Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Eve

Finally figured out the ears of corn. Going to check back on them in the morning. If I still like them I will sew them to the wall and sew the final tacking that I have pinned on the front. That was the last element on the last wall. Nice to be at this point of the playhouse. Easy parts left to finish this off.
Very stormy New Years Eve for us. Hope that isn't a sign of what the new year is going to bring.

Ears of Corn

The ears of corn are getting the best of me. I think I am on version five now. I was more worried about the tractor and I am happy with that right now. Going to run a few errands and hopefully the ears of corn will start growing on me.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

3 Day Weekend

I have a 3 day weekend of sewing ahead of me.

Remember the cell phone bag from earlier this week? The lady that works from me got an email from her brother after a visit with the new owner of the bag.

"Physical Therapy wants to know how much she would charge to make some more of the pouches that mother keeps her cell phone in. They had a fit over it."

I really don't mind making things for people but my list is growing quicker than I am getting things knocked off of it.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Cell Phone Case

Still can't bring myself to work on the tractor wall. I don't think I am happy with the green fabrics I have. A little fabric shopping might make the wall easier to work on.

In the meantime, I knocked of a long over do item off my list. One of the ladies that works for me has a mother in a nursing home and was in need of a cell phone holder she could wear around her neck. This should do the trick. It is big enough that she shouldn't struggle with getting it out and not so big that she feels like she is carrying a big purse with her.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tractor Pattern

I need to step away from the tractor wall for a while. I see some changes I need to make to the tractor pattern but it is getting closer to the way I want it.
I made a couple signs that can be attached with velcro.
On the window box
And above the dog house door. I should do one more over the main door to the play house.
One of the guys I work with is adopting his second child. Not a topic you want to get me started on today.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone. We had snow flakes today but none of it stayed on the ground. Just as well, I would have been complaining if I couldn't get to the office on Monday. Thanks for convincing me to go with the floral curtains. I think it was a good choice. I moved a few of the flowers to the window box. Glad to have this wall done.
The velcro'ed hearts on the tree can be swapped out for leaves.
Moving on to the fourth wall tomorrow. Not sure how I am going to make holders for the corn cobs or better yet how to make a tractor. This one should be interesting.

Friday, December 24, 2010

No Play Today

No work building the play house today. My Christmas gift from David. It is a mahogany spice cabinet we found at the antique mall last weekend. I kind of knew he was going back to get it. I can't wait to load up the little drawers. I took some time to sort out the buttons my mother and grandmother gave me. I kept looking for specific buttons and now I will be able to find them easily. In the buttons I found some wooden beads that I could use for the necklaces my mother crocheted. I really like the look of these. I haven't been able to find beads I liked and will probably make some out of sculpy clay to get what I want. But the wooden beads will work for a few of them.

Still wishing for snow tonight but it isn't looking too promising. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

White Christmas

I wouldn't really say I am homesick for Minnesota but I have been a bit jealous of all the snow my sister has been getting lately. I saw this photo on Yahoo news yesterday. Although the photo is from Colorado it sure looks like the perfect snow day in Minnesota. Photo credit (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)

I don't like to travel at Christmas time anyway, so we were already planning on staying home for Christmas. I knew they were forecasting some snow and this is part of the weather alert was posted today.

Weatherman says 1 to 2 inches. Hope we get a white Christmas in West TN.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Deprived Childhood

A rare weekday sewing event for me. One of the ladies that works for me needed this done for a family friend for Christmas. I was happy to embroider it.
When I first started designing the card table play house I asked David if one of the guys he works with wanted one. Donald has twin girls just under 3 years old and I thought they would love it. Oddly enough Donald wanted no part of a play house, was extremely negative about it, the direct quote was... his girls were too big and couldn't stand under a card table to play. I just rolled my eyes. Poor guy must have had deprived childhood and never played fort under the table. I gave up, it wasn't worth my effort at that point.
Last night my husband came home from work and handed me the measurements of Donald's card table. I am guessing he mentioned it to his wife, who apparently didn't have a deprived childhood.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Answer

I went back to the first wall of the play house and added a double heart window to it. It was a toss up between a heart and a princess crown opening for the window. The heart won out being the eaiser choice.

A couple years ago I bought a box of sticky velcro dots on clearance. Actually two boxes one of white and a second box of black dots. I have used them on all sorts of things around the house except they can't be sewn on to anything. Sewing machine needle globs up with adhesive immediately and I can't even pull a needle through the adhesive backing. The answer finally came to me if "you can't beat them join them"... Use a stronger adhesive. I tried a sample of felt glue with the velcro dot onto fabric last night it seems to have held up pretty well.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

In the Dog House

I traded the dog dish for the puppy in the dog house. The wall looks a little bare but once I add the velcro dots for the leaves, hearts and apples it shouldn't need anything else. Anyone under the age of 7 should fit through the door with no problem.
Last weekend I lost a pair of embroidery scissors. Sometimes I knock stuff off the table into the trash by accident. I sorted through a very full trash can and couldn't find them. Picked up everything off the tables and floor, still no luck. And then today I was digging for some fabric and what do I find?? Blue handled scissors blended in perfectly with the blue fabric. If you enlarge the photo you might be able to see them on top of the owl fabric on the far right. Now if I could just find my missing camera charger I would be set.

