I usually don’t come up with New Year’s resolutions but this year I talked myself into doing it. I figured why not, just give a try, won’t hurt anyone. It would be nice to think about myself for once and set some goals for the new year.
Be more involved in my job.
What I mean by this is, taking more initiative to understand the whole picture and not so focused in my field of work. It’s hard for me to understand my own work division structure since my home office is located 2,766 miles away from the main head quarter’s (where most of the department personnel are located at, even my boss) but this shouldn’t be an excuse not for me to learn the organization.
I believe if I just ask a few questions here and there I can piece it together eventually. I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too much information at once so I think if I break it down into small parts (like every month) I can retain an abundant amount of information over a course of a year. Sounds good to me.
Workout more, eat healthier and maybe lose some weight along the way…
I know, everyone seems to add this resolution every year but I really want to track what I eat, and get my body back into shape. My job requires me to climb ladders and stairs with the occasional lifting heavy objects. To be blunt, being out shape on the job freaking sucks. I’m tired of feeling winded every time I finish climbing a few flight of stairs. I want to be able to get to the top of the stairs and feel like I’m on top of the world. I’ll start out small by working out 30 minutes on the elliptical 2 or 3 times a week and then gradually add more time. Eventually, I will get to the point where I’ll add different types of workouts to keep it interesting and motivating. Any type of exercise is better than doing nothing.
To eat healthier, I really just want to try adding more fruits and veggies to my meals and drink more water. This way I might slowly cut back on the unhealthy items, i.e fries and sugary drinks. If I ease my way into healthier eating habits I might actually stick with it in the long run.
Write more on my blog
I want to expand my blogging world a bit and start writing more on different topics and ideas. I don’t want to become a one trick pony so I am challenging myself to push my boundaries and see where it takes me. Who knows, I might discover more talents that I didn’t know I have. 🤔
This goal I am going to break into 3 parts:
I just came up with a brilliant idea that will make it possible to check off all three of these new year resolutions! I can sew myself a few outfits and place my own embroidery designs on them then I can create accessories for my outfits using beads. Perfect!
Make more items for my fur babies.
Technically, goal #4 and #5 can play hand in hand but I felt that separating them will be better. My fur babies are my kids and I want to spoil them more by making them toys and sleeping habitats that they will love. My goal is to at least sew one item each month that is just for my fur babies.
There are probably more resloutions I can make, but I’ll stick with these 5 for now. I can always add more goals throughout the year since I don’t need a holiday to make all my decisions in one sitting.
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Every Christmas I create my own gifts to give to my family members. I usually strive to surpass last year gifts I made. This year was no exception but I think I might have bit off more than I can chew… yeah… I think I did…
This year, I decided to making cute standing reindeer that measure 22 in tall, 5 in wide, 12 in long. These reindeer are definitely 4 times bigger then the army of penguins I made last year (you can see here) which means a lot more material and sewing. I knew at this point I had a lot of work ahead of me so I decided to start working on them back in July!
Just because I started making the reindeer back in July, doesn’t mean I got them done sooner. Ooohh no…. I ran into different types of hurdles while creating them which felt like I went from one disaster to another disaster… I guess it’s pretty typical for me to run into problems, I can’t avoid them at all.
When I started making these reindeer, I started out cutting all the pattern pieces out for all 25 of these reindeer. Let me tell you, there was a lot of fabric to be cut and many of the pieces were small. Boy was I in for a treat because this process of cutting fabric wasn’t a one day ordeal. Nope, I had to break it up into a few days or so. Cut out a certain amount of pieces for a couple of hours then take a break or get errands done. Come back home from work and cut a few more pieces out then watch some TV to unwind for the night. Another day I would cut some more pieces… you get the idea.
What I thought would take me a few days, ended up taking me about a month but hey, I was in no hurry its only August now, there is plenty of time. It’s okay to skip a few days of working on the reindeer here and there. Nothing will go wrong… smh.
To add to my timeline, I decided to use my embroidery machine and program to make the eyes for the reindeer. I really wanted to add thay extra touch to make them look adorable.
Cute right? To make 25 pair of eyes though, adds more time but it was well worth it in the end. You will see later on. 😋
After I thought I was done cutting all the pattern pieces I decided to sew the smaller pieces together first, like the ears, tails, and hooves this way I will feel like I’m accomplishing a lot. When I got to sewing the hooves though, I realized about half way I didn’t have enough pieces cut out… how did this happen? I swear I cut enough. Then I realized I did not calculate correctly…ugh… I forgot I needed a total of eight hooves per reindeer (4 legs × 2 sides of each leg = 8 total hooves needed per reindeer). Well for some reason I think my mind thought 4 legs × 25 reindeer = 100 hooves needed when really I needed 200 (4 legs × 2 sides × 25 reindeer = 200). Yup, that is exactly what happened and now I’m back to cutting fabric. 100 hooves…great…
Below is a video of me sewing antlers together and also demonstrates my average speed I sewed while creating the Reindeer:
Here is a picture with all the pieces laid out. You can see I sewed all the hooves on the leg pieces, ears and tail pieces sewn, and sewn the eyes.
Around this time frame, I found out that I had to go on travel for a month for work. Well great, this changes my time line quit a bit… But hey, I had the opportunity to go see Scotland and Portugal which were really beautiful places. Check out my blog post about my trip here.
With this slight delay in my sewing time line, I was feeling the pressure. I really need to get these reindeer completed. Back to sewing I went.
I have to disclose, when I got back from my month long trip my husband found out he has to go on travel to Florida in a couple of weeks for work (beginning of November) and be there for about 4 to 6 months (depending how quickly they get the job done). 😭😭😭 This sucks, but I’m sorry to say that this was kind of a blessing in disguise because now I won’t have any distractions from sewing. Sorry hubby, I love you so much but sometimes I have a hard time completing sewing projects since we end up spending time doing other projects with you or just spending time together in general. Trust me it sucks you are gone but I want to get these reindeer done since time is ticking and it’s not stopping.
