We did not spend the entire weekend playing in the redwoods. Saturday was just a fun day hanging around the house. I was out watering the garden and I noticed some of our sunflowers were looking ready to harvest. The large center heads were bent over and looked withered. I have never harvested or roasted sunflowers before, so I ran into the house and did a quick search on the internet. I literally cannot remember how I obtained information before the internet. After reading up on the subject I gathered some supplies, rounded up some helpers and headed back out.
A few months ago Justin had been working with Jude, helping him to ride his bike without training wheels. Jude obliged his dad occasionally but he really wasn’t that interested, so Justin decided to give bike riding a rest. Last week Jude asked to get his bike back out and try riding again. In less than a day he was buzzing everywhere! The bike he learned on was a small used blue bike we bought at the thrift store for $8.00. Justin decided it was time for him to get a new bike, so after dinner one night we left the dishes in the sink, threw our shoes on and went to Toys R Us.
He was a bit overwhelmed at the number of choices so we narrowed it down to a specific price range. He and his Dad picked out the orange racing bike and loaded it in the van. We made a quick stop off at Wendy’s for celebratory Frosties and made it home just in time to try out the new bike before dark settled in.
In the Sewing Room~
The pattern has simple, easy to follow directions and I loved the beautiful little details on the clutch. It’s a great pattern for using up extra pieces of fabric that clutter up the sewing room. The clutch only takes 2, 1/4 yard pieces of fabric and an even smaller amount for the coordinating band across the front.
I only had on small hiccup with the instructions. The pattern calls for one, 8 inch zipper which is not a standard size zipper. I checked at Joanne’s, Beverly’s, and Walmart and none of them carried 8 inch zippers. No big deal though. If you want to make a clutch just buy a 9 inch zipper and shorten it by following the directions on the zipper package. Shortening the zipper was simple, but it was an extra step.
I found that it was best to cut out and make several at one time; only a little extra effort for double the reward! I already have three more stacked up on my sewing table, ready to be assembled (when I can steal a few more moments).
Just one last thing; a little plug for Noodlhead sewing blog. Anna is a very talented woman who is not stingy with her patterns and tutorials, and is quick to respond to questions regarding her (free) patterns. So if you like her site; tell a friend…