Happy Wednesday and welcome to another edition of my blog. I'm nervous about this because I am showing my first SEWING projects!!! I have been practicing so much, and I'm learning a lot. However, the stitching isn't absolutely perfect but it is getting close. I've got a ton to share with you in this post, so let's get to it!
First, as promised, it is time for MY BLOG CANDY GIVE-AWAY!!!! Since I'm all excited about my new sewing machine and all the possibilities it has added to my paper crafting, I thought I would give away something that is related. Drum roll please. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
- (1) Sew Easy Mat
- (1) Sew Easy Tool with a straight stitch head and handle that holds a needle
- (2) Additional Sew Easy stitch heads with various stitch patterns
- (8) Sew Easy spools of colored floss for a total of 24 different colors
How's that?? I had bought all of this at various times thinking that I would not make the plunge and get a sewing machine. But once I got my machine I didn't need this system any more so I thought it would make the perfect blog candy. So, how do you win???? You know me, I don't make you jump through hoops to get it. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered. It would be nice if you followed me, but it is certainly not required. I will use Random.org to select the winning comment at Noon, July 6TH, and will post the winner's name on the 6TH's Wednesday Evening Post. I wish all of you good luck!
OK, on with the projects I would like to share. Here is my first SEWN card!!!!:
See the stitching??? My first zig-zag stitched card!!! I thought this House Mouse image would be perfect for it. I paper pieced the little mouse doll with the same background paper. The round sentiment was created in Word on my computer. I, of course, colored the image with my cheap colored pencils and oms. Here is a close up of the stitches. . .
I'm honestly shocked that the stitches measured perfectly to each corner on all corners. Talk about beginner's luck! LOL I'm learning so much about the machine. . .for example, who knew your bobbin thread color doesn't have to match your spool thread color????? I bought a bunch of bobbins thinking that I would have to have one for each color I used. . .LOL Such a newbie!!!
OK, my second project:
This photo isn't the best, but it was the best I could do. . .This is a bookmark that I made for a neighbor who loaned me a great book (Merle's Door - about a man and his life with a very special Golden Retriever - made me cry several times!!!). I've finished it, and wanted to return it with this handmade bookmark. The background paper is all the dark black print. It was the glare on the paper that makes the bottom part look dull. I looked up "book quotes" on Google and picked this one and generated it on my computer. I cut the top of the bookmark with a Nesties set by just doing the top. Added the brads, eyelet for the ribbon, and then stitched around the two sides and bottom. Don't look too close. . .I still need practice with my straight stitch! But it wasn't bad. The bookmark itself is very sturdy because I stitched 3 layers of card stock together so that it wasn't flimsy.
OK, last card is not a sewn card, but it is an experiment. . .
I know it is a simple looking card, but it is kind of unique. As you can see, I stamped right on the paper thin bark. This image is the large tree from my friend Mark's stamps at Deadbeat Designs. I used distress inks (rusty hinge, mustard seed, and walnut stain). Once I was finished stamping on the bark, I tore around the edges to get a rustic kind of feel. I used glossy accents to glue it down to the card stock. To dress it up a bit, I used a wonderful little trinket that my good buddy America sent me and some natural hemp cord for more natural accents. This will make a great Fall note card. Kind of fun, huh? Once I had it done, I wished I had used my wood grain embossing folder for the dark brown mat. That would have made it look better I think, oh well. . .Just goes to show that if you look at things differently, you can come up with some really unique stuff!
I also wanted to share a couple of other things. Here is the new place in my craft room for my sewing machine:
I know. . .don't laugh at the two chairs on either side. . .I like my barrel chairs (they were in my office when I was a manager and when they closed our division, they let us keep some of the furniture). I just don't have any where else to put them and they have always been up there. Next week, I'll show a pic of the full room so you can see the configuration. But I think this little table complete with large drawer is perfect for the machine! I got it from my Mom. She is moving in with my sister this week until my sister's house sells, then they are going to buy a house together. So Mom's getting rid of some of her stuff.
Finally, a special Pic of the Week:
This is my beautiful oldest boy, Shotsy. He celebrated is 10TH birthday on June 24TH. He looks a little blurry because I used the "low light" setting on my camera and you have to be really still. It turned out cute anyway. That is an Oreo Ice Cream Cake. Every year, we have always gotten the boys an ice cream cake to celebrate their birthdays. Of course, they just get a small slice and we get to eat it as well. He is such a good boy. He posed with that cake in front of him for 3 or 4 shots and posed for each one. Never once did he try to eat the cake. He really knows the rules and loves to pose for pictures. He is truly the sweetest dog and such a love of my life. This was taken with him at the coffee table in our living room.
OK, I've taken way more time of yours than I deserve. I hope you enter for my blog candy!!! I also hope you all have a wonderful, safe 4TH. Thanks for stopping by, I love having you come and hang around with me. Can't wait to see what you've been working on. . .See you on your blogs!
God Bless America!
"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."