To add more to my stress, I decided to buy small wooden crates that I wanted to paint and decorate.
I had a vision to paint the crates silver but with a hammered look. This would make them look like metal vice wood. I found that Rustoleum sells a spray or paint on version of the Hammered look.
I went to my local hardware store and bought the spray version, but you had to really spray a lot in order to get the look. So I went on Amazon.com and bought the paint on version because it seemed cost effective. One can of spray paint cost about $6.00 and at the time the paint on version cost $16.00 for 1 quart. Hmm… I’m going to go with the paint on. The one thing I didn’t account for was the time… It took me about 30 minutes to paint one crate and I have to paint 25 of these!! 😣
Somehow I thought it would be awesome to make something nice for the Reindeer to stand in that my family could also use to decorate for Christmas every year. I have to say, what the hell was I thinking?! At the time I thought I would have plenty of time, nope, I definitely made it worst for myself. More time crunching… ugh…
If you have to know, I did finish the crates on time. They turned out better then I thought.
Fast forward, it’s now the beginning of December and I have two weeks before hubby and I are going on vacation and driving to Ohio. Can you imagine, I still don’t have the Reindeer done. 😟 Yeah I know, what a nightmare. At this point I had a bag full of stuffed reindeer heads that I still need to hand sew antlers and ears on:
And a stack of sewn bodies that still needed bottom of feet sewn on and to be stuffed:
Let’s say I was in a slight panic. Okay, I was in full panic mode and super stressed. I had to tell myself that I will get it done, just take it day by day. You can do it!
A week before vacation I surprisingly got 16 of them done! Woohoo! Only 9 more to go! At this point I was relieved because I knew I am capable of completing them all before going on vacation.
I have to show you since I can’t wait, so here were the 16 reindeer I completed at this point:
Aren’t they precious?
At this point I felt so accomplished that I got 16 done in a week that I thought nothing will go wrong. HA! Here I go, thinking it is a perfect world, well guess what, my timeline got shortened 😧… To add more to my stress, my awesome hubby decided he didn’t want us to drive to Ohio but instead fly… what!?
My first thought was, are you kidding me? How in the world am I going to get the Christmas presents I spent so much time making to Ohio now?😰
My husband gave me his Pros and Cons about flying verses driving:
|Pros for Flying||Cons for Flying|
|•Don’t have to drive in snow (since it’s that time of year)||• Flight can get delayed or worst canceled|
|• Don’t have to drive in traffic and drive through the mountains||• Won’t be able to pack Christmas presents or bring Christmas presents back home if we fly|
|• Shorter trip (driving can take about 10 to 12 hours or more)||• Cost more money to fly vice driving|
|• Less stressful and more relaxing because we don’t have to drive(more for me since I’m the one that ends up driving the whole way not hubby. Hubby hates driving especially in bad weather…)|
|• Hubby is currently a Sky Priority member on Delta (due to traveling and flying a lot for work) so we can check in quicker for flight and be one of the first to be on the plane|
I do like the idea of flying instead of driving since it would be less stress for me. No crazy drivers, no traffic, and I would have more of a set schedule. My main concern though is figuring out how I am going to get Christmas presents to Ohio if we are going to fly.
🤔 I don’t have anything big enough to pack the Reindeer and crates in my luggage so taking them on the plane is out of the question. The only other thing that comes to mind is shipping the Reindeer to Ohio. 💵 This seems to be the only plausible way, so now we need a box big enough to fit the crates and the Reindeer… I know we definitely didn’t have any box big enough to fit everything at the house so I challenged hubby to find one.
Hubby accepted the challenge and came home the next day with a huge box that he stuffed in the back of his car. I’m really surprised that he got that box in his car… The box measured 21in X 24in X 31in.
Cross fingers this box is big enough. I guess I will find out later when I finish the rest of the Reindeer. My goal is to complete them all two days before we fly so we can ship them and have them arrive before Christmas. You know what that means, I have about four days to complete nine Reindeer. No problem, right? Wrong!
To keep it short and sweet I had a couple of appointments that were scheduled after I got off work that I almost forgot about so this of course shorten my sewing time… But you know what, even with these hurdles I still completed the Reindeer in time!! YAY!!
Poor Reindeer they are very squished in that box. 🙁🙁
All ready to ship this box to Ohio for Christmas!!
I have to apologize, due to me finishing these reindeer last minute I forgot to take a picture of all the Reindeer together! 😔 But I do have a few pictures I was able to get when I did remember:
Oh, almost forgot, do you like the cute scraves I added? The reindeer seem to be missing something so I made different plaid scarves using fabric my friend from work gave me. 😙 Thanks Gabby! (Litterly made the scarves night before I shipped Reindeer and didn’t have time to put them on until the reindeer were delivered.)
Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
I haven’t posted anything in a while… but there are a few reasons. One, I’ve been seriously busy working on Christmas presents and Two; I was on travel for work. Which brings up my topic: Scotland and Portagul.
Even though I had to work, I still had the opportunity to explore a little bit while I was in Scotland and Portagul. They both had great local foods and phenomenal sceneries.
First stop was Scotland. Let me tell you, it was gourgous! I wish I could have stayed there for another week. There was so much to do that there was no way I could see it all within the few days I was there.
I had a lot of good local food while I was in Scotland. First place I tried was the Singl-end Cafe and Bakehouse in Glasgow, UK.
I ordered the Singl-end Cooked Breakfast Meaty off their menu. It had Eggs (I decided to try poached eggs) bacon, homemade pork and fennel sausages, black pudding, grilled portobello mushroom (which I didn’t eat since I don’t like mushrooms), roast cherry tomatoes, home-baked beans and focaccia bread. It was delicious! Just to let you know, black pudding is not what I thought it would be. I never asked what it was until I went to another restaurant that serves it. Let’s just say it’s popular in the UK and it taste different but slightly good. Oh and I only ate half of it in both places I got it so yeah… If your brave enough you can Google search what black pudding is or you can click here to see description and ingredients.
