Thursday, December 23, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I just wanted to share a little proud moment of a mother. I'm attending a Holiday Extravaganza as a vendor today and my Mckaya and Zane's school. We had to set up last night because they are also having a Veteren's program there and to keep the traffic down somewhat they asked us to set up the night before.
I had 4 clothes racks, plus 4 totes with my clothes in and tables and all the other stuff that you take when you are trying to sell your hobby to the public, anyway, my husband helped me load it up and went with me to set it all up. My daughter-in-law had said that she would come to the school and help, but I told her that we could do it, not to bother.
So me and my husband get to the school figure out where we needed to park to unload all this stuff, and go inside the gym to see where my spot will be and I hear someone call my name and say "your over here". Yup, you guessed it, coming towards us is my daughter-in-law and the 2 kids.
Of course the kids think it's pretty cool to be at their school at night, and they want to help unload so grandpa gives them the lightest of things to carry in, and they are happy to be helping. As were bringing in and trying to decide how we should set it up, I turn around and their is my son coming in and he's coming straight from work, work clothes and all.
Thanks to my family, an hour and a half later we are all set up and ready to make some sells today. Of course it took several opions and stepping back to see what will look best, but it's really nice to know how much my family loves me.
I think what I'm saying is you know that your family loves you, but it's great when they take time out of the own lives to help you in your life when it means that much to you. So I wanted to take time out and just say Thank you to Tracy and Brian and the kids, oh yea, and my husband John for their help and support and mostly for their love. I love all of you, and I have to say that if my other 3 kids would have been here they would have been right there to and it's a good feeling to know that.
So that's the good thing about having my own blog, I can write whatever I want and I wanted to share my family with you.
dsthreadsdownsouth out for now.
Friday, October 29, 2010
I wanted to share with you my other granddaughter, this is Kinsley, 4 years old, and they live in Ok. so I don't get to see her very often, and I miss her so much. She's a little cutie,and a pistol, if you can't judge that for your self. Her mom sent me these pic. so I thought you might enjoy them.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
If ya'll recall a few weeks ago I told you about a "city market on Main" that they were having in our downtown area. It is held at the museum courtyard every Friday in the months of Sept. and Oct. You basically take what you want to sell and set up the booth and hope that you make enough to at least pay for you to set up there.
It is smack in the middle of our downtown area, and I thought it would be a good place to get some exposure and hopefully some sells. Now mind you it is still in the 90's here so you really have to have some kindof shelter, a canopy, and of course you have to have the things you are trying to sell.
So I have to carry this canopy and 2 big totes with my clothes in it plus my chair, a table so I can set out my oven mitt sets and the buisness cards, and the 3 racks to hang the clothes on so people can see them.
You have to move your car to a garage a block away, walk back and proceed to set all this stuff up, sweating like nobody's business and the collapse in the chair and wait for the money to roll in. You are set up for 4 hrs. and after you had a fablous day, you have to take down what you did'nt sell pack it all up, walk a block to get your car, load it back up, and on the drive home, think "AM I TOTALLY CRAZY".
The first week I did'nt sell a thing, not one thing. The second week I sold an oven mitt, which didnot cover the price of setting up. Last week I actually made a profit, which I was so happy about, I felt success at last. Now on the 2 previous weeks I had alot of people stop and look and they said that my clothes were really cute and made very well, but no buyers.
I can't tell you how happy I was to actually sell some of my things, it made the day alot better even knowing all you have to go through to get to that point. I will be going back this Friday, even though it will be 90 again, I'm so ready for cool weather, and hopefully will have more success. The one thing my kids keep telling me is " Your getting out of the house" so it is worth it.
I hope ya'll have a great week and I will let you know how it goes.
dsthreadsdownsouth out for now.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I have to apologize for not being on here in awhile. I was busy making a few outfits for my granddaughter and grandson for when school starts. They turned out really cute, and I always forget to take pictures until after I have given them to them, then I have to wait for their mom to do it, and let's just say that she does'nt get in a hurry for to many things, God love her. I actually only made 1 pair of shorts for my grandson, his mom buys the material and then brings it to me to make. It was cute material, blue and grey big checks, from what I can remember, but it had the pockets on the sides and then one on the side of the pants leg, turned out good, and I will get pictures up very soon.
