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Recently I worked on a very fun project. A firefighter brought over a couple of sets of firefighter jackets and pants that were no longer serviceable. He wanted a BBQ apron and laptop bag out of them. Talk about re-using and re-purposing! It was been a chore to rip them apart-that stuff is tough and I dulled about 4 razor blades taking them apart. Then there’s the hardware-it took a pair of side cutters and a hammer to get it off so I could re-use it. I forgot to take pictures of the jackets and pants before and after, but Jeremy was kind enough to take a couple of the finished projects and send them to me.

The slider from the pants was used on the neck strap and there are side panels added with the waist ties. The pockets were already on the jacket so I left them in place. I didn’t line it (although we discussed it) due to the weight of the fabric and the fact we live in Florida. BBQ is obviously an outdoor activity and it would just be too hot to wear.

FF apron by shastababyjax

We left the upper pocket intact, it’s the perfect place for an instant read thermometer. It’s hard to see, but the lower pockets are full pockets and flat pockets as well. There is an opening behind them so it’s like a double pocket. You can see that a little bit on the pocket on the right in the picture. The outer pockets have holes in the bottom for water to drain out, can you see them? Look for the grommets, they’re on either side of the pleat.

The laptop bag came out very well-he loved it! I used the suspenders for the shoulder strap, some of the pockets off the jacket for power cord, mouse, etc. and the jacket lining for padding. Inside is padded with the liner from the pants. It is very well padded, we made it to fit a 15-inch laptop.

FF laptop by shastababyjax

The closure is off the front of the jacket. As I mentioned, it was a bear to remove, but easy to re-apply. I did have to go to the leather store to buy rivets strong enough to hold it! The shadowed areas at the top of the bag aren’t shadows at all-it’s stained from the soot. These were actually worn by the firefighters until they became unserviceable. Once they were inspected and officially retired from service, we were able to re-purpose them (with permission). There are other projects we talked about doing, I can’t wait.

This was probably one of the most fun projects I have done in a while. Maybe that’s why I didn’t take pictures-I was having too much fun trying to figure out how to best utilize the jackets and pants!

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I was surprised to see that it has been nearly over a year since I last posted.  I’ve been a slacker-I admit it!  But I have been sewing a lot and have updated my Artfire store and actually have a sewing room of my own, sorta.  At least I have my sewing machines out of the dining room and into the guest room. 

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My favorite and most used machine

I’m trying to convince G that since we have a pull out couch we don’t need a bed in there so I can move all my sewing and knitting in there, but so far he still thinks we need a guest bed.  I pointed out that in 5 years, we’ve had exactly one guest stay over-a very drunk friend after a Jaguar game (we wouldn’t let him drive).

So I’ve been working hard on my shop, trying not to feel guilty for ignoring my blog and just basically moving right along. I’ll try to be better about posting, but I am thinking about moving over to the Blog in my shop. Haven’t decided yet though.

It was beginning to feel like I had moved to Massachusetts, but we are finally home! Left about 9:30 AM last Saturday morning and arrived at our door at 3:38 AM Sunday.  Not too bad of a trip and we made good time.  G did most of the driving and we only stopped for fuel.  I drove through North Carolina and that was it.   When we pulled in front of the house, Renee came out to meet us with a cold beer in each hand.  It’s great to have friends that know exactly the right thing to do!

New England was beautiful and I’ll miss the view of the mountains every day.  But the leaves were gone and all the trees looked like skeletons, so it wasn’t as pretty as before.  Hard to believe that I saw three seasons there-that’s something!  Remember this post with the pictures from the summer and fall?  Well, here’s what it looked like when we left:

Quite a change huh?

I started this post 5 days ago and just now got around to getting the pictures onto the computer. The first few days all I did was work around the house and yard.  A LOT needed to be done.  Then Thanksgiving I spent cooking.  I don’t know who I thought was going to eat a turkey breast, dressing, butternut squash, green bean casserole, turnip greens, mashed potatoes and gravy and an apple pie! It was just me and G. I think it may have something to do with being in my own house, with my own kitchen and my own cookware again.  Maybe not, but it sure was good and I probably won’t cook for a week now!

Been doing a lot of sewing, but haven’t listed a thing in either my Etsy or Artfire shops.  The first night after we got home we went and had a few beers with friends and I got an order for a wallet like mine, but with Gator fabric.  So I made two and brought them to the bartender that ordered one.  One of the Crowley Boys saw it and bought the other one for his daughter and wanted a men’s bifold for himself.  So I figured that out and brought it to him.  Someone else saw it and wanted on too, and a welder’s cap.  Did those and then got another order from another of the Crowley Boys for four hats, a wallet, a girl’s wallet and a backpack.  I’ve got all of it cut, the hats almost done and still need to start the backpack.  Business is good, I have handed out a lot of cards too, so people can see what’s online.  Since I didn’t have an online store when I left, people are pretty excited to see what else I can make.  Now if I can just keep up!

