Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Two Days of Rain, Two Days of Vog and a Strip Stocking

We finally had some rain. It rained all day Saturday and Sunday. It was nonstop between a constant drizzle and and a heavier rain. I know it probably wasn't enough to get us out of a drought, but it was a start. Windward Oahu is under a voluntary water conservation as of Aug. 31 until further notice. So far, we haven't been advised otherwise so, I guess we're still conserving water.

After the two days of rain, we had two days of vog. I took this picture on Tuesday. Yesterday, Wednesday, the vog was worse. It was very, ver
y thick. They showed on the news that you couldn't see the coastline on Oahu. Luckily, the trades came back late Wednesday night and today was a lot clearer. It was even clearer than Tuesday when I took the photo.

I had to make a sample Christmas strip stocking for my class at school. I used Eleanor Burns' pattern. It was fun and easy. I did this last year using another teacher's stocking as a sample and the students loved it. Now, I have my own and I don't have to borrow the other teacher's stocking.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Shopping bags

I am trying to sew bags to use at the market. I've discovered that supermarkets here give you credit for using your own bags. Safeway gives $.03/bag. Times and Foodland give $.05/bag. So far I am not very satisfied with my designs. I took apart a plastic bag from the supermarket and used it as a pattern. I sort of followed the Singlet tutorial, with adjustments here and there. I tried to make a pocket to fold the bag into, without success. I wasn't very satisfied with the final product, although I loved the fabric I used for it. I had problems with the handles too.

This brown bag is my second attempt. I am still not satisfied with the result. I made more adjustments to the pattern and this time I was able to fold up the bag and use the pocket! Hurray!

I will be making a third attempt at this, hopefully I can make it to my satisfaction.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Reversible Patchwork Bag

I recently made a reversible patchwork bag using Pink Penguin's tutorial. I wanted to use up some scraps of fabric that I brought home from school. I decided to use blues and browns. I tried to alternate the darks and the lights and I think it turned out okay. I'd like to make another one. I'm not sure what I'd use it for, but oh well, at least I used some of my scrap materials. I lined the bag with some sample fabric I got from my mom. Someone gave her sample pieces that they use to order the bolts from. I wanted to make it all aloha print, but I didn't have enough aloha print in the right colors.
I'm trying to decide if I should make another one or try

I also made this red Japanese drawstring bag (Tsunagi Bukuro) using patchwork. It was a bit more difficult, but I must say that I was pleased with the result. I use this bag to keep my music tapes in and my little tape recorder. I purchased the pattern and fabric at Kuni Dry Goods in Moiliili.

Monday, October 13, 2008


The curtains are finally done. They didn't turn out quite how I wanted them to, but they are done. Maybe I will attempt another set later, we'll see...

There are many more projects to be done around the house. We've lived here for fourteen or fifteen years and things are starting to fall apart. Blinds need to be replaced... hmm...curtains?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cooling off with solar & reconstructed tees

It's been so hot lately. We got our solar water heater and panels installed 2 days ago. They put in two panels. The first picture is of the men installing the panels.

had to move everything out of the closet in the garage and in the area where the new water heater was going to
be inst
alled. We had so much stuff to move and clean. I need to call bulky to get rid of some of it.

The second picture is of them installing the solar fan.
The solar fan sucks up all the hot air out of the attic so that the house is cooler. We had four vents in the roof that they sealed because the solar fan will suck air in through all the holes and it will not be as efficient in cooling the house.

The third picture is how it looks finished. The solar fan is the squarish looking thing on the roof. We'll need to see how cool it keeps the house. Right now it feels a little cooler, not quite as hot.

Climbing electricity bills, Federal tax rebates and state tax rebates encouraged us to finally install solar.

As far as sewing goes, I worked on altering 3 t-shirts. I took old shirts that had holes in the armpit areas and neckline. I cut off the sleeves and neck, finished the edges and voila' a modified t-shirt. It's cooler without the sleeves and high neck, almost like a tank top. Oh, I also shortened it, about 2 inches.