Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sewing on Saturday

Today was a cloudy, overcast, cooler than normal day.  I did a load of regular, household laundry, but not the sofa slip covers. 

Aunt T called in the afternoon and I had a chat with her.  Later, Aunt C called for a chat.  In between, cousin P called and came over for a short visit.  She brought me more guavas from her tree and I sent the rest of the bread pudding home with her. 

I decided to ignore my To Do list for today and played with fabric, instead!    Yesterday, I had made my holiday gifts list (some Christmas and some New Year's gifts).  So, today, I made a Christmas gift, using holiday-themed fabric I had in my stash:

Fabric from the stash

There were some French seams, as well:

French Seams
French seams are twice sewn seams, sewn first with the right sides of the fabric facing out, and then, sewn again with the right sides of the fabric facing in, which encloses the raw edges of the fabric.  It gives the item a much neater finish; important when it is being made to give as a gift. 

I took a photo of the finished item, as well, but it is not uploading, so I will post it, later, in another blog post.  But one holiday gift is done!  I have about 30 people on my gift list, this year, and a budget of $120.  You do the math!  LOL!  If I use stuff I have in my stash, however, it counts as a free gift, because I am using up the stash.  Today's gift used up one piece of fabric I had in the stash and part of another piece!

I had a cold cuts sandwich for brunch, today.  I made a stir-fry for dinner:

Smoked Sausage Stir Fry

I used the half of a smoked sausage I had in the freezer and added carrots, snow peas, broccoli, and part of a can of pineapple chunks, some chili pepper flakes and soy sauce to make the stir fry and served it over rice for my dinner.


There's enough stir fry left over for at least two more meals.

I ate some of the leftover pineapple for dessert.  There's another serving left.

Later in the evening, I video chatted with my daughter.  She went grocery shopping today and did some cooking. 

Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to sleep in and get 7 hours of sleep before the first phone call woke me up!
- Phone calls from aunts and cousin
- Visit from cousin
- Video chatting with my daughter
- Being able to sew holiday gifts using fabric from the stash

Sunday's To Do List:
- Remove the slip covers from the 2nd sofa and start washing them
- Water the front garden
- Daily walk
- Clean the 3rd bedroom
- Put away dried laundry
- Call and remind people of the rosary prayer gathering date
- Sew another holiday gift

How was your Saturday?  What have you planned for Sunday?  Have you started to think of holiday gifts, yet? 


  1. I look forward to seeing the gift you made as I'm always looking for ideas. I remember learning how to make French seams. I was in fourth grade and working on the Girl Scout sewing badge. I still have the tote bag I made then with French seams. I use it when I travel to carry my underwear.

    1. I took another photo, this morning, and it loaded without any problem, along with the one I took yesterday! I'm making pillow cases - I got the idea, the other day, when I was making pillow cases for my daughter. I think, I, too, learned to make French seams when I was in 4th grade. That's great that you still have and use the tote bag you made then!

  2. You are very organised, getting Christmas presents made already! I'm a bit of a last minute Annie with that sort of thing.

    I've followed your example and have prepared some meals (now in the fridge) for the next few days, most of which can be eaten cold if the electricity has to be switched off and I can't reheat. I've done a couple of pasta bakes, some savoury rice which I can have with cold chicken and a chickpea and spinach curry. I'll need to freeze most of the curry and it's the only meal that'll definitely need to be eaten hot. I also have some cold meat and salad for sandwiches. This is a different approach for me as I usually bulk cook and freeze in portions, so I'll see how this different approach works out.

    1. Glad to read that you were able to prepare some meals ahead of time to have when you aren't able to cook. I hope it works out well for you.

      As for being organized with Christmas gifts - last year, I wasn't and was in the mall, shopping on Christmas Eve! LOL! Just about every female on my list received bath products and I went over budget! This year, I am having my annual year-end almsgiving (a Buddhist religious ceremony where the monks are invited to the house and given a meal and other "alms" or donations) on December 22, so, I need to be ready well in advance, in order not to get too overwhelmed!

  3. The sausage stir fry looks very good! We have sausages regularly here as they are quite a frugal meal and it's nice to find new ways to serve them. Thanks for the idea! Meg:)

    1. Glad you like the idea of a sausage stir fry, Meg. Hope you make some and enjoy it. :)

  4. Making 30 gifts is not easy, so it's great that you started early.
    I'd love to see what you make. 😊

    1. I won't be making all 30 gifts, but I will make a fair number of them. I usually make jam or marmalade to give as gifts, and sew various things like table runners, placemats, cushion covers, etc. :)

  5. I did try to respond with my tablet while I was away. After 2 failed attempts, I gave up. Not sure why the comments didn't go through. I can bet it was user error. Ha.

    I love the idea of pillow cases as a gift. They look wonderful.

    1. Thank you, Susan. I am sorry your comments wouldn't go through. I, too, don't know why they didn't.


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