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Month: August 2014

Always Bunnies in the Yard

Posted in Musing About Art, and Reference Photos

I’ve written over the years about the many, many bunnies that make our yard their home.  They are still happily invading the garden and living the life around here.

Momma bunny enjoying the sun
Momma bunny enjoying the sun

This gal is sunbathing in the backyard. We are doing some reworking of the yard and she loves the dusty dirt to hang out on.

Time for your close up!
Time for your close up!

When I can, I try to catch some photos of them. Although this photo is a little blurry, it lets me see how her fur is colored and the proportion of her eyes and ears to her face.   I haven’t painted rabbits in a while, but she would look marvelous in a painting. 🙂

August 12 is Sewing Machine Day

Posted in Sewing

Time to celebrate – it is Sewing Machine Day!

Hand cranked sewing machine
Hand cranked sewing machine

Where would we be without sewing machines?!  Hand sewing clothing, draperies, tents….Yikes!!

The first functioning sewing machine created an uproar as many new automated machines tend to do.   It  ” …was invented by the French tailor, Barthelemy Thimonnier, in 1830. Thimonnier’s machine used only one thread and a hooked needle that made the same chain stitch used with embroidery. The inventor was almost killed by an enraged group of French tailors who burnt down his garment factory because they feared unemployment as a result of his new invention.”  (Inventors.about.com)

The uproar continued on with patent disputes between Walter Hunt, Elias Howe, and Isaac Singer.

zig-zag-stitches

Helen Augusta Blanchard of Portland, Maine (1840-1922) brought us the 1st zig-zag stitch machine in 1873. The zig-zag stitch better seals the edges of a seam, making a garment sturdier. Helen Blanchard also patented 28 other inventions including a hat-sewing machine, surgical needles, and other improvements to sewing machines. (Inventors.about.com)

The invention of the sewing machine triggered the emergence of a new industry
The invention of the sewing machine triggered the emergence of a new industry

(Photo credit: sciencewriters.ca )

And finally – the electric sewing machine! The first mechanical sewing machines were used in garment factory production lines. It was not until 1889 that a sewing machine for use in the home was designed and marketed. By 1905, the electrically-powered sewing machine was in wide use. (Inventors.about.com)

So there you have it – the abbreviated  history of how the sewing machine came to be and make our lives so much easier!  Now go give your sewing machine a hug!

Diaper Bags

Posted in Sewing

I’ve been busy designing some new items for the sewing shop.  Today I am going to show you the newest item – diaper bags.

Airplane Diaper Bag is my newest diaper bag
Airplane Diaper Bag is my newest diaper bag

 

They are based on my tote bags with a redesign to add a zipper closure, side panels as well as elastic pockets on the outside and the inside.  They have the sturdy straps sewn into the bottom and all the way up the sides to make these bags sturdy.

The Airplane bag has faux leather on the bottom and about 2 inches up the sides for easy cleaning for those times that you have to place it on a public floor.  A baby wipe cleans it in an instant.

Construction trucks and machine diaper bag.  A great bag father and son
Construction trucks and machine diaper bag. A great bag father and son

Here is a diaper bag that Dad will be happy to carry.  This extra large bag features a faux leather bottom, 4 outside pockets and 7 inside elastic pockets.

This bag features the ever popular camouflage. The interior is lime green with lime green and white polka dots pockets.  These bags will grow with baby from infancy through toddlerhood.

Camouflage diaper bag
Camouflage diaper bag

I also have customers who are using these bags as work and travel bags. The zipper closure, pockets and sturdy design make them a great bag for so many uses.

I have more in production – bags cut out and fabric ready for cutting. So look for more to come 🙂