sensory blanket

sensory blanket
(I made this sensory blanket for my best friend mary anne) Praising Him with the work of my simple hands

Friday, August 17, 2018

Not much sewing!

 Well I didn't do much machine sewing these 2 weeks. 
Didn't finish Faith's alterations, or mine, or my little curtain valances.
But I did dig out this from 2016, before my precious Mary Anne died.

That's my needle thread hanging above top center. This is a small table cloth.

I buy stamped cross stitch kits because I can only see out of one eye and it has a cataract now ripe for surgery.
I also use a light box to trace patterns for embroidery to do here.

It's fun to pick items with a woodsy decor. 
And we do have Moose 90 miles west! plus a few further north, in Minnesota. 
I also pick kits that only need 1 color thread. They are easiest for me plus storage is a premium here!

 We have 2 "cafe" tables that make into beds in this trailer. 
Both have storage under the seats. The back table underneath shown above, this side holds my special cross stitch and embroidery kits. I find hand sewing very relaxing for my soul. Especially in the Woods!

On the other side, I stored yarn, crochet hooks, a few crochet stitch pattern books. That is empty now. I used up all the yarn.
And since I have so much machine sewing to catch up on here. I won't crochet in the Woods for a while. 
At least not until these oldest 4 teens are all over age 18! They are 14-15-16 and 17 now. So not too far off!

I used all the yarn i had up here for scarves for homeless men this winter. I use 2 skeins to make the scarves thicker. 
I had just a bit of yarn left over. Not enough to make another scarf. So I made this xtra large hot pad to put on my kitchen cart for hot things. The carts wood top stains easily.

Just a simple shell stitch. I'm quite pleased with it! It never shows coffee or tea stains!

Next time I'll "see" you at home! :o) Hopefully I'll have my machine sewing mojo back. I really need knit tops to go with my skirts and pants!

Happy Creating!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!
Thanks for visiting!!

Monday, August 13, 2018

So little time in the Woods this visit!

 Above, my Memorial Garden Arch with a gate. 
I bought the puppy figurine and a new stone for Sassy who is buried here. 
There is also a black iron garden chair here for contemplation. But the biting flies are too bad to sit right now.
There are 2 stones for my oldest daughter, and one for my boy (white Shiloh Shepherd) Snow who died in 2016. He was my heart. Sassy was my clown. :o)

 Last year I posted about all of the "utility" sewing I do. 
I do it at home and here. Its never ending sometimes!

This visit in the Woods utility sewing, was alterations. Little boys with Down Syndrome need arms on sweatshirts shortened.
Above I pulled the sleeves inside out of the neck to sew ribbing on where I cut. 

 Above, the best buy on ribbing I could find in bulk. Bought in colors needed for boy's outside shirts! :o) I bought grey and a navy blue. 15 yards of each, $5.00 per yard, free shipping. 

 I cut the ribbing on a hot day in a spot perfect for cutting- but too hot for taking my time. So I cut quickly, and.........of course............I made an error.

 Luckily the ribbing was not cut for good clothes. 
I had cut some pieces too small and some a too big. 
The big pieces could be halved and sewn to the small pieces......ack- extra sewing. 
So instead of 1 seam on each sleeve of ribbing, it was 2 pieces sewn together per sleeve. 
I'm 61, will I ever learn haste makes waste!? (that's my Dad's voice I hear ;o)

Love Love Love being finally done!! 
It was 2 sweatshirts for my Samson, and 24 for my 5 other loves. It could have been easier, if I had not had to sew 104 halves into the needed sleeve 52 pieces!

                     Above 3 remaining tshirts to alter for Faith.

Alterations to the teen girl's clothes is often requested just to be fashionable!! LOL! 
So my sweet Faithy (17) gave me 8 tshirts to remove sleeves from. WHAT! 
Well 2 were too well worn to sew on. They still have a few wears in them, but not strong enough to sew onto. 
2 were her big brother Samson's so we put those back! Laundry gets mixed up constantly. 
That left 4 for me to alter for her.

It's easy enough, But I dream of doing other things as I sew these! 

This was "my" tshirt Faith "stole". ;o) 
So I slimmed the sides down from the under arm to the waist on each side. You can see she loves it.

