Pretty neat huh?
Here’s our Simpsonized Family Photo:
Pretty neat huh?
Here’s our Simpsonized Family Photo:
Today is all about ruffles. I’m making Aidan a capri outfit out of some bright multi-colored seersucker that includes several ruffles that you make yourself. I’ve never made my own ruffles but turns out they aren’t that hard.
Yay! My goodies arrived from my swap partner, Karla. This was her first swap but I think she did great!
Orange bucket with yellow summery words all over it.
A not-so-great picture of all the goodies.
Fun notecards made by Karla, she also included summery address labels…I’ve been wanting some but never got around to making them, now I don’t have to!
An adorable little circle scrapbook…can’t wait to fill it with pictures of mine and Aidan’s summer trip to Texas
A citrus reamer and lemonade mix, Aidan’s favorite drink!
(Probably should’ve taken these out of the plastic…oh well!) Orange scented thrifted candles and some orangey toe nail polish, perfect for an evening of “me-time.”
For a first time swapper, I think you did fantastic, Karla! Thanks so much for all my fun summery goodies. Yours is going in the mail tomorrow!
No, not those woes..:
I’m talking about decor woes. Somehow, and I know it happens to us all, I decorated every room in the house but my own. I have boring cream walls (which probably aren’t going to change because I detest painting), no bedding except an old ratty comforter from Target 6 years ago and a dresser that doesn’t match my furniture. So, I’ve been window shopping on Ebay…
I especially like this rug:
With this bedding:
A couple of throw pillows made from these:
Loving this throw:
Well, not really, but I am trying to learn how to take more beautiful pictures with the camera I have. I’ve been working on making the depth of field shallower so I can just focus on the item or person I’m photographing. I’ve also been making a conscious effort to use natural light rather than the flash or overhead light. Here are some recent results.
I have no idea what this is a picture of but I like it and it’s sort of what I’m going for. The edge of whatever that is is in sharp focus while the rest is blurry.
Experimenting…this is my wedding set.
More experimentation…don’t ask me why I used pink gingham with my Aggie Ring
Here I focused on a further away object and kept the closer one blurry. Oh yeah, that’s Bella, the rescue kitty we adopted from the Muscogee County Humane Society on Saturday. Aidan adores her.
For those of y’all who like to sew kids clothes, check out my Ebay listing of Ottobre Design Magazines. I bought them on a whim (I tend to buy too much of something when I’m just starting out) and am not all that interested in sewing knits, I sew mostly cotton wovens. The designs are adorable and very contemporary, I just don’t plan on sewing from them. Check them out here.
I found this on Jenn’s blog “Serving the Queens” and thought it was a great idea. My husband always has such wonderful things to say about what he loves about me so I thought I might be able to come up with a list of my own. 10 things I love about me.
1) My love of learning. I pride myself on being a pretty smart cookie. I love school and have 2 degrees, a BA in History from Texas A&M and an MA in Space & Exploration Studies from the University of Houston. Now I’m working on my teacher certification and would go back and get my Ph.D. if Ryan would let me. As it is, I’ve been in college for almost 12 years. I’m addicted.
2) My hair. I was never the teenaged girl who hated her hair, it’s always been, as my mother put it, my crowning glory. I cut it WAY too short last summer and really disliked it but I’ve been letting it grow since then and it’s back to a length that suits me. It’s been just about every shade of blonde there is, from dark blonde in middle school (and now because I haven’t colored it in a while) to platinum in college, honey blonde in high school to white blonde as a child…it’s been all over the spectrum.
3) My c-section scar. Yeah, I know, it’s a weird thing to love but I do. I think of it sort of as my “badge of honor”. Labor with my daughter was far from easy. My cervix is not where it’s supposed to be (straight back), mine is back and to the left, so having Aidan proved to be extremely difficult. Throughout my pregnancy I was always very comfortable with the idea of a c-section and even mentioned that I figured I’d push for a while and wind up having to have one. I was right…Aidan was trying to come out with the side of her head first (because of my weird cervix) although they thought it was shoulder dystocia at the time. My OB did a fantastic job with my section, placing the incision very low (millimeters above my pubic bone) and only 3 inches long. I love my scar. 🙂
4) My lips. My whole life I’ve been complimented on my lips. They’re full and have the perfect top of the heart shape (bow?) at the top. Luckily, Aidan got my lips.
5) My nose. Growing up, my mother called it a button. She used to tell me that someone stole my nose and put a button in its place. I loved hearing that. I don’t know how I lucked into having such a little nose…family members on both sides of me have some pretty prominent proboscises. At my bachelorette party I had to convince someone of a lie about myself so I convinced a guy that I’d had a nose job. He totally bought it…told me it was perfect and if I’d give him my doctor’s number since his had been broken and he’d like it fixed. Oops.
6) My passion. I am and always have been a VERY passionate person. When I saw the space shuttle launch in 2000, I cried like a baby (yes, I’m a NASA nerd). When I read my first book on the history of the space program I was hooked and had to have every book on the subject I could get my hands on. When I find a new hobby (scrapbooking, beading, sewing, etc) I get into it in a big way, buying books and supplies out the yin yang. I once dumped a guy because he didn’t “emote” enough. I embrace life and need a guy that does too…thank God Ryan is as passionate about things as I am.
7) My devotion to kids with special needs. I quite literally stumbled into a position as a substitute teacher last October as a paraprofessional in a class with 6 students with special needs. I’d never worked with kids in their situations before but by the end of the week, I’d fallen in love with them. This is us on hat day:
8) My earbump. I was born with a tiny bump of skin on the tragus of my left ear. The docs were going to cut it off but my dad wouldn’t let them. It’s always been sort of oddly special to me. Even in 1st grade when kids thought it was a chicken pox after I came back from being out with chicken pox for a week.
9) My ability to wake up in what Ryan calls “A whole new world.” I can go to bed upset about something but when I wake up I have a whole new perspective on things and nothing seems as bad as it did the night before.
Whew, almost done!
10) My ability to sleep anywhere at anytime. Keeps me well rested! 🙂
I wanted to finish the tiered skirt I started making earlier so I went ahead and took my own advice and expanded the pink tier. Now the skirt will fit Aidan and I’m really glad I did. 🙂 I took the seams out, added a panel on each side and restitched everything. I’m happy with the way it turned out. Gathering has been a weak point of mine but I think the 2 layers of gathers on this skirt helped me a lot. I do wonder if the skirt is a little on the sheer side and what, if anything, I can do about it. Is it possible or even advisable to line it? Any thoughts?
Wow, I’m just a postin’ fiend today, aren’t I? 🙂
Here are my new books that I got when we got home from our vacation.
Summer Clothing for Girls – Japanese Sewing Pattern Book $19.99
I got mine on Etsy from chocolateswirl. She has lots of great Japanese craftbooks.
Girls clothing patterns – Japanese sewing craft book $19.00
I got it on Etsy from lgfrog. She has lots of really cute items in her shop.
Sublime Stitching by fellow Texan Jenny Hart $13.57
Available on Amazon here. I really can’t wait to get started stitching some onesies and t-shirts for friends’ babies and for Aidan.
Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol (of Angry Chicken fame) $14.93
Available on Amazon here. I read so many fantastic things about this book here, here, here, here and here that I just HAD to get it. There’s also a flickr group here of things people have made from the book.
I have LOTS to work on but sadly, I go back to work on August 6. Better get crackin’!!