Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy New Years- Goals for 2013

New Years 2013

I would like to say thank you to each and every person who
has visited this blog. I apprecaite each one of you. I started
this blog in 2011, I had found Mena's Sew Weekly Blog
and was so encouraged that she had made a  dress
a week in 2010. I had sewed for 35 yrs . But, mostly
sewed for my daughter and other children. So fun!! But,
she encourgaged me to sew more for "me". I  wanted
to start a blog, to keep up with the things I sewed. It has
opened  up the doors to  so many friendships , all over
the world. And to that, I am so thankful.  I  am not
computer savy [at all!!], I  am not a photographer
and definitely not photogenic!! lol
But ,even with all this.. And  the lack of a savy
blog, you have ALL supported me, THANK YOU

My sewing Goals for 2013 are

#1- Use my stash, and buy less fabric

           #2-  I want to venture into sewing with knits
..[Can  you believe, I am scared of knits? ha]. 

              #3- Improve my sewing, learn new techniques
Take some sewing classes.

But most of all.. I want to remember that, sewing is a hobby, it
is not to stress us out.. But , just to enjoy.. No stress of
finishing a garment by a certain date.. Or having to make
a certain number of garments. Or even having to make
a certain kind of garment.. Just enjoy!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012..

Kenny and Emily -- Christmas 2012
Ashlee and Amy
Toe Socks...all the girls got toe socks.. How Fun!!!
Callie with her LaLa Loopsy... Callie is sick, and
missed most of Christmas..  I really hated that
she was sick, during this fun time of year..

We had a fun Christmas..  The kids were all excited
with their presents.. We all eat way to much.  But such
a special day.Being with the ones we love .  We celebrate
 God's love for us.. He sent  His only son  to die for our sins.


It is clean up time.. The Christmas tree is  all taken
down and put away in the box , the decorations
are carefully packed away in boxes..The wreaths
are put away in plastic bags,  all of it
stashed away in the attic for next year.

It feels so good to have the house back in order again.
I hope you and your family had a great Christmas.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Finishing The Christmas Presents for Grandaughters [skirts and shirts]

Cinderella Skirt with RTW t-shirt embossed with
pom-pom trimming, ribbons and buttons.
This set is for Ashlee [one of my 8 yr old grandaughters]
Scotty dogs & red/white polka dot double layer skirt
and RTW t-shirt ,embossed with pom-pom trimming , red
and white polka dot ribbon, and buttons.
this one is for Callie , my 11 yr old grandaughter
Princess & The frog skirt , with RTW t-shirt embossed with
pom-pom trimming, white and pink polka dot ric rack,
and buttons. This one is for Amy  ,my 8 yr old

This was the last of my Christmas presents to make. They are now
ironed, gift wrapped and under the tree. YEA!!  After
Christmas is over, I will post photos of the girls wearing them.

Merry Christmas to each of you.  May God bless you.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Pillowcases... so fun to make

Set of Pillowcases for a  very special friend!
Always looking for places to embroider ..What  fun!

I decided to make these pillowcases in a fun Christmas
print fabric.. Then added a white border [so the embroidery
work would show up]. I made the bias tape from
a red/white stripe fabric for a contrast to the fabric.
They were so fun to make , and now they are in
the mail to my friend. I also,made one of the sweet
little Christmas trees to adorn the package..[thank
you Laura for teaching me this!! so easy and cute to make!]

 I have almost finished all my Christmas gift making.. So,
it's time to  clean the sewing room, make the candies,
clean the house and get ready for Christmas.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Crafting Christmas Trees with Callie

Callie in deep thought , while decorating her  Trees and
sipping hot chocolate with marshmellow!!
Thank you  Laura from ,All Good Gifts Blog for sharing
 this great idea.. Callie
[my grandaughter]was visiting with us today.. So
she and I , decided to make a Christmas Tree garland
for her mantle in her bedroom.. Once we made the
trees and stuffed them,She decided they needed
decorating... [sorry, I wasn't allowed to take
a photo of her up close, she had her hair in
rollers And in her new 15 minute flannel gown.
,getting ready for her Christmas Play
at church tomorrow)

Red/Green/white stripe trees ..with Buttons Galore!!
Christmas gift fabric.. trees.She did a Teacher tree
with teacher buttons for her mom, who is a high
school history teacher..[how sweet!]
These little trees can be hung on your tree,  or tie them on a gold
cord and make a sweet garland.
More of her decorated trees...

