Eeeeek! Join the #SoMe2 Link Party…..I’m the Featured Blogger!!!

I’ve been getting involved with the #SoMe2 Link Parties for a couple of weeks now, broadening my Social Media followers!  I entered the draw to be a Featured Blogger….and WON!!!!  So here is the post for this week 🙂  Enjoy!
Welcome to #SoMe2 #51!!
You may notice that there are new graphics – that’s because in just one week, we will be celebrating #SoMe2’s 1st anniversary! And in honor of that anniversary, we’re making a few fun, exciting changes!
For those who are new: #SoMe2 is a SOcial MEdia Link Party that happens every Tuesday @ 7:00 PM (EST). We’ve been linking up 2 different platforms each week – but starting next week, we will begin a new format!

AND…
we will be adding three new hostesses!!

 

And now, on to this week’s party!!

Introducing our #SoMe2 featured blogger of the week…
 

Natalie at Threads & Bobbins!!

 

A Pouch for Pics, Tuners & Leads

One of the main problems that I have found with living in a one bed apartment, is that it is so difficult to keep tidy.  I like to think of myself as an organised person anyway but anything that is left out looks messy 🙁  Adam has placed his guitar and amp in the living room/open plan living area.  Accompanying his guitar are pics, tuners, leads and other things that I have no clue about!

Along came the double zippered pouch.  Two compartments; one for the leads and the other for the other bits!  This also counts as one of my Sew Selfless September items as it is a gift for Adam 🙂 … and it will keep things tidy!

I found this tutorial on Pinterest which seemed to be easy to follow.  There was a video and a series of pictures to flick through!  They were easy to follow and well labelled.  I made my pouch bigger than the one on the tutorial because I needed to fit a larger lead in.

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The Tale of the Short Sleeved Shirt

When fabric shopping last week, Adam found some burgundy cotton, scattered with small golden stars.  He asked if I would make him a shirt and of course, I agreed as long as he could find me a pattern.  So he did.  He chose a New Look pattern that had an option for a shirt for both of us.  I must admit that I was a little scared of the thought of making something that wasn’t clothing for me.  I couldn’t try  it on half way through and I knew that it had to be as close to perfect as possible as I know how fussy Adam can be with his clothes.

This was the first pattern where I had traced elements rather than cutting it all out to the size needed.  I used freezer paper to trace and it is nice to know that I have that pre-cut pattern now to use again.  Even if it did take an extra hour to trace and cut :-/

I made a few alterations to the instructions as it called for interfacing within the collar and under the shirt front.  I didn’t have any  so just went for a facing in the same material, which turned out to be just right and wasn’t too thick!  The body of the shirt came together perfectly and the facings were relatively easy to attach too.  The collar confused me loads and the instructions weren’t very clear; the pictures didn’t really help either.  I attached it and just hoped I had done it right!  It turned out fine but it seemed a very long winded way to attach a collar!  I also ended up catching a tiny bit of the facing in the collar seam….ggggrrrr!  Adam didn’t notice though!

Sewing Selflessly

A few days agoI came across a blog by Jess at the Sometimes Sewist, which has inspired me to have a little think about the other things I could be making!

So:

I, Natalie, of Threads & Bobbins, pledge this Sew Selfless September to make at least 3 items for people other than myself!

There we go!  I’ve made my pledge and my first post will be on tomorrow once I’ve finished it 🙂  I like everything handmade, and handmade gifts made by me are even better!

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A Hidden Treasure

I feel that Mobile isn’t really a big city for tourism.  There are many things to do here; museums, parks, shops…but it always seems to be quiet and peaceful.  We often end up wondering where everyone is and wonder if we are missing something!  Yesterday we headed downtown for some lunch and I then wanted to go and visit the library.  I was intrigued more than anything, not only was this grand building huge (bigger than most libraries I have seen), it was also quite mysterious.  From the outside, you could not see into the building.  Every time we had driven past, I had always wondered what it was like inside.

I had been on the website and looked into getting a library card.  I wasn’t entirely convinced that I would be eligible but I had proof of our stay and address.  The online catalogue also showed that there were some Mollie Makes books available; the ones that I had been looking at buying!

The car park was busy.  It appeared that this was the place where everyone was!  I filled out the form, presented my ID and was given a brand new library card.  Now, I hate to admit this but I haven’t used a library since my time in University, where all of the books I read were about various educational issues and they would help me to write assignments.  Over the last couple of years I have taken my class to visit their local library but never actually used it myself!

A Sneaky Peek … and a Mini Giveaway!

So, I have been a little quiet on the blogging side this week!  I have been very busy sewing BUT I can’t really do proper blog posts about my creations for a couple of weeks!  They will be going across the Atlantic as presents for a few people back home!

However, I thought I could give you all a sneaky peek of what I have made!!

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AND in addition to this sneaky peek at my new creations… I am also going to announce that once I get to 100 followers, I’m going to run a little giveaway from my fabric stash 🙂  Just as a little celebration!!