A sewing room must-have addition: the Wool Pressing Mat

This is a wool pressing mat and I must tell you, it is awesome. Santa brought it and I must send him a thank you note. I love it not only because of the great press is gives under a hot iron, but I can move it anywhere in my sewing room. And no, it doesn’t not get hot underneath, so no need for any extra padding. I can have it right beside me as I sew which is so handy for doing a lot of strip piecing or tiny blocks for quilting projects. All I need now are a few more outlets to plug in my iron. I could take a pic of the mess of cords under my table, but you would be horrified. Here is a pic of the wool pressing met… it’s nice and big… 24 x 20

Here is the mat sitting just behind my sewing table on my desk. I need only swivel my chair to access it, so no exercise now whatsoever. 🙂
In the centre above you'll see my awesome filing system... the file boxes on the floor.They are filled to capacity. I hate filing but it is so necessary. Say hi to my banana elf while you are here. He is just hanging around.

My Sewing Room : organization 101

These photos show a little more about how I organize things... it was the trickiest part of setting up. Where to put everything in a sensible way. If you have questions, give me a shout.

You’d think I’d have time for this

It is after all, a pandemic we are in and I have been more or less housebound for almost a full year. And I love my computer and various devices sooo very much. And photography. I’m snapping away every day. So it would make sense that I’d have been on here typing away and posting pics. But no. I rush through my must-do jobs here at home everyday (Mark takes a lot of care, especially during this pandemic because every day I cook delicious meal for him and now I even cut his hair!!) and as soon as ‘free time’ is declared, I head downstairs to my place of bliss… the sewing room… play room. When I was small, growing up in Minden, in the days before colour, my school had no Kindergarten and I had to wait in agony in black and white until grade 1 to start. So I like to believe I am having Kindergarten now in my retirement. How lucky am I??? And you should know that some days I declare ‘free time’ the moment my feet hit the floor. After coffee of course.

So right now I am working on a very fun project, but can’t post a pic because its a surprise for a friend. You will have to wait. Meanwhile, here I am in my favourite place with a few friends. I will really try to do better in the future. But right now, I must go sew.

Banana Garden?

How does our garden grow?… not very well as it turned out last summer. But much better now.

We had little luck last summer with our veggie garden, though the rabbits would argue this point since they remained well nourished throughout the growing season.  We are happy for them.
So for this reason, I decided to do some gardening of a different nature. The kind that would last all year long too… and I did it! Though this garden serves to nourish only the imagination. Just as important as fresh vegetables to eat, I am quite certain.
So as with all gardens, one must start with fertile soil. This one is all ready for seeding into nice neat rows. Then it is watered generously.

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We harvested onions, beets, strawberries, carrots and peas all at the the same time! It was a miraculous harvest.

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And at Thanksgiving, we feasted!

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I am gifting the garden to sweet Ava, my great niece… I hope she has many years for happy gardening with it. And I finally did yesterday… and I think she likes it.

Finally updating my site

And I owe it all to this little guy who appeared in my Christmas Sock. I do love Santa. Very, very much.

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And my sewing has improved as well…. again, I give credit to Santa. Look at the beauty of these scissors!

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So because I have a new speedy Mac, I can now have computing fun again, not that I don’t enjoy my iPhone, I do, but I can do so much more on my big machine. Like Photoshop. There is not enough time in the day now for all that lies before me in the fun department. I do feel that retirement is like having a chance at Kindergarten… yes, you read that right. A chance. Not “another chance” because I did not go to Kindergarten. It wasn’t invented yet in my town.  That’s how old I am.  So I’m doing it now and loving it. 🙂

Anyway, I’ve been ‘mousing around’ and updating my pages with photos of new creations. I see I need to do lots more editing, but all in good time. I can’t be out of my sewing room for too long without withdrawal symptoms developing.

Please look around to see if there is something you would like for someone you love, or like a few of my dear friends, get some inspiration of your own.