Emily is the nearest town to us. 8 miles West. It's a town of about 180 residents. 
It has a Hardware store, a Liquor store,a Bar, a Meat market, an Ice Cream shop, a Cafe, a gas station and a Grocery store. 
And that's are that's there. Almost all close daily at 5 p.m. Only the gas station is open till 9p.m. weekdays and 10 p.m. weekends.
Oh yes- the Bar is open till 1 a.m. But I've only been there 2x in 58 years! LOL!
The whole town is under construction this spring/summer for sidewalk and city water/sewer. Seasonal land/cabin owners pay  with their taxes. We are in Little Pine Township now so no more taxes to Emily!! :o) 

 I have yet to make my decorative curtain ruffles.

                                  Or my next apron!

But as long as I'm fueled by my new addiction- apple cinnamon tea, I'm good! ;o) I drink 2 pots a day, yum! I also add a cinnamon stick in each pot.

If this heat wave ever ends; I will share my project. My "new" kitchen island I'm making out of 2 old dressers, and an old picnic table top. Lots of work to do on it yet, but the garage is boiling hot.

 So the dogs are inside with us and the AC is keeping us all cool.

 But the AC makes our hairless Sphynx (cats) girls chilly. So they are bundled under fleece! ;o)

They are bit "dirty", (ears) its hard to keep them clean in the Woods with no running water! Violet right is 3 and Bunny left is 6 months. We do whatever they say! LOL! Cats are in charge aren't they!

Happy Creating!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Pants, pants and more pants

First I have to share my pin I bought from Andrew on Etsy. I read his blog on Word Press.(Mensew) And the pin he and his partner designed made me smile. There's still hope I can get my Isaiah to sew! ;o)
I put it here (above) so I can see it every time I sew!

Above- a close up. You can buy one here~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewBuster
And no I am not affiliated.  I'm just an admirer of all of Buster's creative skills!

A while back Faith and Isaiah said they needed pants. I made 7 pair for Faith and 8 pair for Isaiah. 
Faith's were a fun sew. She's always fun to sew for! Before this she only wore boys cargo shorts. For about 3 years! Now she's picking out more feminine styles. ;o)

I also made her shirt above. She wanted jelly fish fabric. We used every scrap up! She's also wearing her Green Pepper pattern socks I made her! :o)

This is the pattern I used. With my post it note I attach for next time I make her these.
The pattern I used for Isaiah was a pattern from the 90's I used to make my oldest son pants when he was 12!! He's 37 now. I could not find a better pants pattern for Isaiah today!

I bought new labels to add. Above, I picked those up on Amazon. The pants are a medium weight denim. It made the waist band a bit harder to sew, but looks good. It's a fold over waistband. I've had the pants fabric about 25 years!

I had these labels (above) made for me. I ordered them to say "Always Remember I Love You". Above the fabric is a medium weight Twill. Yup, from the 25 yr stash. Good news is I used the entire pants fabric stash ALL up!!


No one else would to let me use my rainbow thread on their pants! Faith said I could on hers! I think it looks really nice.

Above- I top stitched over all seams. That's the pocket opening.

Zay holds them up so I can take a picture. They have a "full" leg, but not too full as you can see on Faith above.

Above you can see the front pockets and the top stitching. Another 25 yr old med. weight denim.

The pattern back above. I made view B. No side flap pockets. She kept changing her mind. She wanted them on only 3 pair- then she did not want them. After I sewed the pocket flaps, she said no! So no flap pockets.

She really loves them and wears them all the time! 

Above, another pair in med. weight Twill. You can see the top stitching with the rainbow thread better on these.

She won't need any new pants for a while! ;o)

 Above- Try to get a teenage boy to stand nicely while you take a picture of his pants! LOL! He is so loooooong. I left the length I added because he's growing about 2" taller every 6 months!
They are elastic waist.  Until his growth settles I'm not doing zipper flys!

