Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New hobby!

The pattern is from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection.

My most recent crafting venture- embroidery! I had to post-edit this photo a bit so you could see the design better. Since this was my first project, I just used whatever fabric I had around the house, and this happened to be the best for sewing into. I'm working on a (white) towel now, and it is a lot easier to see the design. I'm embroidering three different cakes on cake plates on the edge. Here's the getting started process.


I'll include more pictures as I finish it up!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sewing

My parents got me a sewing machine for Christmas, per my wish list. First of all, I love it. Second of all, I made a skirt within the first twenty-four hours. Hey, I wanted to make sure it worked!

The skirt is a bit more red/blue/cream plaid than this picture makes it seem, but otherwise, it turned out super cute. I also found out I am a big size in patterns- I ended up having to remake the waistband after I basted because I couldn't zip it up.  Oops. Apparently I can't measure either, or I would have made it correctly the first time.

I've now bought some other patterns and fabrics, and have this dress next up. It is super cute. I bought some black and white houndstooth fabric and I've cut out the pattern pieces, but haven't had a chance to cut out the fabric yet. It's a lot of work, all things considered. You need to iron the pattern to start with, then measure yourself and cut out the right sizes, then iron the fabric and cut that out. Then you get to start sewing, basting first, (which is like light sewing, in case you need to make adjustments) then making the adjustments, then finally sewing it up completely. Anyway, I am super excited about this dress though, because it has tons of different sized pieces, so I was able to cut out a "slim" skirt pattern piece and a more busty top, to accommodate my different sizes, so it should look very classy and fit very well. We'll see. Expect pictures when I'm finished.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It's finally winter!

We spent the weekend at my parents' house in Wisconsin. There was some lake effect snow Sunday morning, and it was definitely chilly! Compared to Friday, when it was nearly 50 degrees out, it was quite the change.

Even though it was warm all week, there was ice on the lake, and with all the sun, it was pretty bright. 


Rick's sunglasses are pretty shiny. 


Mine are not. 

And now, on Wednesday, it was around 40 and 50 degrees for the past two days and it is the first of February. The weather this year is so messed up.