Tea Towels

I had some 100% cotton canvas type stuff lying around and I thought to myself what can be done with this. We always have a shortage of towels to dry hands with and to use in and around the kitchen so I made towels.

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I just measured some of my pre existing towels added in seam allowances and sewed them. I read online that they will get softer and nicer the more you wash them and use them.

Spring Divided

I did something I haven’t done in a long time. I stayed up until 2am. It was fun being alone, listening to music, and sewing. I wanted to make a Divided Basket for my mom. Kind of like a grown up easter basket. It will contain a giant reese’s peanut butter egg.

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I think I’m going to make one more basket for myself.  I don’t usually knit things more than once, but it seems with sewing that rule doesnt apply. I’ve got a few Noodlehead patterns that I want to sew again. I need more open wide pouches and another 241 tote.

Orchid Post

If you could care less about orchids stop reading now.

I don’t know if I’ve shared my orchid colleciton lately it’s grown a bit.

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This picture above is my bottom row. All PhalaenopsisDSCN0066This is my top row. This row has Dendrobiums, Cattleya’s one Vanda and some of my larger Phal’s. The top row is generally all the large plants. I’ve switched over to growing semi-hydroponically and things have exploded with roots. Basically you use a clay aggregate and then I poke holes in little plastic cups to create a water reservoir. The clay aggregate wicks the moisture up into the roots. It prevents over watering for me.

orchids2.jpg Orchids.jpgThe photos above are all my phal’s that are currently in bloom.

DSCN0102This is my favorite Phal so far. It looks different from the others because its a species I think. Its called Fancy Free Scarlet Spring. Seeing this unique bloom has created a love for less generic supermarket orchids. I have two more species that I recently acquired and I just placed an order for three more.  They all have different colors and patterns and are summer bloomers. I hope they like it here and will bloom for me!

I got a new point and shoot camera, a nikon coolpix s6500. This way I can put off troubleshooting the big camera and still have decent pictures. I’m happy with it so far. It’s been an adjustment. I’m used to not having to deal with shutter lag, etc with the dslr camera.  Both types of camera’s have their pro’s and con’s.

Well thats it for now. We will return to our regularly scheduled program with my next post!

241 Tote

Hi y’all. I finally got my butt in front of the sewing machine. I really wanted to make the 241 Tote.  Go look at Anna’s fabulous bag and then you will see how I messed up.

It didn’t take long for things to go wrong. I made a really rookie mistake and I didn’t read the directions before starting. I printed out the pattern pieces and didn’t realize I was supposed to tape them. So my center panel ended up in two pieces. The two pieces resulted in an unsightly line across the middle of my bags center panel that isn’t supposed to be there. Once I learned how to read things went pretty well. I had to piece my handle together because I didn’t have enough fabric, but I love the shape of the bag. I will be making another one.

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See that line there across the middle…yeah not supposed to be there.
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The bag comes with options for side zip pockets (which look really cool), but I don’t enjoy working with zippers yet. I can do it but its no fun. It also has a slip pocket for the inside but it was dinner time and I really wanted to finish this so I did not make it.

I  used to wonder if people thought I was weird for carrying a bag I’ve made myself. In the world of Coach and Michael Kors whats a girl to do with her handmade bags? Well I carry mine with pride. I don’t care.