Sunday, December 25, 2011

Blessed Joyful Christmas to all

In the stillness of that night, long, long ago....a mother gently swaddles her newborn baby...counting fingers and toes, remarking at the long eyelashes....the dimple here or there..
all moms do it and marvel at the wonder of it all. This is such an ordinarily extraordinary event but so much more that night.
 Mary held God incarnate, Emanuel.
 The savior is born...But on that night, he is just a baby, yet So much more. 
Don't you just wonder at this?
 Merry Christmas friends!


Enjoy a tribute to Mary and her newborn son:


Disclaimer: Thank you to Terry Campbell for these wonderful sentiments.
You put a voice to my heart and soul this Christmas morning.
Mothers and women the world over understand Mary's importance in this world changing event.  
Thank you Google for the images and U-tube for the video.
Mahvelous technical treats! 




Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Traditions

This blog might have started as a 'Sewing Shoppe' blog for updates, events, happenings, designs and such.  But with the actual shop closed and life taking many u-turns along the way, I am expanding my vision to include many other life things.  SO--Sew--on we go to a tale of one of my Holiday Traditions----Sausage making.

It all starts with the baby bathtub, my baby bathtub from 59 years ago! Pink enamel heavy tub. My parents only had the best in 1953.  Young families today have it soooo much easier with their babies bath time.  I did use this for my oldest daughter 30 years ago...pink enamel is very slippery with a baby in water, the phrase ' don't throw the baby out with the bathwater' comes to mind.

Why a bathtub? because it works when you have many pounds of ground meat ==we have done 20 --this year I am doing 10 pounds of ground fresh pork [a full fresh ham-or shoulder as many call it]. I had the butcher grind it for me and give me the bones and skin back which is what is used to make the soup for mixing the sausage.  Not a very impressive soup...but tasty in the sausage.  When cooking the bones and such, I do add an onion and a pinch of salt.  Just a pinch.

Back to the bathtub...in goes the ground pork, to that then is added some flour, salt, pepper, ground up onions, and probably the hardest thing these days to find...extra fat. Yes, fat.  Lucky for me, my store understands Fat...but they have to take a day to get it together since most meats today are pre trimmed to very lean, which is good in one way, but we have lost the flavors of old with such lean meat.  So now what does the tub look like---see for yourself--- a bit blurry I am sorry...onions can make you cry.

Now the part that many people don't like to know, this all must be mixed together well...and the only piece of equipment that works the best is the Hand.  And this year, only my right hand could mix this since my left shoulder/hand is not being very helpful. A story for another time. So I mix this all together making sure to blend all the components together well.  Then a cupful at a time of soup until it is the right consistency. Something learned from my mom Maren, who learned from her mom Olga, and so on back in time. Here I have to say, I do not know how my grandmom Olga, did this for so many years for feeding the school kids - 200 of them, 5 days a week.  She made sausage at least every other week that I know of.  No...she had big big meat vats in her cellar...and a big grinder...thankful for 'modern' technology. She fed the kids hot lunches until she retired at I believe, 70 plus. I hope I can do similar into my 70s.

Okay, so it gets mixed together...rests for a bit while you prep the containers for the mixture.  Casings...hog casings...not the most appealing vision, but such a biology lesson or anatomy lesson for all. Taking the stringy, rubbery ribbons and rinsing them, opening them with water is actually fun in a way.  Makes you appreciate how those tummy pains and 'wind' can happen. ;-)  As a medically oriented person, I find anatomy fascinating.  We tend to forget how parts of the body can be so small yet so mighty!

Okay...so take a spoonful of meat mix, cook it up in a frypan -like a burger- and taste test.  Official tester is my hubby...this year we are really good to go.  Of course he groans now, because now he has to get involved in the filling of the casings...a manual task requiring four hands...two to work the grinder/stuffer, one to support and judge size and weight of the links.  But once a year, we do this so we have for our Christmas Feast and the rest is frozen for meals in the New Year.  My mom, sister and I have done this for over 30 years, it's been 10 years since mom helped for the last time.  Every year since, I have gone on the hunt for the perfect meat, casings, fat and onions.  Once purchased, it has to get done right away...and that always means going into the night hours after dinner.
                               So we set up the manual grinder and stuff away our tub full of mix.
In the interest of 'sewing' under that lovely plastic table cover is my cutting table...turns out to be the perfect thing to use.
So we filled the casings and have our Christmas sausage...two pieces weighing over 4 pounds total. Plus another 15 pounds of sausage pieces for meals in the New Year.
Freezer bags filled, weighed and labelled in the end we have 17 pounds of Danish style, simple plain pork sausage. No spare fillers, no extra spices, just a simple meat that when prepared and served with mashed potatoes, apple-sauce, pan gravy if you like, and vegetables is just delicious. 'Bangers and Mash' my dear friend Beverley calls it. One of her favourite meals that she requested every time she visited our home. I think of her every time and I remember my family traditions that make the holidays so special.

