Saturday, December 19, 2009

Almost Christmas

My, how time is just flying. Can you believe Christmas is less than a week a way? My preparations are pretty much complete-- just a few small gifts left to buy. We had our big meal last weekend. oldest daughter and her family were here and so we had the main family Christmas then. We will still have a smaller get together and finger foods on Christmas Eve.

Just a few little Christmas shots to say Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

More two at a time sewing

This pattern is Simplicity 2745. When I first saw this pattern I knew I wanted to make it for Emma Kate and Madison for Christmas. I have the first one done for Madison and then realized I didn't purchase enough fabric for the second one. So now I am partially done with Emma Kate's.

I question my idea of using black fleece when I see how many strings and pieces of lint can show on the black.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

So ,What is 2+2+1??

Well, it is the number of Christmas outfits I have finished.

I have already shown the green Jon Jon. i made 2 of these-- one for Dylan and one for Wyatt. The Jon Jon's have a reversible tab with their initials on one side and candy canes on the other. This pattern is the Johnny pattern from Children's Corner

Next, I made matching pillowcase dresses for Madison and Emma Kate. They will wear turtle necks and tights under them.

Then, lastly, I made a button down shirt for Tripp from a Christmas green gingham fabric. He is 7 and too old for the Jon Jon's so I don't' get to sew for him very often but he is so appreciative when I do.

I bought some flannel this weekend to make sleep pants for the grands for Christmas but i am not sure if I will be able to get all that sewing done. I have recently gone to work full time after working part time for years.

I so enjoy sewing for the kids and even more so when they like what I make.

till later

Thursday, November 19, 2009

More sewing--- are you tired of it yet??

These latest things I have made are called jon jons. The pattern is Johnny by Childrens Corner. i made these for grandson Wyatt. I will be making one of the Christmas jon jons for Dylan as well.

The smocked insert was in Sew Beautiful magazine. I fell in love with the little weiner dogs when I saw an outfit someone had smocked for a grandson. It is just the perfect smocking design for a little boy.

This next jon jon is also for Wyatt and is for Christmas. It is a rich green corduroy. I didn't want it to be just for Christmas so I made it with the removable tab. One side has a christmas embroidery and the other is his initials.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

For myself

Well, I decided it was time to sew a few things for myself. That is something I just don't do very often. It is just not nearly as much fun as it is to sew for the kids.

The first is a top I made. The pattern is from one of the big three pattern companies. I had used the pattern before for another view and knew that I liked the fit fo that one. The fabric is a gray knit that was in my fabric stash.

The next is a New Look pattern. The darts make the blouse fitted. I wore ti towork the other day and it wears really well. The fabric is a cotton blend.

I am sure anyone who has read this blog can tell I love to sew. I started sewing when I was probably around 12 years old. Quite honestly I think th ething I enjoy most about sewing is taking the chunk of flat fabric and seeing a garment form from it. I enjoy changing the pattern to make something different from what the intended pattern is. I guess the challenge is what I like.

till later.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Fall Jackets

Fall Jackets

Well, finally all the fall jackets have been completed and I am going to get the pictures posted. I hope noone gets bored with all the chocolate brown corduroy. I seem to be in a chocolate kind of mood this fall. All the jackets are chocolate brown corduroy but are lined with different jackets-- something i felt suited that particular child.

First up is Wyatt's jacket. It is lined with a cute cowboy print. I think it is a Michael Miller print but don't hold me to it.

Next up is Dylan's jacket. it is also the chocolate corduroy and line with a sweet puppy dog print.

Next, is Madison's jacket. Of course, I bet by now you know this is chocolate corduroy. it is lined with a chocolate and pink corduroy.
And lastly is Emma Kate's jacket. Again it is chocolate brown corduroy and this time it is lined with brown and white gingham.
Well, I will have to figure ou how to load the phots from photobucket. Thanks for being patient til I figure it out.

Till later,

Saturday, October 24, 2009

It is feeling like fall here today for sure. Temperature is in the 50's. I much prefer spring time.

