Tuesday, January 24, 2012

No time yet

Unfortunately, despite my great intentions, I have as of yet to start sewing.  I've cut 1/3 of the pattern out, but that's it.

I have come across a few fun blogs relating to sewing, that I wanted to share:

30 great places to buy fabric online
How to make a Keepsake quilt
Patterns demystified
How to add to a pattern for a bigger busted gal
DIY burp cloth

I just thought these were fun and too good not to pass on. Some of them I found on Pinterest the newest web sensation. Some of them I found on my own. I still plan to start sewing, but it's hard when there is no one to teach you and your local Joann's Fabric doesn't have sewing classes. GRRRR!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

First cut

As you might know I recently was the recipient of a brand new sewing machine.  I went to Joann's Fabric and bought about 25 patterns.  They were on sale for .99 cents each, so I got a (great) deal.  Of those 25 patterns I finally decided on my first project!  It's a McCall's pattern, which I hear are pretty easy.

This will be for my little girl.  I'm really hoping I can pull it off, because again, it's been between 20 and 22 years since I sewed.  I found the fabric I want to use, (you can see it below).

I've gotten all of my supplies, things like fabric scissors, fabric pen, pins, pin cushion, thread, etc.  Last night I made my first cuts.  I'm pretty sure I messed up on the cutting.  You see I don't do well with map reading, and the whole "fold your fabric this way and cut it that way" thing doesn't really work well in my mind.  We'll see when I start trying to sew this stuff together how I did.  I'm pretty excited about this project, can't wait to see how many ways I'll actually mess it up.

Trying to learn to sew on your own isn't that easy.  I wish the Joann's near me had sewing lessons, but they don't so I'm on my own. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Who's really in charge?

Picture it:
A toddler in footy pajamas with wrap around sunglasses on.  She is holding an empty soda bottle in her right hand by the neck.  He left palm is upturned and she is punctuating every step she takes towards you by slapping that empty soda bottle onto her upturned palm.  You look up alerted by the sound of the bottle slapping her hand.  As you look up you are blinded by the flashlight she has pointing at you which is secured under her left armpit.
As this vision of toddler authority comes swaggering closer and closer, hips a wagging, bottle a slapping and flashlight a shinning....you hear her say, "Well (bottle slap), well (bottle slap), well (bottle slap).  What do we have here?!? (Bottle thown to the side, and flashlight grabbed and flashed into your eyes in one fluid movement)."
You stare in shock and confusion.  The toddler then hooks her finger over the too of her sunglasses and pulls them down to the bridge of her nose.  She cocks her hip and places he flashlight holding hand on it.  She looks down at you from over thetoo top of her sunglasses and says (as though it should be obvious) "I can SEE you.  WHAT are you doing?!?"
You sit there in shock.  No idea how to respond.  Knowing if you laugh she'll go all LAPD/Rodney King on your ass.  Knowing if you don't respond she'll turn into a puddle on the floor. 
As you are considering your options you are saved by your old, overweight cat who chooses that moment fall out if the window in his sleep.  Thus taking the attention of the toddler off of you as she laughs hysterically at the poor old beast's disorientation when he awakens to find himself on the floor.