Merry Christmas everyone...hope you have your traditions to enjoy this Blessed season.  

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A full fourth week we have this year. Seven more days to hope, to wait, to rejoice, to love.  Anticipation is building for the arrival of Our King and Saviour.  And today, we see the faith and trust, true acceptance of God's will, in the Blessed Virgin Mary.  'Let it be done unto me'.  Can we say that?  I can't..yet I have a son who has placed his life in trust with the Marines.  He also trusts that this is God's will.  Like Mary, I kissed his little toes and hands, the top of his head...I nursed him...and now I am very proud of him for serving his country.

Mothers around the world, love their babies and young children. We all do have a small piece of Mary's trust when we let our sons and daughters leave home for their own lives.  It could not have been at all easy for Mary knowing who her son was.  It isn't easy for me [or you] to believe they will be safe in today's world.

There is a novena prayer for Advent.  It is St. Andrew's novena, which tradition says you say this prayer 15 times a day  until Christmas. It started three weeks ago..I have not been able to pray this 15 times a day [once a waking hour?] But I like the prayer's message...and I say it for my son Bryan...to keep him safe.

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which
the Son of God was born of the most pure
Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing
cold.  In that hour vouchsafe, O my God - To hear 
my prayer and grant my desires, through the 
merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of 
His Blessed Mother. AMEN

May we all have a wonderful week preparing for great joy and love!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Gaudete Sunday = REJOICE or JOY


Happy PINK Sunday of Advent.  I wish I had our pastor's homily to put here. A very thought provoking and educational talk on the reasons for, the need for and the JOY of Pink Sunday or Gaudete Sunday in churches around the world.

The short version...historically at one time, Advent was another Lent..lasting 40 days before Christmas with the whole fasting and no meat eating, doing penance etc.  Sometime [back ] it was decided to put some 'JOY' in the middle of Advent and stop all the gloomy, penance, sad faces.  SO...tickle somebody pink, make someone laugh, share joy with someone this week.  The Christ child is coming...be happy. not sad.

Of course, there was more to the lesson, but why pink?  For JOY...Rejoicing!! and celebrating He who comes.  Only two weeks left! Hope all are rejoicing!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

New Beginnings


Advent begins a new Church Year today. 
 Now we look forward to new life, new hope and 
New Beginnings. 
Quietly, prayerful anticipation of a New Life.  
For Christians everywhere, this is our New Year's Day. 

With this new beginning time, comes the greatest anticipation....Christmas. 
 The celebration of the birth of Our Saviour.
  
Most of us only really anticipate the giving and the getting,
 the preparation and the celebration of family meals. 
 The traveling, the cleaning, the decorating. 
 All to celebrate a baby born 2000 years ago. 

May we all remember the reason for the season, 
 may our waiting and preparation all be in the spirit of a new beginning.  
My hope is to find my new beginning this year.

Advent--quietly waiting in hope. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

THANKSGIVING GIGGLES

Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving.!!

Rather than pontificate about gratitude, or thanking everyone, 
Thought I would give all a good giggle! 
Courtesy of my Hubby Hank and his email buddy??
Hope this makes you Smile!
[Apologies for the silly paragraphs...copy and paste is not working!!]

YES this is originally a male view...but I am still laughing!!

Adult Truths...

You MIGHT need a good laugh today!!!! These are GREAT !!
1. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times
 and still not know what time it is. 

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument


 when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap


 when I was younger. 
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

 (on the computer)
5. How the heck are you supposed

 to fold a fitted sheet? 
6. Was learning cursive really necessary? 
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5.

