Thursday, July 30, 2015

DIY Gift Boxes and a Sewing Project

Hello Friends! I haven't been avoiding you, really! This summer has been very busy! When I realized in the spring that we would be totally childless for the summer for the first time since 1983, I thought for sure that this would be the summer that I would get everything done. That really has not been the case. The next two to three weeks are even busier so if you don't see me here much, that is the reason why. BUSY!!!

Today was no exception! Busy again.....We ran out to buy chickens to roast for an event that my husband will be providing lunch for tomorrow. When I suggested that I would roast chickens for him to take, I was not anticipating that we would be in the middle of a heat wave with very high humidity. Today was not a great day for roasting chickens. I'm pretty sure my kitchen was 350 degrees. I turned the range hood fan on and it apparently sucked all the hot air out of my kitchen because thankfully it returned to a pretty comfortable temperature after a while.

While the chickens were roasting, I dug out some paper supplies including  a collection of card stock that I purchased from Michael's during the Christmas clearance. I needed some gift boxes and decided to make up a few from 12x12 cardstock. These are fun to make and can be custom designed to match party decor or a theme. Today, I had no theme....I used gold and white paper along with some black chevron and black and beige floral.

These papers, though a bit trendy, will coordinate nicely with twines, jutes and other gift wrapping supplies that I have on hand.

Here you can see the metallic gold dotted box. I like to mix and match prints.

This collection of paper even had some tags and other cute little things to attach to the gift boxes. I also pulled out a manila tag to use.

After completing three boxes, I begrudgingly returned to a nasty little project that I put on hold for a day. It is a kimono styled jacket that i made and it needed hemming. Actually, just the sleeves needed to be hemmed. I saved the hemming for today because yesterday I wasn't feeling well, the fabric was very difficult to work with and I just was not in the mood for a challenge.

Here is the fabric that gave me such trouble over the last couple of days. It is a very lightweight, flimsy, scarf-like material in shades of cream, taupe, beige, black, brown and light periwinkle blue. I am not completely sure of the fiber content other than the fact that it was 100 percent pain in my neck! It was so light that the overhead fan was blowing it around while I was sewing and pins would not hold the edges together! GRRRR! I could not turn the fan or the air conditioner off because it was so hot and humid on the porch where I was sewing. I was not feeling great to boot. Shouldn't have been sewing at all but wanted to finish this jacket. So I did it in baby steps because I got so frustrated with it!

Most of this kimono was completed on my serger. That part was easy! Today I finished it by hemming the sleeves. It was worse than any other part of the project except perhaps the cutting out the very slippery pieces. It is nothing short of a miracle that it is even wearable! On a positive note, it fits perfectly and is a perfect, lightweight layer to wear with a sleeveless dress!

Here it is hanging from my porch door with a black dress of mine. The jacket had not been ironed yet in this photo. The drape on the front black pieces is very nice. I used  Simplicity Pattern # 1588. I will use the pattern again since there are several options including a ruffled layer which I love. BUT I will definitely be a bit more selective with the type of fabric I use.

Here is the back. Again it hasn't been ironed. It was much too hot. I will iron it in the morning when it is still cool.

That was my morning. My afternoon was busy as well with errands and an appointment.  I wish it did not seem as though summer is flying by at warp speed.  In about two weeks we will be moving my daughter out of her summer dorm and in to her dorm for her junior year. I cannot believe she is going to be a junior! Though she stayed at school for the summer to work, she will be able to come home for about two weeks so I am looking forward to spending some time with her. She will arrive Sunday evening.

Well friends, that's all for now. I hope you are keeping cool and keeping your cool wherever you are!