Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I Impress Myself (Snotty, Aren't I?)

I love the feeling of pride good sewing gives me. When you put in a zipper and everything lines up, you can't help but impress yourself. You look at the garment and think "Wow, that's just about perfect. And, it was all me!" I seriously hope that pride never goes away, even 30 years from now. There are times I get that feeling at work, although this year has had few of those moments. I can always more often count on sewing to offer me that feeling of success.

The dress needs a bottom hem, the straps attached to the front and perhaps the addition of a pocket. I'm debating that and will have to have it complete and tried on to determine is a pocket would be right. But really most clothes are better with pockets, aren't they? Perhaps, if I'm not out too late with friends tonight, a little hemming will occur. Oh, I can't wait to introduce this little number to the other dresses in the closet! Bliss....

Monday, April 27, 2009

I love a (sunny) relaxing weekend....

The weekend was pure loveliness....
  • Sewed a pin cushion (came out just okay) and my brown and red dress. The dress is 80% done. I am hoping I can finish it by Tuesday night.
  • Walks with Rosy. It was 90 degrees here and sunny, sunny, sunny. Gorgeous weather to be out and about it.
  • Worked the step show at work. Great show with lots of talented teams. And, the last big event of the semester!!
  • Brunch with a group of sorority sisters, including some graduating seniors. (Goodness, I'm glad I'm not graduating in this market.) Delish! It was potluck and I spent my morning baking muffins. I still have four left over at home.
  • Watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas with my friend Katie over pizza on Friday. Holy sadness Batman! Excellent movie though....
  • And, a wee bit of knitting.
What did your weekend look like?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Little Dress Love from ATL

I was in Ann Taylor Loft the other day on my way back to the office. (I was forced in to the store against my will. I was also forced to buy a short sleeve cream sweater.) I was wearing this dress, the very first dress I made. Not one but two clerks complimented my outfit. What a lovely little feeling!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Month of May

I know there is still quite a few days left in April and I should (and will certainly try) to treasure them. But I'm so so so looking forward to the month of May. My mom is coming to visit for the first weekend. We don't have definite plans but perhaps the the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the C├ęzanne and Beyond exhibit. (And a Rocky run?) Maybe painting my bedroom... we shall see. Following my mom's visit is my birthday. Then we have graduation and the absence of students (surely I will miss them come July but right now I'm perfectly content with them leaving). Towards the end of the month, the Devon Horse Show will be happening. Not only can I watch the competition, I can love the horses in the barn and I can get my prep on at the vendor booths. Ahh May, you are merely a week away!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hello Birdie....

Oh, the birds are complete. (And my pictures are kind of poor due to bad lighting... sorry!) The blue one is sitting in my entertainment center, although I'm not sure he's found his permanent home there. He will stay with me. (What's his name you ask? Why I think it might be Phil. I have no idea why.)
The pink little one will go home with my mom when she visits in about two weeks. He's part of her Mother's Day gift. Oh, I'm just so pleased with them!! And I love the whole process of creating them.

The other little creatures - the frog and the owl - are waiting for paint. I'm not sure of their purpose but I'm sure something good will come to me. And now I can mail Laura's half of the kit to her!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Birds of a Feather Paper Mache Together

What else did I do this Sunday?
I worked on paper macheing my birds from my half of Alicia Paulson's kit. (My friend Laura and I are splitting it.) I used the extra molding clay for a frog and an owl. Next step on the birds - paint! One of these guys will be added to my entertainment center. The better one will serve as a topper for my mom's Mother's Day gift.

I also made this earrings. The photo is a bit fuzzy. The stones are amethysts. These are being saved for sale.
I forgot how much I love jewelry making. I really must do it more!

I've been thinking that beading/jewelry might be my Summer Camp project.... Oh, how I can't wait until Summer Camp!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Weekend = Results

Oh, how I love the weekend!! I feel as though I've really been able to get my craft on this over the last two days. I knit....
The baby blanket for my friend's little one is about 40% done. I bought two different dye lots of the yarn because I liked the lighter shade more and there wasn't enough of it left. I'm totally loving the stripes though. It's nice no thinking knitting... stockinette and seed stitch.

I bought this pattern during Vogue's sale recently. I'm contemplating colors.... black? Green? Blue? What do you think?
I've also been sewing a bit. I was planning on making a Duro out of some brown fabric I had. When I laid out the pattern, I realized I needed 3 more inches. So, the fabric is now cut out and half made into this pattern instead.

I didn't, however, have a zipper for the dress. So, a short trip to JoAnn's was in order today. I tried to not to look at fabric but still came home with these.... all 1/4 or 1/2 yards. Yep, more of that monkey fabric for additional bibs. And, the flowered fabric will be used in a pin cushion and a quilt top. The pears and apples? Who knows but I love it.
And, I made my first pair of earrings for an eventual Etsy store. Right now, I'm in the building up an inventory stage.... perhaps this summer will yield the launch!

