Friday, April 8, 2016

Craft Show Prep

Falling behind on my craft show crafting and sewing task. Vending at the end of April. Been sick and super tired. When I'm not working I've been sleeping. Only have the rest of this week and next week to get my sewing done. 

Worked on Aprons last week. Been working on fabric bookmarks on and off this week. 

Next project is bags. 

Okay, so its about 2:30am and I should be heading to bed. Good night. 


Sunday, January 3, 2016

2016 Afghan

Starting a crocheted 2016 temperature guage afghan. Every day you crochet a row for that days temperature. 

I'm going to do a granny stripped afghan using the Vanna's Choice yarn and size J hook. 

I've been seeing a lot of this pic showing up on my facebook feed:
The colors and temperatures don't really go with the picture shown but I think it's just an example. 

I've made my own temperature adjustments and have come up with my own 18 color chart. 

Here in Michigan we get all the different weather temperatures. Sometimes all in one day. For this afghan I will be using the day's high temperature. 

I found this site to use as a guide for my afghan. I find it to be very useful:

Following the directions in the site I started with a base of chains and then a row of sc. 

I did 233ch, then sc in 2nd ch from hook and sc in each ch across. 

After completing the first three days I decided to tear it apart and start over using hdc. I think for me the dc would make the afghan too long. I won't be able to tell I think until the end of the month how long it might turn out to be. I want my afghan to fit on top of a full size bed. 

Here's a picture of three rows completed for January 1, 2 & 3. Jan 1st high was 28° using Vanna's Choice color dusty blue. Jan 2nd: 34° and Jan 3rd: 34° both using color silver blue. 

The beige is not a week, it is my base foundation. I think I may finish off the ends with this color. 

Okay, here is my color chart I came up with for my temperature afghan.

I've decided to keep track of each day's weather in a notebook and on Sunday's I will do my crocheting. 

So, today, Sunday, January 10th, I crocheted seven rows for January 4 to 10 and this is the afghan so far. 

By the end of the year I will have myself a new afghan. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Craft Shows

Did my last craft shows for the year. Had a nice time at the art walk last night. Had a long but fun day at today's show. 

So very tired now. Maybe I can catch up on my sleep. 

I have a bunch of projects to make and work on. I really need more hours in the day. This crafting and sewing until 3am and having to get up at 6:30am is no good. Especially when I don't want to stop sewing. Maybe sewing is a real super power. 

I have a few crafting ideas but I really need to catch up on projects, like finishing a baby blanket for my sister-in-law and starting on a baby blanket for my sister. Both their babies are due very  soon. 

Oh and I'll be adding items to my etsy shop. Where's my assistant at so that the computer related things can get done. Ha!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Doctor Who Tardis Top

Made me a top. Turned out too snugged under the arms so now I am selling it on my etsy shop:

I was so disappointed when it ended up too small because there was no room to take it out. Another disappointment is not being able to get more of this fabic. 

I have a little bit of the fabric left to make something. I will need to come up with an idea for it. 

In the mean time I have some aprons to make and have come to the conclusion that I no longer wish to do craft shows. I spend way more money than what I make from the shows. 

Okay. Bye for now friends. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tank Top #2

Men's tank top I bought at Target for me. Of course the under arm area is too big. 

The gray tank top I took in at the sides was a little bit snug. This black one I am going to take in at the shoulders. 

Using and old tank top as a guide for the arm holes and pining where I want to sew. 

Since the back shoulder piece is wider I matched the seams at the sides and made a pleat at the back and pinned it. 

Then stitched across and cut off the excess shoulder. 

Here's the back shoulders with a cute little pleat. 

And again with the weird selfies. You get the idea of the shoulders. This brought the arms holes up. Still a little loose under the arms. I may or may not  take in under the arms just a little. This is for around the house anyways so I'm happy with it. 

Tank Top

Bought a men's tank top at Target today. Bought it because I wanted something roomy to wear on these hot hot summer days we are having here in Michigan. 

To start off with I turned it inside out, using an old tank top as a guide to pin where I will be taking in the sides. 

The pin at the top, at the bottom of the arm pit, is where I will start sewing from. 
I purposely insert that first pin up and down at the place I want to start sewing at. That way I can insert the sewing machine needle right there and pull the pin out before sewing. 

I'll start my stitich there and just keep sewing down until stitching gradually runs off the shirt. I'm going to use the longest stitch on my machine, which has been working out okay with knits. 

Then do the same for the other side. 
Try it on to see if any adjustments need to be made. 

If all is good, if you want cut off the excess so the sides lay smoothly. 

Its ready to wear!

This last one is the best selfie one that turned out where you can see the tank top alright. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lounge Pants

Made me a pair of around the house pants from a Butterick 5893 pattern. Think it was view D (sorry I missplaced the envlope sleeve). The pattern is actually for long full length pants but this satin like fabric I had made them more of a 3/4 length pant. It's easy to alter the pant length of the pattern to fit the fabric piece on hand. 
Didn't have enough fabric for the waste band but I did happen to have black satin fabric to use. 

I like that the pattern had pockets. These were pretty east to do. 

Did a machine sewn hem and went back and did stitching close to the edge. I like how they turned out. 

I'm a size 12 and cut out the pattern for a size XL. They turned out wider looking than the picture on the pattern envelope sleeve. Next time I will try the size Large. 

Did a zigzag stitch along all the seam edges too. Took longer to make these pants but because of this fabric fraying edges the zigzag stitched edging will help them from unraveling in the long run. 

And now to go through a fabric tote to figure out what to make mysfelf next.