Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I've been trolling the blogging word and I must say WOWZA! I am delighted with all the sewing enthusiast out there and pictures of completed projects. I am excited and ready to get going, but alas, "Edna" my machine diva of 12+ years is still in the shop. And I have been officially released to return to work.

FYI: I work 3 jobs, one full time, another one 12 hour shift per week and the 3rd usually only one 8 hour shift per week but I do pick up odd 4 hour shifts here and there at that job too. I am a RN and love what I do but it does eat up alot of my time. I know I know what you are probably saying but like most families we have a bit more debt than we would like. And after a few years of lay offs and health scares paying things off just hasn't worked out the way I had hoped. So, I plan to do this as long as I can and shift the debt to savings scale so to speak. Hubby is healthy and work seems to be steady (any prays this will continue will be greatly appreciated).

Doc said I was pretty much healed from my surgery (I can sneeze and not have to run to the bathroom anymore - is that TMI?) at any rate I will be heading back to all three jobs this weekend. So the double edge sword here. . . more work means more money, but also means less time, less time to sew. But I shall endeavor to overcome and conquer. (again all prayers are welcome).

I have been bad with the eating too so I must stick to my plan and get "back to me".

Back to trolling. . . wowza, wowza, wowza. Am I inspired and excited. Oh, but Edna is still in the shop and my hands are tied. But, I do plan to put the Janome in layaway. 90 days same as cash and I found out the MO200MC is the same machine as the new MC5200. Hah! the MO200 is on sale for 999.00, this folks is do-able and the hubby agrees - if Edna is out then time to get the new.

I also plan to try my hand at crochet. I know how to crochet and have made plenty of dollies but I want to to try some lap blankets, then move on to a shrug and then attempt a sweater. Wish me luck.

I still can't find my camera. I really hope that my evil "we will not say who for fear the wrong person will ever figure out who" did not misappropriate my camera. That will learn me. Prayers welcome!

I am enjoying this blog spot. Once I find my camera or borrow from the girls I will load some pictures on here of some completed projects.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Back in the weight loss sadle. I gained back 4 of the 16 I lost. Yuck. Yes I know why and how. I have to stick to my red wine and avoid the beer. At any rate, Doctor has not released me to go back to exercising but to be honest, how dedicated will I be?? I really have to make the effort if I am going to lose the weight. I was looking at the community center offerings and they have a variety of classes and times and the prices are really good. I was thinking of taking a beginners belly dance class, yoga and maybe a pilates.

Sewing, well I am at a standstill. My machine will not do anything but a straight seam. "Edna" my beloved machine of 12 years may be on her last needle. While I will mourn her loss, I need to be able to make button holes! I purchased the Janome 350e (embroidery only machine - "Alice") in June and can not justify putting out another big chunk on a new sewing machine. At least not until after the first of the year. I do plan to take Edna back to the machine shop and see if she can be fixed.

She initially broke in the mist of my Fiesta Sewing!!! Here I am trying to finish 12 velvet shaws with rose embroidery and Edna would was skipping stiches and eating thread. She had done this once before and it was due to needing cleaning. As I had not taken her in last year after Fiesta she was rightly over due for a good cleaning. But she broke less than a month later and will now only sew a straight seam. She still purrs while sewing and the stiches are straight and even but no button holes. I have a jacket that is finished except for button holes and buttons.

While dropping her off at the shop I plan to scope out the Janome Memory Craft 5200. This machine boast 201 decorative and utility stitches along with 10 automatic button holes. Computerized with 5 memory banks. I am not sure how much though. This machine is newer and I have not seen a price for it yet. I plan to pay a little extra and purchase it from my local machine shop - they give free life time lessons with any machine purchase (life of the machine). As I am self taught and very talented (or so I have been told), I still lack alot of knowledge and love going in with "Alice" and receiving impromtu lessons from time to time.

Well at some point I will start to add pictures and such. In the mean time, sew baby sew!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I am new to blogging but am going to blog about what I do for therapy ~ Sewing!!

I also crochet & cross stitch (counted). I would love to be a master in the kitchen but I am just the "average Joe" in the kitchen. Although I have been known to out do myself from time to time.

I hope to add some pictures of my costumes made for my daughters. They both dance with the Ballet folklorico and I sew the majority of their costumes.