A Continuation of Sorts

When announcing the end of Project Remnant Redo, I may have mentioned that we were going off of another similar tangent. Here’s the link for our new blog Crafting in the 21st Century, if you’d care to check us out and see what we’re up to.

We’re still crafting, but with a different slant, and with a different WordPress platform that will allow more creativity (and also a bigger learning curve than the eminent WordPress.com, that figures out all the code for you behind the scenes!)

Swan Song

Life Landmarks!

Just passed my fifth anniversary blogging with WordPress. Project Remnant Redo was created to inspire and impel me to keep sewing and crafting by biting off littler pieces of projects to work on, during times of business and obligations. But face it, when do we have an hour that’s NOT filled with business and obligations? Soon the amount of free space I signed up for on this blog will be filled, and to upgrade will cost $$ rather than save $$. Although I’ve made other commitments, I will still be crafting and up cycling and sewing with remnants, but the particular travail of Remnant Redo is about to come to an end.

Being a part of the WordPress Blogging Community has been fun, to say the very least. I’ve enjoyed interactions with all my subscribers and will continue to look for your gems that inspire me in the Reader every day! But in my own creative life, it’s about time to move on…

If and when I segue into another venue to document our creative journeys, I’ll post a link; meanwhile, thanks dear readers, for all the happiness and hi-jinks in the last fun-filled years.


Shifting into Holiday Awareness Gear

Labor Day Weekend is practically upon us. And you know what that means, don’t you?

holiday fabric

holiday fabric stash

Time to plan some sewing projects for gifts.
Tricia, in our knitting group, has been bringing it up for weeks now, and I’m just now getting on the bandwagon.

Hopefully I’ll get to some of the things I’ve intended to make for years. Hopefully the sewing machine doesn’t go on the fritz and put a kibosh on all my sewing for the holidays. I’ll just do what I can do and see where it goes from there.

Meanwhile, I’m almost at the end of week 2 of the new diet and exercise regime, and so far I haven’t blogged about any of the results.

diet book

TYT for short

The diet has definitely sent me into a culture shock. Actually, the whole program, which I joined at the urging of one of my yoga buddies, has made a major difference in day-to-day living.

1) We had to pay to join it, so I feel some accountability to make it work
2) On the first day, they took a 3D image of us that “knows” our measurements. I looked at the image of me in the email they sent and said, “No, that’s not me, that’s some middle-aged fat lady.” But it was exactly me, unfortunately.
3) For the first 2 weeks it’s a 1000 calorie-a-day eating plan.
4) The meal plan is very exact. You don’t make choices out of millions of things that could add up to the allotted amount of calories per meal; the percentage amount of carbs, proteins, etc. are factored in and you don’t tweak that. You eat what’s on the list. Every day. Day after day.
5) I’m drinking WAAAY more water per day than I’ve ever done before.
6) Exercise sessions twice a week for 30 minutes each are intense.

So far the outcome is that I don’t spend a third of my time, energy, and brain power interacting with food. Truly, before, I was planning meals, shopping for food, cooking, cleaning up, thinking about eating, going out to eat, trying to decide which restaurant, and on and on. Now, there’s a noticeable void.

I went on Pinterest and “unfollowed” all the food blogs that are broadcasting to me those scrumptious images of peach cobbler, enchilada casserole buried under pounds of melted cheese, chocolate-covered crispy bacon.

I guess with all the diets I’ve followed in the past, I really don’t know how I’m supposed to eat to keep from gaining weight. I’ve tried low-carb and been half-dead with no energy but still not losing weight, and low-carb is contraindicated by the friendly neighborhood urologist. This plan doesn’t sap my energy as much. I have lost a bit of weight. The plan is for 6 weeks. We will see how it goes: so far, so good.

Little Remnants of Wood

DH had some fellow woodworking enthusiasts and newbies over to make a fun project, a perfume or oil holder, turned on the lathe. He ordered some kits ahead of time with the 10K gold fittings, from Craft Supplies USA. I think he cut some pen blanks from cocobolo wood, but one can easily use little remnants of wood leftover from another project, or chunks of acrylic or various other hard substances that can be chucked up and turned on the lathe. Here’s a little gallery of the process:

Hope this format is understandable! Altogether a fun couple of hours.

