Fabric Clothespins Bag

I bought one of those hanging clothespins bags from the dollar store years ago. I am really surprised it has lasted as long as it did. When I was hanging clothes on the line last week I noticed that every time I put a clothespin back in the bag I could hear a little clunk noise…. I had a big hole in the bag and my clothespins were falling out into one of my gardens!!!

At first I was going to just buy another one seeing the last one lasted as long as it did but then decided I would just make one.

I used the old one as a pattern from the new one but you could just as easy make your own pattern. It is after all only rectangles with a circle on one to put the clothespins in and a small hanger to actually hang it. But I took the easy route and just used the old one.

Sandie

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I Have a New Vegetable Garden!!!!

As you may have guessed, I have a new vegetable garden…. albeit not a big one but I have one nonetheless lol! (It’s still a little bit messy because of digging and the soil that got on the grass around it but I still wanted to share the picture)

AND my lilacs are starting to bloom! They are my absolute favourite! What an awesome smell!

Yesterday Dillon helped me dig out a new garden for the vegetables I want to grow. Last year we tried to grow in some sort of felt raised garden bags. While it wasn’t too bad, they caused problems in the winter, holding snow up against the wall of the garage/shop and when it started to melt… guess where it went? Yep… in the garage.

This year I decided I wanted an actual garden instead of trying to find different ways to do raised gardens. Chris and I went out into the yard and decided where we wanted to put it and I called in the big guns… aka Dillon and his youthful strength lol… and we dug up the grass where the garden was going to be.

Here are a couple of pictures of the process. It took quite a few wheel barrow trips to get rid of the grass we dug up lol!

Once Dillon did the heavy work I mixed in some better soil and triple mix and was able to start planting!!!

This year we are growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, red onions and two kinds of lettuce! Hopefully I can keep them alive and thriving this summer so we can enjoy them. I think it will be so awesome to grow something my granddaughter can eat!!!

Sandie

Using an Overcast Stitch

When I saw my mother-in-law last weekend she was asking me about using the overcast stitch on our (she bought the same machine I did because she really liked all the features that made me buy it lol). She said she used it on something but it didn’t turn out anywhere near how she expected it to.

I thought it might make a good post because there may be other people out there making the same mistake we did, or just wanting to see how the overcast stitch works/looks.

I told her that I had a tablecloth I needed to shorten and hem and that I was planning on using the overcast stitch function to do it. Now keep in mind that until my new sewing machine I had been sewing on one that was probably about 30 years old. It didn’t have any of the bells and whistles this one does lol. That machine’s overcast stitching consisted of my zigzag stitch lol!

The new machine, my Brother HE300, has a few overcast stitch options. The first time I tried it I lined the fabric edge up with the space in the presser foot and started to sew. Definitely not the “finished” look I wanted for my tablecloth. I couldn’t figure out at first what I was doing wrong.

This is what my tablecloth edge looked like doing it this way.

It wasn’t completely awful but it still wasn’t how I wanted it to look. I stopped stitching at that point trying to think of what I was doing wrong. Apparently…. and all of you expert sewers, don’t laugh at me lol…. I needed to let a bit of the fabric go into the space in the presser foot. This gave the presser foot and the little appendage (for lack of being able to think of another word lol) fold over the edge of the fabric and not only overcast as it’s supposed to but fold under and sew over the raw edge of the fabric, catching all of the loosening threads where it was already starting to fray.

The outcome was way better and definitely more what I was looking for on my tablecloth.

This is the picture of the edge after I used the presser foot properly (or at least proper enough that I have a nice tidy edge now)…

You can definitely see a difference. I am happy with how the edging turned out when I did the second, and hopefully proper time!

I also took a video of the presser foot/machine in progress using the overcast foot/stitch to send to my mother-in-law to show her how I made it work. I will include the video after this paragraph.

That was the lesson I learned to today on my new sewing machine!

Sandie

A Day of Yard Work

Phew! Yesterday was a busy day working in the yard.

I started off just planning to put up all of my hummingbird feeders (all 10 of them lol), but it evolved into me getting all of my garden ornaments out and then having a burn. I needed to burn all the branches I gathered from around the yard the other day. And there was a lot!

All the feeders are up and we’ve had a lot of hummingbirds checking them out. Different species too. There’s a beautiful black one with red and yellow on it’s neck, another is a deep emerald green! I love hummingbirds! These are just the ones in the back.

And Chris did a great job cutting the lawn. Better him than me lol… it takes almost 2 hours to do front and back!

