White sewing machine

This machine came to me in rough shape. I tried oil to clean but the old oil was so thick and discolored I ended using steel wool!

She looks great and sews even greater. The tension is perfectly set now and am surprised at how quiet she is. I was going to fix up and give away, but after an entire day of cleaning this clone is going to stay here! The cabinet is beautiful too. I might paint a linen wash on the bottom half of the cabinet but something is stopping me from doing it. I have a hard time painting natural wood.



I found this pattern online and needed a small project for tonight. I had some really great material with scanned barcode images that lends itself to shopping and money. The holder was meant for a small pad of paper but who writes stuff down anymore! I have been using ‘notes’ in the cloud.

Here are pics of the inside and out. I travel lite with very few cards – can’t be bothered with locality programs.




From Texas

A nice surprise came to my door after work. Thanks Olita! And here is the story. Very touching: And greetings from Texas.

‘Here is your mug rug, made with you in mind. Of course I patterned it after several things that I saw when visiting Sault St. Marie Ontario, ( which I know is not the area in which you live). I hope you like it as I had a lot of fun making it. I do have to admit there are some glitches here and there and I have to blame the RA as sometimes it is rather hard when handling small squares etc.
The maple leaf block represents the fall foliage that was just beginning turn colors while we were there.

The bear claw block represents the bear prints I saw while stopped at a national park as we ,(Richard and I), rode the Algoma RR into the forest.
And of course the flying geese blocks represent the beautiful geese that I saw in Sault St. Marie. And we had a pair spend a few days here at my apt. complex a few weeks ago. I suppose they wanted a rest and our little pound looked good for them before moving on along home.

The light blue in the geese pattern represents the clear waters in the streams, rivers, and waterfalls, we saw while riding the train.

And lastly the red represents the red maple leaf in your flag.


Me – Made – May 2012

My grey knit skirt ended up WAY to stretchy but I improvised and cut half of it away so it would fit. I guess when the pattern asks for fabric with 25% stretch I shouldnt choose 50%. So I ended up making another skirt out of cotton, with a simple elastic waist. Used the Meg McElwee’s skirt pattern kind of 🙂 Regardless, my me-made outfit today was the grey casual skirt. Had a great day avoiding stores, people, and crowds in general. Had a cup of tea on the deck and listed to CBC radio. A good day!

I am thinking of making an infinity scarf out of my ‘Twenty-three’ fabric. Thought the orange, lime and retro images may work. But that will be for another day.




Me – Made – May 2013

Day 3 and I am still into the Me – Made challenge. Today I wore my blue hoody knit that I made using my Craftsy course by Meg McElwee. http://imake.gg/2013/01/10/things-i-like-thursday-sewing-with-knits/

I am sure I will not be able to keep up with pace of this challenge, but I will try to sew everyday! Tonight will be the knit skirt in black another Meg pattern…it is suppose to be +24!