Sewing is something that I have been interested in since I was 10 years old. My Girl Scout leader taught us how to sew a running stitch by hand as we made stuffed Christmas ornaments for our parents. From then on, I was hooked and sewed anything I could. Pillows, Barbie doll clothes, hats for my baby cousins, you name it. They were all pretty shabby looking but no matter. That Girl Scout leader opened up a new world for me.
Around the time I got married, I started thinking about a sewing machine and sewing lessons. I remember asking anyone I could think of, if they had a machine that I could use. No one in my circle did or were willing to let my novice hands use it.
Well, my Daddy worked for my Granddaddy for a time, installing burglar alarms. He used to meet the most interesting people and got to know several of them because he was in their home for a week or more, putting in keypads and glass break detectors.
One customer that he met was particularly interesting because she lived in a beautiful cottage near Mynatt Park, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. She had a pet squirrel who lived in her home and it would sit on her shoulder while she did her household tasks.
While my father was there working one afternoon, she asked him if he knew anyone who needed an old sewing machine. It worked, but she was getting older and just didn’t use it anymore.
Lucky, Lucky Me! I will be forever grateful to my Daddy for accepting that old Singer from the lady with the pet squirrel!
Now, the only experience that had up to that point with a sewing machine was sitting near my great grandmother as she magically whipped out dresses for me on her old Singer. I knew how the machine oil smelled and the smooth sound of the motor, but that is all.
When I got the machine, it had black spool already threaded on it and being way too intimidated to take it off, I left it on and promptly went to the fabric store to purchase pink and beige fabric to make curtains for my newlywed home. I was so proud of those curtains……black thread and all.
Thanks to some wonderful ladies that I worked with, I was able to learn how to thread my machine and wind the bobbin. (This was 1995, so there was no You Tubing it)
The first dress I ever made. (circa 1996). No, it didn't shrink, it was really that short. ;)
Why am I telling you this story? Well, I want to use it to encourage you. If you want to learn a new skill and don’t have the means or the opportunity at the moment, don’t give up!
If someone tells you your work is shoddy, use that information to improve your work. Don’t tell yourself, “I can’t”, especially if someone else is discouraging to you. Find a way and just do it!
In the beginning, I didn’t have a machine or anyone to teach me but I asked for help when I could and read every book I could get my hands on about garment construction and sewing in general. Yes, my work was wonky in the beginning but I learned to slow down and read directions and my abilities improved greatly!
Now, 19 years later...... I can sew anything! Curtains, pillows, quilts, garments for myself and my daughter, an old timey sleeping shirt like Mark McCain wore in the Rifleman (because my son wanted it).
If you are a craftsman or have an interesting skill, be a coach, mentor or an encourager to a young person. You never know how you may affect their lives if you just give a little time or a kind word to them.
Made last week out of seersucker. Easy, cool, southern summer frock.
Spend a few hours at my home out in the country and enjoy some southern hospitality and learn a new craft.
When: Saturday, July 12th Where: My House, Stanfield, NC (directions will be mailed after payment is received) Time: 12:00-2:00 Cost: $40 or $70 for two.
Your skin is your largest organ. Doesn’t it make sense to use the best and purest products on it? I’ll teach you what you need to know to do this!
This class is so much fun! I have taught many people how to make soap over the years and a lot have gone on to make their own after attending my class. One lady has even started her own soap making business!
You will get to see a full demonstration start to finish of Hot Process Soap Making. This is the method that I have used to make my soap for the last 13 years.
I will also show you how to make a fabulous face and body cream.
Come Hungry! I can’t let you come to my house and not feed you! We’ll have ham and bean soup, corn bread, salad, tea and coffee.
You will go home with a Hot Process Soap Making booklet, soap, cream and new knowledge!
Class is limited to 10 participants. Spots are reserved with payment.
For more information email Lindy Sellers @ LMSellers@gmail.com
Reviews from the last class:
“I had such a wonderful time and can't wait to make my own soap and lotion!”
“That was a fun class! Thank you so much!”
“Love the handouts. You helped take the scary out of soap making!”
“Loved the lotion, we made a batch when we got home that evening! Didn't know what to expect going in but, it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. Great class!”
Late yesterday afternoon, I finally got my garden planted.
Going barefoot and getting dirty in your garden with the warm sun on your back, gets your blood moving and makes you feel alive!
Years ago, my friend Janice told me that Tomato and Basil were great companion plants. Judging from the bumper crop of tomatoes that she had every year and the size of her basil plants, I knew I couldn't go wrong. I have planted two basil plants between each tomato plant since then and have been thrilled with the way my tomatoes taste!
Companion planting is supposed to be beneficial to one or both of the plants you pair together.
I am not sure what the tomatoes do for the basil but the basil helps the tomato plants in quite a few ways. Basil repels whiteflies, mosquitoes, spider mites, aphids, hornworms. It attracts bees, improves tomato health and most importantly, improves tomato flavor! I encourage you to try it.