Thursday, April 3, 2008

My heart is full, and my wallet empty.

Guess what, friends?!?! I got a new SEWING MACHINE!!!!
Her name is Gene, and she's a Singer. I met her for the first time last night at the Cotton Shop. Let me explain. No, there is too much; let me sum up. As some of you know, I've been in the couch market lately. To tell you the truth, I've been living in the couch market...HAUNTING the couch market. I've pretty much kept KSL and Craigslist up continually on my computer, and although I've found plenty of couches that would do, I haven't found the couch to meet my every couch need. Too expensive...not comfortable enough...too far away......ET FLIPPING CETERA. So, when my sewing machine broke the other day, and Allan suggested I buy a new one INSTEAD of the money we budgeted for a couch, I wasn't entirely opposed to the idea. In fact, I thought it was a brilliant plan. So the above mentioned Cotton Shop was having an amazing annual sale, and I went intending to look and see if anything jumped out at me. Gene didn't exactly jump out at me, but after a detailed LD from the salesperson, I decided to take her for a test drive. I can't say that it was exactly a spiritual experience, but something like unto it... I felt this exhilarating joy LEAP from my heart, and I'm pretty sure I heard a a Hallelujah Chorus. After I sampled the first 10 stitches or so, I was smitten. I can't explain it in any other way. I was head over heels for her. She's digital, and has 100 stitches, and is so smooth and sleek and...sturdy, that I couldn't help but give my heart away. I got an amazing deal on her, and although I spent a little more than I'd planned, I knew I wouldn't regret it. And I haven't. And I won't. Here's a bad photo of her capabilities. A new camera is somewhere on our horizon...maybe next tax return. And by the way, I'm thrilled to be out of the couch market.

A whipped these babies up today to play with the tulip stitch.
Ok, go ahead. TELL me how cute this dress is, and how Josie looks like a dream in it. Em had whipped up this dress for her little Milly, and so I yoinked the pattern and made this for my Joe.
I added this criss-cross back so it will fit her longer...
Here's a baby shower gift I made for my friend Irina who is having twins. A boy AND and a girl.

I dressed up a lamp for my living room...
I just got this chair off KSL. Really classy I think, but not what you would call comfortable. I don't want to talk about it.But I DO want to talk about this pillow I made for it.
And this mirror I gave a face lift to.

So, basically, the world is at my fingertips right now. I feel like I can sew anything, and I just might. I just might.

13 comments:

2P and Super B said...

wow Mim! what a fantastic sewing matriarch you are! congrats on the new machine. I rely on my really old "new home" machine that was a hand me down. It does the job...but digital...oooh, I'm pining.
I love the dress on cute little Jo. I love the twins outfits and the pillow and lamp cover...you are amazing my dear, simply amazing.
ps. I hope to be coming to Utah the end of July...will you be around? I would love to visit.

Lindsey Whiting said...

Holy Cow Miriam! You are a Rockstar of a seamstress. I can't believe you made all that; very impressed....And I had no clue that a sewing machine could do so many stitches. I'm looking for a beginner sewing machine, any suggestions?

Miriam said...

My only requirement for a beginner's machine is that it sews. I bought my first one off the Wilk board for $30 bucks, and then my second was one that my sister picked up for me at a garage sale. Both were really old, and both did the job. So, pretty much whatever you can find! (That works). But you can also buy cheapies at Walmart or Target which would probably do the job too. Good LUCK!!!

whitney allison said...

Lucky, I got a sewing machine for a wedding gift and I can NOT get the tension right to save my life.

LeAnne said...

I love all your additions! There is nothing like buying a sewing machine. Every time I get my out mine, I get just as excited as the day I got it. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

That dress is adorable! I so wish I had a friend like you who was a die hard crafter in my parts of the country! Sigh, long distance and sharing via blogs will have to do.

Averi said...

Amazing girl. I have never even touched a sewing machine! Cute cute baby stuff! Its always fun shopping and finding something you REALLY want and for a good deal! Hope all is well!

Beth Benson said...

you are super talented with the sewing and decorating. Thats pretty awesome :)

The Piersons said...

Mim, I love everything you did, you are pretty much amazing. I was just telling Aaron the other day how much I wish I sewed, and I was like "ya know, like Mim." Then low and behold your blog posting.

Rob and Marseille said...

I love the dress and the outfits for the twins...They look awesome!!! I wish I had your creative inspiration.

M-Ware said...

genius. all is genius. i think we were switched at birth and you actually ARE korinne's daughter. i keep dreading the sewing i have to do for this church project and my sewing machine (a gift from korinne, of course) is sitting at the bottom of everything in my closet. it's a shame. i want a how-to on that mirror. stay tuned for a home decor update from me. i think i've done something good to my wall.

Ann said...

Love it, Mim. Absolutely lovin' all of it.

Adrianna said...

wow, that dress is so cute! you rock at sewing!

Jordanna said...

a-maz-ing!!! You are supremely talented!