Sunday, September 28, 2008

I'm, like sew totally organized

As promised, a photo of my new IKEA sewing setup! This is the EFFECTIV desk and bookcase, used as a sewing center. I love that I can switch from sewing machine to serger without getting out of my chair! It's also nice to have my fabric and supplies all in one place.

For reasons I'll go into more later, I won't be dyeing for a while and so am on a major sewing binge! The other evening I made a bunch of cozy coffee sleeves - your coffee does so much for you, shouldn't you give it a little hug back? I'm not sure if I'll be listing them for sale or just foisting them upon my friends, or maybe just piling them up and taking pictures of them, but I sure like 'em. Let me know what you think? Too many coffee cozies out there, or room for more?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A meat and potatoes, and potatoes, kind of gal

It's my daughter's birthday. Among other special treats, she got to choose what we had for dinner tonight - anything she could imagine.

Her choice: burgers, tater tots, and mashed potatoes. Yes, the kind from a box.

Happy birthday, sweetheart!

Sunday, September 7, 2008


So how incredibly stoked was I to win a FREE TEE from I won't make you wait for an answer, I am in LOVE with this tee! Not only does it have a cute screenprint and awesome fit, it celebrates my very favorite job in the entire world. (And yes, it's one of my favorite clothing colors too.) If you love being a mom, or know someone who does, pop on over to the peacelovemom site and check out their positive Mom message tees, including Happy Mom (the one I have my eye on!), Peace - Love - Mom and more.

The fit is great, the quality is top notch, and I am so glad to see POSITIVE messages out there! Wouldn't you rather see your kid wearing a tee that says "Happy Kid" instead of those obnoxious bunny "Hi Loser" tees?

A huge thank you to peacelovemom for the tee and to the awesome Funky Finds blog for hosting the giveaway - quick, go there now because not only will you find a gorgeous eye-candy assortment of indie-designed finds, another great giveaway is already underway!

This post wouldn't be complete without a thanks to my buddy Vicki at for turning me on to Funky Finds! Whew! Maybe I need to go get that Grateful Mom tee, because I am a radiating bundle of gratitude today!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Song sung blue

There are times when it's not only fun to be a dyer, it's downright handy. Take this window seat cushion cover, for example. After 5+ years in the burning hot California sunshine, it was extremely faded in the center. Yuck! I guess my deep affection for my favorite curl-up cozy spot allowed me to overlook its condition for quite a while.

(No one in the Diva household claims to know anything about those darker blotches in the faded area, so I'll go along with the theory they are an aberration from the original dyeing process.)

With a Nothing Left to Lose attitude, I decided yesterday that I'd try to overdye the cover to see if I could even out the fade. The problem is, dye is transparent, so the results are like looking at the original through a piece of colored glass: lighter areas remain lighter, dark blotches within remain dark. But it was give it a try or fork out a couple hundred for a new custom cover, so for the minimal expense of a jar of navy Procion MX dye, I forged ahead.

It took a lot of dye; the Navy I used required a proportion of 4% WOG (weight of goods) or about 2.5 ounces of dye for the cover. Mixing it was not so bad, but filtering it was a huge pain and I have the blue-gray fingers to prove it. Thank goodness I decided this was a project to do entirely in the out-of-doors.

Here's the result! It's not perfect but has turned back the clock a few years for sure.

I can't wait to get a good book and enjoy my new blue place.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


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