 I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood. 
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting 

if they told you how the person died.
9. I can't remember the last time

 I wasn't at least kind-of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories. 
11. You never know when it will strike, 

but there comes a moment at work 
when you know that you just aren't going
 to do anything productive for the rest of the day. 
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? 
I don't want to have to restart my collection...again. 
13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word 

and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page 
technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to. 
14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone

 just so I know not to answer when they call.
15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers.

 I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night 
more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.
17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.
18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line 

between boredom and hunger. 
19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" 

before you just nod and smile 
because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?
20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars

 team up
 to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front.
 Stay strong, brothers and sisters! 
21. Shirts get dirty. 

Underwear gets dirty. Pants? 

Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever. 
22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating

 their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, 
and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey -
 but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button
 from 3 feet away,
 in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
23. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 
and the first helmet was used in 1974.
 That means it only took 100 years for men to realize
 that their brain is also important… 

 Ladies.....Quit Laughing!!! 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September First OH MY

Happy September 1st!!  Already ?? hard to believe.  I swear it's only been a few days since the shoppe closed, we moved our home, and more.  This will be a very short post as putting a 'new' schedule of postings, emails, and more is under way.  The short note here is that now the shoppe is closely accessible to me, after two intense days of moving and semi organizing!! [Lost a few pounds along the way...YAHOO]

So for those of you who are needing things for your sewing habit, please contact me! I can now honestly say I will be able to dig things out! AND I am aiming to update, improve and more the web site and web store.



For now...newest things in place: Latest Australian Smocking Issue 95 which has quite a few projects I am itching to do. Red Gingham is ordered for cover dress!!

The newest Australian Smocking #96 is on it's way...featuring a SAGA friend's creation on the cover!! Congratulations Martha Broyles of Southern Matriarch blog.  Note that the shoppe has pink Tiny stripe Swiss Pique in stock...can't wait to make the sample!! It will be just too lovely.

Speaking of SAGA....Convention is coming soon! In Anaheim California. I will be there...plenty of room...lots of classes...please check the SAGA website for information and see some great photos of what it's all about!

Sew much for a short blog...Hope you all have had a wonderful summer and are now headed back to school, work etc. I promise to post more often now that I feel like my life is settling in!  Keep stitching all!


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Times they are a changing

I have been away from my blog for a long time now.  And have seriously considered giving it up as not having time nor 'sewing' reason to keep it going.  But this just came across from a friend and I have to share it. 

AS amazing as our lives are these days with all the fabulous and wonderful technological growth etc....here are some thoughts and prophecies that I also do believe. I did not...NOT create this list...I am 'copying' and pasting...what I know is absolute plagiarism, but not having the authors name, I can not give credit to whomever. But I do salute them!! who ever they may be.  It's long, no photos...not a fancy thing to share...but I hope any one reading this will ponder the changes that will be coming. 

On one lighter note...whomever wrote this does not sew obviously...and THAT is one thing that I do not foresee going away...NEEDLES and THREADS...;-)  Be still my heart...some things in life can not be done on the Internet...;-p

One more comment about this litany...I suddenly sense my own dear Dad in my heart...these are things he would be saying...even though he welcomed technology and saw it all as good, back in 1972.
***********
    Something to think about. Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come:

1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. e-mail, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post  office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Check. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.

3. The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model  for paid subscription services.

4. The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from I -unes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online
and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience!  Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book,  you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.

5. The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are  paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge
against your minutes

6. Music. This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just  because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being  given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio  conglomerates simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music  purchased today is "catalog items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic
further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper,
and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."

7. Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are  watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing  games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower  than the
lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and  commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good  riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

8. "Things" That You Own. Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not  actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple,  Microsoft,and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud  services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will  be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open
something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will  be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud  provider.In this virtual world, you can access your music or  your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things
in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9. Privacy. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And "They" will try to get you  to buy something else. Again and again.

 All we will have that can't be changed are Memories

Some copy and paste things just don't work well and I hope you can see past them!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day Flowers

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My mom Maren with my first born Michelle
Happy Mother's Day to all!  And prayers of remembrance for my mom in heaven that she is always having a Happy Mother's Day.  The picture is from a few years back when the GirlsScouts celebrated International Day. Our troop in Jackson, NJ chose Denmark and we had a blast.  Michelle is dressed in a basic authentic costume [I still have it] that Mom made.  Mom, was from Denmark! and I love my Danish heritage as much as I love being an American. 

