And for my next trick…..


So, needless to say, I was pretty excited about this new idea of sewing strips of paper into an art journal!!  The task at hand now was to figure out the best and most efficient way to do it. (Click on the pics to enlarge them)

Since trying to sew it directly into the book was so clunky, I decided that I would try sewing it on a blank piece of paper that was trimmed to a similar size as the pages in my journal, which is a Canson XL mixed media notebook.  I love this book because the pages are a 60 lb paper and there’s no need to glue 2 or more together to get a strong page.

This is the next page that I put together. Kinda funky, eh?  I couldn’t decide if I like the randomness or not.

I tried gluing each piece down with ModPodge, but when I started sewing, it was gumming up my needle. I found that if I placed the paper pieces on the sheet of paper, then carefully flipped each piece over, glued it with glue dots, and then turned it carefully back and glued it down, the paper was a lot easier to sew together.   I also figured out that changing your stitch length to just about as long as possible would preclude the needle shredding the paper underneath or the papers on the top of your backing sheet.

Once the page is complete, all that’s left to do is glue it into the journal.  I used a thin layer of Yes! Paste to glue it in.  Not everybody likes this paste, It is extremely sticky and takes some getting used to when you are applying it.  It claims to never wrinkle paper and I haven’t had a wrinkle since I started using it.  All that said, it’s kind of on the pricey side.


Fourth page — and still trying to decide if the randomness appealed to me. I guess it’s not horrible. (Jeopardy theme playing in the background)

More later!


SMS contest for Husqvarna s21 serger


Isn’t she a beauty?  I have ‘d the idea of owning a serger for a very, very long time.

I have to admit, I have very selfish reasons for hoping to win this giveaway.

My daughter, God love her, hasn’t got a crafty bone in her body.  That’s not to say that she doesn’t appreciate all of the “goodies” that I sew/knit/crochet/build for her, because she loves showing off all of her “made with love” items to her friends and relatives.

So even though the “crafting” gene has passed her over, the oldest GrandDolly seems to have caught it, as it sometimes does.  She’s only four, but loves to sit on my lap and put her hands on mine when I’m knitting or crocheting, or sits on my lap when I sew.

I have a Featherweight that will be hers one day, if she wants it.  It was my first sewing machine and I love it almost as dearly as I love her. I think it would be a perfect first sewing machine for her.

I have another regular sewing machine, a BabyLock A-Line, but I have always, always wanted a serger.  Unfortunately, from an economic standpoint, I could never afford it.

So I thought I’d enter this giveaway — and perhaps, if I win, I’ll be passing this serger on to my GrandDolly, too!!

Facebook not allowed here!!


Without a doubt, deactivating my FB account was the best thing I could have done for myself. I was spending so much time farming, cooking, gifting, etc, etc, on that site that I was ignoring the things that give me the most pleasure in my life. Those things would be Sweet Baboo, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and sorrowfully, the GrandDollies. I was spending an incredible amount of time each day just figuring the most profitable crop, or dish, or computing when I needed to be home in front of the computer to harvest or serve …… Ridiculous!!

I really should have known better, though. I stopped smoking in 2001 and, although being better for it, I am and always will be an addictive personality. I only have to look around my sewing room to see the truth in that statement!! I have more yarn, fabric, notions, thread and what have you to last me for the next 50 or so years.

If spending too much time on FB was a reason to stop using it, what I went through while deactivating it sealed the deal.

First of all, I was bombarded messages that my “friends” that were going to miss me if I left FB.  That was the message that I got on the page where you went to deactivate your account.  I ignored that little bit of manipulation, but the next thing (and this really pissed me off, sorry for the language) that FB did was ask WHY I was leaving.  When you checked one of the reasons given (there were 8 or 9) they countered with what you could do to alleviate that particular reason/problem.  Now I ask you, what is there about me that is so attractive and compelling that FB would go through all of that to keep me there?  Again, ridiculous.

So, now that my focus is re-established, I spent part of yesterday at Joann’s in Manchester, CT with my BLF (best little friend) doing some (okay, not some, ALOT!) of craft shopping, then lunch at Bugaboo Creek, then home and I whipped together new seats and backs for our director chairs (I just used the old ones as templates)  and started cutting out fabric for pillows for my daughter’s MIL. (Check out this site for a very simple flanged pillow sham)  Now THAT’s more like it!! No clicking or computing required!

Pencil pocket for notebooks and tutorial!!!


