Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fall 2018 Dress 1 of 2

Fun dress....this time I went with brown belt & shoes.  I think that I could also wear a shiny black belt, black shoes (and  optional black leggings).
Pride goes before a fall: I chose a side zipper, so I would not have to match the plaid in the back. Then I forgot, and cut the back I sewed it shut, thinking that was better than getting a zipper to line up!

~The fabric is a fine, light weight Blue Plaid woven cotton/polly (60/40?), given to me by some friend...I can't remember if it came from the Hutchins/Jones, Teague/Gann or Gay.  Thank you, Friend!
~I sewed it inside out, because I preferred the calmer "wrong side".
~Yes, I used my go-to pattern, the retired Simplicity #8071  =)  
~And I lengthened the bodice 2 1/2 inches, so I could wear a belt with it.
~The zipper is a regular zipper, set in the side, following the instructions found in a vintage McCall's sewing book. Problem: the how-to is for a left side or back placement, so I did not know to reverse the directions for a RIGHT side zipper....oh well, I made a note in the book for next time!
Mom and I went to Terrell for a
"Not Fade Away, the Ultimate Buddy Holly Experience"
concert last night~ it was fun!
~I added belt loops to this dress, and all the first night I wore it, I fought with my belt. Know why?? I made them too long, so now I need to take them up!
~I added an extra inch of fabric to each shoulder front, and gathered it to make it match the back bodice shoulders.  (Then pinched it out in 2 pleats at the waist.)
~And I pinched out 2 more pleats, so...4 pleats total. =)



Friday, September 14, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Zipper bags for little Friends

 The Nutcracker fabric is a Maude Asbury by Blend called "Snowflake Waltz".  Sorry, I don't remember who made the Viking fabric.
  I did not use patterns, I had 1/2 yard of each fun fabric, so I just figured out how to get the most bang for my fabric!
  Hobby Lobby has great patches 'Rock Star', 'Dances in Public' & 'Karaoke Superstar' were all in one set (in the craft department, not the sewing section)
  Oh, and I bought the lovely brown handbag zippers in bulk from 'Midedo3' on ebay.

A Nutcracker bag for a Nutcracker lover!

It has a hidden zipper pocket at the inside bottom!

Zipper bags for both brothers:

Insides: Vikings & Nutcrackers!

(I'm happy to report that the Lads loved them!)

Monday, September 03, 2018

Musical Monday: "Can't Smile Without You" - Barry Manilow

Do you ever "hear" something so loud and strong in your head that you feel that you can't possibly be alone in your thoughts??? Like someone else MUST be thinking or singing this same thing at the same time as you?  (kind of like my Dream Theory)  Saturday the 25th I was listening to THe Greatest Showman, turned it off, went to get ready for a party.  Found myself happily humming and singing to Barry Manilow's "Can't Smile Without You" was playing IN MY HEAD. SO loud and happy, like it was a live concert, or playing really loud on Youtube-- I swear that I was NOT the only one, not alone in my musical thoughts...I believe that someone else was singing at that moment in time too. (not my family, I asked them)  Okay, so now that you know I'm certifiably crazy, I hope you enjoy the song!  =)

Listen below or click HERE...
Trivia from Wikipedia: "....Manilow's version has slightly different lyrics from the Carpenters' version such as the Carpenters's line "I can't laugh and I can't walk/I'm finding it hard even to talk" which was changed in Manilow's version to "I can't laugh and I can't sing/I'm finding it hard to do anything". Then the Carpenters remixed the song with additional orchestration, revising the lyrics again to read "I can't laugh and I can't sleep/I don't even talk to people I meet"....."

Saturday, August 18, 2018

"I’m so hungry I could eat a giraffe!"

"I’m so hungry I could eat a giraffe!" 
(Eponine looks like Benjamin & I did!)
 (Thanks for the photo, Jalinda!)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Amber said it about right

Have you ever watched Rik Swartzwelder's "Old Fashioned"?   Amber has some good these:

"Buy me flowers, make me a card...I need you to dance with me...I know it's in you- I know it, sweep me off my feet! ....I don't want to crowd you, or change you, or what you believe in- all I want is for you to tell me how I make you feel. Can you?  How do I make you feel, Clay?  Do you feel?  Do you think about me before you go to sleep at night? ....don't you wish you could turn your head on your pillow and see me looking back at you?  I need to know you want me, I need to know that- it's important to me."