I have to tell you that I think my granddaughter good become a designer when she gets older, she definitely knows what she likes, and what she does'nt. Her mom picks out her material to, and she had multi colored for a pair of capris, it was really cute, but my fashionista granddaugher said " the pants fit really good grandma, but the colors embarrass me, mom needs to let me pick them out from now on", she is 7 people!!!! I will get pics of them both soon, I hope.
I was also busy getting some oven mitt sets done up in our rival college football teams here in the state, Carolina gamecocks, and Clemson tigers. They are having a "city market" in our town on Main St. every Fri. for the month of Sept. and Oct. and I wanted to take my clothes and the oven mitt sets and see what kindof response I would receive. I didn't realize it was a holiday week-end and was a little discouraged by the turn out, I sold one oven mitt set. A lot of people loved my clothes but not enough to buy them I guess. Anyway I will keep going and see what happens, and in the mean time I will sew for my beloved public, my GRANDKIDS.
One last thing, I'm starting to sew for myself again, and am working on a kindof suit, jacket and pants for this winter, if it turns out good I will post a pic. of me wearing it, when I can get my husband to stand still long enough to take the photo. I've been busy sewing for everyone else and trying to get some coustomers that I have forgotten how to sew for ME.
That's all of my news for now, I promise it will not be so long the next time.
dsthreadsdownsouth out for now.
Friday, August 13, 2010
I have to say right off the bat, that I've never been interested in quilting. To me it takes way to long before you can see the end result, I'm to impatient I guess, I want to see my finished work as soon as possible. Now my mom quilts, ALOT, she has made quilts for all four of my kids and she made quilts for my 2 granddaughters. My youngest granddaughter still who is 4 sleeps with hers and it's her "blankey".
I was at the fabric store awhile back and they had a good price on x-mas material so I bought a few yards, a few is what I tell my husband anyway, and then I went to look in the books for a pattern. I've said before that I've never looked in the craft part of the books, until I found that purse pattern, so I looked in there for something to make out of the x-mas material.
A pattern jumped out at me with aprons on it, and it also had an oven mitt, and 2 different potholders on it. I actually bought it thinking I would make the half apron. Now all this happend at least 2 monts ago, but I've been busy sewing for the granddaughters, and trying to get more things sewn up to show potential customers, anyway it's been sitting not making itself for some reason.
To be honest when ever I get a new pattern I look over the directions and the pieces to see what all goes into making it. Well the real reason, besides being busy, I did'nt do it yet is it looked complicated. I did'nt have anything else to sew so I got it out and thought I'd try the oven mitt, and was a little intimidated because it is quilting and it did'nt make a whole lot of sense by just reading it, so I plunged in and went step by step, and the picture above is the outcome. I think it is so CUTE.
I could'nt stop at just making the oven mitt, I was on a roll, I was QUILTING now, so I made the matching pot holder today, and it turned out really well also. You can't really tell in the picture of the pot holder, but there is white thread going across the red and red thread going across the green, kindof makes the quilting stand out more. They were'nt that hard to do, once I sat down and did it, and I'm very pleased with the results.
At the top of my page I said quilting sort of, because even though it is quilting, it's not a big project like a quilt or something of that nature, but I think my mom who is a quilter, would say if it says quilting in the directions, than your a QUILTER. Yea mom. So........x-mas presents for everyone.
Thanks for dropping by and taking a look at my different projects, and I'll keep trying to surprise you and myself with what I try to do next.
dsthreadsdownsouth out for now.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Hi everyone! I have'nt been on here lately, had alot going on. I've been sewing for my granddaughter, that's her in the picture above. I've been trying to get a few outfits done so her brother can take them home with him when he leaves in 2 days.
Like I said that is my granddaughter in the picture, and you can probably guess that she is a wild one, by the pose that she is making. She's 4 years old, yes she's big for her age, and she has to take after her daddy, cos her momma, my daughter, is only 5'3.
They moved to Oklahoma a few months ago, her dad's in the army, and so they took 3 of my 5 grandkids with them. The other 2 from my son live here, she's the other granddaughter that I sew for.
Anyway I made her this outfit and sent it to her, even put her own name on the package, and her mom said she was thrilled with it. This is the same outfit I talked about a while back the I made her cousin out of the same material, so they would have matching outfits. She called to tell me that she loved her new clothes, and she wanted me to send her a picture of her cousin so she could see her in the outfit to.
