Friday, July 21, 2017

Some Rain, More Smoke

We had rain yesterday. It came down off and on all day. By dinner time, the smoke was back in and we could smell it in the house.


We have been safe with all the wildfires in B.C. The fires are all around us be we are not affected. Just heavy smoke that is hard on allergies and breathing. We changed the filter in the furnace today and it was filthy dirty due to the smoke in the air. Will do it again at the end of the month.
We have watched a lot of water bombers and helicopters land and take off from the airport. The circle over our house for landing. The bird dogs are harder to spot but they are out there.
Family had a good visit with us. It was warm and smoky but the day we went on the steam train it was lovely.
We saw a beautiful church that has been lovingly restored.
The stained glass windows were beautiful. 
The dancers were wonderful and Grandson told them they sure danced good.
We even experienced a train robbery.
We had a great time.
It has been mundane since then with house work, laundry, and work.


I have not sewn a stitch since July 6. My focus is on the house at the moment.


I am knitting a sweater for the dolls. I have to buy another ball of yarn to finish it up. Hopefully there will be enough yarn left to knit a beret.
I also spent a lot of time going through the yarn I have and inventoried it on Ravelry. There is about 6 skeins of yarn that I am getting rid of. Am happy with what I got done as I have wanted to do that for a while now.


I work the late shift so need to fold laundry and clean up a bit more in the house.
Until the next time...................

Friday, July 07, 2017

Hot Outside?

We got to 102F yesterday. I even saw the thermometer in the car say 40C or 104F.
The weather person says it is to cool off to the mid to low 30C for the next few days. That is the mid 90F.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Bullet Journal - Horizontal Dutch Door

The high yesterday was 35C or 95F. It is suppose to be another warm one today.
Elliott got a new perch which he will sleep on if we put him on it. He does like it and has clawed on it several times.

Bullet Journal

The next week is planned. I did a Dutch door.
On the right hand side, I cut the top half off three pages and then put Washi tape on the top of each page to give it some durability.
On the top half of the two pages I drew rectangles for the days of the week. It was then I discovered the left hand page had a dot defect.
You can hold the bottom line up one row if you want but I chose not to.
Next I divided the large rectangles into three boxes for the days of the week. Saturday and Sunday share a box. The headings in each box is your choice. I did the date with the day of the week in a circle. You could do the opposite.
On the bottom of each half page, I put the day of the week so I can do some planning in each one.
And I filled in the top with important information and have since added the Spousal Unit's dentist appointments in both the top and bottom sections.
I am thinking of adding a small calendar to show the week we are in, meals we ate, and an important to do list. It is being sketched in pencil right now. I keep reminding myself this is a work in progress.
Until the next time.....................

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day
It was a warm one yesterday with a high of 36C or 96F. Not to 100F yet but I am sure we will see it that hot this summer.
With the heat, we stayed in the house and kept cool. Some of the things I did was to
  • sew on the doll's ball gown. I also spent as much time un-sewing.
  • Search on Google
The ball gown is coming along but I need to make sure it fits. That may mean un-sewing two front princess seams.
Google searching was much more productive. I really had a blast doing it off and on during the day.
One of the things I look for is Canadian designers. As you know from a previous post, I found esheep designs. The author of the blog lives in Edmonton, Alberta and does some neat designing and customizing of patterns.
Since finding her, a customer told me about another Canadian designer who not only designs but sells bag hardware. Emmaline Designs is full of wonderful ideas. Her shop is fabulous. She has oblong grommets that I love, wire frames for a bag pattern she offers for free. The owner of this site also lives near Edmonton, Alberta (Spruce Grove). (Thank you for the correction, Rochelle). The customer who told me about her, commented that she ships promptly. My heart sings when I find Canadian sites. I know they are out there but they can be hard to find.  
I work the Canada Day weekend which is fine with me.
Until the next time......................

Friday, June 30, 2017

Filling in the Bullet Journal

We are having warm days with a high yesterday of 32C or 90F. We are expecting this for the next week. Summer is here.

