What stresses you out?

There are certain things in our lives that “stress us out”………
And apparently I have found one of mine.
Please note my old exterior pillows on my adirondack chairs out front.
From here…..the pillows don’t look too bad. 
Close up….they were gross.
I have bleached…washed……thrown in the pool…..they have just lived their last lives.
But they didn’t stress me out.
Oh no….not DIY’er me.
I was going to fix them!
I decided to re-cover them…….


Attempt another sewing project.

Here-in lies the stress.
I cut my squares……. pinned them inside out…………..and went to my moms to borrow her sewing machine…..which is a pain but hey…..I wasn’t going to stress about it.

And sewed my little heart out…..so pleased with myself that everything was going pretty good.
This was me on  my third corner……..I didn’t even stop at the 1st or second corner…..
because things seemed so productive…….
And as I was zipping along……I then realized……..not a stitch had been made. 
The needle had no thread.
Really Rebecca? 

 The thread came out….. right at the start……

Dang it.
No problem………breathe deeply………it’s only been 45 minutes so far on this panel alone.
I’m sure that’s normal.
I got the thread finally back in the needle but somehow messed up the tension or tightness of the stitching and it came out loose and loopy……..
Besides the fact that I was gomming up the fabric……and sewing the excess fabric all up in the stitches.
But no problem….I just told myself to relax…..I’m sure everyone has this issue…….
I know you can’t see it well at this point but through glossy, tear stained eyes…this pic looked focused when I took it.
No Matter how I adjusted the tension knobby the stitching still was loose and loopy…….
And then the bobbin thing that goes in the bottom of the machine was  running out of thread again…..
and finally after trying to  figure out how to re-fill the bobbin by having my older sister help me that lives at home with my parents because she needs assisted living…..
yeah…..the sister that should have my help….tried to help me……
Together, we tried about 45 minutes.
It was precious.
Then my dad came in to try to help us……
That was precious.
Then we all called my mom in Texas to help us………
So what, that she is staying with my sister that is confined to bed rest and pregnant?
My bobbin was out of thread.
And I needed my mom too.
Bed rest vs. bobbin….I mean it’s a no-brainer.
Bobbin wins.
And she helped me.
By then…. ONLY about two hours had passed
But hey….it’s all good, I told myself. 
Get this first pillow cover done and then it is easy breezy after that.
So, after ripping out the fourth side because I had left too tiny of an opening to put the pillow in…….
I figured I was at the wonderful final stage.
Where I put the pillow in and close it up.
I wiped the sweat off of my brow and told my sister to quit breathing down my neck 
and told myself…
This was good….everyone has to learn…….you are at YOUR FIRST PILLOW …..
be proud of yourself!
I smooshed…….
I pushed…….
I laid on it and tried to sew it shut at same time…..
I kept pushing my sister out of the way that was trying to help…..
I tried to drown out my dads suggestions with loud complaining…..
I cried… 
And then……
I felt my nose get hot?
My neck felt hot?
I felt a little weird…….
And I wondered???
Am I stressing out?
I gently laid the pillows down and went home.
Leaving my sister and dad looking confused in the middle of my pillow fabric pile and watching me walk out the door.
We live next door….it wasn’t far…..and I was coming back….so don’t worry….they knew that.
I went upstairs and borrowed my husbands blood pressure cuff to see if what I was feeling was what I thought I was feeling……
Hmmmmmm……that’s interesting.
I took it again.
Well……..isn’t that special?
Is a higher score better?
Yeah….. I didn’t think so either.
I hid the cuff under the bed so my hubby wouldn’t see.
I don’t have “high blood pressure issues”.
But apparently…….
I think…..
I’m not sure………
Not 100% confident……..
But I believe……….
I may have “sewing induced high blood pressure stressing out issues”.
Ya think?
Yeah….I think…..
So I prescribed myself a glass of wine and a visit to the seamstress with another failed project.
She showed me some of my mess ups and said she would help me figure this sewing thing out.
I toasted her with my glass of wine……….
And she finished my pillows………
I love her……
So……now that I know that sewing may induce stress…..
Guess what I bought yesterday off of Criagslist?
Not a bottle of wine……..
That’s right a new/used sewing machine that works!
What, you say??
I know that a working machine is going to change everything.
I still believe I can do this.
I have to conquer this!
I will either be an alcoholic when I finish or have a heart attack but I have Roman Shades to conquer first and then yesterday,  guess what I saw?
Is this not adorable? 
It needs me……
It wants me to make it…..
It wants you to make it……
It wants me to conquer my stress…..or it wants me drunk……I haven’t figured that part out yet.
But I’m gonna do one…I tell ya’!
And better yet….I have a different idea to add my “twist” to this blanket!
I’m sure that will NOT complicate things!
Before I start.
First issue to handle….wine gives me a headache.
What am I to do?
Mary Jane?
Just teasing….
For real.
I wouldn’t drink moonshine!
Just teasing again!
I won’t do Mary Jane or moonshine…..
Mary Jane & Moonshine = Jail and kills braincells
But…I will figure something out……I am NOT giving up!
Is it just me?
Do you have anything that stresses you out?
Do you battle blood pressure?
Do you want to make that patchwork blanket?
I love that blanket.
I do.
So, I shall press on.
I have projects ahead.
I will have an ibuprofen….blood pressure cuff and a glass of wine or some other concoction by my side.
Pic’s may be a little blurry and the posts may be a little slurred in the future but hey…..
At least I won’t be stressed.
And I intend to take you guys with me every step of the way.
Aren’t you lucky?
Cheers ladies! 
This is gonna be fun!

