This is the final post for My Ordinary Journey (on Wordpress that is…)

Not to worry, this isn’t the end of My Ordinary Journey.  I still have a long, long way to go, I’m just movingl.  I decided to actually register my domain name and host MOJ instead of using the WordPress service.  If you have subscriber to this blog, or have it set up as an RSS fee someplace, head over to and get set up over there.  I’m going to set up this blog to redirect pretty soon.


World War 2 Bombing Runs Changed the Weather Over England

I just wanted to share this little snip-it primarily for the comments section of the post. I just can’t believe the back and forth bickering going on. Regardless of if climate change is/is not happening, I ask you: What’s it going to hurt to be a little more green? Really, is recycling the plastic soda bottle, or using a water filter and refillable bottle really that much of a hassle that you have to complain? I say just do it anyway… end of discussion.

World War 2 Bombing Runs Changed the Weather Over England.

Simplicity 2830 #4: Making Progress


Got the bottom of the bag seamed together and figured out how to make the handles.

Simplicity 2830 #3: My First Seam


So this is my first real seam. This is the outside pockets of my new bag. The fabric is coming unraveled fast, I can see why folks were saying that the bag needs a lining. At any rate, I’m on my way.

Things I Remember…

ATM Keypad 1

I am really good at remembering numbers… but not the actual digits. What I actually remember is the pattern the numbers make on the key pad. If the keypad is laid out differently than on a computer keyboard or on the phone, I have issues with plugging in the right digits.

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Simplicity 2830 #2

I didn’t get to work on the pattern last night.  We stopped by Wal-mart to pick up some plain white thread.  I hadn’t gotten more than the red color that I’m going to use for the project, so when the direction calls for me to baste two pieces together before seeming them together, I was caught without a contrasting color.  So I figured white would be good since it’s one of those all-purpose colors that I’ll be able to use later.  They didn’t have any black though and I was going to pick up a spool of that too. 

I’m getting a little discouraged though.  The pattern instructions are really vague, and the pictures/diagrams that are included are less than helpful.  I’m having issues when it tells me to “press under seam allowance”.  What the heck does that mean?  I think I’ve decided that I’m going to take a deep breath and just jump in.  I’m pretty sure I cut out my fabric wrong to begin with, so I’m glad that it was cheep. 

I’ve read a few reviews of the pattern on Pattern and they all seem to say the say the same thing… the directions suck and that the bag needs a lining… I’m not that advanced yet, so I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it on a different project.

Simplicity 2830 #1

Well, this project is my official foray into the sewing world.  I picked this project for a couple of reasons. First it is supposed to be easy. Second, it looked like it would give me the opportunity to learn a few things, and not just practice sewing a seam or two.  This project has a ZIPPER!!! (I know… but it’s the little things in life that make it worth wild, right?)  While cutting out the fabric and reading the pattern instructions I got a little nervous, but just like my knitting, since I don’t know how hard things really are, I use that ignorance to my advantage and just jump head first into things.

My intention is to keep an online journal of each of my projects.  I haven’t been as committed to this endeavor in my knitting, but I think it’s a good habit to get into. For each project I will detail the pattern I use, the fabric, and special skills I plan on learning to complete the project and various notes along the way.

So this was where I was last night when I packed it in:

  1. Purchased pattern, fabric and notions;
  2. Put together project board;
  3. Cut out pattern and fabric;
  4. Wound the bobbin and threaded my machine;

Tonight I think I might actually start working on putting it together.

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My Studio

The pictures in the beginning are from the start.  Over the 4th of July weekend, we gradually transformed our sun room into my design studio.  I’m going to use this space for sewing and knitting design, storage and creation.

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Iron Man Rocks High School Graduation – Maybe Not?

I don’t really know what to say about this… either this is the lamest or the coolest high school graduation ever.  I can’t decide.

Study: More college freshmen feel ‘above average’ –

… and yet the reality is that they (college freshman) are horribly ill-equipped for the rigors of academic life here in the United States, not to mention how behind they are compared with other industrialized nations.  Yep, that’s what you get for rewarding everyone equally regardless of mediocrity.

Study: More college freshmen feel ‘above average’ –

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