About this blog

I am Amy, but here on the web I go by A.J. Dub. And hey, I like to craft!
Sometimes things turn out well so I will share with you how I did it.
Sometimes they don't turn out well and I will share that with you too!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

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Wow! Life is just busy! I have not had a lot of time to sew or blog lately. I have been somewhat active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, since they are mobile. I have been busy with band stuff, and dentists and orthodontists and doctors, and kids' school stuff and church stuff. The only things I have stitched the last few weeks were a needle book for the band sewing kit, a Halloween t-shirt for the tooth fairy costume, those cord wraps for my husband and 10 band tunics (plus a couple of tunic repairs after the first dress rehearsal).

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Tunics I helped make and my silly girl modeling for us. This is the best photo I have, unfortunately.

I am itching to make something lovely and useful for myself. To do that though, I have to un-bury the cabinet where my fabric is stored from behind a stack of boxes. We have been in the new house for a little over 2 months I think, and we still have boxes EVERYWHERE.
Even though this house is a bit bigger than our apartment was, it is still small. Our 2 car garage in the apartment was essentially a storage unit for everything that would not fit in the living space. Here we are required by the HOA to park our car in the smaller garage that also has 3 built in cabinets in it taking up more space which creates a storage problem.
So, I have spent what free time I have unpacking and purging and tossing and unpacking and organizing and cramming and tossing. I am mentally exhausted from it all and it is stressful living in this cluttered, cramped environment.
So, the thought of trying to move stuff to get to my fabric overwhelms me and I don't sew. I miss it. A lot.
But it really is, most days, just too much for me to attempt.
On the bright side, I have been able to read a few books. That always relaxes me and I can escape for a little while.
Here's to hoping I find my will to find my fabric sometime soon!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Power cord wraps - SUPER SIZED!

Saturday night I got this text from my husband, who was at work: "How hard is it to sew two pieces of Velcro back to back?"
Since he works with a lot of heavy equipment my answer was: "Hmm depends on how stiff it is."
 (Actually it said "stuff" not "stiff" because it auto-corrected, but that is beside the point.)
I knew I could do it fairly easily because that is what the power cord wraps are.
He got home and I showed him the wrap and it was pretty much what they were looking for. We headed over to the office and took some measurements and a couple of hours later I had these.

The white one is one of the regular sized wraps. It keeps my sewing machine pedal cord all neat and tidy.
This is 2 inch wide Velcro.
Cutting measurements for these wraps are 21" long for the soft part, 6" for the ribbon (7/8 wide grosgrain) and 5" for the rough part. They were cut to fit exactly for a specific part. If you want to make these for large cords or hoses or whatnot, you can adjust them to fit your needs. You can refer back to the Cord Wrap tutorial for written instructions. (I have pictures taken for the tutorial, but have not had time to get it updated.)


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Baking Powder Drop Biscuits

Last week my sister posted on Facebook about her made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy. (She used to live in KY/TN). It had me craving biscuits.  And since I do the easy kind, (no rolling) it was not a big deal to satisfy that craving.  It is a basic recipe from Betty Crocker's New Cookbook.

Sunday after church I served them with Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup.

Baking Powder Drop Biscuits 
Betty Crocker’s New Cookbook 

2 cups AP flour 
2 TBSP sugar 
1 TBSP baking powder 
1 tsp salt 
½ cup shortening 
1 cup milk 

Heat oven to 450. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. Cut in shortening using pastry blender until mixture looks like fine crumbs. Stir in milk just until everything is wet. Do not over mix. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet greased with shortening or lined with parchment. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Try! Devour! Enjoy!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fundraiser Bag

I whipped out this messenger bag in 2 days for a scout fundraiser silent auction on Saturday. I really love how it turned out, aside from an oops with the snap being too low.

I put a key strap inside using the same fabric as the interior pocket (now shown).

Fabrics are:
Floral and red dot: Milk Cow Kitchen (Mary Jane Butters for Moda Fabrics)
Blue: Essential Dots (Moda)
I used this tutorial: http://www.noodle-head.com/2011/03/once-upon-thread-tale-of-peter-rabbit.html,
but sized it up a little, added length to the handle for an adult, added pockets, magnetic snap and key fob. I did not do the pin tucks.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Laptop Bag

I finally finished the commissioned laptop bag. What a process! I haven't done that much math in a long time.
 I did not get complete pictures like I usually do because the week I finished it I was just too darn busy to do it. I snapped a couple with my phone to upload to Instagram after I finished but did not take any of the inside.

Final bag and test bag. The test bag was WAY too large.

The carrying bag is a messenger style, with an exterior pocket and an interior pocket and an adjustable strap There are lobster clasps inside that clip to D rings on the laptop sleeve to keep it from falling out.The flap has a magnetic snap to keep it shut. I did a gathered fabric accent on the front flap that matches the lining.


The sleeve has an exterior pocket with accordion folds to accommodate the laptop cord/power brick and a hook and loop tape closure. The zipper is open ended to allow the laptop to go in more easily  and has a hummingbird charm attached like a pull. The next time I make one I am going to try the zipper that wraps around the corners to go down the sides a little bit. There are D rings on the sides to allow it to be clipped into the messenger bag. I may make another strap to send for times when she might like to just use the sleeve.

I had intended to make a matching cord wrap, wallet and zipper pouch, but ran out of time. I may still make them and send them for fun.