Thursday, October 22, 2015


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When I was a kid we had grand fun at Halloween. We went from door to door to get candy from our neighbors. My mother made costumes for all four of us.
 One year she spray painted a card board box with silver spray paint. She had saved tin cans and hooked them together. She made a funnel with a strap so it would sit on my head. You guessed it I was the tin man in the Wizard of OZ. So I have continued the tradition of making costumes for my kids and now my grand kids.

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The years I have been in the area where my Family and my daughter's family live we have a Halloween Scrap Book Party. We all dress up for fun and enjoy our child hood again. We also scrapbook and eat treats.
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 This year we decided to go as candy. I made my grand daughter a Kit Kat candy shirt. I used the washable
Heat n Bond.

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I started with a copy of the letters that my daughter copied off the internet. Using tracing paper I traced the letters and candies. Then using Hot Iron Transfer Pencils I traced the opposite side. You take the traced paper and place it on the material you are using. Then take a hot iron and place it over your traced paper  design.  Using Heat n Bond iron it on the back of this design. Cut out your design. There are instructions with the Heat n Bond if you have not used it before.  Peel the backing off when cool and iron them on the shirts.
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 These took me about one afternoon, so this project was an easy and fast project. So if you want an easy costume try doing it on a T-shirt. Sorry I did not take pictures of the process but if you buy the Heat n Bond and the Hot Iron Transfer Pencils you will have instructions to give you the idea.

Enjoy the Halloween Season Nina

Saturday, September 5, 2015


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Having a scrapbook get together is so much fun.  Sometimes it reminds me of the old time quilting parties.
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We get together as often as we can and show off our pictures of grandkids, camping, and anything else that we enjoy to scrapbook.

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My mother has been a crafter since I can remember. She use to make Barbie doll clothes when they mainly only sold the dolls. Over the years she has done a lot of crafting and sewing. She is 84 years old and she still enjoys crafting and especially us all coming and enjoying crafting together.

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The pictures below and above are some of my pages I finished that day.
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So if you like scrapbooking or any other craft how about family and friends together for a party.  

Monday, July 20, 2015


Mary Engelbreit did this drawing.  I just love it and it is so true for me.  Scrapbooking is one of those crafts that I enjoy doing.

This week we had a scrapbook party at my mothers.  We had a great time and I got 3 pages completed. When we moved to California I "Stuffed" my scrapbook supplies in containers.  The supplies were so disorganized that it took me 3 days just to get enough supplies together to go to the scrapbook party.
This got me motivated to not just shove everything back the way it was.
For the last two days I have been organizing.  
It was quite a disaster in my area of the second bedroom.  Even my dog had trouble getting to me :)
The floor was just as crazy cluttered as the table was.  
Now this would be my ideal scrapping area.  Most of us just have to use the areas we have.  Whether it is the kitchen table, or an area in the dinning room, bedroom, etc. We just make it function by organizing.  
The results of my two days are below.
I do hope to obtain a large cabinet at a yard sale soon, but for now I will use my bins and containers and antique table.
Tomorrow I will resume my sewing projects for my grand daughters school clothes.  
My scrapbook supplies are ready for the next scrap party or just for me to do a few pages when I am ready.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Just 4 weeks till school starts here in California and Arizona.  I have grand children in both states that will need clothes for the upcoming school year.  So I am busy cutting out and sewing this week.

Today I sewed this outfit.  I did not get it totally finished.  I will need to hem the top tomorrow.
My sister loaned me several patterns last week to copy.  Of course I was happy to save some money and copy the patterns.  Thanks SIS!  I spent the rest of last week and first part of this week copying patterns.  It took some time but my frugal mind was enjoying the idea I did not have to buy a lot of patterns this year.

The out fit I will start with uses the above 3 patterns.  If you do not have someone to give you patterns check out Ebay and Etsy.  I have gotten some really good deals on patterns there. I love the older patterns as they give step by step instructions that are easy to follow. 

The first pattern was Butterick #6105  .  I used the "skirt" part of this pattern.

