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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pillow Talk

During my old auction days I bought a box of linens. Who am I kidding? When I used to go to auctions and yard sales, I bought MANY boxes of linens. I had so many linens....suffice it to say, if you need linens don't buy them. Come here. I'll GIVE you some!

Anyway, at one auction I bought a giant box of linens. Yeah, big surprise. Actually, the greatest surprise was buried all the way at the bottom of the box. Under the pretty tablecloths, the not-so-pretty tablecloths, the "what the heck is that?" cotton lining thing, I found a bunch of tea towels. Two of them were calendar towels with very important dates on them. One from my birth year and one from my hubby's. Honestly still can't believe it. Some people search forever for this kind of thing. They pay lots of moolah on eBay. Mine were after thoughts in a box o'linens.

I've kept them all this time thinking I would one day properly stretch them & hang them in my kitchen. They're towels, right? Kitchen towels. What else do you do with kitchen towels? If you're not going to use them, hang them up. In the kitchen.

Well, they've been in my linen closet for years. Never did stretch them. Not hung up. Then today -- this post on Craft Gossip:

This is a MUCH better idea than hanging up the towels. File this under "Duh, why didn't I think to do that?" I mean, I've made pillows from linen tablecloths, why not from a towel? DUH!!!

I am so making these. I can't wait to go through my stash. Or better yet. Buy new fabric! (I love new fabric!!!) I'm going to get some trims and make fancy little throw pillows for my bed. How cute will that be? Our birth years on our bed? Awww...I'll post pictures when they're done.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


This is a very exciting time for me. A little over a week ago, I made my first sale! Two team colors purses in Minnesota Vikings colors. What's even more exciting is learning that one will be a gift. To think that someone thinks enough of my work to gift it, is beyond words. I couldn't be more proud!

Last night I had another first. I had my first sale on Etsy! I'm so happy I could about burst. It's a custom job, which I'm going to get right back to finishing. I feel so very, very blessed right now! Just had to share....

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Life is full of surprises. Some good, some not so good. Yesterday was full of good surprises. 

My husband & I were out shopping (on Labor Day, of all days) when he surprised me by bringing me in front of a bank of sewing machines & telling me to pick one. Any one! I was floored. 

You see, I have a sewing machine. Two in fact. Very simple, servicable sewing machines. I'm not even close to an expert, so I never figured I needed a fancy machine. Don't get me wrong, I've looked at them. I coveted them from afar, but I knew the machine I use was good for my purposes. Because, let's face facts, pretty much all I do is make curtains & purse linings.

My husband, bless his sweet heart!, is of a very different opinion. He figures since I'm trying to turn my passion, and hobby, into a business -- I need better tools. Over the past few months I've received a new iron (which is so much more awesome than it sounds!) and now this new sewing machine. Want to see her? 
Singer Model 2010
Isn't she gorgeous? 200+ fancy stitches built into the machine. So much, there are three little cheat sheets that pull out to give you the stitch numbers. Automatic threader. Buttons to raise & lower the needle. A button for reverse (no lever to hold down.) It even has a start/stop button. You can sew without a pedal! Who ever heard of such a thing? And she's so quiet. I could sew during the wee hours of the night and no one would hear me. I absolutely love this machine & very highly recommend it. She's a bit expensive, like only the best ladies are -- but she's totally worth it! What a great surprise!

The surprises continued on today. I was going through a box of fabric remnants when I found another box marked "sewing." What could possibly be in this box? I don't remember ever seeing it before, let alone putting stuff in it & labeling the box. I opened the box to find an absolute treasure! Look at all this stuff:

Fabric! Where did that toile come from? I can't wait to use it to line a purse. 

Another measuring tape! This is so great. Now I have one in my yarn basket & one in my sewing room. No need to carry the tape around or, as is more likely for me, forget to bring it until I absolutely need it. 

More pins! Can't ever have enough and these are the long pins with the large heads. My favorite!

My old fabric scissors. These belonged to my Grandmother who is over 90, and doesn't sew any more. She gave these to me years ago when she & I were talking about how "things aren't made as well as they used to be." I was complaining that I couldn't find good scissors and she gave me hers. They may not look like much, but they are still sharp and since I only use them for fabric, the cut like a hot knife through butter. I thought I lost them and now they're found!

Don't you just love surprises?!?