On a roll

Ok, so my roll is that I’ve finished a project 2 weeks in a row. And I’m overlooking the part where it’s the same pattern again.

Since the first one was so huge I made my RTW size this time and it fits much better. Still not sold on the high front/low back though, I’m trying to figure out if I can flip them since the front does have slightly different shaping. My mom has even decided she likes the idea enough to commission one.

The garden is also proceeding nicely, I lost a kale plant early on, but the rest seem pretty happy. Now to keep the darn squirrels and ants at bay. Luckily it’s still cool enough that my cilantro hasn’t tried to go to seed and my kale is still growing nicely. It’s even been nice enough to sit outside a little bit. We’re working on a patio area out back where we can have a picnic table and the fire pit my mom got us for Christmas. It’ll be great for parties and such, nothing quite like hanging out around a fire.

I have great Disney shirts planned for the upcoming flower and garden festival, but the reveal will have to wait, mostly because I don’t have anything cut yet. Tomorrow’s another day and I’m going to try and be as productive as I was today.

In the meantime, I leave you with my sweet boy doing his best Superman (on my backstitch minky blanket).

Absence makes the heart …

Grow fonder, so the story goes. It’s been super busy around here, between my birthday, working and working some more something had to give. Alas my creating is what gave up the goat. I’m hoping to make up for it in this post, it’s gonna be a long one (fair warning now).

Lets start with the garden, usually I’ve got vegetables coming in now, but I got a seriously late start this year.

I decided to venture back into the realm of crochet. This scrubby yarn by red heart is seriously great, and I’m not typically a fan. It’s scrubby enough for tough stuff, small enough to get into tricky spots and fully washable. And as a bonus they take about 10 minutes each after you get them down. The downside to this yarn is seeing the stitches is near about impossible. But I can still pretty much crochet by feel, thank goodness for muscle memory.

I made my very first corned beef and cabbage. My husband doesn’t like it, so usually I only get to enjoy it when one of the moms has pity on me and shares the wealth. This year I decided that I was going to make it anyway, someone will eat with me. It’s turned out lovely, and was super easy using my pressure cooker.

My weekly sew a long project, it was supposed to be something green but I had this fabric from Joann and wanted to experiment with this pattern. I’ve been looking a way to recreate my favorite shirt and this is pretty darn close. It’s the Boheme Sky by striped swallow designs and has my favorite handkerchief style hemline. I made a 2X based on my measurements buts it’s too big, I’ve already printed the next size down and have a plan for the next. This pattern is neat because the top half is fully lined. No neckbands!

Last but not least are the shirts I threw together for our trip to Disney tomorrow. Hubby was giving me a hard time about wearing green, and I started joking about making shirts. Which turned into a reality, after running around to multiple stores searching for the perfect green shirts. And as a bonus I got to play with my new easy press. People always seem to knock it online, but so far I think it’s great. Huge surface area, timer so I don’t have to worry about counting in my head ( or my usual of not bothering at all). You can also set the actual temperature instead of guessing between cotton or silk.

So that’s it, long post following a long absence.

I leave you with the rare photo of Jack and Grace almost snuggled up together, you know it’s cold* when these 2 are allies in the bed.

*Florida cold that is, it’s been in the 50’s at night.

Long time, no see

I wish I had a better reason for the radio silence, but I almost forgot that I was trying to post regularly. I’ve been fairly busy with my projects and have a little bit to show for it.

Up first is the laundry day tee, using the tank top cut lines. This was my sew something red project. It also fulfilled my need for a top to go with my boardwalk mickey pants.

The next weeks project I went off course and decided I wanted to try my hand at mickey ears. I think these are a tad small, so I enlarged the pattern to 105% and the next pair was a little better. I also bought some new headbands that I practiced covering with fabric. Burned myself pretty decently with the hot glue too. I grabbed some chopsticks the other day when we had Chinese though, so I’m going to try using them to apply pressure instead of my fingers.

This is where we leave the sewing arena, enter moms first sock. Completed in Perry last weekend and the second immediately cast on to avoid the dread Second Sock Syndrome. Pattern is the Shapely Secret Sock and is apparently the best fitting sock I’ve ever made for my mom. I made her a pair about a million years ago when I was first learning socks and she’s loved them ever since. So when she asked for more I was willing to provide them…except I had no idea what the pattern was. Enter Ravelry forum, within about 5 minutes I had a link to the pattern and had downloaded it.

Up next is another Auntie Tay idea from her YouTube channel. Using cricut to cut a stencil out of freezer paper, then spraying bleach (or paint, or glitter, or whatever you want) to make the design. This is my first attempt, and while it clearly isn’t perfect, but I kind of like how it turned out.

Second attempt was a reverse stencil, using the same mickey as the black shirt, but the inner part of the stencil. I like this look better, but mickey looks like he has an antenna instead of an ear. Guess my bleach got underneath in that area. I think I sprayed too heavily and the stencil got too wet.

Lest you worry that hubby got left out, here’s his Tampa Bay Rays logo. I applied lessons learned from my shirts and very lightly sprayed (pink shirt mistake) and just walked away. I also left the stencil larger (black shirt mistake) so I didn’t get as much of the shape of the actual paper. Big mistake on this one is the centering…or lack thereof. It seemed good when I started, but it’s very obviously to the left (when worn) and may bother me endlessly should he actually wear it. But this is why I practiced on inexpensive commercial shirts before trying it on something I’ve made myself.

