Sunday, November 27, 2011

Blooming Chenille Bias Strip Scarf

I Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had the opportunity to enjoy it with family and friends. My daughter and I did a little Black Friday shopping. We did not go at midnight or even 3am or 4am, but probably walked into our first department store around 7:30am. I don't believe there is anything that could drag me out any earlier than that! I did get a little of my shopping done but still have quite a bit more to do. Hope all of you had a pleasant experience if you did wonder out before the crack of dawn, from the news reports a few terrible incidents did occur.

My stepdaughter from North Carolina came in for Thanksgiving and because she will not be able to come home for Christmas we celebrated Christmas early with her family and my other stepdaughter's family. I have to say the pillowcases were a big surprise and the grands seemed to like them very much! :)

Last weekend I made a scarf out of the Chenille-It Blooming Bias Tape.  I purchased mine here.  I had seen this done on an episode of  Sew It All, a creative  television show on public television. It looked like a fun and interesting project so of course I had to try it out. They actually made a shawll, but I didn't want to make anything quite so large as my first project using this media so I decided on a scarf for one of my youngest grands. I think it turned out pretty good and it is like magic the way it blooms to life when machine washed! You can see the episode and follow the directions at Sew It All TV. Here are a few of things you will need to make this or any similar project.
And of course your sewing machine and matching thread.  Below are just a few steps on how I went about the process of making the scarf.  This is not meant to be a tutorial, check out the Sew It All TV website for more detailed information.

I made a pattern on the Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer.  Just measure as long as you want the scarf to be, point the ends and then draw your stitching lines. Starting on the lengthwise lines stitch pieces of the chenille strips making sure to stitch right down the middle of the strip. No need to backstitch the ends. After all the lengthwise strips are stitched, start on the crosswise strips.
After you have finished these steps You will sew a strip all along the edge on the wrong side of the scarf. (simply turn it over and sew it to this side).
Add the fringe to the edges, be sure to sitich down the middle of the bias strips before adding this or when you wash it the fringe will dissappear! Add the fringe and then add another strip to all edges this time on the right or top side. Trim it up and machine wash in cool water, and completely dry in a warm dryer.

I love it! You will need to go to Sew It All TV and follow the step by step directions.  This is not meant to be a tutorial, just a general idea of what all you will need to do to create a cute project of your own.  I am ready now to go on to much bigger and better things.  This product is really neat and fun to sew!  Hope you all try it and let me know what you made and how it turned out!!

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Little "Slice" of Heaven!

I recently received an item for review and it truly is a little slice of Heaven!   The Slice Safety cutter is great for couponers!  It is easy to carry in your purse, can easily cut coupons at the store and it is so safe a child can help you!   It certainly cuts coupons easily!

It only took mere seconds to cut out these coupons.  But I am not really very big on coupons.  I love them if they are for department stores,  but your usual grocery store variety don't really do that much for me.  I guess I don't want to take the time to hunt for those individual items to save a few cents.

But let me tell you it does do a lot of things I would use it for.  First of all plastic, I mean the hard to get through kind, like they put toys and such in, it cuts through it like it is putty!  I did not have any toys that were unopened to try it on, so after opening it, I tried it on the packaging it came it.  cut into it just like butter!

But that is not all this little slice of heaven safety cutter can do!  I am always sewing and crafting.  I wanted to see if this little cutter could do anything to help me out while doing those things.  It can and it did!

Sewing patterns have what are called "notches" on them.  You can cut these out or just slit them(which is what I always do) and match them up when sewing.  Let me tell you this little Slice Safety Cutter was a little wonder when it came to slicing into them.  I was able to put the blade of the Safety Cutter into the point of the notch and it cut a clean little slit right to the edge.  Did not have to worry about cutting into the fabric ( I have done this many times using a pair of scissors) because I was able to go the other way, to the  edge of the fabric.  I love this, I will use this!

Also while sewing there is sometimes a need to give a quick pressing to a small seam or two before continuing to sew. This little Slice Safety Cutter is great for this!  It gave it a good little pressing in seconds using the top edge of the cutter!  Kept me from having to go to the iron for just a small pressing and that is a huge time saver!

This is the handiest little gadget I have seen in a long time! It fits neatly on your keychain and also has a magnet on the inside so it can be kept on your refrigerator!

So I must say I give this little Slice of Heaven, the Slice Safety Cutter a great big Atta Boy!  It has so very many uses.   Even if you are not a huge coupon user I know there are tons of ways you can find to use it.  I am going to have to get a couple more.  I already have this one on my keychain!  I need one to keep on my fridge and one to keep with my sewing notions too!

The Slice Safety Cutter is great for couponers and it is also so safe that even children can use it.  The blade is made from ceramic and will stay sharp for a very long time, and it is very small, it is almost impossible to cut yourself with this tiny but powerful blade!  I love it, be sure to visit their website for more information and get yourself one today!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

This week I have made a few more pillow cases and worked on a project I am excited about and will share with you in a future post.

I am joining Meet Me on Monday again this week.  I really enjoy it.  Reading the answers to every one's questions is very interesting and fun!