I carry notebooks with me all the time — practically every time I think of something even remotely important, I want/need/MUST write it down — so even though I always have a notebook at hand, having a pen or pencil is a horse of a different color.

And in a seemingly unrelated vein, I also have turned into quite the “internet tutorials collector”, if you will.  I spend WAYYYY too much time on the internet, surfing for the next great thing that I want to make.


This is what I found a couple nights ago on WhipUp and of course it was an “aha!!” moment. The link for the tutorial is here. Who couldn’t use one of these themselves, not to mention gifts? A nice new Moleskine with a nice new pencil pocket to go with it. I wouldn’t mind opening one of those, if sewing wasn’t my thing. BTW, my own Moleskine is next in line for one of these little cuties, but for now, here is a pic of one of my notebooks and my “I would literally just lay down and die if I lost it” calendar, both sporting their brand new pencil pockets.

Another kimono for GrandDolly


This is the other fabric that I bought for GrandDolly’s second kimono — the next one that I make for her (yes, I’ve already bought more fabric, I’m sick I tell ya!!) will be a bit larger, as she has already grown out of the first one that I made for her!!  No worries, my friend at work has a 4 month old that it may not fit now, but it definitely will later.  This one turned out great too — she looks fabulous in it with her little black gaucho pants that she wears often. The pattern is called Simple Kimono Wrap and I found it at Habitual.

Just before I started this newest round of sewing, I had mentioned to Sweet Baboo that we really needed to do something about the sewing/crafting/computer room that we share.  He had comandeered my table for the computer, leaving me with a card table (I KNOW, can you believe it???) with a promise that we would bring the computer desk up from the basement soon.  And that was about a year ago so I didn’t think that casually mentioning it again would be a bad thing. So, on a sunny afternoon in September…….

This is my “staging” area before. UGH!! I do tend to be a slob at times. Okay, most times.

And this is after — beaucoup improvement, eh?

And our new computer corner with aforementioned desk installed …with Sweet Baboo computing away…..

And this, joy of joys, is my table returned to me so that I can now have both of my sewing machines out at the same time!!

Yes, everything is definitely good in our little corner of New England.

Give a little, get a lot….


Is there anything that compares to the thrill of getting alot for a little? Sweet Baboo and I made our (squishy) way over to our nearby church bazaar Friday night (it always rains at least one day during this little event and Friday night was it), known here in town as St. Mary’s Circle of Fun.    One of the great things about this little function is the fabulous flea market that they set up in the basement of the church.  We look forward to it every year.

This is Sweet Baboo’s grand purchase from last year.  Literally, he uses it every day!!  He paid $1.00 for it — a fact that he tells me very regularly.  Seriously, it works great and if I don’t have to fry eggs, I will gladly listen to his occasional crowing

This year, I made out like a bandit.  Check out this pic.  I got this whole box for $7.00.  Whoever owned this fabric previously had some serious red, star, and frog issues.  Every time I look at it I get goosebumps!!  I can’t walk by it without digging in and pulling out something else wonderful. Yes, I know it’s not a great picture — maybe later I will pull everything out again and prettify it.

As I said about frogs, check this out.  It’s flannel and I am going to make some washcloths for GrandDolly.  I’m (hopefully) shrinking the daylights out of this fabric as we speak/chat/post.

I know!! Cute as can be!! I’ll bet I have a yard of this fabric in 3 or 4 small pieces.

I also found out that I have an ultra digital zoomie feature on my camera. I’ve had this camera for 2 or 3 years and just figured it out.  Who knew. Check out the progression of this freaky star fabric.  The stars look like they are uber embossed on the fabric.

I KNOW!!!! Isn’t that just the coolest?  I love little surprises like this in my life!!

So darn cute — Simple Kimono Wrap by Habitual


I found this great tutorial for this darling kimono awhile ago on a blog that I frequently lurk, Habitual Creature of Habit. She has some really great stuff over there, take a skip over and take a look if you have time. This pattern is very simple to follow and works up very quickly.

The fabric was one that I purchased from an Etsy shop, Sweet Flavor Also a great site to visit with lots and lots of fabric shipped quickly at reasonable prices. I’ll be going back to pick up a few more to add to the several other fabrics that I want to use for more of these little cutie pies.

Yes, it’s true, I am becoming quite obsessed with sewing for my little bean, AKA GrandDolly. Oh well, it keeps me off the streets and out of the bars……..

Oh, and the photo is clickable!!!