Sewing


After checking Heather’s, a dear friend, blogs today, I noticed she awarded me with an Arte y Pico award.  I was stunned, especially since I envy her and her blogging style and prowess. 

Heather and I have what I would consider a long history, if you count five years as long history.  Not only was she the person who got me in the business I am in today (thank you, thank you, thank you), she helped me go from fat-ass (really I am serious) to actually living in the healthy BMI range.  We first met when i walked into her step aerobics class back in early 2003.  I was huge, sitting around 215 lbs.  As the instructor I was expecting her to be distant with me since I was over-weight, but we had a good connection even from the beginning.  I think it was our similar sense’s of humor.  As the pounds dropped off, I kept going to class and we learned more and more about one another.  She and I share a strong bond on many levels and topics from work to day-to-day life.  We became close, and eventually came to work together in our full-time job life.  it was great to have a strong, driven, and confident female to interact with. 

In addition, Heather’s blog – Finding Atman – is a daily read for me.  It helps me to see into the mind of a working mother, what I am sure will be my title.  She has great insight, and always a common sense approach that we all need from time-to-time.  Needless to say, I would consider her a great friend.

Ok to get on with the Arte y Pico award…It comes with rules, see below:

  1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.
  2. Each award has to have the name of the author and a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.
  3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that presented her/him with the award.
  4. The award winner and one who has given the prize have to show the link “Arte y Pico” blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.
  5. Show these rules.

Ok so now I have to hold up to my end of the deal.  I have to pick five blogs.  I am not sure if that includes Heather’s or not, but just assume it does and I will move-out from there. 

1.  U-Handblog– Lisa Lam is a sewing goddess when it comes to making handbags.  She makes her own patterns and shares many of them with us her fans.  She took the leap and opened her own sewing business, of which I commend her intestinal fortitude!  She has great style and inspiration.  From London-town, I award U-Handblog my first award. 

2.  Farmgirl Fare– Susan is a future farmer’s go-to for great bread recipes, stories of farm-life and great pictures.  I am attracted to her blog because of her representation of farm-life, which I lived to some extent growing up.  From Central Missouri her sheep, donkeys, dogs and bread, keep me coming back for more. 

3.  Craft Apple – Lindie serves up some more great sewing inspiration when it comes to bags and new patterns.  I like checking in to see what fabrics she is using and any new patterns she has available. 

4.  Savage Minds – This site, developed by multiple contributors really gets my head in the game for some tough problems at work.  They provide current, up-to-date information on global issues that truly shape the direction of my daily work.  It is a great asset, I get excellent gouge from them.  Savage Minds is a collective web log devoted to both bringing anthropology to a wider audience as well as providing an online forum for discussing the latest developments in the field.

5.  Apron Strings– Judy and I have just “connected” online and share many of the same interests – sewing, animals and the simple life.  She makes some fantastic bags.  The first thing that attracted me to her site was the last picture on this post!  HA!

Alrighty!  So there you go.  I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend.  Am celebrating my 29th birthday this weekend YAY!  And running around like a chicken with my head cut-off – my wedding is in 16 DAYS!!!!  HORRAY!!!

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There have been a few requests for measurements and a tutorial for the Grocery Bag. 

 

I have typed up some basic instruction with pictures to help out. 

 

See link below to link to the word document with step by step instructions!

 

Grocery Bag Tutorial

 

I also listed it in my box.net – over on the left hand side bar!

 

Enjoy 🙂

In efforts to practice what I preach, I have been refusing plastic bags when I hit the grocery.  It is difficult sometimes when I have a few little things that are hard to carry – and pushing a cart is completely unnecessary.  Last night I sat down and drew out a pattern on some freezer paper (a seamstresses best friend) and whipped up this! 

 

        

Easy and simple.  This one is on my Etsy site now, a few more are WIP (work-in-process).

 

 

Could this be done, I often wonder on my way to work.  I look around as I drive and think are these people thinking the same thing as I?  Who knows – Lets break this down in a few of questions.

1.  What is your day job? 

I work as a Political Military Planner for a Combatant Command in Norfolk, VA.  What does this mean?  Well it is hard to describe in a few words, but I am smart I will try.  I facilitate the synchronization of efforts between the Military and ALL other agencies, Non-Government Organizations, etc to ensure the military is staying in their lane (ie. not coming in and taking over the show).  Do you get it???

