I've been sewing! After some drama with my sewing machine (partly my fault, party the feed dogs' fault), a trip to the repair shop and a downloadable copy of my machine's manual, I feel equipped to sew!
I've been sewing a few things, including a travel lingerie bag for my sister's Christmas present. I was given a travel lingerie bag many years ago (Thanks, Jill G.) and I use it every time I travel, whether it is for 2 nights or 3 weeks away. For the unacquainted, you put your clean undies in one side and the dirty ones on the other! No need for plastic bags or whatever other wonky strategy you might employ to separate the clean from the dirty while jetsetting (or camping or riding the rails).
I followed these instructions, except for the lettering. I wanted to spell it out a bit more, so I found a font that I liked. I sized it up to the proportions I wanted and printed them out. I then pinned the printout to felt and cut out the words. From there, I measured to find the right placement and then v.e.r.y. c.a.r.e.f.u.l.l.y sewed the letters on with a little zig-zag action and some matching thread. I was stressed about messing it up, so I did this part slowly.
I added a little personalized touch with one of TrinKnitty labels. (Thanks for those, Becky! They are lasting a long time!)
I lined it with some fun and bright fabric that I know Jessy likes.
She knew exactly what it was when she opened it and said she had been looking at getting one. Yay! It makes me so happy to think of things people will like and even happier when I can make those things for them.
I'd call myself a maker. More specifically: a knitter, an urban gardener, a food preserver, a cook, a baker, a reader, a photo taker, a budding sewist and an all-around dabbler. I enjoy using this space to record the things I see, make, eat, and do.
My husband and co-conspirator on the much linked to Mega Man hat. He is the house expert when it comes to all things with electrical cords/chargers and/or anything that requires configuring. When I first met Paul he was a smoker and a vegetarian. Now he is a non-smoker who enjoys making smoked meat in his BBQ. Paul recently dove headfirst into brewing beer and is quickly acquiring mad brewing skills. If you are really lucky, he will invite you to one of his Meat Meet Supper Club dinners or Beer Release parties.
Cast of Characters: Fanny
Fanny joined our family in 2008 and has been keeping our laps warm ever since then. When we met Fanny at a shelter in Boston, we thought she was a small, adult cat. We were wrong. She must have been less than a year old, because when we brought her home and fed her, she kept getting bigger and bigger and fluffier and fluffier. In addition to her stellar cuddling skills, Fanny’s claim to fame is that she is a polydactyl cat with a fused or “super” claw. We think she is super in every way.
Cast of Characters: Camilla Cordon Bleu
Camilla is our chicken with charm. She is usually the first one to come running to see if you have a treat for her. She is also the chicken most likely to be found perched somewhere she shouldn’t be or wandering off by herself to explore a new area first. Camilla is a Barred Rock, expected to lay brown eggs and is the smallest bird in our flock.
Cast of Characters: Nellie Noodle Soup
Nellie is our bridge bird as she seems to hold the flock together. She usually roosts between Camilla and Petunia and can be found happily foraging alongside either one of them. The only thing that ruffles her feathers is finding herself alone. She is a Rhode Island Red and our biggest hen. Nellie is our first layer and lays brown eggs.
Cast of Characters: Petunia Pot Pie
Petunia is our crafty dodger. She is the hardest to catch and the last to be won over with treats. Her feathers are beautifully ornate which helps make up for her slightly bullyish attitude towards Camilla. She is an Ameraucana, which means she might lay green/blue eggs for us.
In Memoriam: Tchazo
Tchazo, our Weimaraner, was born 3 days before Paul and I had our first date. During our first date, Paul and I egged each other on about getting dogs. Eight weeks later, Tchazo became a part of our lives. After almost 12 amazing years and countless adventures together, we said goodbye to Tchazo in 2014. Tchazo loved life, especially the parts that include eating, smelling, sunbathing, playing and cuddling on the bed. We will forever remember him and the lessons he taught us about joy.
In Memoriam: Jack
I adopted Jack at about the same time Paul bought Tchazo (see previous note about egging each other on), but since Tchazo was young and needed to stay with his mom for a few more weeks, Jack came into our house first. For a while, he HATED Tchazo but they eventually became 24-7 buddies. After nearly 11 years together, we had to put Jack down in March of 2013. Jack was a little crazy in the head, but we learned how to live with it. His favorite things included licking the floor, lying under the couch and gazing at me longingly. Jack was physically incapable of wagging his tail whilst being petted. I like to think it is because he was soaking up the love so intensely that it required his full concentration.