Tuesday, September 30, 2008
What you can't see in this photo are all the shopping bags.....with goodies purchased from the vendors at the Expo. I returned to the Expo alone on Saturday to take two classes with Kenneth D. King on tailoring tips and tricks. We learned about faced flap pockets, welt pockets and bound buttonholes, piping and sleeves/sleeve caps. The classes were very informative, he is an engaging instructor who was very willing to share his vast tailoring knowledge. I met up with a friend in the evening for the Passion for Fashion fashion show, a runway show with contestants who participated in a Project Runway-like competition that spanned the weekend. It was a fun weekend, and I did my part to help the struggling economy, making purchases at Vogue Fabrics, Haberman Fabrics and Fabric Gallery just to name a few! Now if I could just have a 36 hour day, and the energy to go with it!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
She loved the fit, especially the way the pleats fall close to the body. And the faced pockets are a nice touch.
Friday, September 12, 2008
After work, Kristen met up with my oldest daughter Libby and me for dinner, and her recommendation to eat at Praire Moon was spot-on! The beer menu at Prairie Moon is outstanding.......at least that what my daughters said (gee-give me a pale ale with a slice of citrus and I'm good to go!). It was fun that our waiter Alex really knew his beer too, and so we ended up doing a 'beer-tasting' along with our delicious meal. Let's see, it started out like this:and ended up like this (take note that now it's *dark*outside....guess we stayed awhile!):
Spending time with my kids always means so much to me, and I'm flattered that they let me into their world once in awhile. Trust me, had you asked, I would never have said that I would drink a 'black' stout named Dragon's Breath! But, what's that saying, "when in Rome...."??
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Considering the initial quotes for blinds/shades for the 6 windows fell anywhere from $2000.00 to$4000.00, the roughly $350 I've spent for all 6 windows is right up my alley! And I must say, hats off to my husband Ken, who was my right hand on this project helping me with the measuring and the hardware installation. :-)
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Love the way this blouse (Simplicity 3887) turned out! Lovely, light cotton from Gorgeous Fabrics, a site that is fast becoming my favorite online fabric shop. You really can't appreciate how pretty this fabric is in this picture, but it is a dusty lavender, with a very subtle thread of gold woven in here and there. I was pleased that my daughter Kristen liked it! Then there is this cute little number (Simplicity 2896):
It's the Ms. Marigold pattern from Zephyr Style, knit in the yarn specified: Knit Picks Elegance in the colorway Grass. No, I'm not knitting in the little ruffles on the shoulders.....I've already knit one of their patterns, the Green Gable, and although it was a fun knit, I should have knit it a size smaller. So, I went down a size when knitting Ms. Marigold, and now it looks to be too small. Oh well, it will fit one of my two daughters if it doesn't fit me!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
It's a beautiful Spring day here in Michigan, tho a little windy and cool. I took this picture just a few minutes ago, and tho I don't have any current pics of *my* handiwork, I thought that God's handiwork made a breathtaking photo!
April has been a busy month! I was able to spend 4 days at a quilt retreat with my local quilt guild, the Loose Threads quilters, and then traveled to Chicago the following weekend for the International Quilt Show. Best part of that weekend was the time I got to spend time with my twenty-something daughters who live in the city!! I came home with lots of inspiration from both of my weekends away......
