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.