A couple more pictures

A couple more pictures here. I did make some things for Christmas this year but find I only have pictures of some of the things.. not sure what happened.  Guess I’m out of the habit.

I did make this nightgown for my niece’s daughter. I love making flannel nightgowns for little girls.

Flannel nightgown Starfishalley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I made my brother some napkins.

pulled thread napkins Starfishalley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course there were also a few more zip bags.
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And I also made about 20 of the long rice heat packs. There was a 50 pound bag of rice left at one of my work places so I made many of these.  In fact I even ended up going to Costco for a second bag of rice.

rice bags

 

 

 

 

 

Next up will be several baby quilts and other items. There are at least 3 babies that I know of in the next few months.  I do enjoy the baby sewing and could easily get carried away by that.

A bit more control

Finally I seem to have a bit more control at my house and I want to start sewing more and posting more.  With the challenges the last two years it seems like it’s been a struggle sometimes to just get through day to day.  With cancer and chemo for daughter, broken foot, broken femur and knee cap for husband plus three months of no working and no mobility and my mother deteriorating and passing all at the same time plus many hours of work, it’s been day to day work with a bit of sewing but not much else.  I actually have made a few things and am going to search for pictures and add some other posts. It’s something I look forward to.

Last summer I did make two chemo caps for a friend who was losing her hair.  These are fast, fun and quick to make up and I did making enjoy them.

purple caps - Starfish Alley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then I made a couple of gifts for my niece’s daughter, an I Spy bag and a small carry all bag that she could put her books and “important things” in and take them with her.

Owl bag - Starfishalley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i spy bag

 

 

 

 

 

And then a fun zip bag for a friend from some Laurel Burch fabric from my stash. I do like making these bags.

Linda zip bag

 

 

 

 

 

Now I have to search for more pictures.  I’m usually quite organized about where I store things but this past year has not been  as good so now I’m on a search and organize mission. so until next time..

A long time coming..

This post has been a long time coming.  Sometimes life just gets in the way.  So far this year hubby has broken a foot, and then broke his leg, was in the hospital and in rehab and not walking for 3 months.  Just before he got the ok to start putting weight on his leg my mother passed away.  Now we’re approaching the holidays and I’m trying to get things in order. I think it may be awhile.

I have done some sewing but not much really.  I did make this cute apron for a young woman getting married.  I find that often these younger folks not only don’t do as much cooking but have never owned an apron but are grateful to have one and find they are really quite handy.  I like aprons and have many and will continue to make more.  It was a bit of a shock to count the number of apron patterns that I own and I told a friend that if she caught me looking at apron patterns to remind me I was on restriction!

cle apron

In my dreams..

In my dreams I update this blog frequently with new projects and fun sewing activities.  In reality, I just dream about it because there really has not been a lot of sewing.  I did make a couple of skirts for a daughter’s birthday. I’ve also done a few zippered pouches and a bit of mending.  I’ve also made a few dish towels with some applique. I would love to do more and maybe that will happen and maybe only a dream for a while.  Part of the reason is just far more hours spent working.  You know those adult kind of work things.  I’ve also done some reading and tending to family issues.

This week is camp week however.  After 21 years of attending Girl Scout camp as an adult and many more years as a girl, camp seems to be a part of my summer.  I “retired” from camp a couple of years ago but still have lots of friends who attend and carry on this fabulous tradition.  It looks like they will have a great week this week too.  I try to send some mail but it needs to be sent at the beginning of the week or it will not arrive in time.

Although I didn’t think of this very far in advance I wanted to send mail and thought it should be a bit different. I’ve read about fabric post cards and have some leftover Girl Scout fabric so thought I would give it a try.  Although these are not very elegant or elaborate it was a fun diversion and I’m going to make some more.  Because it was a last minute thought I decided that I would use what I had on hand.  I had some Peltex and Wonder Under so I created my own double stick post card base and then experimented with ironing on the fabric and doing some simple applique.  I got some permanent fabric markers and sent them through the postal mail.  I do hope they receive them and if not I do have a picture.

Off to make a couple more.  I have several friends that were not able to go due to health reasons.  I thought they might like camping@home mail.

 

post card frontpost caard backs

Pincushions

Pincushions are a new interest of mine.  They are small, can be interesting, fun to make and usually not too involved so they can be finished quickly.  I decided to do a Cathedral Window pincushion and see how that works.  My mother in law made sever cathedral window quilts for us and I have always loved them but  really didn’t have the patience or interest to do an entire quilt.  I do remember tracing and cutting out white squares and patterned squares for her however.  She used scraps from many of the clothes I made for my girls when they were little.

For this pincushion, I used some scraps and did a quick job and think I’ll make some more.  It’s not my finest sewing job but I had fun.

