Another year older.

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If you didnt notice, we’ve moved. I went ahead and switched to WordPress. I use it for my other site, Diaper Wars so I felt that it was only natural. Some of the site is under construction as I get it to where I want it to be. With this switch I am going to be selling some sponsor ad space at an opening sale price. If you’re interested please check out the Sponsor page.

I know that I was quite this week but I spent the beginning cleaning up my house and prepping for our upcoming vacation. Then on Friday it was my birthday and I spent it setting up the site here some and with the girls and Mr. Bones I had a wonderfully uneventful 27th birthday full of snuggles, kisses and coloring with Venom. No presents since We are taking vacation and that is a joint gift for Mr. Bones and I.

This morning was spent chatting with other cloth diapering momma’s. It was a fun time at the monthly meeting. Now its time to sew sew sew. I have dresses to mend, draft and sew.

Tip and Tricks: Needles and Thread

It’s recommended to change your machines needle after every 8hrs of sewing with it. It helps to keep your machine running smoothly as a dull needle can cause a mess of issues. A quick and simple trick is to keep a post it with the date and time when you sewed on your machine.

I keep a little “log” of when I start and stop so that I know how long the needle is been in use.

Another helpful tip is to write the date of purchase on your spools of thread. As thread sits it drys out and will cause fraying, shredding and breakage. Which is a major frustration when sewing especially for beginners. This is why its always suggested to not use inherited thread.

Weekly goals: sewing the distance

Yesterday was chaotic so this is a day late. It seems that my not so darling dog has a thing for snacking on my pot holders. Sadly I am out of heat resistant batting so I resorted to going to Kmart to get a few. I was able to snag 2 Paula Deen ones for the price of one other brand. This past weekend was filled with family fun. The girls and I fabric shopped.¬

I got these lovely fabrics. 

Then Vy and the Mr. painted a canvas for her room. She loves painting now. She is continuously asking to paint.¬
I’m setting 5 goals for this week.
To finish 2 designs that I’ve started.¬†
To create a new tidy and fun look for the blog. 
Create a dress for Vy and Ry
Start working on 2 morrow designs. 
Share all of this on here. 
I know some seem repetitive but I want to start sewing and listing more items on SewAnna Button Designs (www.sewannabutton.com ). I want this to happen weekly. Though in 2 weeks I will be prepping for vacation. I am hoping to keep it up and offer more. 
-Kendra. 

Pre Weekend Goal update

Wow, its Friday already I can’t believe how quickly the week went by. I managed to start achieveing my goals by cleaning up my business binder and started organizing my office (again) It gets messy very quicly so I always find myself re cleaning and organizing it instead of just sitting and sewing. In the mist of my cleaning I found fabric that I had forgot I had (Oops) I found some lovely green plaid that is just begging to become a shirt. I have a design in mind I just need to get to work on it.

 Last week my Chalkboard and Dry erase Vinyl buttons from AKM Vinyl Designs came in the mail. I purchased some Album frames to put them on and frame a few of my favorite fabric pieces behind them. They are now proudly hanging above my computer desk in the office. I am so pleased with them.

My 3rd button is on my Business binder. It needed so serious pizzaz. Since I jazzed up my binder I am redoing the inside as well but more about that in another post.

I also managed to get my littlest into a RUB with my new table cloth conversion shorty.¬
I was proud and it came with sleepy dust as she went to sleep while in it. 

What are everyone’s plans for the weekend?

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Setting goals.

Mmmm bacon……

Another weekend gone to quickly. It was a lazy weekend. My M√©ni√®re’s flared up again which left me mostly laying in bed. I did manage to sew and package up orders. I just need to print postage so that they can be shipped out this evening. I got a custom for a shipmate of Mr’s done as well. I also made the most amazing Dr. Pepper BBQ brisket and BBQ brisket pizza.¬

This morning was spent working this weeks todo list. I scrubbed down my kitchen, dinning room and living rooms. I still need to work on the upstairs which will likely take a few days as I want to reorganize the office and start inventorying my supplies. I am using the business printable pack by A Pleasent Surprise Studio (can be found on etsy and Facebook). I help develop the pack with Nicole and have been using it for some time now. It’s a great way to keep your business orgainzed. It’s my goal to have it all nicely organized by my birthday in 2 weeks. It will take me that long to organize my fabric! I swear I’m a few yards away from being on hoaders! Ha ha! There will be lots of doctor who to help accomplish this.¬
Also on my goal list is to finish my newest designs. I just need to have a few hours at the sewing machine to get them done.
 
