Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The End of the Vacation Photos

When we were in Michigan we made sure to stop off at our alma mater. We thought our kids would like to see where mommy and daddy met. "Oh look--there's the dorm I used to live in." "Hey, there's the dining hall!"

They couldn't have cared less.



Any other Calvin craft bloggers out there? Please leave a comment. This could be fun!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

View from the Tea Room

For the best views, walk up fort hill.

view mosaic

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Trinity Church, Mackinac Island, MI

We began Father's day worshipping in this beauty of a church where we were married.






Wednesday, June 23, 2010



We just got back from one of the most beautiful places on earth. I have lots of pictures to sort through, but due to laundry issues and the fridge being empty, I have no blogging time right now. I hope to be back to this space soon. I've missed it.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

In cognac

A biscuit bag in cognac leather.


I tried a different method for the inner pocket, and I'm very happy with how it turned out.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sprucing Up


My poor Juki is a little sick. The timing is off, and after hours of tinkering I couldn't figure out how to fix it, and then the needle hit and dented the bobbin case, so even if I could fix it, I'd have to get a new part. Because the machine is so heavy, I can't bring it in for a repair, so now I'm waiting for a housecall from the service guy. Wow. Someone outside the family is going to set foot in my sewing room! That realization set off a bit of a cleaning frenzy! HA!!!

But really, cleaning up is not that bad. Look what I uncovered under the sewing table that I'd forgotten about. I'm not even sure where we got this, but it's going to be an awesome photo prop.

And then there's this other treasure that I rediscovered. This old peacock feather sheet came with the house. It was used as a curtain but is still in great condition.

And then I had some time to ponder my next project,

and fondle luscious leather samples.

And then, something came over me and I decided to make Five-Way Cincinnati chili for my husband (b/c, well, my kids won't touch that stuff). It was scrummy. Life is good. Mostly.

6/11: The sewing machine guy just left. I'm a couple hundred dollars poorer, but the machine is purring along beautifully now. The repairman had lots to say about the position of my knee lift and foot pedal. Then before he left he went use the bathroom. When he came out he told me my toilet paper holder is positioned too low on the wall. LOL!!!!

Monday, June 07, 2010

On Breath Holding

I've noticed lately that I hold my breath when I sew with leather. It's scary in a way that fabric isn't. One needle poke in the wrong spot, and the whole piece is ruined--which is a pity, b/c leather ain't cheap. As far as I know they don't make leather spackle, do they?

strap attachment

I made another biscuit bag for the shop. There was a bit of breath holding with this one, but it came out just right. This one is in an earthy shade of cactus green. I love earth tones. A lot. Bright vibrant colors look good on a blog, but in real life, I'm a grey, black, brown, dusty green wearing girl.

Now this girl is going to plop herself in front of the TV and catch up on old Dunder Mifflin episodes.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Waxed Canvas

The past few nights I've been sewing with waxed canvas. It's thick and stiff and makes me grateful for heavy duty needles. I love the way the wax causes it to mark when scratched. Things were looking pretty smooth until I had to flip the bag right side out. Ooooh! The wrinkles! Instant character.

full view

back view

The wonderful thing about waxed canvas is that it's 100% natural and waterproof.
I've listed these bags in the shop.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Things I Like

Linen shirts

Lego Inventions

garden border

Hubby thinks tomorrow I should write a post on things I don't like. I think I will...not.