Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Black Friday Sale!!

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that I will be having a Sale this weekend for Black Friday - Cyber Monday.
Check out my shop on Friday.  I will be having 2 for 1 sale on my  PDF patterns and commercial patterns.  I will also be having specials on the beaded ornaments and stockings.

Unfortunately I haven't done any work on the dress renovation because I have been getting ready for this sale.  Hopefully I will be able to get to it this week.

I went to a "Festival of Trees" event in our town that is a fundraiser for the Canadian Lung Association.I took some pictures and thought you may be interested in seeing them. I got some good ideas for my trees and it was nice just wandering around and getting into the Holiday spirit.

 check out the chandeliers!!

This one is my favourite!!

Have a great day!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Snowy Friday

Good morning,

Yesterday the sun didn't last long and it snowed all afternoon and evening and it is snowing again!!
The roads are quite slippery already.
view from my back door

I decided this morning that my feet are cold and I need a new pair slipper socks.  I have lots of leftover yarns and I found this pattern and tutorial for Norwegian House Slippers.  They looks really easy and cozy and there are no heels to turn!!  They look like they will be addictive - maybe everyone will get a pair for Christmas.

Is everyone looking forward to Black Friday and Cyber Monday??  I will be having some special offers in my Etsy shop for the weekend.  I will let you know all about it early next week!!

Have a great day!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Reno Thursday!!

Hello all,

We have a beautiful, cold, sunny day today.  Better than yesterday when it snowed off and on and we had a little storm that didn't last long.

Today I have finally got my camera working and have got pictures of my next reno project.  I have had this dress for a while and it just does not fit right.  It is crepe and has a bias lining and it alway seems to pull in the wrong places so I have decided to cut it up.  As I have been looking at it on the manequin I realize the colour is a little drab and the style a little dated but it has beautiful beading  and a nice neckline so I cannot get rid of it.
I have decided to try and make a skirt and hopefully a top out of it.  Because I am not so tall I think it will be possible.  The dress was too long anyway but I couldn't hem it because of the beading.  If I cut it to the length I need for a skirt and add an elastic waist I think there will be enough fabric left to make the top long enough.  Here's hoping.


I was thinking I would wear them separately and I am unsure of what colours to wear with the two pieces to brighten them up a bit.    If anyone has any ideas of what to wear with this colour  I would love to hear from you.

I have listed a couple of new items in my shop this week.  I have a hand monogramed pet ornament and a baby's first christmas rattle ornament - as always I love to get custom orders.

Wish me luck on the dress reno - I will have some pictures next week wether it works out or not!! 

Have a great day!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday morning

Good morning,

Today is a dismal day.  A great day for staying in and sewing.

I finished fixing the white leather coat and wore it on Friday but I didn't post a picture becasue I didn't really do much to the thing.  I opened up the shoulder seam of the lining and took out the shoulder pads (big improvement) and I found the missing button so I didn't need to replace the  buttons - all in all it was a lack lustre. project.

I have been working on some knitted cowls (with beads of course) for my shop.  I have one buttercotch wool one listed and another white one is almost done. 

Other than that this week has been fairly uneventful.
I have a project picked out for tomorrow's "Upcycle Monday".  This one will have some actual sewing in it I promise.

Have a great restful Sunday!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Good morning all,

Today is a drab cloudy day with a forcast of snow for tomorrow.  I must get my yardwork done today I am running out of time.

Did anyone watch Project Runway last night.  We are only just at the begining of Season 9 (episode 8) in our area.  I believe it is over in other viewing areas-please don't tell me who won- I want to be surprised.  I think this is the most boring season yet.  There are no flamboyant personalities and no drama, it is a bit boring in that respect so far.  From what I have seen I think the clothing designs are much better than last season. I particularly liked the winning dress last night.  The little black dress with the lace details, it would be perfect for the upcoming holiday party season.  I also loved the mustard coloured clutch that one of the guys made.
I have been working on more beaded ornaments for my etsy shop and I have started working on some knitted outerwear - maybe the threat of snow has got me going.  I have just listed the first piece - a cowl in 100%wool with beads of course.:)  Let me know what you think??  Any comments on Project Runway.

Have a great day!!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Welcome Back

Good morning,

Today is a lovely sunny morning in Northern Ontario but the forcast is snow for the end of the week.

I have been blog absent for a while now and am finally organized, I hope.  I am trying to make my blogs meaningful and informative and have come up with some new ideas for my blogs.  Since I have varied interests in the sewing, quilting, beading, home design and travel areas I have decided to try and include a little of each in my blog posts.  I hope you will like it and if not "please" let me know.

So starting off a new day I will be renovating a leather coat that I found while cleaning out my closet and getting the winter clothes ready.  I am not in my 20's or a size 2  so my clothing renovations (I hope) will resonate with the "mature" average women out there.  I bought this coat in the 90's.  I didn't wear it too much because it is a winter white colour and it didn't really go with small children. It does not need much in the way of renovations.  My plan is to remove the large shoulder pads and replace the buttons but you never know what will happen when I get started.  If you have any ideas please leave me a comment.

Check back in on Friday for the "weekly round-up" to see the my finished coat.

Also  for my design wall Monday I have started my second block from the Celebrate Christmas quilt along.  I am doing it in button hole stitch rather than needle turn applique.

Let me know what you think of my new format??

Have a great day!!