Monday, June 29, 2009

Boat Fun with Daddy

Saturday afternoon we took the boat out for a successful trip to the beach. The weather was absolutly perfect and under my canopy beach chair it was even better! Some fun friends even met us there in the afternoon, we might have to do that again soon! Although I was so worn out I was ready for bed as soon as the girls were down. And that means no sewing! YIKES. I made up for it sewing until 2 am Sunday night.

In case you're wondering what's up with the ginormous bows at the beach ( and pool and waterpark) it's a tip I learned from a sage mom recently. Not only do they look super cute...It helps me find them quickly when I realize I don't know where they are! The bright colors are easy to spot in a crowd or on the beach. It is my new favorite mommy trick.
In our town this week they had this super cool boat parade thing with tall ships. The girls loved looking at the pirate ships.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Stash Fodder

A local quilting shop had a spur of the moment sale yesterday. My sweet friend Buffie texted me immediately when she happened upon it. I had to go of course! My supply has gotten a bit depleated, which is a good thing because I have been completing projects! I really want to build up my fabric stash and need to start aquiring some for Fall sewing too. In August I am going on a sewing weekend retreat at the beach and need to have all mu project fabric and supplies ready. I plan to make the girls' Fall wardrobes if I can get organized! Here are a few fun things I got today. It doesn't look like much but its actually 13 yards of fabric! It really adds up when you make two of everything. Also I think it would be remiss not to mention that Reese peed in her pants in the store...I was determined to shop so I changed her clothes. And then she pooped her pants. It was not fun, but it was fabric! I pushed on through and got it done. Thank God they have hard wood floors. If I had been in my old faithful heirloom would not have cleaned up so well.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Summer Fun

We have been having sooooo much Summer Fun! The girls are at a fantastic age this year and we can go do so many fun things together. Honestly though, it exhausts me. I am a bit of a homebody and would be fine with staying in the ac all day. I guess I will have plenty of time to do that one day when they are too cool to hang out with their mama!
We went to the water park finally. We have Summer passes but haven't had time to go because of the swim lessons. It was fantastic...the girls can play and do the kiddie water slide while I am on a lawn chair if I want....but of course I want to play some too! I hope we get to go a lot this Summer.
We went to the beach last week too...our tans are pretty good at this point! Kane came home with the coolest beach chairs for us too. They are backpacks and they have a fold up canopy which is perfect for snack time. They are pretty much the if he could bring home a rolling cooler!
Abby had vacation Bible school this week. She did much better than last year when we didn't even bother going the last day. This time I requested for her friends to be in her class and Sam even ended up in her class. She love one of her counselors, a teenage girl. It was great to get some stuff done this week and spend some time with Reese too! Tuesday we went to the movies. I can't believe how much freedom having only one kid was. When school starts in the Fall I am going to be totally spoiled...but for now I'll stick to Summer fun.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Sewer's Meme

Sew Mama Sew (the host of my giveaway earlier this month) is hosting Sewing Machine Month on their blog. It is packed full of fun giveaways and helpful info. They have organized a Sewing Machine Interview Meme. They will be organized in one spot at the end of the's mine. What brand and model do you have? I have two Vikings, I have had a Platinum 950 for almost five years and last month I bought a Designer SE LE.

How much does that machine cost (approximately)? The platinum is discontinued but I think you can find it used for about $1200. The Designer I got at a steal of a deal $4500. I think the list price on a new one was $6500 but they are not making it anymore and are having fantastic deals on the remaining ones.

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? I have done all kinds of sewing on my Platinum; quilting, home dec, bag and I guess all of the above plus monogramming. Both of my machines are embroidery machines. On my Designer I have mostly made children's clothing and a ton of monogramming and appliques. Because I have small children, clothes for them is my current sewing passion.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I probably sew 20 hours a week, but a lot of that is cutting, pinning and pressing. I would say that the machine is actually running about 2 hours a week unless I am doing a ton of embroidery. Then it would be more. Because this machine is new, I'm not sure about wear and tear. I will say that my Viking Platinum has had a lot of use and it has held up great. I have only done a few services and get the dust out myself. It runs great...I love it so I couldn't bear to trade it in.

do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a. name? I love my Platinum...I am infatuated with my designer. Its truly the cat's meow. I haven't made a final decision but my dear friend Buffie has suggested the name she hums like a bird. I kinda like the sound of that!

