Friday, February 27, 2009
It's all good. I ended up getting my house clean, although you'd never be able to tell today. Such is life.
I got quite a few blankets and pouches cut out today. Next week during naptime I'll work on getting them sewn up. My mom is also sending me a purse pattern that she designed. I'm excited to try it out!!
Now it's time to clean up my fabric mess and get ready to make dinner. Sigh...What to make??
Thursday, February 26, 2009
This morning when I woke up, I decided that today was going to be mostly an able mabel day. I was going to whip out a few things on my sewing machine, feed the kids lunch, clean and then go back and sew. Great in theory, not so in reality.
First off, my baby didn't cooperate. I finally got her settled for her morning nap and started in on this blanket. The flowers were originally from a panel of fabric. Each flower was framed by kelly green vines (the vines didn't do much for me). I cut the flowers out in squares and sewed the squares together. Simple, right?!? Right.
No sooner had I gotten them done, my baby woke up. Now what does she need?!? Figured that out and went to back the top of the blanket with black minky. I cut it exactly to match the top. What was I thinking?!? (This should have been clue #1) For those of you who have never sewn with minky, it's ultra slippery. I've usually cut the minky a tad bit bigger than the top fabric to allow for a bit of slippage. (Put that red pen away...I know slippage isn't a word in the normal dictionary, but it's in the able mabel one so I can use it.)
I fought with it for an hour (I'm not kidding. This should have been clue #2.), everything that could go wrong with my machine did. Finally, I was ready to top stitch it. I fed my kids an early lunch and went back to do the top stitching. I had already decided not to put the blanket on able mabel since it didn't pass quality control. Baby Doll was going to get herself a new blankie! Halfway thru top stitching, my bobbin ran out of thread. That was the last straw, I give up! Instead of ripping it apart with the seam ripper (I'd seen that little guy too much today.), I'll do it the "lazy man's way" and cut it along the edges.
A morning like this one keeps me humble I guess. It's not very fun though. Someone was obviously trying to tell me to get off my rump and get my cleaning done!
I love how the blanket looks, or the concept of it (the bright colors against the black background), so I'll try it again another day. Or maybe this afternoon, if I finish cleaning soon enough. It'll be the carrot dangling at the end of the rope...
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
(looks like this one needs a little light shed on her!)
We're working on expanding her product line to the magnets and light switch covers, along with the cards. So far there are only a few of each listed, but that'll change over the next few weeks.
Monday, February 23, 2009
The only pictures I took were some scenery ones on the way down, and those were thru the car window. Shame on me! (Pretend you don't see the refection of my pearly white arm in this picture!) Everytime I thought about taking pictures, I was either bouncing baby, my purse was out of reach or (I hate to admit it) I was too lazy. Double shame on me!
Today I spent the day catching up. Playing Suzy Homemaker. Laundry, making jam, cleaning, playing with the kids, etc. Great fun...
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I spent the morning puttering around the house. Cleaned out my little girls' closet, doing laundry, finding Spring clothes (sandals, jackets, outfits, etc.), you know, all the necessary-but-not-super-exciting-stuff. I was careful not to accomplish too much because then "they" start to expect it. (I'm kidding...I think...) I was looking thru my wardrobe and decided my boring outfits needed a little sprucing up. Seems like all I've been buying lately are solid colors. Ho Hum. Yawn.
With a spring in my step (pardon the pun) I pulled out my jewelry making supplies and started in on a new necklace (or three) for myself.
I have a shirt that matches this color green, almost exactly, that I'm planning to wear with brown pants. I was debating whether or not I should stick to green and brown or go for a daring, bold accent color. I decided the shirt already makes me look like a pea who lost her pod (but I loved the color so I bought it anyway), so I chickened out on the bold part. There's nothing worse than someone pulling out their sunglasses when they're talking to you because your outfit is so bright and bold. The clincher was that I had all the necessary beads for this necklace. Maybe someday, if I can think of what other color to wear with this green, I'll do something different. But for today, this works. Fine. I'll admit it. I'm a chicken, what can I say?!?!
Hey Mom! Recognize this one? My mom, very graciously, gave me this necklace a few years ago. (maybe because I snuck into her closet on more than one occasion to "borrow" it.) It was one long strand and when I tried to double it up, it choked me. Talk about claustrophobic! If I wore it as one long strand, it came down to my belly button and my babies' feet, the diaper bag, my purse, etc. would get caught in it. Hassle-ish. I loved the randomness of it and the colors so I knew that someday I'd end up re-stringing it. Today, I turned it into a double strand necklace, one that doesn't choke me. Hopefully Mom doesn't care! (too bad if she does...)
