Okay, maybe not. But there will be a treasure chest! When our renter moved out, he left a few things behind, most of which we threw out. But this I rescued from the garbage and knew I had to clean it up and save it.   Its a wooden chest, without a lot of distinguishing marks that you can buy at any craft store. I have a much larger one that I use for storing my knitting needles and crochet hooks in that I keep next to my chair in the living room. This one is smaller, with the internal space measuring about 10″ wide and about 5.5″ across. Its not very big. It was covered in grease, and was badly painted this awful black all over. Don’t get me wrong. I wear a ton of black, but it just looks bad on this poor little wooden box. The first step was to sand it down a bit and help its new primer and paint stick and to scrub off those grease spots, so I loaded up a sponge with dish soap and gave it a good once over then hosed it off and left it to dry in theRead the rest…

Today is my birthday, (Yay! Happy birthday!) and while I don’t have any new sewing to share with you, I do have some adorable fabrics! Saturday evening, Mattie surprised me with dinner with friends, and there was some gifting. My friend Tracy gave me some lovely beads, and Jami gave me these cute fabrics! The skulls and paw prints are fleece, the polka dots are flannel, and the puppies are cotton. She had doggie coats in mind for these, but the more I look at the puppies one, the more I want to make a new purse for myself. Its just plain cute, and I’ve been carrying around my pink purse for a couple years now I think, and I’ve been thinking of changing it up again. And of course, if I use a matching fabric inside, maybe a chocolate brown broadcloth, I could still make doggie coats with the other 1/2 yard. LOL So many things to think about! I’m going to sit on it for a few days I think and then decide.Read the rest…

McCall’s 5348 View A is a pattern I purchased the fleece for and had every intention of sewing- about 5 months ago. Then I stopped sewing. I stopped crafting. I stopped doing all sorts of things. Two days ago, I decided to work on some of the things I had started and not finished, and you’ve seen the two skirts I put together over the last two days. This bathrobe almost didn’t get completely today, but when I realized I was stopping with it so close to being completed, I went back into my craft room and finished it! The color is a very pretty royal purple- its not right in any of these photos. I’ve never been much for purple, but the color really caught my eye and I figured I’d give it a try. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the length- I should have lengthened it maybe 6 or 8″- I had enough fleece left over to do so, but it didn’t occur to me until after I had everything cut out and started sewing. Still, sitting here curled up in it on the couch after a soak in the tub, I love it. Soft,Read the rest…

I’ve sewn Simplicity 3797 twice now, once as pictured in a skull-themed print fleece, and once with a complete lining in a cherry themed fabric so it was actually a warm jacket. While I had to create a new pattern piece in order to sew the version with a full lining, it was still really simple and easy to do. The lining is red satin and the lapels are red and white striped costume satin.   I think it took me about 90 minutes to construct the one pictured at left from start to finish as its a very basic design and there’s nothing complicated about it. The lined one took about twice as long as there are twice as many pieces and seams to sew. Both of these were done in a size 22, and while the unlined one turned out perfect, the lined one has a few minor issues I need to address- namely I think I forgot to lockstitch one of the seams in the lining and its coming open near the shoulders on one side. I also would like to take it in a size or two if I am going to deconstruct it to repairRead the rest…