What features does your machine have that work well for you? The big touch screen display and the usb flash drive have been huge for me. I can pull up my designs and monograms without loading my computer or transferring files to a special card. I can edit the design right there. I have monogrammed and appliqued more in the last month than I did on the Platinum in five years. It is much faster, quieter and easier to set up. I no longer need a screw driver to put an embroidery foot on. It snaps right on. Also if I want to sew a few quick stitches I can without removing the embroidery unit. I can sew with it on. I also really like the bright and adjustable led lights, automatic presser foot and automatic threat cutter. I really am spoiled and have become such a lazy sewer!

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? While I love the auto lift presser foot, there's no lever to lift it a bit to ease over a hunky seam or area. Sometimes I get stuck. Really the only thing that could make my machine any better is if it had the capability to read a pdf file for applique color charts. That would be cool. Otherwise, its perfect.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!

I called to check and see if the machine had come in and the sales person didn't believe the price I had been quoted by the owner. That's when I decided it was meant to be. Then the day after I bought it, the owner called to say that Viking had discounted it further and that I would receive a $500 credit on my statement. I thought that was just the best news and mighty wonderful of the store owner since I had already signed on the dotted line!

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who had this in their price range. It is a great machine.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

Price is the place to start, and then the frequency of the sewer. There's no need for a high end model for someone who doesn't sew very often unless they have money to spend and like bells and whistles. I also think that no matter the price range, a drop in bobbin is a necessity. I have never figured out the front loading shuttle...I can't stand them.

Do you have a dream machine? I have my dream machine...I couldn't see a need to change a thing unless the technology becomes obsolete. (Ie; some of the early designers take a floppy disk)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Weekend Sewing

I did a little sewing this weekend, some mending and preparing two bishops for smocking. This yellow dress that Reese is wearing is the only thing that I completed from start to finish. I wanted to make something for Reese since she has been feeling left out lately and I thought this yellow from my stash would look great with her tan. I decided on using Oliver + S "birthday party dress" pattern. I have been avoiding this pattern for sometime now because when I first opened it there were sooooo many steps, it looked like too much work. I have become accustomed to the Children's Corner patterns which are usually pretty quick. I decided to bite the bullet and get it over took FOUR hours. It seems like it took forever. Just the cutting took a while because there are a lot of pieces, 15 to be exact. Sadly, it was not fun sewing, BUT when I put it one was worth it. It is truly so cute. It fits her perfectly. I made the 4 so I would say the pattern runs small and it is not for a beginner sewist. I would say intermediate to advanced. It is a good pattern though (and pricey) the directions are very clear and organized and it is printed on very heavy paper. So you get what you pay for.

I usually lay out the new duds on the couch at night so they find them when they get a Sewing Santa I guess! So, Abby saw the yellow birthday party dress and immediately thought it was hers! She was so upsat that it wasn't...she said (with a scowl) "Mama, you need to make me one of these too!" Hopefully she will get over that, I want to do a few other things first.She did wear the dress that I made her last week and I love the way it fits...I want to make another one of these. It was very fun to make.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Here is a rare pic of Reese with Kane I just happened to snap with my cell.
Leslie Wright

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I got a few hours to myself today and look what I did! I can't wait! Most of its for Fall but I had so much FUN!!!
Leslie Wright

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

On a Binge

I did a LOT of sewing this weekend, I didn't have time for sewing last week and so I made up for lost time this weekend! First, I had two sock monkey shirts and buttons and button holes on all three outfits to complete before I could do anything for myself. And the first thing I did was this Mary De for Abby. I have had this cut out for a while and just not done the construction. I used this Nashville Cotton Passion Posies fabric on two outfits for "clients" and I HAD to have some too. It is gorgeous to work with and I used pink parallel parking stripe for the piping. The Mary De is a pattern for a smocked insert, so for this style I used a lining pattern piece for the full front with no smocking and I monogrammed it instead. This is a new pattern at the shop, Gingersnap's "Maddie's Tiered Sundress." I did the version with no tiers and just a one piece bottom. I really liked this pattern, it was pretty easy the first time through. I added piping around the top which the pattern didn't call for and it took a little longer. Without the piping (because I made the piping) this would really go together quickly. My only complaint is that the pattern starts at size 4 and it's a big, full 4 so I can't make one for Reese without adjusting the pattern myself. This is the new Michael Miller dotty swirl that I picked up last week. I couldn't wait to use it and love how the dotty initial monogram complements the design. I love this cut in line ahead of several projects!
I also made that skort outfit for Reese that's posted below and put together an a-line that a friend never got around to putting together. It was a great sewing weekend!