"I have a theory: maybe love doesn't have to be perfect, to still be worth it." 

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Whatever Wednesday: Sewing for children 4

 I'd bought the blue and the yellow when this fabric was at Walmart YEARS ago (yellow here and blue here) I was given this purple fabric...very cute, but I thought that I'd sew it up for 3 little girls I know.  Now they aren't my best buds, but they are "Best Buds", and 2 of them are sisters...SO I just knew that they NEEDED matching skorts!

Fun Summer project: work/play top

~ I sewed view A/B: I did not use the interfacing the pattern called for, but I added an extra little piece of fabric to the button/button hole area, to reinforce it.  Problem: the "automatic" button hole maker malfunctioned, and I ended up sewing the button on through ALL the layers, so can't un-button: over the head it goes! OH! And I cut a HUGE size, because according to the measurements, that is what I needed: guess what? Immense relief: I did not! I had take it in at the sides- looks a little funny, but it works!

~It is cool, and it was great for mowing- I could see me making a new one every few years!

Friday, August 03, 2018

Waiting can be difficult, I won't lie- I am not good at it...

Over a year ago a father at Church (“new” to our group) asked me if I wanted to be married.  I replied “Of course.”   (What kind of crazy question was that???)  He was quick to tell me my answer was not obvious.  Ouch.   

WHAT would have gone through your mind???  
This is what went through mine:
~Shock.  Really??  Do people think I look so comfortable in my single life, that I look like I have no interest/desire in having a husband and Lord willing, children?   How did I give that impression???   No wonder I was passed over and left behind for so long, so many times I'm now on the “clearance rack”!
(I think that Women on the “clearance rack” of life are not just “damaged goods” who’ve “been around the block”, they include the “grab-bag” single Moms and the simply “out-dated” old girls and women.)

Dear Mr. Man at Church,
So you really don't think that I want to be married?  You say at 35 you had "no biological clock” ticking, and you think that I don't either?  Well Sir- mine has been ticking for a long time now, I am older than I look, you know.
~I knew that I wanted to be married at the age of 3, definitely by the age of 4. (First truly broken heart at the age of 4.)
~I KNEW I wanted my own children by the time I was 8.  (How else can you have babies under your own command, to love and play with "all the time"?)
~I really longed for my own home & family by 16, and assumed I'd marry young (18-23) like all the women both sides of my family before me.

So, I've wanted that for most of my life (now almost 30 years), I'm sorry you missed the memo.


~*~ So many people have said things to me over the last 6-8 years- to encourage me I'm sure- about or along the lines of “take heart...”, “God has a plan...”, “not much longer...”, “I feel led to say...”. I admit, I tended to glaze over and not remember exactly what was said.   I would have liked to have them all in writing, because I can't remember them, and these folks did mean well, and sometimes they would be encouraging to re-read.


~*~ Waiting can be difficult, it can feel very long and lonely.   I've tried to be content, to bloom where I've been planted, to rest and trust HIM and HIS plans for my life.  It is hard- I won't lie- I am not good at it, and I really ought to be, after all this time.  (My head knows, but my heart has trouble.)

💟I think that I'm a hopeless romantic who isn't desperate.💟

 "part 1"
"part 3
"this is part 4"

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Instant Pot Lemon Cake (recipe link)

Cake in a pressure cooker???  Yes. It is possible, is it the best cake ever? No. BUT it did NOT heat up the house to bake it!   We do not feel that this cake would replace a good light and fluffy cake, BUT it was WONDERFUL for a shortcake with fruit!!!

