Sunday, April 24, 2016

WATCH OUT all Cartoon Artists!

Yep!

I'm learning something new AGAIN.  You KNOW how I love to learn new things.  I've been cleaning house since I got here on Thursday, and I swear the dust bunnies come out at night and crawl all over everything in this house!

I must say, however, that it is a wonder I'm even still alive.

I woke up this morning and started the percolator.  I had to go out in the garage to get something out of my car, and the garage door was WIDE OPEN!  It had been wide open all night long.  AND, the door into my house was unlocked.

I guess no robbers, kidnappers or murderers were in the neighborhood last night, THANK GOD!

OF COURSE, I figured it out!
All that dust snuck into the open garage door and crawled under the crack of the door into my house!


BUT,
that isn't what I wanted to tell you.

Craftsy classes were on sale for 50% off, and I HAD to check to see if there was anything new I didn't already own that had to do with sewing or quilting.  Since I have ALL the sewing and fitting classes already, I decided to try something new.

I chose two really fun classes.  IF I can actually LEARN what these ladies are teaching, I may be able to draw my OWN ClipArt one of these days!  How fun would that be.

Now, be kind and don't laugh too hard at my goofy drawings.  REMEMBER, this is my very first lesson.  I had to order a bunch of stuff to draw and color with, and it won't be here for a few days.  I just used what I had.  I received colored pencils from Margaret and Tammy for Christmas, BUT -- OF COURSE -- they aren't the right kind.  You have to have the $60 a box kind, and that is only for 36 of them.  You have to have some weird pencil and a special sharpener and a smudger and expensive paper that weighs 70 pounds!  (That can't be right.)  It says "70 pounds" on the tablet.

Anyway, here is my first lesson:

The paper I drew on is actually 140 pounds!!!

It is VERY WHITE, but for some reason, I could not get a decent photograph of it.  Ick.

Won't keep you.

It is a BRAND NEW WEEK!  Lots of rain on the way, but I hope that is going to change.  Deb and Diana arrive Wednesday night, and our Serger classes at B-Sew Inn start Thursday morning.

Have a nice one my friends.

Hugs, Joy

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Video and a Salad Storm

I am at my other house now, and I have SUPER FAST internet!

YAY!
































I made a new video in which I talk about various, non-important bits of trivia.  Here it is if you are interested:

I told you in the video that I would PROVE to you I really did get attacked by a giant salad.

Here is my front porch after the storm:








Now, don't you feel bad for thinking I was exaggerating!!!


I did not have time to clean all that up before I left there.  I'm hoping my husband decides it is just WRONG for our house to be covered with "salad", and he goes out this weekend and cleans that all up.

Be back soon!

Hugs, Joy





Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Family Brunch

Dropping by for just a FAST minute.

Was busy all weekend with a baby shower for Terry's daughter and then sewing at Terry's and then brunch on Sunday at my house.

Terry and some other ladies planned the shower, and it was the nicest one I've been to.  Food and cake and games and gifts to the ceiling!

Here's the only pic I snapped because this is the crib quilt that was part of the entire bedding set Terry made her daughter, Katie.

Terry DID wear shoes to the event, however, she was wearing brand new kitten heels, and they had rubbed a blister on her ankle, so she is bare footed in this pic.


It was a LOVELY weekend.  Not a single thing went wrong except Terry had to be drug out of church by our sisters to get her here before the eggs blew up in the oven!

Here is a VERY SHORT video showing you the yummy muffins.  I intended to make a longer video, but my muffin was calling to me and Doug needed Hot Sauce.

I am starting a new Saf-T-Pockets jacket today.  Different pattern.  I will show you how it turns out.

And to the lady that asked me "how to make facings", I will do a short video on that for you soon.

Hugs, Joy

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Have You Been Clapping?

A new video for you with a fabulous sewing notion.  Most of you probably know about it, but I bet the beginners don't.  This should be as common as scissors and pins in your sewing notion drawer!

