Sunday Sevens – Week 7 for me

Hi everyone, here is this week’s Sunday Sevens, a little ode to randomness that doesn’t merit a whole post. For info about Sunday Sevens, please pop in to see the creator, Natalie, over at Threads & Bobbins. There are no real rules, just sharing of seven(ish) pictures. It’s easy and fun, won’t you join us?

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This was a rather less productive week than anticipated, but still have a few shots to share with you.

 

A peaceful start to the day; coffee on the porch, watching the neighborhood waking up. And what is that glistening in the sunlight? It’s a spider web, and the spider is spinning! We watched her run around and around the inner circle of this web (so fascinating and rare). Here she is back at the center. As the morning progressed, the fragile web all but disappeared – it was as if we happened into a most magical secret.

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And…..a lively start to another day. I feel good! I knew that would now!  Who can come into James Brown’s Place and not start singing? I had a traditional egg and English muffin breakfast which came with home fries – chunky hash browns, with touch of parsley. Hubby had yam and chorizo hash. A bit spicy for me, but it was fabulous! New place for us, a great little diner – not fancy, just great food. Good stuff.

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Apron is nearly done. Here is evidence of construction beginning. Must get a move on to finish by end of August. (that would be tomorrow – yikes!)

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Tucked away in what may become my sewing room is my mama’s old knitting bag. This bag has been around longer than I have (and that’s a pretty long time). Last time I saw it in use she was crocheting blankets for her little grandchildren (oh, they’re all grown up now). Mama gave it to me when she was downsizing to move in with my sister a couple of years ago. A treasure.

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We went to baseball for the first time in a few years. The Rochester Red Wings, farm team for Minnesota Twins. This fellow greets incoming fans.

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Good game, Red Wings won handily, and  following the game was a very impressive fire works display! Sorry, this picture is pretty smoky.

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That’s all for today. Wishing a grand week for everyone!

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Sunday Sevens – Week 6 for me

Hi everyone, here is this week’s Sunday Sevens, a little ode to randomness that doesn’t merit a whole post. For info about Sunday Sevens, please pop in to see the creator, Natalie, over at Threads & Bobbins. There are no real rules, just sharing of seven(ish) pictures. It’s easy and fun, won’t you join us?

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So, here is my sampling from a not-very-active week.

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1. The mail came early Saturday morning….the usual blah, blah, blah…except for one little package. It came from England! It came from Ali, of Thimberlina! I was one the six lucky winners of her Gadget Envy Giveaway.wk6_goodies_IMG_46022. This little batch of swatch buddies should help to keep my new sewing habit tidy and organized. I was happy to receive this goody bag along with a sweet handwritten note from Ali. Thank you!

 

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3. It’s not be too legible, but the label calls this a Fabric Storage Bin – they are in medium or large, blue or purple. Found at the grocery store. They are quite nice and sturdy. Would a person who is serious about sewing buy a ready-made bin for fabric?

 

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4. So how does one keep a fat little Buddha happy when driving through downtown in yucky midday traffic? Why, by listening to oldies on the radio, specifically Stray Cats, Rock This Town. The song came on, I was at a stop, and glancing up, this guy just made me smile.

 

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5. The cutest little boys live next door, and the older one is turning 10. He told his parents that this birthday should be special, as he is reaching double digits. They gave him a ball that is taller than me, and certainly higher than the garden fence.

 

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6. My older daughter became engaged! She did receive a real ring, and not a ring pop, but she is camera shy….so nada for now. All I know is that a spring wedding is being planned. Happy Days!

 

Stitch on, everyone!

Congratulations Ms Miller, you have a fine new … tunic!

Good news! My tunic at long last is complete (KwikSew 3870). And more good news. I’m actually rather pleased with it. Now considering this might be the most basic pattern in all patterndom, that may not be high praise, but compared to my first attempt (here), it’s a big improvement.

My expression here has less to do with the garment than it does with my camera/model capabilities. Imagine, if you can, this was the best pic of the lot.

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Tunic No. 1 versus Tunic No. 2

My topstitching was not too straight the first go-round. If only I had checked into the goodies that came with my sewing machine. Such as this handy presser foot – the Bernina Edgestitch foot #10. What a marvelous discovery for Tunic No.2!

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Too bad I discovered it after finishing the topstitching at the neckline, but thank goodness for a busy pattern and disappearing white thread. Also, the neckline is supposed to come to a point. Mine comes to a very special kind of point – rounded! Argh. Does anyone have any tips?

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With no new adjustments, Tunic No.2 seems to fit a little better than No.1. It might be the higher neckline on this version, the other one just falls off my shoulders. The whole thing is much too long for my stumpy legs. Should probably nix the tunic idea for now and try a proper blouse next time. I do prefer the longer sleeves of Tunic No.1, but No.2 is very summery (summer is almost over actually, so my timing may not have been perfect).

While I may admit to poor seasonal timing, I refuse to be held completely accountable for any mistakes….how can one follow instructions when said instructions are so thoroughly hidden? Guard cat is a tad too committed.

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So now what?

My next project is ready to go – pattern downloaded, fabric(s) purchased. It’s an apron, but not just any apron, and I hope it lives up to my expectations.

And after that, a skirt, and then pants! PANTS for Pete’s sake! I’ve had several suggestions, so think I’ll start with pj’s and then move on to a pair of real pants.

And somewhere along the way, I am planning to make a nice bag.

Is it ever acceptable to begin a sentence with “and”?

Some of my favorite bloggers have remarked lately on losing their sewing mojo (sew-jo?) and it seems that mine is finally ramping up. However, I sew at snail speed (slo-sew-jo?). Hopefully this little detail will improve with time and practice. Or perhaps I’ll just determine that my perfect pace is a leisurely one and embrace it!

