09 August 2015

Stitch Fix...the 8th?

Have I really gone through eight Stitch Fixes already? Do I not remember them because I haven't blogged about all of them? (har har) Well, anywho, I hadn't gotten one in almost a year, and two of my friends got them, and I got a little jealous, because there's no good shopping in the area, and I haven't treated myself to new clothes in a while. So, I got one.

BEHOLD.

1. Leota Abilene Dot Dress


I originally asked for all separates, as I wanted stuff for "back to school wear", but how can you resist this? Polka dots! While it makes my boobs look even more massive than they are, it does it in a tasteful way, so I kept it.

2. 41 Hawthorn Concord Striped Draped Pocket Cardigan


CARDIGAN WITH POCKETS. AND IT'S PURPLE. OH SO COMFY. Need I say more? Though, I've never met anything from 41 Hawthorn that I didn't like...

3. Le Lis Jolla Mixed Material Knit Top























This top I have mixed feelings about. One one hand, LOOK AT THE BACK. On the other, the sleeves and the flared bottom don't really flatter me. I love the color and it's really, really comfy. but the front is just...eh. I don't know. What do y'all think?


4. Market & Spruce Gillia Lace Detail Knit Top
 























When I "sneak peeked" my fix before it arrived, I as incredibly skeptical about this shirt. But, when I put it on, no regrets at all! It's super comfy and is a good fit for me. I love it.

5. Kut From the Kloth Haiden Straight Leg Jean

I'd never heard of Kut from the Kloth before I got them in my box. But, when I put them on, I heard the angels singing. These jeans are magical. Though, I was more surprised to find out that they were capris instead of jeans. It's like my stylist KNEW I was looking for a pair. I think these were my favorite item of the box. I'm wearing them in 3 & 4. I didn't think y'all needed an extra picture of my goofy faces just for a pair of jeans.

So, #8 was pretty successful. I kept everything! And as always, if you're thinking about signing up for a Stitch Fix, please consider using my referral link.

01 August 2015

Oops.

Oh dear, I've done it again. I've abandoned my blog. To be fair, in May, I started work full time, then in June I started Summer semester, which I just finished tonight. Lots of things have happened.

Here's a quick list:
-Bought a few KnitFixes. Made some clothes. Made some failures.
-Started school.
-Got a personal trainer.
-My friend, Courtney, came to visit. Did all the quilty and zoo things.
-Brian came home.
-Started a quilt.
-Received some startling news.
-Finished school.

And here I sit, on my couch, reading a book. Paula Brackston's The Silver Witch, if you care to know.

One day, I'll update again. After all, I have three weeks off until school starts...


18 May 2015

One Season Down, Three to Go.

Back when we first moved here, I was stuck in a hotel for a month, with nothing to do, so I started a cross-stitch piece. In October. Yes. Nine months later, it is finally done!

BEHOLD.


Only took me nine months. This is a freshly retired pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. There are a ton of mistakes, so don't look closely. I used Sullivan's floss and Picture This Plus fabric, aida 14ct in Fresco.
Because there was just SO MUCH ORANGE and I'm not too fond of the pink color, I changed some colors around to my taste. I also left of the little Kawaii faces; I decided I didn't want my food to be smiling at me.


There it is, in all its glory. I couldn't decide which season to do next, so I stuck my hand in my cross-stitch pattern cube and pulled one out. The winner? SUMMER! Once I finish the book I'm currently reading, I will start on that.

16 May 2015

Phew.

SCHOOL'S. OUT. FOR.....the semester? I finally finished this semester on Thursday. I have three "official" final grades, and just waiting on one more. (I see you grading my paper. GRADE FASTER.) Anywho, I'm slowly getting back on track with Decrapifying or The Purge of 2015. aka, I'm Tired of Unpacking All This Shit. I think I started back in March, but as soon as Spring Break was over, school got very busy. Very. Busy. So, needless to say, I barely had time for anything.
BUT. Now that school is out, I have time to BLOG.

