Archive for July 2009

Christmas in July

July 28, 2009

Have you seen this?  I have.  And I want it.  Badly.  And, as it turns out, there’s a great tutorial, and I know how to sew.  Which means, I can get me one.  In fact, I’ve already ordered some fabric.  Hey.  At least I had a little extra cash to spend.  From the sale of some wheels.  Boring story, really, but my husband was nice enough to split the proceeds, and insisted I spend the money on things I wanted.  When I said I was going to pay a bill, he almost took it away!  So, I’m spending as I’m told.  I can tell you that I didn’t really need that much encouragement.

What is it about an Advent Calendar anyway?  I guess it brings up childhood memories of home and school.  Of opening those little paper windows day by day.  The countdown to Christmas, which is one of my favorite holidays, it seems…there’s just something about it.  And maybe if I start it now, I might finish it in time.  I thought that maybe, too, I’ll have enough fabric left over to make a table runner, or tree skirt, or something.  I’m not really all that religious, but I find a kind of comfort in it, nonetheless.  I’m even thinking maybe we should add some church to the routine.  Though I’m pretty sure I’ll have different feelings about that come Sunday morning.  Ha.

Why in the world is Christmas on my brain anyway?  It’s still hot and muggy in Maryland, and it’s still July.  Perhaps it was all the sales that popped up in the last few weeks or so, and the projects here and there.  And even though it’s so far off yet, I’m looking forward to it.  This past Christmas just didn’t feel right.  I think no one was quite in the mood, if you know what I mean.  But maybe, just maybe this year will be a little less sad and a little more fun and happy.  It’s not to say that the past one was horrible.  Just a little empty.

And maybe this fun, bright project will cheer me up a bit.  I’ve been sad lately.  My mother calls it “the blues.”  I guess that’s as good a description as any.  I just haven’t been feeling right.  Sad, weepy, distracted.  No specific reason really.  I guess it’s just how I’m made.  Sometimes it’s hard to get through the day without crying.  And sometimes the weekends turn into horrible hours of sitting around with no motivation to move, and guilt over the things I can’t seem to make myself do.  I’m not too worried, though, so don’t you worry.  It probably sounds worse than it is..  It’s been a weird year full of all kinds of crappy things I’d rather not have gone through or dealt with.  But it’s all life, and crappy things (and wonderful things) will keep on happening, and so, here I am, feeling funky, and pulling myself out of it.  My mother says to just let it come, and soon it will go, and I guess she’s right.  

In the meantime, I’m looking toward Christmas, I guess.

The weekend

July 20, 2009

So, for the first time in a while, I didn’t have a near-meltdown on the weekend.  See, I always get stuck in this frozen panic of not knowing what to do, how best to spend my time.  I get frustrated about the things I have to do, and guilty about the things I want to do.  Invariably, I end up grumpy and trudging through the day frustrated with everything.

This weekend, I did not do that.  I slept until I was ready to wake up, even if it was later than I preferred, because hey, I still have that luxury.  Maybe in a few years with a dog or a baby or whatever I won’t be so lucky. 

I piddled around the house.  Did a little laundry, did a little cleaning, did a little sewing, a little painting.  Did a little visiting (or a lot!).  It was just nice, overall.  And of course I barely put a dent in my list of things to do, but who cares.  I checked a few things off, and I can be happy with that. 

I’ve started to sew up the Far Far Away quilt top.  It is nothing spectacular.  It could even be considered sloppy.  The fabric was cut a little off, and I didn’t anticipate a few things, and so, it’s a little funky.  I decided not to worry about it.  It’s going to be for me, and it’s going to be soft, and there’s no sense in getting worked up about it.

And so, I’m plugging away.  I decided to follow along here, and I’m looking forward to it.  Hopefully I can stick with it.  I jumped ahead and did my first square on Friday.  I figured I’d need all the head start I can get.  ha. 

Still working on some other sorta secret projects.  I’ll let you in on them soon enough!

A quiet night…

July 17, 2009

That’s what I’m hoping for.  I’ve not made any plans, the husband will be somewhere else, for a while at least, and I will have the evening to myself.  I’m half tempted to find someone and say, “wanna do dinner?” but I’m more tempted to run away from the world. 

What will the evening bring?  Who knows.  It might be as simple as some McDonald’s and some tv watching.  Ideally, I would sew, but a night of little, and fitful, sleep has made me tired and grumpy.  If I can just finish up one bag tonight, I will.  I think I can do it.  I’m almost to the end of it anyway.  Then, maybe going through some mail. 

Oh.  Shoot.  I have to make bread tonight.  Ah well.  That’s easy enough.

So, there you have it.  I will be making bread.  Friendship Bread.  Yay.  Note the sarcasm.

As if…

July 16, 2009

Wow.  So much for that consistency crap, eh?  Well, it’s a work in progress, I suppose, and this weekend was packed full of so many things. 

Anyway, I’m still working on it.

So.

As if I don’t have enough on my plate, I’ve decide that I must sew a dress for myself.  For a wedding I’m going to in August.  Is this a lofty ambition?  I don’t really know.  I found this site, Burda Style, and picked these two dresses: Anda and Azalea.  They are supposedly easy.  And honestly, the construction doesn’t look so intimidating.  I just don’t have any idea how to pick out fabric.  I’m thinking that online is not the way to go, so hopefully I can get to G Street Fabrics sometime soon.  If not to buy something, at least to get an idea for what I’m looking for.  But what the hell.  I ordered some Kona cottons to try out.  I figure that worst case scenario, I’ll have some solids to add to my stash.  Best case scenario, I’ll have 2 dresses for around $40.  I picked fabrics intended for the azalea dress, 2 combinations.  I have no idea how they’ll look together, in person, but whatever.  I’ll call it art! 

