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More Favorite sites this week and SALES!

Roses, new A/C, reference letters, 2012 Taxes, finishing porch arbor, cutting new stuff, playing with Etsy, website and blog …

May Queen growing faster than we can build!

May Queen growing faster than we can build!

Oh and I met a lady in Town through Etsy that goes to Scotland a couple of times a year. I might have a coffee mate if we can clear our schedules enough to get together!Oh I do hope I found someone with the Gaelic to talk to me with out PAYING for it!

Her photography is amazing and her taste is well, like things I see and notice!

New Dawn "The bad girl" She spans a full 18 feet out now. Hope that arbor holds!

New Dawn "The bad girl" She spans a full 18 feet out now. Hope that arbor holds!

That’s my garden and I hope she wants to use it …Her stuff is AWESOME!

Check her out: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KClarkPhotography

I guess I have more LIFE than I can handle! It’s sort of neat and sort of scarey! How did I get here crosses my mind frequently. Then I remember. Right actions , sewing seeds… karma….

New Dawn Rambler Rose

 

 

Okay we have an awesome sale going on now at my favorite store!

Oh and I so needed some more picot edging for those little nickers!

Irish crocheted picot edging

Irish crocheted picot edging

 

Enjoy! The SALE LINK !

http://view.e-marthapullen.com/?j=febd11747d6d067b&m=fe9615707060037b77&ls=fdfe15717166017e7d177170&l=fecf1570776d077c&s=fe3d16737664047e751477&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe5f157072650375751c&r=0

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Ruffles, I want more! That’s so me..the more..not the ruffles.

12 yards of ruffles and 24 yards of french lace is gorgeous!

Heirloom Lavender Romper with imported Swiss Embroidery SOLD!

New stuff in the store finally and working on others. Lots of lacy and ruffles everywhere in the studio!

Actually finished over 225 yards of ruffle edge Tuesday (both sides). It was almost peaceful and Zen like to do it all at once. Now if the powers that be could just make a Serger that didn’t sound like a flipping jack-hammer I would do it again today. Dang that thing is so loud I couldn’t hear anything else going on in the house. Today I still feel the vibration in my bad hand…and my tushy…(the floor was even vibrating me through the stool). Oh the joys of sewing.

Off to put it all together,and pin it. Should be posting new stuff again on Friday God willing! Already sold the purple heirloom outfit and need another up soon!

Visit the store at: Lady Iris Jean by mackenzieprince on Etsy

https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/mackenzieprince

New How to video coming next week on working with “poor man’s lace”. Very appropriate to the current sad economy. We need some light hearted clothing to not feel so weighed down don’t you think?

TTFN

 

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How to thread elastic without loosing your money or your mind.

Sometimes we look at something so simple, watch someone do it and think “I got this.” It wasn’t until I started taking heir-looming classes that all the itty-bitty things and boo-boos I was doing started to really come out. The tiny tricks of the trade can make you re-think what you are doing right down to the tools you use and the steps you take.  Now I learned most of my stuff from my Mom. I remember actually explaining somethings to my Home ec teacher in highschool! But..

The real head spinner for this old-gal, learning all this stuff in the context of here and NOW, can really be really different. Ya-know… I darn near BUY all that new fangled stuff to get things done. I am glad some lovely women are using their skills and coming up with fancy smancy do-dads to get sewing projects done but…. The voice of reason always taps me on the shoulder now and says “Wait a minute! You got 12 rulers at home already honey!” I can just imagine all those New sewers becoming overwhelmed at the supplies they think they need! One of these topics concerns the simple and no cost ways to thread elastic through a casing.

The picture at the start shows 3 ways I will talk about, that I use these days.

A threader a safety pin and a home-aide bodkin.

I do have a fancy threader (I got years ago) that cost me an entire dollar. I have unfortunately spent a lot of money on turning tubes and other fancy gadgets that went into the trash after 1 use. The Dritze threader is still under $3 and there is a Japanese on on-line that is metal for 2 dollars. As Always ADD IN shipping and, your little deal just became a Non-deal.(total for a dritz threader order is almost $10..I just checked.)So what are you supposed to do?

Skip past the threader for a look at the old ways!

  1. 1st measure the elastic length you need by using your pattern guide or
  2. Take a piece and wrap i,t pulling just slightly, around the arm or leg of the person you are sewing for (not tight!) .Pleave a pin at the length you just measured.  Leave at least an inch on each end to “fiddle with”, (I like to leave 2 inches because I have fumble fingers) and cut the elastic strip.
  3. Now check that your tool will fit the casing.