We went to the pumpkin patch for Tripp's birthday today. The kids all had fun and we all got a pumpkin. The kids did the train ride and played putt putt golf. so hard to believe he will be 7 years old next week. He is a sweet little boy.

As soon as I get a picture of the last fall jacket I will get pictures posted.

I have gone to work full time so my sewing will slow down but I am sure I will be able to squeeze in some sewing.

till later

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fall Sewing

I have had a busy little sewing spurt recently. I made a few outfits for Madison and a couple of things for Wyatt. I finally finished the 4th and final fall jacket.

First is a pants outfit for Madison that I made this week. The pants are a soft stretchy velour and and the t shirt is a knit I got on the bargain table at Walmart a while back.

Next, is a knit dress also for Madison. The fabric is from Chez Ami. the fabric did not have enough stretch to do the neck band from self fabric so I used a rib knit. The pattern is a Kwik Sew tshirt pattern. I shortened the pattern to about 3 inches below the armhole and added gathered panels for the skirt.

Next up is a shirt and jeans for Wyatt. The shirt pattern is the Comfyall pattern from Sewbaby. I also found this denim on the $2 table at Walmart back in the spring. These are size 18 months.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday-- the last one in September

Here it is the last Sunday in September already. We ask very often where does the time go. It seems it was only last week it was Christmas and it will be here again before we know it.
It has rained now for over a week-- sometimes pouring rain and sometimes just a mist. The yard is just squishy.
I have done a little sewing for fall. I hve 2 out of 4 of the jackets made for the grands. Hopefully, I will get the third one done this week. It is still warm enough they don't need them yet but I want them to be ready when they do need them. I will get pictures posted soon.
Everyone have a wonderful last Sunday in September day.

Till Later,

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fall Sewing

I have finally gotten a little sewing done this week. Actually, I made the pants to the batik outfit a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't decide how to make the top to go with them -- but I finally decided on a plan. The pants are Simplicity 5378 shortened with a ruffle about 5 inches long added. The top is the pillowcase dress pattern shortened to tunic length and a 5 inch ruffle added to mimic the pants. i added a buttonhole to the casing in the back for it to tie in the back. It can be
turned around- since the pillowcase pattern doesn't have a front or back and tie in the front. Anyway, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out for a sort of boutique-y look. I think it will be pretty cute with a turtleneck under it this fall.

The next is a dress I made for Madison this week. I used Simplicity pattern 3743 which is a top pattern. I then lengthened it for dress length, added a pleated
ruffle to the bottom and a casing at the bodice area for elastic. The elastic just seems to give the dress/top more shape. I found a pair of olive tights on clearance at Walmart for a $1 that was the inspiration for this dress.

One more thing to share. Last weekend Emma Kate helped me make cupcakes for a youth get together at church. I didn't realize she liked cake icing so well but here she is licking the spoon.

The cupcakes are decorated using Wilton tip 2D-- which is the dropped flower tip and you
just go in a circle. They look like you really slaved but really they are very easy. Someone shared a video how to on You Tube doing this-- so I can't really take credit for figuring out using the tip in this manner.

For supper we had a country supper-- fried okra, white beans, homemade biscuits and potato salad. Yummo, it was good. Next week I think I will try to eat better-- but for today that was the perfect southern meal and just doesn't get better.

till later, Judy

Thursday, August 6, 2009


I can't believe how fast this summer is winding down. School started back this week. One grandchild started first grade and another started kindergarten. So far so good both are happy after a few anxious feelings in the beginning. Praying for a great school year for all the kids.

I don't think I have mentioned before that I ride a motorcycle. My husband and i both have one. Mine is a Harley Davidson Sportster. Nice and loud--- I love it. We went for a ride this evening after we had supper. I guess riding a motorcycle is my midlife crisis if I must have one-- I know everyone thought we flipped when we bought the first one. I learned to ride at the ripe old age of 48. My mother always had a saying when i said i couldn't do something-- she would say "well, you want learn any younger". I guess she was right.

