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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lace Crazed

Following up on my last post, I showed you how I spend my hours substitute teaching with little hand held projects I carry along.  I love to sew and craft, but I have to get creative to find take along projects that don't require alot of stuff.  In my sewing room, there is always a top or sweater waiting for something to take them from blah to rah!  Even though I work part time at a clothing store, I am always taking inspiration from what is in the stores, and trying to translate it to my closet.

 If you look on my Pinterest, my stylin collection features clothing with heavy lace influences.  I continue to see this in ready to wear collections.  You could pay alot, by why not DIY. 
Enjoy some of my other transformations here:  not tutorial needed, most are hand basted or in the case of this first one, machine stitched after carefully measuring and pin basting.

And a break from my lace craze, a little bit-o-life...

Today is the first day of spring, though in our town, you wouldn't know it.  Cold and snowy, and so gray.  We got a good dose of both on St. Patty's day, spending a good 3 hours in it to watch the parade.  A last minute plan to come to Cleveland, had us meeting my bro and wife for a little warm-up.  They had hotel points that had them upgraded for a grand view of the parade from their 10th floor suite and we enjoyed a little visit and a meal at a local restaurant.  Most of the revelers had moved on by then, so it was a nice night to catch up.  Daughter and I might just make the trip to their warmer climate for spring break.  We will see how things go.  I know I am really bored with winter and tired of being cold...

These long work days have me gaining major weight as I battle the urge to eat all day long.  As soon as the weather breaks, I am plan on walking and exercising more, and cutting back on the sweets.  My sis in law has had such great results on a low carb diet, she is a true inspiration. I watched her log in her foods on Fitday, even as we noshed on junk food! I use the app on my phone, but am bad about keeping up with it.   I need to pick her brain some more on how she lost over 100 pounds this past year.  Stay tuned, I will be sharing this journey too, if I finally decide to take it.

I leave you with a question, which lace should I embellish this plain jane silk tunic/shirt?  Left or right one, please leave me your choice, I will post which won on my next post.

Happy Spring Everyone!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Vintage and New Crochet Craziness...

From one piece of vintage crochet table cloth, inspiration to embellish springs forth!
You can find sweaters with thrifted elements all over crafty sites, but I love how unique you can make something with not any investment other than some satisfying crafting time. The Sharp Crochet Hook, helped inspire me to apply crochet in more places with more of my thrifted stuff. 

Another project with another shrunken sweater, already had some handcrocheted embellishment around the neckline.  I wanted to add some inches to the bottom, and thought this would be a nice project to use my new Sharp Crochet Hook I got for Christmas.  My smaller hooks would probably work as well, but I consulted the little pattern book that came with it and decided to add one of the borders and then I added a few more rows to it to give it some pizzaz.

You can see where the sharp hook pierces directly into the knit, and after a base row of single crochet, you build on it with your design.  Of course you could make your trim separately, and simply sew it on, but it is hard to get the right size and this design stretches with the movement of the knit, so this method is superior.  Any of you try crocheting directly into a garment or thicker material?  Post your successes with a link, I also put up some good links on my Pinterest. Stop on over, and follow if you want!

Switching gears, Cleveland weather keeps us indoors for weeks at a time, we had a first taste of spring yesterday, and to get us ready, we went to our Botanical Garden last weekend.  Here are a few photos from that little outing, such beauty under glass!


Post a comment!  Share your links and stuff!I will post some lace applications on my next post, using trims and simple whip stitch.

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