toy or collectors item :P you decide

so i stopped in across the street at an estate sale the other morning.. and my eyes quickly found this…

a lovely old singer

i was told by the guy running the sale that it works, and for $20 i was more than willing to take that chance.

a little googling and i now know, it is a Singer Slant-o-Matic Special (Designed for modern, functional and decorative sewing)  it appears to have been manufactured in the early 60s

.. but whatever, i think it is absolutely adorable.  i just plugged it in and lo and behold the needle did just what a sewing machine needle should… it moved up and down!

it uses something called fashion discs which did not come with the machine, but appear to be available for a modest amount on various websites, and i got a copy of the manual online as well (who loves the internet? i love the internet, i do, i do, i dooooo)

and how can you go wrong with this

the checkerboard hat

so finally after a few false starts and some creative swearing and throwing things, the checkerboard hat finally this evening started to look as if there would be some checkerboard happening…. i started the row for the color change for the blocks to start taking shape, SO exciting!

the top of the hat as it starts coming together.

a close up of the switch..

 

rotary cutters ARE dangerous and i made 2 quilt blocks

so i have this quilt i have been planning to make for 6 months or so… but just haven’t had the gumption to get the craft room straightened out and get started on it…

 

Enter Jazi Crafts and the Thursday night Sewing D!  i whipped up 2 – 9 patch blocks lickety split and then sat around making and listening to inappropriate jokes/comments and having a great time.  pictures will be forthcoming, but since it is a suprise-ish quilt i don’t want to give it away too early.  i still have a bunch of blocks to make and then get it all put together for quilting, but we are going to have another sewing night next week so perhaps i will get the fabric cut ahead of time for some power sewing.

 

and always, ALWAYS close the cover of your rotary cutter even if you are just quickly rearranging things on your table, or some other innocent thing, not really involving rotary cutters at all.. they WILL cut you and you WILL bleed a profuse amount… i am fine, it was a shallow cut, but it was so quick i didn’t even realize until the blood started.. so that is my safety report for the day

(0 days with no accidents)

yea, i play with shrinky dinks…

i just love going to Jazi Crafts for classes, i have so much fun and so far no one has kicked me out for being my usual obnoxious self 😛

 

this weekend i got to play with Shrinky Dinks, well  that isn’t what they are called when you are a grown up, but it is all i could think of while i was doing it…

we started with the big white heart and the little purple one is how it ended up, pretty cool, huh..

now i want 100 sheets of the shrink plastic and a new set of colored pencils… i am ready to GO!

some close up pics of the front and back

i love yarning night…

good friends, funny stories (can you say Zippy, the Amish girl?)  and even a little bit of crocheting 🙂  the hat is coming along nicely…

i am using this pattern http://www.craftown.com/Crochet-Hat-Pattern–h–Checkered-Hat.html It is supposed to be an easy beginner pattern… but i found it to be less than easy to get started… when you work a round and then have to turn to go back the other direction for the next round… what do you do with the other color you aren’t actively crocheting with…. well, i will tell you, you hide it inside the stitches, but you might notice the pattern doesn’t point that out… maybe there is an easier way.. i would love to hear it if there is…

but anyway.. i got it sorted out, and with the extra yarn running through, it will be a nice warm hat to keep me warm in these frigid san diego winters…

It has been a while…

i have a few projects going, i made a cupcake at Amigurumi class last week.  i love that class…  Also i have been trying to get a hat crocheted up, and it has been giving me fits… i think i wrestled it into submission this evening after 3 crochet how to books and some tutorial videos 🙂

when finished it will be a checkerboard patterned hat.  i will take it along to Yarning Night at Jazi Crafts tomorrow night for some critique as i finish up.

 

I  started another cupcake while at my old Rancho Bernardo knitting group last night at the 4S library. hoping to get a few done up and learn the coffee/tea cup pattern as well to give to some little girls i know 🙂