Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
First, I'm so sorry about not getting this post up last Friday. We went away for the long holiday weekend and I thought I'd have internet access, but the computer I was using had an old version of IE on it (and I didn't have "administrator permission" to install any other software), and Blogger suddenly decided not to work with that version! So I couldn't do anything to my blog! :(
Anyways, we're back home and I'm happy to finally be able to announce the 2 winners of my Christmas Stocking Stuffer give-away!
I had 9 US entrants and the randomly drawn winner from this pool is:
I had 7 international (to me) entrants and the randomly drawn winner from this pool is:
Congratulations to you both! Please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know which set of The Original "How Much Fabric?" Reference Cards you would like to receive, and send me your mailing address. I'll get everything off in the mail ASAP. :)
As always, the only sad thing for me about a give-away is that I can't send something to every single one of the people who entered - and especially to everyone who supports my blog by leaving comments. It may seem like a little thing, but it means so much to me! Thank you! :)
I hope that each and every one of you is enjoying a wonderful holiday season and is looking forward to the start of a new year!
PS - Speaking of give-aways, I see that I am almost up to my 800th post - so there will be another give-away soon! :)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
I've been running around sponsoring holiday give-aways on other blogs, and it finally occured to me that I should have a give-away here too! ;)
Thursday, December 15, 2011
People were pretty evenly split - with 6 reporting that they haven't tried it (although some, like Carla, plan to try it soon!) and 6 reporting some experience.
Definitely the person to turn to for advice is Marie - she has dyed fabrics using a wide variety of techniques - such as low water immersion, tray dyeing, marble dyeing, gradients and space dyeing - and provided all of the pictures above! I didn't realize that there were so many different methods - I found her dye tray example particularly beautiful. :)
Becky and Alison also provided links to examples of their dyeing projects (follow embedded links for full posts):
Becky gave two bits of advice - follow the directions and use quality dye! She recommended Dharma Trading Co. dyes.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Well, it took over two years - and there were times when I didn't really believe it would ever happen - but I am proud and happy to introduce to you:
The complete line of "How Much Fabric?" Reference cards!
We have sets that cover (1) Women's clothes, (2) Women's plus sizes, (3) Men's clothes, (4) Baby & toddler clothes and (5) Children's clothes.
So much has happened during these two years and I have learned so much - things about starting a small business, stuff about accounting (yuck!), how expensive advertising is (!), how to file and pay sales tax quarterly, how to edit html code...
We have been featured as a "Cool Tool" in Tauton Press's "Quick Stuff to Sew", in Interweave Press's "Stitch" magazine, in the ASG's Notions publication and in "Sew News".
And, best of all, I have e-met the most amazing people from around the world!
My mind is already buzzing with more plans - a video showing how to use the cards, an app, getting the cards into fabric shops, etc.
But, after the holiday madness is over, I'm going to put aside time to get together with the people that made this possible and celebrate our accomplishment. :)
Right now, however, I have to get back into the sewing room and finish those Christmas presents... ;)
I hope everyone had a wonderful sewing weekend and feels that life is under control as the holiday season comes barreling down on us! :)
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The most popular gift requests revolved around FABRIC! Becky and Katie are hoping that people will buy fabric for them. Becky has been restricting herself to sewing from her stash all year, so she is really excited about getting some new fabric! And Katie is hoping/hinting for some Dr. Who fabric. Gwen and Linda are hoping for gift cards to a fabric store, so that they can indulge themselves and buy fabric without worrying about each penny. And Elaina’s Secret Santa has already given her a fabric gift card – I hope she can find something truly gorgeous to buy! :)
Beyond fabric, a few tools were mentioned – Becky could also use a new pair of scissors, Debbie wants a bendable light for her sewing machine and Linda would like the binding attachment that goes with her Janome machine.
I think Mary called out the gift that all of us could really use – more TIME to sew!
Thanks again to everyone who took the time to talk back to me! And here’s wishing that ALL OF US receive the supplies, the time, the energy, the renewed spirit and the inspiration to take us into a wonderful year of sewing!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Here she blows out the candles on her birthday cupcakes.
It was her 90th birthday!
I was in charge of games. I had three - throw rings around coke bottles, this bean bag toss game:
And a dart game to pop balloons.
You may be thinking that the cones are a bit close to the balloon board. If so, you would be right. This was the most popular game (sharp objects flying dangerously through the air, loud noises - it had everything!) and they went through 50 balloons!
As can be seen by this shot of the backs of lots of random people milling about, everyone had a nice time. ;)
Seriously, it was a nice evening. I think Emilia was really touched. As much as I love my class, it's going to be nice to have a break for a few weeks - we start up again in January. I have a lot of work to do to get ready for the new term - you know, in my free time... ;)
Sunday, December 4, 2011
~ Lucille Ball
I. AM. IN. SANE.
I haven't made any progress on the Christmas gifts for my co-workers. And yet I just took on another project.
(By the way, I'm hoping that, if I don't post this as a project in my Wednesday Queue series, my queue won't be able to reject it...)
My husband and I are taking dance lessons. (So far, we can lurch around the floor endangering other couples during swing dances, fox trots, the hustle and rumbas.) And our dance teacher just announced that her studio would be having a New Year's Eve Cinderella-themed Ball.
Yup - you guessed it - I'm going to try to make my dress...
I. AM. IN. SANE.
I went shopping yesterday and picked out this pattern:
I'm going to make the version in the lower right corner - with long sleeves. It seemed like something that would work for both a swing dance and a fox trot. A compromise between bouncy-cute and regal.
I also ordered some coral silk stretch charmuese fabric - I'm hoping it will be a good compromise between holding the shape of the sleeves and flowing nicely when I dance.
Of course, most of all, I just hope that Lucille Ball is right! Yikes!