The New "very very old" house we bought.

Friday, May 1, 2015

This Historic home in Wisconsin is 99 years old, and now it's ours.

(I should add for better or for worse, LOL)....

We plan to renovate it just enough to make it functional while keeping the integrity of its old fashioned charm. Here are a few pics of "now" and I'll be documenting the remodeling journey for all to follow along. There is something exciting about a fresh start in a home that has history.

Did I mention the president of the Historical Society stopped by this morning? It was so awesome, he filled me in on the families that have lived here, and is going to stop by with more pictures. He even has a pipe organ for us that belonged to the original owners--free if we want it. (But do I really?) hmmmmmm

I think it was meant to be, nobody I know is more of a historical geek than I am. Ok, maybe a few of you lovelies, but you know what I mean.

Upstairs built in cabinets for linens.

A sweet little Sewing room with magical hidden cubby there on the wall. I'm not sure what that was used for, but I plan on Googling it. 

Door leading to the attic.

The kitchen needs loads of work and updating, but these cabinets stole my heart. They go all the through to the dining room. 

Super awkward layout of the kitchen, so I'll fix that. ;) Or rather a plumber and contractor will!!

I'll be needing some green in my pocket soon. Buy a quilt from me. LOLOLOL

Buy stuff.

Library room. I want to extend these shelves to the ceiling.

Built in cabinet for the dining room.

All seasons porch/ sun room.

The staircase is gorg. It bends around the corner and keeps leading up. They creak something fierce right now LOL.

Master bed with king frame left for us (yay!) That chest I asked for and he gave it to me--it is so gorgeous, lined with cedar wood. Maybe my quilts will go in there.

Another view of the staircase:

bedroom/ office


The basement is huge and open, we plan on making it into a stellar man cave for my husband. This is only a pic of half of it here.
He wants his own apartment space, complete with shower bath and everything......

I'm ALL for it, for times when I'm ready to b*tchslap him, don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about.

Back porch.

View from back of house.

Laundry room with built in cabinets that are super tall. 

Attic steps

Attic space, soon to be tween lounge area (or fabric overload storage-- I haven't decided yet).

So there are a few pics for my friends across the world. More to come in the following weeks, I'm still finding my way through a new job and new surroundings. Hopefully by summer I'll be back to sewing daily. Have a loverly weekend!!!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Here's my Sari Skirt, made with Sari silky fabric from Joann's. I love the emerald color, and the whispers of cobalt blue make it so interesting to look at. Numerous gores, this skirt is very full, but because of the lightness of the Sari fabric it's light enough to be comfy. I can't wait to pop it on in the summer temps! 

One day I'll get to India. I imagine it as a land of full blown color jam, hot and intense as ever. It's on my bucket list.

I like elastic waist skirts because I make them with a lot of ease--LOL--"tight" doesn't suit me. Especially when I eat cake for breakfast, which is almost every day hardly ever, but I'm just sayin'....
It's against the law to wear tight waist clothing in my house. Ewe.

I know, I've said it a thousand quadrillion times--but I adore the Mission Maxi pattern you guys. Go get it now, or   I'll slap you   you'll be so upset with yourself when you finally do get around to sewing it. You'll say "Self, why didn't I buy this pattern sooner! For shame!"

Seriously--chicness and comfy-ness = nearly perfect wardrobe. I say "nearly" because the only thing that is "perfect" to wear is your birthday suit, but I'm sure you know that already.  Don't look around like I'm talking to someone else--you know it's true.Just remember, your neighbors see EVERYTHING.


I do apologize for my punchiness today.
It is what it is.
Did Shakespeare say that? Or The Beatles?
Or some Frnech person I should know-- C'est la vie....that's it. It was Frenchie.

Da da da donnnnnnnnn:

another Mission Maxi.
You see what I''m talking about? It almost looks JCrew -ish. And instead of $456.98 it's only $12 of fabric and a bit of elbow grease.
(I always hated that phrase but sometimes I use it just to gross myself out for a minute. Are you grossed?)