Have you heard of the trend that's going around called The Capsule Closet? It's spreading like wildfire in my neck of the woods. I like the idea, but then again, I don't. Why? Not because it pairs your wardrobe down to 37 pieces, but because you have to put stuff in storage. No. I have a closet that is meant for hanging clothes, so that's where they're going to stay, not in a box somewhere. So, while everyone's showing off their minimalistic looking closet, I'm putting stuff on hangers. I like things on hangers.
The other thing that's spreading like wildfire is the KonMarie method. Which, is only keeping things that "Spark Joy" in your life. I like this method a little bit better, because Marie Kondo (the founder) doesn't believe in storing things. It's just another way of being a hoarder. Which is what I'm trying to be less of.
They're both interesting theories, and I like mulling them over. But with everything it's a Choose Your Own Adventure type of thing.

With that, I'm calling my clothes 90% done. Why 90%? I'm in 5% denial over some, and 5% needing opinions.

Without further ado, here are my clothes, and explanations. 


Walking in, this is what my closet looks like. It still looks crowded, and like I have a lot of clothes, yes? NO. YOU'RE WRONG.  

If I combine my two rows of tops, it looks like this. Which, isn't that bad, except, my clothes are all crammed together, which is what they were before the purge. 
You can also see my scarves hanging neatly on the wall, my two "nice" purses on the top shelf, my hat box, and two bins of my grandmother's stuff, that I can't bare to part with yet. Also, up there are some things I use when we move. Also, you can see a good view of my shoes. The newest shoes are the bright ass neon tennis shoes. Everything else I've had for a long while. And yes, I use them. Weekly.


From this view, you can see the other small half of my closet, which include my pants, that I can't fit into, but love (actually really love) too much to get rid of and if I'd just lose five more pounds they'd fit. My three pairs of dress pants, six skirts, six dresses, four evening gowns and two items of my grandmother's. Also, you can see my boots, and my dress shoes, which some, I'm in denial about, and am working on. Hanging on my door are my pants that can fit into and wear now.


Here's a crammed view of all my clothes.


And here's a un-crammed view of just my t-shirts. Some, which I'm in denial about, also. 

And here's 3/4ths of the hangers of stuff I got rid of. Some were on the plastic store hangers, and some were on another color, which are now up in the guest bedroom, for guests. 

Now, moving into the actual bedroom, I have two bureaus. I labeled them, to make explanations easier. Sleepwear also has "I'm not leaving the house" clothing in it. Swim stuff ranges from bikinis, to goggles, to coverups. Which, really isn't that much.Winter wear is everything from thermal underwear, to hats and gloves. 


These are what I call the "underthings" section. Self explanatory. Hi Scout.

Lastly, these are the clothes from the second purge. The first purge, I "sold" to some friends for shipping, and donated the rest. These are a little bit better quality, so I'm going to try and consign them. I'm ashamed at how many tags are on a few of these clothes.

But I'm pleased. It's my closet, and I enjoy the amount I have. I love clothes. And yes, I wear all of them.

Now...for the rest of the house.

12 April 2015

101 Days.

Today is the 101st day of 2015. That's right, we're already that far into the year. I literally have blinked, and here it is, April.

So, I'd like to take this time to reflect and let some thoughts loose. Looking back on my 2015 Goals and 2015 Sewing Goals, I think I'm doing well. Well, well enough.

My problem is time. Yes, there are "24 usable hours in everyday" (name that movie) but somewhere between school, work, and various other life demands, wait. No. Just kidding. My problem is the internet. It is the ultimate time suck for me. I get distracted so easily on it while I'm trying to do just ONE thing. I should probably work on that. Hmm.

Moving along, I'm trying to keep up with my goals. I'm falling a little behind on my book reading, but school is a bit more important than that goal. I am doing well in school. Mostly. I have A's and B's. I really, really wanted a 4.0 this semester, but I'm seeing my dreams being crushed. But, with about a month left, I really have to pull all my shit together and do better.

As for Last Yesterday Designs, it's the thing I'm doing the worst on. I'm failing at deadlines that I promised, and I feel awful for it. I may have to shut it down until I'm out of school. I can't keep up with stuff.

I'm doing okay with sewing. I haven't really bought a lot of fabric this year. Well, besides the GirlCharlee Knit Fixes, but I'm coming to terms with that I don't really like sewing with knit, so I'm probably going to destash a lot of that. I went into the Craft Dungeon™ the other day and laid out all of my fabrics. I looked at some of them and have NO IDEA why I have them or why I even bought them. So, when school's out, I will be going down there and destashing a LOT of stuff. I already started. Went through my patterns and my kits. Got a box full. Then, I realized I was cold, so I went back upstairs. 

