Wednesday, December 31, 2014


A heartfelt thank you to each of you for hanging in there with us...even though we didn't get much sewing done. I hope you have a Happy and safe New Year! NEW DAY, NEW WAY! :-)


Friday, December 19, 2014

Roonie Ranching: Piped Basket -- Sewing Tutorial

Hello everyone. I'm not a "holiday sewer" in the sense that many sew more and/or sew specific items for the holidays. I just try and sew what I can when I can (and hope to get something in very soon) :-).

I saw this on Sew She Can's website. Love the instructions!

Roonie Ranching: Piped Basket -- Sewing Tutorial: This is a padded fabric basket just begging to be made for a teacher, neighbor, or even your East German friend who has a birthday tomor... 


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Did you get a chance?

Just a quickie here: Did anyone get a chance to take advantage of the craftsy sale last week? I did, however, I only grabbed three classes (enough for me). Last year (which was my first Black Friday sale participation with them), I purchased about six classes.

Here's what I got this time:

1) Sewing Designer Details with Simplicity
2) Big Techniques from Small Scraps
3) Strip Your Stash

Now, before ordering anything from Craftsy, I watch the demo video, read the reviews, read the ratings, read the required materials (making sure I either have all of them OR have to purchase as few as possible--only because I'm trying to use what I have.

How about you? :-)


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

To you and yours. Thank you for your support and kindness! Thankful to each of you that take the time to drop by...even when there's not much going on sewing-wise. :-). God Bless You. Love, JC


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hope to be back soon!

Hello. I'm still here, but haven't been able to post nor catch up on all of the lovely sewing blogs I'm subscribed to. Had a major change in family about 6 weeks ago. Still adjusting.

Thanks for your patience and I'll try and come back soon! 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

It just wasn't meant to be!

Woke up early, had machine, scrap fabric, and a few notions packed on my way to a 4-H Fair.

I would have been sewing small drawstring bags and giving them out. Only if I hadn't gotten LOST!

Even with a GPS and printed written map directions from google maps--in spite of the best tools--I never made it. I kept getting in loops, going on and off various expressways.

And to make matters worse, me and my contact didn't exchange cell numbers so I had no way to call to say I was lost.

After nearly two hours of trying (this was an all day event), I eventually found myself on a familiar road and made my way back home.

Nevertheless, it was a productive day because I was able to clean my parents home. :-)


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lookie look what I got! :-)

Hopefully, you got a sneak peak of our trip on Friday to the NYC Garment District. Here's a couple of my goodies AND places that we stopped. Oh, I met a group of three other (strangers) for a guided tour. There were suppose to be five of us, but two didn't show.

Trenton, NJ
 Trying to wake up!
 Invisible zipper (my first one and first try coming up soon!)

 Ponte! My new love! Can't wait to try it out (ideas later AND welcome!!)
 Isn't she lovely??!!
I got a two 9 inch invisible zippers because our ASG group will be doing this on our next project in October. The project requires 7-9 inches. I got 9 inches just in case and two..for a bargain!

Looking forward to doing something wonderful with the ponte knit. I've read so many raving reports about it. Thankfully, it was in 60 inches width (which I prefer being a plus size--less piecing for me) :-). Have a couple of peplums in mind and "maybe" paparazzo? 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, these are the places we went to (I only purchased from one):

1) Leather, Suede, Skins, etc.
2) Elliott Bergman Textiles**
3) Fabrics and Fabrics
4) N.Y. Elegant Fabrics
5) SIL Thread 
6) Rosen and Chadick

Some of the well known establishments were closed for Rosh Hashana.  

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


New York, New York, New York! :-)

I'm reminded of an old song (won't say how old, but I remember hearing it way back when....). Some of these pics I posted in various facebook sewing groups, but for those that don't have access, you can get in on the fun here.

Trying to get geared up! It's about 6:00 a.m.- been up since 3:00 a.m.!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Let's be clear.....

SUBJECT: Blogaversary/Blogoversary (whatever they call it).

Last week, the blogaversary counter said I had eight more days before the big day.

I knew that was impossible as my date is in mid-October and eight days from last week wouldn't and didn't get us there!!

I deleted the icon, re-installed it and it STILL came up with eight more days.

So for your FYI--we're looking at mid-October NOT September! :-)


Friday, September 19, 2014

It's a coming: BLOGAVERSARY!

It's almost that time! EIGHT DAYS AWAY and we'll be celebrating six years of blogging and more specifically-blogging all things sewing and crafting!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Slowly, but surely!

I actually finished a couple of weekends ago, but had a couple of roadblocks that prevented me from posting. NOW- I need to finish the sleeves and the neckline (for which I'll post that if I'm up to doing it this weekend).


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Prepping: Just about done!

I can tell you now: this MAY NOT turn out to be a peplum!  My first DIY try. It's done...just a little delayed posting. As  you can see, old habits die hard. :-). Still sewing on my old baby--I'll get back on my Brother soon. :-). Stay tuned!

