Saturday, December 15, 2012

Simplicity 1878

I decided that I needed a winter dress so I got out the fabric and got busy. The fabric is black feather wale corduroy. I like the style because it can be dressed up or down.

The pin is made from fabric circles stacked with black tulle and a feather accent. The pin is an idea from a tutorial for a flower that I found on Pinterest.
Below I added it to a scarf made from strip of an upcylced t shirt. Strips are cut 1 inch and stretched. This is about 5 strips and then they are doubled.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It's beginning to look like Christmas!

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the decorations and the hustle and bustle. I miss Santa arriving at my house on Christmas Eve. That was such fun when the kids were growing up.

I want to share some of the decorations that a friend helped me make. Her hobby since retiring is making wreaths and flower arranging. Until this year I had not cared much for deco mesh but I have used quite a bit of it this year. It is really easy to work with.

My Christmas tree. My tree topper needs a little work but it is ok for this year. I know a lot of people like a themed Christmas tree but to me there is nothing better than the ornaments that we have used through the years.It brings back memories.

The carousel sits on the buffet at Christmas. It plays Christams music and the horses move up and down. We have had it for years.

This is the door that we use most. You enter the house here from the carport.
This is my front door. I love this garland and wreath. I also have greenery tied with red/white bows in the 2 windows on the porch.
Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, October 26, 2012

Some sewing for this week

These are a few things I made this week.

First a peasant dress and leggings for Abby. This is a size 1. The dress is a Simplicity pattern and the leggings are made using a pattern that I cut using a pair of leggings I purchased at Goodwill.

Next, is an aline jumper and turtleneck for Bella. The aline pattern is the Martha Pullen aline and the turtleneck is made using the Comfyall pattern. I altered the crew neck pattern to a turtle neck. I just prefer the look of a turtleneck under a jumper to a crew neck. The owl is a machine embroidered applique.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

We built our house over 25 years ago-- wow, where did those years go???
Even though way back then paneling was popular thank goodness we only put it in out utility/laundry area. Not only did we put paneling there, we used a paneling that was a wood grain with an outdoorsy scene on it. We always got lots of compliments on it because it was a little different , I guess, but it had seen its better days.
 After living here for a few years hubby built a wall closing off the laundry part to  make a little entry hall. Since that is the entrance off our carport and that any visitors come in as well that way it wouldn't have to stay so neat. He used the same paneling on the front of the wall but on the backside it didn't have anything. Only rarely would anyone other than he and I be in there to see it. That is one of the reasons it took so long to get motivated to paint , etc in there. That and the amount of work required. I painted the little entry hall 5-6 years ago.

This project has been nagging at me to get it done  for a while and finally 2 weeks ago I got up on Monday morning and started on it. I emptied out the room of everything except the washer,dryer, small freezer and hot water heater. Then took down the 2 shelves. The work then began in earnest. I sanded the paneling and primed with Kilz primer. Then a coat of light taupe paint. I used an Olympic brand paint from Lowes in eggshell finish. I almost couldn't believe that one coat of paint over the primer was enough but Yippee it was.
Hubby decided to hang paneling on the back of the wall that previously had none(this did follow my threat of hanging a curtain made from painter's drop cloths). After he got it hung, I sanded and painted it. Then a coat of Kilz primer on the ceiling and painted with a coat of white ceiling paint. The a coat of white semi gloss paint on the crown molding,door and shelves.
This was a week's long tremendous amount of work but oh, so worth it. It is almost like a new room. I do not like doing laundry any more than before-- imagine that. I didn't really take any in pics of the work in progress but I want to share the before and after.




Monday, September 24, 2012

Ruffle Skirt

Recently a friend was telling me about making a skirt for herself using the ruffle fabric. Well of course I had to have one too. I purchased the ruffle fabric on a recent  trip to Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon and finally got around to making it yesterday afternoon. it took less than 1/2 hour. I didn't have the new decorative elastic like she said she used for hers so i used this elastic from Hancocks.
I used 1 width of the fabric and seamed the seam and then serged. I sewed the elastic in a circle and marked the quarter points on the elastic and on the skirt. Then matching those points up I stitched the two together stretching the elastic as I sewed.
I am pretty short at about 5'3" so my skirt is 22 inches long.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Simplicity 1878

This is Simplicity 1878-- One of the Lisette patterns. This is the second of the Lisette patterns that I have used and liked the fit and construction of both.This is something I made for myself. It is a cotton blend fabric that wears really well. I liked the fit of this dress as well. I plan to make it again in another view for fall. I'll try the 3/4 length sleeves and maybe the longer length.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

First off let me apologize for the blurry pictures. Obviously the settings are off on my camera.

We love these sourdough cinnamon rolls. In the beginning they sound like a lot of work and time consuming but really they are not. However, the sourdough isn't something you decide you want and have it for the next meal. It does take some time but it is mostly spent waiting between stages.

Here goes. The recipe is for the sourdough starter and bread dough. The breaddough can be used to make bread, rolls or cinnamon rolls. For this time since it was just hubby and I, I knew it would be way too many cinnamon rolls for the 2 of us.

Sourdough Starter

1 envelope yeast
1 cup warm water
3/4 cup sugar
4 Tablespoons instant potato flakes

Mix in a glass container and cover with a towel and leave on counter for about 8 hours. I usually just use a glass jar or 4 cup glass measuring cup.
At the end of that time you can use the starter or place in the refrigerator in a jar with a lid with holes punched in it. If you wish to keep the starter going feed it every 4th day with 3/4 cup sugar,3 tablespoons potato flakes and 1 cup warm water. Add these things to the starter, stir, cover with a towel and let set out on counter all day or overnight and then return to refrigerator.

1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 cup starter- stir before measuring
6 cups bread flour-- I have used plain flour and it worked fine too

Stir all together and place in a large greased bowl. Put in the bowl and turn so the dough is oiled. Cover with a towel and leave on the counter for about 8 hours.( I usually leave out all day). It will rise like crazy. At the end of the time either divide into loaf pans or make into dinner rolls or cinnamon rolls. Whichever way you use the bread dough make into the disired form and place in pans on the counter and cover again with a towel and let rise for about 8 hours again before cooking.

It will make about 36 rolls, 2 large or 3 medium loaves of bread or 2- 9x13 pans of cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon Rolls
On a floured surface roll dough into a rectangle about 1/2-3/4 inch thick. Spread with softened margaine or butter. Sprinle well with cinnamon sugar. You can add raisins if you desire. Roll from the long side into a roll like a jelly roll.
Cut into slices about 1 1 /2 inch wide. Place cut side down in dish and bake. Hint: If you want the cinnamon rolls to be tall place close together in the dish. If you want them to be large in diameter place about an inch apart. They rise a lot and either have to go up or out.
Place on the counter and cover with a towel.
After the dough has risen for approx 8 hours bake at 375 degrees til golden brown. It will take about 15-20 minutes

When the cinnamon rolls are done take from the oven and while piping hot spread with glaze.

Glaze1 box confectioner sugar
enough milk to make the consistency of cake icing.

For the rolls you can bake til done but not browned and let cool and freeze In gallon freezer bags. When ready to cook take out of the bag and place on pan and cook til golden brown. By the time they are browned they are thawed and warm. I use these in the place of Sister Shubert rolls sometimes.

Bread dough rising
Roll dough out and spread with softened margarine/butter.

Place cut side down in a dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Cover with a towel and let set for about 8 hours

After rising look how big. A hint here is if you leave space between they will spread in diameter. If they are closer together they will rise more in hieght.


