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Black and white stash buster quilt #1 ready to assemble. In 2015 I am making it a (goal/mission/making room in craft room) to assemble many quilt tops from all the scraps in my stash. I am starting with the black scraps. It will be interesting to see how many quilt tops I get done from each color. By fall of 2015 I should have plenty of tops to practice quilting on when my mom gets her "new car" AKA quilting longarm.
Pinterest does not help me either. There are way too many ideas and fun projects and not nearly enough time. Guess this weekend will be relegated to finishing up customer projects, making a family Christmas list and start tackling one project at a time. That is, of course all while doing laundry, finishing up a cookbook I am working on, and making meals. Any volunteers for the laundry and cooking? I thought not.
I will likely raid my UFO box for some gifts to finish. In case you don't know UFO's are UnFinished Objects. I have a whole tote full and then some. Probably some good stuff in there somewhere. Otherwise I am going to keep it pretty simple this year since I am obviously running out of time. Alas, maybe next year I will get it all together. Maybe I will do a post listing the thousand and one excuses why don't get it all together in 2015.
What gifts are you making this year? Share in the comments while you take a quick break...
November marks the month for celebrating Thanksgiving. Getting together with family and friends and sharing a meal. Being thankful for the blessings we share with each other. Although I thoroughly enjoy the occasion there is something far more important that I am thankful.
November also marks the month when we honor our military veterans for their service to our country. My dad was a veteran. I say was, because in 2001 we lost him to his battle with cancer. My dad chose the army for his career and for 22 years he served this country.
Military life afforded us opportunities that most people would never see or do in their lifetime. We lived and spent time in other countries and in various states across the United States. We lived in eight different places by the time I was 15 years old, moving three times when I was in the fourth grade. To my sister and I, it never seemed like a sacrifice because we were basically born into it, being only infants when he joined. To us every move was an adventure. My dad never regretted his time in the army. He was proud to serve this country and we are honored that he chose to serve.
His sacrifice wasn't on a battlefield while serving during the Vietnam era. He was a mechanic, he fixed and maintained military equipment, everything from jeeps to tanks. His sacrifice, like many military men and women today, was made in the form of time away from family. He spent time in the field for maneuvers at 30 day stretches, temporary duty posts for six months at a time, and going to Korea for an 18 month post. We missed him terribly but I know it was much harder on him. We at least had each other, he had a telephone and paper and pen, internet was non-existent at that time. What he and we lost in time, however, was made up for in quality.
We have so many stories of our life as a military family. It's rich with love, support, trials, and some really tough times. It shaped us to be givers, to be independent, to be strong in adversity, to value our own families, to make our home where ever it landed us, and to value others who have and are bravely serving our nation.
I want to thank my dad. I thank all the military veterans of the United States of America. I want thank all the current military men and women serving our nation. I want to thank the families of past and present military men and women. Your sacrifices both of time away from your families and of your lives in the line of duty are not forgotten or unoticed by me and my house. May God bless and keep you all. Thank you.
There are many advantages and disadvantages to owning any business. It is no different in the sewing industry. However, I am slightly biased when it comes to owning a sewing business. In my humble opinion the advantages far out weigh the disadvantages. Keep in mind that these advantages come from my experience in my specific sewing area, which is alterations, repairs and mending. They may or may not apply to your specific area of interest. It also applies to conducting a sewing business in your home. I have conducted my business in both my home and in a rented space, but that is an entirely different article for another day.
I know you are really anxious to see the attic sewing studio reveal right? Wait . . . you mean you don't know? Well it's finally happening or at least it began happening this past winter. My husband finally said, "Why don't we turn the attic into your sewing room?" Honestly, I could have slapped him silly. I suggested it eons (well not eons but at least 15 years ago). Men . . . you really do have to make them think it's their idea for them to come through.
At any rate the attic is finished enough for me to move into and I have started working on customer projects. I am slowly moving things in and putting them away, sorting through, and discarding the unnecessary. Discarding the unnecessary has yielded a pile of empty baskets, bins, and buckets. Since I am determined to use what I have available to me without purchasing more stuff, the pile hasn't yet disappeared . . . it's more like a pile for re-purposing if needed.
When you are brand new in business you are tempted to say yes to everybody because you want to have a good reputation so people will do business with you. It seems like a good strategy but it can also eat into your profits and break the bank. You need to choose your charity wisely and don't be afraid to say "no thank you".
Lately, I've been working like a mad woman on my attic as we work toward converting it to a sewing studio. The biggest challenge I am facing right now is ALL THE FABRIC. Oh my, I did not realize how much I had accumulated over the years. Then there is still more fabric at the studio I currently rent. I have to come up with a plan to fit it all in the attic with room to spare.
To find inspiration for the "plan" I have been cruising Pinterest and came up with a few ideas. So I am going to list my plan below so I don't forget how I plan to tackle all this fabric.
There is a great many tutorials and videos out there on the web that show you how to hem jeans. There is one particular method that I take issue with. It involves using the original hem, cutting and reattaching it. First, it doesn't work well with flared jeans. Second, I've tried it and seems like way more work than just hemming the jeans and I don't like the result at all.
To successfully duplicate the original hem in a pair of jeans you need a few supplies: