Monday, April 30, 2007

left overs

One of the things I love most about my job (sewing slipcovers and other home decor items) is what's left over when I'm done. I always return large pieces of fabric to the decorator or client, but I can't bear to throw away the smaller pieces. In fact, I can't even imagine such a thing. If I don't get around to using them, someone, somewhere will someday. Right?? On Saturday my highschool senior went to her senior prom. She found a pair of brown shoes she loved, to wear with her gold dress, but of course we had no luck finding a clutch to remotely match. Well, wouldn't you know, I recently made a brown linen bed skirt that was just the right color. I lined the "bed skirt clutch" with leftovers from her gold dress (a bridesmaid's dress from her sister's wedding that we shortened) and added a piece of rhinestone jewelry. Even the jewelry is a left over of a sort. I like to buy vintage jewelry that needs repair. Easy to find on "ebay", often missing a pinback,etc. You can see the dress at

Saturday, April 28, 2007

I have been so inspired and encouraged by the blogs I have been reading that I decided to try it myself. It would be more fun if it didn't involve a computer. This feels to me like I am trying to do laproscopic surgery, where the doctor guides the instruments from outside of the patient. I just want to reach into the monitor and move stuff around with my hands and just, well, sew it all together. My daughter ( was right when she said having a blog would help my computer skills. Well, I always love a challenge, and since my youngest child is graduating from high school in a month or so, I need to start weaning myself from my techno-dependence on her.( When she leaves home I will have to lure the neighborhood youngsters into my home with cookies so they can fill me in on all the latest.)