I also got a Chocolate Guiness cake at the Singl-end. Which I have to say is the best chocolate cake I ever had in my life! Omg, it was amazing! I wish I could get the recipe for it but they told me no. Darn.
After eating food with the group of people I was hanging out with, we decided to walk around and go site seeing in Glasgow.
The pictures above are just highlights of where we explored. We saw the Destiny Church Glasgow, the Glasgow Cathedral, the Necropolis cemetery, and we walked around the downtown area of Glasgow where they had a ton of shops to look around in.
After a long day of walking (according to my Samsung Gear Fit 2 watch I did a total of 24,000 steps = 10 miles), we wanted something to eat. After Google searching, we discovered The Butterfly and the Pig restaurant was a short walk from where we were at.
I wanted to try the famous Fish and Chips with peas. Looks yummy, right?
The next day, we were able to get a chance to visit Edinburgh, UK which was about a 45 minute train ride from Glasgow. Beautiful area. They have the famous Edinburgh Castle, which we did get the chance to visit but we were only able to look around for an hour since the place closes at 4pm during winter hours and we got there at 3pm. 😕
Even though I only got an hour to look around, I was still able to see almost everything. I just didn’t get enough time to read too much in the history of the Castle but I plan to look it up later.
I forgot to mention, my group ate at the Halfway House Pub before going to the Edinburgh Castle. The pub was very nice and cozy with great food and drinks. 😉
I ate the Cullen Slink and a Magners Cider at the pub. A perfect combination.
This was the group of people I was with having a great time at the Halfway House Pub. Lol. We had a blast.
After the Castle, half of us wanted to go to one of the famous whisky bars in town, Amber.
I tried only 4 different whiskies out of 3,384 whiskies in their collection. Yes, they have a s**t ton of whiskies to choose from. It was so hard to decide that I ended up asking the server what he recommended as the best four sweet whiskies they offered (I know myself and I like sweets. Hehe.)
I really liked the first two I tried (the two on the left), they were perfect for my sweet tooth but the other two were a little to strong for me and made me realize I’m not a big Scotch person. Lol. I wish I could have bought one of the bottles to take home but I decided not too since it would be more of a hassle to pack in my already full bags and go through customs. Maybe next time.
To end the night we decided to try this place that was recommended by the locals. It was called the Gardener’s Cottage.
They serve 7 course meals there. Let me tell you, we were really lucky to get a table that night since you normally have to reserve seats, but a big group had cancelled so we were able to be pencilled in! Lucky, right?
Best meal I have ever had! I give compliments to the chef because this meal was spectacular and on point. Every bite I ate felt like I was in heaven. We were there for over 2 and a half hours (got there at 7:30pm and left around 10:00pm) eating and enjoying some nice wine. If you ever get the chance to go to Edinburgh, Scotland you have to go here. It does cost £50 each (about $66) but it is well worth it, trust me.
The last day in Scotland, most of us hung around the town of Helensburgh. Very peaceful and quite. I ate brunch at the Riverhill Courtyard.
We just happened to run across it when we saw a small sign with a menu. Then you had to walk down a small alley to get to it. Ooo scary… okay not really. The alley was actually beautiful with gourgous plants guiding your way to the place. Sorry, I got distracted and forgot to take a picture of it.
Here, I got the Full Scottish Breakfast which came with puddledub bacon, sausage, eggs, black pudding, potato scone, tomato, mushroom and toast. I also got a Latte to go with it. Yummy!!
Walked around town and looked through some shops and saw a lot of churches. After walking around we decided to eat an early dinner at The Henry Bell.
Apparently this is the hot spot/best place to eat in Helenburgh.
I decided to eat a yummy chicken burger with bacon and a side of chips and onion rings. Delicious!
Well that sums up my Scotland trip. I do have a lot more pictures but I have way too many. I figured I would share the highlights and all the wonderful food I ate.
Next stop, Lisbon, Potagul. I loved the vibrant colors they use to paint buildings and houses. It was amazing when I visit sites that were at a higher elevation and you look down to see the various colors.
This scenery was when I visited the São Jorge Castle in Lisbon. Beautiful site with all those colors!
I feel really bad but I forgot what this dish was called but it’s kind of like hush puppies but better. I know that it has cod fish in it and the side is rice and beans. I feel even worst since I can’t remember the cafe we went to eat this. In my defense, it was spare the moment and we were trying to eat fast to go site seeing. But it was really good though.
Went to the Jerónimos Monastery. I loved this site because the architecture and craftsmanship to create this monastery was impressive. I can’t believe this was made in the 16th century!
Starting left top to bottom: Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument, Lisbon Cathedral, and Lisboa Story Center. Right picture with me was at the Belém Tower.
After a long day of walking around and visiting sites, we found a nice small wine bar to eat different types of cheeses and sausages. Oh, and of course the famous Portugal wines. 😉
Next day I ate the Granier Cafe for brunch. I got a ham sandwich (as you can tell from picture I ate a few bites and realized I forgot to take a picture… woops) and an apple tart cake.
For our next adventure we decided to take a 30 min Uber ride from Lisbon to Sintra, Portagul. Btw, Uber is the way to go for transportation in Portagul because it’s cheaper than a taxi and you don’t have to wait around for the Hop On and Hop Off tourist buses. Saves a lot of time and hassle.
First stop in Sintra, we stopped by the Quinta da Regaleira. My favorite spot here was the Iniciatic Well. Looks pretty neat, doesn’t it?
Next stop was the Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros) which had very scenic views with the famous Palace of Pena in the background (bottom left photo above). I have to say, I’m so glad that I started working out almost everyday when I was on this work trip because to reach this castle and venture around the castle you had to climb an enourmaous amount of stairs/steps! It felt like I went up a total of 200 flights of stairs (I did not actually calculate it since there was too many steps to count so I went with a number I felt was close. Hehe). I still ended up wheezing during the end of the castle hike but if I didn’t exercise during this trip I might have not made it during this point. I definitely had a great workout in Sintra, that’s for sure.
I thought there wasn’t going to be anymore long hikes, until we went to our last stop, Palace of Pena. Had to do more walking up an incline, but I told myself the whole way up that it was well worth it.