4. If it doesn’t fit scroll down to the safety pin or blunt needle section.

5. Attach it to your “tool”. I like to tie mine but some use a safety pin. Keep reading for the trouble I have with safety pins. leave at least an inch on each end to “fiddle with”.

 

6. I double the elastic when I pin it to make sure I have some bulk to stop at the opening.

7. Now all you have to do is pull the tube backwards throough the casing. Do this slowly, trying to keep the elastic from twisting.

8. Once you get to the end, contrary to simple thought, you need to anchor that puppy with 2 pins, especially if it is tiny elastic. You may THINK that 1st one has it anchored but …if not you just made more work and frustration for yourself.I do not cut the extra off. There is more to do now.

 

Options of threading elastic using tiny baby elastic 4
Pinning tiny elastic well to avoid loosing the ends

9. I need to measure the gathered area. If I have “slipped up and gotten it too tight, no is the time to figure that out, not after you sew it down.

Measuring to make sure I don't cut off the circulation to some poor child's toes-ies!

10. Now to the machine. I have pins sticking out and need to place it so that it doesn’t miss the elastic when it stitches nor break the needle. I place the pins like so, pointed in a specific direction, so that I can remove them easily when the time is right.

Placing the anchored elastic for stitching under the presser foot

11.  I do the one closest first using a 1.5 stich length and go over it 3 times back and forth. Then I move the fabric over to the other pin appoz 1/4 inch away. and place the foot firmly on the area right over the pin. THEN i can remove the pins.

 

Options of threading elastic using tiny baby elastic 1
Second anchor stitch placement

 

Removing the pins after pressor foot is DOWN.

12.  After sewing, you can SEE why I needed to do this. The elastic ooched it’s way from the foot and movement of the feed dogs up. If I hadn’t done all this it would have slipped, twisted and..frustration gallor!

2 Anchor stitches holding 1/8 inch elastic firmly for baby clothing
Neat and secure.

Safety pens to the rescue (and other ways)

Historiccally. We did not have these neat threaders. They are relatively new and affordable thanks to plastic (and trade agreements:). There is another way to do this and spend NO money to get that elastic through.

The first way is using a safety pin or blunted large eyed needle or old bodkin.

When using a safety pin you need to know few things to make it work:

  1. Fold the elastic over on itself as pictured. Pressure from pulling it through the casing will fray it and it will come apart INSIDE your casing (time wasting and frustrating, after digging it out, re-threading etc, you are exhausted and need a vacation!))
  2. Make SURE your safety pin clasp head closes securely. These day the little boogers are not as well made as in the past. The clasp doesn’t hold and pops open. You loose the elastic and the thing is stuck inside your casing OPEN. Nasty situation involving seam ripping sometimes. If my pin is “iffy” I have a pair of pliers I can use to mash it totally closed. I would rather throw the thing away afterward than go through seam ripping and re-sewing.

A bodkin is an old idea. Go here to see what it is. (NEAT place). You can buy cheap platic ones or make your own with a large eyed tapestry or upolstrey needle. Just file it down to blunt.

It works for those tiny casings. There is a problem with your figures holding on however…. It is difficult to grasp as you work the needle through the casing and is slower than either of the other methods however but,when using <1/4 casings, nothing else may fit! Go slow and be careful not to accidentally pierce the fabric inside the casing. I did one leg using this method.

Using a large eyed blunt needle to thread tiny elastic through a casing on a baby outfit.

You can buy bodkins modern kinds… (with a price I find hysterical. They are flimsey blunted things that look like they cost a cent to make  I can not believe people actually spend money on those things but hey…Go with what makes you comfortable.)

If you ever find an historic one of bone spend that money and send me a pic!

Here is a sight that carries them in bone and wood. The site is fascinating for those of us who love old things and the old ways!

http://www.scarletscarab.com/sewingacc.htm

I remember my great-grandmothers that was made by her grandfather. Long gone now as those in the “they know not what they do” category threw away (like in the dumpster!) all of her sewing stuff. I have the thimbles, pin cushions, patterns, books and sewing table because Lady Iris Jean was smart enough & humble enough to actually jump in said dumpster and try and save what she could….oh for that bodkin though! But thanks Mom for the things I do have. They are priceless when I sit down and use something I know my mom’s mom’s mom’s mom was sitting and using 100 years ago!

