Friday, December 18, 2009

New Hot Pads

In the middle of the holiday rush, I decided to make some new hot pads. I love round hotpads as they don't seem to get in the way (fall into the food) as much. I have been doing a lot of cooking and baking for the holiday season, so this was important to me!

I chose from the stash and found the red polka dot material and red extra wide bias tape.

Looks great, except for..........................

the extra wide bias tape was too wide! It didn't set right on the backside! So I did what any self respecting seamstress would do, if this item was for themselves. I pulled out the glue! Nope no seam ripper tonight!

The fantastic OK to Wash-It glue! I just glued the backside of the bias tape down! Works like magic! Now that bias tape sets flat and doesn't bug me when I am using them! I did wash them to remove the washable marker lines.

Here they are in use...........

making my Mom's famous Chocolate Marshmallow fudge!

I can't believe I waited so long to make these! They are so quick! Jessie does think they look a little bit like pizza though.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Another Wardrobe Refashion

I bought this Lands End sweater from Goodwill for 99 cents. It had a few small stains around the v-neck, but I knew that wouldn't be a problem for me. Otherwise it looked brand new.

I cut it up the middle, cut a deep v-neck, cut off the ribbed bottom and used my handy dandy bias tape to secure the cut edges and tacked that to the inside.

No, the hard part of this project was deciding how I wanted to use these on the sweater.......

Option 1 looked like this:

Then there was option 2:

Or how about option 3:

Or even option 4:

Sometimes there are too many options!

Option 1 was what I originally planned, so I decided to run with it! After pinning on the flowers for option 1 and Jessie laughing hysterically at it, I began to doubt my choice!!!! Hubby originally didn't like it, but said to try a dark colored camisole under it. Then he liked it! Jessie finally stopped laughing and decided it was "Okay".

Here it is, I really like this one!

I added a hook and eye at the center V part to keep it closed. I also decided to add some pearls to the center of each flower.

I probably should have spaced the flowers a little closer together, but I'm happy with it and plan on wearing it to Jessie's Christmas concert tomorrow night!

I just hope I don't hear hysterical laughing when I walk in the door!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

I Am Dog Gone Crazy!

This week has been busy! I haven't gotten much done except preparing the Dogs for the winter weather. The weather here has turned really cold! I decided to cover my porch furniture with fleece, so the dogs would be a little warmer when they are waiting for me to let them back in. Sometimes I will let them out and go up to my sewing room and forget about them............OOPS! Poor little guys!

Then we have a neighborhood dog that has been spending almost all his time here! He has been sleeping on one of the glider's on the back porch (another reason I covered them in fleece). "Rascal" is a larger dog, and I don't let him in the house. It was turning bitterly cold this week, so I drug a dog house out of a dog pen we have, cleaned it up, and put it on the back porch. There was a pad already in it, but I put some big towels and a blanket in it too. Then I covered the doghouse with a thick quilt for extra insulation. He has slept in it the past two nights.

I know........I am Dog Gone Crazy for doing this for a dog that doesn't even belong to me! But he is always here, he's such good dog and I knew it was going down to about 18 degrees every night this week!

I am in the middle of another wardrobe refashion.

I started by making these fabric roses. I made the roses on the right (with the straight edge) this week and then I decided to make some more with my scalloped edge sewing scissors. I don't know if I will use one or the other or both. That will depend on what I think looks nice. This was a nice sit and watch t.v.project. I hope to finish the wardrobe refashion this weekend.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

That Aqua Thing..................

Remember that thing I was painting on with aqua paint? Well this is the finished product.....

It's a vegetable and dip stand. Vegetables go on the plate with the dip in the tea cup. This will be perfect for a buffet table of appetizers!

I used a vintage plate and cup/saucer that I purchased at the thrift store and combined it with a small concrete planter that I painted and a crystal candlestick.

I repainted the base so many times, trying to get the "right aqua color" that matched the plate. I just could not match the color accurately!
I gave up! Sometimes you just have to admit defeat and go on. But I still love it!

I used the glue "Quick Grip" to attach them. I really wanted to show you a nice picture with veggies on the bottom and my "famous-to-me-only" Red Pepper Ranch Dip in the tea cup, but I kept eating the veggies! (I eat raw veggies with lunch almost every day)

I found the little spoon at a small shop in Georgia, where my sister lives.

I did another "Holiday Extravaganza" today at the church, and didn't do as well as the first time, but it was nice to get out and meet/see a lot of people.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Christmas Dress that isn't a Dress

Jessie and I went shopping for a Christmas dance dress. The theme is silver and ice (or white - I can't remember). The only thing she found was a dress that was in all black. She loved it, but it didn't fit the theme of the dance! It was also $58.00! It was a simple dress, a black tank top style on the top, with elastic in the middle and black satin on the bottom with black lace over it.

This is our version of the same dress with the Christmas dance theme in mind.

I used a purchased black tank top that looked exactly like what the dress used. I put white lace over a very bright silver fabric that I lined with a black satin, gathered it and then attached that to a piece of wide black elastic. We decided a bow in silver on the side would look good. The original dress didn't have that.

Jessie decided that it was silly to destroy a perfectly good tank top, so we left it as a skirt.
So the Christmas dress is now a tank top and skirt. I think it turned out cute and for a total of $15.00!

I started and completed this on Tuesday night, all except removing the basting stitches.
Just what I needed a Quick and Cute sewing project!

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