Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Survival Mom FREE Giveaway

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RIGHT NOW, there's a GIVEAWAY going on over at The Survival Mom's website. Lots of gifts have been generously donated and are a part of the raffle. This is only ONE of many that are going on over at her site. I'm having a bit of a technical difficulty in getting the raffle to upload on MY system, so highly encourage you to visit Survival Mom's link.  http://thesurvivalmom.com/back-school-style-kids-mom/

ALSO, I haven't forgotten my, Recycle Project. The last of the fabric is sitting safely in a shoebox and I already  know what I'll be designing. I'm figuring there are either one or two more projects before I've managed to use up every last bit of the fabric. Fun! Fun!

Monday, August 25, 2014


 The fifth item I've come up with is a DOLL.

I found this antique doll set (ceramic?) at a thrift store. It reminded me of the dolls my grandmother used to sew.

Using the tiny scraps, I sewed the limbs and took the tiniest of the scraps and broke them down into smaller pieces with the scissors. This would serve as stuffing for the doll, and a great way to use up scraps that were too small to sew into anything.

Arms are made, and the chest of the doll and wrapping things up with the legs.

Doll is complete, and now I'm making her a pioneer dress.

This lovely red contrast fabric came from one of the cuffs. You can tell where the crease is, so I had to take the iron to it to smooth it out.

Dress is made, and using the blue contrast fabric (from the button side of front shirt), I trimmed the bottom of the gown to give it some length and to add more style.
The dress now has an apron that ties from the back.

Cutting out the brim for the bonnet from the doubled stitched neckline of shirt. I won't have to hem the front of bonnet.
 Bonnet is made, and I added a blue bow on the hat for decoration.
Doll is complete! Of course, if you were to create a doll, you could use a solid color to easily make the arms, legs, and head of doll, but for this challenge, I am only using needle and thread and just the supplies from the shirt. 100% hand sewn and an example of how a shirt can easily be recycled into so many things.

Just to give you an idea on how tiny the doll is, she's resting against my collection of threads.

Okay, I'm thinking I may be able to wrap up this challenge with ONE more item...


Wednesday, August 20, 2014


This is DAY 4 on the Project Recycle Challenge.  A Barbie outfit.

Using the back of the shirt, I used a homemade pattern of mine to cut out the bodice. The fabric just under the neckline is already doubled with interface. I only needed to cut the bodice once for the two needed pieces. The skirt portion will be from the creased fabric just under the label. This will be turned sideways for the width of gown.

I sewed bodice and skirt together, and hemmed.

I love the contrast blue fabric on the inside of the button holes. This added some color to the gown and is perfect for a decorative bow.

The bow is fully lined to give it a puff, and to add quality.

 Only two buttons left remaining on this project. I used one to decorate the bow...

The final button to fasten the back of the gown.
Remember, this is 100% hand sewn using only THREAD . The goal is to use 100% of the shirt till it is completely recycled with no remaining fabric.
Some scrap fabric still left over!

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HOMEMADE Carpet Freshener

I am SOLD on this very easy way to keep one's carpet smelling fresh. Not to mention the added benefits of using a more natural and healthier alternative.
We have 3 dogs and you can only imagine how hard it is to keep one's carpet clean and fresh smelling on a day by day basis.


Equal portion of BORAX and BAKING SODA.
Add your favorite essential oil for scent, or you can just use plain borax/baking soda.
My personal recipe consists of 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of baking soda added to mason jar (I punctured lid with nail.)
 For each batch, I added 30 drops of Lavender oil and shook vigorously.
SPRINKLE generously and evenly over carpet and allow to stay until vacuumed.
The added benefit of Borax is that it is a natural pesticide!