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Wife, Mother, Mimi, lover of all things creative... sewing, embroidery, painting, collage... God and family are the most important things in my life.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Review on Mundial Dressmaker Shears from CSN stores

I'm happy to finally share my review on the


that I received to review from CSN stores. They came very quickly just a few days after I placed the order the package arrived. I was so very excited, but there was quite a lot going on at my house for several weeks so I haven't gotten a chance to use them until yesterday. I am working on some dolls that have a lot of turns and small places that wouldn't work well with a rotary cutter, so it was the perfect opportunity to try out my new shears.

The first thing I noticed was their weight. I like a heavy forged pair of scissors and these do not disappoint. They fit my hand nicely too, which makes cutting so much easier. Have you ever used a pair of scissors that just seemed to work against you instead of with you? I have, and it is very discouraging. I was very grateful that these worked so well for me.

The blades are sharp and just the right length for me. I know that blade length is a matter of personal preference, and everyone wouldn't want the same length, but these are short enough to maneuver around smaller turns, and long enough that you aren't constantly having to open and close them.

They came with a small sheath. It is only long enough for the blades to fit in, not the entire scissors. That is the only drawback I see with them. I don't really see any advantage to a sheath that size, except that it may keep the scissors from poking something if you were carrying other things in, say, a sewing basket or bag with the scissors.

Overall, I'm very pleased with this new pair of shears. I actually am looking forward to cutting out some more doll parts. Usually cutting is my least favorite part of a project. The price was fair at $36.00. I would definitely recommend these to someone looking for a good pair of dressmaking shears.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Simple Joys

All you have to do is open your eyes around here and you can't help but think happy thoughts.

There is so much beauty everywhere you look.

Whether it is evening or morning the sky is amazing.

There is no way to capture in a photo the feeling that rolls in with the fog each morning. It's almost like the morning is going to be so great that God doesn't want to reveal it all at once so he covers it in a blanket and slowly pulls the cover back a little at a time.

Even though summer has pasted there are still some reminders hanging around.

A new season's produce is planted, and will soon be producing. You should have seen the kids running up and down the rows yesterday evening. They love the garden. I think they all have a little farming blood, and hopefully green thumbs.

Don't you just love new beginnings?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Visitors Galore

We had a very eventful week, with my husbands siblings down for several days, and some of their extended family in on Saturday. While they were down, my aunt, uncle, and cousin were visiting my parents as well. We enjoyed all of these visitors so much, but on Monday we had another visitor, an extremely evil stomach virus. Needless to say the rest of our time together with all of our family was altered. I should have tons of pictures, and I do, but not very many turned out that well, and after the uninvited guest showed up I stopped taking pictures altogether. So is one that maybe no one will kill me for sharing.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vintage dress for Sweet Cheeks

Life has been a whirlwind lately, and it’s turned me around so many times in so many directions I really can’t tell you what I’ve done or where I’ve been. Good thing I’m not the type to follow a rigid schedule. I’ve pretty much always flown by the seat of my pants.

I have done a little sewing and have a few things to share, but only one at a time. So here’s the latest thing I’ve completed. (Please, don’t ask how many I’ve started, because I’m not sure I could tell you.) This is a dress from a vintage pattern. I made the pink, purple, and lime green one above a couple of years ago for Scooter, and now Sweet Cheeks has inherited it via the hand-me-down machine.

I used to love receiving hand me downs from my cousin when I was growing up. It was like Christmas for me. I couldn’t wait to pull each item out of the bag and try it on. Opps, sorry, I do digress, back to the dress. Anyway the dress I made for Scooter that now belongs to Sweet Cheeks (are you still with me, I think I’m going in circles here) is her mom’s favorite dress on her, and she asked me the other day if I got time could I make another one for her. So I did. I used two pieces from my stash. I’m not sure where either of them came from, but I think they go together nicely.

I’m hoping to get time to make another one really soon. This is such a sweet pattern, and I think next time I'll make the option with pockets.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cuties at my Front Door

Now who could pull a trick on someone as cute as this? Not me it was treats for sure!

And this guy was more interested in a water bottle than he was candy! Do I sense a health nut coming on? Nah, 'cause he was all about the chips when they came out!