It’s been way too long since I’ve used this blog. That’s not to say I haven’t been crafty in the last year. I have, so maybe I’ll post some pictures of the things I’ve done later. This is my latest project, and it’s probably the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I have a rather large front window and with a low-temp glue gun I made a spider web on it. My hand shakes and I am terrible at drawing anything, but I think it turned out good. I would say that anyone with any drawing talent at all could probably make even better spider webs or other holiday things. (I’ll be doing snowflakes for the winter). Sorry for the flash in the pic, but I couldn’t get one where you could see the web without the flash.
I’ve been gearing up for my friend’s baby shower and I really wanted to make something handmade and special for her. I don’t mean to be cheap, but I really do not have much money now. Still, lack of spending money wasn’t the reason I first decided to make something special for her and for the baby. My whole life, I grew up watching my mom and her sisters make beautiful gifts for others. The five sisters and her three brothers are all artists in some way. I love seeing all the amazingly creative gifts they come up with for every occasion. I know that I am very talented in some ways, but when it comes to some things, there is an interruption, a stall, and my hands won’t do what in my head I KNOW exactly how it should be. I could ‘see’ perfect directions on how to accomplish something, but when I try to do it, I just mess it up.
I’ve made quite a few aprons at this point, but tonight I got started on an apron idea I KNOW should be easy to do. I planned to make a full apron that has a large front pocket, divided into four pockets. I planned to make this apron out of one material and the pocket(s) out of another. I knew how to cut it and construct it. I had all the separate pieces laid out. I did a test and made sure that the big pocket would be able to be sewn into smaller ones that would fit, a bottle, pacifier, rattle, diaper/wipes, ointment, and a burp rag -(made by yours truly) which would match the apron fabric. Because the apron fabric is race cars (she’s having a boy) I thought I’d still dress it up and make it a little girly and add some red ruffles around the trim. Not so hard, I’ve added ruffles to things that probably didn’t even need ruffles.
So, after the whole thing is more or less completed, my mind just stalled, I’m in the middle of attaching what I think is the back piece to the apron and I look at it and all is well, look again and I think I’m good. So I finish the back, adding the ruffles in between the fabric and take it off the machine to look at it and mark where the ties will go. I leave a little space on each ‘side’ between the back and front and do the ties last. Well I didn’t get that far because as I reach for the ties with one hand and start smoothing out the apron with the other, I realize that I did not grab the back piece for the apron. No, somehow I pulled the ‘extra fabric that should’ve been parts of the ruffles to one side and sewed the entire thing nearly in half.
Yes, it’s 2am, but 2am to me is a ‘normal’ person’s 5pm. I worked an eight hour shift tonight, but I’m not too tired, my brain, I thought was working well. This is just me. I’m a real idiot sometimes. Even when I check and double check and triple check something, I can manage to screw it up. So, the wonderful thing would be me just taking a seam ripper to it and salvaging it, but I can’t, the way the fabric is, you can clearly see the needle holes that go all over the front and there is just no coming back from that. I tried to see if I added some ruffles over it if it would work, but it goes in funny shape and there’s no way I can. Do I have additional fabric? Sure, but not any that is ‘boy’ fabric. I have enough for the burp rag, but that’s it. Long ago I accepted that my brain is odd and that I can usually not create art unless it resembles something from Picasso or Rothko. But I made aprons before! This shouldn’t have been hard and there was no reason for such a big mistake.
I don’t know what to do. She is coming to stay with me tomorrow, for two nights before her shower, so it’s not like I can just be like… ‘Oh hey’ you’re on your own in my house while I just go sit for hours in my room and sew something. I don’t even have fabric to do that. Now, I’m going to have to hope I can get a chance to go to a store and buy something extremely cheap. This is a major *headdesk* moment.
So here’s hoping that tomorrow things might look brighter. Maybe little elves will come into my room overnight and make me the apron exactly as it should’ve been. LOL!
These are my first attempts at aprons. Having not sewed a thing in years, and dealing with a machine that I was sure had a mind of its own, I eventually created four aprons. Now that I’m more familiar with the machine, the type of fabrics I should have used and the general technique of sewing, I think my next sewing endeavor may be a little better than this one, but I’m still proud of them and look forward to learning more. I plan to create a template and a step-by-step tutorial for myself so I can remember how to do these for next time because I’d like to weed out the most accurate and efficient way to make these. Also, I have a horrible memory when it comes to detailed steps. Also, I realize that these aprons aren’t sewed with neat stitches and there is bunching of fabrics, and editing issues but I hope I’m able to learn from what I did I wrong for next time.