Yep, I've been productive this weekend. How about you?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Crazy Knittin' Mojo

I've been knitting and knitting lately, working on that delightful little baby blanket for my dear friend. It's coming along and actually is a totally enjoyable knit that requires little thought along the way. I'm so glad to be knitting away!

However, I really do need to cut out a dress pattern. The fabric is sitting on the table calling my name. I am hoping this weekend will lend itself to some sewing (and jewelry making perhaps). If I'm good, I'll get a new dress finished before my recent fabric purchase arrives in the mail. Or, at least before it's washed.

Oh, and have you been thinking about Summer Camp? I do hope you will sign up.... and perhaps plug it in your blog!

Monday, April 13, 2009

I heart the District of Columbia!

I went to DC this past weekend and visited my aunt. It was truly a lovely time: another viewing of Chicago, the National Cathedral for Easter service, seeing various family members, delicious food and a visit with my friends Julie and James. And their gorgeous, delightful little one Ellie (of baby sweater fame).

Anywho, I had to share this beautiful photo of the cathedral from the angle we were sitting. It truly is gorgeous, you know, for a North American cathedral built in the last century or so. After taking that stain glass class, I have a whole new appreciation for the art form. Such amazing windows... seriously, it has 231 stain glass windows!
I lovely little visit... and a pleasure to come home. I'm a lucky lady indeed.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Summer Camp!!

Do you want to go to arts and crafts summer camp but can’t swing the dough this year? Or just can’t travel to a brick and mortar camp (or is it plywood and outhouse?) from wherever you are in the world? (Those darn airline fees… The $15 for my extra bag of yarn is just too much!) Well, perhaps you’d be interested in participating in the Virtual Summer Camp! VSC is in its first year and welcomes all crafters and artists. VSC will be held during the month of June. We’ll have a number of “classes” and some dedicated blog time to share your work on projects.

What you’ll need to sign up for camp:

  • A blog to write about your camp experience
  • A silly camp nickname
  • A willingness to throw your “cool cap” out the window and giggle like a school girl

What VSC is looking for:

  • Gotta a great art or crafty talent? Wanna share it with others around the world? Sign up to serve as a craft leader. Your responsibilities include determining a project and helping others along the way. Sew a skirt. Paint a picture. Knit a sweater. Make earrings. Whatever it is, we want your talent!
  • Instructors will need to post three times a week with a minimum of 3 to 5 posts. They will also need a valid email address for class questions. They can schedule their class session (ie. blog posts) for whenever in June works best for them.
  • Instructors will also need to visit and comment in all of the “attendees” blogs during the duration of the class. You can limit class size to a manageable size for you. Be sure to let me know about the size limitation for coordination purposes.

What’s the cost you ask? Why, nothing but your time and craftiness. Come on! Get on the bus and sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with the crew….

If you are interested in instructing, please email me via the address on the sidebar. Once we have instructors set, the full class list and sign up information will be posted. In the meantime, think about what snacks you want to share at the camp fire (and link to this post in your blog to let others know!).

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Yarn Fumes Make Things Better

Work has been a little stressful lately. To cope, I have been eating Jelly Belly jelly beans like they are going out of style (bad Stacy). At home, I have coped by knitting. So the baby blanket is coming along. And, after going to the yarn shop this weekend with Alissa, I was on the look out for a pattern for this soft loveliness.
It is Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Cotton and it is most likely going to be Something Red. Or lavender as the case is here. Ahh fumes, I relax by you!

And, I thought I'd share another springy picture. This tree is on the path of my daily morning walk with Rosy. It is just such a beautiful way to start my morning. Even though I'm not a morning person, I can't think of a better way to start the day than waking, walking as the sun rises and you are able to admire the colors of spring, and then heading home to knit a few relaxing rows.
Soon the semester will be over, summer will be here, I will be wearing dresses daily and my life will be more quiet and routine. Breathe in.... ahhhhhhhh.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Random Questions

I have been tagged by Jane of Work That Wardrobe. The guidelines are as follows:

1. Respond and rework. Answer the questions on your blog, replace one question you dislike with a question of your own invention; add a question of your own.

2. Tag eight other un-tagged people.

What is your current obsession?
I really am into owls right now for some reason. There will be another two forthcoming.

Good coffee place?
Lately, I've been all about the Starbucks tall non-fat vanilla creme. It's just skim milk with a shot of vanilla... I figure it can't be that bad for me.

Do you nap a lot?
I wish!

Who was the last person you hugged?
Katie when we got together on Friday. Thank goodness for good friends!

What’s for dinner?
Ziti and wine followed by strawberries.

If you could be any rock/pop icon for a day who would it be and why? (Jane's question)
I have no idea... Beyonce maybe?

What are you listening to right now?
An old episode of NCIS.

What is your favourite weather?
Spring days where you can wear a dress and light sweater and be comfortable all day.

What’s on your bedside table?
Lamp, clock, lip balm, lotion, pen, remote.

Say something to the person/s who tagged you.
I love how important and central your family is to you. I love your writing style. And, I continually learn new ways to put clothes together through your blog. Thank you!

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be?

