Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Christmas Recap in January

With the new year well underway, I thought I would carry on my tradition of being late to the party. After the whirlwind of the holidays, I was just too exhausted to even think about posting. My fibro kicked in with a vengeance and I spent a few days relaxing, reading other’s blogs and planning the many sewing projects I want to do.
We had a wonderful family filled Christmas, with lots of good food, great company and merriment.


My granddaughter MacKensie decorated gingerbread cookies for the first time, and was quite thrilled with the outcome!


There were Christmas concerts at church,


Please forgive the awful picture quality, quick pictures with my phone were all I could manage. MacKensie is second from the left in the top row. They were all so adorable, singing Jingle Bells while shaking their bells. They all wore their jammies for the performance, adding to the cuteness!
I hope your holidays were as wonderful as ours, and I wish all the best for you and your families for the new year!
Happy Stitching!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Upcycled Christmas Tee

Hello again!  Are you ready for Christmas? I’m not even close. The decorations are up, some of the baking is done, and I’ve sewn a few gifts. By this time every year I am starting to panic, worrying that I’ll never be ready on time. But when Christmas Eve rolls around, I realize many of the things I thought were important aren’t. All that really matters is that we are together as a family. So this year I have decided to enjoy the days leading up to Christmas, and not worry about the little things that don’t get done. They don’t really matter anyway.

While raiding my stash a few days ago I came across the top from an old pair of my Christmas pj’s. It was bright red, with an embroidered tree on the front. It was big enough to cut out a who tee for MacKensie, but I also found some soft white knit that would work perfectly.



 She was busy watching Santa on t.v, and wasn’t impressed when Nanny wanted her to pose for pictures, hence the grumpy face.

I used the Bimaa Sweater pattern by Lou Bee Clothing on Etsy. I cut the neckline higher and sewed a rib knit collar. I think the shoulder seams look high because it is a heavier weight fabric. I cut around the tree on the old tee and sewed it to the new one with a decorative stitch (little hearts). It’s funny, my machine has several decorative stitches on it but I never think to use them. I think it worked perfectly here. I have made the Bimaa several times, and I know I will use it many more times in the future. I think I had better cut a size larger next time. MacKensie is growing like a weed!

Until next time, Happy Stitching!



Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sewing Swoon

Hello! I bet all two of my readers have been biting their nails, anxiously waiting for me to write a post. Well, wait no longer, here it is! Although I haven't been posting, I have been sewing, and not just for Christmas. Although as usual, I've taken on too much, planning massive sewing sessions with handmade gifts for everyone. But, that's another post.

I recently purchased the Scarf Neck Cardi patterns (women's sizes S - 2XXL and girl's sizes 3/4 up to 9/10) from Swoon Patterns. I have made both a woman's cardi, and one for one of my granddaughters in size 4. The pattern is a quick and easy sew. The front princess seams give the cardi more shape, and the irregular pointed hem is a nice design feature. The only thing I'm not thrilled about is the lack of a facing for the shawl collar. On the cardi that I sewed for my granddaughter, I left all of the edges raw. On the woman's version, I hemmed the collar and hems by hand. (which seemed to take forever) It worked well on this version because it was made from a textured sweater knit and the stitches were hidden. I wouldn't hem one made from jersey or tee shirt fabric because it would show and I think look messy. A raw edge looks great on some items, but not others. The next time I make one in a lighter weight fabric, I may cut the front panel/shawl collar twice to make a facing. I know that it will hang a little differently, but I think it will give the cardi a much cleaner finish. The only other thing that I noticed on the women's pattern, is that the arms seem long. Just measure before you cut and you will be fine. Other than sleeve length, the fit seems spot on. All in all, I would recommend this pattern, for a quick satisfying project for beginners and seasoned sewers alike.

In my infinite wisdom, I forgot to photograph the ladies cardi. It is sitting on my work table, waiting patiently for me to hem the sleeves. I'm going to have to finish it up in the next day or so because it is a Christmas gift for my Nan, who lives 2000 miles away.

I made my granddaughter's cardi from a light weight super soft jersey and some faux sequin fabric, both from my stash.

I'm not to thrilled about the cheap faux sequins, but 5 year old Lexi is all about the bling, and she is thrilled. Oh well, I'll just call it a wearable muslin and be happy about it.