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0 thoughts on “What stresses you out?

  • March 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    OK I am ready for this adventure~!
    Yes, I want to make that quilt. Now to go buy a ruffler foot and a quilting foot for my sewing machine.

    What machine did you purchase?

  • March 30, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I’m currently feeling about the same….I’ve never sewed clothing and I am making my Marie Antoinette party dress for this Saturday……..from scratch, no pattern. I don’t think it is going so good!

  • March 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    that’s funny. I have a new sewing machine because I was going to learn how to make cute little sundresses for my baby girl. She’s now 5 and I haven’t used the mahine except to secure my son’s baseball patch to his uniform.


  • March 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    You should have sold it to me ; ) Not too late! We could learn together. Unless you are really good…then keep that to yourself. Blow the dust off that baby…..do the blanket! Thanks for stopping by……Love, Me

  • March 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Well….actually…..you sound like me. I didn’t start with an easy project. Honey….if you can do a Marie Antoinette dress…….dang………you will be in your own super good sewing league. Love, Me

  • March 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Ummmm…..Cherie……..what’s a ruffler foot and quilting foot. I don’t need those do I?
    Singer sewing machine, mod.#7426. Bought it from a guy with a sewing machine shop on Craigslist, so I felt covered if something was wrong with it. Love, me

  • March 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    This has happened to me before! Oh I thought I was the only one – of course I don’t own a blood pressure checker so I couldn’t tell you if I have Sewers Blood Pressure, but I have spent an entire day trying to figure out what was wrong with my machine, I have sewed around without any thread and not noticing – I have sewed pant lets shut – yes, I think we would make quite the pair if we opened up shop.


  • March 31, 2011 at 12:26 am

    nothing like that ever happens to me.

  • March 31, 2011 at 2:20 am

    K…….you have made me feel much better. Let’s open a shop! We could drink wine and mess up and laugh the day away : ) Love, Me

  • March 31, 2011 at 4:11 am

    Funny girl.. that was halarious.. I will tell you, a good sewing machine makes the world of difference.. I used a bad one for years and finally a few years ago broke down and got a good machine.. guess what? I discovered I could sew. Hope it works for you.. saves a lot.

  • March 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I have the same problem every time I try to use a sewing machine. I can hand stitch like crazy. Ok maybe not anymore, (old age problems with hands), but when I sit at a sewing machine I think it know I hate it! My Mom was an excellent seamstress and I can’t sew a lick on the machine. Dang it!! Good luck in your sewing adventure and we’ll all understand if the posts are blurry!

  • March 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    OMG Rebecca! I needed a bottle of wine just THINKING about you stressing out about sewing those pillows. Good Golly! You are much braver than I. However, if you need someone to come drink wine and cheer you on while you sew…count me in! Whitney can always drive me home. hee hee 🙂

  • April 1, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    LOL. you will only need them if you are lazy like me and hate making your own ruffles and pulling those damn strings to gather the fabric and a quilters foot is basically a 1/4in foot for making your seams all the same… another cheater foot. some of them have a bar on the side as a guide for your fabric.
    A singer is good. Have you tried it out again?
    email me! dragonfliez34 @ gmail dot com

  • April 2, 2011 at 3:05 am

    OMG. I cannot believe a sewing project could do that! But, when I think of it, my blood pressure probably gets skyhigh in the classroom, when all I want to scream is “shut it!” but instead I have to swallow and calmy count out load to ten for the kids to calm down…. Enjoy your wine and your new red pillows, they look gorgeous.


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