It’s A Give-Away!

I have seen many other bloggers do Give-Aways. I wanted to take part in spreading this joy as well. I just love giving presents!!!! Anyway, I waited until the time was right. So when my blog hit around 50 followers, I thought NOW is the time! Here’s the scoop as to why and what I chose.

Summer here in Cape Cod has been lovely, the last few days we have been spared the humidity. Such a gift. During those hot and humid days I would do a little shopping to stay out of the heat. I discovered the best soap made right here in Cape Cod. I enjoy supporting local businesses, so I purchased a few bars. Well, I fell in love! The soap is made by Summer House and they come in a large variety of scents created from natural items found here in the Cape! I went back to the store and I chose 2 of these soaps as part of my Give-Away, Ocean Scrub and Summer Hydrangea. The Ocean Scrub is awesome, its minty scent wakes you up and its salty texture sloughs off dead skin! It’s great! Cape Cod is covered with hydrangeas, so it is only fitting that this lightly scented soap be part of my Give-Away!

With these 2 soaps as my inspiration I sewed one of my Gosh Golly Goods cosmetic bags to reflect the colors that I think of when I think of Cape Cod. It has a zip top and an inside pocketed panel.

I picked up several yards of Liesl Gibson’s fabrics (Lisette) from Joann Fabrics to create this. Great colors for the Cape.

Back of the cosmetic bag.

Interior view of bag with the pocketed panel for brushes, mascara, long lipsticks and so on. (Brushes are not part of the give-away)

So to enter for the Give-Away, all I need you to do is comment on this entry in my blog. Tell me what item of clothing is your “goto piece”. Something that you feel never lets you down. You know, that thing you can put on when you are feeling you are having a “fat” day and nothing looks good. I would say that for me, right now, it would be my black jersey v-neck dress. I can dress it up or down and I can hide my belly in it when I am feeling a little chubbier than normal. Comments must be received by Sunday, August 5th at Midnight.

Winners will be announced Monday August 6th. If you are one of my international visitors, you are also eligible!

When you comment please make sure that I have a way of contacting you either through your blog or an e-mail.

Thanks and Good Luck!

A Tale Of A Sewing Workshop and Its Prelude!

Wow!  I had a great weekend!  I attended one of Heather Ross’ Sewing Workshops in Vermont at the Blueberry Hill Inn.  Where to start? How about the beginning?

The Prelude to the fun weekend…

One of my biggest fears (I have many) is flying.  I dislike it immensely!  Flying on a large airplane is bad enough and I have spent my life avoiding small planes.  If there is a small plane involved in any leg of my traveling, I just won’t go.  Simple as that!

Well, I am sure you can see where this is going.  Jim drove me into the Boston airport, I probably chose to leave from Boston as opposed to Hyannis to avoid a small plane.  Not the case.   I was looking at my ticket on the way in and the aircraft description was “CSA”, I quickly googled CSA, and I found out that this meant Cessna!  Now, I am not an airplane expert, but I was pretty sure that Cessna meant, tiny tonka sized!  Jim didn’t seem to know this so I didn’t really give it too much attention.

When I got to the airport I approached the ticket counter, no line.  First red flag.  The nice representative for Cape Air asked me to set each of my 3 bags onto the scale individually to be weighed.  No biggie I thought.  THEN she asked me how much I weighed.  Second red flag.  Hmm, I thought.  Probably not a good time to lie about my weight.  I knew I shouldn’t have had that ice cream last night!  Truth (my real weight) or Consequences,  (the weight that my driver’s license reflects)this would be my goal weight.  🙂  That would be the lie that could result in some pretty bad consequences!  I am not even going to explain what those could be, because at this very moment, I am waiting for my flight home.

I told the truth, actually, I whispered the truth.  That’s between her and me.  If I tell you this I will have to kill you.   🙂  Hehehehe, let’s just say it is a good 20 pounds over my driver’s license weight.  🙂

So fine I got over that hurdle, all is good.  So I thought.  Well, I did visit the “Life Is Good” store at my gate before boarding my plane.  I did view this as a good sign.

My plane ended up being a 9 person plane.  Well, 9 people and a dog.  I haven’t ever had to exit the airport and walk onto the tarmac to board my plane.  This is how the rich and famous do it huh?  Well, I don’t like it.  I didn’t apply ample enough sunscreen that morning and it was darn nearly 100 degrees that afternoon, radiating off of the blacktop.  The pilot chose who should sit where on the airplane, and there was a moment there when I nearly fled- pulling what my husband has coined a “rainman”.  Ugh.  The dinky stairs barely supported my weight and I just couldn’t imagine how this tiny sardine box could support the weight of 9 people and a dog!

