Monday, March 30, 2009
Just a scrap of fabric is all that's needed, and voila! We'll be offering it for just $10 - a one hr. project, which includes time to make a few or more - pass out to friends!
Thanks to Sew What Bags for the idea. (being added to the calendar shortly!)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
turning 8 straps right side out! I had to resort to a safety pin, which I used for years and years before I discovered the bodkin....sigh....it took me so much longer....!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Next, some of my treasures: the trunk in my room (it belonged to my great-grandmother, who took it on her honeymoon to Niagra Falls, if my memory of the story serves me correctly!) I've put in it special outfits I've made for my girls when they were babies/toddlers/little girls. Dresses, skirts, a cape, a Raggedy Ann Halloween costume, matching sundresses, 1st day of school outfits. You know that theoretical question that if you had to leave your house immediately because of a fire and could only take what you can carry? Well, I'd have to make room in my arms for these...
This is what I love most about sewing - making the memories. Speaking of memories, I was making enchiladas tonight, which I don't make often, and as I was frying the tortillas, my mind went back to the 3 years I spent living and going to school in Las Vegas, NM. My stand-in- mother (as mom was 2000 miles away) was Rose Martinez, who to this day calls me "mi hita" which warms my heart to no end. Rose makes the best enchiladas I've ever tasted - but my mind traveled on as I made dinner tonight. To sewing....when I lived in Las Vegas, I was flat broke, being a college student and doing it on my own. I did have my mom's old sewing machine with me, and I remember walking down to the five-and-dime style store on the end of the little strip where the Spic-n-Span restaurant still is (anyone remember the name of that store - it closed in the early 90s?). Anyway, they had fabric - remnants, not bolts, on tables, and I'd scrounge through it, looking for something with which to create. I finally found it - a denim-looking material, though lighter, more flow-y...don't know what it was - polyester blend, rayon?! And I found a pattern, and I made a dress - a summery, romantic, flirty, dress, that I loved to wear and felt so good when I did. (I even had a romantic walk in Carnegie Park with a special someone while wearing that dress) I still have the dress - in the attic, tucked away with other memories...I think I'm going to get it out soon and try it on again - see if this 40 yr. old body can still fit into something I wore 18 years ago!
I'm so thankful for memories, and for my love of sewing that has helped make them, well, immortal, in a way.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
But for now? I take my Flonase (not working so well this year), carry my eye drops around with me, turn on music to distract me from the howling, and look forward to calmer days.
We're looking to order more fabrics - Alexander Henry, Freespirit. The last big batch ordered is going fast! Quilt Market this spring is in Pittsburgh in May. Maybe, just maybe, we can swing going....!
Don't forget to move your clocks up an hour tonight!