Thursday, December 30, 2010

Time to reflect

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Do you take this time of year to take a look back?   I do.   The bad times as well as the good all come together to make our lives what they are.   I think if only ‘that’ had not happened but yet if it hadn’t  the good that followed also would not have happened.   It took me a full year to realize that being able to take care of my sister in her last day’s was a true gift from God. I now praise God, for giving me that gift.

Another what I think of as bad in my life is the ex-wife of our son that is not letting us see our grandson, a boy we raised for years and I miss him so much.  I am wondering what miracle will come from what is so much hurt.  I know God will answer with something good and I have to learn to turn it over to him.

Another blessing has been stepping into blogging.  The new friends I have made are a true blessing.  I know I have a lot more to learn about this new way to communicate,  a skill I hope to get better at as I really enjoy sharing with you.

I will try to do better and answer some of your questions:   Bunny, I have no idea what makes the elastic work the way it does, I know you can pull out the knit tie from the center of the elastic and I am sure it would stretch around the world at least once.  The waist never seems to get to tight and the kids get a lot more wear from their garments.

Mynorth, sorry for not getting back to you about the dress, yes it is taffeta, Zoe has wanted a dress that rustles and taffeta defiantly does that.

To all my followers, thank you so much. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Drawcord Elastic

   Make your next pair of pj’s and shorts with Drawcord Elastic—1-1/4” wide elastic with a drawcord that’s knit in the middle.  This elastic retains it’s shape because the drawcord can be tightened AFTER the elastic has been applied.

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1.  Mark the casing allowance on the pattern the exact width of the elastic. (Drawcord elastic is usually 1-1/4” wide, therefore the measurement above the casing should be 1-1/4” wide.)

2. Cut the elastic 2” SMALLER then the waist measurements

3. Sew elastic in a circle with 1/2” seam allowance

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4. finger press seam open. Sew a rectangle through seam allowances and elastic to hold drawcords securely in place.  this seam will become the center back of the elastic.

5. Sew garment to forum waistline.

6. For Exposed drawcord ( drawcord on the outside of the garment), sew the bottom of a buttonhole next to the center front seam 2” from the cut edge.

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7. Quarter waistline and elastic.  Mark with pins.2010_1123november0005

Pin elastic to the cut edge of the waistline matching pins.  The seam in the elastic matches the center back of the garment.  Serge or zig-zag the elastic to the garment around the cut edge.

2010_1123november0010 Fold elastic to the inside, encasing elastic. Stitch 1/4” from the lower edge of the elastic, keeping elastic very taunt.   find the buttonhole and pull the cording through.  Cut drawcords and knot the end.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Meet Me On Monday

                                                                   






1. What are your New Year Eve Plans?
     We always stay home and have steak and lobster dinner, just the two of us.  We like to remember the past year and think of all the good things that happened.

2. How tall are you?
    I am five feet tall if you want to use the word tall after those numbers.

3. What is your favorite pudding?
    Not a second thought here, that would be chocolate with whipped cream.  Love Chocolate pie too.

4. What room of the house do you blog the most in?
     The office where the computer is.

5. What is your best physical feature?
    Wow, thats a hard one.  I think it would have to be my hair, I have a lot of it and like to keep it cut short.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

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Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Visit

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We found out, you can slip Santa few bucks and he will visit your house, while the kids are still awake!!  How cool is that?? Now I know how he makes money to pay the elves for all the hard work they do all year.

Zoe and her friend Kylee, are enjoying a visit and I am sure thanking him for their early presents.  That is another little secret, if you leave presents outside (well hidden)  Santa comes with something for each child.

This must be a fun time for Mrs. Santa as she doesn’t get to travel on Christmas eve.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Meet Me on Monday

                                                               


1. What will your Christmas dinner consist of?
    
This year it will be ham--scalloped potatoes--string beans--my famous fruit salad-- and tons of other goodies.  

2. Do you watch commercials or flip through the channels?
   
    I am not a channel flipper!   I might not be paying any attention to the commercial but the channel better stay right where it is.  Now, hubby is different and when he starts flipping through the channels I will get up and walk away.

3. How long will you leave your Christmas decorations up?
 
 The tree will come down the first week-end after Christmas.  The rest of the decorations I think of winter decorations, not just Christmas.  They are mostly snowmen and will spend the winter with me until it is time to welcome spring.

4. What movie makes you cry every time you watch it?

   With out a doubt that would have to be "The notebook"

5.  Do you have a face book?
   
     Yes, and because of it I have been able to connect with granddaughter's taken far away from the family by
     their mother, when they were little.  It is so wonderful to read the words "I Love you Grandma"
   
  

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Christmas Dress

2010_1205christmas20100001 I have always sewn Zoe a special dress for Christmas.  Last year because I was taking care of my sister, no sewing was done,  which meant no special Christmas dress.  Zoe let me know in her sweet way.  One day she came to me and said “Do you remember the time you made special dresses for Halloween?  what about Christmas, do you remember the dresses?”   I knew she was hoping I had not forgotten about the special sewing I did for her and I am sure she did not think about my being busy with other things, just that I may have forgotten.   She went on to say, she would really like a Christmas dress that rustled

This was a big order and really struck with me.  A special Christmas dress was always on my mind, as I knew this one had to be extra special.   During the summer, I bought some stash from  Everything sewing  In the stash was this wonderful plaid fabric that rustled.The next challenge was to find a design which would be special,  for that I turned to a designer of children’s clothes that are both modern and classic, which was Laura J of Ellie Inspired.  what a special lady, she jumped right on the challenge and sent Zoe four sketches of ideas that would work with this fabric.  The choice was up to Zoe, to study the sketches and pick the one she liked best.

This is the dress she chose, so with Laura’s talent a new pattern named Nonie’s Girl was born.  Zoe is thrilled with her first formal dress, I can’t thank Laura enough for the work she put into designing this dress.

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