Several of you asked me about the blouse I was wearing in the last video.

Here are a couple pics of it.  One is before I added the buttons.  I had a hard time deciding if I SHOULD or SHOULDN'T put the buttons on.



I COPIED this Marfy #3339 pattern with my Sure-fit Designs Dress Kit.  I don't wear dresses, so I made a blouse.  I think it is a darling pattern!


If you belong to Pattern Review, you can see a real pretty black and white version of this dress that a lady made.  The lady added bust darts UNDER her bust in her version.  I guess I need to read her review and find out why.

So I have lots of pictures for you of A LITTLE SOMETHING jacket #4.  I am really loving it EXCEPT for the funky way the points at the bottom always want to turn out.  Decided to just ignore it.  I also took some stills of my new blouse that matches the jacket in case Glenda wants them for Sure-fit Designs.

REMEMBER, I copied this Vogue pattern with my Sure-fit Designs to come up with this new blouse, BUT I changed the neckline.  No zipper in mine as I made it button up the front.




AND,
since I purchased five yards of this Nicole Miller fabric from JoAnn's, I decided to make Jacket #4 out of it.



AND, I am now making a maxi skirt with the floral fabric.  Deb made a 3-piece outfit, so I decided I could not be out-done, lol.  Hers is WAY fancier than mine.  Maybe she will send me a picture of it on her that I can show you.

Gotta get.  Time to fix supper for my WONDERFUL, FABULOUS, ADORABLE husband.  He was so cute this morning.  He said he was leaving, so I ran to kiss him goodbye.  He kissed me quick and turned to leave.  I made a sad face and stood there.

He turned around and said, "What's wrong?"

I said, "That wasn't a very good kiss."

He turned around and pulled me close, and then he kissed me over and over and over!

Then he looked at me and said, "Is THAT good enough?"

I was smiling from ear to ear, so he decided he could probably leave then.

Be back soon.  I'll show you my new skirt tomorrow.

Hugs, Joy

Monday, April 11, 2016

Jacket #3, SFD Vogue Copy and Souptij

Good Monday evening my friends.

I have garments to show you and a video.  I'll start with the video, and then I'll show you some pictures.  You won't know about Souptij if you don't watch the video.

That was "A Little Something" Jacket #3 BEFORE I put pockets on it.  It has issues in the back.  If I look in the mirror sideways, the lower, center back sticks out away from my body, instead of hanging straight down. 

I decided that MUST BE because I needed a larger round back correction.

There are also diagonal drag lines under the arms.  That COULD be because of the shoulder angle, BUT when I hold the paper pattern up to my shoulder drawing, it looks fine.  I'm not understanding that.  It, obviously, had not been pressed.  I knew I was going to have to wash it, so pressed it real good afterward.


After I took the picture above, I decided I wanted pockets in this jacket.  It was quite an effort for something that sounds so simple.  It took me hours.  This is what I came up with.

And, you can see that I am wearing the finished SFD COPY of the Vogue pattern that had the colored side pieces.  I think I did a pretty good job.  Glenda's video on how to eliminate the side seam was VERY helpful because I would have had it off-grain. 

Here is another view of the inserts at the side.

And a close-up of the pocket with gathers on the top and a binding as well as my new blouse which is actually the "muslin".  I may try it again with solid black inserts.  I've given up on the style with the band at the bottom.  I've decided that would just make my hips look wider.  Besides, I need to get on with my life!

I am almost done with Jacket #4.  I have to build the pockets and put them on.  I'll show you, of course, as soon as I get it done.

Be back soon.

Hugs, Joy

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Altar in Your Home

I feel bad combining this morning's awesome sermon with my new blouse, but it is Sunday, and I have to share with you an AMAZING sermon that I wish every single parent in America could hear again and again.

Do you know what the Altar IN YOUR HOME is?

I was a little surprised, but when Matthew said what it was, my heart lept in my chest, and I said to myself, "OF COURSE!"