Next up is a sweet little upcycled Christmas tee for MacKensie. Until then, Happy Sewing!

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Friday, January 6, 2012

A Hopeful New Year

Happy New Year! As usual I’m a little late on the bandwagon, but my sentiments are just as heartfelt. I hope you all enjoyed a very happy holiday season. We had a good, although quiet Christmas and New Year. Albeit sad, missing our sweet baby MacKensie. Her mom kept her from her dad and us throughout the holidays. We haven’t seen her since mid November, and we are all feeling the strain. I spent most of December sick with one thing or another, finally ending up with shingles, for the second time in six months. I guess that’s what stress will do! I’m finally on the mend, and am trying to have a positive outlook for the new year.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do as much sewing for Christmas as I had intended, but I was able to make a bag for my nan. I based it on the "She carries flowers" bag by Sachiko of Tearose Home. I’m very happy with the result, and nan loves it! Unfortunately the only pictures I have are a few I took the night I finished it to quickly email to my daughter. I had planned on taking more before I mailed it off, but naturally I forgot!
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It was fun to make, and I incorporated quite a few different flowers and leaves. It is lined with a burgundy floral print, with one inside pocket.  Nan plans to use it as a knitting bag, so I know it will be well used, as she always has something on the needles!
I finished another project for her today that I will blog about in the next day or so. It involves even more flowers.  It is a lovely aqua colour, and I’d love to keep it for myself! I do have fabric left over, so maybe…….lol.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sunshine at Christmas

A few months ago my daughter saw a kimono robe on the Anthropologie site, and fell in love with it.


Of course, she asked me to make her one.  Then, on a spur of the moment trip to Fabricland with my Grandmother and I, she found the perfect fabric for our version. It is a lovely heavier weight polyester satin, perfect for this project.  I used an OOP Newlook pattern, that I can’t find at the moment to give you the number. (figures, lol)  It worked up very quickly, which was just what I needed.  A quick, feel good project is sometimes the best medicine when you are feeling down.

Unfortunately my pictures don’t do the fabric or the robe itself justice. The fabric is such a beautiful bright sunny yellow, it makes you happy just to look at it. I took the pics in the evening, but with the dull miserable weather we’ve been having, I don’t think taking them during the day would have made much difference. 

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Hillary is thrilled with her new robe, and already has a list of other things she would like me to make for her!

Can you believe Christmas is so close?  With all of the turmoil and illness we have had here I am soo far behind. I still have sewing I have to finish, baking to do and shopping… I don’t even want to think about the shopping.  Hopefully I get it all finished in time.  For those of you that read my last post, there have been no new developments. We are still not able to see MacKensie, and miss her terribly. Hopefully that will change soon.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On Christmas and other things…

I have debated writing this post for weeks.  Even now I don’t know what to say. That is, I’m not prepared to disclose too much, but I need to get it off my chest.  As many of you know, my son became a father for the first time in late August to a beautiful baby girl. Everyone immediately feel in love with her. She and her mom spent many many hours and days with us, almost living here. Well, about six weeks ago, mom decided that she wasn’t happy with the situation, and broke up with my son.  While it was devastating for my son, and the rest of the family, we all understood that these things happen. For the first few weeks, my son spent as much time with his daughter as he could, which in turn meant that I was also able to see her on a regular basis. Then things started to change.  Mom made excuses not to let baby come over, resulting in visits becoming much further apart. Last week mom decided to effectively cut my son (and us) out of MacKensie’s life.  My son is desolate, as am I. The mom has given my son instructions that he may see the baby once a month at a local coffee shop so that she may collect her child support.  Obviously I am leaving out a great deal of the story, things that I am not able to tell. All I can say is that my son has done nothing wrong.  He lives for MacKensie, and has done as much as he could possibly do for her. The mom has simply ‘moved on’ with a new boyfriend, and has no wish to have my son involved in their lives. This means my son will not see his daughter’s first Christmas and too many other ‘firsts’ to think about. The worst thing? There is nothing he can do about it at the present time. It will be months before a court date could be set.
I just don’t understand. How can anyone be so cruel?

