Thursday, December 27, 2012

I'm ready for you, 2013!

Hello internet friends!  This is a little early, but one of my big resolutions is to stop procrastinating so much, so here ya go!  

I am so so excited for the New Year.  Are you?  This has not been the best year ever for me and mine.  We had a few knocks health wise, and one very scary time when the Hubster flew back to States because we thought we were losing his mom.  Thankfully, she is on the mend and we only have 7 more months until we are reunited with our families.

I’ve had a tumultuous year in regards to health and happiness.  I posted briefly about my body issues earlier this year.  I had a small problem with eating disorders when I was younger and relapsed a bit.  My lowest point was rushing to leave a Thanksgiving party so I could go home and throw up my dinner.  Not my finest moment...  The ironic part of all this is that I’m currently attending The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in order to become a Health Coach.  I KNOW why starvation and binging doesn’t help you lose weight, but sometimes it takes a little bit more than facts to get yourself sorted out.  I guess I’ll really be able to identify with potential clients when it comes to that issue.

But that’s all in the past, and I’m ready to move forward.  Yes, I have weight to lose, but my weight doesn’t define me as a person.  I am more than the number on a scale.  I just have to remind myself every so often.  I’m sure you guys can relate a little bit.  So, what am I looking forward to in 2013? 

Coming home!  Living is Europe has been interesting but I’m not cut out for this gypsy lifestyle.  Moving every two years is not for me.  I need my family and roots.  Which brings us to…

Buying a home!  I am so so so excited for this.  I had never lived in an apartment until I got married, and you can call me a brat, but I hate it.  I want to paint, and decorate, and not hear the neighbors yelling at each other.  Honestly, I want to buy a house, and then live there until I die.  That’s all.

I’ve been taking Zumba classes and I think I’d like to get certified to teach once we move back to the States.  It’s so different from hula, and I’m really enjoying it.  I also took ballet for awhile and would like to continue with that too.  I love dance, in all its different forms.

Sewing!  This is supposed to be a sewing blog. : ) Perhaps I’ll sew more than one thing in 2013.  Fingers crossed!

I graduate from IIN in May, only a few months before I go home.  I don’t know yet what I’ll be doing when I get home but I think I’d like to help other young women.  Having good self esteem and love for yourself can be so so hard during High School and College.  I’d like to be a voice to counter all that negativity.  Something to keep pondering…

Loving the Hubster.  When you don’t love yourself, it’s hard to love anyone else.  I have not been the easiest person to be around this year, and he has stuck by my side through the tantrums, purging, and being all around a pretty hateful person.  He loved me when I didn’t even love myself.  I am married to the most amazing man, and I want to spend this next year (well, all the rest of them) showing him how much he means to me.

So friends, it’s a pretty lofty list but I’m excited for 2013.  Tell me, why 2013 is going to be amazing for you?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Why this week will rock.

Howdy, bloggy amigos!  I hope you're all having wonderful weekends.  I know I've said it before, but I think my favorite day of the week is Sunday.  I know a lot of people dread the start of the work week, but I feel such anticipation each Sunday night.  I'm especially excited for work this week.  The theme in our class is pumpkin.  We'll be hunting for pumpkins, carving, painting, and will wrap up the week with a pumpkin pancake feast! 

I found the greatest themed fabric.  Wouldn't this be great for a skirt?  I know my kiddos would get a kick out of it. has some great Halloween choices and I'm still deciding on my costume.  Are you dressing up?


My project this week is a wrap skirt.  I came across the very first thing I ever made and it reminded me how easy (no zippers, no elastic!) wrap skirts are to make.  The other great thing about them?  They can shrink as you shrink.  And I have currently shrunk 3 lbs since my last post! :)  Thank you, ladies for your kind words.  I'm making some healthy choices and am pleased to see the difference already.

So, pumpkin everything, happy kiddos, and body positive sewing.  My week is shaping up to be pretty great.  Tell me why your week is going to be awesome.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Too fat to sew

I've been trying to write this fucking post for an hour now.   I can't seem to manage more than a paragraph without running into some tangent, so bullet points will suffice for today.

  • I read blogs everyday.  I enjoy the community and seeing the awesome stuff people come up with but I haven't posted in so long because I haven't sewn anything in so long.
  • Why?  Lots of reasons, but right now the idea of sewing anything besides an elastic waist skirt fills me with equal parts anger and self-loathing.
  •  I have a pretty good relationship with my body, so this backslide into my high school mindset is really fucking annoying.  Note: I haven't even gained weight.
  • Posting a photo of myself on the interwebs?  Yeah, not gonna happen.

I keep making plans and then not following through.  So I'm just going to throw those out the window.  I really want to sew.  So you may be seeing a bunch of elastic waist skirts while I work though my ridiculous body image issues.  Thanks for sticking around, bloggy friends.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Not sewing, but sowing.

Hola Bloggy Friends!  What's up?  I haven't gotten my act together enough to sew anything in the last six months...geez is it July already?  Holy crap time flies by when you're doing lots of stuff.  I've been doing everything but sewing apparently.  Teaching (thank goodness this school year is over), going back to school (soooooo excited!), gaining weight (partly why there is no sewing going on), and my favorite outdoor activity, Gardening!!!  I am truly a farm girl at heart.  I hate city living, and can't wait until we move back to the states so I can buy a giant piece of land, grow all my own food, and have a purple coop full of chickens.  Here are some pictures of this year's garden so far.  

Mama Bell and Baby Bell.  Someone totally stole half the peppers off of this plant. Jerks.

This is the sad victim of rabbit on cabbage violence.

Those blood thirsty rabbits went after the corn, too!

The lettuce hasn't fared any better either.  Oh the humanity!


My little baby tomatoes!

This tomato plant is bigger than me.  No joke.

Apparently I like to grow weeds, too.  No, not that kind...

I didn't grow these beauties, but aren't they lovely?  My bounty from the farmer's market.

I've been bitten by the sewing bug again, so hopefully I'll have something new to show you soon.  What are you sewing, or sowing?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Why I love Sundays and a Sneak Peek of what I'm Sewing

What's up Bloggy friends?  I love Sundays.  I think they're my favorite day of the week.  Why?  Because you get to PLAN on Sundays.  Your week might've been complete crap, but on Sunday you get to prepare all your battle stations and make sure your next week is awesome.   This past week sucked.  Broken blender, fried crockpot, shattered dinner plate, THE PLAGUE!  And a postponed weekend trip because of said plague.  So, yeah.  Not the best week ever.  But that's ok, because tomorrow is the beginning of a new week and it better be fricken awesome, because I said so.  Here's what I'm excited about this week:

The Couture Dress- By Susan Khalje.  OMG, ya'll.  I was so excited when this popped up in my email.  I've heard of Susan Khalje, when Gertie blogged about her sewing workshops.  "Cool, but no way I could spend that much money." I thought.  Well, thanks to Craftsy, those awesome people, now for 40 bucks you get the wisdom and instruction of a woman who certainly knows her way around a sewing machine.  I've watched about an hour so far, and I can already say it's 40 bucks well spent.  Oh!  And you get a paper pattern mailed to your home.  I thought I'd be super impatient waiting for it to get here, but the practices she teaches can be applied to any sewing project.  Excellent course so far.  Also, the 40 bucks is a sale price, the class normally is 90, so get while it's hot, peeps.

Speaking of Craftsy courses, the teaser for Gertie's new course just hit my email.  Hopefully it comes out soon!

Sew Retro: The Starlet Suit Jacket
Gretchen Hirsch is back with another Craftsy Sew Retro class! This time she’s going to show you how to make a suit jacket to knock ‘em dead!

I'm enrolled in her Bombshell dress course, and have watched the majority of it.  I haven't sewn it yet, as I don't really have anywhere to wear it, and I'd like to lose some weight first.  However, Gertie is a wonderful teacher and makes everything seem so simple.  I don't know where a suit jacket would fit into my lifestyle, but I'll probably sign up anyway.  I'm sure I can always make it it leopard print. :)

Got a comment from a reader asking about the text color.  I've spent some time going through all my old posts and changing the font color to black.  For some reason, not all the posts are updating in Google Reader.  I have no idea what the problem is.  If you go to the blog itself, the text is black, so I'm not sure what the deal is.  I hope it's not too annoying and I'll try and get it fixed soon.  Hi, new readers!

With two days left in January, I'm thinking back on my New Year goals post.  The plan of attack was 1 Colette Patterns garment, 1 other of my choice.  I've sewn the choice item.  You can see that HERE, if you haven't already.  I've almost finished the other item.  Here's a sneak peek.

Can you guess what it is?  That right there is the cause of some pretty foul language in my sewing room.  I made the bias tape myself, and while I LOVE the look of the different polka dots, it was a frickin pain in the ass.  Which is why I still have the armholes and hem to do.  Hopefully I should be done tomorrow.  Look for a reveal post soon. :)

What's on your sewing table this week?  And why is your week going to be awesome?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My 1 Hour Polka Dot Skirt

 What's up bloggy friends?  I'd like to introduce you to the worlds fastest skirt.  I'm still in the middle of organizing my studio and am loath to bust out any paper patterns in the midst of all this chaos.  Is there anything more annoying than losing a piece of a pattern in the middle of construction?

Anyways, I've come across a dozen tutorials for a 1 hour skirt using elastic for the waist.  I'm not normally a fan of elastic waist garments, as they make me think of children's clothing but I thought I'd give it a shot.

Recipe for a 1 hour skirt
- 1 end of a flat sheet 
- A piece of elastic two or so inches less than my waist measurement.
- Sewing machine, thread, pins, iron, fabric shears

During the summer while I was waiting for all my household goods (including all my fabric) to be delivered, I picked up a twin sheet set of polka dot fabric.  I figured it was 10 bucks for several yards, and I like polka dots.  I had envisioned making a polka dot Sorbetto.  This has a very stiff hand and pretty much no drape at all, so no Sorbetto with this fabric.  However, it works with this application.  I cut the fabric several inches wider than my actual hip measurement because I wanted the skirt to look very full and it stands out nicely. 

Because I used the hemmed end of the sheet, my side seams and hem were already finished.  All I had to do was sew up the side seam and create the waistband casing for the elastic.  I'm pretty meticulous about measuring and pressing, so that was the most time consuming part of the project.  That, and inserting the elastic.  Oh, and ripping it back out because I didn't pull tight enough when I measured.  If not for those things, it really would've been a 1 hour project.  Still, not bad for an evening.

 It doesn't seem so impressive on the hanger, and it definitely has to be worn with a belt.  I still don't like the look of the elastic waist.  But, I think I'd call this a success.  Here it is styled for work. 
I need to fire my photographer.  This was 1 of 7 shots taken in about 45 seconds between rounds of a video game. :sigh:  Perhaps it's time to invest in one of those camera remotes.

I love these shoes.  They hurt like hell and were only worn for the photos.  lol  I promise I don't teach preschool in heels.  But they are so so pretty.  That's all for now.  See ya next time!
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