Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Tape. (surprised Jo-Ann's doesn't sell it) I was a litle taken aback this morning when I saw the price - $5.29 for ten yards, made by Dritz. A little shock there, I didn't remember it being that much or by Dritz. Dritz is good though, and instead of stocking up on two rolls at that price, I decided to wait for their next 50% off notions sale and get only one for now.
BUT--Hancock's is having a big sale and since I had a bit ot time, decided to roam the aisles. Good thing! I found a separate notions sale rack...and -- Stay Tape! The familiar pretty flowery blue package by Collins Notions I had at home. Same ten yards, but only $1.55! I put the other one back and grabbed nine packages. Apparently Hancocks is going to carry the Dritz line and clearancing out the Collins brand. Check your Hancock's store and see if they are doing the same thing. (I left some packages behind to keep good sewing Karma!)
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 ounces prepared whipped topping, thawed
1 (6 ounce) graham cracker pie crust
1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled, halved lengthwise
Beat the cream cheese until smooth with an electric mixer. Gradually beat in the sugar then beat in the sour cream and vanilla until just combined. Fold in the whipped topping. Scrape the mixture into the the pie crust. There may be some filling left over. If so, reserve it to be decoratively piped onto the top of the pie. Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
Starting in the center, arrange the strawberries in a circular pattern. Pipe with any extra filling if you like.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
With the front and back darts, I like how it looks unbelted and belted with a light woven JJill belt - and with sandals or cowboy boots or barefoot.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Filled with over 20 projects. I liked the Stitch In Time tidbits from other sewists scattered throughout the book. One in particular (Fredda in McKinney, Texas - page 110) incorporates Pi as a sewing aid - not pie pie, though I think that could help with sewing - but using Pi to figure out the fabric amount needed to make sewing around pillows, circle skirts, tablecloths, etc. Check out the sewing machine covered with buttons on page 18! I also liked her super-easy way to make a laptop sleeve (page 52) by using a pillowcase and a layer of batting. This book would definitely appeal to the new generation of sewers in their teens-20's, but even those of us beyond would find inspiration and bravery to try new techniques...jumping off the perfection bandwagon, and finding the freedom to just sew. I would buy this book the next time I need a free shipping boost from Amazon and a sewing jumpstart.
Monday, June 08, 2009
FIT ("Fit in your life. Fit in your style")
9889 Bellaire Boulevard, #251-261
Houston, TX 77036
Clean, light and bright - you'll see the citrus colored orange/lime/lemon lettered-signs showing you the way to their location on the second floor of a new two-story strip mall. (It actually faces away from Bellaire Boulevard, so turn in, then when you head towards the back, turn to your left.) It's packed full of goodies, yet not overcrowded and about the square footage of a Walgreen's. L and I spent over an hour in there and we still didn't see everything.
There are very helpful clerks available for explaining and translating. Most items are $2, colored dots will indicate $3, $4 and $5 prices. We didn't see too many of the $4-$5 items, though.
If you are an organizing freak, you will go nuts. There are some Hello Kitty items - designated for sale in Japan only. I found a HK magnet - on the receipt it says "Cute Cat" character goods. Lots of Disney items. Baby items. Dollhouse sized furniture. Party and decorating items. Cool household gadgets. Plates, cups, cutlery. Presentation boxes, bags and paper baking cups. Reuseable cloth bags. School supplies. Games, toys.
Can you think of a more cheery and healthier way to start your day than with a pink, yellow, green and blue totebag measuring 16" x 14" x 8" with "Doughnut" "Always Happy Day" "The delicious food smell made our mouths water" a bear asking "What's the menu for lunch?" "Lovely Friend' and the coffee telling the toaster to "Hurry Up"? Going green can be fun and funky!
If you purchase 10 items, you can play Bingo and win an extra item. Lucky L did and she picked the metallic ribbon twisty ties.
But as you can tell from the photo, my favorite section was the crafting "Merry Hobby" area -- all sorts of sewing, beading, knitting and crocheting supplies - including that funky usually $$ yarn. I found buttons, fabric, ribbon - note the fringe edge of the hula girls! Embroidery and craft kits. The "Patchwork Cute Cloth", is a really nice 100% cotton and measures 21 1/2" x 20" The ribbon is a meter, 40"
The one drawback to this store - it's on a second floor and only accessible by a staircase, albeit a staircase with a landing part way and with tiny depth steps. Fit, indeed. With our size 10's, we had to grab and use that handrail. There is a parking garage attached to the building - it may have an elevator we did not see.
We agree with the other shoppers - 5 stars, and we will definitely return!
Sunday, June 07, 2009
How long have you had it?
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
UPDATE AUGUST 13, 2014 -- Please click here to see how to thread your Husqvarna Viking 1100 sewing machine!
And click here for how to wind the Viking 1100 bobbin!
UPDATE APRIL 18, 2015 -- Click here how to clean and keep your Viking Husqvarna 1100 happy!
This week - Weekend Designer She takes inspiration from RTW, then drafts and posts the pattern line drawings. If you've been looking to stretch your skills and dip your toe into sewing without a commercial pattern, her blog will help get you started.