Monday, April 20, 2015

Enjoying the Crazy

Sometimes, life gets crazy. I mean, there is the 'normal crazy', but every once in a while (like around this time each spring) things get really crazy. You ought to see my April/May schedule! So many concerts and recitals to go to, my own choir concerts to plan, recording accompaniments for said choir concerts, teaching, sewing projects upon sewing projects, practicing for the upcoming orchestra's these times that make me wonder why I make life so hard for myself...but it all just seems to happen without my help! I'm sure you all know what I mean!

Well, after a very stressful week last week when everything seemed to be happening (or needing to happen) all at once, things have calmed down a little. Sewing projects are going well, choir accompaniments are recorded, and I feel more on top of things. Maybe I am just learning to enjoy the crazy. At any rate, I finally had time to look at my blog - and realized that I hadn't posted in two weeks! Sincerest apologies to my blog readers!

Today, I actually had time to run into a thrift store between choir and teaching. I was looking for a brown belt. I found one. A really nice one! And a beige one, too. Both like new and both for only 25 cents each. You can't beat thrift stores!!

Before I even looked at the belts, though, I looked through the fabric. I don't need fabric. Goodness knows I don't need fabric! But I am seamstress, and I love fabric. And when the pieces of fabric are only 25 yeah, I bought some. I mean, could you pass up this beautiful piece?

I didn't think so. I want to make a shirt sort of like this out of a few months, when I have more free time. Wait, will that ever happen?

In the mean time, I am working on a dress for a friend's graduate recital, which is turning out to be a really fun project. I can't wait to show it to you! 

That's all I have to say for now. I'll try to be back before another two weeks go by, but I can't promise anything! Enjoy your crazy lives!

Monday, April 6, 2015

He is Risen!!

This Easter, several people from my church came early to sing hymns and eat breakfast together before our regular service. It was a great way to start off the celebration of our Lord's triumph over death!

Then on to more singing and a great sermon about the surety of the resurrection and the hope that it gives us, followed by a feast and continued fellowship.

I love these girls so much!! What would I do without them?

Even though it was a bit chilly, we all wore our Easter clothes! I like to have something new to wear on Easter each year. This year, I made skirt out of some beautiful fabric a friend had brought me from China last summer. My shirt was a thrift store find. And thanks to my mom for letting me borrow the sweater! I needed it!

This was my first try at an asymmetrical hem, and I'm loving the way it turned out! It was also the first time I had sewn elastic straight onto a skirt for a waistband. I'm loving that, too!

I celebrated Easter with friends and family, new clothes, singing, and feasting. Through His pain and suffering, Jesus has given us joy and gladness. Let us not waste His gift!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring Cleaning

For several months the area beside my sewing desk has looked like this:

...lots of bags full of fabric that I have no place for! My sister thought I should buy a shelf, but I hate spending money...

Recently, however, I got the spring cleaning bug and really wanted to do something about all those bags. I started thinking about the hanging shelves that you can buy to put in a closet. We have a few of them in our linen closet, and they work great! Why couldn't I make one?? I started brainstorming.

First, I pulled out two big pieces of fabric and sewed them together for the outer walls, like this:

I ironed the raw ends towards the inside and sewed them together as well.

The shelves were cut from foam board, which I found in 20x30" sheets at the Dollar Tree for 50c each. Now that's cheap!! I made black fabric pockets to cover them.

The hardest part was sewing the shelves into the outer casing. I ended up pinching the fabric over the foam board on each side and pinning straight through it. The foam board was almost too thick to fit under the machine foot, but it just worked!

Once all the shelves were in, I made straps to hang it.


All that was left to do was empty all those bags and fill the shelves.

Here are before and after pictures so you can fully appreciate the improvement.

Now that's better! I think my sewing area is pretty much complete now!

Have you been spring cleaning? Or spring crafting? I'd love to hear about it!