Friday, March 1, 2019


I forgot to include some pics of the sewing i have been doing.  I made a skirt for the dress tour that Leanne Barlow put on, however my aunt was life flighted and we obviously were unable to make the trip.  (she is now doing great--it was a bizarre occurrence where they thought there was an aortic dissection, only to go in and realize nothing was there!)
I had been saving this fabric for something special and this skirt fit the bill! 

I also made a #louboxtop by @sewdiyblog and see many more of these in my future.  I used a super soft knit from @girlcharlee and love it!

I made a second #ogdencami by @truebias with her fabric from workroom social and I copied @marcyharriell and added some mini pom trim to the hem. I am completely in love with this too!  I also can't wait to try one of the ogden came dress hacks.  i want a maxi style and i have the @vandco ombre confetti from gray to black.  I think it will be great for a wedding we have this summer and also a few other events...
the pic is not great, but the fabric is so fun!
the quilt i am currently quilting (🙈) on my domestic (what was i thinking?!) and my Pop's bday cake made by our super talented friend, Amy.  We had a great ski last weekend and i am super happy we were able to enjoy the break in the weather because as you can see we were hit hard this week with more snow and cold!

This pattern is the Regent Street Star, by Moda Bake shop, and then i added these flying geese along the borders.  They took Waaaaaaaaaay longer than the top, but i wanted it to be queen sized... he only turns 60 once! :)

So... most of my running has been on the treadmill, but i have really been enjoying it again, which feels  incredible and is helping me mentally deal with being a forced shut in!  The snow is pretty, but when it is as cold as it has been it is really challenging to go out and enjoy it. Plus the poor dogs are cooped up too!

Thursday, February 28, 2019


So... we are at the last day of the second month of the year.  How are everyone's goals going?  The two goals i posted here, neither has been met. 🙈 My father wasn't feeling so hot so we still went and spent the weekend at Seeley Lake, but we didn't do the race.  we did do our workouts and skied and still had a great time.  I still am sticking with the #elizabethanderin2019 challenge.  That involves a daily 1.5 min wall sit and 25 pushups.  The next two races i am registered for both st. patrick's themed.  One is a 3 miler with a client and her daughter, and the other is the Run to the Pub 10K, which i have done almost every year.  I have been enjoying the #gomoregetmore challenge on the Nike Running Club app too. it has kept me motivated to log miles since we literally have 3 feet of snow, treadmill it is.  we have had one day that has been above freezing and most of the days have been sub zero for over one month now.

I am almost finished with a queen sized quilt for my father, for his 60th birthday.  I finished the floppy top to show him by his bday, but now i am quilting it on my domestic machine.  with a minky back.  it is a behemoth beast!!!  this is the largest quilt i have made to date and am partially regretting the decision to quilt this myself on my domestic.  i will post pics of it completed.  it is the regent street star quilt by moda bake shop, and i added flying geese borders with scraps from the pieces in the top.  the borders took longer to complete than the main part of the top... oh well it is unique and worth it! :)  He loves it, and will use it.  I also made another Ogden Cami, with true bias fabric, and copied a fellow sewist from IG and added mini pom trim to the hem.  it is SUPER cute! I want to make an ogden cami hack dress, and still want to make the lander pants... probably when this quilt is finished i will begin the pants!!!😬 I have two different fabrics i want to use. If you have any tips or tricks feel free to send them my way!! :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

I hope this new year finds you all healthy and well... its been a small eternity since i have posted, and i realize this is a dying form of sharing (blogging) but i still enjoy writing posts, and can't bring myself to do lengthy ones on ig, so i am going to attempt a more regular schedule of posting/sharing here.

I did lots of sewing for christmas presents for friends, family and clients.  My current obsession: Pom Poms!!  i made blankets with poms on the trim, tea towel/napkins with pos on the bottom hem, a table runner, etc.  OBSESSED!  They add a bit of whimsy and a retro vibe to things and i love the effect.  

Goals for 2019:

make Lander pants
snow joke half marathon with Pops

so far that is it... 

what are some fun sewing items you have created? What races are you looking forward to? running goals? fitness goals?

Happy New Year and here's to accomplishing goals!

Friday, April 7, 2017

DIY wallets

Finally, my Sew-Jo is back!!  I am so happy that i am inspired to sew again.  Not doing great physically, i am glad i have something to occupy my time.  Today i made several wallets.  It took until the third one to truly dial in the correct size, then once i had it figured out i made a few extras.  They make great presses and are fun and quick to whip up.  I used a suiting fabric and some left over denim scraps for the exterior fabric and then some fun fabrics for the interior.  I wish i had more of the fish, but i love the Hipster Fabric from Crimson Tate.  

The last one, i used navy thread to top stitch and it also has the beer fabric.  I am always thrilled when i find something fun and functional for guys.  My hubbee loves these wallets because they are huge and thick.  FYI: it is not great to put your wallet in your back pocket, especially if you sit on it while driving/work etc.  

I want to finish my philanthropy quilt this weekend, and possibly sew a clothing top.  What projects do you have going? Also if you have any other guy friendly sewing projects, let me know!

Monday, April 3, 2017

lots of sewing, tiny bit of exercise...

