Monday, December 19, 2016

New crochet blog discovered.

I watch a lot of YouTube on sewing, crafts and crochet. I came across this young woman that crochets some adorable things like baby items, jar covers, aphgans and so many more things. Her YouTube channel name is the crochet world. I found her blog and she has a lot of free patterns on there. These patterns are all her patterns. You should really check it out. Her blog address is:
http://thecrochetworld.blogspot.com/

I love all her tutorials. She does her tutorials on YouTube . I think she is from India, but she speaks English. Her instructions are easy to follow. She uses a lot of acrylic yarn. Here is one of her tutorials from YouTube:
https://youtu.be/JsFd_2V_RkY

Well until next time, if I don't post anything else before Christmas, I would like to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Also, Happy Hannakah.

Monday, December 12, 2016




I found another great blog post with 11 new 18" doll patterns. The name of the blog is nest full of eggs. They each come from other blogs and they are free patterns.

The first one is a reversible skirt from https://oliverands.com/community/blog/2014/01/18-inch-doll-skirt-tutorial.html

2. Lazy Day Skirt from https://oliverands.com/free-patterns/lazy-days-skirt/
3. Newborn Onsies to 18" doll clothes http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2014/05/newborn-onesies-to-18-inch-doll-clothes.html

4. No Sew Tutu http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2014/05/no-sew-tutu-for-18-inch-doll.html
5. Petticoat http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2014/05/petticoat-for-18-inch-doll.html
6. Chiffon Bubble Skirt http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2014/05/chiffon-bubble-skirt-for-18-inch-doll.html
7. Lace and Tulle Skirt http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2014/05/lace-and-tulle-skirt-for-18-inch-doll.html
8. Sequin Skirt http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2014/05/sequin-skirt-for-18-inch-doll.html
9. Layered Trim Skirt  http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2014/05/layered-trim-skirts-for-18-inch-doll.html
10. Doily Circle Skirt  http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2014/05/doily-circle-skirt-for-18-inch-doll.html
11. No Sew Dress http://nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2014/08/no-sew-18-inch-doll-dresses.html

I haven't made any of these outfits yet, but I am planning to. They look so easy. Looks like to me you just need the basic sewing skills.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wow! It's been a long time since I have been posting anything here. Well, I have been so busy sewing and crocheting. I just got through make no dresses for Africa girls. I also included shorts and shirts for little boys as well. I finally learned how to make sanitary pads for the girls.

I am in the process of crocheting a shopping bag and bed doll. I ran out of yarn for the dress for the doll, so I had to order more, so I'm waiting on that to come in so I can finish. I crocheted a toilet tissue doll dress. I was going through some doll supplies and came across some dolls for crafting. I found a lot of theses at a yard sale a long time ago. I have doll heads and dolls for air fresheners, santa doll heads and different sizes for cubbie dolls. I'm planning to makes clothes for these dolls. If they turn out nice I may decide to sell them.

Talking about dolls, I just found this cute pillowcase dress for 18" dolls. It's a free download from Pixie Faire.
Here is the site address: http://www.pixiefaire.com/collections/free-doll-clothes-patterns/products/drawstring-dress-18-doll-clothes

I also found another blog with a lot more free doll patterns, here is the link: http://livingadollslife.blogspot.com/p/more-amazing-free-patterns-for-18-inch.html
So if you like to sew doll clothes for a special little girl in your life, this is a great place. I love to make doll clothes and accessories.

I was in Dollar Tree the other day and found a tea set with plates, forks and knives, tea pot and tea cups. They are the perfect size for 18" dolls. I am going to post some pictures soon about some of the things I have been making.

Well, that's all for now. I am going to try to write more often. Have a great day.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nova's Tip/Stop Motion



Anyone that has a Singer 221 featherweight, this is a great video on how to fix and clean the hand wheel.

Crochet a Drink Coaster! - How to Crochet a Classic Round Motif



This is a video I found on how to crochet a drink coaster.

Hope you enjoy!

Busy Busy Busy

Good morning all, hope your summer is going good so far. I love the summer, but I live in Florida and it's summer all year round. I used to live in Virginia, and I hated the winter; (cold, snow, ice, etc). I've been here for 4.5 years.

I haven't done all that great about keeping up my blog, I forget sometimes then sometimes I get real busy.

Talking about being busy, I have been trying to get my sewing cleaned up and organized. It seems to me that every time I get my sewing room cleaned it gets messy again. How is that when I'm sewing? LOL!
I have been getting some mending done that has been laying around my sewing room for a long time, and I have been going through all my things to see what I don't need anymore or have never used, and gave it all to the thrift store. I'm sure I will come across more. I can see my recliner that I have in my room and I actually got to sit in it yesterday. So now I know I am starting to see progress.

I got a new sewing machine. I had a Babylock Ellure Plus and I decided I wanted to update to a color screen. The old machine didn't have a color screen. It was black and white and you couldn't tell what the embroidery pattern was going to look like and you also couldn't tell what going to be stitched each time you had to change thread colors. Also, all it told you was thread color, like green, red, white, etc. No thread color number.
The new machine is amazing. I love it. When you turn it on the display shows a screen saver, then when you click that, you see the stitch selections.  Below is some pictures of what it looks like:

I have been watching a lot of sewing videos on youtube anywhere from fabric hauls to tutorials on different methods of sewing projects. I have been busy sewing a lot of dresses for African girls. I sew dresses for Little Dresses for Africa charity. It's a lot of fun. I try to make each dress unique and special for the girl that will be wearing them.

Here are a couple that I have made, I didn't take pictures of all of them, I wish I did.


The red and white one has a purse to match. I will be making more of these dresses for the charity. I think I might add this one to my etsy store. I am very pleased how it came out. I think this is a simplicity pattern. Not sure. I don't have the pattern near me to check, but I will add the pattern information in my next blog. I don't have any appointments or anything the next few days, so I will try to find time to let you know. This dress was real easy to make. I had a few questions about the pattern, but then when I studied it and actually started to put it all together, it was easier then I anticipated.

 I also learned how to make cloth sanitary pads by watching videos on youtube. They are a lot easier to make than I thought. I found a template on the internet. Below is the site where you can find the instructions and template:

https://sites.google.com/site/shewhorunsintheforest/home

I have been doing some crocheting also. I have made a ton of hats and a few scarves, plus baby booties, a diaper set (it's a frog), doll stuff.













I have made a lot more projects that I haven't taken pictures of. I will do that and show you more. These items above are going in my etsy store. So if you are interested to see these and more go over and browse my shop.
http://www.etsy.com/vintagesewingshoppe

I made a couple of these towels for my daughter for her birthday. It's easy, all you do is go to the store get a dish towel (or you can get a bath hand towel), Pot holder, and a button.

Center the edges of the pot holder on the towel, then fold in the edges to meet the pot holder on each end, then sew down each edge. Fold the towel in half long ways to find the center, then fold the pot holder in half with hoop on top (that's the button hole) to find that center. Put a couple of straight pins in on each end of fold on pot holder. Put the pot holder on top of the towel with the fold lines together (make sure you have the tag on the top). Sew across from one side to another. Bring hoop down to other side of pot holder to find where the button will go, mark that area with a marking pen or tailors chalk. Sew the button on. Your done! :



Well, I have a doctors appointment, so I guess I'd better get off my computer and get ready. Will update more later.