Happy stitching everyone!

Sunday Sevens – Week 5 for me

Hi everyone, here is this week’s Sunday Sevens, a little ode to randomness that doesn’t merit a whole post. For info about Sunday Sevens, please pop in to see the creator, Natalie, over at Threads & Bobbins. There are no real rules, just sharing of seven(ish) pictures. It’s easy and fun, won’t you join us?

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In no particular order, a few bits of last week……

 

wk5_shadow_IMG_4473 Eeeek! Does this shadow make my hips look wide? This is a lovely walking neighborhood, but perhaps walking is not doing the trick….methinks I should add a little run into the mix? (Actually I did run once at the reservoir. It nearly killed me.)

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New flowerings. You must wonder “Why does she always show just one flower at a time? What is wrong with her? Or more to the point, what is wrong with her garden?” I’ll tell you what’s wrong with my garden….it’s a giant mishmash. There is, for example, a large stand of something tall and ugly and I don’t know what it is or why it’s there….but it will not be there much longer!

 

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Another day, another walk. Out of coffee, and two nearby choices to pick up a bag: Starbucks is a bit closer, but it’s in a business area (no shade), and the Village Bakery and Cafe, which has good coffee and is in a residential area. It’s a nice, shady walk. And I can sit here for a little rest before heading back home. There may or may not have been a cookie involved.

 

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My sister gave me this cute vintage spaghetti tin (Sorry so blurry). Can you tell what I use it for?

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Why, for plastic bag storage of course! My husband laughs at me every time he catches me folding them up. Well, except for that one time….when he was singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag” as I folded. And he thinks I’m the silly one?

(Oh, and a real sewing post is coming very soon. Honest.)

Have a grand week!

So I took my husband to the fabric store…..

No pictures of him, as his 2-1/2 hour excursion was painful enough. But, it was a most interesting time for both of us.

His observations:

1. They have foam! 5-inch foam for me to make new cushions for the porch chairs. He put a piece on the floor and sat upon it. Not quite thick enough, so he added a 1″ section on top, and at which point he determined that we had the proper combination. And he was thoroughly impressed with the rolls and rolls (and rolls) of outdoor fabric to make said covers. (Oh my, how in the world to put a zipper in this big thing???)

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But it gets better….  Continue reading

Sunday Sevens – Week 4 for me

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Hi everyone, here is this week’s Sunday Sevens, a little ode to randomness that doesn’t merit a whole post. For info about Sunday Sevens, please pop in to see the creator, Natalie, over at Threads & Bobbins. There are no real rules, just sharing of seven(ish) pictures. It’s easy and fun, won’t you join us?

 

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1. This lone stalk (nearly 5 ft tall) grows in my front garden – it seems to be popping out a new bud daily. Researching “tall, skinny plant with tiny yellow flower” (or words to that effect) yielded no result. However, I happened upon a picture posted by Deborah, at Rustic Pumpkin’s Garden in the Shire – and there it was! Common Mullein, or Verbascum Thapsus (her photo is so much more professional).

 

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 2. The sun is trying to peek through the clouds (so white and puffy, and the sky is really much bluer than it appears here) on this fall-feeling summer day!

 

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3. My toasty Melin Tregwynt blanket has been called into action on these chilly nights. The reversible pattern is called St. David’s Cross. Can’t decide which side I like best.

 

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4. Confession Time. I always do a little test run when changing my thread. Hmmm. I seem to have a little trouble threading through all the necessary spots, but only when I’m standing up. What? Must sit down to do the threading.

 

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5. You may know I have a teeny-weeny obsession with aprons. And you may know I have a teeny-weeny problem getting projects going (thinking, re-thinking, double re-thinking – ugh). So I am joining The Monthly Stitch challenge for August. The theme, since it is their second anniversary, is two. I’m thinking two aprons. Or one apron – reversible, voila! Two pieces in one. Linen. Maybe one side striped? Or checked? And I have a time limit! Yikes.

  13716-Maya%20angelou%20quotes%20and%20saying6. I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately, and was searching for some inspiring words. Is there anyone more inspiring than Maya Angelou? She is certainly worthy of a whole post, not just a snippet, but I have chosen the smallest quote I could find – and it speaks volumes.

Have a great week!

Sunday Sevens – Week 3 for me

Let’s play a game, shall we? Let’s play Pretend. Let’s pretend that I posted Sunday Sevens on Sunday instead of Monday. Sound good?

For info about Sunday Sevens, please go to its creator, Natalie, over at Threads & Bobbins. There are no real rules, just sharing of seven(ish) pictures. It’s easy and fun, won’t you join us?

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Following are some random bits of my week for your viewing pleasure.

 

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1. New books. Actually, only one is new. I am just beginning “The Invention of Wings,”  and about 2/3 through “Under the Banner of Heaven.”

 

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2. Didn’t make it to the farmer’s market this week, but our local grocer offers the very freshest, local products every day. There is always something special going on, and they are the nicest people.

 

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3. One of my favorite places to walk on a flat surface is the Cobbs Hill Reservoir – it’s about 1/2 mile from my home, and the track is .69 mile. So pretty at sunset.

 

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4. I’d like to say this how Frieda keeps her calm demeanor, but she looks a little too wide-eyed to be meditating, don’t you agree?

 

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5. My handsome grandson Carson turned 13 this week! He sent me this photo from his birthday party.

 

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6 & 7. Saturday and Sunday we spent “manning” an outdoor estate sale. The weather was perfect and we met some lovely (and interesting) people. I had my eye on a particular chair….. As it was the lone member of a dining set, no one else was interested. Now it lives happily in our guest room, cozied up to the captain’s desk my sister gave me years ago.

 That’s all folks, have a lovely week!