I also started making an infant size dress this afternoon. I just had an urge to do some hand embroidery. I'm not good at it, but every once in awhile I like to do some embroidery. I don't know who this dress will be for but I'm sure I will be able to find a recipient.

till later,

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wonderful Wednseday

This is one of the things I have mad this past week. It is th ealine dress from Martha Pullen's applique book. Itis one of my most used adn most favorite patterns. It is so versatile and just a real "go to".
The fabric I used for this is an oxford cloth.

Next.......and a drum roll please for some really yummy cookies. These are lace cookies and just so delicate and delicious. Bet you can't eat jsut one.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

More Sewing

Long time no blog I guess.

This is more recent summer sewing.

I made this little peasant dress for Madison last Sunday morning before church. The fabric came from the $1.50 table at Walmart. So I guess this dress probably cost $2 including elastic.

Then I also made this little shorts set for Dylan for play clothes.
The knit came from Hancocks and the shorts fabric has been in my stash for quite some time.

I am sure we can all recall the joy and excitement of learning to ride a bike for the first time with no training wheels. Well, Miss Emma Kate had that excitement this past week when she learned to ride without the training wheels. You go girl!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Recent Sewing

It is hot and muggy here in the south so a lot of time is being spent inside. The up side to that is I have done a little sewing recently so I thought I would share a few pictures.

This is a top I made for myself. The pattern is McCalls 5586 using a polyester knit from my stash. I shortened the pattern and took about 3 inches out of the underarm area. I think I will enjoy wearing this top.

This is a dress for my granddaughter Madison. I also used stash fabric for this. The pattern is New Look 6690. I believe the applique design came from designs by Juju. I love her designs. The other day Madison very sweetly asked me if I would make her a dress. How can you refuse a request like that??

This the last sewing picture I will share for today. I used the pillow case dress pattern that is widely available on the internet to make these nighties for Madison and Emma Kate. This was an awfully sweet interlock knit. Both girls loved their nighties too. That is the thing that makes sewing so enjoyable.

And this my friends is one of my most favorite places to spend time. It is my little back yard garden. It is a peaceful place to sit and relax.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

It is a hot 94 degrees today. While I have been really busy I just haven't had anything interesting to blog about.

It is so hot that I have really neglected my flowers this year. My hydrangeas only have 2-3 blooms each. I don't believe I have ever seen such a few blooms on them before.

I am trying to come up with the next sewing project. In the last issue of Sew Beautiful magazine there were a couple of ladies" smocked blouses. I am thinking I will make one of those for myself. So that will probaly be the next smocking project at least.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


This past Saturday was a small birthday party for Madison. My daughter asked me to make her a princess related cake. So I baked her cake and found a tiara and wand in the party favor section at Walmart. Madison really liked it-- her little eyes lit up and then even more so when she saw the tiara and wand had blinking lights.

Also I made homemade sourdough cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Sunday. I use the sourdough starter and make up the bread dough. Part of the dough I made into rolls
for the freezer and part of it I used to make cinnamon rolls.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Wet Saturday

It is a wet rainy Saturday morning here.

I have been pretty busy as of late as most folks are this time of year. Summer is a wonderful time of the year and my favorite right after spring.

Of 5 grandchildren, 3 have June birthdays. Emma Kate and Madison have already had theirs and Wyatt's will be June 24. I began with the first grandchild making a scrapbook of their first year containing as many of their "firsts" as I could. It has now become a tradition. I have been working on Wyatt's for the past week and am still not finished with it but it is getting close.

I posted in a picture in an earlier post of a sundress I had made for Emma Kate. I was going to make a matching dress for a dol I was ogin got get her or her birthday. I got the doll dress finished and she seemed to really be happy with them. Her dress was a copy from an A&E magazine. I didn't have a pattern for the doll dress but just winged it and drafted it myself. I think it turned out pretty well.