I currently have an item up for auction on the Auction Junkies Facebook page. It is a ooak holiday apron. It currently has 1 bid and is super cheap at $15. I only had enough fabric to make one so its completely one of a kind.
I feel I have far more goals the space to list. The other major goal for this week is to set up ad space on here. 
What are your goals or plans for this week? 

Tutorial Thursday: How to Hem Shorts/Pants.

We are currently prepping for our vacation next month. I tend to wear dresses and skirts most days but since we are going to Boston and DC where we will be walking around a lot it seems practical to have some shorts instead. While I have a few pairs on the cutting table to make from scratch I need a few that are super quick to get done so I can start packing. This is where old jeans come in. I am going to show you a quick way to hem jeans into shorts or just hem jeans in general.

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Tutorial

Start by gathering your jeans, chalk or marking tool. (crayola washable markers work really well to if you don’t have anything else), a ruler and measuring tape. Also needed are your sewing machine, thread that matches or coordinates with your jeans, an Iron ( I am using Dritz Petite Press Portable Mini Iron) and scissors.

First, decide how long or short you want your shorts to be. Match the hems, fold in half and lay out on a hard flat surface. I am using my ironing board. measure from the crouch down to where you want them to end. I like my shorts a bit long so I can cuff them if I want so I did 4 inches.


Mark that point then grab your measuring tape. Measure from that point to the hem. Measure up from hem on the outer seam of the pants to that point. Mine was 25.5″

Make a mark and draw a line across with your chalk.

Fold one leg back while securely holding the ruler in place, draw line again and repeat. This gives you an even line on all sides. This is where your shorts will stop.

Lay them back out flat and mark 1″ from the line you drew. Draw another line. This is you Seam Allowance that will be folded into your hem.

Cut along the second line you drew.

Now grab your Iron. fold the raw edge into the inside of your shorts. Making sure to have the folded edge where your line is. Press along the line. (If you dont have an iron you could use pins to hold your folds in place)

Then fold the raw edge down to meet the fold. This gives you a perfect 1/2″ hem. you could pin this if you wanted but with the pressing you don’t need to.

Now its time to sew! Make sure that your using a 90/12 or Jeans needle in you machine. Using the right needle for what your sewing is crucial to making a project go smoothly. Also make sure you have thread that matches or coordinates with your shorts. I am using Mettler¬ģ Metrosene¬ģ Thread in my needle and Gutermann Jeans Thread in the bobbin. The bobbin thread is what will be shown on the outside on the shorts.

I line up my inner fold with the inner edge on my sewing foot. I make sure to keep it lined up there to give me a straight line (errr Kinda straight, I had a 2year old sewing with me so its off slightly but they’re for me so I don’t mind.) ¬†Repeat for the other leg. Make sure to clip thread tails and backstitch and the beginning and ends.

Ta-Da! They are done. now just wash or brush off chalk marks and you’re good to go! ¬†Now go rock those bad boys.

(Dritz Petite Press Iron was sent to me for review. Use recommendations and opinions are all my own ) (Links are affiliate links to Amazon)

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I’m not sure why but inspiration always strikes when I am trying to fall asleep. It happened the other night. I was laying there in total silence. When all of these designs start flowing through my head. I managed to sketch out a few last night before my pencils were taken by Venom who wanted to color too. ¬

I have to sit and draft the sample size to test them out. Most are mommy and me coordinates. I also have plans to find some nice fall/winter fabric to make them in. 

Weekend Recap: fly on by.

It’s seems like the weekends fly by so fast that I never get enoght done. My goal was to get several pieces cut and sewn this weekend. I have to get a mock up to a custom swing dress in the mail so that the fit can be checked. I want to get diaper sewn for a stocking and I need new stock for my shop (www.sewannabutton.com)¬

Instead of being done this weekend they have become goals for this week. This weekend was spent tending to sick babies. Both girls had a bug or something. There was lots of vomit and spit up. 
I did manage to go to the farmers market. Which I think I am going to make a weekly thing now.

I used my veggies to make a quick veggie pasta for dinner last night. Both Venom and the Mr loved it. It’s zucchini, egg plant, garlic, and mushrooms sauted in bacon grease with some pasta tossed¬†in. ¬†It went together in 30mins (just in time to eat and watch true blood). I love quick meals for the weekends.¬†

Hope every one has a great week, I am of to sew! 
-Kendra

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