On vacation

3 06 2011

It’s been awhile… I have not been sitting around twiddling my thumbs, but with my newfound enthusiasm for sewing for myself I have run up against some challenges. One, as I mentioned before, is that I don’t have my camera. Another is that it’s hard to get pictures of myself! So here I am now on vacation in sunny Phoenix, thinking I should try out this new wordpress app on the iPod, especially since it is my camera for now anyway. It’s crazy exciting to come to a real city that has stores like the SAS fabric superstore, an amazingly huge warehouse of fabric. I was in heaven!

Even BB enjoyed it, at least for the first half hour or so.

So I bought a bunch of fabric, I figure it’s about a third the price of fabric at Joann. Some linen, some gauze, some knits, I was actually hoping to find more knits, some solids or something for the boys, but no such luck.
I made the shirt in the picture, it’s a McCall pattern but I don’t know the number off the top of my head. I decided to scrap pattern drafting for now and get more practice sewing for myself using commercial patterns first. I’m pretty happy with it and might try it out in the gauze I just bought, I think it would look a lot better, more drapey. That said, the fabric for this wearable muslin was $1/yard, and I love the print, so overall I am pretty happy with it!

It’s hard to get a picture of myself, I took several shots, and in the end I think it’s a much better pic with LB in it, even if he obscures the shirt!
Now back to my Hiaasen paperback and dreaming of things to do with my new fabric…

The trouble with slacking off on the blog…

21 11 2010

…is that I have no idea how to succinctly recap what’s been going on.  So I will use a slew of pictures.  Ready?  Since the end of KCWC we have:

Learned to walk!


Sewed a few things (yes, I finally tried a 90 minute shirt!  More on that later.):


Made cute food:


Enjoyed fall, it was too brief:


Gone to visit my parents in scenic Delaware:


Flown to California to visit the other side of the family, just in time for Halloween:


Visited Disneyland:


And turned 1!


So, you can see it’s been a busy time for us!  I can’t believe my baby is one already, I mean, it just blows me away.  We had a blast celebrating with family out in the land of warmth and sunshine.  It was hard to come back, but that’s life.  I’m making a concerted effort to get more organized, so whether that will lead to peace of mind and oodles of free time to craft and blog, or if I will spend all my free time organizing, time will tell.  I have some projects that I’ve been wanting to post but haven’t had time, and blogging tends to be a good kind of vicious cycle where I feel more motivated to finish projects so I have something to post.  I have just now caught up on the blogs I follow, and (fingers crossed) I am looking forward to getting back to posting more regularly!  (Famous last words, right?  Especially before the holidays, yikes.  Well, bring on the madness!)

Happy Earth Day!

22 04 2010

Now, I have to start out by saying we didn’t do anything special for Earth Day.  If you haven’t figured it out already, we are definitely an “Earth Day is Everyday” kind of household.  We recycle, compost, drive fuel-efficient cars, etc.  The amount of trash we produce is so small I seriously toyed with the idea last year of stopping our garbage pick-up altogether, but it would have required a lot more composting on my part, which is hard to do in the winter here.  And winter here is most of the year.  Anyway, what I really wanted to do is just share this great article from the New York Times.

The Dandelion King (read it; really, it’s good.)

Yeah, I know, it’s just an opinion piece, but that’s what it’s about–changing people’s opinions.  Who says a monochromatic green lawn is the ultimate ideal?  We have a neighbor who has dandelions, grape hyacinths, and several other plants I can’t identify in her lawn.  And you know what?  It’s really pretty.  We have a healthy amount of clover in our lawn, and it’s a nitrogen-fixing plant, which reduces the amount of fertilizer your lawn needs.  That, in turn, reduces the amount of fertilizer that runs off into our water supply.  Plus, it provides food for bees!  (And bees could use the help!)

Like the author of that article, I once thought a “perfect” lawn was great.  But I didn’t know how much effort went into keeping it that way.  I think a lawn with grass and flowers would be lovely and low maintenance, and much more earth-friendly.  If everyone agreed, think of the time, energy, and chemicals we could save, without having to worry about offending the neighbors!

Here is a craft we made with flowers we picked, mostly out of the yard.

Dandelions, clover, forsythia, other unnamed flowers... a pretty assortment!

The more time I spend outside (now that the snow is gone), the more I like our biodiverse lawn.  I am hoping to keep it chemical-free (we will have a crawler this summer, after all!), but with our concern over resale value of the house, it might not be possible.  If only we could all embrace the “mountain meadow” look instead of the golf course aesthetic!

(I can’t find any nice pictures not subject to copyright, so I refer you to google.)