Callie and I had alot of fun today.. I made the little
trees, and Callie stuffed them slightly with batting.
 Callie then picked out her buttons and bows, to
decorate the trees.. [This took a LONG time.,ha]
Nothing says 'HAPPY"  like a Saturday Crafting
with your grandaughter!!!

ps..She came last night, and for got to bring her gown.
So while she was taking her bath, I took some
flannel , laid a tshirt on it for a raglan sleeve
pattern, and serged the majority of it
on my serger.It took,maybe 15 minutes.. And girls,
she loved it.. She didn't  get dressed all day.. She wore
this "wonderful long comfy gown" ..[and this is
what she called it.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas -- What are you Most Thankful For?

Christmas is such a fun  time of year.. So many festivities
and  family traditions..  All the cooking and gift wrapping
and trying to find the " just right gifts" for our special
love ones.. Watching our favorite Christmas movies.
today, I have to share the most thankful thing  I have
this Christmas. Kenny , my husband.. He is really an
amazing fellow.  Two days ago he came home from
his little deer camp/woods/ getaway.. And there is
an old man that lives nearby.. This man came and
ask Kenny to help him fix his stove, It had went out.
This man is very poor, and lives in a very old trailor
home. Kenny found that he had a too small electrical
wire  running from the fuse box, and  it had burned out,
due to this. Kenny spliced it back together, and the stove
went to working.. But.......he came and told me that
he was afraid it would catch on fire because of
the small wire. He didn't sleep that night from worring.
The next day , he calls the lumber shed, and  ask the
price of the wire..eeeeeeeeh..$140.00.Its Christmas.eeeh.
But, this loving and generous man,  buys the wire
and takes it to fix the stove.
As I was preparing a Christmas post for my blog.. It just
didn't seem important.. I had to share this amazing
generostiy..  I am really thankful that he is such a loving
and caring person..

God bless each of you, and may you and your families have
a Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas[Thanksgiving] Cactus

Thanksgiving Cactus .. that waits until Christmas to Bloom!!
Beautiful Fushia  Color Blooms
 I must confess and tell of my love/hate relationship
with this plant.. One Sunday ,several years ago,  several
of us ladies  were talking about blooming cactus.. My
reply was, " they really are not pretty plants, only
when they are blooming, and you have to wait
too long  on the beautiful blooms!!!"  Well, the
next Sunday, 3 different ladies showed up
with me some cuttings [leaves waiting for me to
root].. OH  desperation---- I don't want to mess
with these!!!!! But, I feel too bad to  throw
them away.. So, being the lazy person I am, I tossed
them all in a glass to root.. In no time, they were
all rooted together.. SO,  I just got a little pot
and potted them all together.. I wondered what
I would come up with??? What color?  What month?
 Well. my Thanksgiving cactus,, doesn't bloom unitl
almost Christmas. And only 1/2 of it blooms and it
has these beautiful fushia blooms. Then when they
are all dead and gone ,usually about first of Feburary
 the other 1/2 blooms with a light pink bloom..
So, the moral of the story is:  I  am hooked!!!
even though ,it s ugly for most of the year, the
beauty of the blooms are so worth waiting for..

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas Tree
I must admit, I just have not been in the
Christmas spirit this year.. But  the tree is
up and now I need the "little fairy " to
come and wrap those presents. Will they
come?  I doubt it!!!

Christmas in Bethlehem Music Box
This was given to me by my son and
daughter in law ,the first year they were
married, 16 yrs ago.. The grandkids
love to to hear the 20 songs it plays and
watch as the people and their animals
go around  and view baby Jesus.. This
is a treasured peice, that  finds its way
out each year.Along with many
other Christmas music boxes.

Christmas Music Box Collection
 I have collected music boxes  for
years. I have about 200 all total,
with about 50-60 being Christmas

Merry Christmas  to each of you.. Hope you and your
families have a Blessed Christmas.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Biblical Costumes for Church Christmas Program

Joseph or Disciple Biblical Costume
Mary or Martha
My sweet Callie modeling A childrens  Costume
 I have been sewing biblical costumes this week. Making them
for  church Christmas programs.. I pray God's word  is portrayed
in these programs.  This has been a fun sewing week.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas---Pillowcase Dress

The Grinch Pillowcase Dress
Close up of fabric

Now...who doesn't love the mean ole Grinch?
 I made this dress from a  Robert Kaufman Grinch
fabric, from my stash.  It is for a friend's child.
I later embroidered the slogan "You're a Mean
One Mr. Grinch" on the border.. But
forgot to take a photo, before mailing..oooops!!!!
Are you sewing any Christmas projects?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hope you and family have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!!