Alas, that is the end of my adventures for the moment. Tomorrow is hopefully a trip to the biggest quilting store in the area to get fabric so I can make myself a bigger quilt for hunting camp.

Excuses, excuses

Are pretty much all I have for the long silence. I meant to post before now but I guess life gets in the way. Lest ye think I’ve not been busy, let’s start the roll call of finished works.

First up are the scrunchies I made from a Pinterest post I found. They’re beyond easy and were my #week3 project (which was not my plan, but you gotta do whatcha gotta do).

Up next are the shirts I ironed decals onto. I can’t take credit for the shirts themselves, like I said, low sewing output. But it’ll be fun to go to Disney with matching shirts at some point.

On to the newest discovery, the reverse canvas. You literally take an artists canvas and pull all of the staples out, cut the canvas down and apply the iron on of your choice. This one is by CleanCutCreative on Etsy, the stats are a coworkers little boy. I thought it was a good twofer, I got to practice this fill in technique with the numbers and names, and she’ll get a cute present for his almost first birthday. Anyway, you can paint the frame that had been covered with canvas, if you can choose a new frame. I elected to paint this one with chalk paint.

I know she likes gray, so that’s what I went with. I think it turned out pretty good for a first attempt. My husband helped a lot with the wood staples, especially since I cut this canvas a tad smaller than I meant to.

Next was this one, I decided I wanted something for the house and this fit the bill. Of course after I got it cut and ironed hubby said “shame they don’t have Disney ones”. Which sparked the Etsy search for a cute Disney Home saying. Attempts to weed those were horrible and have been abandoned for the time being. I’m probably going to try again with a larger canvas and see if that helps.

This frame got a new treatment, pickling. I have no idea why it’s called that, but it’s what the paint bottle said so I’m going with it. Seems to be a water based type stain, and it goes so nicely with my kitchen area that I’m trying not to hold a grudge about what an enormous pain it was to accomplish. It really wasn’t that hard, it just took forever to dry, and I was painting it outside at night with poor lighting. I’m choosing to call the look rustic, luckily sanding it down helped further this look.

Next up is a baby stats canvas for the good friends of ours that have recently had a baby. And something red for this weeks sewing challenge. Luckily I bought red fabric for a laundry day tank to coordinate with my mickey boardwalk leggings.

Now I just have to kick my way to my cutting table, un bury my mat and tools and hope my pattern is still around. Wish me luck.

P.S. Gracie says goodnight.

Week 3

The weekly sewing challenge continues, this week was officially to sew something that would be useful in your sewing room. But I didn’t feel like making a scrap catcher, fabric box or pin cushion (my only realistic ideas in the time frame I had). So I went “rogue” and cut into the fabric that just came yesterday.

It’s the Choose Your Own Adventure by Rad Patterns. I went for curved hems front and back, I almost did high/low but decided I wanted to keep it even. Now I just have big brothers to do, but week 4 is sew something for a boy/man, so brothers shirt gets to wait until tomorrow.

Because of cold kitties and other distractions this shirt barely made deadline of tomorrow at 7 pm. And had I realized it was tomorrow I would’ve probably procrastinated even longer. Wanna see the other distraction?

Here is the first attempt, isn’t it awful? My paint “bled” everywhere and my name just got globbed up in the crack. So I sanded it down and started again, which is one of the joys of woodworking I suppose.

I decided to leave some of the original gray and white for “texture” and ran over it with a blue stain I got cheap at Walmart. It took forever to dry and made a heck of a mess, but it looks cute so I guess it’s worth it.

I followed the advice from one of my Facebook groups and mod podged the stencil areas before painting to help with the bleeding. Would’ve worked better if I had known before hand that stencils won’t stick to oil based stains. I had whitewashed the first try so it stuck no problem, but this try it wouldn’t even try.

Luckily distressing helps a lot, so now it just looks like it’s supposed to be this way. Hubby wants me to wait for her birthday to give it to her, I just want to give it to her now. I hate waiting, but I suppose he has a point, so birthday it shall be.

I end with proof it does get cold in hell, all 3 of my cats who normally take turns hating each other are all within paws reach on my blanket (and in all of my legroom).

Deep freeze

It has come, winter has arrived in my area of Florida. My county is under a freeze warning! The last time I remember this happening is 10 years ago (and I honestly don’t remember it, but that’s when my husband says it was). It’s cold enough out that I’ve tripled up on the bedding.

This is the fuzzy top layer of 3, down comforter, polka dot fleece blanket, then pink to the rescue! The cats have no idea what to do, I thought I’d be overrun with them, but so far they’re actually leaving me alone.

All but socks, seen here in one of his less clingy moments. Apparently socks has decided I’m cold, or he’s cold and I’m warmer than the blankets. Either way he’s decided that under cover(s) is the place to be. Which is mostly adorable, except that he only wants to stay for a few minutes, then he leaves, to want to come back again a after another few minutes. Hopefully he’ll temperature regulate and decide where he wants to stay the rest of the night so I can sleep.

So off to try to stay warm, hope everyone else is too. Tomorrow I get to try to figure out my challenge for the weekly sewing project. This week is something helpful for sewing, I’m not feeling the basket idea but so far it’s the only one I have.


Whoever told Queen Elsa to visit Florida is officially on my list, it’s not quite “Frozen” yet but it’s definitely cold.

Enough that I’ve called out the big dogs, hand knit wool socks. Honestly I’m pretty happy to have an excuse to wear them, I make socks all the time and the opportunities to wear them are generally few and far between. At least I know my feet will be warm at work tonight.