new to sewing?

Category: guest bloggers | February 23rd, 2011

all you wannabe sewers out there…here’s a lovely guest post on getting started with your machine by Toyota Home Sewing. Toyota manufactures and supplies quality sewing machines and sewing machine supplies for home use. gotta love sewing machines. they can do wonders. mine has been neglected lately, but i plan on fixing that soon!

Getting started with your new sewing machine

Getting started with sewing and dressmaking can be quite daunting, perhaps you want to get started with dressmaking or just use it for your own hemming and adjustments. Whatever your reason for investing in your first sewing machine, you’re going to want to get the most out of it, so here are a few sewing tips to get you set up and started.

• Get to know the parts of your sewing machine, their benefits and uses.
• The spool pin is normally located on the top of the machine, towards the right back of the sewing machine.  Remove the plastic sticker. Pull up the spool pin. Turn it round the right way and insert the short end into the hole. When storing the machine, invert the spool pin again.
• The upper tension dial is normally found on top left side of the machine. It is normally set on 5. Fiddle with this dial as little as possible.
• The first thread guide is found at the top right side of the thread guide plate. Use this thread guide when filling a bobbin as well as when you thread the sewing machine for sewing.
• The declutch lever is built into the hand or fly wheel. It is used for filling bobbins as well as sewing. After filling the bobbin, switch the lever back to sewing mode.
• The take up lever is found situated in the left thread path next to the thread guide plate.
• Always make sure the take up lever is at its highest position when threading the machine and when you start and finish sewing. (needle up)
• When threading your sewing machine make sure the needle and the presser foot are both in the raised position.
• When you select a stitch, remove or replace the bobbin case in the race hole, the needle must be in the highest position. (up position)
• When you are preparing to sew a project, make sure you use a good quality thread. Always use the same thread on the bobbin as on your sewing machine.

Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with your new machine and got your sewing machine set up and ready to use, you’re ready to get going on your dressmaking, hemming and adjustments.

thanks Toyota Home Sewing for the helpful getting started post. now go out there and find super cute things to make or recreate!

peace and love

pot holder clutch…check!

Category: DIY | December 18th, 2009

this lil project makes me smile. so easy, and cheap! (2 pot holders for a $1 at the dollar store) classic. got this fun tutorial over at Obsessively Stitching. awesome. so i did one to try it out….i forgot to take a before pic of the two pot holders…soo here’s a pic of another pair that i want to do…
pot holders
after… :)
pot holder clutch
pot holder clutch
who wouldn’t want a cute lil pot holder clutch to hold some SB gift cards. lol stitched a line down the middle for outer pockets, added a zipper, and a button. perf.
pot holder clutch
hand stitched the outsides (i would have sewn them but too bulky and my poor lil machine would have died)
pot holder clutch inside
it even has a divider making 2 sections. sweetness.
happy pot holder clutch
ha. loves it. thanks again Obsessively Stitching!!! have a great friday! yay.

peace and love

lots of letters in the alphabet

Category: DIY | December 15th, 2009

praise the Lord I am done with this project. :) took me quite awhile, not gonna lie, but yay i’m done and can’t wait to give them to my nieces!!! i got this awesome project from miss Ashley over @ lil blue boo, and thought it would be fun to do one for each letter of the alphabet….man 26=a lot.
weighing beans
my lil weighing device came in handy.
bean bags
all the cutting, ironing, painting, sewing, ironing, filling, sewing…whew. :)
bean bags2

bean bags3
yay for being done! ahhh can’t wait. i sure hope this makes learning how to spell fun! thanks again Ashley! now i must tackle the rest of the family’s gifts. where to start…..have a great tuesday!!

peace and love

longhorn love…

Category: DIY | December 1st, 2009

sooo i took a million pics over the thanksgiving holida. for real. had too much fun. but i wanted to show everyone one of my beautiful nieces emery. every time i see her she gets bigger and more beautiful. it’s crazy. : ) it was her first birthday the other day and i was so excited to give her her lil shirt i made for her! born a longhorn, so it was appropriate. especially since it was game day. hook em! here’s a few…
longhorn fam
longhorn shirt
longhorn shirt2
baby longhorn
pretty longhorn
awwww i’m a proud auntie. don’t you just love her…and the shirt. ; ) it literally took me about 30 minutes total to do this. super easy. i used an outline of a longhorn as my guide and i drew it on the shirt. then just cut some strips of whatever fabric you want (this was jersey) and do a little hand stitching down the middle of the strips, gather up the ruffles, and sew. fabulous. 
oh and gotta give some puppy love…hehe
molly panda
crazy chief

so my family so kindly mailed me my power cord that i left without over the holidays….it came today!!! praise God. now i have a computer. time to catch up. love to all. it’s starting to get cold here too….super exciting. AAANNNNDDD we got a tree and put up decorations. oooooh yes.

peace and love

old skirt meets new skirt…

Category: DIY | October 30th, 2009

I heart before and afters….


sweet molly girl wanted in on the pic.


molly wanted in on the action too.

molly panda

hehe. I love her….and the skirt.

stick action

nice action shot…lol

patiently waiting

patiently waiting for the stick…in she shade

action shot

her hair’s blowing in the wind. : )

close up

trying to show the pockets with molly’s slobber all over me.

still playing

that’s all for the photo shoot. (my husband so kindly takes time out of his busy, busy work day to take these random pics of me so I can put them on here…much love)  also wanted to give a shout out THANKS to Jessica at Happy Together for her fun recipe that she shared. I made it for work and it was gone in 15 seconds. (that beats your two days Jessica) ; )

yay for FRIDAY!!! have a great weekend.
peace and love

* hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.  -Author Unknown