Thursday, June 3, 2010

I am not Wonder Woman, Super Woman, or even Super Mom (Deployment Projects #122- #133)

I have come to the sobering conclusion this week that I am not Wonder Woman, or Super Woman and I’m pretty sure I’m not even making the cut for Super Mom this week!!  Don’t get me wrong, we are all still surviving - - we have even had some balanced meals this week (they were at a restaurant, not homemade!), the kids are clean (once we may have counted pool time as bath time), the house is still standing (lets just leave it at that and not go into whether it is clean or not).  But it has just been one of those weeks.  You know the kind where you are supposed to be in ten different places all at the same time, and every time you try running out the door, you are forgetting something essential for the day.  I feel like I have made a thousand U-turns at the entrance to our subdivision this week, because I keep forgetting things.  At least I haven’t forgotten either of the children….yet!  The biggest gut-kicker of the week has been my sewing machine breaking down…yet again…the DAY AFTER my warranty ran out.  Now, don’t think of me as shallow - - the world does not revolve around my sewing machine - - but it was just the straw that broke this poor, I-have-no-sanity-left, could-anything-else-go-wrong, sleep-deprived, is-the-school-year-over-yet-because-I’m-not-sure-I-can-teach-another-day, deployed-momma’s back!!

I have actually refrained from posting for a week because I have been so MAD at the sewing machine company and the poor customer service, that I knew if I got on here I was not going to be nice!  So I will just say that I will not be buying another sewing machine from this company and if you are in the market for a sewing machine you may email me and I will suggest some brands that seem to have better customer service and a better track record for not breaking down!!   Even Ethel decided that she didn’t want to work this week!

But, I can show you what I was able to make before all the sewing machines in my house decided to take their summer break!

First up - - remember the Miss America to Hello Beautiful re-upholstery project from last week?  Well, this week I re-upholstered the ottoman that goes with it.




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I also made two pillows for the bed in the room that the chair and ottoman are going into.  I love the little knife edge pleat around these pillows.  Such a custom, tailored look and a nice break from cording!!IMG_5328 IMG_5331 IMG_5330

I also made two more “Always” and “Forever” pillows for this room.  If you want to make your own - - you can check out my tutorial on that here.  These two pillows are similar to the last two that I made, except that the pleats are smaller/tighter.  That is the joy of the ruffler attachment, just by adjusting your stitch length and the number of stitched you want between ruffles, you can change the look.IMG_5329 IMG_5334

These two little mini pillows will go in the room also!


Look at these fabulous fabrics I got to work with this week.  I made cushion covers for outdoor wicker furniture - - two chairs and one long couch cushion.  These are just the covers without the foam in them yet, so you just have to use your imagination until my friend sends me a picture of it all put together!!


Oh, and one custom Father’s Day pillow!!

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joven said...

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René said...

You amaze me with every post! Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog.

InnovativeMom said...

You are amazing! Don't let those weeks get you down (I have had quite a few myself) I TRY to find time to just sit and breathe and brush it off ;^)... LOVE your ottoman, I redid one but it involved a lot of stapling and next to no sewing. (Yours looks much better ;^) And new pillows in a room make such a difference!

Ange said...

Feel free to vent anytime, it reminds me that I'm not the only one who has "those" weeks!
Your ottoman looks incredible, that fabric is so nice. My last post was about an ottoman I did for a lady. It was a fun job which turned out great.

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

I'm so sorry about the sewing machine! And the busy week! I know how it is! But I adore all your fabrics! That blue and white on the ottoman is gorgeous.

Unknown said...

You do wonderful work!

Debra Conway said...

Everyone has their bad days, weeks, years. The good thing is to admit it, as you have done. Doesn't it feel good?

A fan.

Ells said...

so sorry about your hard week, friend!! any word on whether they can get your machines working soon?

Megan said...

Amy, I am sorry you have had one of those weeks. It sucks. I wish I could help, Just know that you are not alone and you and your family are always in our prayers.

Your still amazing and I think you are pretty super.

AND I LOVE that fabric for the outdoor stuff. Where did you find it? I have been meaning to ask you where you get your fabric, in a store or online? I have zero-zip good fabric stores around here and need a good online referal.

Hope your summer vacation comes quickly :)

Lamp Tramp said...

Hey Sweetie, I was sent here to your blog by one of your fans. Love your work. Tell me, is your sweet hubby deployed in Iraqi or Afghanistan? My prays to you and your beautiful children, may God bring Daddy home soon!
Lamp Tramp

Cheryl said...

Hi there,
found your blog by way of Nester.
Loving all your projects.
Had a question on the this post. Love your blue pillows with the geometric design. How did you do the edging on it? It's not binding, what is it and how did you do it? Love that detail. I have seen the very same thing on Pottery Barn pillows and was curious to know how they did that.

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