***Update 12/2013: Here’s a link to the manual for this machine! It seems that when searching for more info on the 1939 Electric White Rotary Machine in google, many are directed to my blog. But I know very little about the machine, as I only used it once. So I’ve posted a link to the manual that another user posted to his site. Hope this helps those looking for more information on their machines! Happy Sewing!***
While we were in Vermont my mother-in-law asked if I’d make her some curtains for the guest room (the room we stay in). So I spent some time sewing over vacation, pretty fun. But I’ve never sewn on a machine quite like this. This machine was Bob’s grandma’s that she apparently received in December 1939 (this was written in the handbook of course!) I was super sceptical that the machine would still be working but plugged it in and it worked! I had to follow the handbook to learn how to thread it and to wind the bobbin. The strangest thing was that the needle was threaded left to right (the eye being sideways) instead of front to back. Something to get used to for sure. I had to replace the needle to get the machine sewing, but that was the only thing I did to it and it did wonderfully. It didn’t have a foot pedal but a leg pedal instead. I kind of like that better than a foot pedal actually. I had fun doing these curtains for her and fun figuring out the machine. How cool that it still works! Its inside this beautiful end table type piece of furniture. I should have taken a picture of that too, oh well. Check out this machine and of course the finished product.
Caleb is 4 tomorrow so we celebrated this past weekend. We had a great time and I had so much fun making his cake! The kids enjoyed the process too, as you can see below. I made a small sheet cake in a lasagna pan and borrowed a friends ball cake pan and made half of a ball to go on top. I found the baseball players at Michaels, they were a specific request from the birthday boy. I had the hardest time getting the red icing to go red, it was pink for a VERY long time, much to Alice’s delight. But I finally figured out you just have add a ton of the paste. I made the icing ahead of time this year and I’m so glad that I did. I used the wilton colors in a gel paste and they tend to get darker in the fridge overnight. So that worked out well. Also the darker green around the bottom was a happy accident as it ended up matching the green in the baseball players. I found those baseball candles at a party store, will have to check out that store again in the future. I’m sure Bob will post more birthday weekend adventures on flickr soon. Oh and the elephant below was really pining away for a piece of birthday cake but alas he got none! Caleb received him as a gift at his party and has been inseperable from him ever since! Caleb set him up to eat like this while we ate dinner last night. We gave him the orange goggles, which he loves and looks hilarious in!
I’ve been pretty much of a slacker in posting on my blog lately, as you may have noticed. So I need to play catch up in recording some things I’ve made in the last few months. I’ve not been up to a whole lot sewing wise but I did manage to make my niece a doll quilt and pillow for her birthday in April. I used super soft baby flannel that I had on hand from making Hannah’s quilt. I used tie quilting to quilt this little number using a stitch on the machine. I like how fluffy and soft that tie quilting ends up feeling. Not to mention its a lot faster and easier to do than “real” quilting! I used the same tie method on baby Brown’s quilt. I hope Casey is getting lots of snuggly sleepy baby doll playing in with her cute little quilt and pillow! Happy Birthday big girl, can’t believe you’re 6!
I heard from a friend that the Chattanooga Theatre Center is having this incredible fabric sale Saturday morning. (that’s Sat. June 21st from 9am – 1pm) They are selling off yards and yards of vintage and new fabric all for $1 a pound! They are also selling over 1,000 patterns, $2 each or 3 for $5. Its being held in the lobby of the Theatre Center. I called over there (596-4934) and talked to the guy in charge. He said their previous seamstress just retired after 30 years and they are cleaning out all of the fabric she stashed over the years. He said theres tons of vintage fabrics some dating back to the 20s! Ok, needless to say, I’m pumped. Anyone want to come with me? Bob says I have to set a budget, of course I will, but I’m sure it’ll be so much fun. Leave a comment or email me if you want to come along.
I’ve begun to feel a little less tired as I enter my 2nd trimester and figure I should update my blog again! And I’m still holding out hope the nausea will start to get better, but 12 weeks has never been my magic number for ceasing to throw up. Hopefully it won’t last too much longer.
I have a few things I’d like to write about, but for now here’s some pictures from some fun time spent with my little boy last night. We went on a nature walk together while daddy took Alice to a lookouts game. We walked a pretty long walk for little toddler legs. Caleb wanted to go “really far away” and on our way back he agreed that we had. We both had plastic bags in which to put all of the natural treasures we could find. I loved the things he chose to put in his bag and the flowers and rocks he’d see that I didn’t. We stopped at a mulberry tree and picked a bunch of berries too. So when we got home we ate tons of berries, fun fun. Caleb layed out all of his findings in such a pleasing way. I didn’t help him one bit with the balance of color or placement. He just took his time taking each item out and placing it where he thought it should go. There were a few times I’d have the urge to move something over to change the spacing, and just as I held back from doing it he’d move the exact flower I wanted to into the spot I wanted it. VERY strange. I guess he gets his eye for color and composition from me! Yeah, I know every parent thinks their kid is incredibly gifted in some way, and well I think he does have a gift for things like this. I just don’t know many 3 1/2 year olds who would take the time to make something look so beautiful. Ok, I’ll stop now! Enjoy the pictures.
Hi sewing fans, this is Bob, guest-blogger and official husband of the Queen of Craftiness. Michelle asked me to post here b/c she’s been a little tired lately, but for a very, very good reason: we’re having another baby!!!
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Here in toddlerville things are very exciting because daddy trimmed our huge pine tree and made a branch house for the kids. I then simply could not resist proceeding to make a bed for all of the bunnies who will live and play in the house. I got my bunny bed idea here.
While on the subject of superhero capes, I realized that I never posted pictures of the ones I made for my nephews for Christmas this past December. They are reversible batman and superman capes. I followed this pattern to make them. The boys love them!
(look how short both of the kids hair is in this picture! Alice looks almost bald compared to her curly curls she has now)