When we made it to the top, I was amazed how vibrant the colors were and how beautiful the craftsmanship was. Doesn’t it just make you smile and happy. I certainly was. 😁🏰
For the final meal we ate at The Restaurante Cafe Paris, which is the oldest restaurant in Sintra, Portagul. I got the Salmon with two sides and then later on I got the Chocolate Fondue with vanilla ice cream. Yummy!! Oh, and they had the richest tasting Sangria I have tasted in Portagul. Omg, it was amazing Sangria. We may or may not have ordered three pitchers of Sangria that night, but who’s counting.
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I want to start out by saying; I believe that handmade items are worth more than gifts bought at a store. Items at a store I can buy whenever I want, while handmade gifts family or friends create are more meaningful, personal and unique. Don’t get me wrong I appreciate any gift I receive but I really value thoughtful handmade gifts.
This photo above displays the precious gifts I received from my husband’s cousin’s daughter, Scarlett. She is very sweet and innocent, well at least around me maybe not around her parents, but she does have a fun crafty side… BTW her favorite color is pink and not red. I imaged someone named Scarlett would love the color red, but I’m completely wrong about that. It’s okay Scarlett my favorite color isn’t red either. I prefer to enjoy the blue, green (not puke green…yuck!), teal and black colors.
I wish I can spoil Scarlett with teaching her to embrace her crafty artistic side but unfortunately she lives hundreds of miles away from me. 🙁 I know very sad. That’s fine I will just spoil her and the family with handmade gifts! Fun! I love making gifts for family and friends. I put my whole heart and soul into constructing them. I will admit that there are times I do stress myself out so much trying to complete projects that it ruins the fun at times but don’t worry I usually tend to take a break and get back to creating in a very short amount of time.
You know what stresses everyone out every year, including myself? Christmas! Christmas is supposed to be the “happiest time of the year”. Ha! Sure it is… more like the “most stressful time of the year” next to Thanksgiving. Everyone is scrambling around like wild crazy monkey’s trying to figure out what gift they are going to buy for friends and family, how to decorate and many other lists of things. Me on the other hand, I’m climbing and tumbling all over my fabric and crafts figuring out what I am going to make for Christmas gifts.
I’ve come to the realization that I need to start creating Christmas presents earlier this year. My number one most common problem I encounter is I procrastinate on starting my projects. Hence why I tend to stumble around my craft room figuring out how in the world am I going to finish my handmade gifts on time. Somehow I manage to miraculously finish these gifts at the nick of time.
Last year when I made the plush penguins (some pictured above) I literally sewed the beaks on all 20 penguins a couple days before Christmas. For goodness sake, in order to not spoil the surprise I was hand sewing the beaks in the guest bedroom at my In-Laws house. There were almost a few close calls, but I still managed to hide my secret gifts.
Not only do I wait to the last possible moment to make my presents I also like to challenge myself to make gifts that top the past years gifts. Why do I do such a thing? I do this because it keeps my creative mind occupied and thinking outside of the box. Maybe another reason is I can be slightly competitive at times, who am I kidding I’m super competitive. I have the passion and drive to create and push my limits. Don’t worry I’m not one of those crazy competitive people who go ballistic and terrorize everyone around me. I promise I am a civilized competitor and I personally don’t like drama. I avoid drama at all times if I could. No reason for people to go all ape on each other if something doesn’t go their way.
What is my solution to this procrastination and stress problem I have each year, you ask? Start making Christmas presents in July and not in November or December! Duh! You are probably wondering why in the world would you start making gifts in July? Don’t you think that is a little too early? Well, if you would have asked me years ago if July was too early to start making gifts, I would have said yes. Now that it seems like I make more and more gifts for Christmas and stressing out last minute, I say July is not too early. Maybe that is why you hear the saying “Christmas in July” since there always seems to be sales going on and big parties.
I use to ignore it honestly but now it makes sense. July is a good time to start thinking about Christmas and buy gifts now so you don’t have to wait last minute to get them. I’m not too worried about buying gifts, just making them. Also, it is the time people like to throw parties in the middle of the summer to mimic Christmas celebrations but in warmer conditions. I’m not a big party person so I’ll stick with what I know, crafts.
I am currently thriving to make my gifts bigger and better than last year. I would love to share my plans for this year’s Christmas presents but that would spoil the fun, right? I don’t want my family and friends to find out what they are getting for Christmas in July. Are you crazy? It’s too early to divulge. 😉 You will have to wait until Christmas to see the gifts I create. I do promise you one thing; the handmade gifts will be amazing!
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My favorite thing to make is anything that spoils my fur babies. I love creating toys, tunnels, sleeping cubes and hammocks for my ferrets. I find it more rewarding and fun when I make things for them since the department stores over price these items or they don’t have what I am looking for. I have *cough* six ferrets *cough* and I need sleeping hammocks that are big enough to fit multiple ferrets.
You are probably thinking, OMG she has SIX Ferrets! WOW… You can say it, I am a Crazy Ferret Lady. As a Crazy Ferret Lady, I spoil my ferrets so much that they have their own room but I don’t allow them in the rest of the house. It is very difficult to ferret proof the whole house so I decided to give them their own room.
Creating Hammock Tabs:
Grab your Nylon webbing (or bias tape), four metal or plastic swivel type clasps, KAM pliers and snaps (optional), and lighter.
I cut four 3 inch strips of nylon webbing then I took a lighter and burnt each side of the Nylon webbing where I cut to prevent the webbing from fraying.
Optional: I attached the male KAM snaps at the ends of each nylon strip.
Then I attached the female KAM snaps about 1 in apart from center to center.
Then I slipped the plastic/metal clasps on the female side (since it has a lower profile) and placed it between the two snaps and then I snapped them together.
Below are the finished tabs. I made a set with plastic clasps and a set with metal clasps since I am creating two hammocks at the same time.
