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

Soap

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.





Kayaking the Willametta

I started out at Oak's Park, then I went around Ross Island. It took about four hours. I was exhausted when I got back to Oak's Park...