thought it would be fun
to make them some nice vests to wear
to church to help dress up their jeans.
(My oldest son is too tall and thin to
even find slacks for him any more.)

For my eldest's birthday, I am going
to surprise him with a brown suede vest.
Such wonderful material!


And then for Christmas, I plan to make
all my men black vests.  The material
for that almost made them drool when
they saw it!  So I know they are 
anticipating that.  (I wanted to keep
it a surprise but that was too difficult
because I would have only been able
to work on it after they go to bed
which isn't until 9:00pm.  And I am
too tired by then to work on it.)

Here's the black:

Nice!!!  I wish my photo could have caught
more of the color's nuances.  Maybe I will
get better ones in the next stage of progress.

I can hardly wait to get started on the sewing.

More updates coming soon!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Busy Day

Today we had a big day.  

My husband took boys to soccer games
while I stayed home to start on 
my sewing projects--
vests for gifts for
all my men. 

We went for a walk at mid-day AND
managed to fit in a garage sale en route.

We had 4 great finds for $1 total.

When we returned, I resumed sewing and
the DH got back to work on the carpentry
project he started last week:  putting
plywood in our attic to create flooring for

I made good progress today.
I got all the vests I had material for cut out.

When I was done, so was my back.
So...after I made dinner, I decided
to get papers graded and recorded
instead of any more sewing.

I will try to get pictures posted about
the garage sale finds and the vest materials.

Hopefully, tomorrow.

I am so excited about those vests.
I hope they turn out the way I envision.
I will share my future progress with you
as I continue with the sewing projects.

Have a great night!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dishcloth Dither

So...this is the conversation I
recently had with myself:

"Too much cotton yarn 
sitting around with 
nothing to do...

I know, I'll make some

But they have to be easy
because I am NOT 
sitting around with
nothing to do!"

Yes, my mind settled on
dishcloths.  An item
everyone needs.

Here are my 1st two
that I've completed,
one knitted, one crocheted.
(GASP, did you say knitted?
Why yes, I did.
But a small square is
all the skill I have

(Knitting skills development will primarily have to wait for more leisure years!)

And one W.I.P.:

The pattern book I have is a Leisure Arts book, #2077.

If you want to see some of the designs,
pop over to Amazon.

This book features crocheted patterns.
My knitted work is not from it.

The patterns use hook sizes G,H,I,J.
They call for cotton yarn.

I like the patterns, but the size
is large for a dishcloth I think.
I may downsize the one
I'm working on or I
may wait until I start
a new one to try to
modify the pattern.

And, just in case you want to see the furniture
the beautiful wood backdrop belongs to,
here it is:

Beautiful, isn't it?

This is the 1st piece of furniture
that my highly talented Father-in-Law
refinished when he was starting
out as an antique dealer.

He does wonderful work and 
his skills have become incredible
over the course of his 
professional development.

If you like to look at his fine furniture,
hop on over to 

Your eyes will say, 'WOW!!!'

May the Lord greatly bless you
on this fine day He has created!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Look what I have!

This morning,

I was so excited to discover a 
I didn't realize I had.

A friend had given me this pattern book
for crochet thread sweaters way back in
March.  Good Grief!

I had tucked it away, and I just
'discovered' it again.


If you pop over to Amazon,
you can see pictures of the
designs there!

Leisure Arts #3083 Fashion Collection

And, lo and behold,
the designer just happens to be
my friend, Kay Meadors!

When I saw that, after looking through
the 6 wonderful designs, I laughed out loud!

"Of course!"  I said to myself.

Now, if I just can find the time...

Friday, October 1, 2010