Monday, August 30, 2010

Why I want a Husqvarna Viking Serger

OK.  Sew Mama Sew is holding a contest for one lucky person to win a new Husqvarna Viking s21 serger.  This is why I want one:

I love to sew.  LOVE to sew.  I love making clothes for myself and my kids.  Halloween costumes, decor items, napkins, you name it.  I love how I can have a creative outlet through sewing and get something pleasing and functional as an end result of a project.  However, with two kids I need to be able to do any sewing quickly and accurately.  I have a Singer sewing machine that I love for regular sewing.  It has never done me wrong.  The Singer serger that I received from a friend is another story.  My friend upgraded and gave me her Singer serger and I have had nothing but problems.  I had it serviced and brought back to factory specs.  It worked for exactly one project.  I loved using the serger!  It was so fast and the seams were so nicely finished.  So I moved on to my next project, changed the thread and tensions according to the manual.  Then it unthreaded itself.  I rethreaded it.  It didn't loop.  It unthreaded again.  Cue swearing.  This went on for weeks.  I never got it working again.  I finally made peace with the fact that I couldn't get it working, decided to go back to pinking shears and/or french seams, and I was much happier.

I also lost my sewing room this summer as that room is now my son's room.  My sewing area is now in the hallway.  I know I can survive with just my regular sewing machine, but I would love to have a reliable serger that I can move around and not have to worry that it will quit working if I look at it wrong.  I might also be able to start selling things on Etsy if I had a serger and could make things quickly.

I know this entry isn't as fancy as some.  I don't have pictures or video to tell my tale, just my words.  I hope they convey my story and my wish for a new serger.  Thanks for reading!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Catching up

OK - so I didn't really realize that it had been over a year since I'd been here.  Life happens, right?  The kids have been keeping me busy.  My son is in second grade now, and school has had a definite impact on our daily life.  They didn't tell me that homework for him also meant homework for me.  :)  Just keeping up with getting him to school, housework, taking care of my 2 year old, picking him up from school, homework, supper, baths, bedtime, whew, my day just flies by. 
I haven't been doing much in the way of projects.  Although I have painted the living room and my son's room.  My next project is curtains for his room.  Hopefully I can get to that today or tomorrow, and get him moved into his "new" room this weekend.  Then I get to paint my daughter's room, new curtains, etc.
I have also been struggling with an aging computer and all the associated problems.  I'm working on a laptop at the moment, and that is working better.  Once I get the technical issues ironed out, I'll post some pictures.
I have a pile of sewing projects to get to, crafts, garden, household, etc.  I'm working through a list, and I'll post more on that later.  Hope all is well with all of you out there, wherever you are.  :)

Friday, March 6, 2009

I'm not dead!

Just a quick post, with hopefully more soon. I'm not dead, just haven't been able to post. What have I been doing instead? I had a baby girl in May 2008! She has really been keeping me busy, not to mention my 6 year old son (where does the time go???) and husband. I'm hoping to post more projects soon, so keep checking back.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Freeze yer buns!

I signed up for Crunchy Chicken's Freeze Yer Buns Challenge. The challenge runs from November 1, 2007 through April 1, 2008. I pledged to not use my heat during this time frame. I had it set at 68 last year, and it only ran a handful of times, so I'm going to try to do without it this year. I had already thought about doing this as part of the Riot, so this will give me extra incentive. I may have to use my A/C a few more times, as it is still supposed to be over 90 this weekend, but hopefully that will be the end of it. I'm definitely looking forward to lower electric bills now that cooler weather has finally arrived. Anybody else want to join the challenge?

I'm still crunching numbers for my Riot update, and hopefully I'll have that up in a few days. Everybody get out and enjoy the weather!

Monday, October 22, 2007

I'm still here!

Just a quick post to let y'all know that I'm still here. Life has really happened in the last month. But we are all well, and still wrapped up in projects. I'll have more to post in the next few days. I'm off to water the garden and see how it is faring - we've had really high winds the last 2 days, so I hope everything is still standing. More to come soon!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me....