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Skorts and Ts

Just lately, Reese has been getting upset when I make something for Abby and she doesn't have one too. So last night I made a skort and t-shirt for her, Abby already has two sets. She was so excited this morning and couldn't wait to put it on. We had a total meltdown before church yesterday because I made Abby a "big dress" and she wanted one too. I did a lot of sewing this weekend and will post some pics later today.
Leslie Wright

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fashion Victim

Abby's new dress was totally ruined today by her shoes. Guess we'll go shopping this week!
Leslie Wright

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Some projects, a Pattern and a Prize

It would seem from these pictures that I have been non stop sewing...but that is definately not the case! Kane has just been holding the camera hostage for work so I have a lot to post all at once. I have been working on the books at night and we have had swim lessons everyday...I am exhausted!I guess I did work on this until 3 one night...I wanted to take it to show and share at Smocking Guild last Monday. I have two more to finish this weekend. It's a Collar's Etc. "Will." The blouse underneath has a smocked inset, an "apron" style. I liked working on this, it was not a bad pattern but I have assembled something simmilar before. Here's a cute peasant dress that I made last week, twice. I didn't use a pattern so the first attempt didn't fair well. It's basically a pillow case dress with angel sleeves sewn between the front and back. I put elastic in a casing for the neckline. Abby loves it and insisted that I make one for her baby doll too. In the first, top picture I had made the popsicle applique shirt months ago and Abby loved it. She wanted to wear it all the time, so I decided it needed something to go with it. I made a purple seersucker "Sara's Skort" by Children's Corner to go with it. She hugged them this morning when I showed them to her and Reese wanted to know where hers were! She wants pink I guess I will be doing that this weekend. I appliqued this t-shirt last weekend to go with these shorts that I made last month, they have been on the procrastination list. This (and most of my) applique is from They have great choices and great sales every now and then.I picked up this cute new Michael Miller dot swirl from my local (and fave) heirloom shop today, Sew 'n Sew. It was a quick, without a plan, purchase. I may make a halter dress from it this weekend... I also got my first etsy last week. I wanted this coat pattern which is hard to find in the US. Its from a newer Austrailian designer. I can't wait to make this for fall...wish it came in my size!
I also got this cute Owl print. I don't know what I want to do with it yet but I want it to go into Abby's Fall wardrobe somehow. Any suggestions? I only have 1 yard, but I am sure I can get more if I need to. If You comment a suggestion and I use yours, I will send you a monogrammed hand towel as a in the South that's what we call a prize!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Too...MUCH...Summer...Fun. HELP!!!

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We have been having a whirlwind of a beginning to Summer! Parties and water slides and swim lessons, OH MY! I have even resorted to doing my book work at night (instead of sewing? Shut yo' mouth!) to make more time for big fun. We had THREE water slide birthday parties last week! Each one was more fun than we could stand. We started swim lessons this week and Abby is doing great, swimming (and jumping) to the instructor. Reese had a private lesson today because she's too young for Abby's "Porpoise Pups." She did great too, the instructor called her "fearless" which leads me to believe that she needs more lessons... The class is at the local country club and many of our friends are going too...let's just say that we arrive early, and stay a little late! The lawn chairs surrounding the baby pool may be my new favorite hangout in town! We are well on our ways to great tans (actually Reese is beginning to look like she may be the spawn of our mail man, but trust me...she's not!) and having a blast. I hope this continues...and I hope I find some where to squeeze in my sewing!

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Monday, June 1, 2009

New Moon Trailer

I saw this on the Stephanie Meyer website and I cannot stop watching it! I am a HUGE Twilight fan, to say the least, and I just cannot wait until November! Enjoy. (Don't forget to pause the music player on the right!)


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The Winner!!!

My first ever give away has come to an end! I went to and used the random number generator to pick the winner. And the lucky winner is.....number 122!!! That is "Sews Cute!" Congrats to her and thanks to all who visited my blog the last few days. I hope you come back to check on me and say hi! I plan to visit each and every one of your sites and blogs!

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