Sunday, December 22, 2013

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on your holiday dress? 
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Hello to All You Ladies who are participating in the Mad Men Sewing Challenge.  I just found out that Katie Couric is having a Mad Men event on her show on April 22nd.  If any of us are lucky maybe we can get tickets.  Mmmm.....yeah right. : )  I did put in a request anyway.  Wouldn't it be great if we can go as a group and show our finished garments?  Anyway, we can at least tune in on April 22 and enjoy the show from at home.  


Special Audience Events

April 22, 2013
Do you go crazy for Donald Draper? Are you glued to your TV every week waiting to watch the drama unfold at Sterling Cooper? Tell us why you love Mad Men and you could see them LIVE on the Katie stage!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

From Shorts to Skirt in 90 Minutes

A friend of mine is leaving for Florida and wanted to transform a pair of her shorts into a skirt. I thought she was actually leaving on Friday, but she's leaving tomorrow. I could not have her go without her skirt, so I quickly stitched up the center front and back seams. Place her chosen mudcloth pieces, as she chose and stitched. At first I thought would use a zigzag stitch around the edge, then decided that a nice straight stitch would work better. Not too bad for a 90 minute job, huh?.


I'll have to have her send me a pic when she has it on.  I hung it up in front of me and it hangs pretty well, with a slight drape at the center front.  It was fast and fun.  I plan to do some more skirts before the Summer hits.  BUT with putting much more time in it.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Old Japanese Art

I saw an article in Better Homes & Garden last month and thought I'd try my hand at this old japanese art called Kokedama.  It was so much fun.  
I'm sure I will be making some more to add to my homemade jungle. : ) 

Going Crazy Over Mad Men

I just spent almost two hours trying to decide which dress to make for the Mad Men Sewing Challenge - they are all so nice.  Since, I kept leaning towards Peggy (I absolutely love her style), I chose to go with this gorgeous green one:

I'm not too crazy about the color but I love the style!
Now to find a pattern.  Probably wont find one exactly like it, not to mention 
in my size, so I'm prepared to do a lot of altering, but of course that's all part of the challenge, right.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Things are finally starting to pick up.  I'm fortunate enough to have the opportunity, once again, to get the window display down at Uncommon Grounds AND for two whole months!!!! How awesome is that!?  Plus I've decided to take on the MAD MEN Challenge.  But, unfortunately my sewing classes that are held through the continuing education department at the high school, did not make it this semester.  Registrations were down.  That's the first time in...actually, I think that's the first time ever!  And I've been teaching there for years.  But, I'm still looking for space to do outside classes.  Every place I've contacted is booked.  So, the search continues.

In the meantime, I have plenty to keep me busy.  I hope to be posting later this week a picture of my choice for the Mad Men Challenge and maybe even a sneak peak of one of the products for the display.

So stay tuned. . .

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mad Men Challenge Blogger Button
OK, so I'm in on the Mad Men Challenge!  Have not picked my dress yet, but I will very soon.  It's been a long long time since I've sewn anything for myself and since my weight gain - it will be a challenge on top of another challenge : ).  But, it will be lots of fun!  Thanks Julia and Becci for the encouragement.