A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Friday, April 9, 2021

Easter 2021-Love Notions Willow Wrap Dress

Love Notions patterns did not disappoint with their Willow Wrap Dress pattern.  I cut a straight size XL.  (I need to work on those lumps & bumps again!) I did not have to do a full bust adjustment or a sway back adjustment!  It fit with no alterations!  Way to go Love Notions!

Jen from Jen's Sewing Room on YouTube talked about printing the directions in a booklet form .  What a genius idea!  Sewing mentors are great!

Love Notions Willow Wrap Dress Booklet!

Hand directions

I added a flutter sleeve to the dress and after all the indecision about the sleeves, it ended up being chilly and I had to wear a jacket.  Uggghh!  Florida weather!

Love Notions Willow Wrap Dress

Only a quick selfie after Church.  We had a long day and left for service before dark. 

Easter 2021

Dear Hubby was straightening the flag, it looks like he's praying.  He said he was watching where he stepped so he didn't fall.  The perils of getting older! P.S. (He's about to be 50!)

Dear Hubby fixing our Flag

I had hoped to get a full on photo of me wearing the dress but it hasn't happened yet.  So I decided to go ahead and post what photo I had.  

I have not had much time for sewing this past week but hopefully soon I can whip something up.

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

Happy Sewing


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Goodbye March


 I have had a lot going on for the past month!  We moved back into our house after having all new flooring installed and of course that came with a lot of house projects.  Cleaning, painting, re-decorating, more painting........ you get the idea!

I did get my sewing machines set up and ALL my fabric put away.  Of course I had to make a few sewing room d├ęcor items.  I made new curtains, machine covers & ironing board cover.  Girl M & I also did a craft project/wall art. 

Sewing room curtains

Sewing Machine Covers

Ironing Board Cover

Wall Art

We are attending Church again!  I have missed Church so much!  It's nice to have a little normalcy returning again.

March 14 Church Selfie

Girl M. had a birthday.  She's 19!  Where does the time go? We took her to a Fallen officer funeral at the National Cemetery then a ride through the forest.  We stopped and took a selfie at the Iron Bridge.  She went to work that evening.  We're so proud of her!

19 Birthdays!

We dog sat the grand-dogs one weekend.  They are very active dogs compared to our two and I finally wore them out being outside ALL day!

Grand-dog sitting

Progress on my hair grow out.  It's very bothersome & in my eyes all the time.

Hair grow out-Mid March

Dear Hubby is still working with the neighbor doing farm work.  He sends me selfies during the day!

Moving the wildflowers

Dear Hubby has learned to send me Bitmojis from his phone!  LOL! He keeps me on my toes!
Dear Hubby loves his coffee!

Hummingbirds have returned for another season

Hummingbird season

We worked in the yard replanting flowerbeds on the West side of the house.  Nothing much grows there so we decided hedges and grasses was our best bet.  

West side flowerbeds

We also had a few trees removed that had some damage from the tornado on Christmas Eve.  I've lived on this piece of property for 43 years and cutting down trees breaks my heart.  But after having them removed and seeing that they were rotten I don't feel as bad.



Rotten trees

I also had a Birthday in March.  It was a quiet one.  Just how I like it!  Dear Hubby took me out for Dinner.

Birthday date night selfie

I have a Dear Friend who made me a robe!  A "made for me" gift!  I love it!  Thank you so much!

"Made for ME!" robe

March 21 Church Selfie

Girl M got me an apron with chickens on it.  So cute!  It's good to have them Birthdays!  Sure beats the alternative!

Chicken apron

I've done my wifely duties and went with Dear Hubby TWICE this year to the auto races!  P.S. I kinda like him!

Auburdale Speedway

Speedway selfie

Sunday selfie:  My hair looks very white here

March 28 Church selfie

Hair grow out: I try to make it behave!

We traded our neighbor property and are fencing around our yard.  Dear Hubby taught me to drive the tractor!  My "new" favorite hobby!

Tractor work!

"New" favorite hobby!

One done, many more to go!

