May 4, 2015

Spring 2015

 I love spring.We went camping this past weekend.Probably should have stayed home to do all that needs done in the spring. Yesterday I got some, of the many pots I have, filled. I still have more to fill as you can see.








This bunch are from the green house.They need TLC.










The trees are beautiful this year.




We have a lilac that is original to the house.We have been here 45 years. The blooms are stunning this year.


I redid an old chair and thought I'd share. Not sure if I have shown this before. I will add it to the screen porch. A good place to do hand stitching.
It was one that we have had for years in the shop waiting for new covering. Mr.T. threatened to throw it away. Have a great week.j

April 22, 2015

more dresses

I stopped at the local fabric store and found some cute Halloween fabric. Casper the friendly ghost.I needed something stretchy to make leggings so I stopped at the goodwill store.Found a ladies top that was brand new. Got leggings and a pair of pants. There was a very ugly dress that I thought would make a great doll skirt. I'll let you know how it turns out.

I made one dress and have another cut out. It is a bit chilly to work outside today so I will sew.j



April 10, 2015

Garden gals Snow again beginning of growing season, tomato plants

 This saying fits me so very well.

I am linking to a great site. Lots to see there.
http://www.frommyfrontporchtoyours.com/2015/04/treasure-hunt-thursday-200-highlights.html






It will soon be time to set out the garden gals.

 Thursday April 9th 2015. Looked out at around 9:30 p.m. and it was snowing. Those big beautiful flakes that you like to see on Christmas eve NOT in April. It is gone this morning and the sun is shining.
My Lilly this year came from Mernards, around  $4.50. It is really one of the best lillys I have had. The fragrance is really filling the house . The other 2 buds should be open today and tomorrow..











We have over 100 tomato plants in the cups. I looked to buy 4 inch plastic pots but could not find any so cups had to work. So far so good. I have lots of pepper plats to transplant today.
I original tomato plat seed I bought last year is in the laundry room.They will have to go into bigger pots too.


ornamental pepper plants and more seed geranium plants

Peppers from saved seed.

seed geraniums with buds.

tomato plants from purchased 2014 seed.I love the start of the growing season. Have a great weekend. j

April 5, 2015


Praise the Lord.
Happy Easter everyone. Have a beautiful day. j

March 29, 2015

Doll dresses and hexes.

This past week,the weather, has been so very nice. Cold some days but with sunshine it is ok. I did some sewing and we transplanted the tomatoes.100 tomato plants.
We will be able to furnish several people with tomato plants.I cut forsythia branches and they are blooming.
 The 2 dresses I sewed this past week are so cute. The patterned fabric is vintage hahaha I've had it since I started sewing crafts back in the 80's. It is just right for spring dresses. The tatting is a perfect trim. Now that I think of it,I think I might have made Hallie a jumper from one of these fabrics.





 the ecru cotton lace was just right for this vest.
 I found a bag of fabric pieces from my mother in law. It looks like she started a small hexie quilt. The pins had rusted into some of the fabric I will not be able to use some of the fabric but the rest is cut and the paper pieces are pinned. Ready to take along when we travel. I did a few last night. Love the blue and white fabrics.

 The last pictures are of some of the hexies i have done. Ready to make into blocks. Hand work is so relaxing.
Hope you all have a great week.j


March 16, 2015

Inspiration




 http://emilytaylordesign.com/designer-challenge-round-2-girl-inspired/I loved the fabric but didn't have it so I went looking in my stash and found a good substitute.
I made up my own pattern and this is what I came up with.
 Fun to do. I especially like the button loops.I'll be using this type of button closer again. Have a good week. j
link  http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2015/03/sew-darn-crafty-linky-party_15.html



February 27, 2015

Sew much to sew. Sew little time.

Link to  http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/2015/03/sew-darn-crafty-linky-party.html

It has been cold and snowy here. I have a great sewing room and did a bit of sewing. I can watch the birds and when the sun is shining one can pretend it is spring. I had some children's cloths I picked up at good will. I decided that the skirt would make a good skirt for the American girl doll. I cut the skirt waist band off. Took off 9 inches from the side. folded the top down to make a casing for the elastic. sewed up the side and it was done



. I tried it on Bonnie but it was to long so I cut off the original hem. Serged it the edge then put in a new hem. Good to go.
I had made another skirt, 2 vests ,a shirt and a pair of leggings. I made it all mix and match. The first vest is wool. It needed something to jazz it up so I did a bit with buttons and embroidery. The lace skirt is a bit to fu fu for my taste but the kids will like it. The vest needs something . Maybe some beading. I will be using the other parts of the skirt for another shirt and maybe a head band.



Sew much to sew.-----Sew little time. Have a good weekend. j