25 January 2014

This blog post is brought to you by: AAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUGHHHHHHYOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW.

I did it again. Yes, that's right, I've done this before. It's every sewer's hazing ritual.

I've sewn through my finger.

Since I've done this twice, now, that makes me an expert, right?

The first time was 20 July 2007. How do I know the exact date? Well, it's because it was hours before the midnight release for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and the bookstore I was working in was having a costumed midnight party. Needless to say, I was in a bit of a hurry and sewed through my left middle finger.



See? Not so bad. Just missed the nail, and had a bit of thread sticking out. Went to the Emergency Center thing, they took some x-rays, then numbed my finger, and pulled out the thread.

While taking the x-rays, they discovered there was a bit of needle still left in my finger.


So, a couple of days later, I had minor surgery to get it out. All went well, middle finger is just fine without damage.


Fast forward seven years to Wednesday. There I was, trying to figure out how to free motion quilt without the feed dogs up. Then KACHUNK.

First thought that went through my head was, "Not again." Then, "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGHHHHHHHHHHH YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWW."
I debated on a second if I should call a friend ,then I changed my mind and directly called my husband. I was in so much pain, that I forgot to tell him what happened.

I slowly removed the foot from the machine, then the needle. Then, I cut myself loose from the project. I was able to get up without passing out, put on some pants, update twitter, and then facebook. (Cause, why not?)

Thankfully, he was only 10 minutes away instead of his usual 25-30. His buddy dropped him off, and he came flying into the house. He thought someone had died.





I held up my finger and started sobbing again. I don't remember the look on his face, but I remember him saying, "Okay, let's go to the ER." He helped me button my pants, and I started pointing at things that needed to be done. Turn off the heating pad, feed the cats, etc etc. He grabbed my wallet, and then we left.

While we were checking in, all the ladies at the front desk started freaking out when they saw my finger. I sat down in the waiting room for like five minutes, when I was called back for my vitals check. Then I was told to stay put. Went to the Xray about five minutes later. Got my xrays done, and was in a trauma bed in about an hour later, getting wires hooked up, and answering questions.

At this point, Brian and I BOTH made the mistake of thinking this'll be fast.

FOUR HOURS LATER, I'm being stabbed with needles, trying to find a vein that'll take an IV. (Three times. Three different bruises.) Then, a Tetanus shot, all while soaking my finger in betadine. If I didn't have a needle in my finger, I would have hit that nurse. No lie. They hook up my IV, doc gives it a minute, and then pulls my finger out of the betadine. Here comes the worst part. (Yes, even compared to sewing through my finger.) He puts not one, but two numbing shots in my hand. Holy CRAP I forgot how bad they hurt. I actually didn't break Brian's hand. He said he was now prepared for pregnancy.

So, the doc gets his pliers/scissor things and YANK. Out comes the needle.  I felt it come out, but it didn't hurt. I looked over, blood was starting to come out again. Then, I watched him take out the thread. Kinda cool. They unplugged me, I washed off my finger, then got wrapped up. Then, I sat there for what felt like forever, until they took the painful IV out of my hand, and took me to xray again. Took another xray, took forever again, and then they finally discharged me. A 30 minute wait for medicine, and six hours and 30 minutes later, we were going home.

I don't recommend it.

I don't have any pictures of my xrays yet, but here's my finger all wrapped up.



And now, for those that want to see, are pictures of the needle in my finger. It's a little graphic, it's not gushing blood or anything, but it IS a needle sticking through the middle of my finger. This is the last thing I'm writing, so don't scroll down, if you don't want to see it. :)





13 January 2014

Finished Christmas Gifts: Jaci

Jaci is my newest BFF. And let me tell you, I use that title sparingly, so it's quite an honor. And well, guess what? Jaci just happens to be pregnant! So, between her and me, we couldn't figure out what she wanted for Christmas. So, we went the route of baby things.

First off: Pacifier Clips!


These things were actually super easy to make. The hardest part was me realizing that my sewing machine WOULD sew the Velcro, and I could stop hand sewing. I got the pattern from How About Orange? I'd make them a little longer, next time, and definitely not use Oklahoma fabric. ;)

Next: Ice Cream Nursing Cover

Jaci knew she was getting this one, so I came up with the idea that it'd be hilarious if it was food, and then she came up with ice cream, and this is the awesome result.


Modeled flawlessly, by Achilles, this is the end result. I think it's hilarious, and she loved it, so I think that's all that matters. There was supposed to be a part three to this, but the fabric didn't come in in time, so it's next on my to-do list.

10 January 2014

Finished Christmas Gifts: Emily

Emily is my adorable 2-year-old goddaughter/psudo-neice-but-not-really-she's-my-2nd-cousin.

And all my goddaughter/psudo-neice-but-not-really-she's-my-2nd-cousin deserve a quilt from me. Especially when I have parts of their sheets that I can put in it.

This quilt was a first for me. I took a block I like (I think it's called the Kitchen Woodbox) and enlarged it. I think the results turned out well. It was also my first time combining different materials AND using Ric-Rac for a border. LET'S TAKE A LOOK.


So here we have a grumpy looking picture of me. I look grumpy, because my husband sneak-attack took a picture of me. He sneaks up behind me and goes "HEY" and because I'm skeptical, I slowly turned my head, and look questionably. I actually just wasn't grumpy, it was more worried. ANYWHO, this is the quilt before I sewed on the corners. As you can see, it was supposed to be square.

FINISHED QUILT. Surprise! It's rectangular! Because I can't cut straight! Yay!

Here's the Ric-Rac border that I was skeptical about, because I'm an 80s kid and had 70s hand-me-downs. But, it turned out really freakin' cute, in my opinion.

