Sunday, March 30, 2014

4-H fun!

Yesterday, I was one of two judges for an annual 4-H contest. I was a "Fashion Revue" judge. Here's just a tad of areas we had to critique the models on....Oh, before I proceed, in 4-H, the youth are not judged nor competing AGAINST EACH OTHER, but themselves (if that makes sense).

A few categories were: The Model, Construction, and Commentary

Depending upon the score, each person receives a certain color ribbon: blue, red, or white.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Things have changed!

Hi Guys and Gals. Too tired and just chilling right now. :-). Remember this post: Are You Watching? posted last month?

Well, things have changed. We won't go into a lot of details here (and trying to be positive), BUT, for numerous reasons, I'm down to two PR "Under The Gunn" favs:


As the Food Lion commercial says "That's just my two cents!" 


Sunday, March 23, 2014

New tab added!

Welcome back! We just added a new tab: FUN AND FORGIVING PROJECTS. Please click the link to read more. Stay tuned for more and as always, thank you for dropping by! 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

This may still come in handy!

Made a polar fleece scarf at this month's ASG meeting (this was a group pic, but I cropped others out). It's still technically winter and this may come in handy as we're expecting more snow tomorrow :-)
Oh, BTW: this was my second zipper (lots of help because it was long AND my fleece was very thick)


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

My skirt: 12 months of handmade skirts

You may recall: I took the plunge about two weeks ago and was suppose to have my first skirt done by the end of February (Friday past). Better late than never--but then again, I came on board in the middle of the challenge.

So my skirt is posted below. I also made a belt and a (hopefully) tie around head band. Still having to use phone camera so one picture may not rotate properly (even though I rotated and saved it).

Now that we're into March, I'll be working on my next skirt soon. :-)


Monday, March 3, 2014


Remember "In The Works"post on (2/16)?  

Finally finished it today! Could have finished it in one sitting, but took my time and used today's snow day.

Sorry I can't model it and the picture doesn't give it much justice. Learned alot !


Friday, February 28, 2014

Are you watching?

I just started watching Project Runway's "Under The Gunn" a couple of weeks ago. If you watch, who are your favorite designers?

Here's mine:  :-)


Monday, February 24, 2014

Sometimes ya gotta walk...even if....

The post below was posted on a local sewing group's page last May. Believe it or not, I actually walked away from finding pattern weights...but never forgetting. So this weekend, I went to Home Depot (one of the SAME ONES I went to last May), went to the same section, and look what I found:

LESSON LEARNED: Not only does one sometimes have to walk away from a project and return, sometimes you have to walk away from notions, fabric, etc. SAME PROCESS: SAME RESULTS!  (See post below and a couple of replies). BTW: I tried THREE Home Depots last May .:-)

Hi everyone. Was wondering if anyone knows where I can get pattern weights? These were given to me a few years back. I realize that they're only metal covered with fabric. I was told Home Depot, however, I dropped by the one nearest me and they didn't have them. Was also told Amazon, however, when I saw their offering, they didn't look like these (even without the fabric) and more concerning, they received a few negative reviews. Maybe I just need to try another Home Depot.  Thanks for any suggestions. 

  • Hey JC. Any hardwsre store will have metal washers in the plumbing section in a variety of sizes and weights. Pick up about six then wrap them in bright 3/8 inch or so ribbon. Secure the end with a bit if hot glue.
  •  I usually use 2 per weight
  • JC  Thanks Tee for the replies and links. Hey Laura. Went to plumbing section @ HD. Showed it to them, explained fabric was/is glued, they didnt' have them. In fact, the ones pictured were given to me by you and Allison as a gift when the lounge was on Michigan Park. Thanks so much ladies. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Half Yard Heaven Review!

As promised a few weeks earlier, we now have our review ready for:

Please check our "Book Reviews" tab above and enjoy! :-)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I'm participating in...

In order to "thrust" myself into garment sewing, I'll be participating in The Little Acre That Could's skirt challenge (click link for details). This is the PERFECT challenge for me: no pressure, a skirt a month. Plus a skirt can allow me to add skills that I've never tried and force me to try them.

Sew, sewing friends, gals, and guys, feel free to keep me accountable. I'm starting this month so I'll need to have my first skirt done by the end of this month. :-). .and here's my reminder logo:


In the works :-)

And almost done! Promise :-)


Some sewing lately

Sewed these items when we were snowed in a few days ago. Last night, I pulled out a few tutorials on exposed zippers. This would be my first attempt alone and only second (very first attempt was in September with LOTS of help) :-). I haven't forgotten the book's coming. I apologize in advanced for side view pics (took from camera, rotated, saved and still didn't turn properly)
 This is the front of recycled jeans (did one back in December). This time, hand sewed handles.
 Back side of the same bag :-)


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Coming soon: Another book review!

This time, we'll be reviewing: Half Yard Heaven by Debbie Shore. The official release date is April 2014. STAY TUNED!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Crazy snow!

I'm sure by now some (of you) are still hunkered down, others digging out, others dealing with icy conditions. I'm just a tad late, but here's a partial view of our "ta-doo"! a couple of days ago:

OK, just turn you head UPSIDE DOWN! I used the edit/flip function, saved it, and it still didn't work (not on my computer) OH WELL!! You get the drift :-)


Sunday, January 12, 2014


Greetings again! Remember this post a couple of weeks back?!  The package came last week, but I'm just getting around to posting. :-) This is from the the first place give away (Yours truly) :-)

The beige/tan bag is handmade by Tabitha's brother here at Victor + Alexander. 


Friday, January 10, 2014

Little something-something

Hi Everyone! Hope your New Year is well thus far. :-)

I may not post everything, but I'm still doing a little something-something! Like the NEW blog header!