Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Jean Bag Project day 2: Let the cutting begin

Hi guys,

As you know, one day in mommy crafting time is actually like three days of regular crafting time, or at least it is for me.  It's more about worrying about safety than anything else.

I cut the pants on Friday, but it wasn't until Sunday that I actually had a little more time to work on the project and actually make some progress.  I got my machine and settled on my mother's laundry room which was out of the way of everyone but still close enough to hear if my children called, which they did quite a few times by the way.  My mom asked why did a chose a place so "secluded", and I was like: "Because I can close the door and go do other things (like looking after my kids) without fear of the other kids coming here and getting hurt with the pins and stuff".  There are always children running around my mother's house on Sundays, and this Sunday in particular there were more kids than usual.  There my own three, two from my sister Paula and two and half from my cousin Ale (I say "half" because he's about six months old).  

As I mentioned before, I am taking steps from different tutorials to work on this bag.

The first one is from Izzy MEIMsaab which you can watch here.  I'm not posting the entire video, because the only part that interested me was how she cut the jeans.  At least for now.  From here I got how to cut the legs and sew shut the openings from the crutch area.  

Now since the back is larger than the front the side seams will not match the bottom seam for when you are boxing the bottom of the bag.  There is no seam in the real side of the bag which makes this step rather difficult.  I kept thinking about this, and my solution was to mark the real side with a pen so and with a pin I match the bottom seam to the line I drew and then measure to have my boxed side. I should have taken a picture of this, but I got a bit carried away and by the time I thought about it, we were already heading back home.

Anyway, here's the main body of the bag:

I also cut the inside pocket and sew the zipper.  Yay me!  My first ever zipper, and it wasn't so bad.  Granted it would've been easier had I been able to put the zipper foot, but I couldn't.  I think it was because the foot was for the other machine my grandma had which did not come to me.  But I was still able to sew it using the regular foot.  I also have to add that I also used a universal needle and not any special type of needle used for sewing Jeans.  I figured I'd give it a try because my jeans were not to heavy and if the needle broke, then I would make the effort to go get me some specialty needles.

Anyhow, I made the pocket using instructions from Debbie Shore.  You can watch the whole video here.  She was doing an outside pocket, but I figured I could use the same instructions to make an inside pocket. 

Here's what I ended up with:

I also cut and sew the handle using instructions from this blog post from Bloom.  Since I wanted an adjustable handle, I cut two pieces of jeans and two from the lining fabric that when put together using the "Faux pipe" method would fit into a 1" buckle.  The thing is that is taking me forever to actually turn the piece right side, but I'm getting there.

There's no quitting in sewing clug... hahahahaha

Anyway,  I also cut two pieces for the lining and the pieces to join the zipper and close the bag.  I know there is a name for it, but I can't think about it now.

Let me know if you've done a project like this, or what is your favorite material to recycle.


Ginormous Craft Stash Giveaway over at CLP

Hey guys,

I'm just about to post the progress of the Jean Bag Project; but before I do so, I just wanted to drop a line because Amber is hosting a huge giveaway of crafting supplies.  She and other craft bloggers have united to bring us this amazing giveaway:

You can over  here to enter and read all about it as well as to follow links to the other blogs and see what they're offering.

Good luck!

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Jean Bag Project - Day 1 The Scavenger Hunt

So I was browsing Pinterest the other day, and came across this upcycled jean bag which really caught my eye:

It looks so cute and I wondered if I could ever pull it off given that I don't have that much experience with the sewing machine.  I don't think I yet qualify as a beginner even.

Anyway, I remembered that I have these jeans that I don't wear anymore because they have a hole in the backside that makes me feel like my butt is about to fall off:

I inserted an orange sock inside so the hole was easy to see.

Other than the hole, I think they are perfect for this project.  So I made up my mind and decided that this will be my next project.  My actual first "big" project.  Although nowadays with three kids at home whatever project I come up with is now considered "big".

Anyway, I knew I wanted something a bit different than what I was seeing in the picture.  Similar, but different.  I wanted it to have an adjustable strap so that I can wear it on one shoulder like a regular bag or over the shoulder like a messenger bag.  I also wanted a zippered closure since I figured it would be harder for pickpockets on the metro to take things out of it when I ride home. 

The link on Pinterest leads to some sort of tutorial, but it doesn't really explain the process in detail.  It just says, "well I cut up here and sew there" and that's that.  So I went looking for more explanation on how to do it properly or at least to get some inspiration on how to do it my own way.  After a lot of research and a couple of videos that I know won't work for me, I think I have come up with the perfect combination of tutorials to achieve what I want.

Before I share the videos that will help me with this project, I needed to know that I have all the supplies I need at home, so last night was scavenger's night at the Herring's.  Money is tight so I had to figure out a way to purchase the least amount of materials.  I have my Jeans and my sewing machine.  I had some leftover fabric that I used to line one of my crocheted bags in the past which would be perfect.  I just needed the zippers (because I want a zippered inner pocket as well) and the buckles for the strap.