2.  Could you financially quit your day job?

Ha!  Funny, no.  Despite the fact that I have a well paying job, comparatively speaking to my teaching salary nearly 8 years ago, I have not yet reached financial stability that will allow me to give the boss-man my two weeks and make it short and sweet.  I invest a large portion of my pay into a 401K and am planning for the future – retirement.  Josh is doing the same.  We are on the “right-track” from all I have read and heard from financial planners.  Though, no! I cannot leave unless I finally win the Mega-Millions. 

3.  Is your job so bad that you would quit regardless of money? (do people actually have that option?)

Not right now.  I am really loving what I am doing.  I get to work with great people, who the majority are extremely bright and challenge me.  I not only get to work with Military type guys, I have been able to work and make solutions to problems in the past few years and It makes me proud to be a part of what we (the US) are working towards.  Being able to come to the table with Assistant Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security and the State Department is awesome.  As a little girl growing up in Madison, Virginia I wouldn’t in my wildest dreams thought I would be doing what I do today.  It is extremely rewarding work and I feel I am making a difference. 

4.  Would you want to quit your day job?

If I started to hate it, yes, I would find something different.  I quit a day job about 6 months ago that just sucked the life out of me.  It wasn’t a hard decision at all.  I hated getting up in the morning and coming to work.  It makes me so relieved to be out of there. 

5.  What would you do instead of your day job?

If I was financially able to quit my day job and not have to work what would I do, you mean?  Yes – Lets see…I think my days would be spent in my garden.  I would be planting different flowers for each month.  Maybe have some cutting flowers to take to a local farmer’s market along with my juicey tomatoes and big ripe watermelon (my favorite parts of summer).  I would have sewing projects coming out of my ears and enjoy outfitting my family and friends with my own dreamed up patterns.  My sewing room would be filled with delicious fabrics and I would be making a bit of a little business out of my creations.  In addition, I would be volunteering as a class Mom to Kyle’s class.  How fun would that be – I wouldn’t want to be there every day or every week, but just to come in and help out with craft time, lunch or field trips would be a blast.  Oh I would also have a horse and would ride up and down the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail daily (as long as I lived in Chesapeake).  Oh – get great recipes from Giada, Paula and Inahaving a great meal ready everyday and be inspired to make my own recipes.  On warm days sit in the hammock with Josh reading a book or sipping on some good tea in the winter laughing about The Office.  Oh and don’t forget about Gym time, gotta be fit!  Ah, the life – looks like I would probably still think there weren’t enough hours in the day.  . 

6.  If you HAD to get a day job, what would it be?  ie. What is your dream job?

I don’t know if I have a specific dream job for this time in my life.  It would probably be doing something similar to what I am doing now, but more in the field work.  That is hard to do with family, I know, but women these days manage.  My dream job is anything where I know I am making a difference.  Right now I don’t mind so much that I am working for “the Man” but I would say, being my own boss would be great!  Starting my own business to train and educate government servants their role and responsibilities in complex operations – Yea that!  Later on in life, would be a life much like this

Ok, now it is your turn.  I would love to see what the rest of you out there in the blogosphere think. 

 

 

 

Ha!  That was fun at least making the list….

Last weekend was great, I got to see my pal Jess walk across the stage at Mary Washington University; I was able to cook a meal for my family for Mother’s Day; and I got absolutely nothing done around my own house.  What does that mean?  This weekend I am going to be the proverbial chicken with its head cut-off running around getting projects accomplished.  Here is a small sampling:

Friday – in no particular order

1. Drive home from work – which should only take 30 minutes, instead I will be sitting in traffic for at least an hour.  I kid you not.  It sucks. – DID IT

1.1.  Oh wait – don’t forget to pick up the new cell phones from the FedEx facility – another 15-20 minutes.  Cool phones though!.  I love Verizon Wireless. – DID IT

2. Stop at the grocery for – noodles, part skim ricotta cheese, mozarella, sauce and meat.  Guess what that is going to be???  (see #2.3) – Yep that too…

2.1.  Make the dinner

2.2.  Serve the dinner – You know it!

2.3. Clean up after making Lasagna- ugh!  It is the absolute worst dish to clean up after- does doing it Saturday count?

3.  Cut out the rest of the baby shower projects I am working on finishing before the 3 showers I am attending in the next 4 weeks!  YIKES!  I am loving doing the baby stuff by the way.  Another reason my Etsy shop is not full of cute items. – BBBPPTTTTTT Yea, about that – it goes down hill from here.