After baking---YUMMY


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Antique Cabinet Redo

My son in law gave me this antique cabinet and I decided to refinish it. Now, let me say furniture refinishing isn't my favorite thing to do but I am pleased with the way it turned out. 
     First, I tried using a paint stripper but very little stripped off. I guess there wasn't any varnish to strip. So then I moved on to sanding. I used a belt sander with 150 grit sand paper to sand with. It really didn't take a lot of sanding. 
     Next, a coat of stain went on. I  used Minwax stain from Lowes followed by 2 coates of a water based polyurethane. Between coats of polurethane I used steel wool to smooth out rough spots. The interior was painted chocolate brown.
    The final touch was doing tin punch panels to replace the glass in the doors.  Tin punch is really pretty simple to do. This is done on flashing. A design was used from a book on tin punch. You find the center area where you wan tto apply the tin punch. Tape your design down. The design will be a series of dots or lines usually. Use an awl to punch the dots and a flat head screw driver can be used to punch the lines. One of the most important things to remember is to try and apply the same pressure on each hole so they come out approxiimately the same size. the panels were then stapled into place.

The cabinet is now residing in my sewing room.


                                       After (there is  a glare on the tin-- it isn't warped     like it looks in the pic)


Tin Panel:

Saturday, July 21, 2012


So far this is one fast summer. It is traveling at lightening speed.We spent the last part of spring and most of the summer at our local city park watching the grands play ball. Out of seven grandkids 4 were playing ball on 4 different teams. We thoroughly enjoyed going to the ballgames and watching them play. I think I could quite possibly be a professional cheerleader.

I haven't done much sewing this summer though. I seem to  have lost interest but hopefully I will find it again before long.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and staying as cool as possible in the heat.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Simplicity 2246

This dress was really easy to wear. It is made from lightweight denim and very comfortable. The pattern is  a Lissette pattern.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Taylors X 2 For Bella

I lvoe the Taylor pattern by Childrens Corner for the babies. The pink floral is a quilting cotton from the quilt store and the other is imperial microcheck.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Simplicity 2246

I have been drawn back to this pattern in the pattern book for a while. Recently on a trip to Joann's when the patterns were $.99 I bought several and this one was in the group. I also bought some light weight denim to make it from but later decided to use this cotton blend. It was a pretty simple dress to make and I like the way it turned out. The only thing I changed about it was changed the sleeves to short sleeves. I also had to take in the shoulders by about 1/2 inch.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


This is fabric from Walmart. It has a really nice feel. This pattern is one of the Simplicity Sew Simple patterns. It seems that these run a little big. I will probably take the side seams in a little on this. With the print of the fabric the ruffles at the neckline don't show very well but add a nice touch to the top.

Simplicity 1884

This is Simplicity 1884. The fabric is choclate brown challis that has been in my stash for a few years.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Just wanted to share a picture of part of our family at Easter. The girls and Dylan are wearing things I made. I also made the dress that I am wearing. Sure wish Abby and Wyatt couldhave been in the picture with us.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Madison's Easter Dress

This is the last Easter dress for the granddaughters. This one is for Madison. I got the  inspiration for this one from Pinterest. I didn't have a pattern but it was easy enough to draft one.

Dress front

pretty floral yoke

The back

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Abby's Easter Dress

The Easter sewing continued.  This one is for Abby. It is the Ellen Mccarn bishop size 24 months. The fabric is imperial broadcloth in the color pagoda. The smocking plate is partly from a magazine and in part made up. I added the pearls.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Easter outfits

I thought I would post the Easter outfits I made for Emma Kate, Bella and Dylan. I used stash fabric for all three.
This is the Ellen McCarn bishop in size 9 months for Bella. The smocking plate is something I made up.

This is the Hannah's Sundress pattern by Collars Etc. The machine embroidery on the bodice is one I have had for years and don't recall where I got it.

And this is Dylan's shirt to coordinate the brother/sister outfits for Easter. I blogged about it earlier. It is a Kwik Sew pattern and also made from stash fabric.

Thanks for stopping by.