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Ready set go, how I do it at warp speed with the Gaelig

It’s 6 am ….and it has been one weird ol’ week. What with the stalkers and accidents…  and the cat whose eyes swelled shut and the other that hurt her leg AGAIN.

Luna pre car chasing phase

Hubby got a new job and Daughter is on her way with the grand babies so the next 7-10 days is going to be a wild ride! I have got to MOVE!

Here’s the music I listen to, while I’m going warp speed…

These are also connected to my Facebook sight.

Warning, don’t click if you are trying to relax!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdO-JqtDPTw&feature=related

I call it the Bonnet song

I don’t have time to be discouraged or overwhelmed! I just turn on that Julie Fowlis and GO! Can’t sit still listening to THAT can you?

Here is a place to just keep listening:

http://www.myspace.com/juliefowlis

Now which direction do I need to go while I’m dancing about?

I need to baby proof the house, clean the carpets, muck the Rose garden, Stock the pantry, Fight back the ironing sprawl, bath the cats, change the sheets and was all the slip covers…. YEAH, RIGHT! HAHAHAHAHAH.

Note to self, Glass breaks,,,remove it.

I have found an actual FLAW in the Lady Iris Jean way of doing things this week. Grandbabies are new to this house and as I started the pr-cleaning prep … I had flash backs of Daughter at age 1 at Lady Iris Jean’s house. She was a holy terror. Thankfully she wasn’t a climber. My only hope is that this one isn’t either. THE Mimi was a stickler for cleanliness and order just like I am BUT, ..Daughter lives with 3 dogs and a Marine and a one year old. I mean so really…how clean do I need to go here?

Note to self remove the antique lamp and table.. Maybe I should just have them sleep in the garage? No, the cats sleep in there and they would be upset. I’ll figure it out somehow.

There will be crumbs, juice, spit, drool, spills and the occasional bodily fluid all over the place by the end of the 1st day. Put a woooooow on that there clean machine honey! Whites…thank god for bleach huh’ Mom?

At least I have a home carpet cleaner and you didn’t!

We have a saying in our family: “Is it clean or is it Mimi clean?”

Uhmmm, I think we are going to just have a plain clean.

Hubby and I have people over every Sunday and he got really exasperated this last week. He said ,” These people aren’t your mother and they won’t notice that dirty place on the sugar container just turn it over. Besides, she probably wouldn’t have noticed it either.”

Lay Iris Jean

Me: “ Yeah, you are probably right about the group and No mom wouldn’t say anything, we’d just find her in here cleaning it and she’d say “I’m just helping you, this looks like it’s hard to clean and I don’t mind, where do you keep your bleach?”.

Umm, yeah. Not going to happen this week I’m afraid.

So the list just got smaller. I figure the spring-cleaning will commence the day they LEAVE.  Baby and Daughter have been cooped up in a cold wet house for months and while it is wet here, at least it’s 70-80 everyday. We can all go play in the yard. Mark off another chore AND add baby proof the yard.

So that leaves (no pun intended), …a do – able list of fill the pantry, and baby proofing the universe as I know it…Yeah, maybe I can sew on… like Friday!

I found an old 1920-1930 baby romper pattern and whipped up 3 real fast. Heirlooming them, takes goobs and gobbs of time. I used lots of Swiss embroidery and insertion and oodles of lace. (Like about 5 yards of this amazing French edging (just on one little hiney! and 1-2 yards of the other stuff) I still have 1 to top stitch and 2 leg elastic weaving’s to do but I’m really pleased.What do ya think?

Ill be listening to this one for the hand work:

(The spinning songs)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb8AVVlAltk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-ofqNfH9No&feature=related

3 little bubble outfits from 1920-30's pattern

Here are the pics I tried to upload the other day when I thought I would have a coronary from this darn blog. Enjoy.

1920-30s pattern and fabric with frothy frothy lace

5 yards of French lace on a baby's bottom, PRICELESS!

Oh… and Dear Lubbock Auntie the one with the Lacey shoulders I made with you in mind. Kisses!

Lace, embroidery and ruffles with polkadots!

Swiss embroidery, swiss lace and roses, so lovely!

This week I’m sure I’ll be singing this one A LOT ( about a complaining daughter) I PLAN to teach the LICKY-NAY song to the Grand babies!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYDikGIRs2E&feature=fvwrel

Interested in Gaelic? the BBC is amazing in getting this to you and the kids!

