Monday, September 22, 2014

leslierahye's Very Fall Steampunk Blog Hop 2014

Sadly, not enough hours in the day for me to play this go 'round, but go and check out all the bloggers....
they do some awesome stuff!

Friday, September 12, 2014

What can you accomplish in 40 minutes???

You can free motion an all over design on a baby quilt!!

Thanks Denise, I needed the practice and the company was awesome!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


 picture by Fynn Sloyan
Such a waste....sigh....

I will never understand how people can take the name of God and use it for evil and personal gain.
I will never understand how religious zealouts can break all the tenants of their belief system and then feel justified in killing people who don't believe like mean flawed?? 

We live in a broken world, filled with broken people just trying to make it through the day.  Why can't we just lift each other up instead of making a fuss about things that have no real meaning?
I will always remember that day.
I will always try to be a lifter and not a taker.
I will always be flawed.
I will never understand.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August Sewing

Yep, I really did sew this month annnnnnddddddddd learned some new things. 

You would think since I have been sewing for quite some time and can make a corset that I would be really good at clothing....alas, not yet. Especially when it comes to fitting myself and altering patterns.

I took the first step (or 2 or 3) and now I am hungry for more. 

Pic time.....

Made two little dresses for Africa. 
I followed the directions on Nancy's Notions

First step.....
maxi skirt made out of preruffled fabric with a yoga waistband....thank you pinterest

Steps 2 and 3.......
Made a full bust adjustment
Added a dart where there wasn't and took a little width out of the upper chest
As you can see, it took me a little bit of trial and error.
Practice, practice, practice

The one on top (smaller) is the before, the bottom is the after

The before showed WAY too much belly for me to
The after is a comfy fit, the side seams hang straight and the side length matched and everything........AWESOME!!!

A few tweaks:
          the bust dart needs to be lowered about a .5". I may leave it as is....
          the dart "legs" need to be shortened about 1.5"....need
          Things get a little wide when you do a FBA, so I will tweak on the "good" fabric

I just may have a plaid linen Eva Dress before the week is out!! EEEE

Also, Polly's quilt camp is this week and I think I am going to try my hand at a disappearing hourglass.

 Now to get my hand on a solid layer cake or cut a bunch of 10" background squares..........

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Too busy to blog.....I like the sound of that! I was out livin' and, after a few years, needed a blog break.

I've been up to a lot and down some weight and even became a maxi skirt/fitted shirt kinda girl. Who knew?

First stop...Solvang

Tried on hats

Went to the Motorcycle museum

 Visited a mission

Had to get a pic of the great Lady herself

Santa Barbara

Ronald Reagan Library 


AirForce one 

A pic of the first lady ushering in AF One 

And Mr. OSHA  himself notices that there is no 6" toe kick
Really? That is what you focus on? LOL

Hubs loves him some jet engines

Marine One

A real section of the Berlin Wall

     Me, running for President                     Me and the Mr.

Hearst Castle

here we are.....

Willy ate regular food, used dishes that were dead common, paper napkins and no tablecloths. He didn't want his staff to do more than was needed. Allllll under a 2 million dollar ceiling from the 15th century. hahaha 

Basking by the pool  

Who knew Santa lived in SoCal?
Is that why it's Called Santa Barbara?

Ate at Lou Lou's Griddle in the Middle. 
Diners, Drive-ins and dives restaurant #2

Cool Monterey Beach

I know, I know...cliche  

 We saw these covered fields everywhere

They housed ginormous blackberries

Santa Cruz and thee bestest part of the vaca

 off roading




Dismount issues 

Drove ON the beach near Pismo

Earned a new fitbit badge

ooo and ahhhh
Me want

Had a hard time parking

And bought the little princess a little princess outfit

and that is just the first two and a half weeks of this month.

Started sewing some little dresses for Africa and may make some little britches too. And leggings.....lots of 4t leggings for the little princess.

Life is going to be busy, fun, tiring and down right bloggable. I can't wait!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

May, June and July

Lots of happenings and even a little sewing. I want there to be a lot of sewing.....I WILL get better about scheduling fun as well as boring junk...I. WILL. 

Some of what's happening......

Working on a table topper...A big ol' dresden in all the greens from the circa 1934 line.

Finished an apron...have another cut out and hope to finish it this weekend

Eva Dress pattern printed, taped and cut out. 
Most of the pattern lined up well except for one tiny facing met at four corners......really? 
That should be fixed. Will post more as I sew the pattern in the next couple of weeks.

Got prescription sunglasses. Still adjusting

Celebrated the Fourth with the hubs up in Chico area
***Warning  Selfie practice***

Lots of fruit fixin to be ripe..already eating some of the grapes  yummo

Had lots of family visiting on and off for the last few months, hospital visits for the mil have stopped since they changed her meds back to the old stuff, hot flashes have turned into hot sweats, got a smart phone, lost 11.2 pounds and have taken nearly 1,000,000 (one million) steps since I got my pedometer. A pretty full quarter of a year.

Trying to get back into blogging on a more regular basis....we shall see...