Favourite vacation spot?
Once upon a time, Bangor Lodge. Now, I'd go with Italy.

Name the things you can’t live without.
Apart from my family and dog it would be some fabric or yarn and needles, a good book and chocolate.

What would you like to have in your hands right now?
Another day off....

What is your favourite tea flavour?
Normally I drink Earl Grey. However, my boss brought this fantastic tea back from Harrod's and I wish I had more of it...

What would you like to get rid of?
The dishes in my kitchen sink.... I wish they did themselves.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
To Buffalo to spend a little time with my mom. I miss her.

What did you want to become as a child?
An architect then a politician. Now, I wonder what I was thinking... I'm not that good at math and I'm a pretty introverted person.

What do you miss?
My two dads, my real one and my stepfather. I wish I had more time with them.

What are you reading right now?
A Homemade Life and Bright Lights, Big Ass. Molly has such a great way of talking about the role of food in our lives. Jen has the great ability to make me laugh at mundane things.

What do you fear the most?
Never finding a partner and never having kids.

Admit one thing you feel awful about. Once you have written it down, you are no longer allowed to feel bad.
That I didn't listen to my head, but rather followed my heart, during my last relationship. I think I could have saved myself a lot of heart ache if I had listened to my instincts better.

I'm not tagging anyone... play along if you wish!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Holy Green Thumb Batman!

I always envy other people's home grown tomatoes, not to mention their garden space to grow them. Home grown tomatoes just taste different: richer and more delicious! I don't have any personal outdoor space at my apartment complex so growing my own has always been a little bit complicated.
This year, I decided to just grow my own window sill garden (thank goodness my window sills are 12 inches deep!). Earlier today, I made a trek to Lowe's and got some little plants for summer. I bought a Roma tomato plant, a cherry tomato plant and some sweet basil. Since I normally use tomatoes to make a spaghetti sauce, it's good these little plants are already getting to know each other... those that grow together, simmer together.
And a FO for you! This dishcloth is for my mom as part of her little Easter package. This, along with the door decoration and some chocolate, are on their way to Buffalo as we speak. A nice little project, I used the pattern DW Darrell Waltrip Dishcloth. I think I needed a quick little project.... it offers a sense of accomplishment in a speedy manner. And I know Mom will like it!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Random Monday Thoughts

  • Why does it always seem like I don't accomplish as much during the weekend as I think I will?
  • I have tomorrow off to make up for working many nights and part of the weekend. I plan on crafting a bit.... work with some modeling clay, sew a bit and work on the two newly casted on projects. Oh and the delight of laundry!
  • Oh yes, I casted on not one but two knitting projects this weekend. The baby blanket is started. And, I got some cotton for a dishcloth for mom. I think I might make one for my aunt too.
  • And, I bought yarn. Fan-tab-ulous! Don't you worry... pics forthcoming.
  • I really want to buy some Toms for summer walking adventures. I'm thinking these or maybe these.
  • How come no amount of coaching that I do seems to stick with one of my student leaders?
  • I could use a hug.
  • Life is cheery. How's yours?

Friday, April 3, 2009

Things to Smile About Friday

So very many things to smile about today.....

The view of Philly, slightly enhanced, from my car on the way to dinner with my friend. The clouds were amazing! The trees all around town are just gorgeous right now. Beautiful day...

My adorable little dog, caught in bad light on the iPhone camera, snuggled in her bed. I think that pose might be the most precious thing ever!

This little hippo, just arrived today from Amy at badskirt. I have to find her permanent place in my abode but right now, she's hanging with the photo of my alma mater.

What's made you smile this Friday?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

April Fools Birdie

My front door has been looking a little empty since Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day passed. I decided I needed to whip up a little spring something to make my door a little more homey. I didn't want to do something for Easter since it is right around the corner and I wanted a decoration with more staying power. So a cute little springy colored bird was in order.  I drew the pattern two nights ago, cut it out before work yesterday morning and sewed it last night.  
I thought about quilting one but it seemed like too small of a project for proper quilting, at least with my quilting experience. Instead just a small little bird.... I'm thinking it will be a lovely little bit of spring to come home to each day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

An Open Letter to Mr. Clooney

After Amy's open letter today, I decided to post the one I wrote on facebook a couple of months ago....

Dear George--

By now you probably heard about the Disney promise of free entrance to any Disney park on your birthday. I think the campaign is ingenious, because how many people have a good friend with the same birthday? (All those twins out there, put down your hands.) I don’t. So someone would have to spend money to get in right? I was thinking about who I knew with the same birthday and of course came up with you Mr. Clooney.

So, I’m officially asking you on a date. May 6th of 2009, let’s go to Disney World George! It will be fun. We can ride the Space Mountain. We’ll skip the It’s a Small World – my stepfather got stuck in there twice and you can only hear that song so many times before you lose your mind. To sweeten the deal (although going with me is already a pretty sweet deal I would argue), we can even donate the money we’d spend to enter to Darfur charities. If you are up for it George, just message me right here and we’ll make our plans. We only have a month of planning time left... let's go to Disney World!