Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Phone Wallet

Earlier last week I decided to make up this cute little phone wallet.


I messed up a bit since I wanted this flower fabric to actually be on the inside but I wasn't paying close enough attention to the instructions. They called this piece the "pocket" which it is but I was thinking the pocket was the inside.


As I was cutting it out I kept thinking it seemed a bit small. Sure enough I could barely squeeze my phone in (iPhone 6). On the first one I made I tried making a button hole and having it close that way. It was really hard to get it to button up though. The original uses Velcro but I was thinking that I'd like it to have a more secure closure (also I didn't have any Velcro lol).



So back to the drawing board. These pictures are a bit darker which goes with what time I finished it haha. I added 3/4" all the way around on the pattern but then cut a bit off the straight edge of the flap.

This time I made a little fabric piece to hold on a clip. I finally ordered some D rings after I made this one so I can use those for the next one. Also that was supposed to be on the left side but I forgot to sew it on, ripped it apart and then when I got done it was on the wrong side so it got to stay there haha.




I also added the closure like I do on my coffee cozies but I don't like how it pulls. I'm thinking I will add some of the fusible fleece to bulk it up a bit and that will keep it from doing that.


All in all I think it turned out pretty cute! I think when I make it with the D ring then I'll make a "key fob" and it can connect to make it a wristlet.

I used this one for Bingo last week, since I don't like to take my purse. I have a couple people who would like one and they have the "plus" phones so I'll have to figure out how much larger to make them. My mom was saying she would like one she can also put her reading glasses in so I guess I will play around with that a bit more too! 

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Weekend Work $ and Sewing

Saturday we were supposed to go on a little family outing with my brother, sister in law, maybe some of their friends, and my parents to Pinecrest. I decided a couple days before that I really didn't want to go so I bailed. Scott was happy to get to stay home too but the kids decided to go.


I spent the day working on destashing my fabric. I worked on it one other day earlier in the week also. I sold quite a bit of it on a Facebook group which is awesome. I have a couple stragglers to get paid though. One gal just ignored me altogether which is very frustrating. Now I've been working on sorting out a bunch of the smaller pieces of fabric I have that I had just basically dumped in some boxes. I've been trying to sort them by color and fold them to be about the same size. I have A LOT of pieces (mostly thanks to thrifting) so I think I will sell some of those too once I get them all cleaned up.


The kids got home around 6:30. When we asked if they had fun they responded with all the things that they would do different next time and said that there was so many people Scott would have hated it. My mom sent me pictures later in the week and they are right. WAY too many people.





Sunday I worked on a couple orders that I had. This one is for my friend's mom to give as a gift. She wanted the bag a little bigger than the original one I made so I added a border fabric. I was ALL done sewing and went to clip a thread and clipped the top of the bag. Talk about cuss words. I had to take the straps off, figure out how to fix it and (folded the fabric over and sewed it), cut MORE border fabric to make it look right and sew it all back together. It actually looks better now than it did the first time around so a little pat on my back for fixing it. My friend's mom loves it so that's good :)


This set was an order from someone on my Facebook group (who I'm not sure how she ended up at my group but hey it's an order :)). I had everything done but the big bag since I had to buy more of the fabric off of eBay. It didn't take long to get that made up.


Next I'm going to making some more little phone wallets but I'll share those in another post.


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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Book Club on a Houseboat

One of our book club ladies bought an old houseboat and is fixing it up. She took us out there a couple weeks ago! We caravanned over in decorated cars.




The houseboat is at Bullfrog's landing, which when you first drive up to seems like a real dump but it's fun when you get there. She has already done a lot of work on the inside with fresh paint, fabrics and elbow grease.  It was a lot of fun hanging out and super relaxing sitting on the front facing the water.


















For lunch we went down to the store/dock area and sat at the tables with our picnic and wine (it said no alcoholic beverages but I guess that didn't apply to us)









after lunch we went back to the boat and hung out for awhile then on the way home we stopped and had dinner at a Mexican restaurant in town. I'll call that a great day! (also kind of think having a houseboat might be kind of fun...)

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mom's Lil' Loafer

Years ago my mom acquired a little Shasta trailer. That was back before they got so popular. Sadly Mom ended up selling it (cheap) to someone that approached her one day. Every since then she's been jonesing for another little trailer.  Enter Facebook Marketplace and she's been going "how about this one" and "how about that one". She got Scott looking and he came across this one a couple weekends ago. AND now Mom has this new "Lil Loafer" project trailer.



The inside is all in shambles and missing most of the original appliances so that could be a good thing or a bad thing with however she decides to do it. She seems to be leaning towards making the inside more modern which kind of breaks my little vintage loving heart haha


Her answer to that is sending me links to buy one myself but that's not in the budget right now


I did a bunch of searches and found out this is a 1960's Aristocrat brand trailer and there is a fun Facebook group that gets together for camping trips, and they are even in a do-able distance.


