Saturday, August 20, 2011

I have missed the blogging world.

It has been fifteen days since I last posted.  I would like to tell you that I was away on a fabulous vacation.  Fortunately, I did get away to one of Michigan's most beautiful spots: Mullet Lake.  However, the real reason is that sometimes life gets really sad, and it is too hard to blog without spreading gloom.  That is not what this blog is about.  It is my happy place, and I want to keep it that way.  Now that I am feeling a bit better, I hope to show off my latest project.  I have made a pair of pants from  a sloper.  They are almost complete, so tomorrow may be the day of the reveal.  Can't wait to catch up on the blogs of all of my friends and followers.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Finds!

My dear friend Laura got me into some delightful trouble today.  She took me to two estate sales full of sewing goodies.  I thought I hit the mother-load at the first sale.

This bias tape was ten cents a package.
The sewing basket might be for one of my nieces if I can find another one for the other niece. 
 It was $4.00.

The flannel is for pillowcases for the annual church bazaar.  It was $1.00 per piece.
I thought the two top pieces looked like remakes of vintage prints.
I couldn't leave the Holly Hobby fabric even though I don't know what I will do with it.  There is about a bolt's worth and it was $1.00!  I had a Holly Hobby birthday cake when I was young.
Isn't this beautiful?  It will likely become a cherished pillow for my guest room.
Muslin, muslin, and more muslin.  Yahoo!  I need it for my next sloper class.

25cents a piece!
Then we went to another estate sale, and I knew that I had truly found the greatest sewing deal ever!
This is mostly seam binding and bias tape with just a few packs of rick-rack. It was only $4.00 for the entire box and included the box with a pretty purple top!


 But, I can't really put all of the blame on her because she dropped me off a 1:00 p.m. and I went off on my own.  I actually went to my favorite home consignment store to find tiny shades for my chandelier project, but I hit a garage sale or two on the way.
This is a Singer Press Magic 4.  I paid $2.00 for it.
There is some rust on the top, needs a new lining and board cover that I can make inexpensively, and the words are rubbed off.

Nothing that can't be fixed with a Sharpie.

Well, thanks for sticking with me.  It was a great day.



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Social Sewing!

What fun I had today.  My friend and colleague, came over today to sew.  We had a riot and the time flew by.  About 5 to 6 years ago, she was given an enormous amount of decorator fabric ends from a student's relative.  She used as much as she could for student projects, but couldn't make a dent before more came in.  We talked about using some of it to make grocery bags.  Well, fast forward to August 3rd, 2011, and we finally found the time.  We used a Meijer bag as a model.  I think they are beautiful!
They are both made out of the same toile, but have different straps and different colors of grosgrain ribbon for trim.  She is going to be one stylish shopper.
I hope there will be many more days like today in my future.