I picked pomegranate and bright pink,

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and deep blue and blueberry

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God only knows when I’ll find time to this, especially with all of my other sewing committements, and social engagements.  I’ll probably be taking my sewing machine with me on vacation.  But I’m kind of glad about ‘having’ to take it. 

In other news, the bag I made for the bride?  Well, she seemed to really like it, and a lot of people commented (positively) on it.  So.  I think I’ve got something going for me with the design.  Or they were just being nice.  But I’m going to go with the former.  I’m tweaking as I go, of course, but I’m pretty happy with it.  You might want to keep your eye out for more!

For Consistency’s Sake

July 10, 2009

I’m going to try hard to post frequently.  This may lead to some not to interesting posts, but, it’s an exercise in consistency, and in writing, and those sorts of things. 

So.  In the sewing world, I finished part one of the top secret project a little last night, but that sewing room is just so. darn. hot.  I can only stand it for so long.  We put the air on last night, so maybe tonight I’ll have a better go of it (not so much).  I’m still churning out the hexagons, as well.  It seems like, as I looked around the interwebs the other day, that people do this in a more organized fashion.  they make their flowers, then stack them up, then lay them out.  I’m not doing that.  As you know.  What I am doing, though, is trying to randomize the flower making process.   I was thinking about it too much.  And the fact is, there are enough fabrics and combinations, etc., that I don’t think small similarities will stand out that much.  I’m not going to put identical ones next to each other, but I don’t need to be so careful.  And in this randomizing process, I have dumped out all my precut parts, and just dig into the bag.  Number one is the center, number two the first fabric, and number 3 the second fabric.  And unless it is some horrible combination (unlikely) I’m just going to go with it.

I’ve got some work to do in the coming weeks.  I’m thinking of modifying that bag I made myself slightly and offering it for sale.  I’ve got some things to do for a friend.  I’ve got a quilt to make for myself.  And some other things to try.  I want to attempt a pair of lounge around shorts, but I’m scared.  And confused.  I’ve also gotta find a way to get some better air circulation in the sewing room.

Also, I’ve got 12 fat quarters of Heather Ross’ Far Far Away just begging to be made into a quilt.  For me.  I just don’t know what to do with it.  I”m thinking simple, so maybe i’ll just cut out squares of each.

Monday, Monday.

July 6, 2009

Another weekend come and gone.  A long one at that.  It was very satisfying actually.  Never are the weekends, long, short or otherwise actually long enough, but at least last night as I went to bed, I wasn’t going over all the things I should have done but didn’t.

Thursday night was ladies’ night, and I had a great time.  Friday was Joann’s and lunch at Macaroni Grill.  Then some relaxing in the afternoon and an early night.  Saturday was, as you probably know, July 4, and my sister came over for lunch, some groceries, and some hanging out with friends.  Sunday was house work day, and furniture moving day. 

Joann’s was successful, though part of the reason for the trip is going to remain top secret, just in case.  They were having a great sale though, so I bought one of these, and one of these, both half price!  I also got some new replacement blades so I’ll have them on hand (also half price!).  And so, I’ve got some work to do, and I’m looking forward to it.  I always sew better when I have a project and a deadline. 

Also, I want some freaking metal purse frames.  Apparently, these are readily available in the US.  And not at affordable prices.   Very frustrating.  I’m working on tracking some down, though.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

In some non-sewing related news, I found a blackberry bush in my back yard.  I didn’t notice it last year, but it’s definitely blackberries.  I’m pretty sure the baby bunny, and the squirrels, and the birds, will eat any ripe ones before I get my hands on them, but it’s still fun anyway.  I also discovered that my tomato plant that I though I had lost in all the rains has tomatoes growing on it!  Hopefully I’ll be able to get some ripe ones before the aforementioned wildlife gets to them.  And cucumbers too!  Though the plant might take over my yard soon.

July 4 Sale!

July 2, 2009

I’m taking a trip to JoAnn Fabrics tomorrow on our day off with a friend.  I’m excited.  As excited as I can be about JoAnn.  Because honestly, it’s underwhelming there.  But, it is the big one.  Not the dinky one by my house.  So that’s something, I guess.  And they’re having a sale on some things I need. 

Like a new rotary cutter.  Mine is crap.  I’m not sure of the reasons, but I’ve tried everything I can think of, so I’m just going to get a new one. 

I don’t know if the rest of the stuff I want is on sale, but I’m going to get it anyway!  Like, interfacing.  There’s something about interfacing that annoys me.  One of those necessary evils, I guess.  And zippers.  Now that I’ve (almost) mastered zippers, all I want is to put zippers on things.  And some elastic for waistbands.  I’m going to try out making a pair of pajama shorts for myself.  And maybe some ric rac?  I have canvas on my list, but I don’t know what that is for, so I’ll probably skip it.  And, maybe some more needles for my quilting.  Because I manage to bend quite a few. 

Yikes.  When I write it all out like that, it is a pretty scary list.  But really the only big(ish) ticket item up there is the rotary cutter, which should supposedly be 50% off.  All that other stuff is just piddly.  I don’t think the damage will be too bad. 

And by the way, I’m still in love with my bag.