For this week’s Flashback Friday – a few cross stitch pillows I made when I was maybe 8-10 years old. I made the little scarecrow pillow and the 4-leaf pattern. My sister made the two pillows in the back – of course she made the cat pillow.
These are so adorable, my mom keeps them displayed in a bowl during fall at her house. My mom cross-stitched a lot when we were young, and every now and then we made something, too!
These little pillows are basically the frame for the cross- stitch. I definitely cut the square too small when I was little… oops
Obsessed with these little guys! I wish I could find the patterns for these little guys and share with you, but you’re all pretty smart and I think you could figure it out!
Unfortunately, it look like these mini albums aren’t so trendy anymore, and Michael’s & Joann’s haven’t been carrying them 🙁 I had to order additional pages on Amazon. I feel like I should have stocked up on the albums, because they were pretty cute and a great gift :/
Anyway, back to my monthly photos!
4th of July: We participated in the usual 4th of July activities: local parade, lunch at the cafe, lots of ice cream, swimming, fireworks in town, etc. We started Whole30 the next day, so we were fitting in all the sugar and gluten that we could find.
Whole30: We started on July 5th and stayed strong through the all 30 days! It was great to learn about how food affects our bodies and break some bad habits! More on that in this post...
Shannon’s Bridal Shower: Just a fun day with one of our favorite girls! Lots of food (that we couldn’t eat because of Whole30) and glittery pineapples. Read more over here…
Trip to Mood: Here’s a photo of me in my natural habitat… feeling all the pretty fabrics and dreaming up new projects!! To see everything I bought on that trip, read this post!
Fishing on our lake! We were able to get a boat slip out on the lake near our house, and we love floating around every night. There’s a few restaurants and even a lake front ice cream shop!
NJ State Fair: Just having fun at the fair as usual! This FMX show was free, and really fun! And of course, I was slightly obsessed with the sheep! Maybe I’ll enter a quilt next year 🙂
Tie Dye Quilt: Probably my new favorite quilt! I hand-dyed all the blue strips, and went with my favorite simple log cabin style. Click here for more details!
VA Beach: I kind of felt like a pack animal carrying the beach chair, umbrella, beach bags, and towels… Then we only stayed on the beach for a few hours because it was SO HOT. And I got a little sunburned (despite reapplying SPF 50 multiple times).
VA Beach: Neptune! Part of the reason I chose VA Beach for our weekend trip was because I had a 9-mile run that weekend! I knew the beach had a 3 mile boardwalk, and I wouldn’t get too lost running a straight line! Below is the Airbnb listing for the great place we stayed!
Trip to PA: We went out to PA for Shannon’s other bridal shower. While we there, I was attacked by tiny adorable puppies!!
Bed & Bath Suite Close to Beach
Virginia Beach, VA, United States
Sunny and spacious, private bedroom with ensuite full bathroom located a short 10 minute walk (less than half a mile) from the ocean. Your bedroom suite is the ideal place to enjoy the best that Vi…
And that’s it for July & August! Can’t wait to see what’s coming up in September!
I’m posting on a Thursday to talk about something non-sewing! Goals for September! And my planner!
First of all, where happened to August? It sort of dragged in the beginning, and then suddenly it was over. My goal for August was intentional media browsing. Instead of mindlessly clicking on whatever shows up on Pinterest, I thought of a topic I wanted to learn about and read a few articles.
This kind of worked out… Ideally, I would have had a different topic each week, but August was spent learning about Facebook Ads.
Second, September always feels like a second New Year. Even though I’m not in school, the start of school feels like another January 1st goal-setting time of year.
So these goals are a little broad – some goals go through the end of the year, but some are specific to this month.
GOALS FOR SEPTEMBER
Learn about a new topic each week: This is a continuation of August’s goal.
This week I’m learning about Pinterest (I signed up for the free Melyssa Griffin email class about Pinterest).
Run, Run, Run: My 5k/10k/Half combo is Oct 15-16, and I’m getting ready! I planned ahead, so I’m already at 12 miles. Now I need to prepare for running 9 miles one day and 13 the next :/
Get ahead on my blog 🙂 for once.
Finish my 2015 scrapbook: Did I mention it’s not even started yet? Oh, and I have nothing for 2010-2014, but I’ll try working backwards? And current, at the same time.
Clean Up My Laptop: Part of the scrapbooking goal – get all the pics off my computer and into an album. Then literally off my computer and onto a hard drive.
