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We don’t have an exact date yet, but G says within the next two weeks!  Hurray!  I’ve really loved New England and have met some great people, but it’s time.  The weather is turning cold and dreary, the beautiful leaves are little more than a colorful carpet and I miss my kitties!  G still has some work on the Huntington bridge (redoing the bridge deck and asphalt and some steel repair) and when it’s complete, we’re loading up and going home.

On another note, I’ve been working hard at my store on Etsy and have had six sales since opening!  Two were from Yamilette, but that’s okay-a sale is a sale!  I’m pretty excited about it, I didn’t know how it was gonna go.  When I get home I know I can add more items, sewing here is a slower process that I’m used to.  It’s really hard not to have all my favorite toys and tools here and it makes it less efficient.  Here’s a few of the things that have sold:

A large Buttercup Bag that was bought by Yamilette

Large Buttercup Bag for Yamilette

This was a custom order for Yamilette for a Coupon Holder to match her purse:


Here’s Cosmetic/Toiletries bag that I copied from the one I take when I travel, only larger:

Large Cosmetic Bag

That one sold within a day of listing it-I was so surprised!  There’s a couple more, but these were my faves.

I’ve got a lot to do in the next week, getting ready to go home.  Gotta pack (yuk) and figure out where to put all this stuff I’ve accumulated since I’ve been here.  It’s only another two boxes of sewing stuff, but there is only so much room in the truck.  Remember that G was here in June and came back to Florida to pick me and the bike up?  Well, my stuff barely fit in the cab of the truck coming back, and he only had an overnight bag in it then.  I may actually have to ship a couple of boxes-I have acquired a bit of a stash since getting here!  We do have the trailer, but the Springer takes up most of it.  I may be able to tuck a few small bags here and there-extra padding, right?

I need to go back to Webs and get some yarn.  Their prices are so good, I hate not to bring some home.  Of course, I have hardly worked on my socks since I got the sewing machine, but still…I may want to knit when I’m home.  Or on the 18-20 hour drive back.   Another trip to Osgood’s in also in order.  There are quite a few fabrics I want to take home.  I haven’t bought them yet because of the storage issue in the hotel room, but I can just ship them since I won’t be needing them before I leave.  I think my credit card is gonna get quite a workout in the near future!

It’s been a good time in Massachusetts, and I hope to come back in the spring with G to finish the other three bridges.  At least we’ll know the area and have some friends up here.  A few of them are threatening to come to visit us in Florida when the snow gets deep.  That would be fun, if they can handle the heat!

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It isn’t easy, but it is possible!   Our bed is very high, so I have storage under it.  I picked up two plastic boxes and can store a lot in them.  The thrift store stash is in the suitcase I brought and the machine goes behind the sofa when I’m done.  The ironing board and iron have a holder in the armorie.  So it isn’t that bad-I just have to clean up everything each night.   The hardest part is cutting anything out.  Our only table is about 2 1/2-feet round.  So even a folded piece of fabric barely fits, much less easy to cut.  I tried laying everything  out on the floor, but I am entirely too old to crawl around like I used to.  So I’ve been making small things that don’t require a lot of space to cut or things I can cut in sections.

From the thrift store curtain, I made a pair of shopping bags.  They really hold a lot.  Plus, the groceries look pretty in them.  When I walked into the hotel lobby after shopping, Yamilette at the front desk had to come around and check them out.  She wants a pair of them now, so I’ll have to see what I find at the thrift store next time I get a chance to go.


You can see the pocket on the open bag and the other one all folded up and tucked in the pocket.  They fit well into my purse, and will fit great in the console of my truck when I get back home.