 You can barely see my top stitching on these above. If you click on the pictures they will come up bigger. I double top stitched the side seams.
 Above the flap pocket. Everything top stitched. You can barely see the double top stitching here. I think on boy's/men's pants, that top stitching is a must. On Faith's I did it for longevity. I don't have a Serger. 
 To use up the stash, I lined some pockets with contrasting fabric, shown above. These are a med weight Twill. I used the same Twills and Denim for his pants, that I used for Faith's.

 He loves his pants, altho they are a bit long right now if he doesn't have shoes on. 
He's so thin as he grows. He looks like a bean pole. When he starts filling out I'm going to cry. He won't be my little boy anymore!
Above- double side top stitching, elastic waist for thin guys!

And I just had to throw in Elizabeth 16 and Faith 17 wearing the Hepburns I made them. Faith chose yellow ribbing for hers. I'd had the fabric 25+ years and knew that it had a "Beach type" design. And lo and behold Faith found jelly fish on it! So it was a must have! :o)

Happy Creating!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!!
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Three more skirts I forgot to post

I'm still in the woods. :o)
We were all going home Monday, but I changed things up for some of us to go home Wed. night!
Six went home ahead on Sunday with the kitties. The dogs are with me.
This worked so well I'm going to see if some of us can stay longer in August too. We spend all of September here.

I just finished making the kids clam chowder. Now I'm sipping a big cup of coffee with thick cream. Tastes like dessert! I eat keto, but the kids choose between glutton free foods and keto. Our boys with Down Syndrome don't tolerate gluten. SP our group home gal and Tom eat every kind of fast food and sugared food they can. To each his own.

Meantime, I have been procrastinating. Here are the last 3 skirts I made in the woods.
          ***Warning Grandma legs! If squeemish-don't look***
Above I made view C on the far right.

 Above I made view C and D. C is far left and D is next to it.

 Above view D (B5991) made with stash fabric from the 80s. Slightly off center I see. :o) Later I adjusted and sewed through the elastic on each side seam of the casing. Now the skirt can't travel around my waist when I wear it.

This was a simple sew of course. Fast to make. The only problem is the fabric from the 80s is very lightweight, I need a slip or some capri leggings underneath. I'm sure in the sunlight you could see more than I want through it.

 Side view above. I notice here on mine and other sewists skirts/dresses, the hem can be slightly higher in back from larger hips. I see mine is too.

                                                     The back above. 
Love my sewing area in the woods. My exercise bike in the room is ridden by me only for mobility and building strength, nothing fast and sweaty- ha! ha!
I won't make this skirt again. It's not "me". :o)

This is view C (5991) above. This was an odd fabric with a larger weave than most cotton. A bit heavier fabric. Not sure if I like it. Need to wear the skirt more.
I would not make this skirt again, because I prefer the scarf hemmed skirt I posted about before. The skirt with the contrasting edge. I love that one. This one is too plain for me. Adding anything flouncy or frilly to it would look tacky. 
It's kind of blah.

                                       Side view above.

                Back view above. Also an incredibly simple, fast sew.

                                              Above- the front of B5892 view C. 
I love this skirt. This is me. But I'll tweak the pattern next time. I thought the lower ruffle was a bit short for my taste. That was my only disappointment. I will make lots of these. It's my favorite. 
The only time consuming part is the 3 piece ruffle. I think next time I'll cut it out as 2 pieces the same length. I hadn't thought about where the 3rd seam would be. So once I "fit" the ruffle and I pinned it, I realized the 3rd seam was visible in the front. You can't tell unless you look for it, it just bugs me :o)
  
 Above the side view. I like the side view. I'll add 4" length to the bottom tier on the next skirts I make.

                                       Above back view.

 This is just to show the hem line on the skirt. (above)
It isn't as  easily visible when worn. The pattern shows it more visible. Less full.
As always I sewed my super comfortable paper bag waist on these skirts, as I always do. ;o)

                                             The scarf skirt hem above. 
It is not as "full" as the other scarf skirt I made. I am now pretty much set with skirts for home. I'm going to make a few more skirts for when I'm in the woods. 

Well I better get back to closing up for tomorrow!

Happy Creating!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!!
Thanks for visiting!

Not much sewing!

  Well I didn't do much machine sewing these 2 weeks.  Didn't finish Faith's alterations, or mine, or my little curtain valan...