You don’t have to use snaps to secure the clasps. You can always fold the nylon webbing with the clasps and sew it down. I just started doing this since I ran into a major issue of the clasps breaking. Just know if you ever place the hammock in the dryer after washing it you risk the possibility of breaking the clasps, which happened to me on multiple hammocks I have made. To solve this issue I thought to use the KAM snaps I had used to make a project a couple of years ago. I still had plenty of snaps left over so I thought that adding these snaps I can remove the clasps before I wash the hammocks. Even if I forgot to remove the clasps one day and one breaks I can easily replace it.
Maybe an easier option to avoid broken clasps is to hang dry the hammocks instead of placing it in the dryer but I like using the dryer since it is faster. 🙂
Another option is to completely scrap using the metal or plastic clasps and just use the KAM snaps to hold up the hammock. 🤔
Cutting & Pinning Fabric:
You want to cut the Outside and Inside Fabrics in 18″ x 42″ pieces. I usually cut the Cotton/Flannel fabric first then I pin it right sides together to the Minky/Fleece fabric then I cut the Minky/Fleece fabric. By doing this, the Minky/Fleece fabric won’t shift too much when you cut it with scissors or a rotary cutter and by pinning everything together now you are prepped to sew the pieces together.
Now it is time to sew the Outside and Inside fabric pieces together. I sew a 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around (you can always do the normal 1/2 seam allowance if you want), but leaving a 3 to 4 inch gap (not sewn) in the middle of one of the 18″ sides. You need this non-sewn gap in order to turn the fabric inside out.
Now turn the fabric inside out through the 3 to 4 inch non-sewn gap.
Now you want to straighten out all the edges so the Inside and outside fabric pieces match up on the sewn sides. You are basically “hand iron” the fabric pieces together so you can get the fabric prepped to sew a 1/8 inch edge-stitch. **Note: do not use an iron on minky/fleece fabric. You can accidentally melt it or ruin the fibers. Lets just say I did that a few years ago and it was not pretty.**
Once you hand press the edges pin or clip all around then sew a 1/8 inch edge-stitch. This keeps the two fabrics together and gives you a nice crisp edge.
Folding & More Sewing:
Lay your sewn fabric with the inside fabric (Minky/fleece) facing down with the outside fabric (Cotton/Flannel) facing up on the table or the floor. Take one of the 18″ (now 17.5″) wide side and fold it over the top about 10.5 inches. Just like I show in the below picture:
Now fold over the other 17.5″ side and fold it over about 12 inches overlapping on top of the first folded side by about 4 inches. With both sides folded it will measure about 18 1/2 inches long. ** Note: you can always adjust how much you want the sides to overlap to change the length of the hammock. Depends on your preference.
Now you want to slide the Hammock Tabs you made earlier in each corner between the folded fabric and pin in place. You want the clasps facing/pointing toward the center. **Note: The below photo shows the direction the tabs should be facing but the tabs would be sandwiched between the cotton/flannel fabric and not seen on the minky fabric (which the picture shows they are). I just wanted to show you the direction the tabs should be facing when sandwiched between the fabric.
Once you pin/clamp the tabs in place you want to pin/clasps the open sides. Then you want to sew the open edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. After sewing turn it inside out. TADA! You are complete! Below I show one hammock I made with metal clasps and one I made with plastic clasps.
My fur babies enjoy their new large hammock:
I guess you can say the hammocks are Ferret Tested and Ferret Approved.
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One of my favorite plushie designers, TeacupLion, is conducting a contest called TeacupLion’s Plush Fanart sewing contest. For this contest, you can use any of her plush patterns to make a plush(s) that resembled any animal, human, or object that is identifiable as fanart from a game, movie, show or anything along those lines. I love contests, especially sewing contests! Only problem I had was, which character(s) fanart am I going to make for this contest? I haven’t created anything that was fanart yet. Well, I guess the Husky/Wolf plushies I’ve been sewing lately could be considered fanart since one of my customers asked for a custom wolf that was all white with yellow eyes, to resemble a character in Wolf’s Rain TV series. Unfortunately, the wolf pattern was made by another plush designer that I like, so this can’t be used for this contest.
What should I sew for this contest? I came up with a few ideas but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do them or not. Some of my inspiration came from what I’ve been noticing around me lately. The Pokemon Go game that you can play on your phone has become very popular so that meant there were Pokemon items popping up everywhere. I use to love Pokemon when I was younger. My brother, sister and I had the original 151 Pokemon cards that we kept in a binder. We watched the shows all the time. As I got older, I strayed away from collecting Pokemon stuff and didn’t really pay too much attention to the additional new Pokemon they added over the years. Pokemon is definitely a very popular fanart and this contest was a great excuse to embrace my inner child hidden deep inside me.
Now that I have chosen the theme, it was time to determine which character or characters I wanted to make. Did you know that there are now 802 Pokemon? I just found this out when I looked it up on the internet. Wow. I was expecting around 400 Pokemon not 802. I decided to narrow it down to the original 151 Pokemon. I’m more familiar with the original ones. I spent hours looking at different Pokemon pictures and then it hit me. I should make Eevee and all of its evolutions for this contest. I am allowed to submit multiple entries so I thought this would be a great idea for this fanart contest.
I selected the perfect characters so next was to determine which TeacupLion pattern I was going to use to accomplish this task. There were a couple of patterns I had that would be cute to use to make Eevee and its evolutions but I thought other contestants might use those same patterns to make them too. I wanted to be different from everyone else. Then I realized that I just recently bought TeacupLion’s new Puppy Dog Stuffed Animal Plush. This was exactly what I needed.
This pattern was an adorable size and since it was new there was a chance that someone else might not use it to make a Pokemon out of it. This might give me a winning chance for this contest. Even if I don’t win, at least I came up with cute mini versions of Eevee and its eight evolutions. Before I started sketching and cutting up my own accent pattern pieces to sew onto the base pattern pieces, I decided to snap a picture of one of the dog’s of the pattern and use my Samsung Note 4 to draw each character on top of this photo. This would help me visualize each of them easier and assist me when I start sewing the pieces together.