I have been sewing, tho! Our high school drama dept's spring play was Alice in Wonderland, and I got to help out by making some costumes: the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, the Red Queen and the White Queen. It was totally fun, and a nice break from my usual sewing, that's for sure :-)
I have been working on a new quilted wallhanging with pieced 'rings', and also a lined trench coat for my daughter, and I managed to cast on for a cropped cardi for myself. More info and pics to follow...stay tuned!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
A wardrobe mainstay of the 1940s and 1950s, shrugs helped ensure warmth when sleek, backless dresses were all the rage. Because good ideas don’t go out of fashion, shrugs remain popular accessories today. Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark worked this shrug from cuff to cuff in a two-row brioche stitch that’s more closely related to ribbing than to traditional lace. Worked on relatively large needles throughout, the pattern takes on a lacelike appearance, especially where it stretches across the shoulders. Mercedes worked the entire body of the shrug on a consistent number of stitches but shaped the curved lower back and neck edges by changing needle sizes.–Description from Lace Style by Pam Allen & Ann Budd
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
My daughter Libby liked the 'rings' fabric, and also liked View A in the lower right hand corner of the pattern front. This dress has the wrap front above the midriff piece. I'll be sending her this dress this week, hope she likes it and hope it fits! It was such a breeze to put together, and I had more knit fabric to sew up, so I decided to make View C (the long-sleeved version on left pattern front) for myself! This view has a the scoop neck with the gathered bodice, and I chose the long-sleeved version so I can wear it for Easter.....because, in all reality, we could have snow for Easter this year!
So, how many more times can I make this pattern up? It was an easy sew, the fit is right on, and since there is not a zipper application it is fast! I think I'll try to chop off the length next time and make it into a top!
The piece on top is a lovely knit, then a very nice navy wool with a small, light blue check, and on the bottom is another wool plaid with a light green and a lavendar thread. My next online purchase was ordered from Gorgeous Fabrics:The top three fabrics are knits, I will use for dresses/tops. The khaki/white combo is a cotton with some lycra stretch. I'm not sure yet what I will use that one for, but probably a skirt or dress for the summer. I also purchase a fabric pack of Ginger Blossom from Guildcrafters quilt shop in Berkley, MI this weekend:
I could not resist those spring colors, especially since we got hit with ANOTHER winter snow advisory this weekend!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Guess it's time to start a new project!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
The trip across I-69 was a little tricky with the snow that had fallen the night before, but not enough to keep us home! It was a pleasure to finally meet Franklin, and of course I did my part to support the local economy by purchasing yarn for this project:
I couldn't resist this sweater after trying on the sample (ThreadBear has SO many samples!), so now the Central Park Hoodie has dropped down on the list of projects to knit in 2008. The yarn used is Drops Eskimo, a super-bulky, which means this will be a quick knit. In fact, I have the back done already! That wasn't my only purchase, of course, I picked up some hand-dyed in Univ. of MI colors of maize and blue, some baby yarn to knit the kimono in Mason-Dixon Knitting and a set of blocking wires to block the Cutaway Cardigan which is ready for blocking and seaming. We wrapped up the day with lunch at P.F.Chang's, and a quick and disappointing visit to Country Stitches quilt shop: my, but that store looked run-down, and the inventory has become very limited. All-in-all a very fun day spent with my knitting buddy, and we are already planning a return trip to ThreadBear!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
The weeks fly by and sometimes I feel like I just go day-to-day without really getting anything done, but I think if I were to take an 'inventory' of sorts (this is where this blog will come in handy!) I might be surprised at how much I actually do accomplish. Not only with things knit and sewn, but also with time spent with friends and family. Of course, a new year is a time for new beginnings.....and tho this year may have started with things both fun and NOT so fun, I plan to 'take stock' if you will, and chart a road map for 2008. Okay, so January is half over......I still have half of the month of January left. Is the glass half empty or half full????
SO...drumroll please.....for 2008:
** less TV, more reading. I don't think at least one book a month is unreasonable
**more garment sewing, focusing on fit, especially for my two daughters living in Chicago
**one sweater for ME: the Central Park Hoodie is my first choice
**can you spell O-R-G-A-N-I-Z-E?? I need to sort-purge-organize my stuff
This list seems to be all about what I need to DO over the next year, but I need to pay attention to what I need to BE, and that is a deep subject better left for another post. Suffice it to say, I hope to work on being a better wife-mother-friend, pay better attention to staying healthy, and take some time to look past my own immediate circle to our community at large. Lofty goals? I don't think so.