Friday, September 17, 2010

Some pink

I love my Sedum.
They never let me down.
Even after being neglected this Spring and Summer
they behaved, as you can see, wonderfully.

You may remember that early this summer
I tangled with Poison Ivy and got a really, really good case of Poison Ivy ! ! ! !
For some thirty days I itched, itched, itched . . . .
And wouldn't you know it,
this was the wettest Spring and Summer we've had in a number of years.
Our Flower beds thrived. Well, they were GREEN and LUSH.
However, EVERYTHING GREW ! ! ! !
I mean everything ! ! !
We're having some one come in to 'take care of' the flower beds. Yes, they're aware of the Poison Ivy, they said it wouldn't bother them.

So after next Tuesday things should look different - no errant Redbuds, Mimosa or PI. Yippee ! ! !
With the beds bear and the yard minus three big trees things should really look different.

Last month at Bernina some one shared their project of making travel bags.
With air travel what it is today I thought that Daughter #1 could use some.
Her work requires regular travel
plus she's been traveling on her vacations.  Flying off to the Middle East.

So, I thought, why not use my newly learned techniques
-  in the Simply Chic Carry All class that Linda B. had at Zede's Sewing Studio.
You remember my Simply Chic Carry All.
I learned to sew with vinyl and to custom size zippers using
Sullivan's Make-A-Zipper.
BTW, using the Make-A-Zipper is quite a bit less expensive than buying regular zippers, generally speaking.
I bought five reels of zippers online
[hot pink, zingy green, and yes, white, beige, black] 
they come in 5.5 yds with twelve pulls on each reel.
I'm ready to put in another order.

Anyway, I thought this would be a great project for me to use my new skills.

So I began to plan,
vinyl - check
Make-A-Zipper - check
fabric - check
Labels - - - - okay I need labels, so I made a list:
** panties
** bras
** sox
** hair
** teeth 
[hey, don't snicker.
by teeth I mean tooth paste, floss, tooth brush, mouth wash, etc. what else could I have named it ?   :^) ]
** face
[okay, use your imagination on this one]
** shoes
** laundry
Looked like a pretty good list, hmmmmm - - - - -
now what - - - - -
how to make these labels without an embroidery machine.
That's where my pal Dianna came to my rescue.
After she spent an evening picking out fonts she thought I might like from her embroidery software
we were ready to spend an afternoon stitching.
That we did. 
I think they turned out GREAT.
I love PINK.

So here they are.  Fed Ex delivered them to D#1 in time for her birthday and
she was very surprized and pleased.

I was going to write a little more but this post has taken my twice as long as I had planned because of stupid Live Writer that wasn't any better after the Windows Live Upgrade that was SUPPOSED to improve not only Live Writer, but also Live Mail, and Live Messenger and that took fifteen minutes to download, install and restart the computer.
So I aborted my attempt to blog using Live Writer and came here to Google blogger and promptly lost all of my post to cyberspace.  So had to re-create.  Gad ! ! ! !
Hope to have better luck on tomorrow's post.

i love my computer
i love my computer

Hugs & ♥♥♥s

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  1. Your Sedum is indeed beautiful. I used to have it at my other house, but was unable to get any pieces to bring with me when we moved because we moved in February during an ice storm! :o( Anyway, I'm going to do what you did and hire someone to come in and clean out all of my flower beds this Fall and get them ready for the Winter. I just don't have time to do it (well, not really, I'm just lazy but don't tell anyone!).

    Those travel bags you made for your daughter are awesome! I'm sure she did love them...they are so pretty and useful. Great job, Gerry!



  2. And here I was worried about you. I was ready to call in the 'blog squad' with an all-out search for Gerry. Love the bags - I know how pleased she is with all of it. I would have loved it when I was consulting and traveled so much. Organization skills came in very handy then.

    Glad you're alive and well - Hugs - Marie

  3. Love your bags - what a neat idea! They turned out beautifully.

    I love our sedum, too. They were already here when we bought the house and the autumn joy is showing its pink.


  4. Gerry, all of the bags are so very pretty and useful. Beautiful projct! The sedum looks good too!

  5. Oh, your sedum is so lush. I love my computer too. Keep blogging. I enjoy your post. Bev

  6. Sorry you had to re-write everythinbg but very glad you did. Love your sedum and those great bags you make for D#1. Bet your yard will look fab when it's all cleaned up. Hope they get rid of all your PI

  7. Those little travel bags are so fab! Thanks for the project idea. And have you popped over to to find all the great projects and tutorials being shared all over the web?

  8. Looove your travel bags! So neat! I'm always in need of pretty things like those when I travel, maybe will borrow the idea!
    Thanks for your sweet note too, Kim sends puppy kisses ;)


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