But, despite some slacking and on the verge failures, there are two things I am excelling in. Getting off my ass and decrapifying the house. 

I bought a Jawbone Up in January as a birthday present to myself, and I don't regret it. I didn't think it would, but it does inspire me to get off my ass and move more. I enjoy seeing how many steps I walked in a day, and what I can do to improve upon that. I've lost (and kept off) five pounds since January. Lost five inches all over, too. Though, walking around campus to and from classes really helps, too. 

Decrapifying. I had some epiphany around the beginning of the year that I just have too much shit. It's just strewn about everywhere, stuffed in places, and makes me sad when I see it. Solution? Get rid of it. I started with my clothes. Got rid of five 13-gallon trash bags of clothes. FIVE. Though, one bag was actually trash. Socks, underwear, hose, old gross things, etc. Gone. Now I can see everything in my drawers and closet, and I have THREE empty drawers in my bureaus. I'm still working on weeding out my t-shirts. I'm having a hard time parting with some, because "what if" but, it's a work in progress. I flipped all my hangers around, and if I don't wear them all by the time it turns cold again, they disappear. 

Last night, I cleaned out the living room. I had stuff just stuffed in the bookshelves since we moved in back in October. OCTOBER it's just been sitting there. Doing nothing but collecting dust. So, I sorted through it, through out a lot, and relocated things to where they should be. I still have one cluttered spot, which is my school section. It's a stack of stuff I rotate out in my bookbag. I'm trying to find a better place for it, but I think I'm just gonna call it a draw and leave it there. 

Next, is the kitchen. Gonna take a real hard look at everything and see if I need it or not. My kitchen is pretty tidy, but stuff likes to collect on the island, because it's a great place to drop everything when you come in. Following that, in no particular order, are the bathrooms. I have a makeup "collection" that I probably won't ever use before it expires. I also need a better organization system for my "main" drawer in the bathroom. I have little baskets in there, but they slide around and bobby pins just go everywhere. Maybe, I just need less bobby pins? Then, I need to re-do the office. It's technically my husband's office, but I kinda took it over with stuffing Christmas decor in the closet. That needs to be sorted through, and put in the Craft Dungeon™. I also need to go through the files. 
Next is the dining room. It's currently my sewing room until the Craft Dungeon™ gets warmer. Kansas can't make up it's mind right now, and I'm hoping by the time this semester is over, I can relocate everything back down there and have my table back.  

Last is the Craft Dungeon™. It's the worst part of the house. It's where we just stick things that we don't know where to put. Not to mention all the craft barf down there. I need to have a Come to Jesus meeting with myself and go through it. I still have three boxes down there I haven't unpacked. I have no clue what's in them, either. 

With that, I have realized that I have about a million things to go do, and hopefully, I will have some interesting pictures to post soon.   


31 March 2015

March Quilts

Is March over already? I've been so busy, I guess it blew right by me. (Get it? GET IT?!) But, I'm actually pleased that I was able to accomplish FOUR quilts this month. Mind you, they're small but still, FOUR QUILTS.

I bought this one as a quilt kit from a quilt store that was having a retirement sale, Christmas 2013. I may have bought two of them. I also may have given one to my mom. But in a different color scheme. Anywho, I finished one this month:

This one was tedious to make. If you look closely (please don't) you'll see I messed up in a few places. As much as I like how it turned out, I am not a fan of cutting, sewing and ironing all those little squares. But, I do love it, and pleased to have made it. (Finally)

My next one was on a whim. I think I found the pattern on pinterest, thought "Yeah! That's a great idea!" Then went through my fabric stash for fabric. I can't remember where I got the pattern from but I do know I bought the fabric from Little Quilts during last year's Row By Row Experiance. They're Kim Diehl's.


This one's about 12"x12" and very fun. I was thinking about hanging it at my desk at work, but I keep going back and forth between this and making something more library themed. Not like I can't hang this up until then, right? Anywho, this little bugger was fun to make. I really love the colors all blended together (yes, even the evil orange) and pretty pleased with it.

The next one was the Peter Halley replica quilt I posted about on Sunday. I'm still pleased as punch with it. 