Bullet Journal

I started filling in my bullet journal. I am focusing mainly on sewing and blogging and may include more knitting as time goes on.
This page has remained the same. I will highlight the rest of the week the family is here when I know how long. Thankful thoughts will be done during the month.
I started filling in this page in pencil. I have to add more to the to do list for the month. I did a list of what I need to buy for July's sewing projects and added a ball of yarn so I can start knitting again. All these items will be bought at the fabric store.
For blogging, I have put down what I need to have for general blogging posts. These are ideas and I will add more as I start blogging. I may end up post-it noting this section so I can move it from month to month.
My sewing list looks long for July with family visiting. I have to remember that I can migrate them to August if necessary. If this is my two month sewing list, I will be okay with it. They are not done in order of sewing preference but in random order. The doll dress is last but I am doing it first.
As I move to the next page, I have started to think about the blogs I want to write. As I sew each item, I will take pictures of the process. The doll's dress I will do a review on it in two locations. More on that later. I have written down what I need to buy at the local yarn shop for some knitting projects for the dolls. I will also track the patterns I am knitting for them. I do have a notebook I keep track of my knitting process in so I can refer back to it when I make the same item again.
I added a piece of Washi tape to this page and will be for jotting notes on. I may put in how many meters I have sewn for each project. I am leaving it up to what ever hits me at that time.
The next page is blank and I may end up using it for a grocery list of items to buy for when family is visiting. I am now ready to set up the next week which will be a Dutch door.
Until the next time..................... 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bullet Journal and Sewing

We had a cooler day yesterday with the temperature at 24C or 85F. Overnight was cool with a 6 a.m. temperature of 13C or 55F. We slept with windows wide open.

Bullet Journal

I got July 1-2 page done. I work those days so not much will done at home. The bottom part will be some ideas to do when family is here. The page beside it will either be a prep for family coming/shopping list/meal ideas.


I cut the doll's ball gown pattern out, taped it together, and have it on the fabric ready to pin down. I will be serging all the seams and the serger is ready -- black thread on it and set up to use three threads.
I have been doing a lot of internet searches for a wallet and have some ideas book marked. Time will tell what I do but I want to do it while I am in bag making mode.
I will be watching Joan Hind's Craftsy course on bag making and doing a set of her bags first. Then it will be the bag for me with an insert and then..............down the deep hole of google searches. And I need to make more doll outfits. With what I have piled on the cutting table, I will be busy for a while.
The reversible bullet bag got great reviews at the store. I am pleased with it; it is easy to pack and looks good.


I am thinking of revamping the look of my blog and am going to be busy looking at ideas in the evening. Not sure what I want to do but it is time for a change.


After successfully finishing tagging/coding/condensing all the garment fabrics, we did some clean up around the store. Today, I start counting the notion's overstock. We are doing well at being ready for inventory day.
Until the next time...........................