Another thing I made was a wallet, that matches my backpack/purse.  I made a few changes to it, but not too many. I flipped it so that the tab is on the top, changed the upper pocket so the opening is at the top and put a clear plastic pocket for my drivers license and insurance card.  It is on crooked, and the pocket edge is far from straight, but I didn’t notice it until the pocket was sewn in place, and didn’t want to take it all apart.  The snap pliers I have marred the outer layer of the fabric and you can see the ring from the outside.  If I had been paying attention, I would have applied the snap before sewing the flap.  But no, I wasn’t, so it looks a little ugly.  Not my best work, to be sure, but it is functional.  And it’s fun to take it out at the store and have people ask about it.  One cashier wanted to know if she could take and look at all the pockets.  So I emptied all my stuff out of it and handed it to her.  She was impressed.  Not so much when I held up her register to put everything back in it.  Did she really think I would hand my wallet and all its contents over to a complete stranger-even a very nice one?  I think not!!!008


I’ve got a couple of triangle side zipper bags cut out, I hope to get them sewn this week.  Then I have a box of stuff that Renee’ sent from home for me.  YAY!  I’ve got a few pieces of fabric, some hats and doo rags that were cut before I left.  My favorite snips were in the box, tailor’s chalk, magnetic pin holder and my quilting ruler.  So I have my favorite tools here now, I hope I can get some real sewing done soon.

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I liked the City Backpack so much, I made another.  It’s the last of the Skullduggery fabric I have.  I like it a lot, but this one is going to my friend Lynn.  She has wanted my purse ever since I started carrying it and I won’t give it to her.  So I emailed her the pic and she wants this one.  Since she’s an awesome tattoo artist, we’re gonna just trade.  G wants some work done, so it works for both of us.  I tried a wallet out of the black to go with it, but I’m not too happy with the bulkiness of it.  I may re-do it and tuck it in the backpack before I give it to Lynn.


I didn’t have a zipper for a pocket inside, but did shorten the carry handle about an inch.  Since I only had a small amount of fabric left, I couldn’t match the pattern too well, but it still looks pretty good.  I used a medium weight interfacing on this one since the fabric was a home dec weight.  It’s pretty stiff, but not like cardboard.  ( I did use a heavyweight fusible for the bottoms though.)  Another thing I did is coat the fabric liberally with Scotchguard before cutting it.  Since it’s white, I figured that would help keep it from getting too stained.    Again, the drawstring cord instead of fabric and buckles that were recycled from an older bag.  Another didn’t-have-to-buy-a-thing project.  Yay me!

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This morning I finished my newest bag, the City Backpack from Heart of Mary.  (You may remember that I bought a wallet pattern a couple of days ago from Corrine’s Etsy shop and really liked it.)  I am so pleased with the way it turned out!!!!  The tut was so easy to follow, it actually took me longer to cut the pieces than to sew it up.  (I found that I like pattern pieces, rather than just cut the fabric to size, so making the pattern took a while.)

City Backpack1



Don’t mind the mess on the table-I was too excited to clean up before taking pics!


It went together easily, even though I used a fairly heavy interfacing.  I didn’t have sliders to adjust the straps, so I used a set of buckles off a little backpack that was a giveaway at a baseball game a few seasons ago.  Ran out of fabric, so I used a cotton drawstring with cord lock instead of a fabric one that came from some old sweats.  The fabric was some I picked up a while ago, so basically, I had everything I needed, and reused a few things as well.

The tut was so easy to follow, and I made it exactly as instructed-no changes at all.  The next one I think I am going to shorten the carry strap at the top a little bit, add an inside pocket and a key leash.  The size is perfect for me, not huge, but just right.  Mine measures 9 3/4 inches side to side, 6 inches front to back and 11 inches high. You can put a LOT of stuff in it.  I love it!

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I have been enjoying a day of sewing fun things.  Nothing really complicated, just some things I’ve seen and wanted to try.  Last night I came across Corrine’s blog, Heart of Mary and loved her wallet.  So I went to her Etsy store and ordered the pattern.  It came in a few hours, and I made it this morning.  Isn’t it too cute?  It’s just the right size for a small purse.


011Don’t you love how the zipper pocket lining looks like piping around the opening?  I didn’t plan it, but I like it a lot!

006It’s hard to see, but at the top edge of the bills pocket, there is a small amount of the inside lining that looks like binding.  If I had used a different fabric, you could see it better.


I used red corduroy for the outside and some cotton from stash for the rest.  The pattern only uses two fat quarters, but I wanted to use up some of the accumulation of fabric bits and pieces I have around.   This is the first one, just to see how it made up.  When I make the next one, I think I’ll move the zipper pocket to the top (nearer the tab) though.  It holds all the essentials, is easy to make (great pictures and instructions) and uses up those bits and pieces we all end up with after a project.

