Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Springtime Giveaway!

In honor of the warming weather, Spring Break, and the quickly approaching Summer Vacation, BasementBags is sponsoring another giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a travel set with a shoe bag and cosmetic bag, great for throwing in your suitcase on a weekend getaway!

The giveaway ends at midnight Saturday 4/10/09, a winner will be drawn on Sunday 4/11/09. Enter by leaving a comment on the blog.

Extra entries can be earned by:

1. Posting about this giveaway on your blog (leave a comment to let me know)

2. Writing about this giveaway on Facebook

3. Announcing this giveaway on Twitter (use hashtag #BasementBagsGiveaway)

4. Sign up to be a follower on my blog (leave a comment to let me know you already are a follower)

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6. Become a follower on Twitter

The shoe bag and cosmetic bag can be made with any coordinating fabric available in the Basement and personalized with your monogram, or that of someone special!

Good Luck!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

This week

  • Yesterday was Ms. R's (student teacher) last day - she did a wonderful job and is going to be a fabulous teacher! The center photo is our Apparel Dev. I class, she gave each of them a treat bag with a 'fat quarter' (fabric) and candy, then taught them how to make yoyos. They stitched or glued the yoyos onto ribbon or headbands...too cute!...and the girls didn't even complain about sewing by hand. Sweet Ms. R gave me a gift certificate for a manicure/pedicure which I plan to redeem later today.
  • Some of the Apparel II students finished their projects (a garment that fit the bottom of their body) On each end of the above collage, check out the precious skirt and the 'oh so popular this Spring' rompers. Such talented girls!
  • In the Basement, Bikini Bags continue to be a 'best seller'. These make great gifts for Bridesmaids, graduation, birthdays...especially since bikini season is right around the corner!
  • March is a big birthday month in our family...Danny got the ball rolling on the 1st. Our grandson, Cooper, turned four yesterday...really? FOUR!?!?! where does the time go? Rach will be 26 y/o on Tuesday and that makes me feel 'old as dirt'! Pa, if you are reading this, it makes you REAL old ;)
  • As of Wednesday, I'm down 24 lbs.!!! think I've hit a plateau, which is driving me nuts (can we say impatient?!?) but I am determined to see it though this time!

My weekend 'to do list' is so long I don't even want to think about it! Thankfully, Monday is a teacher work day and Spring Break will be here soon. Y'all have a great weekend!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring fun

The weather in NC is absolutely beautiful today ... on my way out of the basement to enjoy a little of it. Wanted to share what I worked on this morning. The colors just look like Spring and make me smile! I have some super cute new designs, promise one day we will get all of this on the website...in the meantime, please remember you can email me to order anything you see here on my blog.
Hope your day is full of sunshine and Spring Fun!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Who loves orange?

Just finsihed this adorable "Orange ware' for some best dressed mini -Vols. Oh wait! this could be for a little Clemson Tiger too. What do you think? Either way, these are stinkin' cute!
Is it Friday yet? Amazing how a time change of one little hour gets me so out of wack.
Hurry weekend!

Monday, March 15, 2010


So yesterday I didn't really feel like sewing but needed to appear productive so I pretended to be in a 'creative' mood. I was trying to come up with something unique for a couple of baby gifts that family members had ordered. Orders from family go like this...they get stuff for free, much reduced prices or occasionally a trade, however, they are at the mercy of my schedule and design whims. In other words, I experiment on them! Not sure about these....thinking there are some proportion and color issues...what do you think?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Blankets & Bags

Made this Toile & Dots bag and Buddy Blanket yesterday...is that really all I accomplished the entire day?!?!? Think there was some laundry doing, cooking, reading, exercising, shopping and t.v. watching mixed in....but the sewing was definitely my favorite Saturday activity! Hope you are having a super weekend.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

2nd Year Sweeties

I love to sew. I also love teaching others to sew. This is my Advanced sewing class wearing the hoodies that they just finished making. This is a fun, talented group of young ladies. They make me so proud! Below are some closer shots of their work. Next project - a 'bottom'... they select the pattern & fabric for a skirt, pants, shorts...anything that fits the bottom half of their body. Project has to include a zipper and hopefully pockets. Can't wait to see what they come up with!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Great Gift Idea

Practical gifts just make sense to me...especially with today's tough economy. Here in the basement I do my best to make practical also look pretty or in the case of this great towel set, adorable! Personalized towels are a good gift for any occasion, for all ages. I plan to add them to the website in time for Graduation & Summer Wedding season. Speaking of the website....not making much progress on the update. Looks like that will be my summer project.
College daughter has Spring Break this week. I'm jealous. Hurry April 5!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Not much to tell

Shower Gift: Burp cloths, Church Bag & Matching Bib

Has blogger world given me up for dead? I'm still here...just not much to tell.
This is my least favorite time of year. We've had too much yucky weather and it's been crazy cold and wet for sooo many days this year. I'm ready for sunshine and Spring. We got a little tease of it this weekend....too bad (but good too, always thankful for business) that I was stuck in the basement most of it.
Here's a few random things:
  • weight - down 22 lbs...wahoooo!!!....I'm 'bustin' slack, but not ready to buy new smaller pants yet....will I keep it off this time? hopefully. but honestly my track record ain't so good. new approach - treating my weight control issue like a 'disease' that needs constant attention. this gaining/losing cycle is unhealthy and heartbreaking. once I've reached my goal, giving myself a 5 lb. grace and if scales go above that, it's back on the plan!
  • my student teacher (who is fabulous!) has only two more weeks, then she is off for Costa Rica for an International Student Teaching experience...I have gotten spoiled, but will miss her because she is such a sweetheart!
  • attended a baby shower today and for my followers, you know that is 'so not me'. wasn't too bad, mostly a family thing so I survived. my gift is pictured above...think mom-to-be was pleased
  • dentist last week, hated it! new night guard (yes, I grind my teeth) is on the way and my account has many less $'s thanks to that and the purchase of a Sonicare...wow, what a gadget! to call it an electric toothbrush would be an understatement
  • praying politicians will develop a conscience & remember they are representing the people before they vote in 'ObamaCare'. how can they sleep at night, knowing that so many of US are against it?

'Til next time, hope all is well in your corner of blog world!