I was saying ealier that I was sewing a few outfits for her brother to take with him, he's here with his dad for the summer, and he's going back in 2 days, so I wanted to make some new clothes for him to take with him, and save me money on sending them in the mail. Of course I could have had all summer to do this if I had thought of it then, but I just thought of sending them with him a few days ago, so I got busy. I have managed to make her another capri set, nightgown, dress and finsihed a skirt today.
I have to say I really miss her and her brothers, every time she gets on the phone she'll say"I come to your house now", she does'nt quite understand that she's not a few miles away anymore. She is a handful, but she's a loveable handful.
I just wanted to share my graddaughter with ya'll, a grandma's right to brag.
dsthreadsdownsouth out for now.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I haven't been able to get to my blog in awhile, been kindof busy lately. My granddaughter had her birthday this past Sat. she turned 8 years old. That's her, of course, in front of her cake. She had it at the community pool, and it was a good day for it, since it was probably at least 98 degrees outside.
Now I don't even like wearing a bathing suit in front of my family, and you know family are'nt going to ask you when and how you gained 20 lbs. or why the top of your legs look like jello, no not your family. So anyway, like I said COMMUNITY pool, meaning people that go there all time and probably spend the rest of the time in a gym, by the looks of their legs, no jello there. Not to mention that she invited girls from her school, which meant that the moms had to come, not much jello there either.
I knew that I was'nt going to wear a bathing suit, so I had some pretty light green material that I was wanting to make just a sleeveless summer dress out of, yea, so my arms flap a little in the wind to, I wanted it sleeveless anyway. I made the dress thinking I could wear it to the pool/b-day party and still stay comfortable, not cool, but not miserable either. WRONG.
I want you to visualize a cool pool of water in 98 degree weather, and knowing the whole time, while your sitting there sweating like nobodys business, that you can't jump in head first and just stay under until you can't hold your breath any longer. It would have felt so awesome to jump in and not care that I would have been the only grandma in the pool in her green summer dress.
All in all my granddaughter had a great time and after all it was her day, and we grandmas like to see the kids having fun.
Ya'll come back and check me out again soon.
dsthreadsdownsouth out for now.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I have to tell you that I'm not impressed with the new technology of this era. I can figure out how to use a sewing machine and make really cute clothes, and they fit which is always a good thing. I can drive an 18 wheeler, a big semi-truck, that's what I was doing when I got laid off almost 2 years ago. I can raise 4 kids working at Burger King making less than $7 an hr. But to work a computer or a camera with a "disk" has driven me over the edge.
I have spent all day trying to get into my blog site, simply because the computer did'nt "remember" my password for me? If it knows almost everything about me, can tell me "hi" when it starts up, WHY can't it remember my password? If you make the mistake of signing out and not telling it to remember your username, you are really in BIG TROUBLE.
Of course when you go to sign back in it asks you for both of these 2 little words, but 2 very important words, obviously, and if you can't remember 1 you can't find the other one.
So after most of the day typing in anything I think could possibly be right, I ended up changing both 2 little important words, and here I am.
Now on the camera with the all important disk. I have 2 of these all important disk, 1 I use for taking pic. of the family etc, the other I use to take pic. of my clothes that I make so I can share them with you lucky people. Did you know that these cameras donot tell you that a disk is not in the camera, but they still take the pic. and it is in the camera SOMEWHERE?
I had an order to make a appliqued jumper, purse, and 2 little boys shirts, I took the pic. so I could share them with you, they turned out really cute, took the pic. and went to download them and guess what? You got it, no disk. Now I'm guessing that I can plug something into my camera that plugs into my computer, and I will be able to download them. Now all I have to do is find the pages in the manual and try to figure out what they're talking about, while they're trying to explain to someone who knows very little about TECHNOLOGY.
In closing I would like to say that I do enjoy being able to communicate rather quickly on the computer, and I do like being able to see my pic. before I have to wait to have them developed, but my sanity is thinking very hard on sending me over the edge so I won't care about either one.
I hope everyone has a great week ahead of them, and I really hope someone out there in cyber world can relate to this, or I'm in big trouble if I'm the only one.
dsthreadsdownsouth out for now
Thursday, July 15, 2010
July 15, 2010
I'm afraid I have'nt been posting here recently, but I've been trying to get some of the projects done, that I've had started for awhile now.
