Monday, July 8, 2019

Sewing Updates, Cricut Crafts and Birthdays...Oh My!

Crafting saga story ahead! As you may know, I hit the Big 4-0 this weekend and I had a super, amazing, awesome, fantastic time...I made the Deer & Doe Sirocco jumpsuit to wear, AND, my brother and husband surprised me with a visit from my parents!

I was sitting there running my mouth and looked up at the entrance and froze and then burst into tears! And I NEVER CRY! 

I'd bought the tee and bag a month or so ago, knowing I wanted to make these two items. And since they are here, no procrastination shipping! But I go back to work tomorrow and wanted to get them done today.

My mom started calling herself 'ladybug' at some point. IDK where it came from, but it stuck!

I hope the quality of this one is good enough to print!

Wanted to do the letters in white and red and would have settled for white and silver. I checked my vinyl collection and didn't have black (put a pin in this) or red. Since I needed red for the ladybug, I figured I'd make the "Avengers A" red as well.

Magically, this is the week that neither JoAnn or Michaels is having a sale on Cricut (usually 40% off). I was not going to pay $23 for 2 rolls of vinyl!!  JA had it for 25% off on the website and it wasn't "online only" so I knew they'd match the price.

Decided the tee would be quick and I'd do it first. Famous last words?

I accidentally cut the D's from black vinyl. Sigh. LOTS of wasted vinyl.
I forgot to mirror the A (iron-on vinyl is cut as a mirror image).
When I went to get the red vinyl to recut the A, lo and behold, there is an UNOPENED ROLL OF BLACK VINYL! I think I almost shut the light off and just quit.

I don't do a ton of crafting projects and somehow it didn't register that the ladybug was achieved with a bunch of layering. The overall bug is black and then everything else is layered on. Because of this, you don't fully adhere each bit because you have to layer over it. As a result, I messed up the ladybug shell. Oh yeah, I forgot to mirror the red images and had to recut them too.

When I made the design, I saved it knowing I had to check the bag dimensions. I forgot. So, as you can see, it just fits and I couldn't center the ladybug and the name. I think I'm going to go back and randomly place a few hearts in the open space.

I was going to do both sides...NOPE!

And all of this was after having a disastrous day sewing the skirt from Burda 4/2019. Luckily, the skirt is truly, truly fantastic so I persevered. I worked on this off and on all $&#%! day and somehow, I'm still not done.

There is a story here!

There is a story with my denim skirt - but it's finished now and it is pretty much my most favorite thing!

Hello there lovely bartacks! 

There is DEFINITELY a story with the Sirocco (and some side eye)! I'll review this one first. But it was the perfect birthday outfit.

This cake. Swoon! It was absolutely beautiful and SO delicious!

Brought in 40 with a BANG!

My mojo is deadddddd and gone right now.  When I traced the skirt from the April Burda, I traced the dress too. Hopefully I'll sew it soon ish!

Until later!


  1. Happy 40th! You look so fabulous in new jumpsuit (and with that marvellous haircut) and I adore that photo of you and your mum.

  2. happy birthday! jumpsuit looks great on you, and fabric is amazing!

  3. that gold fabric is amaaaaazing - you look so great.

  4. The quality is good enough of the photo of you and your Mom to frame! So glad you had a wonderful birthday! As for the crafting & sewing adventures, that happens to us all from time to time.

    1. Thank you! We’re going to print ‘em and frame! I want color and mom wants black and white :)

  5. Happy 40th! Your jumpsuit is stunning, as are you.

    Every time you use the Cricut machine I am tempted to get one. Happily here in the Land of Oz they are really pricey.. and I would rarely use one.

    The forties can be awesome - I am sure you will make the most of yours.

  6. Happy Birthday! The photo of you and your mom is so nice. Enjoy your forties - time goes way too fast!!

  7. THat photo of you and your mom is definately frame worthy! You get your beauty from her!

  8. Happy Belated Birthday. Looks like you guys had a ball. What a adorable picture of the family. Loving the jeans and that bag is EVERYTHING.

  9. What a beautiful surprise for your birthday! Happy belated 40th birthday, you look wonderful--jumpsuit, hair, and everything!

  10. Happy 40th Birthday! You looked amazing in your jumpsuit!

  11. The photo of you and your mom is beautiful! I’m not good at “crafts” stuff while my Mom can make anything crafty look better than the original. I sew though and she thinks sewing is just “so much work.” Maybe crafts and sewing are two different skill sets? I think you have both because the things you made for your parents are really nice. Only you notice any supposed problems : )

  12. Happy Belated Birthday! I wish I was close to 40 again! What a wonderful surprise to have other family members show up. Your picture of you and your Mom is great. The bag and t-shirt look great to me.


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