Click here for Scottish and learn to play Peek a boo:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/alba/foghlam/

Or here to get the scoop on Irish Gaelig.

http://talkirish.com/games/

Both have Free lesson sites!

Like the music but don’t want to spend money (great for sewing to)

http://aolradio.slacker.com/?aolid=771

Click  INTERNATIONAL then Click CELTIC

Have a great week! Slan

My FAKE grandbabies playing in the sewing study. Yes I'm strange but it works for me. (And yes they have the Gaelig)

Visit my store sometime! http://www.etsy.com/shop/mackenzieprince

Web store coming soon, oh lord I am SOOO looking forward to THAT program…NOT.

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Eye candy update

Check out the Fb page for a preview of things at the studio.

Heirloom lace skirt- for Missy S.


https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003201624999

When I die, I say just pile all that lace on top and leave me naked.
Remember the saying “She who dies with the biggest stach wins.”…???

Yeah, It’s like that.

Anyway

Grand-baby coming in a couple of weeks and this place is not baby proofed. Gotta get busy wrapping some things up and fast! I spent 2 hours removing antiques from the guest room this morning (things that little hands can demolish). Jeff is going through and rehanging things with SCREWS…he envisions her to be a spider monkey capable of scaling walls with suction-cup like fingers. Ha!

Have a great day and enjoy the eye candy!

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I’m Calling Momma!

Creating something with a life of it’s own.
It is not a new concept.
Women do it all the time.
We learn from our Mom’s, long after they are gone EXACTLY what that is like and that it does NOT take 9 months…it takes a lifetime!

The parallels with giving birth and creating are just too cliche. But honestly, I’m at the point in the gestation that I am writing in my SLEEP. Anyone remember being 9 months pregnant, unable to breath, or get comfortable. Then dozing off to sleep only to come awake as they decide to wake up and play and are jumping up and down on your bladder?

The Lil' Lady Iris Jeans' eyes

Yeah it’s like that.I awaken mid-sentence composing.

So I took one look at it all this morning and decided I needed to LAUGH about it all for a while.

Somehow I found myself on the AARP site.
I found a list of things to do and NOT do, after age 50.

What a hoot. My husband starting getting membership forms at age 50. He breathlessly waits 2 weeks from now, when he can get the Seniors deal at i-Hop (now age 55 to qualify).

I have not laughed THAT hard in months.

I mean really…it never dawned on me that,…
there is an age limit for using the word “tinkle”!
Bahahahahah!

Here’s the link to one of them. Of course I can’t figure out how to get there directly! This adventure of electronic devises is the point of this blog remember?

http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/info-03-2011/slang-we-should-drop.1.html

But, going on, One list had this one in it:

“try to master something you are afraid of but won’t kill you”

I think they were talking about skydiving or something.

So I started thinking about what I haven’t done. Self, always full of fascinating help says, ” … Uhmmm … finish the BOOK!”

No-no-no self,…..What other stuff did I think I couldn’t do. Stuff that was too terrifying to even comprehend. I think that things, placed in perspective against another experience helps me compare how bad it really might be(my brain always says “it’s the end of the world”.) There are a million things on my list of things I have survived now BUT…. this one train of thought was interesting and they always involved my mother:

Little terror at 6 months with Paw

Giving birth terrified me, but didn’t kill me.1 hour after finding the little pink X in September,I called Mom
“On a scale of 1-10, how bad is this going to hurt?”
What?
Giving birth?
Honey, when are you due?
July, 9 months.
Good god child! WHAT DAY ARE YOU IN!

Marrying my soul mate terrified me;
Mom I’m terrified, I can’t marry him.
Why?
Because it will be wonderful and then he will die and it will hurt too bad.
Really? I would ask you what day you are in but for grins I’ll just start with what decade?

Now you can see WHY I only plan until Friday, huh?

This is going to kill me...but 1st... I will cherish it

Anyway…..

Raising a TEEN AGE GIRL terrified me but didn’t kill me.

I just thought I WAS dying. It frequently crossed my mind that, one of us was going to have to GO …..Ever utter these words or, had them uttered to you:

“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out!”

Uhmmmm, yeah. Heard ‘um and said ‘um.

Her therapist (1995) said, “that probably wasn’t helping the situation.” But let’s face it, very little will HELP a nutso teenager other than continued physical presence in their life and constant communication. At least we were speaking.

