Posts Tagged With: Sewing

Manuals

image

Remember when I told you my friend brought over one of her sewing machines and tons of fabric?  That was way back just before Christmas.  I did sort through all the fabric not long after that, and put it in new, smaller bins (8 of ‘em!) so I could store it a bit better.  But I haven’t sewn anything.  Not out of a lack of desire but mostly due to intimidation.

I haven’t sewn on a machine since I had my own, back when my son was a baby and I made all the crib bedding for him.  But I don’t have that machine anymore and I haven’t sewn by machine since.  (I made all my daughters blankets by hand.)  And I recognized one thing about me: I really hate trying to do stuff without the how-to manual. 

I’ve always been that way – I have to read the instruction manual first.  If it doesn’t have a manual, I probably won’t try it.  Men and babies being the exception.  I already had the manual for thoseWinking smile  I have no problem taking stuff apart to see what’s wrong, and I can put it back together just fine, but without the manual, even a pictorial manual printed in another language, I’m lost. 

And my friend had lost the one that came with the machine she brought me.  So it’s been sitting there collecting dust – well, I do dust it but you know what I mean – for all these months now.  Due to the lack of a manual.  Because I have no idea how this machine works or how to thread it or anything – it’s several years newer than the one I used to have.  But, success!  I finally found a place online that has the manual!  Not even the manufacturer had it anymore but I found a place that did, and it arrived today.  Woo!  I’ve been pressing and cutting fabric for a few days now, getting ready to put some simple quilts together for the kids. 

If all goes well, you just might be getting something quilty for Christmas!  Winking smile

All rights reserved by DarcsFalcon

Get your copy of my husband’s books!

Buy J Dane Tyler’s Fiction now!

Categories: Family Life, Thinking out loud | Tags: , | 5 Comments

Pocket Full

011611154008

I was a busy girl this weekend.  I got some of my household chores done early, and we got the grocery shopping done so Darc could have all day Sat and Sun to kick back and relax.  And I even made a little pouch for my cell phone.

See, a phone I got several years ago fell out of the pocket designed for it on the purse I had at the time.  The pocket was horizontal and the Velcro on the strap gave out and one day my phone fell out at a store we’d been shopping in.  Fortunately, I was able to figure out where I’d lost it and I was also lucky enough that some kind soul found it and turned it in to the girls at the register.  Ever since then I’ve had this “thing” about losing my phone.  I put the wrist strap on the phone, and bought a clip for it, along with one of those clipping coily cord things that people often use for keys and whenever I went someplace, I made sure my phone was clipped to my purse.  I also got a new purse with a better cell phone pocket. 

But the new phones we got don’t have anywhere I can clip anything.  No wrist strap, nothing.  I’ve been walking around Walmart just holding it in my hand – partly because I found this awesome little grocery app and partly because I’m paranoid about losing my phone.

So, brilliantine that I am (HA!  I heard that!  Shut up!) I decided to make myself a little pocket for my phone that I could wear like a necklace.  I have all that fabric now, remember?  So I got some nice ribbon and stitched this up over the weekend.  I’m thinking of getting like an FBI patch to stick on it or something.  ;) 

All rights reserved by DarcsFalcon

©DarcsFalcon

Categories: Day to Day Life, Family Life, Personal | Tags: , | 3 Comments

Wednesday Wombat

So, the other day we had some errands to run, library, stuff like that.  As I was opening the car door for my son, I happened to look down … and saw that he wasn’t wearing any shoes.

“What the … where are your shoes?!  It’s 20° out here and you don’t have any shoes on!”

“Uhm … I forgot, I guess.”

“You forgot?  You forgot your shoes?  How in the world does one forget shoes, especially when one is walking on frozen snowy concrete in 20° weather?!”

At which point his father dragged him back into the house for his shoes.  I swear.  *eyeroll*

*****

Now that my friend has brought over all her unwanted sewing stuff, it’s brought home to me how desperately I need to do some organizing around here.  Did I say 7 bins of fabric?  Not little bins either, but the big ones you use to store holiday stuff.  The B-I-G bins.  7 of them.  Full of fabric.  7 giants bins.  The stack is about 6’ high, I’m not kidding.  She’s a quilter and has always maintained that if I just tried it, I’d love it.  See, I’ve always enjoyed making baby quilts by hand, but just a simple 2 piece kind of affair.  My friend makes the kinds of quilts that people will pay several hundred dollars for, really complex kinds of designs with tons of tiny pieces.  I just don’t have the patience (nor the space!) for all those little pieces.  I think I might be able to make some simple designs though. 

But I digress.  I have all these bins of fabric now, and while my apartment is a decent one, it’s not big enough to just leave 7 giants bins sitting around, and the bins won’t fit in my little storage closet.  I’m going to have to break down and get several smaller bins so I can store them, there’s just no other way.  I figure if I’m going to do that, I might as well go the whole route and do the whole place.  It’s time.  I guess that’s sort of like a New Year’s Resolution, right? 

***** 

Funny Pictures-MORTAL WOMBAT

*****

All rights reserved by DarcsFalcon 

Get your copy of my husband’s books!

Buy J Dane Tyler’s Fiction now!

Categories: Family Life, Friends, Personal, Thinking out loud | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: