Thursday, November 9, 2017


                  Lost in the sewing room

I really wanted to keep this little blog up, but time has not been my friend.  Maybe I just have not used my time wisely  but who knows. After missing Christmas last year, I made a vow that this year would be different, and I would make almost all my Christmas presents.  I say almost because I do have some pictures I need to frame so no sewing will be involved there.
Then I was stumped , when it came to what do you sew for a boy who just turned 18???  By the time I thought of what to do I had little time to carry out the project.  I had decided on making him a new quilt.!!
 This is the colors and design I chose.  I guess I did not take a full picture of the top before it went off to the longarm lady. Finding her is another story.  I always used a gal, named Nancy, so when I gave Nancy a call to see if she could do the quilting, she very politely, informed me she was only doing quilting for steady customers.  Luckily I was able to find a lady that will be able to get the quilt done before Christmas.  I think she said December 22nd.  
So here we are, waiting.  I am sure it will all be fine, meanwhile I have gifts to make.


Friday, October 6, 2017


                  Sorry, I did not mean to go missing.
So much has happened, I will need to catch everyone up but for right now, I am back to writing and sewing.
Yes, this is a pleater, used for making pleats in fabric, that you then embroider over and it is called smocking.

 I always loved that I could smock for her, even though she was no longer a baby.  I still have a project planned for her and she is a teen now.  

I am planning a new quilt, and will keep you posted on how that is going.  The good thing is, I am back to sewing and writing.

Sunday, September 17, 2017


                                     While I work on organizing

Almost have the drawer done!  Just not willing to spend $. So I am trying to come up with ideas that don't cost an arm and a leg.  One little organizing tray from Wal-Mart was marked at $14.00.
So, I thought I would ask if any of you know what these are??
                        Have you used them?

                    What about this gadget?    
Would love to know, what you think they are and what they are used for???                                                                    

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


                         Didn't go as planned

I started this adventure with a drawer right next to my sewing machine.  It is the one that is the most used and really needs to be organized.
Ten minutes turned into an hour, then into two hours.  Then a panicked Facebook post asking if anyone had a clue as to how to organize this drawer.  A few hi fives as I call them, then silence.

                 More Before--- Which also might turn into
                     The after!

So that sums up day one of my organizing challenge.  Feel free to borrow my idea.

Monday, September 11, 2017



Since moving in, all I have done is dump and run.  I sew by pulling out everything I can find and then not put it back!!
So the time has come to organize, and make it an enjoyable place to be.   I am not going to throw myself into organizing as I have in the past.  What I have done is spend a day just diving in and throwing out and not have any sort of plan.
                       The plan

I am going to spend, no more then ten minutes a day organizing.   I will start the clock and when ten minutes is up I will stop for the day.

                      The goal

To have a wonderful, creative space to spend the winter months. Creating, special things for special people.
It needs to be creative, workable and girly.

Follow along and let me know how your organizing is doing.

 My old sewing room, where I had room to spare.
Yes, I still have the dog and he is still hanging around the sewing room.  Although, the room I have now is super tiny.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


                                            Love sewing doll clothes

Just something I really enjoy doing.  It takes very little fabric and time, yet it is just so much fun.

 Meet Genine, the designer of the doll clothes.  She trusted me to test some of her pattern and oh, how I love that 'job'.

 Sam was thrilled when she got to model her romper.  She was very excited she got to go outside and play.

 Same pattern only the long rompers.  Sam also loves working in the garden.

Sam, even likes getting ready for the holidays.  Soon she will be wearing her October outfit.

This year Sam has a friend who will model with her.  Her name is Elisabeth.  They love spending time together.

Monday, August 28, 2017


                        So Many Ideas

One question I run into often is-- Can you smock for the older girl?  Yes, you sure can.  You can even smock for adults, smocking does not have to be just about little people or ornaments.  It is a form of embroidery and I know there is a whole lot of embroidery out there in sewing land.
 This pattern is called "Roses for Rachel" and was in a Sew beautiful magazine.
 Zoe, defiantly was not a toddler.  she loved her smocked dresses.

 She loved this smocked top.  Again, perfect for a growing girl.

I have another idea, I will give a gift to the first person that replies to this post, that is also a member of Apple Valley smockers. Well, you missed this one--maybe I will offer a gift in the future.