Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sewing Machines, Not what they seem.

Over the many years, I have learned a thing or two about my sewing machines.
First and foremost..... Mom was right, and I should have listened.

While I was growing up, Mom taught me to sew, by hand and with machine.
I loved machine better, as I didn't have the patience it takes to sew by hand.
I wanted immediate results, which I got with a machine. But any screw up on my part, also meant many hours removing stitches. 
Mom had an old Singer/Kenmore machine, 
It weighed a ton and It looked something like this....
Not an actual picture of Mom's machine. But it looks pretty darn close to hers. 
I never knew what happened to her green machine.
I remember breaking the reverse knob on hers, years ago.

It was heavy duty. I sewed every prom dress for my sisters and I. 
I also sewed wedding dresses and brides maid dresses for my sister and I on that machine.
And clothing for my girls. 
Well, by the time I moved out and decided to buy a machine of my own, Mom said,
"Buy one with all metal parts. They last longer."
Ummm..... No I don't think so Mom, I want the new and updated versions.
With all the fancy stitches.
Well, sad to say, I have been through 3 machines since then. 
Two newer Singers, and one Brother machine. 
And I very rarely used the fancy stitches.

 I've finally learned my lesson. Mom was right.
After taking my Brother machine to be repaired, I was told that the new machines are built with all plastic parts. 
That I already knew. 
What I didn't know, is that, these new machines are not meant to be fixed. You can't even get inside the machines to fix them, and they don't make replacement parts.
The repair guy, said the machines of today, are what he calls
Isn't that terrible?
So not only are we wasting money, but we are filling up the land fills.
And these machines can't handle heavy materials like jean, leather or canvas. 

Here is the culprit .......
I paid about $130.00 for this one.
He did manage to fix this one. Because I didn't break any of the plastic parts.
But he said I may not have that luck next time.
My machine repair man said, " Find an old machine. One with all metal parts."
Hmmm...... Where did I hear that before????

Off we went in search of a New/Old machine.
Found one.....
I don't gamble. To buy a machine, I can't guarantee works, was hard for me to do.
I bought it. The straight stitch is a dream. But it looks like I'll have to take it to the repair guy, and have him fix the knob for the zigzag stitch and the other fun stitches.
Because they don't work right. 
Got my fingers crossed, that it can be fixed.

In the mean time, I remembered, Mom gave me a Singer Featherweight Portable machine, many years ago.
I love antiques! Isn't it cute?
It works great. All metal parts. Light weight, and portable.
Pretty gold scroll print.
I never used it, because I didn't want to break it., or mess it up.
Well, the repair man says, USE IT!
Guess I will start putting it to use, while I wait for my Green Machine to get fixed.

Dear friends, Listen to Mom.....
Get yourself and OLD Machine. The ones that weigh a ton, and have all metal parts.
I been told, sewing is becoming a dying art. 
Clothes are cheaper to buy than make, and quilting isnt carried down like it used to be.

After I get my green machine fixed, I may go find a few more, for my daughters.
I want them to learn all my mom taught me.
Thanks Mom, I love you!
No more throw away machines for this family.
Happy Sewing!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Friendship Star Baby Quilt

A change of pace for me!
As most of you know, I have spent the last 5 years working on Stampin Up, cards, scrapbooking, and other paper crafts. All of which I LOVE!
I have quit classes, for a while, to give myself some time for other things.
 I miss having class. I miss my friends and the fun I have visiting and creating with them.
However, I never seemed to have time work on other projects.

And so I am taking time to work on other awesome Creations!!!!

Some of the extra projects, came to me, when my Mother passed away.
I brought home her quilting machine and vowed to finish the few hundred of her unfinished quilts, and quilt blocks.
Mom, like most of us, started a new project, everytime a new inspirations popped in her head. However, many of those ideas did not get to the finishing phase.
My goal, is to take her half started quilts and finish them. Since I have no idea what her original plans for the projects were, the quilts will be finished according to my idea of what it should look like. Ending results, combination of Mom and I.
Some of the quilts will go to her Sun Shine group and some will be finished for Mom's grandchildren and Great grandchildren.

Recently, my Nephew had a little girl.
Congratulations to the family.
She is a Beautiful little jewel.
I love you all!

I choose some pretty pink and blue Friendship star blocks, from one of Moms boxes of unfinished quilts, for this little Princess.

Aubrie Susan Louise
I sure wish I lived close enough to snuggle this cutie!

Mom, I'll never know what your original plans for these blocks were, but I'm sure you would approve where they ended up!
Love you Always!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Touches of Texture, Stampin Up

I am so addicted to my paper and stamping.