I spy with my little eye, a name! That's right. If you look in the center of the yellow (hint: look for the button) you'll see I'm pretty awesome and quilted her name right into the quilt! I'm also super impressed with my cursive. It turned out awesome.


And like any other awesome person would, I stuck some mighty pink Minky on the back. I thought it'd be a pain in the ass to sew with, but, hot damn, if that stuff isn't magical.


And here's my tiny goddaughter/psudo-neice-but-not-really-she's-my-2nd-cousin proudly showing off her new quilt. I think it was finished 47" x 45"? Rumor has it, she growls if you try to take it away from her. And won't sleep without it.

Materials Used:
1½ pillow cases of Pottery Barn Kid's Hayley sheets.
A bunch of purple seersucker
Yellow polka dotted cotton
Mottled green cotton (husband proudly picked this one out)
Flamingo Minky
2 packages of medium pink Ric-Rac

Her birthday is coming up. If I have time, I might attempt a matching pillow.

09 January 2014

Finished Christmas Gifts: Kyle

So, because each gift deserves their own post, the next few days, I'll be posting Christmas Gifts I made for my family, that I can finally post.

First off, my brother. My brother is a big kid. No, really. He's big. And he requested his own gifts. Which, well, I'm okay with. Cause...I kinda requested my own, too. (That gets it's own post, too.)

Gift No. 1: The Cross-Stitch

I thought I posted about this a while back, but apparently, I didn't. But, he saw some cross-stitch piece somewhere and sends me a picture and asks, "can you make the say "shop?"" Well, okay. So, I found the original pattern maker on Esty, and put in a custom request with her. This is the outcome.



He absolutely loved it. It was originally supposed to have windows and a front door on the building, but I had a brilliant last minute decision and turned it into a garage door. I got this framed at Micheal's, and I have to say, I'm a bit disappointed. I asked them if they could get out the OBVIOUS imprint of my hoop. "No problem." I STILL SEE IT. Other than that, it looks great, Kyle loved it, and that's all that matters.

Gift No. 2: The Viking Hat & Beard

He sent me another picture of some random dude in a Viking hat with a beard. "Can you make this?" Sadly, no, brother. I cannot. Crocheting is too painful. But, because I'm awesome, I was able to find that exact pattern on Ravelry. I was gonna try to crochet it, but then...I saw the pattern maker had an Etsy Store! WHAT. So, I asked her very nicely, and the wonderful person she is, squeezed in one last order for Christmas, and volia! Viking hat and Beard for my brother.


Biggity bam. One happy brother. The nice thing about the hat, is that the beard is totally adjustable. There's two buttons on the inside, and you just move the beard to your desired length. I've been told he wore it to work.

I may or may not have apologized to my sister-in-law.

And, because I can. SELFIE.



03 January 2014

2014 Goals and Resolutions

Today wasn't the best of days, despite completing three projects, starting another, and acquiring the last of the fabric I needed. So, to make things better, here are my 2014 Goals and Resolutions!


1. Out with the Old, In with the New
Okay, maybe not more new stuff, but being that there's a move pending early this year, I'd really like to clean out all our unwanted or unused stuff. The less the movers have to pack, the less angry I'll be. Also, would like to have a yard sale before we go. What doesn't sell, I will just donate.

2. 12 Quilts
I'd like to see me accomplish 12 quilts this year. They can be doll quilts, wall quilts, king-sized quilts, quilted pillows, or whatever. But, 12 is my goal.

3. 52 Books
I'm putting my challenge at 52 books again. I like the idea of reading a book a week. I accomplished it in 2013, so I'm going to keep at it at 2014. I was going to attempt to read more, but with a move, and school added in the mix, 52 it is.

4. Open an Etsy Business
With the inspiration winning the Sew Mama Sew contest gave me, I'm serious about opening and Etsy Business.  I'm not sure what my goals are for it, but I'd like to make some sort of income.

5. Back to School
I've been accepted back into college! My goal is to complete as many classes as possible. My school has classes every two months, so I'd like to see at least 6 classes done. 

6. Exercise
It's so cliched to use this as a goal. But, I'm going to use it anyway. I'd like to see myself do some sort of physical activity twice a week. Be it yoga, going to the gym, walking around the block,

7. Spend Less
I can blow money like it's no problem. I am trying to learn to stick to a budget and not buy all the shiny things that catch my eye. It's hard, let me tell you. Especially with fabric.

8. Breathe
Just to take one day at a time, relax, and not stress out so much. 

02 January 2014

Happy 2014! Time for New Adventures and...I Won?!

Well, here it is folks, a new year and a new you, right? That's what they say, so it must be true, right? I'm going with it. Mostly, because I got some of the most incredible news yesterday morning when I woke up.
I won.
Won what? Why, the Sew Mama Sew Sew Sweetness bag contest! I'm pretty sure I was in shock for the first hour of the day. I won. Out of 61, then 15 bags. I never win anything. But I won. I won?! But the other bags were awesome, too! I WON. WHAT.

It's really hard not to write WINNER across this.

I was in denial about it for about 15 minutes, and then it sunk it. I'm seriously in shock, but honestly, it's what I needed. Inspiration, some say. A kick in the ass, is what my dad would say. I told you, is what my husband said. He's mostly to blame for this but, here it is:

I'm going to start my own etsy business.
I don't know how well it'll go. I'm hoping this might actually keep my attention. Though, so far, I have four people wanting bags. That's a good start, right? I mean, I'm like my dad. I don't like working for other people. So, inspired by my father, my husband, and my win (that's y'all!) I'm going to start my own business venture. I'm scared and excited all at once.

I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me. It's an honor to have created something that people think is awesome.

Now, wish me luck!