Monday, June 26, 2017

Four Projects Finished

The reversible bucket bag is done and I do like it. I still am upset with the pattern.
The bag is made out of quilting cotton that is a family grouping. The outer bag fabric has a woven fusible medium weight interfacing (Pellon SF 101) fused to it. The inner cotton has a black fusible fleece (Pellon) fused to it. Counting the interfacing and fleece, there is 2.5 meters of fabric in this bag.
The bag comes from the book "The Bag Making Bible" by Lisa Liam. The full size pattern in the back of the book is an asset and it was marked as Chapter 2 which gave the tutorial on the bag.
The bag was probably meant as an easy sew and the instructions seem to assume a person knew what they were doing. If not, they were poorly written. Though the pictures were well taken, they didn't add to the instructions. When making the bias binding, you had to go to the back of the book for instructions. Cutting a 4" wide piece of fabric to put through a bias tape maker of the largest size to make a 1" binding was impossible. I made the binding using the method of folding it in half, pressing, unfolding and bringing the raw edges to the middle and pressing.
When I sewed the bag, my biggest mistake (my problem not the books) was to sew the base in incorrectly. I did it to both the outer and lining bag bodies. I took them out and got them back in neatly again. I did not like how she stated to make pleats if the base didn't fit. My thought - make the base to fit the bag when you drafted it.  
I put the strip of bias on the seam allowance when I put the base in wrong. When I fixed the base, I left the trim on and really like it.
The button loop wasn't life threatening; probably because the instructions made sense. I got the bias trim on the back and front doing it my way. Sew, turn, pin, hand stitch down and then top stitch. The handles were another story. I could not find the instructions for them. As there were two pieces, I put them on separately and it was wrong. I looked and thought and said a few unkind words before I sewed those two pieces together with a 3/8" seam. Those seam allowances matched up at the side seams. I sewed the binding to the top of the purse, turned them, hand sewed them down and then top stitched all the way around. Once at the bottom of the binding and once at the top.
The bag is roomy and holds everything with space left over. It is fun and practical at the same time.
If I decide to make this bag again, I will have to remember all the pitfalls of this pattern. I would not recommend it to a beginner unless it was done in a class setting one step at a time.
On a more positive note, I cut out and made three 40" square scarves (called Cowboy Rags) for Daughter. The cutting out was the hardest part. Once I got the serger set up and sewing a nice rolled hem, I zinged through those scarves.

The top two fabrics are a satiny polyester and weren't too hard to cut out. The flower fabric was a lighter weight, more slippery and harder to cut out in a square. I did succeed. They are ready to put into the Christmas gift box. That was a total of 3 meters used up in the course of 2 hours. I have enough of the flower fabric left to make an infinity scarf. I will need a piece of black crepe and some lace to make it for me.
Today was sweet success.

Missing Bag Instructions - Not in the Book

We had a cloudy and very warm day yesterday. Even with the cloud coverage, it got to 36C or 97F. The a/c was running at 4 a.m. this morning as it is still warm outside. The a/c is off but will be on again soon.


We got the boards up for the door track and it is held up with 6 screws. It got too hot to do any more than that. Today is a no go as it is too warm to be out there even if it is cloudy.
It will be another inside day and maybe tomorrow, the Spousal Unit can finish up the door track and I can help him Wednesday morning I can help with the metal track prior to going to work.


The reversible bucket bag that I am making from the Bag Making Bible got the handles put on and then ripped off and put on again my way. I read and reread the instructions and they are missing the handles (straps). I did a search and found that someone else made the same comment. And, I found the pattern free.
In the end, I sewed the two long strips together with a 3/8" seam, pressed it back into a 1" bias strip. The seams I pinned at the side seams and sewed them to the bag stopping where the bag ended. I have the edges turned to the wrong side ready to hand stitch, then top stitch so the handles are sewn closed. By the time I got ready to hand stitch I was upset and decided the book can go to the thrift shop.
I have calmed down some this morning but am not happy with the book. I moved on and will talk about the bag after I finish it. I decided that I needed to find a bag pattern big enough for me to carry when we head to Nova Scotia in the fall. My journey began with a Google search on the book I am using. I looked at about 30 patterns and then I somehow scored on this bag in Pintrest.
I found the free pattern advertising here and then the full tutorial here. I had to read all the comments and that lead me to a person who customized the bag. I was on a roll. And really excited when I read her blog post.
Part One
Part Two 
The fabric is on the table and ready to go. Then, I read this wonderful blogger did a bag organizer. You can pick up the pdf on Craftsy. I can see this carrying both our iPads and other items from my purse.
I would love to start this towards the end of July and migrate it to August. I will add it to the bottom of my project sheet. I do have to get some black piping, a black zipper, some grommets or ?, and a bag latch.

Bullet Journal

I have to work on July 1/2 and the following week. I am struggling with July 1/2 as it is only two days and I work both of them. Maybe I need to find some stickers and fill up the page with that.


I am off work and need to shop, do a load of laundry, wash some floors and finish the bag.
Until the next time................................