Saturday, June 28, 2014

Making Trails.... & then some...

All day long, I've been thinking about this post and how many things I've been slacking in telling you readers. For starters, I can't believe that half the year is over! Indeed the time is flying.  And I have a pretty good theory as to why.....

"Little by little the time flies by,
short if we laugh through it,
long if we sigh."
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder~

I love that quote. Maybe that is why the days are passing so quickly and I've only done less than a handful of posts for this lovely June:) Today, I share with all of you a little bit of what's been going on in another one of my clustered posts. 

The pics below show the girls playing a tag game with Charlie.... My hubby's been busy creating some fun trails through our 4 foot tall field of grass. The rains came strong and since we waited one too many weeks to cut the field, we eventually figured letting it grow and creating trails would be more fun!

I think they found a nice shady spot, perfect for a future picnic!

For those curious about 'my projects'. ~ I've been busy stitching away at another lovely dress, but this one is for my daughter. A simple summer wrap dress, this pattern seems good so far but I haven't finished yet! I'll have to keep you posted in the near future on the outcome.  A slight debate on adding lace has me procrastinating.

And.... herbs are already getting picked and again our dining room table is covered with mint, yarrow, elderberry flowers and chamomile. Yes, even elderberry flowers. One of the biggest treats was coming across this surprise in the woods!

Happy Trails to finding the unexpected!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mulberries, Pretty Fabric, & a Lunch Bag

Yesterday morning we woke up to a delicious surprise.... Our Mulberry tree had some ripe berries ready for picking! These yummy fruits have some interesting health benefits. Did you know that the juice is good to drink for those who are anemic, have heart palpitations, or suffer from insomnia? They also are known to increase the appetite, aid digestion, eliminate constipation, & help with impotence. According to Chinese medicine, the berries could even strengthen hair, making it longer, faster. Pretty interesting, wouldn't you say?

Onto other special things......
Look at these beautiful fabrics! Flowers, ferns, & roses in bright, vibrant colors are 'sew' inspiring.
I can't wait to get stitching!

And of course I want to share with you my latest 'quick sew'. A little bag that's going to be used for lunch.
Take a look!

As I'm looking at these pictures, the bag doesn't seem so little, but I promise it is. I used an Amy Butler pattern for the main shape and added bias tape and straps. When it's filled with food I just tie the straps together to form a tear drop handle. Isn't that sweet?

Till next time friends!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Hike and Clay

Finding clay in the backyard is pretty exciting when you got two little artisans eager to get their hands dirty. Behind our house, in the woods, there is a beautiful layer of pure clay that lines the creek where tiny minnows, crayfish, & frogs live. Of course my gals were ready for a project. Take a look at our backyard hike and our attempt at making pinch pots.


See the horizontal layers. Pure clay!

I couldn't believe.... real clay at large! Yah, I think this means bigger buckets next time. In case you come across earth clay yourself, just remember to wash it before the creativity begins. Little pebbles and greenery all needs to be rinsed off before. Also, you don't have to bake these projects either. Leaving them outdoors to dry will eventually harden the clay. I've researched a couple neat projects I think the girls would like to try. Things you could do with lace, beads, & adding food dye. Well... maybe not food dye, but you get the picture:)

Happy Forest Trails!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Granny Smith Swimsuit

Is that the real name? Nope, but the lime green color gave me no option for a different title. Yes... the swimsuit is finally complete! I have to say, I love swimsuits. I'm like a little kid when it comes to these things. Some women have a thing for purses, others for shoes... mine, swimsuits. It's true. My addiction is what lead me to stitch up one that was not an option for purchase. I mean, where else can you find lime green roses on a ruched one piece that's not high on the leg or skimpy?

Going on, I would like to say that I shall enjoy this swimsuit as much as possible because I don't plan on making it ever again. It has to be the biggest butt ache of a sewing project I've ever done. Three needles later and a trimmed up swimsuit ~ the steps were simple to follow,however..... something was missing from this pattern. Precise measurements. To sum up the experience : The moment when you go to place the pattern pieces together but the notches just don't match up. Well, have they ever been 3 inches off? You spend a couple minutes, contemplating is it fixable or should I just eliminate & start again? The good thing, it was fixable. Here's a look!

After cutting out the pieces, the first step is to create the gathers in the chest area.
All gathers are doubled.

Okay, so here's the area of concern. Almost a total of 3 inches taken off the back side? That was the difference between the front and back pieces. To fix, I centered & pinned my front to the back and trimmed away the excess material. I also snipped another inch and a half from the front crotch area and bottom back so they matched up.

Making the bra lining was easy and smooth sailing. 
It didn't call for it but I used the zig zag stitch to flatten the darts since the fabric was thick. I loved this in that it gave a little more reinforcing.

Looking like a swimsuit!

 For the leg holes, I used a delicate, lacy elastic so that when it was folded inward, it left a scalloped edge.

There are less ruched edges than I would've liked. The fit is comfy and I do believe the built in bra support has something to do with it. Also, I don't think I will buy another swimsuit pattern that is split down the center. If you have any of the slightest 'pudge' in the belly area, the center seam enhances it. 
Here's to learning something new everytime!

Happy Trails till next time!