Sew awesome!

After a long and tiresome event season, I decided it was time to treat myself! I’d taken a beginner sewing series (see previous posts) and was hooked. I wanted nothing more to come home and create something. SOOOO….I did some quick internet research and found a good, entry level machine and a few days later it was mine. To have unlimited sewing at my finger tips…oh man. This was exciting stuff.

I also horded some craft store coupons and picked up the more expensive items for 40-50% off. OK, so maybe I had to go back to the store every day for 3 days, but I got them at a good price darn it! I was determined not to break the bank with this new hobby. Update***Who knew how addicting fabric shopping could be? I need to find a discount fabric source STAT before I spend an entire paycheck on fun fabrics. Ugh.***

So far, I’ve made a second placemat to match the first one as well as a special blanket for Miss Stella. I think pillow cases and some cute fabric casserole holders will be next on my list.

Have you picked up a new hobby lately without breaking the bank like hobbies seem to do??

Supplies in hand.

Cutting mat & cutter – so necessary!

The final product!

The happy customer šŸ™‚

An open letter to BECU

Dear BECU,

I liked you, I really liked you. I thought you were the bank for me. You were cool. You were hip. You were honest. You were everything that I had wanted in a bank. But after this whole mess, I don’t know if you and I will work out.

You see, I work very hard for a living and have been saving and saving in order to move us to Seattle so that we can be closer to our jobs. We were able to sell our condo and we had also found exactly the new house we were looking. After weeks of ups and downs, I finally thought, “This is it! It’s really going to happen!” You don’t know just how excited I was; I was already picking out paint colors in my head.

I come to find out a few days ago that the buyer of our condo is getting financed through you and that their paperwork has been sitting on someones desk this past month. With the closing date being next Monday, your team has asked for TWO ADDITIONAL WEEKS to begin to process all of this. I can understand a few days, but 2 weeks seems like an aweful lot of time, especially when that closing date is just days away from my new closing date.

These next two weeks are going to be majorly stressful and worrisome because your employees didn’t do their jobs. If my condo doesn’t close quickly, I could lose thousands of dollars and our new home. It will be completely devestating and we’ll have to start from stratch. I’m just hoping that this will all work out, but until I see that signed paperwork, I’m going to be a complete mess thanks to you.

We were suppose to move out this weekend. We were suppose to be able to save a bit more money to be able to make sure we’ve got a little extra padding. We were suppose to be excited about this next chapter in our lives. Now I’m left with a half packed house, an extra mortgage payment, an EXTREMELY tight deadline to close on our new place and not to mention a whole lot of inconvenience.

Your lack of customer service and attention to detail has really made me re-think being a customer of yours (something that I’d never thought I’d say.) As soon as this all shakes out, I’m going to have to re-evaluate our relationship. It just might not be worth it.


A very unhappy BECU customer


A sewing sneak peek!

Just a lil sampling of what’s to come – my first sewing project outside of class made especially for my favorite furry friend. Stay tuned for the final product!


Sew fun no. 4!

The final product! (The pillow, not the chair)

Mastered buttons and the holes they go through. Yeah buddy!
So I’ve graduated sewing class and to celebrate, I’ve purchased my first sewing machine! It’s an entry level Brother CS600i that vaguly resembles the high end machines we used in class. A lot of the bits and pieces looked the same so that made me feel like I could manage it without too much hair pulling. It also had rave reviews on Amazon so that must mean it’s legit, right?
Not sure what I’m going to make first on it…..I should probably stick with something I know so I can fully finish a project without too much frustration. Patience usually isn’t my middle name and sewing requires a lot of that. Stay tuned for my first creation!

Sew fun no. 2!

Oh man, I think I’m officially addicted to sewing! Now I just need to buy myself one of those fancy machines šŸ™‚ This placemat is the third out of four projects in the series. It involved a bit of quilting and a ton of embroidery, but it came together very easily! I suspect I could pop out 4 in an hour with no problem. There may be some holiday gifts coming your way people! My last class is actually this coming Sunday. I’m extremely tempted to take the beginning quilter’s series next. We’ll see if time allows……

The final piece!

A little up close quilter action.
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