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I spent some time this afternoon sorting old pictures to put in my scrap book.  My daughter put it together and gave it to me for Christmas two years ago.  I was so happy to receive it that I cried. She had spent hours searching through old pictures to find what she needed. When she had chosen what she wanted, she had the newer colour pictures copied into black and white or sepia toned. She used the original black and white copies.  The book is of four generations of women in my family. The first picture is of the four of us.
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Hillary and I,  my Nan, and my Mom. 
The book itself starts with pictures of my Nan with my Mom as an infant. It continues throughout my Mom’s childhood and teenage years.
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Then on to her as a young mother to me.  There are pictures of me as a baby and young child, on into me with Hillary as a newborn. The rest of the pictures are of Hillary throughout the years, up to when she left for university. I will be adding more pictures of Hillary, until (hopefully!) she has a daughter of her own. I hope this tradition carries on, so that the future daughters in my family are able to have a living record of the women before them.
I’ll leave you with one of my favourite pictures of my mom. When I was a baby, Mom worked at a high end jewellery store downtown.  The store also sold fine china and figurines.  Royal Doulton was doing an advertising campaign at the time, and approached my Mom to ‘model’ one of their figurines. 
The figurine debuted in 1957, and was called ‘Southern Belle’.  Mom wore this gown for six days, eight hours a day. It weighed twenty five pounds,and was designed four a twenty four inch waist!  Amazingly, Mom styled her own hair every day. At the end of the week, she was presented a copy of the figurine.
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This, along with the scrapbook, will hopefully be passed down to future daughters!
Have a great weekend!  Anne

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

A New Year....

I know, I know, I'm a little late jumping on the 'Happy New Year' bandwagon. Our Christmas and New Years were wonderful. Full of family and friends coming together to celebrate. My wonderful children gave me a new laptop for Christmas! I am so lucky to have such wonderful kids. Unfortunately though, I haven't been blogging! I've been reading everyone else's blogs, but just haven't felt up to doing it myself. The holidays were stressful, and it has taken some time to recuperate. Fibromyalgia doesn't take a holiday! Stress intensifies my pain and other symptoms, so I have been content to relax and enjoy your blogs! I'm starting to get back into my grove, and hope to pick up my blogging where I left off.
I have done a little sewing. Well, more embellishing than sewing! My daughter saw two tee-shirts embellished by Sachiko from Tea Rose Home, and she asked me too make some for her. They were both easy to do, and look so cute when they are finished. The first one I did was the 'Ruffled Shirt'. Sachiko made her's from a cream coloured sleeveless tee, but I used a black 3/4 length sleeve top.



Black is so hard to photograph!

The second tee is another ruffle shirt, this one with rows of vertical ruffles.I started with this,

And this is what I made,

I think they both turned out ok, but next time I make the vertical ruffles, I will sew them even closer together. Thank you Sachiko for the great tutorials!
My daughter is pleased with her new tops, and that is all that matters. Have a lovely day ladies! Anne

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Wheezy's New Wardrobe

In keeping with my last post, today I'm going to show you my latest puppy project! Remember Wheezy? Cassandra's new mini dachshund?

Well, as part of Cassandra's Christmas gift, I made Wheezy a new wardrobe!

They fasten around his neck and belly with velcro.

Aren't they cute? I hope Cassandra likes them. The red/skulls, and the blue/happyfaces are flannel, the flames are cotton. I lined them all with two layers of flannel for warmth. I used Simplicity 2393.

This pattern was extremely quick and easy. If he was a girl I would have trimmed them up pretty, but, since he's male, he'd probably have a problem with that! I settled for putting his initial on two.

With the weather we are enjoying (enjoying?) today, he will certainly need them.

We are expected to get 20-30cm (about 8 - 12 inches) every twelve hours for the next two days....

Maybe the next coats should be fur lined. With flashing lights.

And stilts. TALL stilts.

Merry Christmas! Anne

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's a Start....

With Christmas looming on the horizon, I realized that I had better get myself motivated and start some Christmas sewing! So this morning I rummaged through my stash (and believe me, it took ALL morning!) and found some cute floral cottons to make aprons and matching chef's hats for my two youngest nieces. I know they love to help Mommy and Daddy in the kitchen, so I think these will make the perfect gifts for them. I didn't have a pattern, just made things up as I went along. I think they turned out fairly well.

Both aprons are reversible, making them two aprons in one!

Looks like a cupcake, doesn't it?

The hats make me laugh. They are so cute! I hope the girls like them!

So. Two gifts down, only about a dozen to go! What shall I make next?....

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