So that can be fun, once it has an inside ;)





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Friday, August 11, 2017

Busy Busy

Not so busy at work lately. I went to the thrift store the other day on my lunch and found this cool vintage bike. I sent a pic to Scott and he said "BUY IT" so I did! Now I know I can fit a bike like that in the back of my car lol.





After work I worked on some mug cozies. I keep saying I'm not going to make these anymore but they are fun to make and a good way to use up small pieces of fabric. Plus it will be good to add more to my inventory for my craft show.

I like to sew assembly line style

 
 
 
 

I saw a really cute pattern for a phone/wallet the other day so I may try making that, or maybe some boho bags :)
 
 



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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sewing Weekend

I spent almost all of last weekend sewing. It was so nice! After a super busy week my eye was twitching like crazy so I decided to just lay low and relax. The kids spent most of the day at my mom's on Saturday so it was nice and quiet. Well except for Scott talking to himself while he watched TV.

My friend Lupe is a huge Elvis fan so I picked up these Elvis panels when I saw them on one of the destash groups on Facebook.




I made little zippered bags out of the other pieces


and the other side. I shared them on my Facebook Group and promptly an order for a whole set, a sunglasses case and another tote bag. I found a lot more of the panels on eBay so I bought some there.


I still had a few of the smaller pieces so I made up another of the zippered bags and the sunglass case. I just need the big panels to sew up the tote bags.

I also made this sunglasses case for my friend to give to her mom


a little bag for my co-worker to put zip drives in




and then some key fobs out of my scrap fabric.



I have been cutting my scraps as I make them so I have key fobs in various states of construction.

I also started sewing up a few more mug cozies. I signed up for a big craft show in November and I figure that is right before Christmas so it will good to have lots of inventory! It's the same one I did last March that I did really well at.

I REALLY need to organize (reorganize?) my fabrics again. I have a lot of leaning towers in my room haha. I am also going to start working on some Christmas gifts for the nieces and nephews. I will probably end up making some of those gifts for my craft booth too. I want to make some of the carry bags for notebooks/crayons/markers type thing. Haven't decided on which pattern yet though!
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Camping, Beach Day and Cows

Sunday we drove up the road a bit and over to our "other campsite" that we like. Then walked back to the "beach". The water was up higher but there was still enough of the beach left to hang out and play.




Snookie was so funny rubbing herself in the sand





Melissa is our little adventurer who likes to go climb all the rocks



The current was really strong and most of the rocks we usually rock hop on were under water so there wasn't much playing in that part.


The brave cold water girl








Melissa likes to collect some wild flowers every time we go to this area


After playing on the beach we thought we'd go for a little walk but everyone started to melt down so we just went back to the campsite. We played cards for awhile then WWIII broke out and I was educated on why we should probably only go camping for 3 days or go camping somewhere with more things to do (or actually plan to go hiking on a trail that is marked or something!). Hey camping isn't fun unless you can make a story about "remember that time" right?

The next day Jessica wasn't feeling well so we stuffed her car full of things we didn't need anymore and sent her on her way. We decided later to go for a little ride to the store. On the way we passed some cattle trucks. Hmmm we thought, they must be loading up the cows.

We got to Bear Valley and we were all happy to see we had service! We spent awhile just sitting at a table outside eating ice cream sandwiches and playing on our phones until it started to sprinkle.  We loaded up our $8 for 2 gallons of water (robbery much?), $8 pack of firewood and $4 bag of ice and started back to the campsite.

Snookie is a horrible car rider, FYI


That is when we passed 2 people on horses, then the traffic stopped because they were herding cattle up the road!


That's a lot of cattle

video

When we finally got back to our campsite we were seeing a few cows which we thought were going behind a fence. Then I realized that no, they were not going behind the fence. I went down to where the potties were saw that's where the people on the horses were. I asked the one lady where they were herding them to and she said "this is it". So basically they herded 3 or more large cattle trucks full of cattle to our campsite and dropped them off. AWESOME. (did you hear the bells in the video?)


Scott was so stressed out by the cows that he went in the tent and went to bed early lol.



We seriously debated just packing up early and going home. Luckily most of the cows went away from our campsite after we shooed them away.

The next morning I was dreaming with some cow bell music and Scott was like "that sounds really close". He got up and told Rusty that he was a horrible guard dog and then shooed a bunch of cows away from the front of Melissa's tent where they had been grazing on some grass.

We packed up and went home on Tuesday (note to self/Scott, don't pack up the shade tent first next time). We were all so ready to go home we didn't even stop until we were almost home for a bathroom break, which then also turned into a taco bell drive through lol.

So I think we are good on camping for awhile! Next time maybe we can find somewhere to camp by the ocean or something.






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