Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bandana Dress Cutting Instructions

I've been making some cute dresses like these for charity. I got the idea from DressAGirlAroundTheWorld. Here are my simplified cutting instructions to print, use, and share. I'm trusting you to sew it up all right on your own.

It makes a great project for the ladies at church, and for using up neglected pieces of fabric, especially polyester and knits.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

My Girl and Me

My Girl and Me

she is me, I am her
we are one and we are the same
she is what I used to be
when I was young
I am the woman
she will one day become
we are one
my daughter and me

the lines are blurred
is she me, or was I her?
dark blond tresses
spilling out of ponytails
that once were mine
now they are hers
excitement at a carousel
hers or mine? I cannot tell
non-stop talk at suppertime
comes from her lips, or was it mine?

I see two selves
in my house each day
her face a mirror
from yesterday
eyes of brown, and freckles sprinkled
mouse-brown hair that waves
where it will wave
the way her tongue moves by her lips
with concentration grave

her daddy is her hero
her mommy is her friend
baby brother is a willing slave
and that’s the way life goes
like mother, daughter
can’t help but wonder
where I end and she begins
she is my extension
into the next generation
I am roots from which she grows

we are strands of a single thread
bonded by love and heredity
we are one
my girl and me
Trish Boese

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My Insulated Picnic Tote

I was inspired by this post over at Sew Mama Sew to make an insulated tote. I hope to use it in place of my bulky cooler this summer.
It's large, it's sturdy, it has strong handles and it will haul plenty of food - either out to the picnic or home from the grocery store.
I used recycled denim for the handles and (though you can't see it) the bottom of the bag. The tutorial for this picnic tote was so simple and easy to follow!

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Coupon code

This is a coupon for new customers. If you've never ordered from before, use the coupon Trish10 for $10 off your $40 purchase. (Expires October 23, 2012) Shipping is always free in Canada.
They have quite a selection of stuff! Some things I like:

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Much-Needed Cell Phone Cover

I once sewed a little drawstring bag out of black velvet as a cover for my cell phone. I always meant to embellish it with some artistic beadwork but before I got to it, my little bag was lost, and when I looked in my stash for the fabric I had used, it had vanished too. So I was inspired by my friend and blogger Jo at Blue Elephant Stitches when she made her cell phone cover.  (Note to Jo: Better not blog if you don't want copycats!:)

Here is my version, in some Michael Miller fabrics. I love it so far! I managed to get it to fit my Blackberry quite perfectly. The credit card pocket, key ring loop, and wrist strap make this cell phone cover one I do not intend to lose, ever.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Old Socks = Central Vac Hose Cover

My husband thought I was crazy because I've been rescuing his worn-out socks from the garbage bin for the last few years. Well, now I'm getting a central vac system installed in the house, so I made a Hose Sock.
I know it's nothing fancy, but it's a project and that's what my blog is about. Even humble projects like recycling old socks get a post here!
If you have old tube or crew socks with holes in the feet, making a hose sock is easy. Cut the tops off at the ankle (where the ribbed part ends) and sew them all together in a strip. Sewing elastic on the two finished ends helps them stay in place. I needed 25 pairs of socks to make this tube for my 30 foot hose.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Inside Pockets for a Tote Bag

After making 3 bags (2 were given away and 1 is for sale in my Etsy shop) it was time to write down the measurements of the inside pockets, instead of figuring them out all over again each time I make a bag. 
This is what works for me and hopefully sometime soon I can blog about a bag that I've made for myself!