I needed a card for my Niece. Who is attending UW Oshkosh for a conference this week.
I was finally able to sit down at about 10:00 pm.
Usually, I'm sleeping by 10 pm.
Well, time got away from me, and by the time I finished the card, it was 1:30 am.
How in the world did I manage to lose that much time, and not realize how late it was?
I'm an addict to all things Paper!

I wanted to break out the new stamp set  "Touches Of Texture".
I love the stamp set, and the background textures it offers.
This set reminds me of the wild flowers we see when driving the Rustic Roads in Wisconsin.
Which are all in bloom now.

Top view to show the pop ups.

Enjoy the warm weather and sunshine!
Happy Stamping!

Stampin Up products used:
Stamp sets used: Touches of Texture, You've got This
Card stock: Whisper white, Wisteria Wonder, Blackberry Bliss
Ink used: Staz On Jet Black, Hello Honey, Regal Rose, Wisteria Wonder,
 Lucky Limeade, Blackberry Bliss.
Other : Wink Of Stella, Decorative Label punch, Project Life Corner Rouder

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Father's Day, My Biker Dad!

Father's Day is this weekend.
As always, I'm a little late with my creation.
Dad, Don't Look till it comes in the Mail!!!!!

Everyone thinks they have the best Dad in the world.
My Dad really is the Best Dad in the World.
I Love you, Dad!

I wanted to create just the right card for him.
 I found the perfect stamp set in the new catalog.
I waited, and waited for my Stampin Up order to come,
 so I could use this stamp set to make an awesome card, for an Awesome Dad.
Then I got it.
And guess what?
I had a brain block. 
I couldn't figure out how I wanted to use this stamp.
 I only knew, this was the perfect stamp to use for my Dad.

My Awesome Dad!

What to do, what to do ?????
 I went on Pinterest for ideas. 
Thank you to , I found an idea.
Although I've seen this form of pop up card before, I've not tried it.
I liked her idea for the card, so from there I created a similar card.
 I love the extra pop up inside.

Here is My take on her original idea.....
(no peeking Dad)

Lighting wasn't that great, so I tried again.

A top view shows how I did the pop ups in my card.

I had fun making this card. I like the fold style, and I'll have to create more cards with this fold.

Happy Father's Day to all Dads!
Thank you to ALL who inspire me, and I hope to inspire others.
Happy Stamping!!!!

Stampin Up Products used:
Card stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Silver foil, Smoky Slate
Ink: Basic Gray
Stamp sets: One Wild Ride, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Monday, June 13, 2016

Remarkable You Card

Hello Again!
Its been a long time.
Life has a funny way of keeping me busy.
I had some time to make a few cards. I made some cards for friends, that I can't wait to share.
Easy cards, however time consuming. It was relaxing to sit in my room, stamp, paint and create.
Here is what I came up with:

I was browsing Pinterest and found a pretty card to CASE.
However, I didn't have all the products needed to create the same card.
So using the idea, I swapped out stamps, keeping the same color theme.
Some of the products used on this card, are retired, but any of the new ribbons would replace what I've used, beautifully.
Happy Stamping!

Stampin Up Product list -
Cardstock: Crumb cake, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe
Inks: Jet Black Staz On, Lucky Limeade, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
Stamp sets: Remarkable You, Timeless Textures, Hardwood, Honeycomb Hello
Other: Calypso Coral ribbon, Hexagon Thinlits Die, Aqua Painters

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

One last class

Jan 21st.  is my last class!

I have decided, after much debate, that I need to move on towards other adventures. Stampin Up! Has been fun.

I have meet some wonderful ladies, along the way,  who have stamped my heart.  I hope the friendships will continue.
I still have an addition with stamping, scraping and all things "Paper", and I plan to continue creating. I just won't be teaching.

I will focus more time on family. As they are most important to me.

I wish you all, a healthy and happy life. Be safe, and hug your loved ones often.
Thank you for all you have done to help me grow as a Demonstrator, teacher, and friend. I will truly miss classes and seeing all of your smiling faces!
Thank you,

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Butterfly Thinlits Dies, Pop up card

This die set is amazing.
Easy to work with, and makes beautiful cards.
Unfortunately, as we speak this die set is unavalable. 
No word as to when it will come back or if it will.
So this post is only a show and tell for those who already have the
Butterfly Die set from Stampin up.

I saw a card on Pinterest, with this set as a pop up butterfly.
However there were no directions.
I understand the simple mechanics of pop ups and had to give the card a try.
Here it is. My version.....

I plan to post directions as soon as I have the time to create photos and instuctions to go with the photos. 
This butterfly die, makes a beautiful pop up card!
Happy Stamping