My house is getting ready for the big day...

Today: I have cleaned  most of the day. I
mopped the kitchen and bathrooms, vaccummed
the rest of the house. Made cornbread for stuffing,
cut up onions and celery and put in plastic
dishes, ready for making the stuffing.

Tomorrow:  I will get the baking done. I am
planning on a chocolate ding dong cake. Pecan
pies and  Lemon ice box pie.

Thanksgiving:  Early morning ..Put on turkey and stuffing.
And get ready for the kids !!!!!

What are you thankful for this holiday season?
 I am thankful for my Salvation, My walk with   the
Lord.   My family  and their  health. And my
dear friends... God bless each of you!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Wrap Dress FInished - Navy/lt blue floral

My version of  Olivia Walton's wrap dress. Made from
a  navy and light blue floral fabric. Has white collar
with light blue stitching around it.. [Sorry ,for the bad
photos.. My camera is about gone[sad].
My light blue cardigan , that I found at the thrift store
last year, is just perfect.
Close up of fabric.  This is the best fit of any of the
Olivia Wrap dresses, I have made. The neckline
is modest .The skirt has plenty of room to cross over. I
would like to thank  Eva  for all her help and
inspiration. Please check out her blog to see the
adorable Olivia Walton dresses , she has created.

Olivia Walton's Green hectagon wrap dress. I love
this fabric.. But, I couldn't find anything similar to it.
But, I will keep on looking.. Now, that the dress
is fitting so well, I will be making more of them.
It is the most comfortable dress, for church or
working around the house.. Just perfect!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Olivia Walton's Dresses..[I have one in progress}

I just love Olivia's Dresses.. Here she sits with JohnBoy
in this shirtwaist dress.It is a black and white ,what I
call a domino fabric.[looks like dominoes all over]. I love
this fabric, and wish I could find the very one.
Olivia in her hexagon pring wrap dress. This is one of my
favorite ones. They are so pretty and so flattering
and comfortable to wear.

See the collar on this domino shirt wasit dress. I like
Mary Ellen's  dress in the back of photo too..

 Eva Girl from the Oppulent Poppy blogspot , allowed
me to copy these photos , that she has on her blog.
Please go and check her blog out, she has made
some beautiful reproductions of Olivia's dresses.
Thank you Eva Girl.


 This is the Olivia  [Look Alike] Wrap dress, that I am
currently working on. The fabric is a navy blue with tiny
tan dots and  light blue flowers. I found this blue
sweater at a flea market.. My dress is almost
finished. I will get it posted soon..
Thank you Eva Girl for all your "inspiration". I
apprecaite it,more than you will ever know.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Judy's Sewing Room Redo

Remember the  horrible desk chair.. Doesn't it look
better? Fabric from thrift store.$3.00 find.
Desk top was covered with wall paper [red check with
white lines..]This find came from a local carpet store.

Bookshelf .. I added the wall paper to the back of
the shelves.It is pretty in person [Oh how I
wish I could take decent photos.!!] Cathe,
do you see the sewing machine emblem
on it? thankyou!

An old rolling table, with a pull out shelf,
finds  a prettier life. Kenny brought this home
to me , from a friend who was going to
oust it. It is perfect for my embroidery machine,
since it has to be rolled to my computer to
be used.. But now it has a new look!!! Just wait
and see!!!

Curtains made from a white sheet I found at
the thrift store for $2. It is really pretty, It
is white stripes on white..Then I made the topper
out of  red/white gingham check fabric on the
bottom, with a white/pink/red/vintage floral
fabric.  I just love this little corner!!!

Embroidery Machine Table.. Now ,isn't she alot
prettier with her new red/white gingham check
skirt, with a new pink/red/blue floral vintage
fabric table topper! Whenever I am ready to
embroider, I just roll her over the computer.
Perfect Free Table and a wonderful , thoughtful

 I thought I would show you...I even
cleaned out my sewing desk drawer, to
show you I cleaned it.. But...did
you notice that I didn't open the closet and
cuppard doors to show photos of
all my "ABUNDANT" fabrics..[Because,
I didn't get around to cleaning and
refolding it..] Oooops... I shouldn't
tell off on myself.ha