Wednesday, May 8, 2013

It's May, It's May.....

It's May, it's May - that lusty month of May.  Ah, yes - Camelot.  One of my very favorite movies and stories. The sun is finally shining, the windows are open to let in the breeze and the birds are every where.  I love it.

We've been so busy here - finally finished painting and have the house back together.  Well, except for the pictures and wall hangings - I'm giving great thought to where they should go (much to Hubby's chagrin). Honestly, when I saw first wall in the sunroom painted the yellow I had chosen, I thought I was going to have a panic attack - ICK!  However, now that it's all done, it looks great.

I reupholstered the two chairs in our kitchen.  Wow. What a job.  I have a whole new respect for people who reupholster  professionally.  The chairs turned out well - but I will never do that again. (Now I think we need a new rug to better match the chairs - HA!).

Also been working on finishing some cross stitch pieces.  Here are two from Stitchy Kitty -

This one is from  The design had a cat - I changed it to a dog.

I have a phobia of learning to sew in zippers.  Well, I put on my Big Girl Panties and decided to give it a whirl.  I thought if I started with a small project, it would be easier, so I took a stab at a small cosmetic bag.  It was a bit of a struggle, but got it done.  However, there was one small catch - I could zip the thing closed, but couldn't get it open.  SHEESH.  Apparently I'd sewn the zipper too close to the lining.  Chalk that up to experience.

I was bound and determined not to let this task beat me.  My girlfriend had told me "Zippers are SOOOO easy!"  humph - if she can sew in a zipper, <I> can certainly sew a zipper.  Here is my second attempt -
Good news:  the zipper works - it opens AND closes ;).  This was a lot of fun to make and  it feels kind of like leather or oil cloth.  I used my printer and transfer paper to create the fabric.  The instructions and graphics for the pouch are available at The Graphics Fairy.

HOLY COW!  Take a peek at  Lynn B's new give away.  It is amazing.

Speaking of give aways, I have a goal - when I reach 25 followers, I would like to celebrate by having a give away.  Right now I have to go.  I promise it will be awesome.

More next week -
Happy stitching -


  1. Well, I already am a follower! =)
    Guess what, I have the zipper phobia too. Maybe I will get one done in the near future. Too much going on right now.

    Love how the chairs turned out. I know, I made a slipcover for our wing chair a few years ago. It is worn from when we had a bigger dog and he used it more than me. I just really dread doing that again.

  2. Congratulations on learning to zip! Being able to put in a zip was one of my goals this year and i managed my firs tone a few week ago. I made a small make up bag too and found it easier than I expected.