The last one I made for a client, a baby blanket. I'm actually not going to post a picture of it, for the privacy of the parents. It has the baby's name on it. But, anywho, it's done. Those are done. We're all done. A pretty successful March, eh?

29 March 2015

Master Copy

For an art class project, one of the assignments was to create a "master copy" of an artist (be it photography, painting, drawing, etc) and recreate it in your own medium. Well, since I suck at drawing and painting, guess what I chose? Quilting. Yep. I replicated a painting with a quilt. Now, don't expect anything like the Mona Lisa quilted awesomeness, I did something a smidgeon less complicated.
 Originally, my first thoughts were with Warhol. He's one of my favorite artists. (Huge fan of Pop Art.) But, I couldn't figure out how to replicate his work. Then, I asked if I could sew something? Answer: Yes. So I thought and thought and, thought some more. Idea! I was going to try and replicate a Kandinsky! But I got a little too overwhelmed with all the options. Back to the drawing board. I googled artists, couldn't find anything. So, I went with one of my favorite methods: The Library.
I went and found the art section, and basically just snatched books off the shelf that popped out at me. About five books later, I stumble across a neon pink one and yellow. The name? Peter Halley. Never heard of him. Flipped through the book? PERFECT. Checked out my book and headed home.
Studying the book, I wasn't sure which one I should replicate. So, I turned to google. This popped up in the google search.

Photo from: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/feb/14/antiques-roadshow-baton-rouge-la-hour-one/
I saw the top purple and yellow section and it just screamed "NINE PATCH!!!" at me. Now, this isn't the work Halley is most known for (Google him. It's pretty awesome) I absolutely KNEW I could replicate this, mostly, because I had all those colors.

And I did.
Please note: DEM STRAIGHT LINES

While my version is much, much smaller, I think I hit the nail on the head. I wish I had a little bit darker green, but I didn't want to purchase anything. This was actually really fun to make, and I'm going to proudly display it somewhere.




24 March 2015

I Heart Stripes.

Oh heeeeey March. How's it going? Me? BUSY BUSY BUSY. I got a job, and between that and school, holy mess. So, I'm here for a quick "I'm alive, look at stuff" post.

I "treated" myself to four bags of the March KnitFix this month, and managed to trade/sell the ones I didn't want, in return for ones I did. So, BEHOLD.

Aww yeah, shitty cell phone pic.
STRIPES STRIPES STRIPES, EVERYBODY. Only nine of those are the original ones I received. The others, I traded for. And, if you notice, there's only 2 bags + extra there. I sold a whole bag to a wonderful person, and sold four others, without trades. I'm very pleased with this. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have lots of homework and a test. Hopefully, I'll have something to post soon.

23 February 2015

Wanted: Time Machine

Since I am behind on a million different things, now that the sewing machine is upstairs (where it's warm) I am wanting to sew again. So, I was finally able to get a few projects done this weekend, including a baby blanket for a baby that's...well, still "fresh" but I wanted to get it to his parents before he was born. Oops.
It's the thought that counts, right? I mean, I bought the fabric AND washed it before he was born...I need a time machine to complete these on time, I swear.
Anywho, it was such a quick sew I was able to finish it in about 45 minutes. I think. I'm bad at guesstimating. With that, I present to you, a Doctor Who baby blanket, complete with Minky From Hell.


After finishing this blanket, I've come to realize that I'm never using minky again. Ever. Unless it's going on the back of a quilt that someone else is quilting for me. No, seriously. OVER. IT.


21 February 2015

I got a KnitFix!

Back when we lived in El Paso, I used to get StitchFix boxes. Had six mystery clothing items in it, and I could pick and choose what I wanted to keep and send what I didn't want back. I liked it for a while, but then when they didn't take into account that I have a whole lotta boob, I decided to take a break from them for a bit.

Until I found KnitFix. KnitFix is waaaay different, but just as awesome. Straight from GirlCharlee.com, you get two yards [each] of six different KNIT FABRICS in all sorts of crazy patterns! Okay, not crazy, but pretty awesome. "On Trend" is the word. I like making my clothes better, than someone else guessing for me. Ch-ch-check it out!