G is leaving to go back at 3am. He’s planning to drive straight through, although he said if he felt tired, he’d stop for a bit. I doubt he will.  He’s not taking a bike with him, so at least there’s no worries with the trailer and all.  We heard the roads going to the hotel were icy last night, so not having the trailer is a good thing.  It’s gonna be hard to get used to sleeping alone again!  I’ve been spoiled being able to wake up with him every day the last few months.  I wish I could go back for so many reasons, but my dad is not well and I expect to be making a trip to Alabama soon to see him.

This post has become longer than I planned, but it’s been a crazy week.  If you get a chance, take a look at my shops on Etsy and Artfire.

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G is a Marine.  Through and through.  Serving from 1975 to 1985, all over the world, in several conflicts and finally back home, he is proud.  His truck has a custom USMC license plate.  On the front there is a plate with USMC with crossed swords.  On the bumper is a sticker that says “US Marine Corps is a part of the Navy-the MEN’S DEPARTMENT.”  One of his vests has a full back patch just like the pic above.  His Legion Riders vest has a USMC rocker over the Legion Riders patch.  I could go on and on, but you get the idea-yeah, he’s proud!  The Corp changed his life and he will be the first to tell you that. So today’s post is for him and all other Marines.  Thank you all.

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE – 10 NOVEMBER 2009

Date Signed: 10/5/2009

ALMAR  Active  Number: 033/09

R 051329Z OCT 09
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 033/09
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE – 10 NOVEMBER 2009//

GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  UNITED STATES MARINES REPRESENT THE BEST YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OUR NATION HAS TO OFFER.  TO BE A MARINE IS TO BE A MEMBER OF AMERICA’S WARRIOR CLASS – TO BE ONE OF THE FEW WHO STEPS FORWARD WITH THE COURAGE AND CONVICTION TO FACE WHATEVER DANGERS AWAIT.  OUR NATION EXPECTS HER MARINES TO BE READY WHEN THE NATION CALLS; TO LEAVE FAMILY AND THE COMFORTS OF HOME BEHIND; TO MARCH INTO BATTLE AND THRIVE UNDER AUSTERITY; AND TO COME HOME UNDER A VICTORY PENNANT.

2.  FROM AL ANBAR IN THE WEST OF IRAQ, TO HELMAND PROVINCE IN THE SOUTH OF AFGHANISTAN, OUR CORPS OF MARINES CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO BE FOUND WHERE THE FIGHT IS TOUGHEST.  SUCH IS OUR HISTORY.  TODAY, AS WE WRITE THE FINAL CHAPTER ON OUR VICTORY IN IRAQ, WE WILL INCREASINGLY TAKE THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY IN AFGHANISTAN AND ADD NEW PAGES TO OUR LEGACY IN PLACES CALLED DELARAM, NOW ZAD, AND GARMSIR. ONE DAY, WE WILL RETURN TO OUR NAVAL HERITAGE AND PATROL THE HIGH SEAS WITH OUR NAVY BROTHERS.  SUCH IS OUR FUTURE.

3.  AS WE CELEBRATE OUR CORPS’ 234TH BIRTHDAY, WE FIRST PAUSE TO REFLECT AND PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE MARINES WHO HAVE GIVEN THE LAST FULL MEASURE IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM.  WE EXTEND OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO OUR MARINE CORPS FAMILIES – THE UNSUNG HEROES WHO ENDURE HARDSHIP AND SACRIFICE SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO GO FORWARD AND ACCOMPLISH ANY MISSION.  WE EXTEND OUR APPRECIATION TO OUR COUNTRYMEN WHO HAVE ANSWERED OUR EVERY NEED.  AND WE CELEBRATE THE MAGNIFICENT MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILLINGLY AND SELFLESSLY CONTINUE TO GO INTO HARM’S WAY TO PROTECT THIS GREAT NATION.

4.  TO ALL WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE, TO THOSE WHO WEAR THE UNIFORM TODAY, AND TO THE FAMILIES THAT GIVE US THE STRENGTH TO FORGE AHEAD – I WISH YOU ALL A HEARTFELT HAPPY 234TH BIRTHDAY!

5.  SEMPER FIDELIS!  JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS//

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It’s hard to believe she’s a year old already!  Time goes by so fast.  Since I haven’t been sent any new pics, I had to get them from Meg’s Facebook.  But here she is with her beautiful mom:

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I decided to go ahead with Etsy. It’s not much right yet, but I hope to make it better! I’ve listed a few things, most of which were already blogged here. But there’s a few new items, and a few more in the works. So take a minute and check it out. All comments and critiques are welcome-I am new at this online store thing and would love to learn from your experiences!  It’s a little scary, there is so much to learn and it is a little overwhelming.

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My store is here-http://shastababy.etsy.com.

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