Thursday, February 6, 2014

Gray sweater makeover

Some time ago I found a plain gray cardigan at a yard sale. It had interesting stitching around the neck and down the front, but other than that it seemed to be crying out to have something done to it. So last fall when I was looking for something on the 'net, I was happy to find some chiffon flowers in the perfect color to go with it.




















I measured out from the collar & front binding all the way around and down, then pinned the edge of the trim (the roses are on a net base) along the line. I was going to machine sew them down, but knew that I'd end up catching the roses themselves under the foot. So I hand sewed it; it only took me an hour to do both edges of the flower strips.




















Okay, it's hanging crooked on the dress form. I really did manage to get the flowers on straight down the fronts! Now I have a cute cardi for if I ever get a lady-like job!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Sewing Machine Classroom, by Charlene Phillips. Krause Publications, 2011




 A very good, basic, introduction to using a sewing machine; written clearly enough that a teenager would have no trouble with it but thorough enough- and with enough handy tips- for the sewist who is beginner to intermediate. Introduces basic stitches and feet that are usually provided on a modern machine, as well has having sections on fabrics, threads, installing zippers & buttonholes, types of seams & hemming, and simple decorative techniques like tucks and smocking. The spiral binding allows the book to lay open for easy reference while trying out the techniques.




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Thursday, June 20, 2013

New article up at the Examiner: Horticulture magazine and Monrovia nursery have teamed for a garden giveaway contest! http://www.examiner.com/article/garden-giveaway-contest

Saturday, June 15, 2013

New article at the Examiner: Win an autographed copy of 'Succulents Simplified' and a $100 gift certificate! http://www.examiner.com/article/timber-press-contest

Sunday, May 19, 2013

This spring, something I've been waiting for for years has happened: the laburnum, AKA golden chain, tree is blooming. This is a big deal to me because I grew this plant from a seed. Then, when I put one in the ground, the gophers ate it. I put another one in the spot. The deer ate it. It survived, but now instead of a regular tree shape with a single trunk it's a giant multistemmed thing. But that's all okay, because it's now taller (barely) than the house and it's doing this:

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Finally, a new article at the Examiner! This one is about the Pasque flower http://www.examiner.com/article/perennial-pasque-flower

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New article posted at the Examiner, on annual California poppies: http://www.examiner.com/article/annual-california-poppy