Showing posts with label Sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sewing. Show all posts


Just Call Me Suzie...

…”Homemaker”, that is. That’s right. I’m now, officially, “Suzie Homemaker”! I’m betting you’re not half as excited as I am.

No. My house isn’t perfectly clean. I do have young children whom I homeschool, you know. Even Ms. Homemaker wasn’t perfect.

No, I’ve not spent all day baking bread and cooking everything from scratch. (Cereal is our favorite dinner “meal”.)

So, why exactly am I “Suzie Homemaker” now?

I’ve started crocheting! What’s more, I TAUGHT MYSELF!!!

Not only that (yes, there really is more…try to contain your excitement)...Not only that, but I am also teaching my daughters to crochet. Okay. So I’m teaching my 6yr old son also. Hey. He asked. What was I supposed to say?

How did this miracle (which, mind you, is NO small feat happen)? The beauty of YouTube, my friends. Some kind woman made a series of videos titled, “Crochet 101”. Those videos and a book from Wal-Mart have taught me everything I need to know about crocheting.

Well. Almost.

I still don’t know what to do when I’ve finished the blanket I’m working on. Guess I’ll just keep going, and going, and going…until I run out of thread? Then what? And I've already checked. There are NO YouTube videos about what to do at the end of a project. So if some kind soul would like to help this new crocheting mama, I’d be very appreciative.

Pics of my new blanket-to-be coming soon.



Call Me Crazy?

Several of my friends call me crazy. I prefer the term "adventurous".

For a while now, I have been wanting to buy a sewing machine. I was given one years ago, but due to extreme lack of use (as in never), it was crying for a good, loving home. I felt it only best that I oblige.

In the past couple of years, I have begun to regret this decision. Maybe it's from watching too much Martha Stewart? Regardless, I have decided I want to become a FULL-FLEDGED "Ms. Suzy Homemaker". After all, what good homeschooler and homemaker is complete without a sewing machine? (Notice all of my desires were for just a sewing machine...NOT to actually sew?)

Somehow, just having the machine would make me better at my jobs. I could sit there and dream of what I could do. Then, in the past couple of months, insanity struck. I decided I didn't just want a sewing machine...I wanted to actually sew! What a concept! So where do I start? How do I begin? This desire was SO strong that I actually began to seek out hand-sewing patterns.

See why my friends thought I had gone crazy?

I was actually preparing to make home-made items by hand. Oh, I still wanted a sewing machine, but I wasn't going to spend the money on one until I had done loads of research. I'm also crazy that way. When I make a purchase, new or used, I want to make sure I am making the right purchase. Sometimes...okay often...that means paying a little more to get better quality. Sometimes it's simply a matter of finding a way to get that typically more expensive, better quality item for much cheaper than I would otherwise.

How about free?

One of these friends that had been calling me crazy (and rightfully so) called me yesterday. She had exciting news for me. Her "Super-sewing Queen" grandma was departing with one of her 3 high-quality sewing machines. That left her pondering what to do with her current high-quality sewing machine that had come from this same grandma.

Her thought?

Save my crazy friend!

I like thoughts like that. I'll be "crazy" any day if it gets me a free high-quality sewing machine. I offered to make her free cloth diapers with this new sewing machine as a show of appreciation. She said I wouldn't GET the machine if I brought cloth diapers anywhere near her children. She walked off shaking her head and muttering under her breath, "Crazy. That woman is crazy."

And so I am setting off on a new venture.

How do you work a sewing machine?...