First apron, Blue Poke-a-dot apron
Apron 2, Soft pink poke-a-dot apron
Apron 3, Purple Geometric, Stripes & Poke-a-dots apron for my cousin Elizabeth’s birthday gift
Apron 4, Bridal Shower apron for my soon-to-be cousin, Niketa
The best part of making this project: Knowing that my cousins will all love them because they were designed especially for them.
What I learned most with this project: The golden rule I’d forgotten and paid for -‘measure twice, cut once!’ lol
What’s Next?: I will attempt to make me a simplistic form of the Rainbow Brite dress and a Twink costume for my 3 year-old nephew, Riley.
About ten years ago, the sound of a sewing machine was heard in the private haven of my bedroom as often as the sound of my computer keyboard or music on my stereo. One thing led to another and life didn’t allow me the time to sew my own clothing, to make blankets and curtains. To be honest, I also lost interest in it due to my weight gain and realizing I could no longer wear the things I made myself. Seriously though, as I look back on it, those items weren’t exactly a loss to my ever-growing fashion sense. Still, I did mourn them when I finally gave in and either threw them away or donated them. I even packed away my sewing machine for a while, then later gave it my mother and also hundreds of supplies, including bolts worth of material, notions and tools… (she has an entire room devoted to sewing), because I didn’t have the room in my bedroom or my life, for any of it. Two years ago, I sewed two Halloween costumes for my oldest two nephews, Quinlan was a wizard and Aiden was a King. I also began to put together some aprons I planned to do as Christmas gifts for my aunt and three of my cousins but time got away from me, and they sat in my mom’s craft room unfinished.
I’ve always been a very creative person, though writing is the only form of creativity in which I am confident about now. I love art and though I can see an image and all the details that may go into creating a painting I’ve imagined, my brain to hand connection is sorely lacking with execution. My mom, older sister and younger brother are wonderful artists, but whatever it is that someone is born with to be an artist (as far as drawing, painting or even sketching a decent stick-figure goes) I don’t have it.
The way I express my creativity the most is with writing. I love writing, I write all types of things, mostly novels, but also songs and poetry. I consider myself a decent singer and actress and I know I feel almost as good on a stage performing anything at all, as I do sitting in a comfy chair and writing out an imaginary world. When I moved into my apartment in June, I began imagining all the things I’d like to buy to make my apartment more of a home. I haven’t exactly had the money to do any of these things and I spent the freedom and creativity I’ve felt, solely on writing.
But then, my sister posted a link to a picture of a Halloween costume she thought I’d love. For myself and my youngest nephew, Riley. Rainbow Brite and Twink. From there, I found the tutorial for it and my creative juices started to flow. I remembered that I did at one time love to sew and I was sure that I could make these costumes. But wait, I had a wedding shower to go to first and I needed a personal gift than the one already bought from the registry, and my cousin’s birthday was coming up too. So, that’s when I decided to finish making her apron and I also decided I could make something for my soon-to-be new cousin too. I procured my sewing machine, some fabrics and the items I’d already put together for aprons, bought some new accessories and tried to remember how to sew.
It’s truly so much harder than I remembered it being! I almost gave up after my machine broke a couple of needles, refused to thread the bobbin correctly and ate some of my fabric. The stitches on everything didn’t come out neatly, or straight, but I continued on. These are gifts from the heart, I reminded myself and I wasn’t going to get any better without practice. I knew my cousins would love them no matter what they looked like. So I finished the ones for my other two cousins too, though now I think I may re-do one of them. It was a learning process and I’m so interested to continue learning how to make new things. I would really like to make drapes for my bedroom windows, pillows for my sofa (after I buy couch covers because I think making those will always be out of my reach) and hopefully through following craft blogs I might get inspiration and learn to make other things too.
So this is the beginning of my journey into balancing the love I have for creating art in all the avenues I love. I’m excited and ready to take it on. It has already been a wonderful way for me to get over my writer’s block too!