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Secret Subject Swap June Take 1

Welcome to Take One of June’s Secret Subject Swaps. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado

The Momisodes

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Just A Little Nutty

Follow me home . . .

Moore Organized Mayhem

The Insomniac’s Dream

The Sadder But Wiser Girl

Stacy Sews and Schools – ME!!! 

Menopausal Mother

Not Everyone Can Be A Mermaid

What is your oldest piece of clothing, does it still fit, and why do you still have it?

It was submitted by: The Most Awesome, the Queen of Secret Subjects and Flies…..  Karen from Baking in a Tornado

At first I was stumped. I have been pregnant 5 TIMES!! My weight has been up and down and up and down. I change sizes more than the kids change channels… Then I thought, well, I have some shoes I’ve had for a while. But even those I give away after a few years…. Hmmm… Then it hit me. There’s one item of clothing that I have had for 20 YEARS!! Yes! 20 YEARS!!!!

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My WVU Mountaineers Football jersey!!!! It still fits (just not as loosely as it once did) and I wear it a ton during football season. 😉

This jersey has seen some up and downs… Some wins and some loses….. Some players and coaches come and go…. It has seen A LOT!!!

Hmmm… maybe IT should do the Fly on the Wall. LOL

Speaking of gaining and losing weight (I think this fits with the topic). I have been back on the Atkins Diet for 2 wks now and I am down 9 lbs!!! YIPPPPEEE!!!!!!!

I am done with the meds that make me gain weight. I am done with the birth control methods that make me gain weight. I am done with eating my feelings!!!!  I am taking control of my body again!!! I managed to have 3 kids without adding more than 10 lbs. After I had Deanna I was on the Depo Provera shots for a year. I gained more in that year than I ever did while pregnant with the kids. I went off it after that. It had completely messed up my system and doctors thought that I would never be able to get pregnant again. HA! Thankfully they were wrong! 7 years later I had Cailey. After I had her I went on Atkins and lost 45 lbs in 3 months. I managed to keep it all off until I got pregnant with Colin. Now, I had my tubes tied AFTER having Cailey. No, I didn’t have it reversed…. So, after I had Colin, it would have been a more intense surgery for them to try to tie them again. Instead of going through all of that I used the Mirena….. BIG MISTAKE!!!! It happens that anything that disrupts my monthly… ummm… visitor, also makes me gain weight. Fun. Add on top of that the fibromyalgia, depression, and medications and you have a major weight gain.  More fun… I’m not nearly brave enough to say just how much weight I gained… Maybe one day once I can put all of  this behind me… I am still entirely too vain to put it out there. LOL But I’m trying very hard and it’s a lot of work. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that it isn’t. It’s an uphill battle all the way.  I don’t know if this will ultimately have anything to do with the fibro but it sure couldn’t hurt.

Wish me luck!! Send prayers!!!

Shew! It feels good to get some of that off my chest. 😉

Now for some smiles to lighten the mood!


Mountaineer Girl Purse Tutorial

I’ve decided to call this purse the Mountaineer Girl Purse because of the colors! They are the colors of the WVU Mountaineers! 🙂 My favorite college football team! I can’t wait for the season to start!

Thinking about painting that door navy blue….. I hate the blah brown. 

What I used –

Less than a 1/2 yard of main

Same amount of lining 

Scraps for pocket

Scraps for handle


The main fabric is what I won from Handmade by Hilani. The scraps for the handle were left over from the  What a Hoot skirt . 

Here we go!

Step 1 – I finished one edge of the main fabric. 2 of the edges were selvage and the other was pinked. The one unfinished edge was already starting to fray. 

Set that aside for now.

Step 2 – Turn in the edges of scraps (on 3 sides)  for the pocket and press. 

Step 3 – Turn up bottom and turn down top to create a pocket with a top. Press.

Step 4 – Sew up the edges and down the middle creating 2 pockets in 1. I also added some Velcro here for the closure. 

Step 5 – Pin the pocket to your lining. (The right side if you have one.) In hindsight I should have also stitched under the top of the pocket. Oh, well…)

Step 6 – Sew pocket to lining. 

Set that aside for now.

Step 7 –  Run a gathering stitch across the top of your main fabric. To run a gathering stitch on my machine I set the stitch length and the space between stitches to the highest settings. The I just pull slightly as the machine runs the stitch. 

Step 8 – Pin the main fabric to the lining, right sides together. 

I pinned the bottom into pleats. 

Step 9 – Sew the top, 1 side and bottom together and cut off the extra from the side seam.

Step 10 –  Turn right side out and with right sides together, pin bottom and side together.  Sew bottom and open side. 

Turn right side out.

Step 11 – Cut a strip as long as the opening of your purse by 4″ wide. 

Step 12 –  Fold up a 1/4″ on the top and the bottom. Press.

Step 13 – Fold down the middle (long ways) and press.

Step 14 – Open up and pin to the top edges of the purse. Sew in place.

Tuck one end under the other. The fold the remaining end under and tuck inside.

Step 15 – Cut a piece of scraps for your handle as long as you like by 8″ wide. 

Step 16 – Fold in half (right sides together), press, pin and  sew.

Step 17 – Turn the fabric tube right side out. Flatten out with seam down the middle and press.

Step 18 – Fold in half (length wise) and press.

Step 19 – Open up and fold ends in. Press.

Step 20 – Sew a straight line down both sides of strap.

Step 21 – Pin straps to purse and sew them on!

You are DONE!!!!

If you try this, let me know!! I would love to see it!! And, as always, let me know if you found this easy to follow!!

Sorry, Carol! The cats were behaving themselves today. 😉

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