27 July 2011

John Michael Montgomery -Letter From Home

Traveling Soldier By The Dixie Chicks.

Dixie Chicks ~ "Ready to Run" (Better Quality)

Dixie Chicks - Cowboy Take Me Away

Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl

Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats

Carrie Underwood - Cowboy Casanova

Josh Turner - Your Man

Josh Turner - Would You Go With Me

Josh Turner - Why Don't We Just Dance (Alternative Version)

Toby Keith - I Love This Bar

Toby Keith - Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)

Toby Keith - A Little Too Late

Toby Keith - Who's Your Daddy?

Toby Keith - Beer For My Horses ft. Willie Nelson

Toby Keith - As Good As I Once Was

Chris Young - Voices

Chris Young - Gettin' You Home

26 July 2011

Boy oh Boy -- I Really Love the Voice

Hmmm, how it all started...DH watching Idol, and a deep voice singing a country song, Your Man and he (Scotty McCreery) said it was by Josh Turner.  Well, I've got a country station on the car radio and had heard it, but did not pay attention to who sang it.  Love YouTube for listening to oldies or finding songs or singers.  I found and watched more than several of Josh Turner's videos, read comments, watched behind-the-scenes videos.

I found several other singers to listen to, Toby Keith has become a favorite mainly due to his very funny videos, A Little Too Late and As Good As I Once Was  are two favorites along with Who's Your Daddy -- I love the yellow Ford.    Toby telling the story behind  I'll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again (by TrueCountryTV) is a hoot.  The song is good too along with Beer for My Horses sung with Willie Nelson.  Carrie Underwood singing Cowboy Casanova and Before He Cheats are good, actually I found most of her stuff very good. 

THE VOICE:  Picked out other singers to listen to from the choices on the right hand side and found Chris Young.  Oh My!  Close your eyes and just listen.  The one I accidentally found was Because of You when he was 18 and I almost did not believe it was him -- he's 26 or 27 now.  He had the voice back even then.   Good songs are The Man I Want To Be; Tomorrow; Voices.  Gettin' You Home  is also known as the little black dress song -- and you can just hear the mischievous fun in his voice in this one.  The video is cute also. 
Just open another tab while on the computer and select a playlist and just listen.  Hooooweeee!  Love that Voice and he's not bad looking either.  I just heard him on our country radio station  being a co-host when I drove to pick up that sewing table.  He's touring with Jason Aldean this summer and has a new cd album out titled Neon.  Love the slower ballad type songs he sings.

25 July 2011

My New Featherweight

I've had a black Singer 221-1 Featherweight for a couple of years, but left it in storage.  I have a couple of other machines that are black and I really don't like sewing on them as I feel I can't see so well when using them.  My 'friends' at work call it CreepingOldFartism.  So when I had a chance to get a tan featherweight I jumped at the chance.  It arrived in the mail, just over a week ago, perfectly packed for the trip, double boxed and all.  What a cutie! I'm not sure yet but I think this is a 221-K7 and was made in Canada.  Everything is tan or that Singer beige color; machine, motor, cords, foot controller, and inside case lining.  The case exterior is two tone, brown and tan and does not have a lock, just latches. 

I learned from a couple of ladies in a sewing group to use a nylon strap to secure the case.  They made their own out of nylon webbing and a couple of D rings.  They even sewed a handle on it so as not to stress the main handle of the case and did 'x' stitching over the joins to reinforce those areas.   I can see the worth if you don't lock your case or if latches become bumped open.   At least when that happened to me as I set it down too close to the sofa it caught and opened only one latch.  I'll be making a couple of the straps.  The webbing strap can be easily got from JoAnn's or at our big Sport store.  I imagine the straps are good for any case  or case handle you are not sure of, especially those old plastic ones that are now getting to the vulnerable dry crackly stage as they age.  Just make them long enough. 

This past week I have been perusing the internet and checking out local selling boards and subsequently found a sewing table at a great under-market price.  This is the Singer kind that is a card table with an insert that pops out and you drop your sewing machine in so it levels with the table top.  I thought it might be for a Singer 301, but it turned out to be for a Featherweight!!  It needs some attention before I would want to use it for sewing, the top finish is dry and cracking and the sides and legs could use a going over.  It had been stored in a garage so it is a bit dusty underneath under the rim.   When I set the tan FW into the table and DH (dear husband) saw it, he commented (he was surprised) that it really was small [compared to a normal sewing machine].  

I reminded him that a friend of ours sewed all clothing for her daughter, herself, her MIL, costumes for school, local theatre costuming, home deco stuff, curtains, tote bags, doll outfits, and whatever on that FW machine, her only machine, for years and years.  She always said she did not need any other machine -- except once, when she was on a deadline for some costumes and borrowed my Kenmore 158.1941 for the blind hem stitch.  She normally hemmed by hand. 

Just for information sake, I retrieved the black FW from storage, oiled and lubed it and have it out right now too.   I pulled out fabric and  fiber fill from my stash to make padded bags for the cords and yet large enough for the foot controller.  The controller normally stays on the underside of the lid in a metal clip, but the cord and plugs hang down onto the bed of the machine.  The bags will prevent any more scratches from happening. 

I'm off now to research restoring the wood top of the table.  Pictures later.