Today, Jenn Maruska wrote a lovely post about “threadbare companions of childhood.” To sum it up (but definitely go read it for yourself, it’s a really sweet and poignant post), she and her husband found a book called Dirty Wow Wow (and Other Love Stories). She found it to be particularly touching since she and her husband have their childhood companions with them even now. She posted pictures of their items and then challenged other bloggers to chronicle their own special childhood item.
This is Moosie. My maternal grandmother gave him to me when I was 6 years old. She used to own a giftshop inside her hair salon and she sold stuffed football players. She gave my brother a Dallas Cowboys football player so I asked for a Texas Tech football player (I was operating under the influence of my parents’ and grandparents’ Tech brainwashing). She got a doll wearing a red uniform and she added the Texas Tech “Double T” to each side of his helmet and gave him to me. I named him Moosie…I have NO idea why…I think it might’ve been on the label or tag. Or it could’ve just been my weird little 6 year old imagination. 🙂
Moosie went EVERYWHERE with me. Girl Scout Camp, trips to see my grandparents, band camp, slumber parties, college, you name it, if I left my house to sleep, he went with me. I slept with him tucked under my arm so much (uh, pretty much every night for 20+ years?) that his head became misshapen, molded to fit against my body. I used to carry him by his nose so his nose became stretched out. One of his eyes fell out, the other eye had all the paint scratched off. The elastic on his pants came off (I used a rubberband to hold them up), shoe laces are long gone, his face mask straps are stretched out, the felt “Double Ts” that my grandmother added peeled off. He’s dirty, he’s old, he’s beaten up and I love him.
My younger brother used to play tricks on me and hide him when we were young. I could not sleep without him and everything would cease in the house until Moosie was found. Once, I accidentally left him at my grandparents’ house (they lived 800+ miles away) and it took about a month to get him back…I hunted for any kind of substitute that would work but nothing could replace Moosie. At Army Basic Training (did I tell y’all I went to Basic in 1996…yeah, not once of my wiser decisions), of course, I couldn’t bring Moosie with me. I slept with a flashlight in Moosie’s place. Finally, when Ryan and I got engaged we made a deal that when we got married, I would finally put Moosie away. I did…but he’s still with me, living in the top of my closet, following us around wherever the Army sends us.
It occurred to me last week that it has been at least 3 years (give or take a few months) since I’ve had my hair professionally colored and styled. As someone who used to never even bat an eyelash at spending upwards of $200 a month on color and cut maintenance (I had an awesome stylist that I just adored…they’re SO hard to find!) back before I was married, this was sort of a shock to realize. So, I asked around, found some fellow “blondes with help” (those of us who were born blonde but now need help staying blonde) and asked where they went and bit the bullet and made an appointment. Yesterday I went in at 9:45 and came out at 1 in the afternoon with a new cut and color and I’m thrilled with it. 🙂
Here I am!
She did a 2 color foil process, alternating a cool brown (a tad darker than my natural color) and a really nice light warm blonde. It took a good 2 hours to get the foils done! My butt was numb and her recently broken toe was numb by the time we were done foiling! After the color processing, I told her I wanted a cut, I needed some shape, badly. I haven’t really cut my hair since I got nuts in 2006 and cut it all off, SHORT (like spikey short) so it needed some help badly. It’s very heavy and thick so without some texturing and layering, it tends to hang pretty limp. She did a great job layering it, adding in some texture and even cut me some cute, long side-swept bangs. The bangs are taking some getting used to…they’re not quite trained to stay to the side yet so I’m constantly pushing them back (kind of annoying). Anyway, I’m thrilled with the results (not so thrilled with how pudgy my face looks there…geez!). I definitely cannot wait 3+ years again to have it done again. Ryan keeps commenting that officer wives are supposed to be hot so I guess I have some maintenance and upkeep to work on. Hope he knows it costs a bit to look good! 😉
Ok fellow sewers (that always looks wrong to me), what should I do here?
Normally this dress would be lined and I wouldn’t have to worry about how to finish the straps but I didn’t have enough of either fabric to line it so I decided to finish the edges with bias tape that I made. I originally thought I’d sew the straps closed and cut a V into the neck and finish it with a tie closure. But, the straps don’t really lend themselves to that application. Here’s an idea that I did to one strap but I’m not loving it. It just looks unfinished to me.
The straps close with a button. So, any thoughts on how I should go about finishing these straps? Thanks!
I finished the latest outfit I made for Aidan last night and she wore it today. I know you’re all shocked that it’s not an A-line dress…me too. 😉
This was a pretty easy pattern to whip up and I’m pretty happy with it!
The back is a tad on the gapey side (I think some elastic might fix that if I make this pattern again) and (shock, shock) I put in buttons instead of a zipper.