Monday, September 1, 2014


It's upon us again! Let's sew, sew, sew (and craft!). Encouragement for all and to all.

For more info, please go to the ASG webiste: 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

SEW much to do....SEW little time!

I've got a few items to catch you up on. First off, about two weeks ago, I completed Kwik Sew 3647 and forgot to post it here! Was off for about a week: last weekend for a family reunion and after that, a few days of R&R. I'd hope to get some sewing done, but, Oh well!

Here' the pics. It's a night gown and I'll comment after the pics:

I actually cut the front and back out last year using some clearance fabric from a neighborhood Hancock's that closed last Spring. Problem is: when I cut those pieces, I didn't anticipate on being sidelined for several months. So, it became a UFO until about 2 weeks ago. 

By then, a little over a year had past and I couldn't recall what size I'd cut the first two pieces. Therefore, I had to wing it with the collar and arm pieces. Unfortunately, I cut the wrong size and they didn't fit.

It's all good because I learned: If possible, cut all of your pieces in the same sitting. Again, I was literally immobilized for several months (last year) and couldn't sew let alone do many other things.

There's much more, but I wanted to share this with you. :-). Take care!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday sewing

Hello. Got machine cleaned by a guy that comes through a local Hancock's earlier this week, stacked my thread rack that I picked up from a pre-estate scale last week, and started this long awaited pattern today. (actually finished). Will post results soon. :-)


Sunday, July 13, 2014

The score on a pre estate sale

Greetings fellow sewing buddies! Got wind of an estate sale. Contacted the person overseeing it and she allowed me to come this weekend. Here's what I got:

The last pic is a thread rack holder. I need one because my thread spools are in a clear plastic container.
Three vintage patterns. I can do this. Even though the one to the left is a Vogue, no zippers or buttons so I think it would be a good try for me.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New review posted!

Check out our latest review on the following book--located in the "Book Reviews" tab.
The book we posted in late May (Basic Black) isn't available for review just yet.


Practicing on new machine!

We both took turns practicing on new machine.Nailed it! Mom & me went through manual & all went well!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Gotta new one!

On Tuesday, (7/1), I popped in Hancock's after work JUST to get a schedule for when the sewing repair guys schedule for the remainder of the year (called before going). Of course, they're having all these sales.
 :-). I eyed a Brother LS-590.

Checked several reviews online--all of which were positive. It was on sale for $89.99. Went back Wednesday, (7/2), and got it...but it gets better! Got an additional 10% off.

I'll be playing with it this weekend. Taking it over to Mom's later today so we can open it together.

This is the first machine I've actually purchased. My current one (an old Kenmore) was given to me by Mom about 6 years ago. It's over 35 years young, sturdy (the heavy duty kind) and still works!

Anyway, he's my score:

JC Smitty's photo.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Made the skirt back in March when we had a snow day...and forgot all about it..until now.
Didn't use a pattern-strictly measurements and the belt was made from remaining scrap fabric. 


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Soon coming @ ya!

Another book review!  Hot off the press: Basic Black: 26 Edgy Essentials for the Modern Wardrobe.
Release date: July 8, 2014. STAY TUNED! :-)


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

A plethora of scraps!

Got plans for this pile! :-). Pulled them out of my scrap bins yesterday. Stay tuned to see what will become of them!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Next on the grid. :-)

In case you thought I forgot, well, I didn't. :-). Back in late Feburary, I joined a skirt challege, made a skirt.

Now that I'm a little behind, it's time to catch up. Last night and earlier this week, I tried to find some simple and quick pencil skirt tutorials.

There's a ton of them out on you tube, however, I found two that will probably work for me because the instructions are clear, not alot of measuring, get a chance to use my knits.

In fact, I'm due to make two skirts in order for me to get up to speed: March and April.

Sew, look to hear back soon!


Too pooped to post :-)

Hello again. I hadn't forgotten about posting. Busy week, late nights, and just too tired to even post anything. :-). In order to even remind myself of this post, :-). I posted the title and saved it as a "draft."

As stated last weekend, I promise I'd post the tote bag results from a tutorial posted on The Daily Sew's  face book page.

I started one Saturday, finished it and did another one Sunday. The second one took a little longer because....

1) I added a front pocket
2) Had to re-do one of the straps. :-(    :-)

 Pointing out where I was going to do a zig zag stitch on both sides to reduce fabric fraying.
Before pressing seams, I snipped a few so it would make turning the corners easier. I don't have a serger so so a zig zag's the next option. :-)
 Decided to add a pocket. I improvised on the second bag. First bag a little boxier (may be hard to see), this one more traditional.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

SEW Glad!

Ok yall. I've been "spreading the love" all over facebook on various pages, but forgot to give my THUMBS up to Ozcar/Oscar on the take a way on Project Runway's Under The Gunn!

By far, the best designer topped with character and integrity! :-). I just had to do a follow up because if you saw my previous posts, he was ALWAYS my top fav! Good for you!