I made Julie's recipe (HERE) found over at her blog: "Instantly Delicious", I followed commenter Pamela's suggestions, and I made 3 cakes in less than a week, so I have a few thoughts of my own!  =) 
~ I used all the zest I could get off of one lemon- more than 1 1/2 tsp! (for one cake I bloomed 3/4tsp dried from Frontier Co-op in the melting butter- it worked!)
~ SUBSTITUTE Lemon Extract for the Vanilla- you'll be glad you did.
~ Flour: I used Costco's Organic White Wheat Flour, I can't wait to try Organic White Spelt Flour.
~ Baking time & Pan:  in a 6 cup Bundt Pan cook like the recipe says, EXCEPT cook for 32 minutes.
~Is it done?  It won't "look done", but test it with a toothpick if you like.
~ Covered or not?  If you don't loosely cover (with paper towel & foil), the cake is a little shorter, but not by much, and the bottom/top of the cake looks like a dumpling & is a little chewy.  =)
~ We have an 8q Instant Pot, but I'm sure that it would work just fine in a smaller one!
~ The glaze recipe makes too much for a little bundt cake- it was DROWNING & not pretty.

(From the National Geo. Society)

Monday, July 30, 2018

Fun the IMAX complex

When I was 9 Papa & Grandma took me to the IMAX mall several times (because we were staying at the campground right behind it).  We saw the Ozark (documentary) IMAX: I loved it, but it was traumatizing also, because there were "Mud Men" and they kidnapped a young lady (who was blond) who got separated from the rest  of her having-fun-in-the-river friends... AHHHH!!!   

I thought that Mud Men were not from (or in) our part of the world- something only in National Geographic Magazines!  <<:}

When I was 19 we went with my Great Grandma & my Mom- I was relieved to find that they had changed to this new OZARK IMAX show, that told the history of  "modern times" in the Ozarks, in more of a "movie" like amusement.  Guess what? This same show was playing when we went last month, so Papa, Grandma & I saw it again!  =)    The auto below is the one in the movie:

We stopped for pie & coffee...Sophie just HAD to try it.... I 'm sad to report that it was not very good.  I wonder: Where is a good place to get pie in Branson???

The Mall Guy (manager/owner) suggested that he take a picture of me, because I was not in any of the pictures I was taking, you know, so I would remember where I spent the!  So, I said yes, please & thank you! =)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

a Zippered pillowcase and a Baby

It happens all the time: you go on a trip, and you end up wanting to pack something in your pillowcase....something that just really doesn't fit in your bag, like your PJs, or a light blanket, or your stuffed friend...SO you stuff them in your pillowcase, only to have them trying to pop out at all the wrong times!   

NO MORE, I declared a couple of trips ago...then it took me a trip to decide that I could indeed do something  about it (also having to decide that it was okay to alter my favorite case, and have time to sew a NEW one), and another to figure out how.  SO all that said, before the last trip (to visit that cute baby on the left), I had the zipper installed, and it was WONDERFUL.

I think that parents would want these for their children: you know the road-tripping-slumber-partying-gone-to-sleep-at-the-grandparents kind of children... (like me).
The zipper just hides, you don't know it is there, and is quite handy! =)

Monday, July 23, 2018

Musical Monday: Eileen Barton's "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake"

I can't believe that I'd NEVER heard of this song before last Thursday night! It was even on Sesame Street in 1969 (watch here) and I watched the re-runs....oh, well...I've now added it to my playlists! =)  It conveys my sentiments very well!

Trivia according to Wikipedia: "..."If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" is a popular song published in 1950.  The best known version of the song was recorded by Eileen Barton in January 1950.  The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 3, 1950 and lasted 15 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1....(It also hit #1 in Britain in April of 1950.) ...In 1962, Barton's recording of the song was included in a list of 101 Perennial Singles Hits compiled by Billboard – a group "For year-round programming by juke box operators and radio stations ..."
(embedded below or listen  HERE

Friday, July 20, 2018

Hot Day - Cool Pool or Froggy would a wading go!

I took the cap off the water jug this almost-noon time, filled watering cans etc, and splashed in the cap.  I came back 20ish minutes later, and this little Gal was visiting the little wading pool!  Made me smile!  =)

Big picture, for perspective- my pool vs. her pool:

       Keep cool, you guys~ it's 106 (index of 109) out there today!