Well, I believe I had mentioned participating in a stash contest. I didn't win but came in second. A big congratulations to my cyber friend Laura who did an amazing job and won. I have no doubt she will enjoy the prize. She is a very talented seamstress as well as a fast one.

Everyone have a wonderful Saturday.

Till later..........

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Well,, it has been a little while since I was last here. I have been busy-- busy.

I put vinyl tiles in a bathroom floor and then sanded and painted some 1980's paneling in the entry. I still need to do one more coat of paint but I msut say I am liking the way it looks. It has really lightened it up considerably.

I have still been participating in the stash challenge that I mentioned earlier. While I have managed to stay a contender I really don't believe I will be the winner and that is ok. I am not a competitive sort of person-- I rather just have fun with it and the real purpose is to eliminate some of the fabric so that we can do what?????? of course buy more. You have to be a sewist to understand that I believe.

Till later.......


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

stash contest sewing

I thought I would share a few things that I made last week for the stash contest I am participating in. I sew mostly for my grandchildren-- or at least the 4 yournger ones. Tripp is the oldest-- he is 6 years old and by that age it is hard to sew for a boy. The 4 younger kids are Emma Kate who is 4, Madison who is 3, Dylan who is 17 months and Wyatt who is 11 months.

I don't sew for myself very often but I do really enjoy sewing for the kids. It is a creative outlet I suppose. I smock, do a little hand embroidery and I have a sewing/embroidery machine combo.I like the creative part of changing patterns around to make something different.

So here goes:

These 2 outfits are matching brother/sister outfits for Dylan and Emma Kate

Sleep shorts for the boys

Aline dress for Madison

Jon jon for Wyatt

Monday, May 18, 2009

Oatmeal Cookies

I have been pretty busy of late but really not much to write about here. I have been doing some spring cleaning and getting flowers planted and mulch spread.

I have been participating in a stash challenge wiht some cyber friends and later this week I will share some pictures fo things I have made thus far.

I thought I would share the cookies I made this weekend and the recipe. These cookies are a long time favorite of my husband's but I haven't made them in a while. They smell really yummy when cooking to-- I guess it is the cinnamon. Yum-- I love just about anything with cinnamom.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 well beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups oats
1 cup pecans (chopped)
1 cup white raisins

Cream sugars and shortening. Add beaten eggs and beat well. Add flour and vanilla. Stir in pecans, raisins and oats. Mix well. Drop by teaspoons on greased cookie sheet.( I cover my cookie sheet with foil-- Serves 2 purposes-- no greasing and the pan stays clean so no washing). Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned in 350 degree oven. Makes 7-8 doz cookies. I usually half this recipe and it still makes plenty.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My Adventure in the Shop

I have really wanted one of the cute display stands that I see friends using to display their outfits. My husband is really a handy person and could make one really easy-- but gosh it is so hard to get him started. So I decided I would just do it myself so while I was off work for a few days that would be my project.

I first gathered my supplies. I found the already cut boards for the base at Hobby Lobby and glued them together. I used the assortment of hangers to get a general idea for the top of the stand. The ball for the top came from Hobby Lobby as well.

When I couldn't find the square to use for a straight edge to cut the 2x4--I had to make do. I guess my husband knows exactly where everything is in that jumble but I couldn't find anything. Thank goodness the kids had toys out there.

I cut the board for the top and cut the 2-4 for the "upright". My husband assembled it for me and then I painted it.
I was quite pleased with the end results-- actually so happy I just may make another one.

Let me know what you think,

Saturday, May 2, 2009


I woke up early this morning and decided to just lie in bed for a while-- then it started to rain again and it just put me right back to sleep.

I can't believe I finally made myself something. I saw this fabric at Walmart and I thought it was cute. I also thought a casual skirt would be nice for everyday wear--nice and cool-- on hot summer days.

So then the search through the pattern boxes began for a pattern to use. So here is what I came up with.

Simplicity 7229

And here is the end result. I did shorten it about an inch bcause I am a short person-- only 5'3". I made it this morning and I am already wearing it. It is really comfy too.