Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Just a Thing or Two

As I was editing last weekend’s photos, I realized that I have been a little productive in the sewing room.

My friend’s church has a couple of ladies that take mission trips to Haiti, Dominican Republic and Honduras.  They deliver dresses to girls in orphanages there.  Each Monday night members and non-members of the church gather to make these simple dresses.  I have participated a few times. 

Over the last few months I contributed 13 dresses.

All of the materials come from donations.


Speaking of donations…  a couple more helmet liners were donated to Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.  

These were sent to me from Pat in New Jersey.  She is a friend of Selina’s who, like Selina, has contributed helmet liners the last two or three years.  Selina’s package is somewhere in post office land.  She has her local postmaster searching for them.  Between the three of us, we have completed 7 helmet liners this year.


My sister visited last month so we could celebrate my Mom’s 73rd birthday.  

As is our tradition, we went to the Mount Dora Craft Fair.  It is pretty much the same year after year.  You can read about a previous visit here.


I cut fabric for two laptop cases.  My daughter’s college roommate asked for one and my daughter decided hers needs to be replaced. 

I was supposed to finish these last weekend using my early birthday present...thank you SWEEEET HUBBY! 

However, there was a distraction…a nice distraction.  I’ll share about that in a later post.

Hoping to make the laptop cases by Friday as I’m leaving for Old Town Alexandria on Saturday for 9 days.  I’ll be working there all of next week.  

It won’t be all work and no play, though.  Next Sunday morning, and the following, I’ll be taking a class at Fibre Space.  I shared my first visit with them here.  They sent me the yarn, pre-wound, in advance so I could make the swatch.  

We will be learning how to make this...

Photo from Google Search

The pattern is Asanagi Wrap by Olga Buraya-Kefeliar.  You can find it on Ravelry.  The yarn is from Woolfolk Tynd, 100% Ovis 21 ultimate merino – whatever that means.  I’ll ask for an explanation when I get to class.

Hope everyone exercised their right and voted today.  I did my part J


Monday, November 7, 2016

100th Blog Post Giveaway Winner

First I want to thank everyone that commented on my last blog post for their encouragement and feedback.  You’ve given me just what I asked for J  I wish I had a gift certificate for all of you!

Counting people, twenty-one followers commented so I let the random number generator do its thing…

The lucky number today is 15!  

Congratulations to Needled Mom
Mary will receive the $25 Fat Quarter gift certificate.

Thank you all again!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day J

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

100th Blog Post and Giveaway

When I started my blog on June 6, 2013, the intent was to share progress on my craft projects - and maybe a little of my life - on a weekly basis.  Now that would mean today should be my 179th post.  I’m a little off from my original goal J

I’ve made so many new blog friends but it seems like we are more likely to post on Instagram or Facebook these days.  It’s like an instant post without much effort.  Honestly, I do not really post much on the Slammin’ the Screen Door Facebook page, I’m mostly on Instagram and I see so many of my favorite blog friends are there as well.

I am not quite ready to abandon the blog.  I do have hopes of reviving it along with my creative activity.  I have been in such a slump lately with regard to sewing or much of anything crafty.  I’m going to shake myself out of this slump because I have so many projects waiting to be completed.

And because it is somewhat of a miracle – that I have completed 100 blog posts – I will celebrate by offering a giveaway.  The prize?  How about a $25.00 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop?

To enter, leave a comment on this post to let me know if you are a regular follower of my blog. And if so, let me know how you follow…  Google +, Bloglovin’, email or some other way.  Do you follow me on Instagram too?
The winner will be selected from comments that are received on this post only by Sunday, November 6th at 9:00 pm EST. 
~~~~Don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend~~~~
I will use the online random number generator to select the winner sometime after 9 pm.

Now, just so you know that I haven’t been completely lazy, I want to share the latest block in my Building Blocks adventure. 

This is block #5, a lesson on cables – and it is another one that I am going to re-do.  Why?  The block is so simple that I got complacent and knitted an entire 7 extra rows!  Now, the block in the photo is my 4th or 5th attempt.  I’m not kidding when I tell you that I got complacent.  There were times that I knitted when I was supposed to purl and vice versa.  It doesn’t help that I do this while watching sports too.

This is November 1st and I say it is as good a time as any to jump back into my projects.

Let’s see how it goes J