4.  Check on the veggie garden – I fear the raccoon from last year will be back any moment.  That rascal! – well ok that was easy

5.  Paint the Foyer and Hallway – color is Desert Fortress from Lowes – a nice warm brown despite the defensive name.  – HELL YEA

6.  Attempt to stay awake past 9:00 pm. – didn’t happen

Saturday – In order

1.  Clean the house so….. HOPEFULLY!!! Josh can mow the lawn.  – DID IT

2.  Rascally Raccoon watch. – HISSSSSSSSS You know it!

3.  Prepare for the most fabulous Little League Baseball Game.  GO KYLE!!! – No questions

4.  Go to a BBQ for about an hour – the first one of the day.– Sure did

5.  Go to Kyle’s game.  REMEMBER THE SUNSCREEN!!! – – Yikes!  almost forgot

 

6.  Go to a BBQ – the second one of the day.  I hope I haven’t melted from the game.  No time restraint on this activity, thank goodness. – MMMMM Moonshine 🙂 oh yea

7.  Go home – work on Baby projects.  They are SOOOO cute!!!  Will post pictures when finished. – HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Sunday – in no particular order

1.  Grocery Shop – ugh!  I hate it.  But like Blooms – No questions

2.  Put the new floor down in the Foyer and Hallway – the reason we painted!  Hardwood – can you hear the Angel’s singing? – We did it….well Josh did it

3.  pack for my trip – business- YAY out of the office time! – had to

4  Baby Projects- – I got on it, dog-gone-it

5  Cook Dinner – i haven’t planned what yet – maybe Leftover Lasagna. – Josh cooked, awww

6  You guessed it Baby Projects. – yep!!!!

Shew!  A full weekend, can’t wait to get started….and finished.   – Well sorta

Just to let you know the enthusiasm of The Bored Seamstress hasn’t wained.  Mowing the lawn, I peak through the window to see my sewing machine and serger sitting their lonely as I toil away with the normal springtime chores.  Now that the garden is almost complete – chuck-a-buck full of 8 9 tomato plants, zucchini, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, green string beans and okra, I can get back to sewing. 

Last night I put together a darling Baker’s Apron.  I made my own pattern using freezer paper, Josh’s level/yard stick, my quilting ruler and a handy-dandy pencil.  It was really quite easy! 

I cut out the pattern, then pressed and prepared the fabric for the main body of the apron, pocket, and cut the neck-ties and waist-ties.   And YES you see that correctly, those are metal “D” rings.  What an easy way to make it custom fitting for whomever!  It was definitely a fun project and I felt great that I was doing it My Way!  I followed my own sewing intuition and I think it came out great! 

What do you say?

 Josh took the picture.  I asked him to decapitate me for posting on Etsy purposes.  I am crossing my fingers I will get some one interested in it. 

Any feedback, I am all about that….Let me know what you think!

What is this you may ask?

It just happens to be the first baby blanket created by The Bored Seamstress.  

Blanket?  Hold up…Baby blanket?  No Mom, I am not with-child, wipe that brow and lets get back to business.  Baby Blanket??  That is too easy you may say! Sure it was, but I found ways to complicate the situation.   You see that “E” I decided to sew in the middle of the soft-fuzzy-towel-like area?  (here’s a close up)  

Let me tell you that is harder that it looks.  The cotton fabric is flimsy.  I should have interfaced the back with a stabilizer.  Lesson Learned on my part.  The next one will be much better.  Not that this one is bad, however, when you are a perfectionist, it makes life a little bit harder when you give a brand new creation to a friend.  I have nit-picked the entire blankey.

The blanket isn’t ready for prime time on The Bored  Seamstress, however, I have a few (5+) to make for my beautiful friends who are with child(ren). 

I can’t wait to see those beautiful faces.

As for now, I will continue my projects…and wrap them up for Mom and Dad…      

 

 

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