Arriving to the airport in Rutland, Vermont was a relief!  I had to restrain myself from kissing the ground!  It was like the airport on the show “Wings”.  The airport was so small that the same lady that gathered our luggage was the same lady that got my rental car for me!

My drive to the Inn was very pleasant!  Thank goodness for Nigel (my GPS) he showed me the way and is was very easy!  I stopped to buy 3 bottles of wine for the weekend and just kept on driving until Nigel said “you have arrived”!

So if you are unfamiliar with Heather Ross, you can find information on her here.  As for Liesl Gibson, who also led this workshop, you can find information of her here.  Most everyone was there by 6:30 P.M.  We acquainted ourselves over wine and cheese by the lovely pond, while beating off those nasty black horse flies!

Heather Ross and Liesl Gibson took the reins and told all of us what they had in store for us.  Basically you bring what sewing projects you would like to work on and they can both assist you in however much you would like.  Both Heather and Liesl are very seasoned seamstresses, designers and crafters and their wealth of knowledge is infinite.  When they unite, they are unstoppable.  The two of them actually pitched a teepee and this is where they slept!  Can you believe this?  While all of us had running water and beds to sleep in, they were sleeping on blow-up mattresses under the apple trees!  I guess there could be worse places to camp.

At the Blueberry Hill Inn, there is a never-ending supply of chocolate chip cookies.  A large glass jar is full of them.  Mmmmmmm!

On my first night I stayed up sewing until midnight.  I was bushed and on my way to bed that evening,  I found Ms. Liesl Gibson maneuvering around that same cookie jar in the dark with a headlamp attached to her forehead!  I just love watching these stylish pattern designers in their natural habitat!  Liesl can even make a headlamp look stylish!  Anyway I grabbed a cookie for myself!

When Saturday morning arrived, I went for a short hike before coffee and breakfast.  One of the other workshoppers was returning from her hike looking as if she was doing some fancy new dance with her arms flailing back and forth.  Upon my return from my hike I was doing that same fancy dance.  You don’t need lessons for this dance, just move as if you are trying to keep those darn black horse flies off of you!!!

We all sewed through Saturday and enjoyed a quite lovely lunch and dinner.  The food at the Blueberry Hill Inn is quite delicious.  We had Salmon the first night and Chicken the second and sandwiches for both lunches on Saturday and Sunday.  All the ladies in my workshop were great gals. There wasn’t a bad one in the bunch.  Sewing is an amazing past-time that brings all kinds together.  It is kind of like music.  There is something for everyone!

Six ladies opted to sew the Mendocino Sundress, that Heather Ross designed.  She has a free downloadable pattern here.

They used elastic thread in the bobbin to make the top portion of the dress.  I am going to give this a try and I am also going to sew this and this!  I must also tell you that seeing Liesl’s sewn patterns in person I am also going to sew this and this!  Liesl adds delicate details to her patterns.  From the Lisette package you wouldn’t know what to look forward to on your completed project.  Seeing Liesl wearing her designs in person sold me on her patterns, more to add to “the list”.

I sewed another pair of Iris Shorts.  Is everyone so tired of me sewing this pattern?  I do enjoy the pattern and they fit so nicely.  I guess I got my money’s worth out of this one!

I also started McCall’s M6560.  I am making the top.  I started this in Vermont and I haven’t touched my sewing machine since my return.

Blueberry Hill came with 2 Inn dogs.  Griffin, an Irish wolfhound and Wheezy, a pug.

Heather whipped together a very nice flag and presented it to Tony, the owner of the Inn.  Next year upon our return Tony will be able to add this one to the pole that currently holds the American flag.  Here is a shot of the whole group.

I am really not THAT short, I was kneeling….. !!!!

That was the weekend!  I am very happy to report, that I made it home safe and sound!


Happy Sewing!

Go Big or Go Home!

It has been a busy week here in our Cape house.  We had one of my favorite families come visit us – The Wu’s.  They are a family of 4.  Their son is close to our oldest son’s age and their daughter is a year older than our youngest son Will.  They are so much fun and our kids get along swimmingly.  They are the perfect house guests.  Jonathan worked with Jim many moons ago, and Heather became a really good friend for me because of that.  We laugh so much when we are together, it really is SO much fun.

The Wu’s came bearing gifts!  What does the number 12,000 mean to you?  What does it mean to me, you ask?  A 5 pound Hershey’s bar that has 50 servings and 12,000 calories!!!!  I would only have to walk 120 miles to burn that kind of intake in calories!!!!  The Wu family came BIG, in a BIG way!!!!

The candy bar is as big as Will and it put Kenny into a chocolate coma, as you can see.  I am claiming it all for me “Hers”.  Clever, eh?

A standing activity that is always on going in our Cape house is a coffee table puzzle.  These puzzles usually consist of about 1000 pieces (This summer we have already completed our second with the help of The Wu’s).  Heather was so thrilled to see a puzzle, as she enjoys them as much as I do.  It gets the family involved in an activity as a whole – just good clean family fun!

