A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year!

I wish we had weather like this for a week or so........

But this is what I must endure here in sunny Florida............

Our Christmas was a good one.  Lots of smiles and laughs and food and presents.  We drove to my mother's house for Christmas Eve, Christmas with the kids on Sunday morning before Church then to Dear Hubby's family after Church.  It was a busy weekend.

I don't usually make New Year resolutions.  But I do make a list at the beginning of every month of things I hope to accomplish that month.  Sometimes they get completed and sometimes they either get erased or moved over to the next month.  It's my way to keep life a little organized.

Daughter in law bought me these vintage pattern notebooks for Christmas.  They are the best! (She LOVED ALL the Pioneer Woman stuff I got her!)

Image result for vintage pattern notebook

Looking back through my post of 2016, I have a few favorite items I sewed and wear regularly.

In January 2016 I made this skirt and jacket.  It's my go-to cold weather outfit.  Now I know it's only cold here a day or two, but this is the warmest things I own!

 I also made the Simplicity 1072 and even though it's too big, I wear it.  I really should make another one.

 I just wore this dress to Church for Christmas.  It was 85 degrees and this had short sleeves!  I have worn this one numerous time this past year.  I need to make another version.

 My go to shirt.  My favorite shirt. I've worn this shirt a hundred times!

This skirt is a staple in my closet too.  I've worn it almost as much as the shirt above!

 My favorite nightgown  and my favorite robe.  I wear them daily.

My ultimate favorite outfit is this one!  When Dear Hubby fell from our roof, I wore this dress and cardigan for three days.  Not a wrinkle!  No one ever knew I slept in it for two nights!  It's cool when it's hot outside.  It's not to casual, not too formal.  The PERFECT outfit!

It seems like I like purple.  I never noticed how much purple I have.  Maybe that's my color.....

I hope that my sewing this coming year is as productive as the past year has been and that I will continue to learn new techniques and grow in sewing and fitting.  I am looking forward to a year full of inspirations from both my sewing friends and blog friends.

I wish you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

Until next time.............


Friday, December 23, 2016

Checking In........

Oh, how I've missed my sewing blog friends and sewing projects!

Dear Hubby is on the mend.  Progress is slow.  The Orthopedic surgeon scheduled him for an MRI, but since he has a pacemaker they had to reschedule him for a CTSCAN.  The radiologist didn't see any fracture in the foot and now have to wait to see the Orthopedic until January 5th.  His foot is continually painful and and swells.  I know that he is ready to get back to work, but there is some reason he is meant to be off until after the holidays.

My recent project on our home has been the dining room/entry.  I've painted the trim and walls.  Added trim around and on top of the doorways, hung new curtains and cleaned the french doors of the sewing room.  I'm planning on building two tables for either side of the french doors and add a rug under the dining room table.

Dining room before/Entry & into kitchen
Dining room after/ Entry & into kitchen

Dining room before/ Bedroom wall

Dining room after/ Bedroom wall

Dining room before/Sewing room wall
Dining room after/Sewing room wall

Christmas shopping was unusually tough this year.  Since de-cluttering, buying items made me think twice if the receiver REALLY needed it and was it useful.........Girl M is 14 and I thought that it would be much easier if I just let her pick out what she wanted.  She enjoyed shopping for herself way too much!  Boy F is 17 and all he asked for was over $300 a piece.  He's got good taste!  Dear Hubby is with me 24/7 so shopping for him was impossible while at the stores so what little I bought, I did online.  The most fun to shop for was our new daughter in law.  She loves Pioneer Woman and I do love buying Pioneer Woman stuff! Perfect!!!!

I purchased fabric this past week from Fabricmartfabrics.com in hopes that it would spark my sewing mojo.  I gearing up to sew but I also have a few rooms left to work on in the house too.  I keep thinking I want a new dress, but it's still hot here in Florida.  We hit a high this past week of 89 degrees.  I don't wish snow and sleet, but man, my Christmas tree has dried up and is almost dead from the heat!

I'm thinking of maybe sewing up a yoga style skirt and a maxi skirt from a black jersey knit fabric that I've had too long.  Maybe something easy will get my sewing mojo back!  I also have three UFO's waiting to be finished.  It would be nice to get them out of the way before the new year.

I wish all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

Until next time...............