It was the perfect timing and opportunity for me to start a class, which is what I had been wanting to do for some time. I finished Level 1 and will return for Level 2 later. For many women, this class would have been a "no-brainer"...because it was the basics. But it was exactly what I needed, to review all of the things I supposedly learned in High School Home Eck. I spent most of the time in my high school class with the seam ripper in my hand...my favorite tool. UGH! Hated ripping out seams!! Needless to say, it wasn't my favorite class.
Ended up with a nice, medium sized tote bag, complete with interfacing, lining and some craft canvas at the base of the bag to make it a firm bottom, (unlike mine). /:'( I've decided to use it for all my sewing gear.
I had bought a sweet little sewing box (a vintage box, that I found on https://www.etsy.com which is a great site for vintage items and all things handmade). I highly recommend etsy for jewelry too you can type in the names Serendipity Rose or Amaria in the search bar and find some amazing jewelry. I bought some creative home made soaps on this site that had a variety of luscious scents and colors and were good soap. There are a multitude of homemade items to look at and inspire you on this site. You can also go to the category bar and click on a category you're interested in, and it will take you to that particular link on the site. Maybe you make something you'd like to sell? This is a cool site to sell your items on. It's inexpensive, too. I used to sell my stained glass and mosaics on that site. Fun place to shop! Isn't this little box cute...it's an old Dritz sewing box, probably from the 50's. Unfortunately, not big enough for all the paraphenalia that I bought that has to go in there. Which is why I'm using my newly made tote for the rest of the gadgets.
With my new skills I hope to make some things for our boat. I'd like to make some covers for our "noisy" items (pots, pans, bottles, etc.) which I learned about from our neighbor. That way they'll not only be protected but also quiet under sail. I'll be making some pillows for our new, updated settees (when those are completed...and no, I'm not making them; not THAT good yet). Sewing skills will come in very handy on a boat, and if anyone else knows why these skills are handy on a boat and has some good ideas, please let us hear from you. I know you have ideas, Barbara! Anyone else?