My sister also gave me some pieces of fabric she was finished using.  Do you see me Smile :)  As you can see the fabric already had pieces cut out of it.  
With years of people giving me fabric (when they find out I sew) have taught me to maneuver around  pieces of fabric and use what has not been used.  I also like to save as much of the material as I can.   My mind was thinking maybe a purse to match the outfit with the extra.  Maybe with some used denim pants with what was leftover.  So many ideas going through my mind as I cut out clothing.

It was a fairly easy pattern to sew. I was happy with the results.  A beginner should be able to do this one.

In the next pattern I used only the "knit top." It was Simplicity #2242.  For a beginner it might be a little more difficult.  The directions would be easy to follow though and I believe a beginner could accomplish it.
I was pleased with the outcome of this knit top pattern too.

 The skirts are getting shorter so I will make some leggings for my grand daughter to wear under the skirt so she can hang from the monkey bars.  I will use Butterick Pattern # 3389. I will only use the "leggings of this pattern."  I cut them out today but did not have time to sew them today.  Maybe I can add the pictures of them tomorrow.  That is if I get to sew tomorrow.  

Not bad for an afternoon.  I think my grand daughter will like this.


Monday, May 4, 2015


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These were my favorite capris.  If you look you can see the waist line of one of them was much larger.  I guess I wore this pare more often than the other one. The problem is that they are too loose now, as the elastic has stretched out.

So instead of throwing them away or turning them into rags, I decided to tighten the elastic.  That should give me a couple more years of use.  More pinny-penching but also more money in savings account for that dream RV we want to get.

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I went to the back where my homemade tag was.  Riped out a section that will allow you to pull the elastic out of the seam.  To see tutorial on tags CLICK HERE
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I pulled the elastic out to where I had secured the elastic together.
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I cut off about 4 inches.
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Cut some scrap material to hook the two pieces of elastic back together. To see the tutorial on how to secure the elastic CLICK HERE
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Reclose the elastic casing by sewing the opening closed.
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My capris are now finished and ready to wear now.  

Saturday, May 2, 2015


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Jumpers were in style for a long time and I had my share of them. 

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I have had 2 jumpers, a blue one and a red one, in my closet that I had not worn for at least a year. The fabric was still in great shape and some of my favorite colors. I wanted a change so I decided to make them into skirts. 

Are you ready-lets get started.

The first step is to carefully cut the bodice off the skirt of the jumper. Unfortunately there is not a before picture of this procedure.  Just try and cut where the seam is at or close to it as you can.
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Line the jumper up by the seams and trim the waistline evenly.
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Bias tape is a good choice for the elastic casing. The size of the bias tape will depend on the size of the elastic you will use for the waist line.
In my scrap box of bias tape I had 2 pieces.  I will use about 1/2 inch elastic. 
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 Iron the bias tape open.
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Starting at the front edge of the waistline pin your bias tape to the top and fold back one edge as seen in picture.  Make sure you fold back an edge at the end also.
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Sew the bias tape to the top of the skirt waist line.
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Iron the bias tape up as seen in above picture.
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When finished it should look like this.
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Turn down and iron the sewn bias tape to the wrong side of the skirt. Make sure when you are turning it down you turn down a little of the skirt material. If you look closely on the next picture you can see what I mean.  At this time ziz-zag the unfinished edge of the bias tape to keep it from raveling.
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Sew a small seam at the top of the waistline. This little seam helps to keep the elastic from twisting in the casing.
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Now sew the casing as shown in the picture above that the elastic will be inserted into.
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Hook a safety pin or any sewing tool you use to insert elastic.
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Insert the elastic.
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Work your elastic through the casing.
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When finished inserting elastic it will look like this.
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Hook the elastic on both ends. I used safety pins. You can sew each end at this time, securing the elastic.
Apply some kind of hook (trouser hook, hook 'n' eye, button, etc) to the end pieces to secure them when wearing your new skirt.  
I will permently sew a button where the button hole is, so it looks like it was buttoned.
I am in the process of loosing weight so I am waiting to do this step.
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I now have 2 new skirts to wear. So if you run accross any jumpers at thrift stores or in your closet you can try this and make skirts.