Friday, July 24, 2009

I bought a serger!


At my friend Ann’s garage sale yesterday!  I have NO IDEA how to use it.  No idea how to thread the thing~let alone how to make it go!

It came with an instruction book~argh….. and a big thick book on sewing with a serger.  I guess now I’ll have to start drawing patterns on linen and trying to peddle them!   And it wasn’t an impulse buy either.  I actually let it sit for a whole day while I thought about it.  But why did I buy it?  I guess ‘cause it was a “deal”. 

I made a little promise to myself and to Mickey last night.  I’m not going to go to garage sales ANY MORE!!!  Why do I have this need to bring other peoples junk into our home?  I just had a huge sale, you know.  It felt so good to get rid of the unwanted and unused.  So why the need to bring it back in again?  It’s probably some deep seated mental thing.  I think it’s “the thrill of the hunt!”

I absolutely love digging through boxes to see what treasures I might find. 

But I’m going to try to put that energy towards something more practical and worthwhile.  Like finishing a rug, for instance.  I’ve been working on my Shabby Sheep mat for much longer than I’ve ever worked on anything!  Now I will finish it.

I did get some fun crafting done last week with some girlfriends.  My friend Susan had us over for craft day and lunch!  We used her daughters sand box and made casts of our hands with jewels and pretties in them! 

It was so much fun!  Here’s the starting impressions!  


Then we inserted some dowels in the impressions before Susan poured the plaster.  So we could have standing hand sculptures! Now for the pretties.  The fun part….decorating them.


here are our finished masterpieces!  From left to right~Abbey, Susan and Marilyn.  Aren’t they fun?



Yours truly!~~~


It really made us feel like kids!  Even smart assed Mickey said “it sounds like a kindergarten craft!”  Well maybe so, but who says old folks can’t do young things?

I also wanted to share with you the other crafty thing I did this week.  I painted these cork boards and covered them with some of my dyed wool!  I even spent half a day topping about 100 push pins with pretties!  I used super glue on some and the glue gun on some.  The marbles sure won’t stick with the glue gun.  What was I thinking?  It was really hard to get them to balance though , while the super glue dried.  At Mickey’s work they have a spray accelerator for this type of glue.  I’m going to see if he can buy me a bottle of it.  It makes it dry in an instant! 

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Are any of you familiar with the old PBS show, Roadside Treasures and Revelations or something like that?  Three guys traveled around the country going to unusual artsy places and taping them for us to see.  They carried with them the worlds biggest ball of video tape and took pictures of it wherever they went.  That’s what I want to do with this ball of wool!  I was at a sale a couple of weeks ago talking to the lady about rug hooking and she said I’ve got something for you!  She went inside and came out with this big ball of wool! 

ball of wool 

She was smiling from ear to ear.  She wanted me to have it!  I was trying to tell Tammy about the show and the big ball of tape the day we went junking but she had never seen it and thought I was kind of weird for suggesting such a thing!  Please let me know if ANY of you remember the show I’m talking about!  It’s still on at night~reruns, of course.  One of our favorite shows to watch!

I’m going to ask my friend Susan if she minds if I share some pictures of the inside of her house with you!  She is an art teacher and her house is AMAZING!  I’m sure she’ll be flattered, but I want to ask her first.  Hopefully next time I’ll share the pics with you.


Have a splendid weekend…





TamboinMO said...

Man, you've been busy! I really didn't get to talk to anyone much at hooking on Tuesday....I was actually getting to when that happens, but then realized everyone was gone and I hadn't really chatted with anyone:(

dulcy said...

Yes! I have seen that show, and several of the reruns. Love it! I'm also happy to see that your using your wool "as is" for display. I've always thought that much of the dyed wool is too gorgeous to cut. Hope we can get together soon! Also, thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. Love you gal!


David said...

Saw your comment on Curious Goods and thought you might get a kick out of my blog on Leola's.

Mindy and I LOVE that place! Have fun!