(2 of my friends have in the past year purchased sewing machines, have learned the basics and are making awesome treasures… Kudos! )

Here is a smattering of treasures created in my home home in just the past couple of months… I never tire of toys. Luckily, I have a large group of friends who like toys as much as me; a few of them are actually children too. Everything here is on their related pages (likely)… just look at the menu for the list of pages. I promise to make things look better soon.

Soft friends

A bit of upholstery here and there

Baskets made of cloth.

Quilty things and new learning…free motion flowers, dresden plates and paper piecing.

I made this boxy pouch yesterday… I’ve made hundreds of zipped pouches, but wanted to learn a new technique and style. This one matches may carry-on bag… it is going to get a workout next month.

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And a few dill pickles and olives, because snacks are good in Kindergarten

See all the Felt foods here

Random projects… kid reading pillows… garden flags, lots of curtains and a memory pillow that made me cry

 

That’s all for now…. next blog will be to show you my sewing room where I am going right now!

A new little life

Just this morning, we saw the first signs of new life….

  
Then some tentative progress …

  
And finally, after significant effort…… 

  
Dalton was born!  ( thanks Shiny Happy World for this fun dog pattern)

Dalton will be officially adopted Christmas morning by a special friend who loves dogs and softies 

All’s well that ends well 🐾

My latest project

I always have at least a few projects on the go… but generally they are things for other people and my personal pleasures get pushed to the end of the line.

This is my newest one…. A pretty nice duffle if I do say so. And no, I didn’t make this one up, but followed a pattern instead.

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The back of the bag showing the sleeve

 

a nice big red zip and tabs to hold onto

A nice big red zip and tabs to hold onto

It was so satisfying to finally to find the time for this bag, that is just for me and which will get lots of use. I bought the pattern last year as I wanted something better for use as a carry-on bag for plane travel. Now after all the travelling for 2015 is done, I finally got around to it

I bought the pattern at Craftsy from Studio Cherie at this link

The fabric is so gorgeous …From Connecting Threads, though I see they are sold out. I can search for the name if you like, just message me. I quilted it and bound each piece before assembling, basically following the pattern, though I made a monogrammed pocket for the front. No easy feat since my laptop has been annoyingly temperamental and required some major techy adjustments ( don’t ask, as I don’t really know what I’m doing, but it did work better in the end)

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The side pocket is pleated…  The picture here is not the best, but trust me, it’s nice 🙂

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But the best part… And the main reason for creating this,  is the sleeve on the back that will allow this bag to slide over the long handle on my big suitcase…. And stay there! Hooray! I’m gonna love it.

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If you look carefully you’ll see the the sleeve. I’d show you, but my suitcase is has been off on a trip with my daughter and isn’t home yet. ✈️

There…a nice new post. Whew

Come back and see me sometime🤓

Recipe for Summer Salad with Turkey, Noodles and Pineapple

This recipe is an old one, but a favourite still. I found it in one of those little books you pick up at the grocery check outyears and years ago. I’ve since lost the book, so this is from memory and quantities are approximate…. but you really can’t make a mistake anywhere 😀

  
Salad ingredients 

  •  2 cups cold cubed turkey
  • 3 cups cooked pasta… any shape you like….. I used bow ties today
  • 4 chopped green onions
  • 2 chopped celery stalks
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (reserve 2 tablespoons of juice)
  • 1 can mandarin oranges (drained)
  • A couple handfuls of walnut halves

Dressing

  • 1 cup  or so Mayonnaise 
  • 1/2 cup or so sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice
  • Salt and pepper

Toss it all together. Serve very cold on a very hot day and everyone will love you!

I think you could even leave out the turkey and your vegetarian friends would be happy too🍴

A little book cover

I’ve come to realize that paper and pencils still have great value in my life, and no more so than for my sewing plans and orders.

For the past year or so I’ve  been using a notebook I found somewhere… Plastic lime green cover… and every time so looked at it  I cringed.

So finally, I put together this little cover made from selvedges I’ve been collecting for ages.

It’s my first project made from these little bits and I love it! It’s lined with fusible fleece to give it body.  Cringing is over! 😀 Let the note-taking begin in style!