Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Why has it taken so long? First, I was a little hung up on the construction. Do I distress things more, or work just in the front where the problem is? Second, I was fretting over the perfect fabric to add. It needed to be subtle, but pretty. Should I add it all around, or just where the repair is needed? And then, I had to think about how I would wear the skirt. Denim is great as a neutral. If I added too much pattern and flash, I would change what I love about this skirt. Third, altering to fix a problem area needs to solve the problem: My alteration needs to relieve the stress on that seam so it doesn't happen again. Finally, I had to make sure the skirt still fit after four years (it does, yea!) So, I've been mulling it over and I finally have a plan (I think). I can't get to work until this afternoon, because I have a bazillion chores and errands to get done first. But I'm motivated, so I'll post a little later on my work in progress.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Warmup project #1 Hair jewelry. I found this project on the Bluelines website (don't even get me started on how much I miss that magazine and how sad I am that this is about the only thing Martha didn't succeed at). Here's the link to the project. Here are my versions, modeled by the lovely Meredith (don't you wish you had her hair??)
The first one is a vintage pearl button (sorry about the glare) and the second one is a faux gold JHB button.
Note the flared capri leg... it comes in handy in a few minutes.
What's next, you ask? Of course there's more. I was also having trouble with this great bag I picked up a few years ago at Urban Outfitters. I really had to have it. It spoke to me, and whispered how useful it would be on shopping trips, when I needed to stash small purchases, or for basketball games, when I needed to bring extra water bottles, or for whenever I needed some expandable space. I listened to it, and most likely paid more that I should. I carried it dutifully, but what happened was that as I walked, the bag would bounce and spin on my hip and before I knew it the rope handles had spun together and were slowly cutting off my circulation. Slave to fashion that I am, though, I continued to carry it despite the quite obvious design flaw. Here's the bag:
And here are some Martha Stewart kitchen towels from Kmart (love, love, love Martha, except for that Blueprint/Bluelines thing).
And, here's my solution to the spinning rope handles:
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
And, I got what I wanted, too. Dubbed the “serenity trail” on non-dirt-biking days, I filled the paths with wind chimes and sun catchers. Now when my friends visit, or when I need to clear my head, I have peaceful paths to follow. Not exactly a labyrinth, but the trail circles around and overlaps, so it works for me. This year I’m transplanting daisies and sprinkling wildflowers around the edges in hopes of adding beauty to serenity. I feel like Miss Rumphius. Won't you come walk with me?
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I've known Tracy for almost 18 years now (wow). She was the first friend I met when I moved to Rochester in 1990 and we've been friends ever since. I've watched her go from an unsure cook to almost winning the Pillsbury Bakeoff, twice! You'll have to ask her about the special dessert she brought to our home the first time we shared a meal together. I was fascinated by this perfectly layered (1/8"layers) striped light and dark brown cake. My desserts are always something "rustic" which means messy but tasty. I couldn't imagine how she made this perfect cake.
So thanks, ladies. I'm happy to have readers!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
* making lunches
* making beds
* making trips around town with DD who is practicing for her driver's license
* making my dog happy with two walks a day now that the weather is nice
* making healthy food for my family almost every night -- time consuming but oh-so-worth-it
* making excellent books at work -- I'm at a fun stage in the editing process with two exciting jewelry books
* making my gardens beautiful (well, at least weed-free)
So now I guess I need to focus on making time! What have you been making lately?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
I've just come back from a great week at the Bead&Button show. I'll fill you in on everything in my next post. And, yes, I hope to be crafting again soon!