Friday, November 16, 2007

Project Barbie

For all of you who love Pr0ject Runway, check out Project Barbie! No joke, this is for everyone who wants to sew along with the talented artists of Project Runway but on a small scale. So you follow the rules and challenges of the show, but make your project doll-size! Very, very cool!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Greatness comes clothed in pajamas

I just got a CD of photos from my Aunt, sharing more great memories of the Sisters Retreat. What I love most about this picture is the clock. I think that was the day that we all stayed in our jammies. All day. That might also have been the night when dinner got so wild I almost peed my pants, laughing so hard. I was so afraid I would miss something if I got up from the table. It was like being at a slumber party in the 6th grade. But with all the fun and none of the anxiety.

Now that I've been home for six weeks, I finally unpacked my trunk this afternoon. It felt good, but was sad to go through all the projects that I didn't get to finish. With tremendous help from my mom (she's the best!), my sewing room is all spanky clean and organized.


For those of you who missed the Amy Karol book signing at Bolt last night, I have to say, she's GREAT. Totally sweet, very fun, and incredibly enthusiastic! I was able to say a few words about teaching at bolt and she said she'd heard of me - the greatest flattery! I was all twitterpated to be meeting such a celebrity, and then that she KNEW of me?! It was great.
Even better was the fact that the early afternoon was spent at The Pine Needle in Lake Oswego, where they were celebrating their 15th anniversary and having a big, big sale! They were awesome with the little man (who was a total trooper being dragged along for the ride), and we were able to pick up the Amy Karol book. We got home in time to put the little one down for a nap and then whip up one of the dish towel aprons from the Bend-The-Rules book. That meant I was able to get a little prize when I went to the book signing, since I brought a completed project!

There's nothing as good as being recognized. For being a teacher. And for being a "sewing person" as Amy puts it.

Cheers and happy sewing!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Is it Christmas yet?

I am one of those people for whom it is never too early for the stores to start stocking Christmas goodies. I love the anticipation, the decoration, the parties. All of it! This year I'll have a bit more decoration at my own house. And on my own self.

These projects were all started at the Sisters Gig. The table runner still needs to be quilted and bound. The back of it has red and green chili peppers for when we either need a bit less wild of a table runner or have already spilled candle wax on that side. The pillow in the center still needs to be stuffed.

And the apron is miraculously finished! Ready to wear! Now I just need my kitchen remodel to get wrapped up so I can start cooking! For the past six weeks we've been without our kitchen and bathroom. It's been nuts! But we're getting close! Next week the floor coverings and countertops go in, then it's just plumbing and putting the finishing touches on everything! Can you tell from all those exclamation points just how excited I am about the whole thing?!

It was a year ago (November 15th) that we discovered the water damage that started this whole remodel/repair. And we'd only lived in the house two weeks when it happened. So when this is all done, it will finally feel like we've moved in!

Some photos finally

I finally got around to uploading the last photos from the OLD camera. Now the learning curve will begin as I navigate the NEW camera. Of course, now there is so little natural light, I'll blame my questionable photo quality on that (versus, say, my unimaginative choice of backdrops...)

The hood and body of a jacket for the little man's upcoming birthday! The pattern calls for a 1" hem, but I think I'll hem it all the way to the bottom of the zipper. It will still fall well below his hips, so I may add a bit of elastic to keep it from getting drafty.

One space left!

Due to some cancellations, there is still one space open in the Apron class at bolt fabric boutique! Class will be held Tuesdays, November 20th and 27th, from 7pm-9pm! There are two apron choices: Flea Market Fancy (a tiered half apron) and Flirty Skirty (a very cute bib apron). Come join the fun!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Good Things

Good things come in handcrafted packages!
Check out the 30 Days of Handmade Projects over at Sew, Mama, Sew!