Yesterday I happened upon a box turtle crossing the road near the entrance to town. I picked him up, put him in the passenger seat of my car, and took him home. He was later released into a marshy wetland area on our property where he can grow and thrive! I named him Sparky!
This past weekend I celebrated my 27th birthday, and I received my very first sewing machine as a gift.
It is a Brother VX-1435!
My boyfriend and I spent about an hour reading the manual and making our first attempt at threading the needle. For a newbie threading a sewing machine seems endlessly complicated, but we put our heads together and followed the diagrams. Then the fun began and I started practicing. I still can't seem to sew in a straight line for some reason! But I keep on trying!
Up until now, all of the items in my shop have been meticulously hand-stitched, which can take a very long time, even for small projects! The sewing machine promises to make life easier... if I can just figure out how to use it! Not that this sewing machine is any harder to use than any other sewing machine, but I'm new at it, and not technically inclined! Here are a few examples of items available in my shop - all hand-stitched!