I almost forgot to mention, I discovered as I was sketching each of Eevee’s evolutions that there were three new Eevee evolutions I did not know existed: Leafeon, Glaceon & Sylveon. I know earlier I spoke about only making characters in the original 151 Pokemon but I liked my theme and it wouldn’t be complete if I don’t include all of the evolutions. This also meant more work for me to complete but I was up for this challenge. Anyways, the new ones were really cute so it will be worth the extra effort.
I spent a lot of time drafting pattern pieces to make the plushies look like each of the characters. It was a daunting task to achieve, but after countless hours of drafting and cutting fabric I finally had to chance to sew everything together. To my surprise, they all turned out better then I thought! All the hours I spent on them, I am excited they turned out so cute.
Aren’t they spectacular? I think so. 🙂 No matter what the outcome of the TeacupLion’s Fanart Sewing Contest, I created these amazing cute plushies.
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The past couple of weeks I’ve been super busy creating some awesome, cute and adorable custom husky / wolf plushies. The first one I made with soft white minky fabric. To add a nice professional look I machine embroidered the nose, eyes and paw prints. Those bright light blue eyes are just stunning.
The second wolf I custom made is all white with dashing yellow eyes. Adorable!
This last husky I created is by far my favorite one. Someone wanted me to make a plush that resembled her husky, Neo. She never asked anyone to custom make a plush of her precious adorable husky Neo before, so I took on this challenge. I spent a lot of time drafting up pattern pieces that closely match Neo’s markings. When I finished, I was shocked and proud of myself how well it turned out. The only thing left was getting the approval by the owner.
My number one fear when custom making something is that the person requesting it will hate it. I don’t mind remaking something, but the fear still lingers. Lucky for me, the owner loved the custom Neo husky. Yay! Below is the picture of Neo and the Neo plush.
Almost forgot. I wanted to add a nice touch to this custom husky by making a detachable blue collar that said Neo’s name on it. Isn’t it cute?
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Someone noticed the lovely stuff animals I’ve been sewing lately and they challenged me to make one that looked like their pup. I love challenges so I agreed to create a plush pup. I spent a good few days trying to come up with a good pattern that will look more like a dog. I would say the most difficult part of creating the pup was the snout and legs, but I was able to hash it out the way I thought would look great on paper. Next step was cutting the fabric and sewing it together. I normally would have sewn it together with muslin fabric first before sewing with the more expensive fabric to make sure it will come out correctly but I felt like taking a risk this time around. My risk paid off. The plush pup turned out better then I thought it would. Woohoo! Here are pictures of the final result:
A month ago I made a gray husky/wolf for a sewing contest ran by Sew Desu Ne? I modified her werewolf pattern to make it resemble a husky/wolf. I loved how it turned out but this time around I wanted to try something a little different so I choose different colors and I used my embroidery machine to create the eyes, nose, and paw prints vice hand sewing fabric.
It took me a few hours to create the embroidery eyes, nose, and paw prints using the embroidery creator program. When creating the embroidery files the most important part I had to consider was making sure everything was in the correct size and lined up perfectly to fit well on the sewing pattern pieces. It was tedious work. I had almost 5 different drafts before I finally got one that worked out perfectly.
Here is the final result with the embroidery eyes, nose, and paw prints.
You can see the difference it makes with embroidery eyes, nose, and paw prints. The gray one is still cute but the others have that extra cuteness factor. The eyes are just adorable looking, don’t you think?
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When hubby and I moved into our new home at the end of 2015, we realized we didn’t have much furnishings to fill the empty spaces and rooms. We went from a 3 bedroom, 1 bath, living room, kitchen, and sunroom rental house to a 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath, living room, family room, kitchen, and formal dinning room house. Both of us knew it can take us a few years before the house gets fully furnished they way we would like, since it took us about 2 or 3 years to furnish the rental house. This also means getting rid of some furniture that might not fit in very well to the new house layout.
Last year around July, Hubby and I talked about buying a pull-out bed couch to place in his office space for when we have extra guest over. We have a bedroom that is the designated guest bedroom but sometimes we might end up with more family members visiting and there would be no place for them to sleep except on an old mattress we had stored away. We wanted to get rid of this old mattress so we decided to look at different options for a pull-out bed couch at different furniture stores.
We looked at many selections for a pull-out couch but most of them were really disappointing. Some stores that offered couches with an option for a pull-out bed feature didn’t have a single display couch to show us how they are built and what they look like. Why would I want to buy a pull-out couch without being able to test it or feel how comfortable it is? I want to be able to assess it before I make any purchase so I know that I am making a good decision. I don’t want buyers remorse or get stuck with a bad product.
This went on for a couple of months until hubby found a furniture store that offered everything we were looking for. The store was La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery and they had plenty of couches to choose from and a few of the couches had the pull-out beds installed to test out. Awesome!
We took a look at the La-Z-Boy Kennedy couch with a pull-out bed with a comfortable mattress and a strong built frame. I liked the look and color of the couch since it was tan but I rather have a different color couch. The room that we are going to place the couch has beige walls and gray carpet. The room needs some color but nothing that is too in your face. Tan in my opinion would blend in too much but it will work for what we need it for. Lucky for us the store was having a 25% off sale entire purchase so the couch was on sale. Perfect! Even better the sales associate found one Kennedy that was in a blue color that happen to be in the warehouse from a customer that cancelled the special order before receiving it. She showed us the fabric swatch and it was the perfect color. This was the color that we needed to add in the space.
Delivery was quick and we were so happy with the couch selection. This couch looked so amazing that we looked at our old couch in the living room and contiplated on buying a new couch to replace it. So…
In September, hubby and I decided to buy a new couch. There wasn’t really anything wrong with our old couch, just that we had it for 6 years and where I sat on it kind of slumps a little. The reason why it slumps, as hubby would state it, I can be a little rough on things. I plop down every time I sit down in my spot so over the years it began to slump down. It was still comfy though. The other reason why we wanted to buy a new couch is hubby wants to be able to layout on the couch and relax. The couch had cup holders between some of the couch sections so it really doesn’t give you any room to stretch out and lay down. You basically have to curl up in a half ball and it was not comfortable to fall asleep on. Trust me I have tried a few times it really sucks.
