Working on…

I’m working on a post of helpful hints when sewing that probably exists in no less than 153,295,369 places already on the internet, but I’ll have my thoughts which so very few people have.

In the mean time, I thought I’d share some of the latest work I’ve been doing:

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The Nanny Bag was a project with Sue and the Unnamed will have a name come the end of September. (Not me, but a dear friend.) This last one is just something I was playing with and think is adorable. I’m also making a dress and a couple of skirts that I’ll post photos of soon! They’re in various stages of being finished.

What are you working on these days?

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Seam ripping, cutting and pinning – oh my!

I’ve spent the last two nights doing this

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to parts of this

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(That’s a pile of 50+ year old ties for a special project.)

It’s taking longer than I thought it would and they’re less even than I thought/hoped they’d be, but it’s an important project for Sunday so I’m not going to give up.

Currently, seams are ripped. Tomorrow is ironing and piecing…

Then there’s this

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My purple fabric project is coming along, I cut the seams, pattern and pieces them pinned it together. Before I sew it together I have to decide if it’ll have a drawstring or not. Details.

So this isn’t the post I wanted to write tonight, but it’s where I am. Crafting time can’t always be predicted…especially with new projects you’re figuring out as you go.

Open Eyes lead to crafty finds!

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Isn’t it lovely?¬† Beautifully regal purple with silver stripes and an ivory with gold stripes. It was super inexpensive too. (Without ripping it all apart yet, I have about 2 and a half yards of usable knit fabric I think.)

I saw it peaking out of the rack at a store I popped into last weekend.What store? I’ll give you a hint, I needed crayons. Now, I didn’t expect to find inspiration for a summer skirt that day, but part of being creative and crafty is embracing the inspiration when it hits you.

Hit me, it did; embrace it, I shall!

But, just what was that store? It was K-Mart.

No joke.

It was a clearance rack of winter clothes and for $1.99 each (I found 2 3XLs and 1 XL) these turtlenecks will provide enough fabric for a skirt for me, leg warmers for one of my little friends (maybe two or a tunic dress) and possibly a lovie rattle or stuffed owl perhaps.

Not bad huh?

How is that going to work? Come back (or follow along on facebook) to find out. I don’ t know about you, but I’m pretty excited for my very own New Dress a Day like project. (And do I have MANY more if this goes well!)

What would you make with fabric like this?

Today I try to draw a bird.

I’m going to toot my own horn for a second and just flat out say that I’m a pretty good crafter. I have some¬† basic artistic skills and the ability to take whatever you put in my hands and figure out what it wants to be or be part of.

What I am not is a good artist. I’m not even passable when it comes to drawing, but I want to change that. While you can put something in front of me and I can sometimes produce a decent version if you give me enough time, for the life of me I can not sketch out something in my head. That’s ok though, there is always room for improvement and certainly learning.

To work on this, I have a board on Pinterest called Do a doodle doodle dumb doddle do where I pin examples and tutorials. Every day or so I try a few of them and thought I’d share today’s attempt with you:

Today’s pin How to draw a bird.
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Doesn’t look to hard!

Here’s how it turned out.
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Um, yeah. It’s a start? I know it’s not bad, but it felt very forced. Perhaps with practice I can make it a little cuter and less stickinthemudd like.

Are you learning how to do something new? How’s it going?