Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Project #2: Bracelets!!!!

Bracelets Galore!!!!
So I found lots of beads and old jewelry while cleaning my sewing room so I decided to make bracelets.  At first, I strung them and attached them to clasps, but then I discovered some memory wire.  That stuff is great!  Just fold over the end with a pair of pliers and finish with a little clamp, then string away!  I think that three loops around is good.  I made sets of bracelets that can be worn together or separately.  Here are some of my creations with memory wire.

Random beads look nice together!
Fabric ribbon bracelet with bow
Large glass beads 

Love the colors!

This light blue bracelet has two separate wires.

Monday, June 11, 2012

 My sewing room is done and I love it!!!!!   I finished the closet organizer and then painted all of the shelves and table top a bright, glossy white. I painted all of my flat, wood boxes turquoise.  Our local True Value had cloth boxes that fit perfectly in the big cubbies.

My closet is full but organized.  I can find my stuff and now I can START SEWING!!!!!

My first project, a mod knit dress with a turquoise skirt.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Summer Project #1

First day of summer vacation for me.  I already painted my sewing room closet turquoise.  Next step: the assembly and installation of a closet organizer.  I hope I can pull it off without doing something stupid.  I have an internal rebel that refuses to follow directions, certain that I can improve on anything.  I have ruined many recipes because of that damn little rebel.  Today, I will look at the picture and try, try, try to make it match but even as I type this a thought crosses my mind "I don't need that silly shoe rack, I will install it without the slant and make another shelf".  So much for following directions.

Monday, June 4, 2012

It isn't easy for me to sit still, not that I am hyper, I just have lots of ideas in my head and I want to try them all-right now.  This blog is just another activity that I wondered about.  It requires some sitting, so this is good for me.

Today I have to go to a meeting for the whole day....and I have to sit still as best I can and be thoughtful.  Being thoughtful is fun for me but if a thought gets repeated too much during the meeting, I start to lose control of the "sitting still" thing.  Then my leg starts bouncing or my socks start getting itchy and I have to find something to distract myself.  A great distraction is my summer projects.  I can sort through my inventory of fabric in my mind and then start designing projects, making alterations and throwing them away without lifting a finger.  It's a handy skill.  If only I could sew as quickly in real life as I can in my mind...or maybe I don't want that.  There is something so satisfying about slowly laying the fabric out and the sound of the scissors vibrating against the table top as I cut.  I love the hot puff of the steam from the iron too.  Then there is my sewing machine.  My dear friend that can see me through the toughest times.  My summer projects should unfold slowly like drinking iced tea on a front porch swing but better because I won't have to sit still.

Here's to summer projects!  Cheers!