Today I so wish my mom was still here.  Even if she only had the chance to see her great grandson[s] growing up. But this little guy would charm her as he charms me every time I see him!  Soon to be 10 months old...what a wonderful confirmation that motherhood is truely a career path with golden rewards!

How can you not just love those eyes n cheeks?

Happy Mother's Day 2011!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day !

Roses for Mom...from my baby girl.

Don't pay attention to the messy table top...I was in such a hurry to take the photo I didn't 'stage' it. 

My baby girl is soon to be 22.  Where did the years go.  Her older sister, my first born, is now 30 with a 10 year old son of her own.   Oldest son is soon to be 28 with a 10 month old son of his own. Young son is 23 and planning on marriage soon. 

These are the reason I am a mom.  And I love each one as much as the other.  I thank them all for making my life full and fufilled.  I do want time to slow down and even go backwards to when they were babies and snuggled for no reason.  

My largest prayer of thanksgiving goes to my own mom...not here and so very missed. I enjoy Mother's day with my own brood, but I long to enjoy my mom one more time.

This Mother's Day...I celebrate with my fellow mom's and mom's to be. 
Happy Mother's day all...to our young compadres...slow down and enjoy the little ones...so soon they grow up. 

To my fellow/older friends...Isn't it grand with them out of the house?? ;-)  

 And to my baby girl Sarah Beth...Thank you dear baby...you do make my heart sing!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Australian Magazine is here

My supply of ASE 94 has arrived!!
When I say there are three or four outfits that I am absolutely itching to make up, tells you this issue is great.

A few other things in stock or arriving soon:
LARGE spools of DMC 50 white!
Metler Silk finish 50 white
Schmetz Microsharp 60 needles [sewing machine]
That purple thang...can't sew without this!
and
ONE 10 inch sit upon [German made] hoop.
This hoop is meant for quilting pieces...10 inches, but
there are smaller hoops available...just have to get them in!!

Life happens....pages turn....it is the Easter season...time for renewal.
The shoppe is packed away for the time...my home is being packed to move.
Family situations make for some difficult times,
but we hope and pray that this too will pass soon.

I wish you all a wonderful Spring Holiday!
My most recent stitching accomplishment:
A baby shower gift for a friend of my daughter.
Baby comes soon, this is a summer top and pants!
Smocked with love...cool cotton...silk roses.
They are centered...not my best camera efforts

HAPPY STITCHING ALWAYS!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Holy Days

Holy Thursday evening mass celebrates Jesus giving us His precious body and blood to remember him by.  A two hour celebration with washing of feet and beautiful music and more.  The joy of this remembrance precedes the sorrow of Good Friday. 

Holy Saturday, quiet time of reflection and waiting.  Waiting for  Sunrise...and the empty tomb.  When we will celebrate again with fanfare and trumpets.



1970---a great musical version

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Gifts Received

Posted by PicasaTote Bag from a Friend
Filled with some lovely goodies...Choclate [yummy]
Reusable/GREAT cold drinking cup w/straw and lid
Light reading ..
And this precious handmade card about Ladybugs:

Blurry no?  Well that is how I read it each time with tears of both happy/sad.
It says:

Spot New opportunities
Spend time in your Garden
Be well rounded
Enjoy the wonders of nature
Don't let the small things bug you
Keep family close by
Be simply beautiful

This goes back to the last day in the shoppe...wonderful friends and fun times remembered.

24 hours later this is what the shoppe looked like:

Heirloom, Swiss and more bagged for truck ..sigh

End of the day...EMPTY

And the truck of fabric looked like this:

There was more...bolts and tubes ...but this is the majority of fabric! Consider most of it is two deep!
My movers [translate-family] were impressed at how much there really is!

Frannie and Grace Knott Hat by my friend Dot.
The last project from Fridays at the shoppe
I miss my Fridays

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Time races on and on and on

April 14th---where oh where has time run off to? Two weeks ago I was trying to sort and find things to pack for my 'ME-cation' with stitching friends.  THREE weeks ago [ALREADY?] I was packing things at the shoppe for the move out.  ;-{ those things/boxes are waiting for me to resort and finish storing!! when??}
I digress...the point is time is just racing on and on.  Now we are headed to Easter..and I have done NOT one stitch of Easter sewing. [YET]   sssiiigghhh

For those who are waiting patiently for the internet store/shoppe to open, you will need some more patience. As I have said many many times, LIFE HAPPENS.  And for this proprietor it is happening way too much.  Just trying to grab this little bit of 'online' time is making today's work plan jumble yet again. Not a complaint, just statement of fact. So the online store is on the 'list' of work things. It will happen...hopefully by Easter.