Two weeks ago a friend and I took our families up to Date Creek Ranch north of Wickenburg to pick apples. This is the same ranch where we picked peaches in July. It was a lovely day for a trip and we had a great time. In under two hours we had collectively picked 68 pounds of apples (I think they were Golden Delicious). And they were yummy! Whew! Even the little ones got into the act, and my son climbed his first tree. :) We took our haul up to the stand and paid, grabbed hot dogs all around, and the kids fed apples to the horses. We had decided to each take half of the apples, and we would get together later in the week and have a canning party and split whatever we made. So the next weekend we canned apples. And canned apples. And canned apples. Boy, they sure do cook down to almost nothing! We ended up with 5 quarts of apple sauce, 10 pints of apple butter, and enough apples left over for a couple of pies or crisps. And now we are both experts in the use of the food mill. :)

I am in the midst of several projects at the moment, and I hope to have some done this week, and I'm also working on a Riot update. So hopefully (fingers firmly crossed) I'll have some more posts later in the week. Onward, to the sewing machine!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Bunnies don't like sharks

Daaaaaahhhhh!!!!! My husband recently purchased "Rayman Raving Rabbids" for the Wii, and we have really enjoyed playing it. So much, in fact, that I made him a Rabbid for his birthday. His is the one obviously screaming "Daaaaaaahhhh!!!!". My son likes to watch us play, and will come to us holding a Wii remote, bowing, and saying, "We would like to play bunnies.". Knowing that he would run off with my husband's rabbid, I made him his very own, more benevolent-looking rabbid. I got the inspiration on, just search for "rabbid" and you will find several entries. I made these with felt. The eyes and the smile are embroidered. The thing I learned doing this project: stuffed animals aren't that hard to make. I've made sock monkeys before, but never anything like this. I see many more in my future as Christmas, birthday, and baby shower gifts. Now I need to find patterns......

Saturday, August 25, 2007

THAT'S what I was talking about!

Thanks to The Green Mommy for this link: Birthdays Without Pressure. This is EXACTLY what I was talking about in my previous post about making birthdays special. The examples they give about the excesses seen in children's birthday parties is eye-opening. What are we preparing these kids for? Gimme, gimme, gimme. I hope we can all grow backbones as parents and stop trying to keep up with the Joneses when it comes to birthday parties. I personally love coming up with clever themes, decorations, and games for our at-home birthday parties, and I know that most of the kids in attendance have never seen such a thing. I hope that it makes for a special event for everyone involved. And I personally refuse to spend over $200 for a pizza parlor or play-place party where we will get kicked out in less than 2 hours. Parents of the world unite! We can make birthdays special and meaningful occasions again!

OK. Stepping off my soapbox now....

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A little piece of sunshine...

That's what my new dress reminds me of. I *finally* finished the yellow gabacha yesterday and wore it to a baby shower. It was nice and comfortable, and I got lots of compliments on it. Have a gander:
Now that I know my son will be gone a good 4 hours a day 4 days a week (hooray mommy-time!), I can get some major projects done. I'm planning on doing the next gabacha this week in the blue floral that is pictured in an earlier post. I didn't get the baby blanket done - I wanted to do a Speed Hook Baby Blanket, but had trouble locating a size S (yes S) hook. I did find one yesterday, on the way to the baby shower, so we ended up picking a few things off the Target registry. Not ideal, but hey, all babies need clothes. :) The next baby blanket I make will be the 4 Hour Baby Blanket pattern by Lion Brand. I'm interested to see if the name fits with the reality of how I crochet. We'll see....

A few weeks ago I cooked in the solar oven again. I made Filipino Menudo, based on a friend's recipe, and it was excellent! I do the recipe by sight, so I can't really give any solid measurements, but your ingredients are: pork loin cut into cubes, a yellow onion, chopped, about 5 or 6 cloves of garlic, minced in a garlic press (more if you really like garlic), potatoes peeled and cubed, raisins (don't look at me like I have lobsters coming out of my ears, it's really good!), soy sauce and water. Saute the onions and garlic until the onions start to get a little soft, but don't brown the garlic! Add the pork and brown. Then add a few handfuls of raisins, the potatoes, about 1/2 cup of good soy sauce from the Philippines (I use Silver Swan), and enough water to cover everything. Then, slow cook it either on the burner or in my case the solar oven. The longer you cook it, the better it is. I think I left it in the solar oven about 3 hours. We eat it served over rice. I was really impressed by how much I could actually make in a 3 quart pan. We had 3 meals out of the one batch. I think I'll be doing this again soon. YUM!

I haven't been back out in the garden yet, I still need to locate row cover. I may have to order it. At least I can still plant for fall. We have had some good rain, and our front yard plants, which are desert plants, always say "Oh boy! Water!" and put out impressive new growth. I love the purple sage (is it Texas sage?, I'm not sure of the exact variety) that we have out front, and here's a picture of one happy bush. I hope the rain comes back soon - it's been hot and muggy with no rain payoff the last week or so. :( At least not in our neighborhood.

So, I leave you with hopes of rain and cooler temperatures, as long as the rain holds off until I'm finished line-drying the wash tomorrow.....