I remember thinking. “Well it’s helping ME to NOT kill her. As long as she is sucking air there is still hope.Then,…Note to self: Call your mother to thank her for not ending your life… And apologize profusely for all harm caused by raging hormones, along with every hair-brained thing I ever did.” I made that call so many times. Sometimes I would call to tell her the curse of “10 just like you” wrapped up in one little body, was NOT funny anymore and could she PLEASE take it BACK?!

Lady Jean goofing (can I say that?)

Mom is cackling with all her heart at all the stories she left to be told!
“But MOMMA!, writing the Lil Lady Iris Jean Books and projects is…terrifying and it might kill me!

Mom, self is BOTHERING ME!

Example of nasty negative absolutes SELF chants at times:
This will NEVER work
this ALWAYS happens,
this is just RUINED and should be burned, or
EVERYBODY thinks your crazy and NOBODY is going to look at this much less read it

I decided I NEEDED to know more about writing so I (of COURSE), got another book. Said book states

“don’t proof read, do not even get tempted to do so, don’t do it…. just GO and keep going.”

I now have 6 folders to proofread. Now I need to make room in the schedule to proofread? Geeze, Louis!

I laughed and I got real still this morning and…

Mom says,
“It will all turn out as it should be. Always has, always will…”.

Even when I think in nasty negative absolutes, she’s always right… always was.

And lets face it. I never could tell a “good” situation” from a “bad one”.

Ya see this?

My child scaring me to death AGAIN

She turned out so beautiful, joined the few female patrolling Marines.
(I thought I would die, again)
and now has a daughter of her own and another on the way.
(These babies are the REASON for Lil’ Lady Iris Jean ).

My 2 greatest fears. So what do I know?


She is strong. Oh so strong of character,she glows from those eyes so like my mothers. She is creative, loving and still learning herself. Simply an amazing women.

And.. THE best part is…

She calls to apologize, FREQUENTLY.
And he isn’t dead YET!

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Staring at Lace, conversing with my….. self?

Staring at Lace…I get the design board up to the lace part,and then I just STARE at it.

I have an enormous collection. It started when I wanted to get married in a gown covered in bits and pieces of scraps of lace in 2001. I found one…
It was $3000. I gagged, but was able to stop what followed only because I was wearing it. We went with a more flat style with scraps of lace on handkerchiefs with the date embroidered on them and an awesome Red velvet cape.

Red cape sans lace

But I started collecting scraps and bits, at close outs and at garage sales.
I had a daughter who was going to be of marrying age in a few years, like if, THAT ever happened….

She married at 2 am in Las Vegas in a pin-up girl style and dress in 2009 …BLAST, it was not (I’m too old for that caarap)…Sing with me now,… “I did it mmmyyyyyy wwwaaayyyyy”.

2 much at 2 am

So I HAVE all this LACE. I feel like I’m married to it somehow. I mean…what if it’s the wrong decision, what if I have to take it off, that’s a booger to do. But I get it in placed, and I’ll be attaching it on a sleeve after FINALLY deciding “this tea dyed french 2 inch would look incredible on a frothy soft blue top.”

I sit and pause as the machine starts to whine and I stop mid-stitch and think,
“Oh good grief, you aren’t marrying it for GODs sakes”….see what I mean.

One batch of lace layed out, I have way more...

Then comes…
“Well that’s just too plain, maybe we should improve on the plan”.

Take COVER.

This is a red flag. This is NOT a good thing.
Improving on the plan usually gets me a flustered raving pouting mess…

I like these but...

I like these but...

And I just used these on this skirt

So I keep going. Thank goodness it’s time for a break.

Tea time with SELF

I almost messed with the plan.Thank the powers that be,… it ended before it started. It would inevitably ended up with me staring at the lace again (all 4000 or so yards of the stuff) and getting nothing done.

I say…,” Hay self, why do you do that?
Self says,”Is it because it’s pretty?”
“Na, that’s not it, I mean it is pretty and all but that’s not it.”
“Well, what the hell is it self?”
“Waste?”
“Maybe you are superstitious, and think if you use it …I don’t know something will happen?”

“Na, it’s like eye candy,it makes me smile to look at it…I just love it!”

“Na, that’s stupid. You are just a 2 year old who doesn’t want to share.”

“Yeah, THAT could be it… You never did like to share either.”

Our store and children’s books can be found at:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mackenzieprince

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