Monday, June 18, 2018

Montana here I come!

I drove from Portland to Montana yesterday. I made it in about 8 hours. The drive was awesome and Montana is beautiful. More later.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Portland Spirit

Today I took a two hour cruise up the Willamette. I've done this before on jet boats, but this trip was more like a cruise - they served  lunch. Sort of fancy schmancy. I had a great time and it was just the right amount of time.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Cable Knit Throw

I love this color of yarn, and I love the cable knit pattern.

This is one of those projects that takes a while, and fills in the gaps between other projects. 

This throw was made by casting on 188 stitches, size 8 needle, medium yarn. KK, PP until desired length. Add one stitch in the middle of next row. 
Slip first stitch, (cable pattern), purl last stitch. 

Cable Pattern
1st row - ktb,p,ktb,*pp,kkkkkk,pp,ktb,p,ktb, start from * 
2nd row - opposite of first row. 
3rd row - cable 3 kkk, kkk3, k cabled 3, continue with pattern. 

Repeat third row ever 6th row. 

Repeat for desired length. 

Decrease 1 next row, KK, PP until desired length. 

Bind off. 

I added a slip stitch at the beginning of every row, and a purl stitch at the end of every row to make the work lay flat and to give it a nice clean edge. If you chose not to create the throw in this manner add three stitches in the beginning ribbing row, and decrease three when starting ending ribbing row. 


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

New Bike

I usually stick to stuff I make when posting to this blog, but I've been having so much fun with my new bike that I wanted to share some pics. I put 900 miles on this bike in two weeks.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mandarin Collar Shirt

I love these kinds of shirts. This is my first mandarin shirt, and I really like it. The pattern is subtle, and the fabric is soft. It will look good with a pair of tan or denim shorts. The buttons match the brown color in the pattern of the fabric, and I sewed my label in the back.

I cut out the pattern pieces a couple days in advance. It took me the better part of the morning to construct the shirt. Lot's of fun, lots of hemming, sewing, folding. All the stuff that makes sewing fun. Each button hole turned out perfect which is always nice when you are making something to wear. I have ruined projects because the machine I was using at the time jammed, and aside from trying to shave the button hole off with a man's razor, which has worked before, you just have to heave the whole article into the trash. Or, you could save it for scraps, pocket lining, suit lining, etc.

I really like the button hole attachment that came with my machine. Using the foot really saves time. I put all seven buttons on this shirt in less than 5 minutes. I ran each button hole through two sewing cycles to make them extra strong.

Painted Wooden Boxes

These boxes I bought at Michael's. They were just plain wood. It was a fun project. I used acrylic paint, and finished them with Mod Podge matt.

Monday, April 2, 2018


I found some awesome Art Minds Shea butter and goats milk soap on sale at Michael's the other day. I colored  some bars violet and scented them with almond scent. I also bought the molds at Michael's as well.

The jewel style bars were made with Shea butter and tinted clear glycerin based soap. I scented them with an orange scent.

This project was a lot of fun. I've always wanted to play around with soap, but I didn't want to make it from scratch. A two-pound tub of high quality soap that you can melt in the microwave, scent, and color in less than an hour is about $5.00.

You you can put any bar soap in the microwave or double-boiler and then scent it, color it, add herbs, oatmeal, whatever, and then pour it into any mold.

Next time you're in the grocery store, and you see basic white soap on sale, grab it! It's a fun project.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fun Summer Day

I was going through old cell phone pictures and found these pictures. I remember what an awesome day that was last year, and I wanted to share.

It was a bright sunny day. Not a cloud in the sky, but not too hot. After the jet boat tour I hopped on my scooter and rode around Milwaukee and Sellwood area for the afternoon.


Montana here I come!

I drove from Portland to Montana yesterday. I made it in about 8 hours. The drive was awesome and Montana is beautiful. More later. ...