After a lot of rummaging around the house and the never failing allergy to dust; not to mentioned my Grandmother who left a lot of sewing supplies (including the machine); here's what I found:

I found this pink purse that I never use anymore.  It was actually at the bottom of the closet along with the baby carrier, just waiting to be found and recycled.  It had a lot of zippers and it was perfect.  The pink zippers combine really well with the fabric I have.  It took me forever, but I was finally able to salvage all six zippers and a couple of mini belt buckles that were holding the strap of the purse.  From the baby carrier I managed to take out the buckles that will help me with the adjustable strap.

My biggest concern was actually finding a zipper large enough to fit the top of the jeans, and I hit the jackpot because not only is it larger, but it has two zipper pulls which I found extremely cute

Thanks to my grandma I don't think I need anything else.  I will start tonight by cutting up the jeans and the fabric.  I'll come bearing pictures of the progress in the next couple of days.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How to Make Bread from Scratch- NO BREADMAKER NEEDED

Okay, como en mi casa nunca hay pan.  O mas bien, con el devorador de Daniel cerca si uno quiere pan tiene que ser el primero en agarrar en la noche cuando lo llegan a dejar porque de plano en la mañana ya no hay.

Desde hace algún tiempo he estado buscando alguna receta no muy dificil para hacer pan en casa ya que asi podemos tener mas pan sin tener que gastar tanto.  Tambien pensé que sería mejor buscar algún video o algún paso a paso que tenga fotos de como se tiene que ver la masa.  Mientras más fotos mejor.

Me tomó algún tiempo, y me pareció algo gracioso, que después de ver como mil recetas en todas partes, al final me terminé decidiendo por el video de Crafty Gemini.  Lo gracioso es, que estoy suscrita a su canal de Youtube desde hace algún tiempo y nunca lo habia visto.  Creo que el hecho de que en mi mente sus tutoriales siempre eran de quilting creo que no lo habia pensado antes.

Hoy en la noche voy a intentarlo.  A ver que tal sale.  Vamos a ver que tal sale.  Habia pensado hacer un paso a paso en español si la cosa salia bien, pero ahora que lo pienso, tampoco sería mala idea hacerlo aunque la cosa no salga bien... jajajajaja


Friday, February 14, 2014

To my husband on this Valentine's day

Is there a time when you feel whole?

Is there a time when you’re finally complete?

Is there a place to find the missing piece?

I know it’s out there, somewhere


I look at myself and know

Something is not quite right

It’s not apparent

It’s not obvious

It’s not superficial

But something is missing


There is a hole in me

That no one can see

There is a hole in me

That only I can feel


For a long time I thought

I was never meant to be whole

For a long time I felt

An emptiness inside

For a long time I thought

I would drown by myself

In the void within my heart

That had frozen me inside out


Nobody could ever know

The real me behind the mask

I created to hide

The pain I felt inside


And one day you came along

Lighting the night like a flame

To help me warm

By cold, cold hands

To help me thaw and mend

My frozen broken heart

With your kind wise words

With your eyes full of love


I couldn’t see it for awhile

And for this I have to apologize

I was accustomed to pain

And love felt so strange


I was so scared

To allow anyone inside

I didn’t want you to see

What I had hidden

I didn’t what you to know

That I wasn’t whole

That I was falling into pieces

And only the ice within me

Held it all together


I tried to push you away

As hard as I could

But no matter what I said

No matter what I did

You were always there for me

Holding my hand and loving me


Until one day I finally felt

The ice had melted

A long time ago

The thing that I was missing

That would make me whole

Had come into my life

And I didn’t notice at all


What I once thought

I would never reach

Was finally within my grasp


I need only to stretch my hand

Turn around

Look up

Look down

And it would be there

All around me

Embracing me

Keeping me warm


And I felt the void shrinking

Being filled


By what I thought was impossible


Not only did you taught me

What it’s like to be loved

What it’s like to love you

You taught me to love myself

And let you love me the way you do


Now I feel unstoppable

With you by my side

And me by yours

And together we walk

Through this patched road called life

Helping each other along the way


If you fall

I’d help you get back up

And if I fall I know

You will catch me

Before I hit the ground

And keep me in your arms

Until I’m well enough

To stand on my own

I when you hold me so

I never want to let you go


Isn’t it transparent?

Isn’t it obvious?

It’s now floating in the surface

Even if no one else can see it

Even if no one else can feel it

You are that what I was missing

You are that which completes me

Your are my one

My prince charming

My savior

My knight


I love you my darling

And I forever will

Until the day comes

When we are no longer on Earth

But dancing among Angels

And then,

I will love you after that, as well

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