Generating My Christmas Gift List

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Decided that if I am going to giving handmade Christmas gifts then I need to get started. So, I am in the process of making my list and looking at what materials I have on hand. Then I need to decide on what type of project (gift idea) and start.

Santa's Elf

Santa’s Elf

Some of the gifts will require sewing, sewing cat,

Some will require embroidery,embroidery 2,

and there may be one or two that require knitting and or crochet knitting

So, the planning stage has begun.

Scrub Top Salvage Campaign

In my previous post, I shared the Halloween scrubs that were saved through alterations. I borrowed the technique used in the Kardashian line with the contour bands. Now, I have finished the last three scrubs that were in my to-do-stack. These were Christmas themed scrub tops.

I added a black band to this one, which was a store-bought top. See how it looks:

Side view

Side view

????????????????? This is a frontal view of this top.

The other two, originally, had a solid red contrast trim so I used a contouring red band on these.




Think these turned out quit well

Scrub Campaign Alterations

My daughter asked me if I could come to her rescue. She realized that the scrub tops I previously sewed needed to have a little bit more ease to them. She needed the ease so her movements would not be restricted when helping to take care of the pet patients in their veterinarian clinic. There were three Halloween scrubs, one novelty print scrub and three Christmas scrubs. I tackled and finished alterations on the three Halloween scrub tops and the one novelty print scrub top. The Christmas ones will be done a bit later. Luckily, I still had remnants of the original fabric pieces so I added a band to each side seam. Here is an example of what the alterations look like.

????????????????????     This is what the finished project looks like when hung on a hanger. The side band is about 1.25 inches wide and runs the entire side seam.

????????????????????????  I put the finished scrub top on my sewing mmannequinto give me a better feel of how the band who lay.

Since I had additional fabric of the contrast, I added a band onto the side seam.

Since I had additional fabric of the contrast, I added a band onto the side seam.

Fall Decorating

This is our first Fall in our Nevada home. So as we unpacked and organized our belongings, I pulled out my Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. Then as we did our cross-county road trip, we stopped at antique malls along the way. We found a few additions to add to our collection of Fall Decor. Let’s have a peak at what we did.









New Scrub


Made a new scrub for my daughter. Novelty print and teal trim.

Hi! Ho! Hi! Ho! We are on the road again!

Quilt Squares to keep me occupied while on our latest road trip

Quilt Squares to keep me occupied while on our latest road trip


Dug out these quilt squares to work on as we travel across country. This phase involves hand appliqueing the cream squares to the larger green ones. Each green square has been serged.

Embroidery Hoop Doily Wall Art


This is a wonderful idea. I definitely want to try making this project. Thanks for sharing.

Originally posted on adisoninmadison:

I’m collecting doilies to create table runners for my wedding reception. The big day is still  a year and a half away, and it seems a shame to keep all that lacy goodness boxed up until then. So I’ve found a way to display some of my favorite pieces! It’s very inexpensive, both the doilies and the embroidery hoops can be found easily at thrift stores. I’ve never paid more than a dollar for one. This is so easy that it almost doesn’t warrant a tutorial, but I’ll give you one anyway for those folks who prefer step by step instructions to winging it.



Brightly colored thread or embroidery floss


Wooden embroidery hoops


1. Choose an embroidery hoop and doily that are roughly the same size, the hoop should be a bit smaller. Stretch the doily onto the hoop, although not too tight since your doily may…

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Interim Projects to Keep Busy

As I am in the process of setting up my sewing room, I’m keeping busy with a few knitting projects. Using yarn from my yarn stash, I made a knitted scarf. The selected stitch was a garter stitch. Project took 2.5 skeins of Paton’s Super Chenille. Each skein is 50 grams.

100% cotton chennile

100% cotton chennile

The second project I started is a baby blanket.

Baby blanket

This project is also using yarn from my stash. I’m knitting a caterpillar stitch for this blanket.

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy (And Some Exciting News)


A very fascinating refashioning tip. Thanks Renegade Seamstress for this wonderful idea.

Originally posted on The Renegade Seamstress:

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy

Denim, so rugged and strong.

Doilies, so delicate and fragile.

Create a delightful dichotomy when combining these two completely different textiles by adding doily sleeves to an ordinary denim vest. 

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy

My latest tutorial over at eHow will walk you through the step by step process of adding these beautiful doilies to a denim vest.

Denim and Doilies: A Delightful Dichotomy.

But before you click over to eHow to read the entire process, I want to thank you once again for taking the time to leave comments, tweet and pin to your Pinterest boards. Believe you me, it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the powers that be over at eHow. Because of you, they have now asked me to be the Resident Sewing Expert for Demand Media Studios!

Pinch me!

To thank you and to celebrate, I’m going to give this doily sleeve vest away to one of you on Saturday, August 23rd. Each time you comment, pin, tweet, share my…

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New Sewing Room

Its been about a month and half since we moved into our new home.  Priority focus was in setting up our kitchen, living room, dining room, family room, master bedroom and a guest room.  Now that, that is done, I’ve started in on my sewing room.  A marked improvement from the blank slate posted here.

Cutting table in one corner facing the street to capture some of the natural lighting.cutting table

The full wall on left side adjacent wall is where I decided to set up my sewing station.


This picture was taken during the unpacking stage.  

Then I converted the closet space into a storage space to hold my sewing notions. 

Sewing Notions             IMG_0738  Every thing is labeled.




Here is the room that has been designated as my sewing room. It is about 11 x 11. There is one window that will give me ample lighting.

Looks out onto Kelsford Drive

Looks out onto Kelsford Drive

I’ve decided to set up my sewing station around the perimeter of the room. Along with my cutting table.

The closet
This closet is perfect to hold my staking bins containing my notions and threads.

Hubby will have to install a few shelves on one wall. I will have to put wheels on my dress form to make her mobile. The ironing board set up will be a challenge.

Hope to be posting more showing-the-progress pics of my crafting hideaway.

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