In the time honored tradition of Sewists the world over…I have taken over the dining room. I’m sure many of you can sympathize. The move was initially born out of the purchase of an oversized scanner for my photo organizing business …which meant that the task of digitizing images could not co-exist with a hobby that produces lint, lots of lint.
Add to this the pandemic necessity of making several hundred masks and my compact sewing space upstairs was no longer up to the task. It is nice to be in the main part of the house within shouting distance of the hubs who is WFH in the living room and really nice light during the day. There is also far more room to spread out.
This past season has not seen a great deal of sewing happening but there has been pattern prep and toiles constructed and looking forward to more sewing now that the weather has turned here in New England.
But first…the mending pile…
Hoping to share more soon! What are your fall crafty plans?
Hi everyone! Writing to you from Boston on a very cold and dark and rainy day. It is super miserable and the twinkle lights are on all over the house.
I’m a part of the Simple Scrapper community, and a few weeks ago, I posted an idea for whoever wanted to, to post a super casual video of your craft room… not spic and span and fancy but a “real” video. I volunteered to go first, and so I did. I thought I’d share here on my blog as well. Completely amateur video skills happening here, but hope you enjoy a slice of the craziness over here.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are staying well and safe during the Pandemic. xo Sue
Well…so this is how – let’s send Dad a few photos from the girls prom – turns into… let’s do a whole project…involving other people…just a few days before father’s day! But it’s done done done. Is it fancy? Nope but will he like it? Yes. And that is the whole point.
I lucked out and found a Heidi Swapp storyline album on sale at JoAnn’s so I snapped it up as the base for the album. My sister Tina sent me some photos and I included a few snaps from my sister Nora that I grabbed from a few places online… mixed them all up with my organized and tagged photos from Lightroom (not to be confused with the photos that are still waiting to be organized and tagged) and voila! A book for Dad. So excited to get this in the mail to him today but wanted to share a recap for my sisters and friends online. Here is my not so fabulous completely amateur finished album video!
This past week I did an extensive studio clean-up and scrapbooking supply organization (don’t get too excited, still not quite done with that part but it’s coming along nicely). I have a pile of sewing projects to start/finish and a list of layouts and albums both digi and paper to work on, oh and hello…December Daily will be upon us before we know it – ahem!
I have been vexed by a dress that I sewed in April, and it has been in the pile and on the list since then.
Enter McCalls M5890
I had a lot of trouble with my sewing machine which resulted in not a great sewing outcome for this garment… the fit was OK and I wasn’t as wild about the fabric as a long dress, and the topstitching was horrible due to said machine problem (since having machine thoroughly cleaned this fall, the problems have all resolved themselves…magic!) and I just wasn’t feeling it. at. all. For months I’ve been going back and forth… can I fix the topstitching? Should I just make a skirt out of it (I have about a yard extra to make waistbands etc…) and try and salvage something? Do I even like the pattern anymore? Do I like the fabric anymore?
Answers to above ?’s ?? No fixing the topstitching… No to the skirt, it’s just too contrived…No to salvage….No to the pattern, at least the top of the dress, don’t like how the neck/arm/capsleeve came together weirdly…No to the fabric, maybe for a t-shirt or shorts but not a dress, plus, it’s winter now ugh.
So here is my answer to the above conundrum:
Yep…86’d the whole thing… including the extra fabric…and I crossed it off my list. I have to say, it was really hard to just toss it in the trash. The save-every-scrap part of me was screaming but for the good of my sewing karma, it had to go.
I feel so much better now.
On to the next project!
Have you ever totally trashed a project? Was it freeing or guilt inducing?
I promised you a layout Thursday to go along with the adorable photo I had of my mom as a little girl…so without further ado…
The Facebook Freebie kit from Little Feet Digital Designs is available now on the Facebook page so if you’re a digi-scrapper…go now and pick it up! This freebie is also an add-on kit for a gorgeous collab collection that Janet contributed to called “Oh Snap” that is on special for iDSD at Gingersnaps. For the above layout, I used only items that were in the freebie mini-kit. Proving that you don’t need a 75 piece scrapbook kit to make a gorgeous page. BUT it is fun to have ;-). I’ll be busy this morning spearheading a big clean-out day at church and then (of course) there is a soccer game happening but I will definitely be making time to check out the iDSD sales at my favorite online shops !