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Goodbye 2012, Hello New Year!

When I posted last in May(?), I had no intention of not posting again for 7 months.  This is, after all, my own journal of stitchiness.  I’ve sewn a bit, but mostly I’ve been busy with my life.  I lived it, but didn’t chronicle it.  I hope to do better in the new year.  

That’s pretty much it for my new year’s resolutions.  Well, that and returning my library books on time.  The latter is a constant goal for me.

Here’s to a happy, bloggy new year!



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Should we or shouldn’t we?

Pros and cons of adopting another dog.



  • Doggy friend for Coal (#1 Pro)
  • Desire to rescue sweet lab after her family gave her away because she was “too much work”
  • New running buddy with a lot of energy
  • Likes to play fetch (Coal, not so much)
  • More dogs = more to love
  • More dog hair to sweep/vacuum (more cleanup in general)
  • More cost
  • Sometimes a struggle to get up early enough to walk one dog, now two?
  • Unknown/unpredictable animal in the house.  The one we have is pretty darn good.
  • Small house for one dog and 2 big boys – how much more room will second dog occupy?
  • Will pet sitter take second dog?  Most likely yes

What would you do?


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Weekend sewing

I got together with my Quilt Guild ladies for a day of sewing.  While I brought several projects to work on, the only project I felt I had to complete were pajama bottoms for my boys.  I have made several for them in the last few years and the boys quickly outgrew them.  Being the mother of boys, this is pretty much the only garment I can sew for them.  Well, pjs and pillow cases.  That pretty much sums it up.

My oldest has been asking for some time for a new pair of  pj bottoms.  The last pair I made for him is about 3 inches too short and he pushes them down to the middle of his bum every time he wears them.  They have to go.  This time he requested red flannel and I was happy to oblige.  Unfortunately, my local JoAnn’s only carries plaid flannel shirting though the cutting lady assured me that she made pj bottoms for her teenage boys and flannel shirting worked fine.  The only warning she gave me is that the fabric could shrink up to 4 inches so I should pre-wash once, if not twice.  I also purchased about 1/4 yard more than the pattern called for.  Since Primo has grown so tall (3 1/2″ since January last), I knew he wouldn’t fit in the child part of the pattern so I moved up to a men’s small.  His hips are 34 1/2″ and the men’s small hip measurement is 35-37″ so I thought that would be best.  Better to be too roomy than too tight for sleep pants, IMHO.

I have purchased a lot of fabric from JoAnn’s over the years, especially flannel for pillow cases and Kona solids for quilting.  I am not usually disappointed because I don’t purchase the flimsy stuff.  I definitely had my doubts about the flannel shirting because it was so thin and it turned out I was right to be skeptical.  Although it didn’t shrink as much as the cutting lady said it would, the flannel shirting was so cheap and crappy to sew on, it was all I could do to not throw it away and purchase a pre-made pair of sleep pants from Target on the way home.  I also sewed the pants wrong in one step and I had to rip the seams, nearly ripping the fabric in some places.  Further, the fabric apparently didn’t lay flat when I was cutting the pattern so the pieces didn’t match up when I went to sew them together.  I had to re-cut both the hem and the waist before I finished them just to get them to match up.  I thought for sure Primo was going to see them and say, “Uh, thanks Mom, but no thanks”.  Before I presented them to him I told him I had no ego tied up in them, then explained what that meant.  I truly didn’t care if he didn’t want them; in fact, they would have fit me.

Segundo’s pjs, on the other hand, sewed together beautifully.  I had also purchased his flannel from JoAnn’s but his was licensed NFL flannel (Green Bay Packers, of course) and much heavier and of nicer quality.  I could have made 3 of those in the time it took me to sew one from the cheap flannel.  I even easily inserted the elastic waist band after my mom gave me a sweet tip about sewing the first end down, then the second, instead of trying to sew the elastic pieces together in the small space allowed.  I think his sleep pants took me less than an hour to complete.  Nice.

Despite the troubles with the cheap flannel, my eldest is really happy with his sleep pants.  Though they’re really (really) roomy, he said they’re very comfortable and I’m hoping they’ll shrink a bit with more washing.  Note the pooling of fabric on the floor:

Despite how it looks, I did NOT try to match the plaids.  This is just a happy coincidence.  I am not that skilled at garment sewing.

By the way, the pattern I used is Simplicity 9499, which includes separate pattern pieces for child and adult, as well as tops and a drawstring bag.  This is an “easy to sew” pattern.


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Friday Night Sew-In, December Edition

For the latest edition of FNSI:  All I wanted to complete was one pair of pjs for my youngest for Christmas.  I almost succeeded.  I had an issue with the elastic and need to purchase some that’s thinner; otherwise, they went together really nicely.  Yes, that’s New England Patriots fabric, not Green Bay Packers as one from Wisconsin should wear.  But that’s what he asked for and I aim to please.  Tomorrow I’ll knock out a pillow case from the yards of extra Patriots fabric I bought.

The hem looks a bit crooked in this picture but I did check it and all is fine 🙂

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Mr. Sampson’s bierd

Snagged from my younger son’s shorts pocket after scouts:

Thank goodness the absence of slavery got top billing, but just how long is Mr. Sampson’s “bierd”?

Fills my bosom with pride, it does.

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A week at Scout camp is like a week without my heart

Primo left at the crack of dawn this morning for Boy Scout camp.  It’s the first time he’s been on his own and responsible for his own “stuff”.  Ever.  He did go for one week to San Diego when he was 9, but there he had his aunt and uncle to watch over him.

This time it’s just him.

And of course 60 other scouts and leaders.

He is going to have a fabulous week, full of fire and knives and dirt.

Miss him already.

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Staycation all I ever wanted…

I have no desire to go on an actual trip.  Not right now anyway.  What I want is a week off of work.  I might have mentioned before that I absolutely love my job (love, love, love it!).  However, I haven’t had any time off in a good while.  Well, I haven’t had any time off to just stay at home and hang out with the boys, that is.  I actually took a few days last November and we all went to San Diego, but I digress.

This week that’s exactly what I am doing.  I have taken the week off to stay at home and tackle a “to do” list about as long as my arm.  Maybe longer.  My list includes a lot of hanging out with kids, a lot of sewing, and a lot of purging of stuff.  My list also includes a bunch of fun things around town, like this:

Do you see where this is going?  A whole bakery dedicated to CUPCAKES!  Oh yeah.

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