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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On The Seventh Day of Christmas and An Award

     A present!  For MEEEEEEE?!?  Before moving on to The Seventh Day of Christmas, I'd just like to thank Kristi Faith at R. A. W. for making me feel soooooo lovely by presenting me with this LOVELY AWARD.  Now, I'd like to share this good feeling with fifteen others, as per instructions.

     And now, The Seventh Day of Christmas:

     Don't you just hate it when someone repeats themselves?  Don't you just hate repetition?  And yet, that is exactly what I am gonna' do; repeat myself... somewhat.  Yesterday, I told you a really cute way to make a Christmas gift and I smuggly went my merry way, thinking that I had six more gifts nearly prepared.  Just a matter of taking care of the details, so to speak.

     Remember how I said I don't sew for things that grow?  Oh, wait!  That was posted on my other site, here, in case you'd like to read the post.  Well, evidently I have other restrictions, as well.  Some time ago, I bought a new sewing machine.  In fact, I bought two, thinking that I would be... well... I actually don't have any idea what I was thinking; perhaps that I would be the proud owner of two lovely, brand new sewing machines.  A friend helped me put them both to use... once... whereupon we promptly returned the new toy that did not function properly.  From time to time, I took the working machine out and inspected the various buttons and knobs to see if I had magically learned how to make them function. I hadn't.

     Now, I ask you, was my brain somehow covered in Forget-me-Nots?  Did I honestly think that pulling a sewing machine out and firing-her-up would create knowledge that wasn't there before?  For the record, it does not.  In fact, it took me two hours to figure out how to get the presser-foot lowered!  Whew! And I don't even want to tell you how I had to wake my good husband up to thread the silly needle!

     So there I was with six capes to make and no way to sew them.  Oh, yeah!  And doll blankets, as well.  I hurriedly put on my Thinking Cap and got to work.  As it happened, I had a fitted sheet that  I was going to use to practice my sewing. Sewing?  Hmmmm.  I wonder?  Soon, I pulled out all the stops in my 6' x 7', High-tech, modern new sewing room and got to work.  To put it another way, I sat on a stool near my writing desk and eyeballed that sheet so I would be able to cut out four somewhat equal sections.  Still on my stool and with the material in my lap, I began snipping away.  As you can see, its very important to measure precisely when sewing... or, not sewing, in my case.

     Did you know that if you cut away the little corners of a fitted sheet, you can come up with some reasonably impressive capes for children?  Yup!  Just hand-stitch the elastic to form a circle and a cape is made.  With the elastic circle, said child can slip the cape over his/her head and prepare to save the world.  No ties, buckles, buttons or snaps to bother an adult about redoing, every five seconds.  Here's a picture:  Please lay on your side to look at this picture, as my computer absolutely refuses to let me flip it, except on its head.

     Next, gathering bits of iron-on patches, I cut four shapes and labeled each cape on the inside for whom each was intended.  The first letter of each their names only, of course.  Bomp! Bomp! Bomp! Bomp! And we're done! And this time, I mean it.

     Until the next time, keep a hug on.


Kathy's Klothesline said...

Did you read the instruction book for the machine???? If you don't have it try putting the info online and print one for the model you have. These books even have illustrations on how to thread it, etc. The capes are ingenious, by the way.

Yaya' s Home said...

Hi Kathy,
Yeah, I have the book and I poured over it for hours. Unfortunately, Dyslexia and ADD to not play nice with instruction books. I think I will go over to the high school and see if the Home Ec teacher can figure it out. Some of those Home Ec teachers (are they still called that?) are pretty smart. Thanks for your help. ~ Yaya

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

First, a hearty congrats for your award!
Second, a mighty big THANKS for sending it on to me!

Third, I laughed my butt off reading this post! The more you write, the more I relate, the more I laugh! You and I sew EXACTLY the same way. I, however, am limited to valances...and only under duress. Really. It's not just the mechanics of the machine that kill me, it's trying to sew in a straight line. I can't even cut in a straight line. Oy!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Aw, you're so sweet. Congratulations on winning the award, Yaya. And thanks for sending it to me. Have a great day.


Clementine said...

Oh thank you Yaya! And congrats to you too!!!!! I'm taking a quilting class with a friend in January. The instructor told me to by a quarter inch foot. You have no idea how long it took me to figure out what on earth she was talking about,lol!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Thanks for the award! You're lovely.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Thanks so much for the beautiful award! And congrats on you receiving it, too!

Melissa Hurst said...

Thank you so much for my award. This made my day a little brighter:)

Heidi Willis said...

Thanks so much! I'm sorry I'm so late... it's been more than crazy here and I've actually not even been on the computer the last week. Talk about withdrawals!! :)

I'll come back after the holidays and spend a little time catching up. Until then - have a great Christmas!!

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