And the fact is that in most every home -- at least, all the ones I know of -- this "altar" has been completely done away with.  Even Christian homes.  NOT in this one, however, because I will never quit the tradition of serving meals at the FAMILY TABLE where everybody in the house eats TOGETHER.  We discuss current events, our day's activities, our hopes and our dreams and whatever else comes to mind.

I cannot IMAGINE my husband coming into the kitchen, picking up his plate with the food on it that I have prepared, and going into another room to eat it.  I tell you the truth!  When he RETURNED to the kitchen, his wife would be G O N E !

When our girls were growing up, we had EVERY SINGLE NIGHTLY MEAL -- a home-cooked meal -- at our dinner table without a TV on.  Of course, there weren't cell phones yet.  Some nights we did go out to dinner, but we STILL sat at the same table, together.  Actually, that is the one thing my daughter speaks fondly of to this day.

Several years ago my granddaughter asked me if she could invite a friend to bring with her down here to our lake house.  I told her she could.  Her friend came up to me before she left, and she said, "I want to THANK YOU!"

I said, "What for?"

She said, "For having dinner at the table and all of us eating together."

I asked if she did that at her house.  She said her family NEVER, EVER ate at the table.  She said her brother seldom ever came out of his room.  And one of the saddest stories in the world is the state of that family today.

Jerry and I do sit at the bar in our kitchen with the nightly news on when we are alone, but if I want to TALK, I simply pick up the remote control and hit the OFF button.  If, however, company is here or family is here, the TV is not on.  We sit at the table.  Jerry or I say grace, and we continue talking and sharing and enjoying each other's company.

I totally AGREE with Matthew that the redemption of this nation's values HAS TO BEGIN AT HOME.  Families have to bond and be loyal to one another.  Parents have to TRAIN their children how to be respectful, responsible human beings -- how to be Godly parents -- how to be trustworthy, hard-working employees.  If parents don't LIVE IT and TEACH IT, how on earth can they expect their children ever to do it!?

And the "family altar", of course, is the DINNER TABLE.

So that is such an AWESOME sermon, I believe I will wait until tomorrow to tell you about my finalized COPY of "that blouse".  I have pictures to show you.

I'll be back then.

Hugs, Joy

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Good Saturday Evening and Video to TJ

I sewed all day long.  First, I added pockets to my turquoise jacket which you will see soon in a video, but without the pockets.  I THOUGHT it would be so simple to just add pockets.  Turned out to be quite an undertaking.  I did get them done, and I do like them a lot.  I'll take a pic tomorrow.  It is in the wash tonight.

Most of you have probably already seen the following video, but I'll put it up in case you haven't.  It has a message to my daughter.  My family isn't really "into" my Blog or my videos.  They make fun of me and say it isn't really me.  Even Jerry says that.  So, I guess it is a make believe world I have created that I enjoy being in because the people in it seem to like me.  Can't say that for most of my family -- sadly.      

Speaking of my daughter, she just sent me the most hilarious email about something she did today.  It totally sounds like something HER MOTHER would do!

She and her husband were at some garage sale.  They go to them a lot.  I guess her husband wandered over to look at some rugs that were hanging on a wall.  They are covering their patio and buying things for it.  She decided at some point to walk over to where her husband was -- by the rugs.  His back was to her, so she walked up and wrapped her arms around him, hugged him tight and rubbed her chest up against his back.

All of a sudden A COMPLETE STRANGER turned around and was nose to nose with her!

She was HORRIFIED!

He was HORRIFIED!

Tammy said, "Oh my God, You are NOT my husband!  I am so sorry!"

She walked as fast as she could without running to find the RIGHT husband.  She couldn't find him anywhere.  She finally got the courage to go back inside the garage, and that SAME GUY comes toward her and points to a lady and says, "I'm with her!"

She said she and her REAL husband have been laughing about it all day.

I better go.  Clothes to fold, and my jacket should be ready for the dryer.

Be back soon.

Hugs, Joy