Monday, June 30, 2008

Summer days and a plea for help!

On Saturday we went to the Friendship Festival in Fort Erie, Ontario. I had never been before and enjoyed wandering through the stalls looking at all the different vendors. There were live performances scattered through the grounds, clowns, a midway, and a food area with extremely overpriced food. $9.00 for french fries??????

Of course I had my camera with me and let me tell you this ladies, a camera is to a woman what a puppy is to a man. Not once, but twice I was approached (by rather attractive gentlemen) and quizzed about my lens! Too bad Joe didn't see that!

Here's one of my favourite photos of the day.

Yesterday (Sunday) I had the day to myself, Joe went geocaching. The first thing on my to-do list was to make a new summer bag, of course!!! I pulled out the pattern (which I had already used once) and guess what?? The instructions are GONE! I have all the pattern pieces, with NO INSTRUCTIONS! I need instructions. If I remember correctly, it was a little bit tricky and I have no idea where to start.

So here's my plea. If you happen to have the Grand Revival Designs, Flea Market Bag pattern and are willing to e-mail me the "Reader's Digest" version of the instructions, I would really really appreciate it!

So, once I realized I was NOT going to be able to sew the new funky summer purse what did I do???? I made ANOTHER Simplicity 3-8-3-5, of course.

I used a taupe coloured gauzy fabric. It was a little tricky to sew with and it turned out a little bit big. I suspect it's because the fabric has a little stretch to it. I'm going to try it on again today and see if I'm right, if so, I'll be adding the darts to the back of it.

I've also been playing with buttons. Last night I sorted through my VAST button collection and selected a few buttons to make pendants and bracelets with.

I LOVE summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Hellllo summer!

Today is officially my last day of work before summer vacation and I'm so excited I can hardly stand it.

The past month has been a blur. We bought new living room furniture so for days before it's arrival I was cleaning like crazy and post-arrival I've been sewing curtains and cushion covers. Now it's time to paint, but I need a little rest before I tackle that job.

One thing I've done (and I'm actually pretty excited about) is re-open my long neglected Etsy Shop. Currently I'm only offering two different sets of photo cards, but my head is filled with ideas for other goodies to make for the shop.

To help me celebrate the beginning of summer, blogging regularly again AND the re-opening of my shop, I'd like to have a give-away. I'm going to send one lucky winner a set of my "painted doors" photo cards. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what your crafty plans are for the summer (if you have any).

I'll draw for the winner one day next week.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

feeling ducky!

I really really really thought I'd have a sewing project to post today, but I don't. I had bit the bullet and purchased an $8.00 yellow gingham sheet at Value Village which I *thought* would make a very pretty/Springy Simplicity 3-8-3-5 but it quickly became apparent that it was going to look like a sheet that I made into a top. I do not typically wear pastel colours and it was a very buttery yellow that appeared almost white from a distance. Yuck.

After neglecting my sewing machine for weeks, this project did not reunite us, sadly.

I'm still completely consumed by the photography class I'm taking. Last night we started to look at how to use Photoshop. Next week's class is all about Photoshop and I can't wait. I have to decide in September if I'm going to take the second part of the phography course or take a Photoshop class. Decisions, decisions.

And here's a little photo that I made using Picnic, a cute little online photo editor. It looks like a fun little program!