This quilt top is the philanthropy top i made last weekend, and didn't have the photo to share:

And this is the flying geese mini i made for the flying geese mini swap i am in. It is a jelli quilt  pattern, and as usual her patterns are excellent!  the error in this is all me! I have dubbed it "amish geese" because of the error.  In our guild, we use that term because the amish believe only god was perfect, so everything else is flawed or has an error.  I had a great time free-motion quilting.  I turned this mini into a pillow case.

 This weekend i made a dress with Pockets!!!!! It is a VERY simple pattern by NewLook.  it says one hour, but it took approximately 4... even now with the tissue cut out, i still think it would take me two.  Maybe i am slow?  This fabric is the cotton and steel rayon challis.  It is DIVINE!  I loved working with it and upon finishing this dress, ordered more.  It was challenging to take pics of myself and it was early in the am but you can get the gist!  it also has a belt with the same fabric, however i didn't like the look, so i tried it with a leather belt and that was much more flattering. i have a few modifications i will make on the next one, but this pattern was great and i look forward to my next attempt.

 I have the book, Sewing in a Straight Line, by Brett Bara.  it is a great book with excellent tutorials and patterns.  These fabric trays were in there.  Three sizes, however you could make them any size.  They are quick and easy and great for stash busting.  i made several for extras for my "Pay it Forward" projects and for a few other swaps i have coming up, and easter prezzies.

 This one is a large one.  I used my 12.5" square ruler, and I think it is a great way to showcase the Tula Pink fabric.  i am going to use it on the coffee table to hold remotes and my angel cards.  The possibilities with this fun project are endless. you can make them deeper, triangle shaped, rectangle etc.

So these were some fun items i made over the weekend... and more trays are about half done! :) What did you create this weekend?

On a fitness note, I bought a new reformer.  it is the balanced body allegro, xl.  i have, however, pulled a muscle (pelvic floor? psoas) and have barely been able to walk so i have yet to utilize it.  i can't wait to heal so i can play around on it!! Our weather has been all over the place, but i was able to go for a walk with wrigley and Sunny and her dogs too.  it was beautiful.

These three had a blast! Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and your monday flies by!!!:)
remember to never skip a monday so even if you do a few planks or a wall sit do something!!! something is always better than nothing!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

two weekend workouts

I did two great workouts this weekend so I thought i would share in case anyone wants to change something up and try them.

On Saturday I warmed up on the spin bike for 5 miles.  Then i performed the following circuit 5x:

treadmill at 6 degree incline, 7 mph for .25 miles
10 burpees with tricep push up and single arm row from plank position with 10# db
10 leg press 15 plates
10/leg ham curl 2 plates
10 leg extensions 3 plates
10 of each/leg adductor and abductor cable 1.5 plates

then a one mile flat cool down.

This went by quickly and was fun do to the variety.

Sunday i also did a 5 mile spin warm up alternating sitting and standing each minute.

Then the workout:

1 mile easy paced (7 mph), 1 min of walking lunges with weighted bar
repeat for 3 rounds

40 min on the reformer and pilates mat work.

I love circuits.  They keep me motivated and focused.  And since they are short bursts of a variety of exercises, i can easily wrap my mind around the circuit.  They can also be done with little or no equipment, so no excuses to skip a workout!

The pilates felt great on the hammies, my left is still not quite right but definitely improving.  And i always love the core work pilates provides.  

I also did quite a bit of sewing this weekend too!  My sew jo seems to be returning.  I think it helped having a friend come over for a sew night, i had to tidy up my sewing center.  I will post pics next post of current projects! :)  

Any goals or events coming up? projects? 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

fun run and exciting sewing!!

Yesterday was the Run to the Pub in Bozeman.  And one friend couldn't make it due to weather, and another friend decided last minute to take her spot!  So friday night i whipped up a sparkly skirt for her to wear as well since she said she didn't have any green to wear.

The second one went much faster and without issues.  The first one, my needle was getting gummy stuff on it (glue from sequins) and thus breaking the thread.  This time i noticed if i sewed a bit slower the glue didn't build up (i don't know why that was), and thus no thread breaking and time consuming rethreading/detangling etc.  so the gathering went faster and over all it was just smoother sailing than the first attempt.  Which was great, because by friday night my brain is mush.  

We left livingston, and it was 18 degrees and socked in.  It felt very humid.  As we went over the pass, and into bozeman it warmed to 40 and kept climbing, and was sunny.  And CALM.  This was such a nice reprieve from our livingston winds.  I had no time goal for the race, just to keep it easy and feel out this hamstring.  And Tara, she thought she would walk most of it and she ran it in its entirety!!!  woohoo!!!  The event is very fun and there is a block party after where you can have your free cupcake and beer(s) etc. but it was awfully crowded and beer was the last thing i wanted, so we went for sushi (always a win!).  All in all, the event was EXCELLENT! 
Potty Line Pic!
I gave Tara one of the bows i made too.

I have been wanting to make these Birkin Flares forever (seriously for a few years) and finally last weekend i cut out the denim!  And the rivets, thread, buttons etc arrived that i ordered from Taylor Tailors (excellent source!).  So now these are ready for assembly.  However, last night i worked on a bit of my paper piecing for an IG swap, but then had to finish up tax prep.  i have a few CHORES to do then hopefully back to the sewing center for me! And yoga later.  

All of the bits for the Birkin Flares!  I am so happy there is a sew along to follow.  That is the only reason i was brave enough to attempt these.  i have a fun idea for my top stitching on the back pockets... now i hope i can implement it!

Anyone else run a pub run this weekend?