Back to Basics

First things first. I’m so excited because my fabric came in! I finally got it all washed and ready to go… (Well, they still need to be ironed, but I’ll get to that as I get to each fabric.) I ask you not to judge my ironing board cover, it’s on my list of things to learn to make. I may have had a ‘slight’ addiction to smiley faces growing up and this is still the first cover I ever had. Yes, I don’t iron much.

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This was my first order from Pink Castle Fabrics, actually my first order online, and I absolutely adore the collections they carry. I tried to start with some basic patterns for now but there are so many on that site that I want to have! Locally, I can’t seem to find a store that carries patterns I love, so I just decided to ventured online. Where do you buy your fabric from? I need recommendations. Though I will say, I think I might be at risk of having a fabric addiction after browsing a little for this purchase. I even started a Pinterest Fabric Wishlist! So far, I’m okay with my new obsession, but I may have to keep myself in check.

I thought today I would have something to show for my first blog post back into sewing, and while I guess I do, it is not as much as I expected to have. It isn’t that I didn’t attempt to work on a couple of projects, but I COMPLETELY FORGOT HOW TO USE MY MACHINE! I don’t know why I’m surprised, I’ve only used it 3 times and it has been a while since I attempted anything. I wanted to start on some bibs for my sister-in-law but realized that I had a birthday party to attend, and since the gift came in the day before I thought it would be perfect to give it to her in a little gift bag I made myself. The birthday girl is a card-maker and I require all future cards to be handmade from her (cause they are just that pretty), and it only made since for me to make the bag instead of buying it. I thought I’d be able to get through both projects.

Instead of sewing the whole time though, I spend most of the time reuniting with my machine and fixing errors I caused because I forgot some basic rules. I still don’t know them right now so I can’t begin to explain but I will tell you I learned how to take the foot off for the first time, in order to remove a pin that I forgot to remove in time (or to attach in a way in which I wouldn’t have needed to remove it first). The good news, I did get it out eventually!

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I DID find this awesome post by thediydreamer compiling sewing 101 posts from all over the web and my homework for the next week is to refresh what little knowledge I had acquired during the beginning of my learning process and hopefully learn something new along the way too! I’ve added it to my favorites to guide me until I’m comfortable with my machine.

In the end, I was able to create one of the bags. My goal was 5. I PROMISE to post next monday, hopefully with a finished collection of gift bags since now I’m making the birthday girl wait until next Friday to receive her gift, maybe even a little something for my sister-in-law, and some tips I found the most helpful along the way. No more school and wedding planning excuses.

Here is my first beginner gift bag 😉 I didn’t use any help, though I probably should have, so it is as basic as it gets, but hey, I did it. And I will keep seeking advice on how to improve. Every step counts, right?

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Until next time, happy crafting.


Winter “Break”

How I’ve missed my blog… more importantly, how I’ve missed this sewing adventure. This past semester was the toughest I’ve ever encountered but in the end, I survived it! It may be my first semester without straight A’s but considering I took five classes, three of which were reading/writing intensive, while helping with the planning of three weddings… my best friend’s, my brother’s, and my own. I think I’ll be okay with a few B’s. Or at least I’m trying.

All semester long I’ve thought about what I would like to sew once the semester was over! I’m so excited I can finally get to work! (Though there is only 4 days until my brother marries my creative inspiration of a sister-in-law to be!) I’ve very happy for them and I am glad to be a part of it. This is such a happy time! And after this week, there is only my own wedding to plan so supposedly things will slow down and I can get to work.

Although I have figured out what I want to make, and although I’m not sure how successful I’ll be in doing it, I cannot post anything about it until it’s complete… It’s a gift! Another brother and sister-in-law are expecting!! I’m officially going to be an Auntie… although I already consider myself an Auntie to my fiancé’s nieces. And of course, my next project is for my nephew. Funny how I decided to try my hand at that bib before there were any babies around. Maybe I should be careful about which projects I choose 😛

Another thing that has kept me busy is my latest obsession with Pinterest. Is anyone else as addicted as I have been? I was one of the first members because some , before anything really happened on it, and I never paid much attention to it. I went a wedding last month and decided to take a look again and have been completely hooked on looking at wedding and sewing….and other crafting ideas. I don’t even know where to start! Well I did start by buying a rolling case for my sewing machine. I don’t understand why they have to be so hideous! I found one that I’m at least okay with for now…


Anyway, I’ve gotta run. This winter “break” includes a mile long to-do list I want to knock out before my other best friend comes down January 1st to help with wedding planning. Best anniversary/birthday present my fiancé could give me!! I’m so excited! This is going to be the best year of my life next year, to date! I plan on making sure of it! I see my best friend from Nevada THREE times, become an Auntie to the newborn nephew (and officially an Auntie to my two unofficial nieces), finally graduate college, turn 30, go on my first cruise, marry the love of my life, and who knows what else! (Don’t worry Burg, I will see you MORE than three times!) And I can only hope that there are many more wonderful years to top it after that.

One New Years resolution: to craft more, to blog more. What’s yours?