Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sewing

I took a few days off after Labor Day to work on some sewing projects.  I stayed dedicated to sewing both days, but I didn't get all of my projects done.  Unfortunately for me, my list continues to grow as I find so many fun ideas on Pinterest and then the list never is completed!  Oh well....here's a look at what I did finish.


This is a travel/outdoor blanket that I quilted using a Modern Quilting technique.  The design was a bit abstract/improvised. I had fun doing it but I'm not sure that it's my absolute favorite.  I did manage to stay within a tight budget, spending only $10.50 on the entire quilt.  That makes me happy!



I refashioned an ill-fitting sweater into a cardigan.  The next one I try won't have the button loops.  It looks kind of silly if it's not buttoned and I rarely button my cardigans.


I hope this small bag/purse for Vivi will be one that she can enjoy now.  It's just a simple felt bag and a monogram using a fabric marker.


Another skirt for Vivi using knits.  It's the first time I worked with sewing knits and while I think it turned out alright, I will definitely need to practice more.

Other projects that I also worked on...
- Mel and Thom's quilt:  I found fabric for the sashing that I think will work out well, but I didn't do any sewing.
- Second skirt for Viv: I cut out the wrong width of fabric so I don't think that this skirt will fit.  I'll hope to see her this weekend, so I'll see if it was successful or not.
- T-shirt refashion:  I tried to refashion a small t-shirt, but I probably started this project too late at night.  I sewed up both sides and then realized that I went to a different seam on each side.  Fail!  Might go back to it, or just start fresh with another shirt!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Home Improvements

Mom and I worked on painting the house shutters and front door.  We also enlisted the help of my dad and Zach, making it a family project this Labor Day weekend.  I'm really pleased with the results so far!  We will still have a second coat of paint to complete on the second level and I would like to work on the entryway.

Graduation

Zach successfully finished his PSU degree! We had a great time visiting PSU main campus and a lovely visit with the Volgstadt's.  Hard to believe we're now a family of PSU grads!





Sunday, August 24, 2014

Vivi

Vivi is just getting cuter and cuter as she grows up!  I can't believe how quickly a year can go by, but it has.  Enjoy a few delicious photos of this babe!





Butterflies and Kitties


A few beautiful pictures of my busy butterfly bush and two of my favorite felines, Beeker and Sam.






Baltimore

Zach and I spent some time in Baltimore a few weekends ago.  The weather was gorgeous and we we able to enjoy our time together walking around the harbor, a few ferry boat rides, and a trip to Fort McHenry.











Sunday, August 3, 2014

Keeping Busy

I don't have many days to laze around and twiddle my thumbs. Most weekends are full of activities of some sort, like a summer concert or a visit with my favorite niece.  The past two weekends, though, I have had the opportunity to complete a few projects around the house. They're still not complete, so there will be a follow-up post at some point, but here's a quick rundown:

- Cleaning, sanding, and staining outdoor chairs
- Repainting plastic outdoor chairs and tables
- Making pillows for outdoor chairs
- Starting and assembling queen quilt top for. Mel and Thom 
- Staking plants, primarily the Russian sage
- Painting front door and shutters (!!)
- Cleaning :)

There is still at least one more project I would like to add to the list, but I have to do a bit more research and brainstorming on my idea to know if it will work or not.

So, if you care, stay tuned!

For now, here is a pretty panorama picture of the garden. Double click on the image for a larger view.