We find that a snowy winter scene on a hot summer day cools us all down.  (Not really, but it is worth a try).

I wasn’t able to get too much sewing done with company in the house, but we did do a lot of fun things.  We did the Barnstable Ghost Tour.  If you haven’t ever done this, DO!  This was a walking tour of Barnstable, with our fearless leader Derek from CAIPRS.  Derek bravely took us through the quaint streets of this old village, at night might I add, and we were told stories of early settlers’ untimely deaths and how they haunted this house or that establishment.  Some were evil and some not so much but it was truly apparent that Derek had practiced his craft, as an actor does, to totally freak us out.  He could tell a story like no other and as the audience, we were captivated!

Here is a picture of  “The House Of 11 Ghosts”.

The best part of this tour was The Cobb Hill Cemetery.  Derek took us to this site close to the end of our tour.  The oldest tombstone was around 1715 – amazing!  It was pitch black, threatening rain, and here we were in our small groups flashlights in hand, trying to communicate with the dead!  Crazy as this all sounds, it was so cool!  This was also the night that we had our first firefly sighting.  We don’t have these luminescent critters on the West coast, so this was really special!

Jim took this picture from inside Cobb Hill Cemetery.  Creepy, huh?!

Our friends left on Tuesday morning and that’s when I started sewing my pajama’s for a weekend sewing trip to Vermont.  I needed some new PJs and I just didn’t see anything in the stores.  Liesl Gibson is going to be in attendance on this sewing trip and this gave me a chance to use some of her Lisette fabric that I recently purchased from Joann’s Fabrics.

I used Kwik Sew Pattern #K3943.  Personally, I think it was a “quick sew”, but I found some of the directions to be non-existent.  There is special pleating on the collar (pin tucks) which I have never done and the pattern didn’t explain clearly how you were to finish these.  I had to make up my own ending as I like to say.  So I winged it.  Anyway, here are my results.  Oh, and by the way, if you are planning on sewing this pattern, the sizes run VERY big.  There is plenty of ease in these 2 pieces.  I sewed the top in a medium and the bottoms in a large and let’s just say that if I were 9 months pregnant this top would fit me perfectly!!!!!

I am happy with the result. They are roomy and extra comfy!   The reason for the different pattern of fabric on the sleeves isn’t because I thought  “ooh, wouldn’t that be cute?”  No, it’s because I ran out of the floral print and I had to find yet another solution for my poor planning!  🙂

Friday I am off to Vermont for a Heather Ross Workshop.  I am taking what I assume will be a small plane (not something I would normally do) and then I’ll rent a car (also not something I would normally do) and drive 40 minutes to an unfamiliar spot (not something I would normally do).  I will do this for Heather Ross though.  She is worth it.  Heck, I weathered that huge Palm Springs storm in January for her last workshop!  Picnic tables and trees were flying through the air – this should be a piece of cake!  Right?

I will have stories to tell I am sure!  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Weekend!

8 Is Great, 9 Is Fine and Then it’s 10!

Day 8 of the MM-May 2012 Challenge.  Boy, am I tired.  How about you?  Doing this challenge really makes me realize how many things I have sewn/made/crafted.

Tuesday I left the house in a pair of Iris Shorts and a wristlet that I created.  It’s called the Knotty and Nice Wristlet,  (it has a knot on the strap and I was selling them around the holidays and I couldn’t resist a good pun moment).

Here is Tuesday, Day 8 and it is Great!

Can’t you see the tired on my face!  Ugh.  My wonderful husband better get home soon from his trip.  Those 2 boys of ours are running me ragged.

Here in this photo is the Knotty and Nice Wristlet.

The wristlet has a zipper pouch under the flap that has a magnetic closure and rick rack, who can resist?

As for Wednesday I left the house, looking normal, a pony and a headband!  Day 9 is just fine!  No pressure here, I am just living my Wednesday.

Day 10 Big Fat Hen, ugh maybe I am just feeling a little sluggish like a big fat hen!

Oh whoops!  I got confused.

Here I am!  Down here, wearing the pink polka dot blouse that I finished up last night.  It kind of looks like red in the picture, but trust me it’s a bright pink. This is Simplicity 2211, from the Lisette series. (I met Liesl Gibson in Palm Springs for that workshop I attended back in February).

Such an easy to follow pattern and it came together so nicely.  Everything matched up perfectly.  The only change I made was to make the blouse in a size 10 and sew the sleeves in a size 12 to compensate for a larger arm.

Maybe I eat too much spinach, like Popeye?  I am pretty sure you can never over eat on spinach.

I am surely going to sew more of these!

3 more days down, only 21 more to go?

 Piece of cake!