I have to say that my daughter-in-law is one of my biggest fans. She's always telling me that my clothes are worth putting out there for the world to see and enjoy. I love to sew and love seeing the end result, but it's taken me awhile to think that other people would see them in the same light.
I kiddingly call her my "market manager" because she comes up with different ways that I should try to get my clothes "out there" but it's kindof hard for me to approach a total stranger and talk to them. I don't do the small talk thing very well, I'm afraid.
So she called me the other day and said that I was to get together some of the clothes that I have finished , because she had talked to the lady who fixes her hair and she said she would "showcase" some of my outfits and see what kindof response will come of it.
I had 10 outfits that I picked because I could'nt decide on only 2 or 3, well my daughter-in-law could'nt either, so I said I would just let the woman pick, well she could'nt decide either, she said they were all so cute, so she ended up keeping 8 to put around in her salon.
I'm hoping that it will lead to more orders and at the very least more exposure for sure. I will keep my fingers crossed and keep ya'll updated.
dsthreadsdownsouth out for now
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July! We had a very quiet day here. For the first time in a long time we were by ourselves. My daughter and her 3 kids are in Ok. right now,so of course they could'nt be here, actually 1 of her sons is here in town to spend the summer with his dad, but they had plans with his family, anyway my other 2 grandkids were with their folks hanging out at home. Me and my husband went to the local "flea market" and looked around and then went to Walmart. I discovered that a Walmart here in town still had material, most of them are doing away with it, and went SHOPPING.
I love finding bargains, and when you can buy material at great prices that is just as good a quality as the fabric stores, I say why not spend some money, so I did. All total I probably got 20 yards of material, and some other sewing notions. The funny thing is my husband told me I should look on the computer for Walmarts in the surrounding small towns and call and see if they still had material, so I did, he does have some pretty good ideas sometimes, and the Walmart 2 blocks from my fabric store is where I found they still carry it. Never knew!!!
So we went shopping, then came home and my husband got ready to leave, he's a truck driver so he had to go to work. He's usually gone only 3 days at a time so it's not to bad. That was our excititng holiday weekend.
I wanted to go to the flea market to check it out to see if anyone was selling anything close to the clothes I'm making, I'm thinking of taking them there to see how it goes. There was nobody selling any new stuff, mostly used, and only 1 booth was doing that. So I'm getting them ready and will probably try it this weekend.
The first little outfit here in the pic. is an outfit I made for my daughter-in-laws niece. It turned out really cute. It's just a simple tank top with a ruffle on the bottom and the capri pants. I love the material for the top, it's very summery and bright.
The second picture is the USC Gamecocks dress that a neighbor of my daughter-in-law wanted me to make. I actually made 4 dresses for her daughter and a friend. This is the back view, she wanted the bow to tie in the back. I took a pic. of the front, but it was fuzzy and I have already taken them to her, so the back will have to be it.
Now that I'm done with hers I'm going to get busy and make some more for the gamecock fans, and I can't make gamecocks without making Clemson, the rival of the gamecocks, and my husband's long time college team.
As always anything that you see here can be repoduced, or if you have an idea e-mail me with it and we will see what we can come up with.
dsthreadsdownsouth out for now.
Monday, June 28, 2010
I've noticed from reading some of my own earlier posts that I have repeated myself by starting out with saying "I wanted to share with you" so I'm not going to say that this time. I'm just going to invite you to take a look at what I made over the weekend.
I saw this dress made up in a neighborhood fabric store that I get some of my sewing notions at and thought it was the cutest dress, so I bought the pattern and some material and here it is. I actually did'nt get the material there, she's a little store and does'nt really have to much variety in fabric and is a bit pricey for me sometimes.
I was happy with the end result, all though I think the material was a bit to "dressy" for an everyday dress, this material would be considered more of a special occasion, I think. I think it would really be cute, and everyday ware, in a simple cotton design. You can't really tell from my pictures, but the material is "sparkley" with silver little lines running all through it.
The dress has 3 tiers on it, completely lined and zipper in back. This is a size 8, but once again it can probably be even a 10. This pattern was kindof different, in the fact that you made each tier individually, then the lining and then you put them all together, and finally put on the bodice, the top, of the dress.