The old couch really didn’t quite workout for the layout in our new house so we were ready to go couch shopping again. Hubby really wanted to buy a high end couch with real leather and could last 15 or more years. I think he also wanted to get a couch that can withstand my roughness. Instead of going to the furniture outlet stores that we normally shop in our local area like Haynes Furniture or Ashley Furniture, he wanted to go back to La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery. They had great quality furniture that was built to last but comes at a higher cost compared to other furniture stores. We had a great experience when we bought the pull-out bed couch, so we thought we would go to them again.
We took a trip back to La-Z-Boy. Hubby and I looked around and we spoke to a very nice sales associate. I have to say the sales associates are very patient and they don’t pressure you at all while you are looking around. Big plus. We saw a few pieces that we liked but hubby wanted a couch with a high back and had comfortable seating. He took a quick look online on the La-Z-Boy website and found a couch called the Spectator. Hubby loved the look of the couch and saw the great reviews so he asked the associate if they had a sample couch. Unfortunately they no longer display the Spectator in their showroom but they still sell it in their system.
I really wanted to test the couch out but they let us sit on a couch that was similar to the Spectator but the only real difference was the couch didn’t have the high backs. We liked how comfortable this couch was and if the Spectator was similar, I was open to buying something without really testing it out. I know, so not me to buy something without testing it out but hubby really wanted to get the Spectator especially after we found out it was very popular and mostly placed in theater rooms. I just hope nothing goes wrong and that we don’t hate it.
Now that we chose the couch we wanted next was selecting the type of material and color we wanted. We were both set on leather so that narrowed down our search options. Next was selecting a color. Since I like the blue color of the pull-out couch we bought before, I really wanted a similar color for this new couch too. When looking through their samples they only had two blue color options. One was a deep color blue that was leather and the other was a teal/blue color that was something they called Renew™ leather. Renew™ leather, what is that? The associate told us that it is created using recycled scrap leather and mimics the look and feel of leather while helping protect the environment. I liked the color a lot and it was cheaper than real leather. Hubby and I were convinced so we ordered the Spectator in the teal/blue color Renew™ leather.
Later that night Hubby did some research on this Renew™ material. What he found out shocked him and pissed him off. Apparently this material is more like vinyl and after about 5 years this material starts to degrade, peal and fall apart. When he saw the reviews and pictures of other customers that bought couches with this material he immediately called the La-Z-Boy store and told them that we are cancelling this order and we want to go with the blue color authentic leather instead of the Renew™ leather. Lucky for us, we were able to cancel the special order within three days of ordering without any penalty.
We went back to the store the next day and had them order the Spectator with the deep blue color authentic leather. This leather, after hours of research, had great reviews and last a very long time. The associate had us sign paper work and informed us that the special order will take about 4 to 6 weeks to make so we should have it before the holidays come around. Sweet. It would be great to have a new couch for everyone to have a place to sit while visiting us for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
When 4 weeks went by, I decided to donate the old couch to the Salvation Army. I wanted to make sure we got rid of the old couch at a decent time to make room for the new couch that was soon to come, at least that is what we thought…
Another 3 weeks went by and it is was the first week of November. Hubby and I haven’t received a single phone call about our couch. This is strange. They told us it would take 4 to 6 weeks to make and we are at 7 weeks since purchasing the couch so they should have received the couch in their warehouse by now. Hubby called the furniture store and when the store manager looked in the system she informed us that the couch is scheduled to be finished on January 16th, 2017. What!? The manager was baffled too since she knew when we ordered the couch. She told us she was going to email the factory to find out what was going on and find out why the date is set for January.
We found out a few days later that the reason the date was set for January was because the color leather we choose was on back order so they have to wait for more to come in and color match to build our couch. Well that sucks. What are we suppose to do now? We have family coming for Thanksgiving in a few weeks. Where are they going to sit now that I got rid of the old couch? Hubby and I weren’t happy but we both kept our cool and asked the manager if we could possibly get a loaner couch until we get our couch. Not too much to ask since we did get promised it would be here before the holidays and we no longer owned the old couch.
The manger was very understanding but she had to talk to the General Manager to see what they can do for us. The General Manager came over to us and explained to us that he has to contact the District Manager to see if she can authorize a loaner couch. He was unable to authorize it because the District Manager is the only one that can approve an outstanding balance on an item to be delivered to a customer’s house. If we were to get a loaner couch the store would attach the couch to our account and will display it as not paid therefore an outstanding balance.
After a couple of days, the General Manager contacted us back with an answer. The District Manager agreed to let us receive a loaner couch from the the store’s showroom and authorized the paperwork for Delivery with an outstanding balance. All we had to do is sign paperwork that we agree to not damage the couch and return in the condition it was delivered or be have to pay for their loses. Reasonable. We set the date for delivery a week before Thanksgiving. Awesome right?
Day of delivery. Hubby and I were super excited and prepared to receive our loaner couch. It really sucked not having a couch to sit on the past few weeks. You don’t realize how much you miss something until you no longer have it. It is 5:00 pm and we haven’t received our loaner couch. Our delivery window was between 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, what is going on? We called the store and the manager apologized to us. Apparently the District Manager was new to the system and didn’t make sure to set the delivery to pick up the loaner couch from the store showroom vice the warehouse. So when the delivery drivers went to the warehouse and didn’t see the couch there they had to void the delivery. Really? Come on. They could of at least called us earlier to let us know what happened instead of us waiting hours after our delivery window and for us to call them and find out what it going on. All I have to say is communication goes a long way. If they would have called right when they found out about this issue I would have been fine but since we had to call and find out what was going on, now I am frustrated.
We had to set the delivery date for after Thanksgiving now since that was the earliest we could schedule and for the District Manager to re-approve the delivery. That means no where for our family to sit on while they visit. Well technically we do have plenty of outdoor fold out chairs that we can use to sit on temporarily. This will be a very interesting Thanksgiving, not to mention it is our first one that hubby and I are hosting. This will be a great story to tell every year with family and friends.