Going for Easy

I need help on the curtains for the playhouse. Should I use the white flower sheer fabric or the bright flower fabric? What do you like better? I am procrastinating the window so you may have a few days to offer an opinion.
A few weeks ago Karen at Sew Many Ways posted on her Tool Time Tuesday about using tension rods for a ribbon holder. Of course I had to try that. Emptied two boxes off ribbon off the shelf and used the wasted space above my serger thread, which will probably be moved in a few days.
In our shopping adventure yesterday we found this shelf unit at the antique mall. Hopefully my serger thread will fit in it. Just need to take some time to get it mounted to the wall.
Got the tree appliqued to the pink side. While I was at it I decided to put the other half on the green side.
Then I decided to go for the easy project and applique the dog house. If you can't tell I am really avoiding the windows on the pink side. I am headed back to the sewing room to go for another easy project on the play house... if I can find an easy project.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Wall Two In Pieces

Year end always gets a bit hectic at the office. I really am not getting a chance to sew except for the weekends. I have the pieces for the second wall of the play house. David and I did some last minute Christmas shopping this morning. The boys are leaving in a few minutes to go see Tron and I get the rest of the day to myself. Hopefully I can get most of the window and window box completed today.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

More Gardening

The flowers have taken over the little garden by the door. Can't wait to get another wall done and replant some of them.
David says my ears of dorn look like loaves of bread. I need another bag of poly fill and hopefully I can prove him wrong.


When it is snowing outside where else would I go? To the garden to play. Our few flurries are nothing to what my sister is getting hit with in Minnesota. Memphis is just mild in comparision. Flower and carrot in the garden ready for picking.
The three parts to a carrot body. I line them with batting before sewing them together. It makes for a smoother finish after I stuff them.
Carrot bodies and leaves just waiting to stuffed.
While I was serging the satin for the inside of the fleece caps my thread boxes fell of the table. What a mess. Took me a while to get them untangled and sorted.
I haven't totally neglected Mason and David. I cooked them a few meals and even did all the laundry in the house this weekend.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wall One

So far the play house is turning out how I invisioned it. Each wall is a mini quilt of its own. The walls will be attached to the top but tie together on the sides. I still need to make and attach a door.
And then need to cut out and finish the inside of the mailbox. Every play house needs to be able to receive mail.
I thought I took a photo of the removable flowers, will have to get one tomorrow. Proof of concept is done on the carrot also. It needs a top but worked out fabulously.
Nice to get some of this out of my head and into a final product.

Thursday, December 09, 2010


I think I have totally lost touch with reality. I have looked at these little card table playhouses online in the past. We just don't have little kids around us at this point in our lives. And I am in no rush for grandkids of my own. So no need to make one.

Then after a totally random conversation with my Mother she gave me a reason to make one for a family friend and I am totally hooked. So hooked I woke up at 2am this morning and couldn't go back to sleep thinking of these playhouses. If I lived alone I would have gotten up and started sewing. But out of fear David would have me committed I stayed in bed. I cannot draw or sketch so you get my PowerPoint slides instead. Wonder how close the final house will look to my current pictures?

I have free reign to do whatever I want. And this is my vision as of today.
If I do window panes the window will have curtains or I may just totally change it out for a puppet theatre instead. Haven't decided yet. Have an idea in my head how to make the flowers removable from the "dirt" so they can be picked. Love the hearts on the tree. Thinking about having them interchangable with leaves... apples etc.
The tree will wrap around to the "boys" side. Make the opening to the dog house an entrance to the play house. More removable flowers and maybe a bird or two.
Tractor window open to the inside of the play house. Removable carrots, corn ears and more flowers. Still think I need to add a pig, got to figure that out.
Then back to the main entrance. Door will be an opening to the play house with a window. Mailbox will open for letter delivery. And the door may need an awning or something over the top.
I told you I have completly lost touch with reality on this one. Luckily the kids don't need it for Christmas. That will give me a chance to add more details that I have in my head.
Anything else I should add or anything I should change? Totally winging it on this one.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Christmas Shopping

What do you get the husband that has everything for Christmas?

A Mustang Club of America shirt. And a toy Mustang car he can play with. Do we see a trend here?

If you have seen the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo commercial with this guy...

My husband has had the Turbo-Face since he got the Mustang back in September. And I actually got to drive it last weekend.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

It's That Time of Year

It's that time of year when I start taking on more than I can accomplish. Remember when I bought all those glass paper weights? I finally started working on them this weekend. My intention was to always use them as Christmas gift for co-workers. So I am right on schedule. This also gave me an excuse to scrap the dust off my Xyron machine. The Christmas fabric is from a swap partner for a fat 1/8th swap. The fabric is so my style. Another one of the guys from Mexico is a new father. My boss thought I bought the blanket and embroider the name on it. I take that as a compliment. The double sided flannel blankets are a snap with the serger. Temps in the 20's this week, so hopefully Marcelo will stay warm.
And put this under the category of things I didn't know. Satin keeps African American hair from being damaged. Satin pillow cases and satin lined hats are highly sought after. Guess I never really thought about it. My intern asked if I would line some hats with satin for her nieces for Christmas. She is buying the hats but it would be simple to make them also. We will see how this project goes.
The dance tunics were delivered yesterday. And she had a check waiting for me. Nice Christmas bonus for me.