Indulging/Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

So it was rainy today and I was able to ignore the gardening/mowing and simply ‘indulge’ in sewing. Pinterest got me hooked again and I found a lil tutorial. I decided to try to ammend a personal attempt from earlier and ended up with basically a hot mess.                                       (See largest photo in this collage)earbudpouch

The leftover fabric from Rachel’s t-shirt quilt came in handy for my second attempt. It’s not perfect either, but it’ll help a certain someone keep track of their ear buds better. ahem!! Inserting momma-attention-please throat clearing.

Stockings in June

This collage is the beginning of the stocking creations for the upcoming Christmas season. Using up trim and various fabrics before I hit the upholstery section in the stores. In case you wondered, these are said fabrics. I highly recommend checking out these gorgeous options. They give your mantle a more posh appearance than calico or even silk stockings.

Someone on Facebook reminded us this is the 6 month mark til Christmas.

Now aren’t you glad you read my blog today??

Sorry.

 

 

 

 

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The Zipper’s End/ Letter Z

I had the plan for the last A to Z post with a Zipper Pouch.

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Pretty Fabric (furniture store discarded samples. Score!)

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I even had a finished zipper pouch. There was just a minor issue.

The Zipper stuck.

I don’t mean hard to open. It. Is. Jammed. I will have to chop off the top part or else take a seam ripper to it and hope I don’t snag the satiny finish. It may be Z end for this one. 😦

But as I sat in my easy chair crocheting and stewing over that danged zipper, my hubby gave me his opinion on my latest finished item. Two words came out of his mouth.

Rorschach Test.

You now have a chance to give your opinion of what you see. I wasn’t looking for an end to the 2016 A to Z Challenge with this, but it’s what you get when the zippers stuck.

Quote: Take time to be kind and to say ‘thank you.’ Zig Ziglar

Thank you for your time. 🙂

For other great A to Z blog posts, click here!

Change/ Wordpress Photo Challenge

Change is commonly defined as “to give a completely different form or appearance to; to transform.”

For the photo challenge, I’m Changing a garment in 2 stages. For this post, I’m transforming a portion of it into something new.

the pattern

The Pattern

This is a 19 X 11 triangle (you need 2)

This is a 19 X 11 triangle (you need 2)

This is where I cut my fabric from.

This is where I cut my fabric from.

Sewing them 1/4 inch seam and leaving space to turn right side out.

Sewing them right sides together, 1/4 inch seam, and leaving 2 inch space to turn right side out.

But first trim those corners.

But first trim those corners.

I use a quilters pencil that has a blunt end to get my corners sharp.

I use a quilters pencil that has a blunt end to get my corners sharp.

After turning right sides out, iron and pin that opening for stitching.

After turning right sides out, iron and pin that opening for stitching so that it doesn’t slip on you.

Top stitch as you are closing that opening along the entire edge of the triangle.

Top stitch as you are closing that opening along the entire edge of the triangle.

This is how I chose to add ties to create my kerchief. Sew blanket stitch along entire triangle (no photos but look online for tutorials on that process)

This is how I chose to add ties to create my kerchief. Sew blanket stitch along entire triangle (no photos but look online for tutorials on that process) and then choose the crochet stitch of your choice.

My finished Head Kerchief created from upcycled fabric.

My finished Head Kerchief created from upcycled fabric.

Now I need a live model. Any takers?

The Blanket Stitch (as seen on Pinterest)

I recently made a few of these……IMG_3707 (2) IMG_3809 (2) IMG_3804 (2)

And this one is on Etsy as of this morning….

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So I thought I’d share just how useful via Pinterest the Blanket stitch is to sewing items across the board.

There’s Edges for Felt items(wool penny rugs)f5165e5b5a740b06ff60cf98a8c3c8a6

For applique

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Garment edging…

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And of course if you’re crocheting on the edge, it’s a critical foundation stitch.

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William Penn once said :”Time is what we want most but what we use worst.”

I guess what those of us on Etsy do is

sell you the time you don’t have 🙂

Rampin’ It Up

Summer’s nearly here and so time for some additions to the Katy Trail Creations shop.

To start I’m adding this Hand Crocheted Kerchief that is a  “One-of-a-kind”; courtesy of Aunt Maybelle’s generosity.

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More additions to the shop this week. Check it out!

Aunt Hattie-Inspired

I remember some items displayed in Grandma’s living room from her sister, Hattie. She was ‘the skinny one’ as she used to say. If you’d seen some of her handwork, you’d know she probably didn’t eat much for all the work she accomplished. For me, she was one of the inspirations for these new-to-my-shop items.

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And for the record, I’m NoT ‘the skinny one’.

Next Door

Usually I’m taking photos of my Etsy stuff at our beautiful Missouri State Fairgrounds. After all, it’s extremely close to my home. DSC01382

This is a small part of the Highway Gardens at the fairgrounds. Many couples have used this for their wedding ceremony. It is really a showcase.

But sometimes, there’s an issue with the great outdoors called “Wind”. So a phone call to my next door neighbor and Mother-in-law was in order. She recently remodeled her home and it sure looks nice! She gave me permission to use her space for some photos. So here’s one of them.

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Her armless chair was one of several spots in her home I photographed my yo yo table runner. I was able to showcase its versatility thanks to her generosity.

Thank you Nancy! Just wanted to say how much I appreciate it! And your plants are still alive 🙂  (Inside joke)

 

 

Yo Yo. I Promise No Yo Mamma Jokes

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I have a couple yo yos hanging around. These are connected.

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These are Not.

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A more accurate view of the Unconnected yoyos.

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Here’s my crowning achievement with a few of them. I added a crocheted edge to tie them together (pardon the pun).

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A perfect companion to my brand new mug. My eldest loves ordering cool stuff and I was the lucky recipient of the Disappearing Wives mug from across the pond. Love it! She could have waited til Mother’s Day, but I’m glad she didn’t. Thanks Rachel!!