Click on the photo below and join in a the fun!

The five questions this week are:

1.  Does your family/friends know about your blog?
2.  What is your favorite card game?
3.  What do you wear to bed? 
4.  What is your favorite kind of French Fry?
5.  What is your usual bed time?

Here are my answers:

1.  I am sure my family and friends have seen the notices I have posted on Facebook about my blogs.  I have one daughter and one sister who read them regularly, If there are others I am not aware of it.

2.  I really do not play cards very often.  I am more into word games like Scrabble, Boggle etc.  If I play I usually play Spider Solitaire.
3.  I usually sleep in a tee shirt and pajama pants.  I don't like to sleep in gowns, seems I get all wrapped up in them and wake up tangled like a knot!

4.  I love curly fries!  The spicy kind.  I love them crispy and spicy!

5.  I try to go to bed around 10:30 during the week.  My alarm goes off at 4:30 and so I have to go to bed at a reasonable time!  However, there are times I am in bed by 8:30 and other times I cannot go to sleep to save my life ( Sunday night is usually one of those times, I think it is just dread!)
Well there you have it! Hope everyone has a great day!

Happy Monday!
Happy Sewing!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Pillow Talk and The Week in Review

Sunday, 11-6-11

This week has been an awesome week. On a personal note, I was able to finally download all the music and videos I had on my Ipod Nano 3rd generation to my new Ipod Touch. I have to say that this is something I have been working on for weeks, but last night a light bulb went off and I realized it had been right in front of me all the time! Oh well!

Halloween went a lot better this year, I had 3 spooky visitors.  When compared to last year, that is 3 times more!

I also had an awesome invitation from Michelle over at Heartfelt Balance / Handmade Life to be the featured blogger on her Sit and Relax Weekend Hop!  I am so very happy and excited about this and would like to publicly thank Michelle for this honor!  Sure hope everyone will visit her blog and check out the hop which will go live at 10 pm on Thursday (11-10-11).

Now for the project for this past weeek:

Last month I was picking my brain trying to come up with something to make each of my grands as a little token of Christmas.  I have 13 and needed something that would not be too time consuming or too expensive. While I was reading the Winter '11 issue of Simple Quilts and Sewing  
I came across an article.. Pillow Talk ( Designer: Joyce Hartley and Project Manager:  Elaine Walsh.)  
It is a tutorial for pillowcases that are quick to sew (around 20 minutes) and are made using a technique that encloses all the seams!   How cool.

 I went fabric shopping and found several fabrics I really love.  I made two yesterday, and have cut out some to make today.  I will be able to finish these before Thanksgiving and still have time to do more for friends and family!

Some of the fabrics I chose
And here is one of the pillowcases I made, I did say I made two, but they are just alike, hence one photo!
These are so easy to do.  Takes no time to put together, and all the seams are enclosed so no raw edges or seams show.   PERFECT!!  Grab a copy of Simple Quilts and Sewing today, it has this project and sew many more. It really is a great inspiration for sewing and quilting!

Remember to check out Heartfelt Balance/Handmade Life and link up to her weekend blog Hop!

Happy Sewing!


Now,  Meet Me On Monday

I am joining the" Meet Me On Monday" hop again today ( just a wee bit late! rough morning!)  You can hook up with this great hop at Never Growing Old.  Every Monday she list 5 questions for each blogger to answer so we can all get to know each other a little better.  It is such fun and a small window into the personalities of the bloggers I am getting to know.

Here are today's 5 questions:

1.  Are you excited for the holidays or are you dreading them?
2.  Do you hit the snooze button or get right up?
3.  Do you still have your tonsils?
4.  What was the last piece of candy that you ate?
5.  Do you shop at thrift stores?

And here are my answers:

1.  I am so excited about the holidays.  All my kids and grands will be here on Christmas  Eve and we will have a wonderful time.  We play a game called "Dirty Santa" and it is such fun.  It is a time for sharing gifts and love, it is a very important holiday in my family!
                                 Me and my crazy sons on Christmas Eve

2.  When the alarm goes off in the morning I am usually already awake and listening for it, but still I usually hit the snooze one time.  I really don't know why I don't just go ahead and get up because I turn the alarm off and get up before it can go off again!

3.  No!  I do not still have my tonsils, I had my tonsils out when I was 15.  I thought it was going to be great, all the ice cream I wanted and missing school!  Well let me tell you trying to eat that ice cream they brought me was the biggest surprise of my life, thought I was going to die!  But in 4 days I had recovered enough that my Mom let me be in the Christmas Parade in the pouring rain!  Ha Ha, yes I was a crazy teenager, but I survived!

4.  The last piece of candy I ate was a bag of goobers that we had left from Halloween.  I don't eat candy very often ( control my diabetes with diet and exercise) but I did eat that and it was wonderful!  YUM
5.  Yes, I do shop in thrift stores!  Burkes Outlet is one of my very favorite!  Any where I can find a great bargain, I am there!
Well Hope you all have a wonderful Monday, and hope you will meet me again next Monday!