Gray spandexy-knit combo that manages to cover my lumps without the need for Spanx. I don't do Spanx either, that seems like certain torture to me. Am I right or am I right?

Are you now singing "My lumps, my lumps", ....don't hate on me, it was Fergie who did it.

*Am I the only person who thinks of the Duchess of York when people talk about "Fergie"? Say it ain't so.

Another Mission Maxi in a wonderfully BRIGHT bloom print. I'm all about keeping the spandexy-knit industry alive--keeping these people in business is super important you see, because I'm a S T R E T C H addict and I hope to found a stretch cult one day. Life mission. 

ahhhhhh yeahhhhhhhh                                                c a k e



Then I practically screamed when I saw this silky knit tie-dye bolt in the shop:

 It's so tough but yet bohemain-ish, and silkly to touch, and stretchy, and and and.......
You could totally wear a black leather Moto with this baby, or stretchy haute leather leggins, ya dig?

I kind of messed up with my serger thread being white, but hey--I'm ok with it. Bahah
This high low top pattern is an easy sew pattern, which I can't find right now because I'm in the middle of moving house, I'll update when it surfaces. LOL

Next time I think I'll make the front one piece, that middle seam bugs me a little.

Actually it bugs me a lot. Who the hell puts a seam right between your hunies?  Rolling eyes.

Then I found these little gems in my "Memory Trunk" in my Mom's attic. These aprons were one of the first things I learned to sew. I still love the design.


I hope you have a wonder filled week!

I'm struggling to keep up with things right now, but I know it will get better---moving, new jobs, new schools, commuting until the contracts are signed,----it's LIFE full on! I think of Dory whenever I start feeling like a whiny b*tch --"just keep swimming". She's SO wise.

See you soon!

cake is good for you

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The Three Chunky Wee Bags

Sunday, April 5, 2015

These were such fun to sew! The Chunky Wee Bag sewing pattern by Hunter's Design Studio. If you follow me on instagram, you've seen my feed this week full of these boxy bags. The pattern is clearly written, and has several quite clever methods for sewing bits here and there, you'll see what I mean if you make one. ;)  I super love how the fusible fleece interfacing gives each bag structure and body, but is still squishy to the touch. I can see myself using these bags for all sorts of things, from a purse/bag to a camera holder, to a lunch box. 

This is the large size, sewn in Cotton & Steel Ephemera (in peach).

The pull on woven top in last week's post was sewn with the same fabric, and I had a bit left over at the end, so I thought it would look really lovely made into a bag. This large Chunky Wee is paired with Kona solid in salmon and a Sailor Stripe by Timeless Treasures. 

Lots of pockets inside.

This is the medium size here. Made with Sailor Stripe by Timeless Treasures, Neon by Michael Miller, a blue print by Amy Butler, and Kona solid in Bubblegum pink. This one has a button closure with elastic, and it's cute too but I prefer the velcro or no closure at all look more I think. 

Here is the baby size, done in more Cotton and Steel fabric. Can you tell I'm a fan? I love the color ways Cotton & Steel provides, and the quality is superb. This small version is matched with a solid metallic gold fabric (I forget the maker) that I had in my stash. 

This size would hold my camera nicely.

Here's a side shot so you can see the boxy nature of the bags, and the size differences. They are so cute to me! In the pattern you can choose between a cross body length strap or a over-the-shoulder length strap. The pockets are optional as well, which is great because if you use it for a lunch bag I suppose they wouldn't be needed.

This week a TON of new Indie sewing patterns have launched-it's been such an amazing week! I know these are on my list to sew very soon: 

The Out and About Dress by Sew Caroline  launched in Feb, but now the weather is nice enough to wear it! :D

What are YOU creating lately?

Happy Easter Sunshine to you all!!

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