Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A conversation with my mom today

"I am really smitten."
"I'm happy for you."
"You know the best part?"
"Riding the bus with him?"
"No, but close. He has laughing eyes. Like upside down u's. You can't find those in Forsyth."
"No, you can't."
"It's all farmer's eyes with wrinkles and sunburns and the perpetual scowl of 'Boyh, git in here!'"
"It's very slim pickin's."
"I'm glad I'm here."
"Me, too, honey."

Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekend Sewing

I love this book! I'll admit that a few weeks ago I read it in Barnes and Noble and liked the ideas, but didn't buy it at first. During spring break, my mom and I went to Crate and Barrel and I was looking at the desks and armoires because I remembered that the book mentioned something about putting your machine and fabric/notions in a computer armoire for easy access. I couldn't exactly describe what it looked like to my mom, so I bought the book to show it to her this weekend. I'm so glad I did!

I made four checkbook covers out of scraps and fat quarters (kind of lame, I think, but I love to make small things).

I look back on "high-school-me" and I remember the times that my friends and I would drive to the Macon Mall and sometimes just look, but mostly just buy useless stuff. Being 16, our favorite stores were usually Gap, American Eagle, Hollister, and Abercrombie, of course. But we weren't just teenagers. We were also a bit pretentious. So, being snobs, our ultimate favorite place to go was Mori Luggage to look at the Vera Bradley bags. I remember on a few occasions laying down twenty-five dollars for a simple checkbook cover. I'm shaking my head in past regret-- oh, youthful arrogance. When I sat down to make these, all of my fabric was bought on sale from purl or from a local fabric store, For the Love of Stitches (I love that name). I made all four of my covers for less than $10.

I love it so much more than my old Vera (and that's saying a lot, because even though I can't believe the price, I still love my green elephant cover even after 4 years!)
This pouch was pretty easy except for the edge stitching where my needle insisted on sticking. It's okay, we all made it through relatively unscathed. This is actually my favorite pouch that I made, which is why I haven't picked a closure for it yet. I don't want to mess it up by rushing into a decision. Velcro seems like the smartest choice (opening and closing would be easier and would reduce pressure, less pressing on the precious goods INSIDE, etc.), but snaps look so nice and professional. I'll probably resort to asking a friend and just going with whatever they say. It's a win-win-lose situation, and that's as good as I can hope for in these types of problems!

The great news is that my neighbor saw my work (I made more than just these two, I promise!) and loved it! She owns a tea room in a nearby town and she said that if I could make enough to form a stock, she would let me sell them in her company! I'm praying that this really will happen, because goodness knows I could use the pocket money!

Sewing was a wonderful way to relax after such a rough few weeks! I can't wait to do it again.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Baggu Grosgrain Guest GIVEAWAY!!!!

I LOVE these! Not only do I want one, but I want another one to put in my car, another to put in my purse, one to give to my mom for her car, purse, self, and a few to hand out to strangers! They are just too cool!

Baggu Grosgrain Guest GIVEAWAY!!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I miss my Mac.

Our new iMac is coming in tomorrow. We're all excited about it.

I made a skirt for me last night and when I went to hem it, I accidentally melted it. It should be easy to repair, but I'm just a little frustrated. I think I'll take a break and sew a nightgown and some coasters.

I already miss the warm weather. Yesterday was wonderful.

Now that the sun is up, I think I'll start working.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I just realized what's missing.

I've lost my camera cord. 

I have some amazing pictures on my camera. I guess there they'll have to stay.

Monday, March 2, 2009

"At least you're functioning"

Thanks, One Pearl Button, for my gorgeous clutch and vintage finds! 

Today I realized that I'm not a big fan of snow. It's pretty and all, but a little inconvenient.  And it's more destructive than most of us realized. Pine trees were uprooted, branches are down all over the state, cars abandoned, and the poor daffodils suffocated. 

And power outages city-wide, just in time for midterms! 

But, I'm pretty studied up, thankfully. So now I'm working on a blanket and I'm excited about it. It's more tedious than I expected, but right now, I'm knitting with a color called "Almond" and it's really raptured my heart (the other colors are violet and "lake" *swoon*.) I've been taking pictures of the progress, but I've misplaced my cable to connect it to l'ordinateur

I'm wearing burgundy nail polish (Ms. Can't Be Wrong by O.P.I. for Sephora. It really is my favorite, besides Skinny Jeans, Madame President, and Cab Fare. And "Note to Self" which is on my left hand... who am I kidding? I love 95% of those colors. Probably more) and with my fair skin, all I can think of is a grown up Wednesday Adams (I was more of a "Munsters" baby myself, though).

I'm excited about Spring Break for the sole reason of my sewing machine. I had plans to go to Chicago, but those fell through. Believe me, I'm not upset at all. Sheila has been calling my name and I have plans for her! 

I have to say, though, even though I'm not a big fan of snow, I do enjoy snow days. Especially when they give me three extra days to study for a midterm! 

Love and scribbles,

( Every time I watch a Harry Potter movie, I'm always really glad that Snape wasn't all bad. I love flawed heroes the most, because the world is full of them. )