Since I am in the mood the sew fun little things, I used more of the inside fabric to make this cute little boxy pouch.


It’s a little softer than I really like, but isnt it cute?  I found the tutorial at the Three Bears blog.  I didn’t measure the fabric rectangle I used, so mine has different dimensions.  Still, easy to do and quick!  The only thing I did different (other than the size) is to sew up the sides and around the base to make it stand up a little bit.  I don’t know what I’m gonna use it for, but I’m sure I’ll think of something!

So today has been a fun day.  I think I may cut another wallet out and make it up, just because they’re fun.  But maybe I’ll just surf the web for more ideas instead!

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Just a quick post to prove that I didn’t forget I have a blog!  This past week I’ve been making hats-lots of them.  It started when I made one for my friend Joe (see this post).  Well, he loved the hat, as did Donnie, who promptly took it.  So I made Joe another, and another one for Donnie.  They wore them at work, and one of their co-workers wanted one…can you see where this is going?  Yep, I’ve been making hats and they’ve been buying them just as fast.  I’ve even gotten custom orders!  Here’s a pic of a few that I’ve done, I will take better ones soon.  (Yeah, just like the last fabric pics, right?  I haven’t forgotten-I’ll get to it!)


Although these are based on a welder’s cap, they have a shorter crown.  The Crowley guys aren’t welders, but like them because they fit well under their hard hats.  I don’t know what to charge for them.  I can make one in about 15 minutes and can get 4 hats per yard of fabric.  The guys have been giving me $15 for them.  I think that’s a little much though, what do you think?

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Today is my friend Kat’s 35th birthday!  She’s having a party at Wild Bill’s, where she tends bar and G and I hang out.  It’s called the Ram Jam Blowout and we’re celebrating all the Aries’ birthdays together.  There’s a lot of us-Kat, me, Carlos, Donnie, Bobby Jack, Ponder, Times Union Mike, Harold and probably a few I forgot.  I’m making shrimp tarts and a few other finger foods, a lot of people are bringing other stuff.  It should be a great time-it always is at Bill’s!  Anyway, here’s what I made for my buddy:

Kat's Birthday Bouquet

I saw a Halloween candy bouquet here and used it as a guide.  I’ve never done any flower arranging, (or anything like it for that  matter!) but I think it came out cute.  There are a few fridgie magnets tucked in that I found at the flea market Saturday (more about that in a minute!).  They say “Celebrate”, “Bee Happy” (with a bee of course), “Have a Happy Day” and “Friends”.  I’ve got to pick up her balloons and I’ll tie them around the neck of the jar.  I also made her a makeup bag, and filled it with the candy I didn’t use in the bouquet.  I used Nicole Mallalieu’s Pyramid Purse pattern, only bigger.  I’ve been wanting to try it, but certainly don’t need another bag so it was a good reason to try one.  I put the zipper in upside down, but I don’t think Kat will care.  Here’s a pic

Pyramid BagFilled with candy

Saturday and Sunday I went flea marketing.  One close to home, the other across town.  I found a few neat things, Kat’s magnets being one, and an old sleeve board.  It was well used and had the metal locking bracket between the boards.  I got it for $4!  So of course I recovered it, the pads were yukky and rather fragrant.  I need to take pics of it finished, but have been lazy.  And I have been using it!  Here it is as found:

sleeve board

I also got a bit of new fabric.  I still need to serge the cut edges and wash it, then I’ll post pictures.   Some I bought from the lady I met last time at Pecan Park and bought from, the rest I got at the Ramona Flea market across town.  There’s a really nice guy that has all kinds of home dec fabrics for only $1 a yard, cut pieces are only 50 cents a yard!  Chance are good that I’ll go back again soon.

So now I’m off to the kitchen to bake the shrimp tarts, cocktail meatballs and who knows what else for the party.  Tomorrow I’ll wash and iron the new fabrics and post pics.  Well, maybe Friday I’ll post pics, G is going to be home for the night tomorrow (YAY!), so I really need to clean up my sewing stuff that’s all over the dining room!

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