Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Blues

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Well I had a pair of blue jeans
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They were getting kind of frayed
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but I liked those blue jeans
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Now they're a skirt instead
Woooooah yeah-ah-ah

In other words:

"BEFORE"
Can't believe I remembered to take this picture!
On of my favorite pairs of  jeans were starting to wear out both on the hem by the heel and on the back side. Now, I'm lazy, that's not why they were getting work there. I think this pair is about 6ish years old. That's OLD for a blue jeans!!  plus I was in school most of the time I was wearing them. Lots of sitting.  They were still in fairly good shape but i couldnt wear them because I was afraid I would hear them tear at any moment that I bent down or sat down again in them. I figures a skirt would give a little extra fabric to the back to calm my fears and then I wouldn't have to throw out an almost perfectly good pair of jeans.


No turning back now!
Okay, now this has to become a skirt.
This is the point of no return.
Extra fabric that I should have expected...but was not
expecting.  I had to figure out hoe to get rid of it without
messing upt the whole inseam part.
All pinned and ready to sew!
Finished! That was fast!
Patch I had to sew in on the weakest spot. The corners of
the back pockets were beginning to tear.
The back turned out a tiny bit  snug, but not
too bad...There's a little story about this photo
coming soon.
denim colored thread. After this project, I think I'm in love.
*Story* I am in love with the denim three I bought last night. In the picture of the back of the finished skirt there are stitches going across the back centere right at the midpoint of the pockets and you can hardly see it! That is all. PS Sorry for the mess of jumbled up pictures. I got the blues just trying to place me last night. I wasn't on my own computer, which is pretty much done for anyway and, for me anyway, I think blogger's picture placing tool is not the most user friendly thing in the world. I wanted to fix it but I don't feel like getting frustrated ALL OVER AGAIN!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thoughts of a Saleslady

(Warning: This is sort of cheesy.)

Midnight, listening to an old Jimmy Stewart radio show. I just finished a custom listing for an Etsy customer. I'm happy that I'll be making a sale, it's exciting to make something that you know someone else will enjoy. I'm always anxious before they receive it though, wondering if they'll change their mind, whether or not the mail will get lost, and if they'll like it when they have it in their own hands...among other things. Yes, I do confess that I'm a worrier.

There's a conversation that comes to my mind that I had with another artist friend not too long ago. We talked about how we really enjoy creating our art, and it's so nice to find out when someone else likes it enough to want to buy it from you. That's when you start to see the flaws really stand out. All the small things that nobody would notice unless you told them. It gives you a nervous excitement when you send it off to the customer, knowing that your art isn't perfect, at least not in your own eyes, and you almost wonder if you should stop them and tell them it's flawed and take it back.

Funny though, anything I've ever bought, it's taken me a long time to notice imperfections. When I do see them they become endearing, something that makes the item like no other, something that makes it mine. It's kind of nice to own something someone else put work into, put life into, I guess. It's so nice, so enjoyable, even with the little imperfections.

Cheesy, I know, but you were warned.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Yarn

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Yarn is....

1. a continuous, often plied strand composed of  either natural materials or man-made fibers used in weaving and knitting to form a cloth.

2. a narrative of adventures; especially a tall tale "a roaring good yarn"


*Very fake Irish brogue* I'm goin' ta tell ya aboot yairn starridge.

*Me, again, generic American.*
I'm actually updating this page with a post from my facebook page, as opposed to the other way around! Yarn storage is one of those typical facts of life that everyone has to face eventually. Well, maybe not. But it should be! If you are indeed one of those people who is facing this dilemma, look no further, I've gone yo Google Images for you and found some nice ideas. You can see the whole album here: Yarn Storage Album

My personal favorites are:

The wine rack. Everything is organized but
still in plain sight. Plus, it looks nice and
colorful when it's full of lots of different yarns.
I love this idea! Now, where do I find a wire
dress sculpture thing?


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nothing But Some Old Drapes

Captain Von Trapp: Do you mean to tell my that my children have been roaming about Salzburg dressed up in nothing but some old drapes?!

Maria: Mhmm, and having a marvelous time!



No, I didn't make drapes. I made a purse out of an old valance!  (Though I have made wearable items out of curtains before. Thus, fulfilling my dream since age 4 to be Maria von Trapp...)

Anyway...

You know how I said I couldn't sell the things that I sewed? Well I mean it this time. This time it's against the law! Or, well, the "Terms of Use." Here is the site where I found this loverly pattern. After following the link from pinterest, of course. http://www.made-by-rae.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern/

The fabric used in the pictures on the original site reminded me, slightly, of an old valance I had folded up in my fabric stash.  It was the yellow, I know it was. Also, given the fact that it was raining here for about 5 days straight, I needed to sew something the color of sunshine.
Of course, not having all the materials as usual, I used a regular snap instead of magnetic. Big difference, huh? Thank you to my dad for finally getting it on the purse though. I could have sat there all night tapping away at it. He finally came in my room and told me it sounded like a wood pecker was in there, took the hammer and WHACK! WHACK! WHACK! Perfectly installed snap. :)


Here is the finished result. (The whole thing not just the snap.)

Click to Enlarge Photo.
Two pockets! Perfect for a mirror and bright red lipstick.














                ...and you thought this post was going to be about drapes, didn't you?                                           


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