To change the subject a bit, I live in SC, a huge college football supporting town, SC gamecocks, and that is what I'm going to be focusing on for the next few weeks, or how ever long it takes me. I have a friend of my daughter-in-law who asked me if I could make her daughter a dress with USC, University of South Carolina, symbols on it. So I got to thinking since college football is so important in our town, that I have possibly been missing out on a huge market, so I'm going to be experimenting in that area. Because my husband is a huge long time Clemson fan, I can't leave them out, so I'll be doing things with that also. I'll be doing dresses & the purses that I showed in previous blogs, all with the college themes on them.
So I hope you enjoyed the dress and come along with the new adventure, and I will keep you posted on my progress.
Dsthreadsdownsouth out for now.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
June 22, 2010
Hi again. I wanted to share my latest project with ya'll. It's a denim jumper with a matching little purse with a ladybug applique on it.
I was trying to think of what I could make that would be a little different for a change, and while the jumper is not all that different, the applique certainly is. Also the little purse is made completely different than the previous purse I posted.
I had gotten this pattern thinking that the purse would be something that me and my granddaughter could do, if she decided she might want to learn to sew. I got the idea that she might want to learn to sew because she likes to create things, like going in my sewing room and cutting out pieces of fabric and then gluing them together to see what it can make. But she has never really said "grandma I want to learn to sew".
Got off track there for a minute. Anyway when I bought the pattern I did'nt realize that the jumper was part of the pattern. I had some denim left over, if you remember I bought a lot of it when I was in Fla. So I thought it would be cute to make the jumper and matching purse.
About my experience with applique, it is almost nonexistent, even though I love the idea and the concept of it. I did play around with it somewhat, but did'nt think it was something that I could do, or my machine, since I have just a basic machine. So when I decided I wanted to jazz it up a bit, I remember a friend in Australia telling me to just experiment and go for it, so that's what I did, and I have to say, I love the way they turned out.
The jumper it self is very easy and basic, with rick rack around the pockets and hem. The applique is done out of scrapes of material and zigzag stitches. The body of the lady bug should probably have been done it black, to give it more of a realistic look, but I did'nt think it would show up very good on the blue denim, and I loved the "pop" of the 2 toned oranges.
To be honest I don't think my camera does it justice in the pictures, so you'll have to take my word that it really does look good together. It's a digital camera, but it always seems to have a tannish hue in the pictures.
My husband keeps asking me who I'm making these clothes for, and I tell him right now for me, but someone will see something that I've made and say, "I have to have that " so until then I'll keep making what I think is cute and affordable, and it's what I enjoy doing.
As always thanks for coming by and taking a peek, if there's anything I can do for you please let me know.
dsthreadsdownsouth out for now.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I wanted to share with you my latest project. As you can see it's a purse, could be used as a diaper bag as well.
I was at the fabric store, they have patterns on sale every so often, and I always try and go just to see what might jump out at me. I have to say that I have never looked beyond the clothes patterns, but this day I was'nt in any hurry, and started flipping through the book. I came across the crafts in the book, and this purse pattern was so cute, I had to get it and see what it would turn out like. I say "turn out like" because not all patterns turn out like you imagine them to. For reasons unknown to me, the cutest picture on the front pattern does not always end up as your final project. It really is trial and error, and old saying , to let you have a hint of my age.
Anyway I had the pattern for a couple weeks, I was working on other things at the time I got it, but a couple days ago I came across it again, and decided to finally make it. I wanted it to be kindof bold, something I usually don't see me doing, so I went through my left over material to see what I could come up with.
The whole bag is made form scrapes of material that I had left over. My daughter-in-law bought the material, shh, we won't tell her that she paid for my new bag, I made both my granddaughters a top and capris out of it.
The bag has 2 pockets in the front, one has a snapped tab over it, also has the bow, and the back also has 2 pockets. The inside is lined and also has a pocket, the linning is green, it matches the green of the purse, but I could'nt get a good picture of it, so you'll have to take my word for it, and it also has a pocket inside. Every piece is interfaced, it gives it more stability, and body. If I make another one I would also put interfacing in the solid pink around the top. I did'nt call for it, but I think it would make it sturdier also.
It could most definitely be used for a diaper bag, on a day that you don't have to take the whole nursery. We don't have any little ones right now, so a purse it is. I think it would really be cute in denim, for the older girls, but being summer I thought this turned out really cute.
As always anything you see on my blog, or if you have something in mind but don't see it here, just contact me here or e-mail me and we will see what we can create.
d.sthreadsdownsouth out for now.