Sew....what's up with you today?
Today happens to be my birthday! Yippee! It's been such a hectic time for my family, no one, including me, is making much of a deal about it. That's okay! But, I'm going to do a giveaway at the end of this post to celebrate, so read on!
This isn't really my birthday present, but it sort of worked out that way. I've been looking to buy a new car for a while (about 3 years!). I had a Toyota 4-Runner that I JUST LOVED. It had 182K miles on it and had never once been in the shop, except for routine maintance. I started looking for a new car a few years ago, but I could not find anything else I liked enough to get rid of it for. This summer, I got my eye on this white Highlander and decided it was time. (Either that, or I was going to stop looking and drive my 4-Runner into the ground. But, if I traded it now, I still got a really good trade-in price, so that's what I did.) It came in yesterday! Very exciting for me. Lots of fun bells and whistles, like being able to play my tunes on my iPhone through the stereo. Sweet Pea really likes that feature!
I bought it at a dealership in Battle Creek. They were AWESOME to work with. Probably the easiest car deal I have ever made. I think the salesman was very new there, and I may have been his first sale. He was older...maybe in his 60s. Very nice guy. When I showed up to pick up my car, he had these flowers on his desk for me! He said, "Happy Birthday one day early!" Wow!
By the way, if you live in the area, I would highly recommend Sunshine Toyota dealership. Everyone there was just great to work with on this car deal!
And how do you ike this table runner my friend Brooke sent me? What a doll! She knows I love Lucy's Crab Shack fabric! Brooke, I love you! Thank you so much!
Here's Papa Pea's gift to me. You're saying to yourself, "What?! I don't get it." Here's the deal. He came to me and said he's saved up enough money to pour a slab and rough in a big addition to our shed so that I can have a new and larger sewing room! This is me, jumping for joy! He's going to add on to our shed from the back. We'll add a new roofline going the opposite direction. (We will have to relocate the clothesline, as it's right where the addition will go.) It's going to have a little front porch on it, facing our back yard (which is in the foreground here), so I can hang baskets of flowers and have a couple of rocking chairs facing the yard. It will be spacious (I can't remember the exact dimensions), heated, and air conditioned. He said he'd run water out there, too, so I can have a bathroom, too. And there will be an area in the back (separated by a wall) where he can park lawn mowers, etc. That will clear out the shop a little for his woodworking area. There is currently a back door on this shed. We'll leave that door there, so one can go from one part of the shed to another. I am really excited. Not only will this give me more of a sewing room, it will clear out my laundry room so we will have much more storage inside the house. It will make a huge difference in the house for us. What a guy, huh? He said I have to promise not to move out there, though. LOL I think it will look really cute in the back yard, too.
(Our yard looks like crap with all the dry weather we've had. We've had some rain recently, so you can see some of the grass coming back. We don't water, because we have 2 acres and are on a well. We can't afford to burn out our well pump to water grass. Plus, it's such a waste of precious water when we are in such a drought that our lake is dried up! MHO)
I have been getting just a little bit of sewing in lately (but not much). I wanted to show you these fun placemats I sewed up. Here they are on my patio table. (I took the photo of the shed while standing on this deck, just to give you a feel of the layout of our back yard.) Aren't they fun? The are made with....what else but Lucy's Crab Shack?! This is a pattern called Lucy's Lunchmat, by Sweetwater. Sweetwater had kits available for purchase, with enough fabric to make two placemats in each kit. I ordered three kits, because I wanted enough of these placemats for each chair at my patio table. I was going to link to the kits and pattern, but I can no longer find them in their Etsy shop, so they must be out.
I used some really cute buttons I got at Market from Basic Gray. I love these buttons. Often when I have buttons I love, I won't use them. I'll hoard them. So, I'm proud of myself for using these. I wished I had had them in turquoise in this size, because I would have used those on some. (I had some turquise ones, but they were bigger...too big, I thought.) Oh well! At least I had enough orange ones for all the placemats. The first thing Sweet Pea tried to do was unbutton the button. LOL. It is sewn down.
As far as a pattern review, this is a very easy pattern. Easy to put together and not too time comsuing. Really cute results, too. It would be cute in many different fabrics. I can imagine it in some of Kate Spain's fabric, or how about Apple of My Eye by Amanda Herring?! I think that would be adorable. Come to think of it, I may need to make some in that fabric, too for my kitchen (which is red, yellow, and black). I made all six placemats in about two afternoons. Sweet Pea helped me with it. She laid out all the squares for the pockets for me. She had a lot of fun playing with the squares and making the designs for the pockets. (Incidentally, today, when she sat down at the table and Brooke's tablerunner was on my table, she said, "Hey! That's the same fabric as you used for those placemats! Cool! You must really like that fabric, Mom!" Yep.) Highly recommend this pattern, and good for beginner sewists. Easy peasy.
Because I ordered three kits, I got three patterns! I only need one. So, in honor of my birthday, I'm going to give away two patterns to two readers. I also had some 2.5" squares leftover, so I'm going to give each winner 12 squares of Lucy's Crabshack (which is enough to make one silverware pocket). If you'd like to win a pattern, leave a comment by Friday, August 10. I'll draw two names on Saturday, August 11 and send the winners their prizes!
This giveaway is now closed. The winners were #4, Lynn, and #34, Linda. Congratulations!
I was hoping to do a week of giveaways for my birthday, like I did last year. I just couldn't get my act together. I do have some things set aside for prizes. So, maybe I'll get my act together enough to have some other giveaways later. We'll see if I can. But, this will do for now.
(I purchased this pattern and all the supplies myself.)
Until next time,
NOTE: Someone asked me why I put that statement about "I purchased this pattern and all the supplies myself" on my pattern reviews. I do that in the interest of full disclosure. I do have a pattern I will be doing a review for soon and that pattern was provided to me free of charge. On that review, I'll tell you that. I think it's fair to you to know if it was provided to me or not so you can judge for yourself whether or not there is bias in my review. If I bought my own pattern and supplies, then I think it suggests it's an unbiased opinion. I always try to give an unbiased opinion, even if the pattern or supplies were provided to me. But you'd have to be the judge of that yourself. By disclosing it, I think I allow you to judge that for yourself more easily. What are your thoughts on that?