Thursday, November 22, 2007

For now, I will no longer be blogging on :D Thanks for understanding.


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

:( I broke my left foot! Sorry for my absence!!! LOL My foot is broken ! Next week I will be mailing out the grab bags and playing catchup! :D

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

In rememberance to all of the victims of September 11, 2001.
Please bow your heads and take a moment of silence in honor of our fallen citizens.
Please remember our troops that are in danger daily.
Let this serve as a reminder that Freedom is not free.
Many men have paid for our freedom, and even more will have to in the future.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Sewing Contest for Children:

Bunkhouse Sewing
My kiddos are too young to enter the local fair exhibits so we are entering them in this contest. :) :D Turn your kiddo loose! (With supervision of course...) What a great math lesson as well ;) :)

Sorry this post is so short, but I have the summer flu. :( Eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww.... Hopefully this week I will have another free pattern. :) I want to do one a week. :)

Also remember any comments from 09/01 until 9/21 are eligible for the contest!!! So comment away :)

Sunday, September 09, 2007

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Free Pattern of the week!!!!

Do you want to make a Girl's Danna?
:D Here are the instructions :D All feedback is welcome and appreciated!

These are your pattern pieces! :D

Here are my pieces all cut out! :D Remember Piece A you will cut one of, then flip it over and cut the second piece.

Pin your pieces right side together matching you Piece B (rectangle) with the front of Piece A. Pin this all the way to where the tail starts. Stitch slowly to ensure accuracy :D

Then stitch the second Piece A to Piece B, again right sides together:D This is what it looks like on a table! :D

This is the pic on my model sewing machine! :)heheheh
Then do the finishing hems, tie it up and wala! Depending on the look you are after you can add longer tails, a contrasting band, etc! :D It is all up to you :D
Also, for all those loving dh's out there : this is great to wear under hard hats and motorcycle helmets ;D
**Tips :) Everyone has a slightly different head shape. These are custom for my dh and he does have an oddball head. So, when you go to try it make sure you need that same slope, or change it up a bit ;)! Have fun! And post pics of finished products!!! :)

Saturday, September 08, 2007


For the next two weeks I will be holding drawings. :) Leave a comment with a valid email to be entered in the contests! :) The prizes will be as follows
1. Crochet/knitting roll
2. Delicious yarn
3. Sewing grab bag (fabric, notions, etc)

:D Comment away!
That something extra ! :)
I am always doing quite a bit of 'mcsewing' and feel it needs that extra oomf to give it the edge that I want. I typically do that using screen printing! :) But it is expensive you say.... hmmmmm You need to visit
She offers a great tutorial on how to do 'cheap' screen printing. And it is only cheap in the sense of cost, not the results. :)
Check it out and let me know what you think! :)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Sewing Post for Today :)
UFOS :D (AKA UnFinished ObjectS) :D

I have a million, do you???
1. Infant Chef jacket and hat
2. Two dressshirt dresses
3. Set of plus size pajamas
4. Robe
5. Pants for the girls
6. Briefs for girls
7. Tylers halloween outfit
8. Long Jackets for the winter for the girls
9. A flannel for Justin :)

And this is just the tip of the ice berg :)
And no.... it doesn't include my WANT to do list! LOL!
ARG! Our cable went out yesterday afternoon and didn't come back up until this morning!!!! LOL

Okay so topic for the lost post: A quilt of love :)

Like this one:

This is a denim rag quilt. :) I will be making one just like this for a friend of mine. Her husband passed away this year, tragicly. She was giving away his clothes, so I snagged them and stole all of his pants!!! LOL :) What better way to stay close to a loved one that passed too soon than to snuggle with his most beloved jeans! :) I am starting on it this Monday. Wish me luck! :) :)

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Oh my! I forgot to hit post last night! LOL! So now I am having to retype my entire entry! LOL! :) I had written this long blog speaking of free tutorials and patterns. If you are a beginner, sometimes free is your best friend. Other times, it makes you want to never pick up needle and thread again! :) I thought it would be fun to do a sewalong this week :) I was thinking of using the newsboy hat pattern at!!! :)

That is the pattern! :),2025,DIY_13768_5353949_03,00.html

^^Instructions :) While the pattern leaves a lot to be desired it is still basic enough for you to get the idea of it all! :) I won't be using traditional fabric because the ones I make will be for the girlie-qs :D So, I promise to post it before next Tuesday. :) (That far out since I will be making two!) LOL!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

And yes, you will get two posts today since this didn't post last night! Talk about a D'oh moment! LOL!

Happy Sewing!

Monday, September 03, 2007


Well, I promised one post per day about sewing. Today has been SUCH a long drawn out ordeal... (We ripped up the floors in our house and the bedroom floor is just now drying ;( We have all of the things that were in our bedroom pushed into the living room. :( GRRR >:<>
On to sewing. :) I want to inform you of what machines I have. This way if you need to ask a question you will have an idea of whether I can help or not... LOL! :)
I have a Singer 7462 (my first love) :D And consider myself an intermediate user.
I have a Singer 4 thread serger (my first mortal enemy) and consider myself a beginner.
I plan on purchasing a Singer Quantum Futura in March :D heheheheheheehhehe!

So, what machines do you have? Do you have a good hand stitch? I don't ! :P LOL! ;) With the floors torn out and the beautiful hardwoods glistening below I am able to plan on what I am sewing for my bedroom :) I have curtains I made in the living room and kitchen. Curtains, pillows and throws in the girls room :) Time for a total revamp in my room :P :) Woooohooo!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

In honor of National Sewing Month
Hehe.... I am copying Rostitchery... and in some ways, challenging her to a duel. I, Dianna Leigh, hereby pledge to make 1 sewing post per day for the remaining days in the month of September! :) I feel like this would be a perfect way to revive my blog and a fun way to share the knowledge that I have struggled to gain from everywhere. :) Now, my blog is just a supplement to the most wonderful sites and blogs out there. Here are a few recommendations:
  1. Craftster -very 'hip' little site that I had to pitch an out and out hissy on to get a childrens section added. :( I ended up leaving the community memberwise, and they finally caved and added a childrens section :) I go back ever so often just to see the creations!!! :)
  2. Sewing Mamas - a great site with free pattern and tip downloads for members! All about sewing for the kiddos, and sometimes the moms!
  3. Rostitchery - She has patterns and tips on many items! The most popular being the one seam convertible dress! She also has the pillowcase dress, nursing tops and even knitting!!! This woman does it all!!!!!! I bow to her! :)
  4. Everything Sewing - This site is more about heirloom sewing! I love this wonderful group of ladies!!! :) They have always answered my questions! And Brook even has a homesteading group! :D I love them all! :)

If you haven't heard me already speak of the Bettendorfs, you absolutely must see their blog! :) I 'met' Katie on Craftster, where she posted outfits she had sewn for her children! :) Unfortunately, Jillie was diagnosed with cancer and undergone treatment. :) But, she is now CANCER FREE! :) I just love this family and feel like I know them intimately!!! This is a SUPERMOM to be reckoned with!! :) Visit Katie, her husband Jeff, and there 11 (soon to be 12) kids at their main site! Want a great reason to visit Katie's family blog? :D She has a contest going on right now! Click in her sidebar to enter for a chance to win HelpMeet!!! :)