Monday, March 27, 2017
First of all, isn't that just the cutest book cover? The book is also small, making it easy to carry with you if you want.
It is a nonfiction book about packing for a trip. Have you ever wondered how to get everything packed into a carry on bag or how to pack for your whole family for a trip and get it to fit in the trunk of your car? This book is mainly focused on the business individual traveling for business, however she does cover all kinds of trips. I am going to apply what I have learned from this book to packing on quilt retreats and for vacations.
If you like to travel, you will like this book and find it helpful.
You can find more information about the author, Hitha Palepu, here: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2117409/hitha-palepu/
You can get more information, and order, the book here:
I hope this review was helpful!
This book was provided by Blogging for Books for me to review.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Custard and Oreo sleeping this morning. They will always welcome a belly rub though!
Not all of them turned out right, I think that I needed to cook them a couple of minutes longer. I got the recipe out of my Better Homes and Garden cookbook.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Here is a close up view of the army green machine, who is a Premier. It belonged to a dear friend of mine.
|I decoupaged her cover.|
I have a close up and more information about my tan machine here: http://missyscakesandaprons.blogspot.com/2013/10/japanese-15-clone.html
I was able to get some very interesting information on the black machine, she is a Dressmaker Special from Leonard's Department Store in Fort Worth, TX.
A better picture and the information is here:
Large retailers would purchase machines and have the company name on them, some even had their own machines like the Sears Kenmore.
These Japanese machines were very well made, quiet, and run smoothly. Japan also gave us a lot the colored machines. The Japanese manufacturers made a lot of improvements to the machines which were also heavily influenced by German machines.
I have to apologize about my awful phone pictures. My husband really needs to get my camera fixed.
The North East Texas T.O.G.A. (treadle on gathering academy)is coming up April 7 and 8, Friday and Saturday, in Lone Oak, TX. If you would like more information about it, they have a Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NortheastTexasToga/
If you have any information to add, I would love to hear it!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Our queen bee for the Sew Sweet Bee this month is Cathy from a A Quilting Chick Blog.
She picked the block "first Kiss" designed by Podunk Pretties.
I really like this block. I broke my finger, but luckily I already had the majority of the first block sewn. I went ahead and tried sewing the second block together also.
The little iron my husband bought me at Christmas is perfect for ironing open seams.
This is a block that needs to be laid out every step of the way to make sure it does not get messed up.
I'm not really sure what happened to the block on the left, well, I guess it has to do with trying to sew, cut , and iron with a broken finger! I'll be sending Cathy the block on the right.
Be sure to check out Cathy's and Lea Ann's blogs, you will really like them!
Monday, March 20, 2017
Gone is the freezing cold,
Winter has lost it's icy hold.
The sun has sprung forth to stay,
And nature will come out to play.
The insects are starting to toil,
Worms tunneling through the soil.
Nature's workers are the ants and bees,
Lots of insects for us to see.
Daffodils pushing through the dirt,
Flowers of every kind and sort,
Reaching, grabbing the sunshine,
Budding grass and trees won't be left behind.
This beauty God has created,
To keep our soul captivated.
The robins and bluebirds come out to fly,
And our senses soar on high!
by Missy Shay
Thursday, March 16, 2017
It has been cold here lately. I made my husband start a fire and then I pulled the chairs right by it. Cupcake thought it was the perfect spot, she could sit on the stool with her front paws on my leg. Of course she ended up in my lap.
Confessions of a Fabric Addict .
Thank you joining me and my kitties today!
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
I drew the winner for my giveaway this morning. I wrote everyone's names down on a piece of paper and had my student draw a name. Goodbye Peeps won the journal! Congratulations!
Remember that if you did not win, Shalana is having giveaways on her blog and Instagram every Friday this month. All her journals are also half off in March. She has journals for men and women, be sure to check it out!
You can buy her journals on Amazon here:
You can also buy from her website here:
Her Instagram is here:
You can enter her blog giveaway here:
Thank you to everyone for entering!
Monday, March 13, 2017
Last week I shared pictures of the projects everyone brought. Today I will show you how I set up my sewing room and living room in anticipation of talking about my machines. I will share information about the machines in several posts, this is just an overview.
The first pictures are of my sewing room.
|Singer 66 Redeye hand crank next to attachments and a puzzle box|
|Singer 16 Industrial Treadle|
|Singer 66 with Lotus decals|
|Japanese 15 style "clones"|
|My design wall on the right, and the quilt I'm working on draped over the TV|
|Featherweight, Industrial head, modern Janome, Japanes 15 clone(dark green)|
|Japanese 15 style "clones"|
My living room
|Singer Model 12 treadle|
|New Home converted to a hand crank|
|On the coffee table Singer 99 converted hand crank|
I forgot to take a picture of the Franklin treadle I had in front of the fireplace
You can see a picture of it here:
How many sewing machines do you have?
Thursday, March 9, 2017
I have a Homemaker's Group I go to the second Thursday of the month in the afternoons. We take turns hosting, and this month was my turn. I did a talk on my vintage sewing machines. I will have to show you the machines in another post.
The picture below is of Miss Norma making a mug rug on one of my handcranks. Miss Norma learned to sew on a treadle but had never used a handcrank before. I also demoed my treadle, unfortunately, those pictures did not turn out.
Debra, who does not usually come since she lives an hour away, shared a baby blanket she made. She is Miss Norma's daughter. The baby shower was that night. I'm sorry about the pictures, the sun was not cooperating for good pictures.
Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a journal. You can enter here. You have until Monday to enter.
We have a different theme each month for our group, next month's is gardening.
Aside from quilt guilds, are you involved in any other clubs?
Missy (currently with a clean house but I doubt it will last long)