Aw yiss, look at all that glorious fabric. They do a variety of fabrics, so not everyone gets the same fabrics. I won't lie. I started seeing cheetah print and a whole lot of floral, and I got nervous. Reeeal nervous. But then my bag came, and it was a great day.


I got this fix to help challenge myself. I've never sewn knits before, and I normally don't buy patterns, so I figured, unless they were totally horrid, I'd keep them and see what I could come up with. (There's a GirlCharlee KnitFix FB group that you can interact with members and trade fabric with)

So, I started one I liked the least. THE CHEVRON. I don't own anything with chevrons on it. I don't like them at all. But, this one, wasn't too terrible. It's a Ponte De Roma knit and it sews and feels like a dream. I will be buying more if it in the future.

And because it's not done (missing a serger part) you only get a sneak peek until I can get the serger up here to finish it.


This post was not sponsored. I just like showing off things.

15 February 2015

Oh...um...hi February!

This is what school does to a person. Makes me even less social than I already am. Anywho, I'm still alive and kicking, actually enjoying school. One of my classes this semester is 2D design, and I'm learning how to mix colors and make color scales, and various other things. I have learned that painting is not my forte. I will stick to sewing.

This is one of my pieces I painted. I haven't had time to make a quilt, so I figured I'd paint one instead. I'm pretty pleased with it. It's based off a quilt pattern I found on Pinterest (this one) that I'm going to buy when my no-buy is up.

Crooked Flying Geese. Just like one of my real quilts!
It's also been WAY too cold in the basement to sew, so I've been working on cross-stitch instead.

Ideally, I'd like to have this one done before March (lol) so I'm trying to plunk away at it when I get a chance. There's quite a few things I want to go back and change, but I'll do it when I'm done to see how much thread I have left over.
Though, I have permission to move the sewing machine upstairs and a few select items, so I might start sewing again soon. Well, there is no might, I have to. I have to sew two garments for school. So, we'll see how that goes.

Also trying to squeeze a bit of reading in there. I have one book left in my original stack of four from January, so that finished by March would be good, too.

Hopefully, I'll post something else this month (finished cross-stitch? finished school projects?) Who knows.

16 January 2015

Tudor Birthday Bag

Well, I'm done. Kind of. I was about to write this blog post about the awesomeness of this bag, but how I would fix things for next time, when I realized....I completely misunderstood a step. So, it's about two inches longer than it should be. So, when I become less depressed about that fact, I'll go back and fix it. Maybe. Yes. I should.

But, anywho, here it is in all it's way too big glory.


I chose just the crossbody strap option, and left off the handles. I don't like carrying things, but would rather wear them. Also, as you can see, I did choose the front zippered pocket. You can't go wrong with zippered pockets.





I also chose the top zippered close option instead of the magnetic clasp. I didn't want stuff falling out, or to lose things.


This was my own personal edit. You're supposed to sew kind of off kilter on the inside pockets to create a small pocket and a large pocket. I decided I didn't like that. So, on one side, I made three pockets. And on the other?


Just two large pockets. Nothing extravagant. So, five pockets on the inside, and one zippered pocket on the outside.

But, for now, this thing is huge. It goes from my hip to my knee.

See?

Yeah.

I'll fix it....later. *sigh*

13 January 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!

My birthday was last week. It's the only time of the year I actually WANT attention. It was great. We went to go see Back to the Future in THEATRES. It was awesome. (I love our tiny theatre.) Then, that weekend, we went to the fanciest restaurant in Manhattan, Harry's. Simply delicious! (I like simple birthdays.)

Anywho, my birthday present to myself this year is a new bag. I haven't made myself anything since...the summer? So, I'm making myself Sew Sweetness' Tudor Bag, in Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill. (You know, what my Aeroplane Bag is made out of.)

Aww yiss, cell phone picture time! See also: GIANT MESS.

I'm using byAnnie's Soft and Stable for the first time, and I'm rather excited.

Tonight, after searching for the fabric for like 30 minutes, then discovering it was actually on the fabric shelf, I started cutting.


Got everything cut out. 53 individual pieces. Could have been more, but I'm only doing the shoulder strap, and not the handles.


And now everything that needed to be interfaced, has been. They're drying overnight (I used a bit too much water) and tomorrow, I sew!

Only took 2½ hours to cut and interface. I have to measure 32 times, cut once. Sewing starts tomorrow!