I’ve been using the “reply” feature on the comments, but I don’t know if the person I reply to actually gets an e-mail notifiying them, or if they would actually have to come back to the comment thread to read my reply. If someone wouldn’t mind commenting on this post so I could test it out, that would be so helpful! I want to make sure questions are getting answered!
I’m trying to clear out anything that I won’t be using right away. I’m selling “Bend the Rules Sewing”, “Seams to Me”, “Little Stitches” and “Photo Decor” by Donna Downey. I’m feeling kind of sad selling them, but right now they are just looking pretty on the shelf. Our dream (mine mostly, really, thought my DH thinks it would be nice, he’s not nearly so into it as I am) is to own some property, so right now I’m trying to pare down as much as I can. I have them listed on Sewingmamas, but if you aren’t on there and are interested, please e-mail me at seemommysew @ gmailDOTcom. I also have some Amy Butler and Joanns fabric that I’m trying to unload, as well as some Denyse Schmidt in my Etsy shop. If you order multiple yards (more than 2), I will take 50 cents off each yard. I have a couple of skirts left too. Take $5 off the skirts if you mention my blog.
I really have been sewing. But finding the time and inclination to blog about it is a whole ‘nother story! I actually sewed for probably four days during “Kid’s Clothes Week”. I made two shirts for my oldest boy, who is sadly in need of long sleeve shirts. Unfortunately, one of them is sitting waiting for me to try and salvage it. I tried make him a shirt using the 90-minute shirt tutorial, but I didn’t have a onesie to base it on and my own guess on how to draft it was WAY off! I should be able to save it, though.
I also finished up a bridesmaid dress for my sister’s wedding and three matching ties for my boys. I don’t have any pics of my adorable boys wearing their ties yet. I got some great help from the gal’s at Sewingmamas to fix the fit of my dress. I think I must be the only person in the world who didn’t care for the way the Coffee Date Dress fit. I had to alter it to pieces. Obviously I made some style changes also. I used this fabric, in a slightly different color.
I also sewed a kid’s Ottobre pattern for me, for the first time. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I added length, but I didn’t end up really needing it. I think I could have made it with no changes. I used Otto 4/2009 #35.
How could I not blog about Bread and Buttons opening up shop again! I’ve been reading her blog for a long time and long admired her adorable fabric choices (she has some cute tutorials on her blog, too)! She just set up shop again, so be sure and check out all the cute ponytail holders, barretts, and other sweet hair accessories she has for sale.
Well that is one way to take a blog break….just disappear for months on end!
We’ve had a wonderful summer, full of camping, trips to the river, s’mores, bike riding, and a week away with my husband (yes, a whole week!). I think I’m finally okay with it being fall. Actually, fall is my favorite time of year, but summer didn’t seem long enough this time. Maybe it was the wet and cold summer we had? Anyway, I thought about my poor blog a lot, but that was as far as it got. I have to admit, I don’t really like to write. It feels too much like work! I have kind of a love/hate relationship with this space. I like having it, getting to share things I’ve made and see the things you’ve made…but I hate the guilt and the feeling “I should be posting more”. I’ve thought a lot about what I want to do with this blog, now that I’m attempting (slowly!), to close up my Etsy shop (still some skirts there). Everything from quitting this blog entirely, to changing it to a family blog, to just trying to remember that it’s my blog and I can post whenever I please, so stop stressing and let it be! I know I’ve read multiple posts from other bloggers expressing similar thoughts, so I know I’m not alone in these feelings.
So how about a little sewing? I did sew a little this summer. Mostly quilt blocks for the bee I’m in. But I did manage to make this quilt for a new baby girl, sister to her five older brothers! She was quite a surprise.
I used Heather Bailey’s Freshcut with Essex Linen/Cotton Blend in Natural for the sashing. I forgot to take a photo of the back, but it was just three squares like the front, with more of the Essex. I was in a rush to finish it (nothing like procrastination), so I quilted it with free-motion loops. I really like them, but I would have done them closer together if I had more time.
Yeah, I made it! Mine was the swimsuit, in case you were wondering (probably not! 🙂 )
My DH and I got back from a week long vacation last Friday. It was a 10th anniversary trip, even though our 10th isn’t until next year. It just working out that way. It was super relaxing, just sitting around, went for a couple long bike rides, etc….nothing too exciting, but it was fun. Now I’m playing catch up. I have strawberries to pick, jam to make, cleaning up to do, packing for camping, not to mention actually getting my project made for So You Think You’re Crafty! Guess I better get off the computer. Now if the strawberry farm would just call me back so I can know if I can pick today!