Cathedarl Windwow pin chushion April 2014

A Halloween Mat

A Halloween mat is now on my desk at work.  I have this wonderful wooden desk and I hate to put water glasses and coffee cups on the desk.  I also don’t like to put food directly on the desk top because let’s face it, it’s really not very clean!  This is a desk that has been used by many people over the years and is cleaned by a cleaning team at night and I really don’t know what has been on it . My solution has been a little mat, coaster etc. that will serve several purposes.  Protecting the lovely wood and also protecting my lunch.  I’ve wanted a new little mat for some time.  I’ve used the last one every day for about a year and a half and although I still like it, it was time for a change.  I made this little Halloween one in a hurry.  I had an idea in mind when I started that didn’t turn out at all like I planned so this was the second choice.  It’s fine with me.  I like the way it turned out.  Kind of sloppy binding job but I’m really the only one that sees it so that’s fine with me.  This is about it for my Halloween decorations this year.  How about you.  Any decorating at your house?

Halloween mat

 

A Big Day at our house!

Tomorrow will be a big day at our house!  It’s daughter’s birthday and also the last two drug chemo day.  Although she will still have two more treatments after tomorrow, the end is in sight and those two are not as nasty as the one tomorrow.  So we will celebrate!  Tomorrow she will still feel ok.  Starting Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday will not be very pleasant but she knows that.  So tomorrow we will celebrate. The birthday seems to be a significant day to have the last double treatment.

This of course requires a celebration.  We will have some family and a couple of friends to have dinner and celebrate.  This also requires a few gifts.  My kids are very “green” oriented and dislike paper waste including cards.  I really can’t just give up the cards because I like them but I can do something about the wrapping so I decided it was time to create re-usable gift bags.

I have to admit that until I found a remnant of birthday fabric at the store the thought had not crossed my mind.  So I created three different kinds of bags.  The first bag that I did is somewhat narrow and tall.  I lined it with orange fabric, put some handles on it and a snap at the top so it could be closed and the contents will stay secret.  I think every good birthday gift should be a surprise and hate it when the packaging fails! The second bag is just a drawstring beg.  Sort of a medium size that will accommodate many sizes and shapes of gifts.  The third bag was an experiment.  I wanted a bag that was easy to close but also a little bit fun and different.  This is the bag from the cupcake fabric.  Although it’s hard to tell from this photo I hemmed the top of the bag, and then sewed colored elastic into the side seam so you can just stretch the band around the top of the bag and it’s securely closed and adds a cute little top to the bag.  All in all the gifts are ready for tomorrow, we’ll get the chemo done, dinner will be started in the crock pot before we leave in the morning (pulled pork) and we’ll all be glad when tomorrow is over and the day has been celebrated to the best of our ability!

birthday celebration bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

drawsting birthday bag

One For Me

One for me.  I actually decided that I was going to sew something for myself today.  The nice thing was that I decided I wanted to do it and actually finished!  Now I have to admit it’s not a very complicated sewing job or even very time-consuming but it is something I’ve wanted for several months.  A little bag to carry my iPad and maybe a snack in when we go to chemo.  We have been going to chemo every week since the beginning of May and only have one month left so I decided I better not puzzle over this any longer but just get ‘er done.  I had a piece of fabric that I’ve bought tn both the blue and orange colorways but decided to use the blue. For  the lining I used a chrysanthemum print that is not a favorite but looked good with the fabric and actually looks nice in the bag interior.  I made simple fabric handles, used iron on batting to give it a little shape, used an elastic band and a spare button and now it’s done. I made a shallow boxed bottom to create a little depth and I think it will be perfect.  Just a little bag but a satisfying finish.  Yes, one for me.
padded bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

bag interior

 

New ironing table

I have a new ironing table.  Make that I’ve created a new ironing table.  It works very well and I’m pleased.  My sewing space is very small and compact and my big ironing board will not also fit in the space where I sew. I usually have it set up in my office in the room down the hall. For many things that’s just fine but when I’m in a hurry I just don’t like to get up and walk down the hall. I have used a small ironing board that sits between my sewing machine and my serger. This is ok for small pieces but hard even for longer or larger pieces.

As I’ve read blogs I’ve seen many folks using old wooden tv tables and transforming them into portable ironing tables.  They have just purchased these at the local Goodwill store.  We have a new Goodwill in my neighborhood and that was my plan.  Soon however the lightbulb went off!  I had several small plastic folding tables that I had used in my office to hold scanning equipment.  These are adjustable height and have been very useful.  My office needs have changed however and I had a table I wasn’t using so I decided that I could transform this table to an ironing table.

I started with the table and covered it with quilted ironing board fabric I taped it down on the sides with duct tape.

ironing table in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next layer was a piece of colorful fabric.  I’m very pleased.  It works well and is the perfect size.

new ironing table