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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

working in my studio


                           Come on in!









                      If I have been missing for awhile it's because I'm in my studio
                                      the sewing machine is humming.......

                   
                   My grand daughter asked Nana if she could please make her a costume
                                       for Halloween......

                        So off to our local Fabricland and I purchased 3 meters of broadcloth
                                                    in blue......






                                       Any ideas of what I'm making........


                                     If you guessed Elsa in Frozen you are wrong......


                                     I'm making an Alice In Wonderland dress.......


                            No pattern ....but I have been sewing for many years and figured I
                                                     could wing it.......

                                        Made a template for the bodice......
                                               cut out the front and two backs...... ..


                                    The bottom or the skirt I cut on the bias to make it full...

                                    next a template for the sleeves.......had to make
                                        sure that  they would be full.......and would fit into the armholes on
                                                          the bodice.......

                                             Oh yes the collar.......drew out a peter pan collar ...
                                                           and cut 4 ...............

                                                   Then came the facings for the neck.......


                                                              This completes the dress cuttings.......

                                                            So the sewing began......

                                    Front to back at the sides.......






                                           the collar pieces sewn on........then the neck facings.......

                                                      Gathered the upper edges of the sleeves and then they

                                                                  were sewn on.........

                                                        Look it's starting to come together.......
                              
                                               




Then I gathered the waist on the skirt and attached it..............


                                     Now the apron....that was a little tricky since I wanted to make
                                                                   it an exact replica of Alice.....






Alice in Wonderland Alice so off to the drawing board and make a template



All the pictures that I have seen her long hair covers the back ........ but I'm guessing it looks
                                         like this.......


cut two and sew together.......turn inside out and here is how it looks......





next I cut out two skirts on an angle .............

                                                            pinned them to the bib ..........

                                                  cut out the ties ......sewed some more.......

                                   Added elastic to the sleeves ........

                                                   Went for a few fittings........

                                            here's how it looks so far........






                     All pinned and ready for hemming........still to add a few finishing touches.........


                                                               Then I will reveal
                                                   Alice In Wonderland 2014.........

                               
                              It's raining here today ....so this gives me a great opportunity
                                                  to tackle my studio........clean up......


                                                 Thanks for stopping by! Love hearing from you!

                                                                    Linda


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Monday, 13 October 2014

Oh so cozy and warm

                     Last week I was busy on three projects.....

                                crocheting a rainbow of colours blanket.....

                                         happy hooking........

                                          knitting slippers..........



                                   These ones..........................
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                                    found the pattern on Ravelry......Felted Press


                                             So the knitting began ......one foot and then the other.....

                                                          then there was the sewing together........

                                                                   Made them in a day..........
                                                          
                                           The pattern was easy to follow and once I started knitting......
                                                                       I couldn't put it down......
                                         
                                                              This ONLY WORKS ON 100% WOOL.....
                                                                         I had Patons on hand ......
                                                                           took 150g ........



                                                      Once they were made I put them in a pillow case
                                                                 knotted it and dropped them into the hottest
                                                                            water in my washing machine with a
                                                                                           pair of sneakers ........
                                                            
                                                                       This helps with the agitation....

                                                             Took about twenty minutes to felt to my size.....
                                                                       shaped them to my foot......

                                                                  Then placed them on a towel on my hearth
                                                                              to dry for the next two days......










                                                             Then I took out my bottle of buttons that
                                                                             I have collected over the years......
                                                                                      and what BUTTONS did I find.......
                                                                                        the exact......as shown in the picture.....










                                                              WHAT WERE THE ODDS.......

                                                                             Sewed on the tabs and added the buttons....

                                                       There you have it one pair of the coziest, warmest....
                                                                             stylist knitted slippers......

                                                              But before I could wear them I had to make
                                                                   sure I added some puffy paint to to soles.......
                                                                           to prevent me from slipping on my
                                                                                      hardwood floors........








                                                                     Next I going to crochet a pair and see
                                                                                           how they turn out......
                                                                        






                                                                     HMMMM no more wool....
                                                                           OH well a visit to the wool shop is in order.......


                                         Have a glorious Columbus day and a Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

                                                                                   Linda

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Happy Hooker



                    Yup that's me.....happy hooker.....


                                Not these days!!!  Seems like it's taking foreeeeeeeeeeeeeever to finish
                                                        this weeeee pumpkin pillow......


                                          I started hooking this pillow with the intentions of teaching
                                                    Miss A. and she would take over hooking....but
                                                               Miss A. thought I was going to teach her
                                                                           latch hooking......


                                                                  






                                                           You know the one that comes in a kit...
                                                                   the fabric in grids of colour and you hook
                                                                         and latch into that colour........

                                                      No I was hoping she would want to learn........

                                                                              my way....

                                                       I know that once she got the hang of it....
                                                                 .....but I was hopeful......
                                                                   Oh well....I purchased her a latch hook
                                                                            kit of a butterfly.......
                                                       She was so excited and eager to be taught.....
                                                                       

                                                                         So  I continue hooking........

