John’s Pet Basket

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My little brother John (age 7) has started his own blog, all about his interesting pets and general love for animals.

http://johnspetbasket.wordpress.com

He told me yesterday he already has 16 people (I am assuming he meant followers). 🙂  His latest post is about his awesome new chameleon, Emerald.

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In other news, I have been working little by little on a cute wrap blouse!  Got a lot done last night, and I will be posting pics soon!

Hope you all have an enchanting day,

Bessie

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Moths

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This post is completely unrelated to sewing, but I just couldn’t help myself.  Last night I accidentally left the porch light on, and this morning, much to my delight, my back porch was covered in gorgeous moths.

It seems like a lot of people don’t like moths.  I know they can be annoying, flying inside your house and getting stuck in your hair–not to mention eating your clothes sometimes.  However you must admit, some of them are absolutely stunning.

It amazes me that there were so many different moths in one tiny space!  So many different sizes and shapes and colors and patterns!  A gently reminder of how amazing our Creator is.  I needed that this morning. 🙂

These moths are all beautiful, but sadly the prettiest one of all few away before I could snap a picture!  It was white, with long smooth wings and just a couple thin black stripes.  Ah well!  I think you will enjoy these anyway. 😉

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~Bessie

p.s. I promise I will do another sewing project soon!  I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that things are just going to move a little slower with a baby in tow.  😉

Great British Sewing Bee: Challenging Myself


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I mentioned the other day that I had an idea I was excited about.  Well, here it is!

Have you watched the amazing new BBC show The Great British Sewing Bee?  If you haven’t, please do so.  It is absolutely amazing.  You can watch it here.  If you have, I’m sure you and I had similar feelings of inspiration throughout the series.  I don’t know about you, but I wanted to join in on every challenge–both to show-off the skills I have, and to grow and perfect the ones that need work.  Wouldn’t it be great to have an expert examine your garments and tell you exactly what needs to be fixed?  Nerve-wracking, and probably a bit humiliating, but great!

I have been crossing my fingers that they will branch out and do a Great American Sewing Bee someday soon (to which I will apply and maybe, just maybe, be accepted), but until then I thought perhaps I’d have a go at the challenges from season 1 on my own, using only vintage sewing patterns of course. 🙂

If you remember, the first challenge was to make an a-line skirt.  I have narrowed it down to two simple a-line skirt patterns, both from the 60’s.  I would make up the simplest version of whichever I chose (no pleats):

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The only difference really is that McCall’s 6098 has a center seam and Advance 9464 does not.   The pleated/wrapped looks of Advance 9464 are actually just trim. 😉  Clever clever!

My favorite a-line skirt pattern that I have in stock is Simplicity 5084, but it is a wrap skirt and one of the most important aspects of the a-line skirt challenge was to install a nice invisible zip.  Alas–we’ll save this one for another day!

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So what do you think?  Which skirt pattern would you choose?  And more importantly, anyone interested in doing this challenge with me?  It could be loads of fun!

Well, signing off for the night.

~Bessie

Vintage Featherlite Suitcase

Sorry about the lack of posts lately.  We just got back from a trip out to the wine country, which I must say was glorious!  My mother’s family lives out there, so we had an amazing time visiting and seeing the sights.

It’s nice to be home, though. 🙂

Before we left, I went shopping for a used suitcase for myself, as I don’t have one with wheels.  I found one that I liked, along with this beauty:

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The funniest thing?  This awesome vintage suitcase was much less expensive than the so-so modern used suitcase I found.  Both were at thrift stores.  Doesn’t make sense, but I’m not complaining!

How do you feel about vintage suitcases?

~Bessie