Attempt number two for delivery of loaner couch. Delivery was scheduled to come between 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm which was great since I work somewhere around 6:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Friday. I was so excited to go home today to receive the loaner couch that I told my co-workers that I am finally going to get something comfortable to sit on when I watch TV in the living room. I should have kept my mouth shut because I received a phone call from the La-Z-Boy delivery driver at 1:00 pm. Oh no, that’s not a good sign.
“Good Afternoon Ma’am. I am the delivery driver for La-Z-Boy and I should be at your house in about 15 minutes to deliver your couch.”
“Huh?! I am scheduled to have my couch delivered between 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm not 1:00 pm. I am at work right now and I can’t leave until 2:30 pm,” I mentioned to the delivery driver while trying really hard not to sound angry and frustrated.
“Ma’am you are my last stop for the day. I will not be able to deliver your couch during the 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm time frame. If you are unable to be there you can refuse the delivery and speak with the store to reschedule for another day,” the delivery driver explained to me.
“I guess I don’t have any choice but to refuse delivery,” I hesitated to reply.
“I’m sorry Ma’am. You have a wonderful day,” delivery driver said and hung up the phone.
I will try to have a wonderful but now that I am not getting the loaner couch today I don’t think so. I called the store and explained to them what happened. They apologized to me and set the new delivery date for Saturday, December 17th. Hopefully this time I will get the couch expecially since my mom is flying in that night to be here for my birthday, December 18th. Cross fingers everyone.
The next day, I received a phone call from the La-Z-Boy store manager. Great, what now? This really can’t be good if they are calling me a day after I scheduled my new delivery date.
“Good morning. I just wanted to let you know that the person who set up your delivery didn’t verify that there were openings. Unfortunately, we will be unable to deliver it on Saturday, December 17th, but we do have openings for Sunday the 18th,” the store manager sweetly said.
“You deliver on Sundays?” I questioned. I’m thinking to myself if they could deliver on Sundays why couldn’t they set it up like that before a few weeks ago?
“Yes we do offer it on Sundays only around the busy holidays so we can be more open for deliveries. Would you like me to set it up for Sunday the 18th?” She asked.
“Works for me,” I agreed. I was contemplating if I should inform her that the delivery was going to be set on my birthday and they should consider not messing it up this time, but I opted out. I don’t want to jinx it.
Delivery attempt number three for loaner couch. It is my awesome 27th birthday. I am now a year older and wiser. Hopefully with my additional year of age I will be able to stay patient and calm about this couch fiasco. I plee to the universe to just let my birthday go smoothly and peacefully to include a nice couch to sit on. I don’t ask for much, but just let me have this one thing. I miss having a couch! Ding dong! Are my ears deceiving me? Was that the door bell that just rang? Ding dong! Yes, it was the door that just rang. My loaner couch is finally here!
The delivery guys were super quick and friendly. They set the couch in the living room right in front of the TV. Ah yes, a couch to sit on. Oh how I missed this. I immediately plopped down on the nice comfortable burgundy leather couch. I felt like I was sitting on clouds. Thank you universe, this is the best birthday gift I could ever ask for from you. At least for now, who knows what the future holds.
Week of January 16th, I received a good phone call from the store manager. She informed me that the factory is shipping our couch to their warehouse. Yes! She also mentioned that once they receive the couch sometime in the next week they should be able to set my delivery date. I tried so hard not to jump for joy at that moment since I didn’t want to get my hopes up until I actually see and touch the couch in my living room.
We scheduled the couch to be delivered on Friday, February 3rd since hubby was planning on taking the day off. This way someone would available to accept the delivery no matter what time they arrive. We don’t want a repeat of what happened with the loaner couch. We also asked the manager if we could possibly buy the loaner couch from them for a reasonable price. The loaner couch was very comfortable and would fit nicely in a nook area in our master bedroom. I don’t like the color too much but for a good price I am willing to ignore the color. The store manager had to get a hold of the District Manager to see if she would approve a lower price.
We heard back quickly from the store manager and she informed us that the District Manager would not go any lower then the half off price it was already at. Really? Not even a little bit to account for all of the trouble we went through? We were very patient and respectful during this whole shebang. Oh well, their loss. We were trying to make it a little easier on them by purchasing it so they don’t have to try and sale it again. I don’t want to push the issue, all I want is to get my couch that I paid for. No point in trying to fight for a couch I didn’t really like in the first place. Simple as that.
Day of delivery. Our delivery was set to arrive between 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, so there could be a possibility for me to see the couch being delivered after I get off work. Hubby was there just in case it comes early. Lucky for me, the couch arrived at 3:00 pm! Awesome! One of the delivery guys was the same one who delivered the loaner couch so he knew about picking up the loaner. He also did a wonderfully job laying out the couch and making sure we were satisfied of the placement. He even help give us suggestions to optimize our space and making sure we still have full function of the couch. Amazing service.
I’m a happy camper. The blue leather couch looks amazing in the room don’t you think? I even included a photo with the DIY envelope pillows I made for it. Adds a nice touch with a good pop of color and design for the space. Not to mention the couch is so comfortable and easy to fall asleep on. This makes hubby happy since he can now layout anywhere on the couch that he couldn’t do on the old one. I like the fact that I can push the back piece back without engaging the foot rest. He claims that I can have my spot, which is the one with a cup holder on the right when you face the couch, and every where else on the couch is his. LOL. He is silly, but I love him.
I’m ecstatic that we made the decision to buy the couch but not pleased with the whole special order process. There is nothing wrong with the new couch just that they should have better communication and explain to customers that sometimes orders can take longer then 4 to 6 weeks. I probably will still shop at the La-Z-Boy store but I will stay clear of special ordering something and stick with stocked items. Who knows, I could possibly change my mind. Anything can happen from now til then, but in this moment I’m going to sit back, relax and enjoy a show.
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