Another cornerpost in!

Working selfie!

I have to get sewing on my Easter dress.  Dear Hubby picked out his shirt & tie and I think I found a fabric that matches/coordinates well with his choice.  I'm thinking a Love Notions Willow Wrap dress.  You never know how hot/cool it will be here for Easter so I'm stressing most about what type of sleeves and skirt length.

Easter plans

I hope that April is as good to us and that I will have a lot to report back about.

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


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

New Flooring-Day Six

 What a miserable, rainy day Friday turned out to be!  The contractors tried their best to finish the baseboard trim but the rain hindered them from cutting the trim outside.  They didn't want to use the saw in the house.  They worked until 7pm and will have to come back on Tuesday to finish the baseboards in the kitchen, pantry and laundry room. 

Dear Hubby took me out for a Catfish Dinner while we waited for the rain to stop.  Finally about 7:45pm the rain stopped and we started unloading the U-haul.  We needed to return it by noon on Saturday so time was not on our side.  We worked about 2 hours and got it 1/2 way unloaded.  Now the house is starting to get messy.

Since we were in such a time crunch, I didn't get photos and since life gets in the way of blogging I know this is a little delayed.

Living room with baseboard trim

Dining room with baseboard trim

Master closet

Laundry room

Dining room after unloading the U-haul

Sewing rooms!

We donated the Living Room furniture and are currently on the hunt for  something "new" to us.  But in the meantime we are sitting in our camping lounge chairs and two office chairs.  Life of Luxury!  The rug is for the Dining room but I didn't want the chairs to scratch my new flooring so we're putting it to good use.

Current Living Room situation

Girl M's new room is so cute!  Peaceful & so pretty!

Girl M's room

We moved the rug from the Living room into our bedroom.  We love it!  Dear hubby hung the curtain rods for curtains that I'm also moving from the Living room.  We installed roller blinds in all the windows.  The sun is so brutal during the day here in Florida.  We had all the windows tinted a few years back and that helps a lot but when the temps reach 100+ degrees during the summer I need all the help I can get.

Master bedroom
I want to go play in my new sewing rooms but there is so much paint touch ups and unpacking left to do that I will have to put sewing on the back burner for a bit.  Makes me sad, but my "new" to me house makes me happy!

Hugs & Thanks for listening to my non-sewing ramblings!

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


Friday, February 19, 2021

New Flooring-Day Five

 We're on the home stretch!  Hopefully I'll be moving back in soon.

The new flooring makes our closet look huge!  It will so much easier to keep the floors clean.

Master closet

Girl M.'s new room looks 100% better.  Classy!

Girl M's Room

Looking out Girl M's room toward the Kitchen

The contractors said they've only had one other house they were able to lay flooring with no doorway transitions. 

Last night before they left they suggested new toilets.  We seriously thought about it but were unable to decide what type and we were afraid that the height would interfere with the window in the Master Bath.  The contractors said they would pick them up for us and install them.  Win-Win! How could we tell them no to that offer?  They are perfect! and so fancy!  Top flush & water savers

Bathroom & New Thrones!

Dining room looking into sewing room

Sewing room walk thru

Sewing rooms

Since Girl M's old room is the smaller of the two sewing rooms I'm considering putting all the machines in there and fabric in the "old" sewing room.

New Sewing room

I am thinking of making curtains with this Timeless Treasures Vintage looking fabric.  They are currently out of stock so I'll just sit tight until it's back in stock.

I saw these valance/curtains on Pinterest.  I'm a sucker for anything black/white check.  I have plenty of time to decide.

Tomorrow they will be finishing up two small closet flooring and baseboard trims. They have painted the baseboard trim and they are drying on sawhorses in the living room.  We're expecting storms tonight & rain all day tomorrow.  Hopefully it will stop in the evening so we can unload the U-haul.  We have no help unloading this weekend (everyone is working) so we asked the contractors if their two helpers would be interested in a little extra money for and hour of work after they get off.  Hopefully they're willing.

 I'm so excited! Almost done!

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