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Friday, June 13, 2014

Life changes and lack of sleep

So, it's been a while since I've updated this blog at all...
Which isn't too surprising given that I haven't really done anything with machines or crafting in what seems like forever.
We bought a new house and moved, and I have beeen working on that house ever since.
It's going to be awesome when it's done, and I am going to have a MASSIVE crafting studio with a nice view of Mt. Hood...

(yes this is the actual view from the studio)

It's the getting from point A to point B that is kicking my behind.

Add to that another bit of fun:

When we moved we used Comcast's mover's edge thingy to move our accounts to the new location...except.. they didn't and I lost all my email accounts.


Thursday, January 16, 2014


I recently decided to run a comparison test between Mettler thread and Gutterman.

I went into it with a set of preconceived notions, all of which turned out to be false.

I expected the Mettler to be better thread. Less linty and better quality.
It wasn't.

The Gutterman thread shed a LOT less and broke far less often.

And it's cheaper!
This dress is finished and going up on the etsy shop :)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Too much

There's just too much gibberish out there.
It makes me want to become a hermit.
But, then again, I'd still have to deal with other people, I just wouldn't be aware of the current mores.

I'm tired of idiots pushing their particular religious beliefs as law.
Or rather, the fraction of their religious beliefs that lets them persecute a minority group.

The Old Testament condemns homosexuality?

It also condemns BACON.

and shrimp.

and denim.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

It's kind of funny

Each time I start a project I always am assailed by self doubt and fear.
I worry that I just can't do it, that I am not good enough at sewing.
Or that the idea itself is stupid and flawed and I should just not waste time on it.

Which can all together be quite paralyzing.

Someday, I will be better than that.
Someday I won't tear open my own wounds and I will accept my skills as what they are.

But for now..
I just keep plodding forward!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Starting up

So, I'm making more doll outfits
I'm going to do, I think, a series of maid dresses.
Possibly for sale on etsy, I haven't decided.

This is just my personal opinion based on the varieties of them I've used thus far, but I'd have to say that the two best 'regular' brands I've used are Wiss, and the all metal Ginghers. 
They are well made and hold an edge better.
The problem with plastic framed scissors is the same as plastic sewing machines, a lack of rigidity and an ease of warping.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

It seems like

In the few months I've been semi inactive, they have decided to increase the difficulty inherent in posting on these pages...
Logging in just became a much more treacherous procedure....

I've been busy with the kiddo, and I'm enjoying that more than I would have dreamed. 
It might have something to do with the fact that he's adorable.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My sister in law

is visiting us for 3 months.
In that time, I am going to teach her how to sew, and how to cook!

So, as a beginner excercise, I am having her make....BAGS!

But not just any bags.

I've been thinking about this for a long while.
See, I make my own grocery bags from the fabric left over from other projects.

But every time I go to the grocery store, I end up bringing home a gaggle of those stupid plastic produce bags.
For which there is pretty much no use.
So, I've been thinking about what I needed to do to make my own reusable version...


I've been collecting damaged vintage lace curtains for some time.
Got a box full of them!

Sewing wise. this is pretty simple.
sewing lace can be a total pain in the butt!