Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Epic fail!


I'm sure you've all heard the term - EPIC FAIL.

Well the realness of this Epic fail - blog post is evident in these pictures. With my hectic schedule, sometimes I have to force myself to sit down and sew.  I would love to work part-time and sew part-time on a daily basis, but life has not yet afforded me that gift.

Often times sewing for me gets put on the late night burner.  In my younger years, I could stay up 24 hours or more without sleep but as I get older……… those days are far from me.  With working full-time, being a mom, and a glam-mom,  sewing gets pushed off day after day until I force myself to sit in my studio and make something.

At the top of the year, it was my goal to wear something that I’ve made every Sunday to church.  I didn’t need 52 new outfits, but I wanted what I wore to church to be something I’ve made.  Well……. I made it all the way to August 27th, 2017 on my goal.  I would have made it until now if it weren’t for me SEWING WHILE SLEEPY!!

I just knew I was wide awake and paying full attention to what I was doing but apparently, I was sewing in my sleep for real.. or at least cutting in my sleep.  In the sew world, that’s a crime.   As you can see from the picture posted below this dress would have been an awesome dress. 




I used pattern  NL6723.  I was doing good with it so I thought.  I made my markings once I cut the pattern.  Clipped all my notches too.  I thought I was doing everything right.  Once I finished I pinned my pieces together. Then life interrupted and I laid the pattern to side.  There’s no telling how long it had been lying around. 3 weeks, a month? 

Finally time came back around and I had a moment to pick it back up.  I was going to wear it for a conference.  I picked up where I left off.  Back like I never left. I was almost done.  All I needed to do was add sleeves and insert the zipper.  Before I continued, I decided to try on the dress to see if I needed to take it in any.  I first put it on Penelope cause we're the same size) and this is what I saw..



I couldn't believe my eyes  Even though I set up Penelope to my exact measurements, at that moment I couldn't trust myself.  SO I tried on the dress myself.  It was then that I was brought to the realization that when I came back from my conference………. I came back 18 pounds HEAVIER!!!!!!!!  How in the world?!?! 



Needless to say, there was no way to expand this dress at this point.  (Insert Sad Face).  Ok so, no crying over spilled milk here.  I have time to make something quick.  So let’s go for something short and sweet.  So I thought, I’ll make a Peplum top that I can match up with a Peplum skirt. 





EPIC FAIL – PART 1
M7021 is one of my favorite patterns!!  Meaning there’s no zipper and I can use a stretch knit.  So I cut out the fabric.  Then I realized I didn’t measure with this new weight gain. Yikes!!   Ok, let me think.. Wait, it’s a stretch fabric.  I can throw on my Body Magic ® and be good.  I continue to make the top.  As you can see, it looks pretty good, I’m almost done.  Then I decided to try it on only AFTER I attached the peplum and sleeves.


OH NO!!!! NOT AGAIN!!!



There's so many things wrong with this picture.  Let's start with.  I made the upper portion of the top TOO SMALL!!!!  Just how did I do that?  I didn’t pay attention to my own notes that I have written on the pattern. “ ADD 2 inches” . I know you’re like only 2 inches?  Yes.  2 inches can make a world of difference in the world of sewing if you ask me. 

So not only did I not increase the width of the pattern with my increase in weight, I failed to increase the length.  Even though I was down to the wire on making these outfits, I didn’t cry.  I could only laugh.  It was my fault for not paying attention to my own notes AND what I was feeding myself!!!!!!!!!!!!   I had stayed the same weight for so long.  I never thought to re-measure myself after my initial cut.

Now I understand the phrase that I learned from my experienced Sew Sisters.


I've learned my lesson.  The one thing I can't stand is wasting fabric.  So from now on..  I'm going to measure myself quite a few times before I cut.  I pray I never make this mistake ever again!!!!

So as I close ( in my sewing ministry voice) I leave you with this.  Don't a mistake here or there stop you or keep you from sewing.  We all do it at some time or another.
Take your time, pay attention and DON’T SEW WHILE SLEEPY OR SLEEPING!!!!! Measure, Measure, then measure again.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

DIY Wall Décor ~ Dollar Tree Style


Never in my wildest dreams have I ever thought to consider being a Martha Stewart kind of person.  That is until I met Pinterest. 

As a teen and young adult, I was the busy body type.  In school I was very active in sports, friends, I worked at Roy Rogers in between.  I literally came home to sleep and shower.  My family always had the house looking very nice and clean, but I never paid attention to the décor that made it a home.  With the creation of Pinterest, I have been lured to spending minutes and maybe even hours scrolling (research) the pages of awesome pins to this app.   Some of the pins were costly and difficult to re-create so I scrolled past with like a “Like”.  Then I was hit with a Dollar Tree Décor Board and my eyes were open to the fact that I too can have a beautifully decorated home as when I was younger – on a budget.

Here’s one of my favorite DIY that I stumbled upon as a re-pin on Pinterest.  Check out the video below.  Below that are the written steps to follow to make your own.



Supplies Needed:
Krylon Paint (Michael’s, Joann’s, A.C. Moore)
3 Etched Nickel plated serving trays (Dollar Tree)
Main Street Wall Creation Stickers (Dollar Tree)
Picture hanging Kit (Dollar Tree)
Glue Gun and sticks (Michael’s, Joann’s, A.C. Moore)





The very first thing I did was remove the price stickers from the back of the serving trays.  I did this by just wetting a paper towel and leaving on top of the label  for a few minutes.  that made it easier to peel off.



Then I went outside with the trays and spray paint to paint the nickel plated serving trays. Side bar - NEVER EVER EVER spray paint in your house without proper ventilation.  I gave the trays a couple coats to get the look that I wanted.  I let it dry outside while I went inside to tape a different YouTube video.

Once dry, I applied the Wall Street Main Creation stickers on the tray giving it a slight rub to insure that it adhered to the trays.

On the back of the trays, I attached a wall hanging unit using a glue gun.  Although I didn't measure to get the middle of the try, you may want to do that for a picture perfect hanging.

The entire project costs me $5.00 outside of the glue gun and can of paint (which I already had). Incidentally,  I used a coupon for both of those items.  

Only thing left after gluing the wall hanging kit is to locate the perfect spot and hang.

NOTE:  The stickers do not have glue on the back.  If you make a mistake placing them on the trays, you can easily peel it right back off.  I created my project about 5 months ago and the stickers have not loosened or come off yet.


This is an easy breezy project that even your teenagers can do.

I posted this project on YouTube 3 months ago and never did I imagine that it would give me OVER 12,000 views.  For this I am grateful.

Take a look and tell me what you think.

Tell me your favorite Dollar store decor project.

Should you DIY this project, tag on Instagram or on my Facebook page.  I would love to see your work.

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