Will you get a load of my sister’s travel journal! Is it a bundle of fabulousness or what? Huh? OR WHAT? Mine should be ready to roll in a couple of days. Hopefully American Airlines will be up and rolling by then too. In between hand wringing and pole vaulting off my porch I decided that my sewing machine needed a cover.
Things started out well enough…as well as these things go without a pattern. I was feeling confident and clever as I began, but soon my mood soured. The entire project metamorphised into an ill-conceived fiasco. My original 2-dishcloth method which involved no hemming or pinning had seemed so simple. How could it be So Wrong?! I looked around for someone to blame. No one, it seems, was around. (insert string of bad words here)
It became apparent that my rogue sewing methods had sewn me up into a tight spot. WHAT ABOUT THE CORNERS? Whose idea was this?! I sat on the couch and stared at the corners for a solid hour willing them to sew themselves shut.
THEY DID NOT.
I persevered. While the inside of my sewing machine cover is a
disaster bit untidy, the outside is, well, it’s FINE. I’m pleased. All’s well that ends well. Or some such nonsense.
Next up: No pattern skin-tight party pants made from one of Mama Moss’ old leather jackets.
debra cooper says
You mean, you can cover your sewing machine to keep the paint and glue from dripping all over it?? Brilliant!! (And pretty!)
That journal is so special. I would love to see it in person and turn every page.
karen benson says
Oh! I want that journal, it is absolutely,texturally,full of wonderful stuff-PERFECT!!! I love the sewing machine cover, I have the same feeling about sewing in general, I only use it for texture in my art otherwise I am heard around Southern Calif. saying words that do not belong in the atmosphere (some in italian also…)
Well the party panties….maybe my aunt would like them!!! LOL!!! Have a wonderful time! karen b…
Diane Cook says
LOL…m.a. you give me hope when hope is not to be found. not so much unlike you, i try new techniques, and low & behold, they do not turn out as planned. but, i perservere~and viola! it all comes together. but not until i have pondered much~
i love the vintage dishcloths~so retro.
yea- that no pattern sewing is like drinking and driving. Just no good. Well, except yours came out good,but I’m not saying it’s o.k. to drink and drive. Maybe have a drink while working on those skinny pants. You’re gonna need it.
susan w says
I can hardly wait for the party pants – the sleeves can become legs – can you just see it!! Your sewing machine is MUCH better dressed than mine – I have an ugly old bath towel slumped over it. We, your blog-legions, need to send you and sis some wheels to attach to the journals because they need to be rolled as well as does American Airlines. If you waterproofed them and added a sleeping berth, you both could sail to Italy on the behemoth logs.
you lucky girls
Patricia Eaton says
Oh gosh! I love reading your blog and now I have my daughter reading it too. I am going over to her house now and we’ll have to read it again, together.
I think you are teaching all of us…not just those little monkeys. Thank you!!! Pat at birdnestontheground
Judy Wise says
I’ve found that foul language gets me out of more tight spots than actual knowledge does; looks like it worked for you too. We’re waiting out here with bated breath for the party pants; never go to Italy without a pair of tight black leather pants I always say.
i love that you would stop to design/create a cover for your sewing machine in the midst or preparing for your trip. i sew exactly the same way – dream, cut, stitch, think out details 🙂
your journals always inspire me to run to my studio IMMEDIatELY to work in mine. enjoy the book – i look forward to the book report. i get so many juicy titles/authors from our judy – where in the heck do you two find the create to create in such profusion and read too?!! sheesh……
Lu (doxie pup) and Byz (16 year-old big sis kitty) are looking at me as if I’ve lost my marbles (or gotten into the catnip)- no girls – Mama is just chuckling – not to worry…
I’m hoping you will make me one of those covers – my machine needs one too – it is lovely – when you get back of course… and by then I will have found suitable leather for the pants…
oh – and I love the travel journal…
xox – eb.
My name is Dana Brooks. I found your blog through Artful blogging magazine and I am totally hooked. Your blog is chuck full of inspiration!!! I love your sister’s travel journal. Just wanna say that your blog is one of my favorite’s and thanks for all of the inspiration.
Be sure to share progress on party pants, they are sure to be a hit in Italy. Won’t they be a tad warm, though?