Monthly Archives: September 2010

Harvest Days 2010

This weekend was Harvest Days- a local town festival thing. We took the boys to the carnival Thursday night and Saturday, and today was the parade. Because I’m tired, and not feeling witty and charming, I’m just posting pictures today.


A New Bag Of Tricks and How I Explained Sewing To A 10 Year Old Boy

Remember this fabric? Sure ya do, since I only posted about it the other day. Remember that color, because the next pictures somehow ended up darker than intended. *sigh*

So, it’s not perfect. But I’m proud of it. *puffs out chest* If I had to do it over again, I’d change how the handles attach, but eh- I kinda like them now that I’m not pinning and sewing them on.

Wanna giggle? Check out my mad pocket making skills:

And yes, the bag is lined in the same fabric. I can think of a dozen things that I would change about the bag (pleated section not quite as tall, top section a little taller, etc), but I’ll survive.

I did the majority of the work while the boys were at school. Ah, the long, stress free days of a stay at home mom whose children are in school full time. This helped stave off boredom and  a nap that would have kept me up until 2am, which would mean being sleepy until noon the next day, and therefore, nothing gets done.

Today, however, I went ahead and finished sewing after the boys got home from school. Which peaked Cody’s interest (probably stalling because of homework). So I had to explain how a sewing machine worked, when I know very little about it myself.

I don’t think that I actually made my goal of explaining it adequately, but I’m pretty sure that Cody made his goal of stalling.

Replacing Buttons And Oh How I Love The Remnant Bin

I hate sewing buttons. With a passion. As much as I dislike sewing them on with a machine, I absolutely hate sewing them on by hand. It’s really a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils- do I deal with a sharp needle in my clumsy hands and possibly get blood stains all over Mike’s work shirt (which defeats the purpose of me fixing the damn thing in the first place) or do I deal with the fussiness of placing the button just sew and hoping I don’t break a needle in the process?

So- that is what I did today. Yeah, it’s not much, but it’s something, so I’m counting it. I doubt that I will post this to the linky, but I just might (should I not complete five other projects this month. And hey, it’s sewing, it involved thread and a sewing machine, and it’s a project that I’ve been sitting on for months (literally)).

See? Missing button. As it turns out, it’s more than a missing button. Apparently, Mike ripped it off hard enough that he tore the shirt. Ignore the frayed bits along the edges- not something that I’m going to fix. I’ll just buy him a new shirt when this one completely wears out.

The finished product: after sewing the hole (I just used a simple zig zag stitch to close the hole), I sewed the button on.

This prompted me to look through my stash. I love the remnant bin. I seem to always find a yard (some times a little more sometimes a little less) in the remnant bin. I don’t tend to do big projects- small bags, an apron or two, and rarely do I need more than a yard of fabric.

I found the fabric for my pleated bag in the remnant bin:

Nothing fancy, but it is heavy weight fabric (which I need because of all the crap necessities that I carry with me every day). I got a start on the bag today. I’m adapting a tutorial to suit my needs: World Domination Bag. I will eventually make my own World Domination bag, but I have a set of handles that I want to use, and I’m looking for a smaller bag, and I’m not using her pattern pieces for it. But the look is close enough to this bag that I won’t be posting a tutorial or anything (not to mention I suck as a seamstress). I chose the heavier fabric so that the bag holds it’s shape while carrying all of my stuff. I’m planning on lining it with the same fabric, because I’m cheap, I want to get this done, and well, I’m also lazy and have no plans on hitting up the remnant bin this week. So.

While I was digging through my stash, I came across this vintage curtain panel:

It belonged to my great-grandmother, and I have happy memories of these curtains. I can’t use them- not only are they the wrong size, but I only have the one panel and it’s not entirely in the best shape:

Holy threadbare curtain, Batman!

I had originally planned on turning the curtain into a bag of some sort, but it is very (very) thin. I’m considering fussy cutting the birds out and using them as an appliqué on a bag. I put this curtain on my to do this for the month. I love those birds, and I want to use them, darn it!

If You Can’t Find Something To Write About…

There’s a few blogs that I stalk. One of them, Mommy Wants Vodka, posted- and linked- to a blog that was all plagiarized material. The blogger had stolen from Aunt Becky, as well as numerous other bloggers and websites. Seeing the storm that blew through over the last couple of days made me realize something.

I pity that ‘blogger’.

Why? Because it’s obvious that she doesn’t think she has anything to post about.

I mean, think about it. How pathetic is your life that you can’t find something, anything to blog, so you have to steal someone else’s life story?

Between my three boys, my hsusband, my pets, and just every day life, I can find something to post about every day (I just choose to not post every day. I’m lazy. Sue me). Some of it is good (little league championships), some of it is bad (tornado), some of it is mundane every day life (backpack, baking bread but the fact is- this is real. This is my life. This is what I’m living, day in and day out.

The bottom line is that if you feel the need to copy someone else’s work and pass it off as your own, on a freaking blog for christ’s sake, then you’re not paying attention.

And that, my friends, is sad.

Sew 5 Challenge

I think that I’m going to go for this, just for fun. I have four sewing projects that I want/need to finish, so maybe this will get me going on getting them done (and yes, one of them is nothing more than sewing a button on a shirt, but it’s been sitting in my basket for months. Mike will be happy).

On the to do list is a laptop bag- I have the fabric, just need to get my butt in gear. I also bought some cute striped decorator fabric that I want to turn into a bag, a quilt that I need to finish, and an idea for a pillow case from one of Mike’s old dress shirts.

So- wish me luck, let’s see if I can actually follow through on this.