Sunday, January 10, 2016
This year I am not hitting the cleaning and organizational band wagon by myself! I am taking part in A Bowl Full of Lemon's Organizational challenge! She has a lovely group from around the world who is taking on this challenge. The first mountain we are to tackle is the kitchen, that's 7 days of glorious kitchen orderliness! I hear from friends that they just don't have the room, if they had a bigger apartment or home they could then get organized!
One day I told my daughter that I expected that her room was going to get picked up. She pleaded and cried and finally she said, "I have too much to do on my own, I need help!" I came to the realization that if she had too much to do on her own, then she probably has too much stuff! Now I am not saying that she has to purge all of it, but perhaps some of it needs to go into storage and be taken out for when it was needed! Then came the thought that if I couldn't handle the housework, then perhaps I had too much stuff as well! That is why I am determined to be honest about what we have. What do we need? What can we give away? Or what needs to be thrown out because it is broken or worn out? So this next week, I shall start with the Kitchen...Will you take up the challenge in your own home? Check out the first week HERE!
Saturday, January 9, 2016
From the very beginning, this promised to be a great pattern testing! I have done alot of pattern testing over the years, but my favorite is always Scientific Seamstress/Sisboom by far! I own a great deal of their established patterns in Women's, Girl's, Boy's and even their Men's patterns--that is how much I love this designer!
One of the things you should know from the very start is that the Scientific Seamstress company is serious about pattern testing! They don't just pattern test to get people to make fancy dresses for the launch of the pattern. They do rigorous testing; one women's pattern tested for several months and I went through 4 muslins for the one month I tested alone! I love the group process of testing in that you ask questions, you point out issues, and you take pictures to share what works and what doesn't!
When I started this process, my daughter ended up being on the very edge of the 6/beginning of the size 7 girls. I decided to make the size 7 knowing she would be going through a growth spurt (I think I hear her legs creaking longer as I type even)! Ironically, her current growth spurt leaned out her torsal about 1/2" in just a few weeks which made the first tester dress above swim on her without a sash. She dropped down into the Size 6 realm but no fear I know she will return to this size 7 before long! I simply LOVE the full double-skirt of options 2 & 3 on the pattern. The way it swishes around her was simply a delight for her!
HERE! If you are going to sew up the Sally or any of the other Sisboom or Scientific Seamstress patterns, also check out the Scientific Seamstress lab which is a fantastic group for working through any questions!
Until Next time!
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
This is one huge list, I know that, but I am attempting this anyways! If you want to attempt a list too, check out this post HERE!
|Fancy Forest Quilt|
|My Small World|
|The HST Quilt|
|Churn Dash blocks baby quilt|
|HST & 4-Patch Swap Quilt (Mine are all Blues which are going to be a baby Quilt)|
|Hearts Mini Quilt Wall Hanging|
|Hearts Mini Quilt Wall Hanging|
|Martinique Strip Quilt|
|Modern Squares Table Runner|
|Rose Star Quilt|
Dot Explosion Quilt
|I'll Fly Away Quilt|
|Pinwheel Plus! Quilt|
|Still a filmsy-Chain Quilt|
|Holiday Happenings quilt|
|Faster Fourteen Halloween Quilt|
|Mystery Mondays 8 expanded quilt|
Finishing BOM Quilts:
|Box sampler 2013|
Mystery Quilt Mayhem:
|Grand Illusion Mystery 2014-Mini Sized|
|Celtic Solstice 2013 Bonnie Hunter Mystery-Quilt #1|
|Celtic Solstice 2013 Bonnie Hunter Mystery-Quilt #2|
|Richy's Pop-up mystery|
|Dress for Me--Needs to be hemmed, bodice reworked.|
|The missing Christmas Dress|
|Precious dress, apron & slip|
|Sis Boom Scientific Seamstress dress|
|Dress for me|
|Little Girl's Dress|
|Josephina long-sleeved blouse (in back)|
|Ballerina Gabriella Fae (Bottom Right) Butterfly Easter dress (middle left), Lavender Sally, Pink Sally, Yellow Dress|
|Winter Angel Cross Stitch|
Tea pot table runner
Finished Block Swap November
Star Trek Craft Swap
Rainbow Mini Swap round 2 (Grunge partly pictured above)
Dancing Stars Quilt
Little Girl's flannel nightgown
10 pairs of scrap bibs
3 Texas Scrap Bibs
3 pairs of babyshoes
Until next time!