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My Polar Tote for Work

I took the 2 placemats from Saturday and turned it into a tote bag. It is big enough to hold my thermos, water bottle and lunch for work! I am so excited!!! I really very UNhappy with the placemats and can not believe how creative I was. I did not follow a pattern but just went for it. I did what felt right. I guess the time has come for me to finally about I am CREATIVE!


Today I found myself in a plaza that had a Barnes & Noble. My local B&N has a Starbucks! A bonus for me as I  was craving a Skinny Iced Carmel Macchiato!
I found myself on the sewing section and could not resist this book. My Love has already requested I make him the CD pocket.


I can’t say no as I know his current one just broke today. Looks like I will have to go and get double sided fusible interfacing. Oh darn!

Free Sew Project

I was making a table runner. That was the plan. In actuality I completed 2 Place Mats and pinned up a Table Runner. Was fun sewing with others. Besides myself there were 4 other woman.
My Love does not like them. I think they are nice. Looking for your feedback. I was considering gifting this to someone.

Cute Shoes

Found these while at Target…I love them! Best part was it was buy one get one half off! Who doesn’t love a deal on shoes!?!

It has finally happened that I am able to make it to a local Free- Sew. It happens tomorrow afternoon and I am excited. Totally not prepared….lol. About an hour ago I decided to change what I was going to be sewing tomorrow. I just love when I change my mind at the last moment ūüôā  I will be working on Table Runners and Place mats. No biggie just means I have to cut the fabric and interfacing, prep the bobbins and pack the necessary notions. Thank goodness I have a checklist to refer to.

I will have to prepare in the morning as I am content sitting here on the couch sipping a glass of wine!

After the Free Sew I am meet some co-workers for a Girls Dinner at a local restaurant for Buffalo Wing Soup! Update Dinner company was great!!! Food not good in my opinion. Customer service not good. No future plan to go back to this restaurant. Took them to long to seat us. Actually had to give my name and party size twice. Buffalo Wing Soup was justst okay. As for the meal I ordered I sent it back to the kitchen as the order was wrong. I was then corned by an employee…she wanted to know why I sent my food back. I explained again why. Adding that now I just am no longer interested in eating. Another person at my table also did not get her meal as she ordered it. As we where leaving I heard another customer mention that they served her something she did not order. Sadly disappointed in this dinner experience.

So tonite My Love and I went to a fundraiser entitled: Serving Up Success. It was a collection of local restaurants, wineries and breweries. It was a way to taste healthy options available. I was so thrilled to be given tickets to go to this from my place of employment. Especially with the fact that I have lost 40 pounds since January 2013. What totally surprised me was My Love asking if he could go with me. He is a typical meat and potatoes guy. He was a terrific sport. He found one that he liked so he kept eating until he was full. While I on the other hand attempted to try every place.  Out of 24 participating Restaurants, wineries and breweries I tried 17.

Here is a list of what I tried and links to those I feel were worthy:

I am off to relax for a few before heading to bed. Early start time at work tomorrow and it looks like it will be the type of morning when I will need all the energy I can get!

I cut the fabric 3 inches wide by 36 inches long. Then I folded it in half lengthwise:



I pressed the fabic:



I then trimmed the ends with pinking shears (just because I wanted to play around with something new). I did a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Trimming to remove excess fabric.

 Once that was done I attached a safety pin to one piece of the fabric


…so that I could work it through to bring the fabric right side out. 



Stethoscope Cover complete! If something seems unclear or you have a question please just let me know. I am still new to posting tutorials. Thank you!!


After I finished cleaning today I became rather productive:

Pillow Case

* Pillowcase

* Pillow
* Stethoscope Cover —tutorial coming soon
I must go check on the status of dinner (not ready yet). Sirloin Tip Roast, baby carrots, potatoes and mushrooms in a mushroom onion gravy~ reheating in the crock pot. This was to be yesterday’s dinner however I decided at the last moment to attend The 11th annual Music is Art Festival held in Buffalo, New York(¬† My version of how to describe¬†¬†Music is Art: On 8 stages 100 bands played. Food Trucks, Beer and Wine Tents, activists for the kids, Artist as far as the eye could see. Sadly, the henna tattoos cancelled at the last minute due to weather conditions…oh well guess I have to wait until next year.
Music is Art  was so much fun! Even though it had rained all day causing there to be mud puddles everywhere. I donned my boots and set out to go hear Whiskey Reverb(   play a 30 minute set.
This was to be my first meal from a Food Truck. Who would have know it was possible to get something so yummy. I ended up ordering at Amy’s Truck(¬† I opted for the Falafel Sandwich. It was served wrapped in a Pita that was the best I ever had. ¬†Over all it is what I refer to as Yummers. It was so large I was unable to eat the whole thing. Money well spent!
I think I have talked long enough….


Went here last night for dinner.
amazing stuffed Florentine potato pancake and peanut butter milkshake. I know they don’t go together but OMG! My Love got a Reuben with fresh cut fries and a creamsicle milkshake. He was more than pleased with his meal!

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September 2013