                                                               

                                                     Notice I added in a sunflower! I changed over from
                                                         my lap hoop to this frame so I can hook into the
                                                                            corners......




                                                     Yes if you follow along on my journey ...yes I'm crocheting and
                                                                          knitting too......

                                                             Got to keep these hands busy.....

                                                                    Oh yes I sew too.... picked up some fabric
                                                                                it's been awhile since I did any dressmaking......
                                                                                             but I know if I put my mind to it.......

                                                    Making an Alice in Wonderland dress for Miss A.
                                                                         I'll keep you posted on my progress.......

                                                                             but for now I must...yes I must start hooking.........



                                                      Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!!

                                                                           Linda                 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

just because






                   Ever want to start something new....

                            Have no DIY'S pending.......

                                      No painting to do.........


                         Remember this yarn that I ordered from Deamores...an online
                                                     yarn store in the UK........






                                   Well this is what's in the making......


                                                   Rainbows.....baskets......and rainbows......


                                                           

                                                               Finished blanket size...????


                                            Started out with a chain that measured 48" and
                                                        started crocheting .......... new stitch to me.....
                                                                                                                          

                                                          Don't the colours just shout out at you......


                                                 I don't normally crochet in bright colours.......
                                                           but theses colours just shouted out at me........


                                                       This yarn is so soft and squishy..........

                                           Well I just can't have one project on the go.....
                                                 

                                                   saw these  adorable slippers ...........



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                                                            on Ravelry..http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/french-press-felted-slippers.........had to make them.....
                                                                  I'm using Patons Classic Wool Worsted....
                                                                            started knitting them last night......

                                                                    pictures to come......they are knitting up really fast.....
                                                                                      as you can see they are felted......


                                                           

                   HMMMM which one to work on today..........

                                                                 What are you working on......


                                                         Thanks for stopping by!
                                              

                                                                 Linda
                                          

Monday, 6 October 2014

More Fall



                                                 Fall!


                    Been cleaning out the last of the vegetable garden this rainy weekend.....

                                        
                                       Look what I found.......


                                       I thought that my pumpkins were never going to appear....
                                                     maybe bad seeds.....

                                                        Slow starters that's for sure.....


                                     Well they got picked ......now don't laugh .........

                                                    they are cute don't you think....





                                                  Here,  I placed one in my orb at the front
                                                                door.....as well as fresh bittersweet.......



                                                        You know if they had been any bigger I wouldn't have
                                                                  been able to display one here..I'm thankful for
                                                                               small pumpkins......

                                                           



                                                       Here is the corn that I grew .... now stalks.... picked enough
                                                                           for the front door and gave a bundle to our
                                                                                       daughter.....

                                                                 Moved my giant mums to the front as well.....






                                                                            Now don't laugh...... look at the size of
                                                                                         these pumpkins......



                                                        


                                                                        
                                                                            I also placed one here....
                                                                                   along with a rat and a scarecrow.....
                                                                                        look hard and you will see them...


                                                               Well looks like this gal is off to Linton's
                                                                             to buy a few large pumpkins.......


                                                          What have you been up too lately?

                                                         
                                                                    Linda



Friday, 3 October 2014

Anniversary Lunch


                                  And we are off......

                                    to Bracebridge for lunch to celebrate 48 glorious years.....

                                      Our first stop Gravenhurst ....we came upon a road that ran
                                                 parallel to Hwy# 11 Muskoka Beach Rd........

                                             How windy the road was and scenic especially for this time of year......


                                                             



 
                                                       This road took  us directly to Bracebridge......


                                                    When we celebrated our 40th Anniversary we
                                                                     had lunch at Inn at the Falls...Bracebridge....

                                                            so we decided to take a run up and eat there....
                                                                        to our surprise the dining area closed
                                                                             some 7 years ago and is now only a pub....


                                                                     We were looking for fine dining.....

                                                          That's when we stumbled upon this restaurant...


                                                                              



                                                                    Riverwalk....fine dining.....

                                                     

                                                                      dining area superb....


                                                        The ambiance was just what we were looking for....
                                                                             
                                                                    Our lunch was impeccable!



                                                               We walked the quaint wee town and then
                                                                      we were off on an adventure......

                                                                               






                                                            Then stumbled upon this unique store in a
                                                                         old  Muskoka Foundry....







                                                                     Simply Cottage.......

                                                         Oh I could have shopped till I dropped......


                                             Then we were off again....on Hwy#118 to Minden....

                                                     along the way we stopped at this lake.....just like glass.....

                                                                           


                                                                              Breathtaking!!!


                                                     So here is where we ended up...at Kawartha Dairy Minden..


                                                                           





                                                           Had a scoop of my favourite icecream....

                                                                    Then we headed for home....

                                                        What a perfect day with my best friend and love of my life.....



                                                                          Thanks for stopping by!
                                                                                  Linda
                                                                                   
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