Along with closing the Mt. Holly shop, my family is also in the process of getting ready to move to a new home. So you can only imagine what moving boxes IN has done to the plan for moving OUT. ;-}  It is very interesting to me that life happens in spurts, stutters and waves.  Right now...I call this a TSUNAMI for this family.  The rumblings are moving into the roaring waves.  Faithful readers, more to come. 

The Me-cation was wonderful, quiet, reflective, lots of fun with friends and stitching projects. We also made a dent in some shopping excursions...more projects [sigh]...that now are heading into boxes. I highly recommend some version of days away with no 'plans' other than needle n thread. I have no photos as my camera died, but there are some snaps on the cell phone...we shall see if I can get those up.  maybe.

Now it is time to move on and take hold of some box and do 'something' with it.  Where oh where have my 'genies, fairies, magicians' gone?? 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Triangle fire documentary on HBO

I don't get HBO but this is something to think about as we enjoy our freedom today to sit and sew. 
What was once the way of life for pennies changed with this day in history.
 I may have to subscribe to HBO for a day to view this!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pleating Fun on Sunday

First Communion time is approaching in May.  Time for a special dress for a special grand-daughter. [NOT mine...a customer] So she is planning on doing a beautiful dress she found in Sew Beautiful last year. It needs 26 rows pleated on silk [backed with German Interfacing]. Both items available in the shop.  AND I have a 32 row Read pleater [for the 26 rows of pleating.  Fabric and interfacing purchased.  Now it's up to me to pleat this dress front.  [cue music/Julie Andrews] OH HELP.

Creamy white Silk with German Interfacing ready for pleating
..rolling on long curtain rod.
Now, in the course of discussion, it was noted that grandma is doing a size 12 dress, for a large 8 year old.  So we decided that since the bodice is 13 inches/plus we need to pleat all 32 rows, and this is along a 2 1/4 yard length of silk. [81 inches the pattern said!].  Have any idea how much silk that is?? to roll on a long dowel.  sheeshhh.

MY NEW FRIEND!!


This is the 32 row Read Pleater
Notice the missing Handle on the left?



The handle messed up the feeding of the
fabric...scotch tape to cover the 'dirty' threads!


Everything started just fine! and look how nice and even it is going !










Remember my NEW FRIEND...this is why!! Grabbing that little bit of selvedge was not happening in those tight quarters with my fingers!! The picture is fuzzzy since holding tweezers and taking a photo...well you try it...;-) But those little tips sure worked wonders!!


Well it went on and on and on...a little bit of shifting up at the top edge.
.but seriously, not a bubble, or any split pleats, missed pleats for the majority of the area!!



Another really goofy shot, but can you see the missing threads here?? TWO slipped out of the needle...even though I had long long tails . The fabric grabs those threads and as I pulled off the needles..the threads stayed in the fabric instead of slipping along...geez...Well..lucky it is on the lower/skirt side...near the side seam...and I was able to rethread the needles and finish.
My customer will just have to play with four or five pleats there when she works that area...
I don't want to redo 'silk'...the holes would be nasty.  


Just about at the end of the fabric!! LOOK>>>it is almost perfectly even at the end. 
Fabric shifts when you pleat. and when one person is controlling over 14 inches of fabric,
 32 needles, one handle, tweezer, and threads....phewwwy...it is a challenge!
And finishing with only a 1/3 of an inch difference from top to bottom??
I think that is purdy dagum good.
[Not really the words I was muttering earlier in the pleating...this fabric should be blushing some...LOL]



THIS is what 81 inches [2 1/4 yards] of silk looks like pleated with 32 rows!!
It covers just under 18 inches and should look absolutely great when smocked!!
Yes there is a dip up/down along the top ...it is the nature of the gears and how they drive the fabric. The piece hangs straight!!

I love challenges. I also fear THIS PARTICULAR challenge each time I work it.  
But it took some patience, thought...
LOVE MY NEW FRIEND...[the tweezers]
and  now I will no longer consider 32 row pleating [solo] impossible. 