And we picked a spot to dig up the grass to make a bigger vegetable garden! I’m very excited! My granddaughter is old enough now that she will be able to eat the veggies I grow!

Sandie

Pencil Crayon Roll – Sewing Project

I am embarrassed to say that I somehow posted this half completed yesterday and that I have had this project cut out and in the “pile” of sewing projects for months!!!! Dillon asked me before Christmas if this was something I could make for him because the case he had his pencil crayons made it impossible to see all the colours at one.

I used to have a roll similar to this one for my paint brushes and he thought it would be the perfect way to store his pencil crayons.

The fabric is something I have had laying around for years. I can’t even remember what I bought it to make originally but it seem like a great choice for what I was making for Dillon! And since I have my new sewing machine, it seemed only right that I embroider his name on it lol!

Sandie

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Planning a First Birthday Party

I honestly do not know where the time has gone but in less than a month my/our granddaughter is going to be One!!! While I hate that the time has flown by, I do look forward to joining Kim in planning and executing the party.

I actually spent the afternoon with my granddaughter yesterday after my Dr’s appointment and even though I spent the night babysitting her 2 weekends ago, it is amazing how much she has learned since then! She must have spent an hour “reading” to her Grandma yesterday lol… at least that’s what I think she was doing because I have somehow forgotten over the years how to translate baby talk …. it was either that or she was cursing me out, so I prefer to think she was telling me a story since she Was holding a Care Bears book while she “talked.”

We have decided to go with a Minnie Mouse theme for her First Birthday party! And as you can imagine… Pinterest has provided us with more ideas than we will ever need. Today I chose to highlight some of the ideas we are thinking of implementing!

Something as simple as how you lay out the (paper) plates can significantly add to the theme of a party. We found a picture that shows 2 sized of black paper plates displayed in such a way that they look like Mickey/Minnie Mouse.

Or even using construction paper, craft foam or even Bristol board to add bows to the plates to fancy them up a bit!

Even the cutlery and how it is displayed can help carry the theme to the food tables. I found 2 great examples of this… we just haven’t decided which one to use…. yet! I think we will use the first example to decorate the glass beverage dispenser I have to fill with some kind of pink punch!

I found a really cool way to display “through the first year” photos showing everyone how much she has grown.

Free Printables to add Minnie Mouse “Bows” to anything and everything lol….

Even ways to decorate plain white bows to carry the theme throughout.

Kim has some Mickey Mouse shaped cookie cutters we are going to use to shape the sandwiches and maybe cheese for cheese and crackers…. there are hundreds of cute cupcake ideas… and I found the cutest pink Minnie Mouse shaped meringue on sticks.

We found some cute… and what seems easy to make… table decorations.

And finally the cake!!!! I think we have decided on one similar to the one in the picture below to make the cake.

We have so many ideas in our heads… and saved on Pinterest… that should make this First Birthday party something she will remember for years… if only through pictures she sees later in life lol!

Sandie

Day #1 – Playing with My New Sewing Machine

Thankfully the sewing machine works pretty much how I thought it would lol. I had big expectations for the first time using it… and I wasn’t let down. Anything that didn’t turn out was due to user error/inexperience. That and the fact the embroidery thread I ordered hasn’t arrived yet so I was just using plain old Gutermann thread.

The self threading needle was awesome. I was so impressed I took a short video to show the ease of use… and even let the sound record so you can see I didn’t cuss once lol! (Sorry it’s sideways for some reason 🤨)

Instead of starting with something easy, I jumped right into the embroidery functions. I made a little heart border with the letter “S” in it and not thinking…. a tone on tone heart. After doing it I realized I should have done it in a different order. I should have started with the border and then the letter and heart. Unless you specify different, the embroidery always starts from the centre. This is how the very first thing I did turned out.

I did that on a little onesie and didn’t give any thought to actually hooping it. I hooped the front and then just pulled the rest of it up and around the hoop.

Next I thought I would try some lettering. I started with an old baby washcloth that Kim left here. It stitched it fine… but this was another example of user error/experience. With that sort of fabric I should have used a bolder font. This is how that one turned out. Legible, but barely

Next I moved on to a regular washcloth and a bolder font. Much better!

I took a video of this one as it was sewn just to show how effortless it really is… and how quickly it did it.

The last thing I did for today was work on the drawing pencil roll Dillon asked me to make. I will do a separate post for it but I decided why not add his name to it before I started to assemble it. This one turned out really well too!

I can really see myself having a whole lot of fun with this… especially once I get the proper thread!

Sandie