Yes, I am stuck on green today. I made this necklace to go with a brown shirt/white skirt combo. Once again, kinda boring but I had everything for it. This necklace is actually made from three necklaces I found on clearance at Target last year. The only "new" part of it is the wire. Yes, I even re-used one of the adjustable clasps. So fun! The best part? I still have beads left to make a few more necklaces!
Now back to my regularly scheduled program...housecleaning! Had my fun for the day and now it's back to chores....
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
To..."I've had it! Put that stinkin camera down Mom and take me out of the wretched carseat! And I mean NOW!"
She got her way and this was the last picture I took of her today. She did great though! I got quite a few shots that will work. Love the girl! (I think I've already established that point, right?!?!)
Monday, February 16, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
What a perfect day to spend on able mabel stuff! I'm serious about that. It doesn't require much physical energy...The coasters and blankets are calling!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
She slept in today. She's devouring a gourmet bowl of Froot Loops.
A rice pudding is cooking in the oven. Hubby claims I'm addicted to the stuff. Hey, I can think of worse stuff to be addicted to! I love it after a workout. I don't eat eggs or drink milk when I'm nursing...ask the others in this house how Baby Doll behaves when I eat them....so this is how I get my fix. Not the healthiest way but...
He has a nasty cold and spends a lot of time snuggled up with his blanket, laying wherever and however. He's not picky. This morning he picked the kitchen floor (can you say comfy?!?) and watched his older brother empty the dishwasher. He's waiting for him to finish so they can go play cars, or Legos, or trains, or pick-on-your-sister-until-she-screams-like-a-stuck-pig.
Two custom orders waiting to get started. The fabric for two blankets (can't get going on those until I get a down payment. I normally don't require one but these two are personalized. Kind of hard to resell a personalized blanket), and the cardstock for the coasters. As soon as I get Dolly settled down for a morning nap, I'm digging into the coasters.
The timer is beeping, Dolly is screeching for a mid-morning feast, the boys are running Lego wheels down the "slide" in my bathtub (no water running though) and the girls are smearing lotion all over their hands, arms and face, someone smells suspiciously, well, stinky...never a dull moment in the able mabel house!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Two of them are slightly boy-ish, but she doesn't mind.
I had my sewing machine out today and was re-learning how to sew. It's been months since I've sat down (okay, hunched over) and used one. I started slow, working on some burp cloths. I was hoping to be able to use them for able mabel, but I don't think they'll quite cut it. I'm sure they look fine to some people, but I wouldn't feel good selling them as is. Most of it is a learning curve with my machine, figuring out it's little quirks, stitch settings and such. I'll just use them for Dolly and do some others for able mabel.
I seem to think that I need to do things almost perfectly the first time. As if...this is a new machine to me and I can't expect to sit down and know exactly how it works the first time. I'm trying not to be too frustrated with myself at what could be considered a lack of production today. Feels a little bit like a wasted day.
I'm going to put the sewing machine away for the day and this evening work on some cupcake coasters a customer ordered. This will be a new challenge for me since she only wants me to use solid colors and I'm so used to using patterned paper. A challenge is usually a good thing!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Oh! I forgot to tell you. I got my sewing machine yesterday! As I mentioned before, a friend of mine got a new one for Christmas and so kindly gave me her old one. She came over for lunch yesterday to deliver it. As soon as she shut the door, I pulled out my fabric squares and started in on a patchwork belt for myself. I got the patches all sewn up and now am washing some light weight denim to use for the backside.
I already know I'm going to have a love/hate relationship with this thing. I won't tell you how much thread I went thru trying to load the bobbin, or how I was ready to hurl the thing out the window at one point. I stayed calm though, put it away for a bit to tend to my kids (that is my first priority anyway. My kids and my husband.) and by the time I came back to it, it worked like a charm. I forgot to buy bobbins the other day, so I haven't been able to play with it much.
Ohhhh sweet! Now there's four down, zero to go! Later!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
- Sunny and 40 some degrees outside, feels like 60 at least
- Kids are sleeping
- I'm cleaning
- The washer and dryer are humming
- Brown Circles No Cash Wallet is in the gift guides. (don't ask me why it's in the Children's Section...doesn't matter, at least it's in something!)
- The blinds are up
- Windows are open
- The mountains are gorgeous
- I love this state
- Hubby is thrilled with the prognosis he got from the physical therapist
- I actually know what I'm making for dinner tonight
- Got a package of oh-so-inspiring-goodness in the mail
- There is spring in my step
- Life is good!
We've kept the UPS man busy delivering packages of fabric to our door step. Today I washed all the minky. As I was folding it up, my kids were fighting over who got which pattern for their blanket. I had to break it to them that it wasn't for them but for able mabel. Bummer for them!
Now I have to get the kiddos down for naps and decide which I want to tackle first....cleaning up this office or hopping on the exercise bike. Decisions, decisions.