Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bones Never Lie - Audio Book review

Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs                     Read by Kathern Borowitz

Kathy Reichs has written 16 books featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.

When I saw the name Temperance Brennan I immediately though this book would be about the TV person Bones.  It is and then again it isn't because the book character works both in Canada and South Carolina and she even watched an episode of Bones on TV. 

I enjoyed this book, and her portrayal of different personalities in different jurisdictions  struggling to work together to find a killer.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Christmas project - pipped pillow

 This is a pillow that I made for a client,  actually I made 6 of these pillows.    The pillows  have zipper openings on the bottom  which took a bit longer and is more difficult when using piping.   I was happy that the zippers were almost invisible but I focused on the stripe matching and zipper insertion so much that I didn't cut the fabric to avoid dog ears.  The client was however very happy with the look.

The stocking are small,  the white part is only about 1-1/2 tall by 4"  so I was not able to hoop them.  I embroidered the names on wool felt which embroidered beautifully.  I then cut around the names and sewed them on the stockings.  I did 40 stocking all together and  think they turned out really cute.

lots more stockings!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Indianapolis Humane Society review

I recently took my dog to the Humane Society for shots.    Since my employment ceased in July, and I had zoo book coupons for half price vaccinations,  I thought this would be a good way to save some money. 

I picked up my mother  and her dog and we went to the facility at   456 Holmes Ave.   This is first come first serve but there was only 2 dogs in front of us so our wait wasn't too long.  We had minimal paperwork to fill out,  I had printed and filled out mine the day before but my mother hadn't which was not an issue.  At our turn we went in together and both dogs were looked at, their ears, teeth, eyes  and weight checked as well as getting tested for heartworms.  My dog received her shots, minus the rabies ( had the 3 year vaccination the year before last) and  6 months of heartworm medication for $57.00.  My mothers dog need her rabies shot  and also received the 6 months of heartworm medication and since she did not have a coupon her cost was about $80.  We both were happy with the price and service received, the staff was knowledgeable and friendly,  we will make it a point to go back again next year.

This is Sarah,   a cocker spaniel that is  not pretty but has a good personality

This is Checkers,  she is cute and has a great personality
Both dogs are always happy!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

McCalls 5714 or MP259

When I first saw the caterpillar fleece I thought it would make a cute jacket for my young niece but my daughter said she liked it and wanted a jacket from it.   I   actually made this earlier this year and entered it in our county fair (blue ribbon)  but hadn't taken pictures or blogged about it yet. 

When I started making this I saw why Lisa had fought with this pattern when she used version E for a 4H project. interfacing the front bands and  collar and the hand stitching  take a bit of time as well as working with the heaviness of multiple layers and gathered front are not as  easy as it would seem.

The instructions are ok,  but I did make a change of course.  The top half of both front pieces are both lined with the fashion fabric but not the upper back piece.  This means that you would need lots more hand stitching to make the inside neat. Why?  I cut an extra top back and due to fabric shortage  used a scrap to make the piece long enough.  This meant that even though I had to hand sew the entire inside top section of the jacket down, the inside arm openings  and shoulder and collar  sections look neat.

I could not find the snap I intended to use for the jacket  and didn't like any buttons I had on hand, so  I had to make an emergency run to  Hancock Fabrics to get a snap.  My Husband drove and I sewed it on while he drove back so I could get the jacket checked in at the open class on time.  Whew,   last minute all the way!  The judge said that the snap should have been put above the seam rather than at the middle like I have it.  I didn't change the snap placement  but it's good information to know for future projects

 All in all I am pleased with how this jacket turned out and how cute my daughter looks in it,

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Me Made may 15

I, Darlene  of not enough time to create, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavor to wear at least one made or upcycled item of clothing a day each day for the duration of May 2015'

I participated in Me made May last year  but I got tired of taking pictures especially because most of my me made clothing has been around for quite a while.  I will try to post the me made items once a week and hopefully that will keep me from getting bored.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Simplicity 8300

This fleece jacket was given to me all already cut out so it was a really quick make and finished a project I had sitting around for over a year

The sewing is simple and the instructions clear.  The only part that requires any thinking is the zipper insertion and it wasn't difficult at all.  You might  note however, that the pattern description calls this an over sized pull over and that is certainty correct.  I sewed a size 14 and it fit me with room to spare.  The only change I made was to add a band with elastic to the bottom of each sleeve for a bit of extra length.  Even though this fit me, the style and pattern look horrible so I will be giving this to one of my nephews who hopefully will like wearing this better than I would.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Snowpeople & a Heart Pillow

 Snow people & a heart  made a cute and easy decorative pillow project

One of the projects on the get it done list was   the snow people pillow.  Laurie, had given me the black felt and the cut out snow people several years ago.  I had done some of the sewing on the snow people and then put it aside.  When I pulled the project back out I found some bits of felt and needle felted the hats and noses on then added some beads for eyes and added an embroidered smile.  I found one snowflake button in my stash and sewed it on the pillow but couldn't find any more.  I didn't think 1 flake was enough so I purchased a package of snow flakes for 1.97 from Walmart.    I may add some embroidery arms but maybe not.

When I finished my last red block I has some small  pieces of fabric from trimming the sub blocks.  I thought it would make a perfect heart but I didn't really have anywhere to put the heart.  I decided that the back of the snow people would be perfect as I love the high contrast of red and black.    I fused the little scraps adding just a bit of solid red wool to one side of paperback fusible web, cut the heart shape,  fused it to the pillow and just randomly stitched all over the heart both attaching the heart to the pillow and adding interest and some dimension to it at the same time.  Another fun,  quick project.