Be-Laboring a Long-Sleeved Swimsuit

Almost Labor Day with a semi-remnant project for the beach or pool.

Semi-remnant because although I bought a big length of what they call “fashion fabric” to experiment with, I did snag a remnant for the swim suit lining:

power mesh

Power mesh remnant from JoAnn’s

Sunburn is not the happy-go-lucky inconvenience it was in our childhoods; now it’s being recognized as a precursor of deadly, disfiguring skin cancer. My dermatologist says that you need to wear sunblock if you’re going from the house to the car in your driveway. Rash guard shirts or other cover-ups are becoming required swimwear, as you can see on several sites: Lands End, Orange Blossom Brand

My DD, who’s endured many punishing sunburns in her lifetime, expressed a desire to have a swim suit with some serious coverage. Not sure if she likes the loud flashy fabric I chose, but this is what I came up with:

long-sleeve swimsuit

long-sleeve swimsuit

At first, I had planned to incorporate a bra into the long-sleeved swimsuit, because (by amazing coincidence) I found just a bra top on sale at the Lands End web site for a cheap deal. Her size is not one you find every day, so I snapped it up.

swim suit top

bargain top

At some point in the project, I decided not to sew the bra into the shirt, in case she didn’t like the fabric, or in case she wanted to wear the swim suit top as just a shirt. For now, if she wants, she can wear it under the shirt and we’ll see if any adjustments to the fit need to be made.

Here’s a <a href=”http://Written_8_27_15%2C_7_36_AM“>breakdown of where the pattern pieces came from. Not sure if that link is going to work; I tried using Penultimate and it’s all different than it used to be :( Major learning curve and still didn’t get it to do what it used to do so easily: save a sketch into your photos.

But if the link doesn’t work, I used part of 3 different Jalie patterns for this project; the top and sleeves from a leotard pattern, the midriff from a tankini pattern, and the bottom from a swim suit pattern.

Have a great rest-of-the-summer and save your skin!

Today was a Good Day

For WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge, a day in the life…

Just did a regular gallery rather than the Mesh.

Finishing up the Last Remnants of Summer

What has happened?

I was thinking of summer outfits that might be fun to sew out of remnants, and all of a sudden things changed.

Not the temperature; it’s still hot. Not the weather; we’ve still got rain every afternoon and tropical storms are waxing and waning. But it’s something…

August sky

August sky

The sky is a brilliant blue (when it’s not raining, that is). It has a different feeling, more purposeful somehow. As if to say, “live it up, because soon it will be school time again, back to the grind, your Saturdays will be taken up with football, summer is going away…”

A couple of remnant projects went by fast. This set was made with 2-way stretch remnants. The top is a small piece of Frozen fabric. The leggings are solid-color fabric that complements the top. For a three-year old, you just need a fraction of a yard to make a cute little play outfit. This is a worthwhile pattern, as it includes several variations.

Kik Sew leotard pattern

Kwik Sew K4011 pattern

Simplicity 1435

Simplicity 1435: child’s tunic and leggings

The leotard is from a pattern I’ve used before. Thought it might go with a pair of red shorts from a while back…

Jalie yoga shorts

Jalie yoga shorts

We’ve got several pattern makers represented here, so why not look at this Moneta I just finished, by Collette. Although not a remnant, and I didn’t even get a cheap deal on the pattern, it was an easy and worthwhile project.


Collette Moneta

I’ve had the fabric stashed for a few years, from fabric.com — a soft, velvety t-shirt knit. The pattern was easy to follow and has a large size range, so you can make an XS version as well as a 3X size, and all sizes in-between. I wanted to get the paper copy in the mail, but they didn’t have any paper ones around, so I had to download it and print it and tape all the pages together, but it worked out. Having read several blog posts from others who sewed the Moneta (it’s very popular!) I followed their leads and lengthened the bodice a couple of inches. If you buy the Moneta pattern from the web site, you can get an additional pattern with collar variations free.

And so the remnants of summer are getting finished up, out of the way, to make room for the new, the busy, the purposeful

What’s in your agenda for the end of August 2015?

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