I took these prior to going to town to run around. While we were out, I had Aidan’s ears pierced. She’s been talking about it and Ryan and I have been batting it around so I decided to just go for it. She cried for about a half a second then they gave her a lollipop and a sticker so she was a happy camper.
Currently I’m working on a dress for my friend, Maria’s, little girl, Mia. I ran across some awesome fabric remnants at Sweet Treasures but there wasn’t much of either piece so I had to make a small dress. I’m being brave and making my own bias tape to trim the arms and neck because there wasn’t enough of either fabric to line the dress. I’ve got one arm hole done so far and I’m really liking how it’s looking. I’d like to get it finished tonight so I can hopefully get it in the mail tomorrow.
Hope y’all have a great weekend!
Found this fun meme over at I *Heart* You (a fellow H-Town girl). Feel free to play along at home, kids!
1. What are the last three things you purchased?
- iPhone (hopefully it will arrive next week)
- Chick-Fil-A lunch for Aidan and myself
- Garden hose
- “Vindicated” by Dashboard Confessionals
- “Kindly Unspoken” by Kate Voegele
- “The Dance” by Charlotte Martin
3. Where were the last three places you visited?
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Houston, Texas
- Savannah, Georgia
4. What are your three favorite movies?
- Apollo 13
- The Big Lebowski
5. What are your three favorite possessions?
- My Aggie Ring
- My engagement ring/wedding band
- My mother’s china and crystal stemware that she gave me
6. What three things can you not live without?
- Air conditioning
- To be out of debt
- 20/20 vision
- No more combat deployments
8. What are three things you have not done yet?
- Have a baby boy
- Go to Greece
- Buy a house (that one is a LONG way off…like after Ryan retires from the Army in 18 years)
9. What are your three favorite dishes?
- Fish tacos from Baker Street Pub in Houston
- Vietnamese spring rolls and peanut sauce
- My mother’s seafood gumbo
10. What three celebrities would you want to hang out with the most?
- John Krasinski
- Harry Connick, Jr.
- Gary Sinise
- Flying roaches
- Middle of the night phone calls
- Smart (if i do say so, myself)
- I can make my tongue vibrate (we just discovered that Aidan can do this too)
- I can tell you, in detail, about all of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and ASTP missions
- I am very good with directions and map reading
- 50 pounds of weight lost
- Tummy tuck
15. What three bloggers would you like tag?
- Anyone who wants to play. Let’s keep it going!
So, today didn’t turn out exactly as planned. I went to the first of our 2 AT&T stores at 10am (should’ve gone earlier but had to feed and dress Aidan which always takes longer than planned) and they sold out about 10 minutes after I got there. I went to the second AT&T store across town (which I should’ve gone to first) and waited in line in the heat for 2 hours. I was 2 people behind the last person to get one. DANG it! So, I placed an order for a direct fulfillment which means that my order will be (or would be…more on that in a second) filled before the store gets more phones in stock. More accurately, I tried to do a direct fulfillment…I wanted to pay in cash which obviously was incredibly confusing for the dumb little chick waiting on me. Apparently they don’t take cash for iPhones, you have to buy gift cards first then pay for the phone with the gift cards. Ok, no prob, let’s do that. Dumb chick didn’t realize that she was in the middle of a transaction and therefore couldn’t let me purchase gift cards on the same terminal. I understood but clearly she didn’t. Meanwhile Aidan is losing it, she’s hot, hungry and cranky and coming close melting down. Luckily the manager sees this and tells me that he will deal with the situation and they’ll call me when my phone comes in…probably next week. Ugh, this kiddo can’t go back to day care soon enough. I love her and all but it’s just impossible to run errands with her. Long story short, I’ll get my new phone next week…if that dumb chick doesn’t screw things up even further.
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow, you’re only a day away!
Anyone remember, about a thousand years ago, that I started a quilt for Aidan’s room? I got to the point of needing to bind it here which was over 6 months ago. I noticed that I started this thing almost a year ago…11 months for a quilt? Geez, procrastinate much? I finally got around to binding it last night. I know I didn’t do it right but it worked and is now washed and on Aidan’s bed. I even whipped up a little pillow case for her pillow. It looks so cute on her bed and she loves it! I showed it to her and Ryan today and Ryan asked her if she liked her new blanket. She corrected him, “It’s a quilt, Daddy.” Too smart for her own good, this one.
I love the puckery look of a just washed quilt. Don’t you?
Folded over to show the back side. Here’s my design board to remind you of what I used:
All the fabrics but the green dotted one are from Joel Dewberry’s line, Aviary, in the “Bloom” color pallette. I can’t remember what line the green dotted fabric is from (in hindsight, I wish I’d gone with one of the greens in the Aviary Line…oh well). I had it professionally quilted by a seller I found on eBay. Sadly, I can’t find her contact information any longer. The quilting is amazing! It’s an abstract floral pattern and looks fabulous. We’ll see how Aidan enjoys sleeping under her new quilt tonight.