One last shot...see the roll of fabric on the curtain rod...propped up with some books so it stays level with the pleater....a big key tip for this 'solo' pleater today!!
Maybe in all my new found free time after the shop closes, I will pleat a piece for me to make a pretty communion dress for a 'someday' maybe grand daughter.  We shall see...

The dress will be a version of Janice Gilberts dress in
Issue 128 [?] of Sew Beautiful, 2010.
  It uses the Pasquale Pattern designed by Laura Jenkins Thompson. 
I hope to see photos of the finished product...I will share I promise!










Friday, March 11, 2011

Closing yet opening

The days to March 25th move on. Two weeks, 14 days from today, the doors close.  No more walking in to see this:
A small space packed full of sewing treasures and inspirations!

Another look:

A cupboard full of laces, ribbons, and more.

There is also inspiration from customers:

Two piece ensemble in Featherwale Cord.
Children's Corner Samantha Jumper with
Applique design from Jacket repeated.
Children's Corner Robins' Jacket with
Applique design from the pattern.
Featherwale Corduroy lined with Imperial Broadcloth.
Hillcreek Buttons..
This customer's story is a seperate post!!

Even with wistful thoughts and memories the UPS MAN arrives!!

Packages of fabric...lots of fabric...replenishing what has been purchased in a type of 'panic' shopping as the shop prepares to close.  Unpacked:

All the pinks and blues that are standard for a specialty Heirloom sewing shoppe.  We will have this on the internet!   That's all folks...for now.  More in the days to come. Photos, memories, inspirations!!




Thursday, March 3, 2011

Dreaming of the day


Dare I say it? This is where you will find me this summer...under an umbrella near the sea.
I am a shore girl...grew up at the shore...learned to swim in the ocean..
Had tan lines year round because we spent all the summer outside!

As I am dealing with closing the shop and trying to see ahead,
 my brain keeps saying..
.beach, ocean, salt air, warm nights.
And I wonder, will I head 'home' in a manner
of speaking? 

See me? Under the white umbrella...soon.

PLEASE HURRY SPRING...
I want to get to SUMMER!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Global Notifications

This is the postcard that will be mailed out this week.  It is also in the email newsletter that will be sent. And it is added to the website.  Everyone will be sick of it by months end I am sure, but it is what is happening now. 

It is always amazing to me how life's plan is not always what I [we] think it should be.  This closing was NOT on my calendar for now. It wasn't even in my mind for any time soon.

But, I believe God has his 'daytimer' plan, and this is how he sees my life moving forward.  It took some mental anguish and sleepless nights for me to understand that it needed to happen now. And once the decision was made...I slept. As the days move forward to March 25th, I am understanding more of how I need to let HIS Hands direct my life.

Sadly, I admit that over the last few years, three or so, I have left God out of my life. Not completely out, but certainly not invited in as much as I should.  Mea Culpa Mea Culpa Mea Culpa.  I see now, as in the Footprints poem, that I have been in His arms all along.  Nowhere do I see my footprints, but surely HIS.  Thank you God, this prodigal daughter is glad YOU have not abandoned me. 

As a Roman Catholic, I have been educated in my church's beliefs and practices.  Not all of them do I agree with, nor do I believe that the mortals who make these rules have all the knowledge.  I do however believe that they are guided, as we all are, by our Lords gentle hands, to help the many live their lives to the fullest.  As I look back over my events in my life, I see His hands, His love, His beauty happening over and over again.  I do not see vengeance or anger, though there are a few times when I now see frustration [with me?] which made the events [at that moment] so critical for me to [re] open my heart to His direction.

No I do not read my Bible daily.  I don't always pray daily, though I am sure my thoughts are often a prayer of sorts.  But I do know this, that I am again, putting my life, my avocation [the shoppe], my health, my family and more in God's hands to show me what comes next.  This is how I know I will find the right answers and the right direction to take in the days ahead. 

My gratitude to my family, friends, customers, followers, is un-ending. My dream is not dead, just taking some time to review and regroup.  I trust we will see it blossom more in due time.  When is not the question...Where is the first part. When it is time will be the right time.

My intention here is not to preach, but to voice my feelings about this situation and how I am handling it.  The only sane way that I see.  As this launches out to all..and more via Face book and this blog, I hope you all will take time to see how maybe, all of us need to invite the Divine presence into our daily lives.

KEEP STITCHING...I AM!!