I think those are pretty big goals. Time to break them down into daily, manageable steps and write them in my
Well… I made another one 🙂 I’m getting so much faster with these Lane Raglans! I think this took less than an hour. Now, I just need to transfer the pattern pieces to cardboard so they’re easier to reuse. I also need to make the hoodie version of the pattern, but I know it won’t be quite as fast, and I’m enjoying the speed of these right now.
I used one of the French Terry fabrics that we found at Mood for this project. This one has metallic thread used throughout. It’s almost impossible to see in pics, so it kind of just looks brown 🙁
Can you see the metallic??
Sewing with French Terry
I didn’t finish the edges, because I thought French Terry was like every other knit… but it’s not :/ it seems to leave some lint from the edges. We’ll see how it goes. It’s not unraveling, so maybe another round through the washer/dryer will help clean it up
I was going through my alterations bin, and found these jeans at the bottom! I totally forgot that I was planning to fix the distressed holes. The jeans already had fabric backing some of the holes, but it wasn’t staying place…
When I was making the squares for my Wedding Ring Quilt, I had a lot of extra strips from charm packs of my favorite collections.
With all these strips, I decided to make – you guessed it – mini log cabin blocks! They’re so cute! And these are some of my fabrics, so I was really excited to get into this particular stash pile 🙂
Because these were from charm packs, most of the strips were 1.5 x 5 inches… not quite big enough to do anything with. I had a few other scraps that were longer to use as the longest strips on the blocks.
Originally, I wanted the strips to be different widths, but it would have been more work – And I don’t think that’s how improv is supposed to be?
It was nice just to pick up fabric without thinking too much. Sometimes I chose not to have a bunch of aqua strips in a row and would switch out an original pick with a different color, but it still looks pretty random…
I made eight little blocks to start with, but I still have a lot of scraps. Maybe I’ll keep adding on and see how big it is? I’ll guess if it’s not big enough for a throw quilt, I could make pillow covers or something.
The fabric is chambray from Mood 🙂 I’m obsessed with the color!
I did have a problem with the elastic and the fit. I used a chambray fabric that was too heavy for the 1/4″ elastic that was suggested. So I seam ripped the whole elastic casing and put in 1/2 elastic – which helped a little, but I realized there was another problem.
Megan’s pattern calls for A LOT of extra fabric to make it really flow-y. Because my chambray was too heavy, I had to trim off excess fabric after I finished sewing the whole thing.
Here’s the dress pulled up on my shoulders a little bit, but I think the ruffles puff out a little too much.
Yes, yes I have KT Tape on my knee… it makes me feel like an olympian!! Turns out the hills in my town were a little too much for my knee – back on the treadmill for half marathon training.
I suggest these measurements for the body of the dress:
“Measure from right above your bust all the way around” (MN tutorial), then cut this number in half – to get a front/ back measurement. Add 6 inches to make sure it fits over your body and account for seam allowance (and keep it a little flow-y)
Mark the armholes as she said in the tutorial.
For the ruffle: I don’t think I made it as wide as she says in the tutorial, but I can’t remember what I did :/ I need to make another dress so I can figure this out.
This dress isn’t perfect because of those fit issues, but it’s pretty cute and perfect for summer – which apparently is almost over?? I guess I’ll wear it more next year.
And here’s just a pretty photo of the lake 🙂 I love where I live!
Apparently I missed my five-year blogging anniversary last year. Today marks SIX YEARS of blogging at MostlySewing.com! It was mostlysewing.wordpress.com back then, but the point is I started.
Here’s my embarrassing first post. I talk about fear of failure and not wanting people to know what I’m writing about. Well, almost no one read my blog for years, so I shouldn’t have been so concerned! Also, I remember going through this phase where I didn’t capitalize anything – but why?? Maybe it was in rebellion to grammar all day? So glad I got over that one.
Starting a blog back then was strange. No one I knew was blogging, and Pinterest hadn’t been invented yet (or I didn’t know about it), so there was no one telling me to post on a schedule or find my niche or anything. This is my second post from the next day (yayyy 2 in a row) where I talk about the fabric I bought without providing any photos…
I skipped all of Sept 2010, then wrote two posts in October which state something like, “No one reads this, but here’s an update on my life.”
In a post from March 2011, I said that I started taking Tae-Bo! What?? I totally don’t remember this… So glad I have a blog to document everything I’ve forgotten.
In Summer 2011, I started blogging more often (but not consistently). These posts are fun, but have terrible photography 🙂