Good Morning!!! The Blog Dogs were antsy this morning so I took them to my old stomping grounds in Days Creek. When I lived in Days Creek we were close to Bland Mountain Road. It was a great place to take dogs. It is steeper, longer and smoother than the road in Olalla and I wanted to go there so I could run the legs off Mocha.
Here are the directions: You go south on I-5; exit at Canyonville; turn east until Days Creek; and drive couple of miles down Days Creek Road. At the bottom of Bland Mountain I let Mocha out and let her run behind the car for a mile or so. Then I parked and we all walked for about an hour and a half. If we had kept going we would have come to the Fire Look Out Tower, but Dunkin got tired (Okay…….Mom got tired). We went back to the car and Mocha ran back down to the bottom of the road. Now she is sleeping. Mission Accomplished!!!
It’s funny, Bland and Olalla are only 30-40 miles apart but you see several differences in their topography. For one thing, the rocks are different. The rocks in Days Creek have more clay and there is a green rock called Serpentine that I don’t see along Olalla. More ferns and moss grow on Bland Mountain and there is WA-A-AY more Poison Oak. In fact, the place is screaming with it.
We encountered typical Oregon weather on our hike. It rained; there was sunshine; and we were hailed on. This is a perfect segue for introducing you to some Southern Oregonian-isms. First, our saying about Spring: “If you don’t like the weather………wait 5 minutes”. Second, the term “sucker hole”: A sucker hole is the (brief) patch of blue sky that “suckers” you into believing that you are not going to get rained or hailed on when you go outside. And finally, our caution about Poison Oak: “Leaves of 3–Let them be” You now speak “Oregonian”.
The Flannel Remake and a Friend:
I took the Inspirational Flannel Dress to my Sewing Sister and she talked me off the ledge. No huge changes, I just added a pocket and a belt. The belt came from my silk tie basket. (The colors were such a great match I couldn’t say “No”.) The pocket was super-cool and a version of what I made in the Marcy Jacket. I’ll show you how to make your own.
How to Make a Poufy Pocket.
I will tell you how I made the pocket and then you can adjust the directions to fit you. First, I cut a piece of pocket fabric wide enough for my hand and then 1 1/2 times as deep as I wanted. This turned out to be 9 inches by 12 inches. In this version I finished the top edge by making a faux cuff, but kept the side edges raw.
To attach the pocket you have to do 2 things that seem counter-intuitive. First, have the top edge of the pocket point down towards the bottom edge of your garment. Second, place the right side of the pocket against the right side of your garment. At this point your pocket may seem upside down and backwards but that is a good thing.
Now, position the bottom edge of your pocket about 2-3 inches higher than where you want the bottom edge to be (stick with me, I promise this will work). Pin and stitch the bottom edge of the pocket to your garment, still keeping the right sides together and the top facing down. Next, put a pin 2-3 inches from where you just sewed. This will be where you fold the pocket up. Turn the pocket right-side up and place that fold edge 2-3 inches below your stitching (where you wanted the bottom of your pocket to sit). The fold edge is now bottom of your pocket. Pin and stitch the sides of the pocket (but not the bottom) to your garment. See how the fold gives your pocket a little extra pouf? Adorable, huh? And doing it is much quicker than trying to explain it!
The Scarf Makes a Friend
When the red scarf was convincing me to turn the Inspirational Flannel into a dress, she also had her sights on a red -and-white-striped tee. However, the last time I posted, I was so discombobulated about the Flannel, I wasn’t able to tell you about the tee. After getting right with the Flannel, I decided it was time to share. My Sewing Sister said the tee reminded her of the Where’s Waldo character in kids books. I like that. And I like how the remake turned out.
What kicked off this remake was a quilting tool that my boss’s boss lent me. Last spring, my district hired a new Superintendent. I was pretty sure I liked her until we talked about sewing. Then I discovered I LOVED her. She is a quilter and a “create-it-as-you-go” kind of person. Who wouldn’t adore that? Her name is Kate.
Kate lent me a tool she uses to make scalloped edges and when the red scarf saw it she went nuts. “Oooh-oooh! I WANT THAT!!” she squealed. Once again the red scarf got her way. I traced the scalloped edge on her; gave her some ruffle; and attached her to the red-and-white-striped tee. Then, (this was my idea) I cut strips of scarf to match the stripes on the shirt and stitched them to every-other red stripe. Finally, I added a small heart in front and a large heart in the back because that’s what I like to do. And, VOILA! Where’s Waldo’s Sister…..or maybe “Waldo’s sister goes to Paris”. I’m not sure.
Whew! Have you noticed I am posting more than usual this week? That is because I have been sewing a lot-a lot. There is stuff I haven’t even told you about yet. Like the dresses that Sewing Sister and I made from a Nancy Zieman shirt pattern. I know you want to hear about that! So expect another post soon.
Take care everyone. I think you are wonderful and we will talk again in a few days. Remember, “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”.