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Month: June 2012

Sewing!!!! (It’s *Sew* Much Fun!)


Theme Song: “Summertime” by NKOTB

Here’s one of the patterns I found the other day. I think it would be a lot of fun to make an entire wardrobe of clothing on my own.

I have a confession to make. I love to sew. I’ve been on a sewing kick lately. Well, to be honest, I’ve been more on a organizing my items to get them ready so that I can sew kick. You see, just as I have a ton of shoes, I also have managed to amass a bunch of patterns and fabrics to sew with. The only problem is that as far as notions go, I haven’t managed to collect so many of those (so I’ve been making a spreadsheet of what patterns I want to make, what fabric I will use to make the patterns with, and what notions I will need to purchase in order to complete the pattern). In doing so, I began looking at various sewing patterns online, and felt that a Pinterest board was necessary. Of course, these are all patterns I do not have. Just ones that I think would be cool to put my hands on.

I learned in my search that just because a pattern company used a particular number ten years ago, it doesn’t mean that company will use that pattern number now.  For example, one of the dresses I would love to make with this beautiful floral print fabric I have is no longer in print. I have the pattern. I have the fabric. However, when I was trying to catalog the patterns I had, I ran into this problem. I wanted to put images of the patterns into the spreadsheet I was creating. That way, at a glance, I could know what pattern exactly I was referring to (I have a LOT of sewing patterns) without having to dig through my pattern box.

Here are three patterns I would really like to get working on that fall into this category:

I am looking forward to making this cute little slipdress!

This is a pattern where I think it would be great to use this black shiny jacquard print fabric with white lace trim for view A. It would make a very sexy LBD, and I already have shoes that would be phenomenal with it. I’m also thinking about using a print fabric I have with this one.

I’ve been wanting to make these skirts for a while!

I love these skirts – I think they are so cute! I think that I’m going to start with one of the shorter ones, and use this brown fabric I have that has really pretty flowers on it.

Here are some tops I’d love to make.

For this pattern, I think I’d start off with the short sleeve cowl-neck shirt, but really there isn’t a view I don’t like here. I have some really nice red stretch velour fabric that would work nice for the v-neck long sleeve shirt.

So, as you can see, clearly I have a problem. These are only 3 of probably 50 patterns that I have. I’ve decided that I need to actually make these clothes instead of having patterns sit in boxes for an indeterminate period of time. So, I’m going to be organizing the office/library my husband and I share, and I want to organize my sewing supplies. Once I see what I have, I can make clothing that I have the supplies for, and then make a list of things I need in order to complete other projects. Then, I plan on posting about what I’m working on here, so you can see some of the fabulous things I make!

For those of you who sew, how do you organize your sewing projects?


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Why I Run


Theme Song: “Run Baby Run” by Sheryl Crow

So, today is National Running Day. I’m not currently able to run, and I won’t be until I get clearance from a doctor that it’s okay to start up again. I miss it. Running is such a freeing experience. Not only does it help my health and my moods and me to feel active, but it also allows me time to think about what’s going on in the world around me. Since I haven’t been able to run, it’s been rough. I miss running! Some days I feel like my feet may run on their own and leave the rest of my body behind. I run because it became part of my life. I’m hoping that later this year I’ll be able to participate in a 5K or two! I run because  I like being outside and feeling the air around me. I run because it’s a lot of fun, and a lot of my friends are runners.


Why do you run?


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Theme Song: Pink MartiniLet’s Never Stop Falling in Love

Just Married!

So, a week ago, my husband and I decided, for a variety of reasons, that we would go ahead and get married. We still are planning on having a religious/traditional wedding next year on our two-year anniversary. It’s always good to celebrate love. We went out to a local bridge and said our vows, in front of our officiant – my husband’s father – and then we went out to lunch and drank champagne to celebrate. I don’t think I’ve ever made a better decision than the one I made in marrying him. We followed up our marriage ceremony by heading off that evening to participate in my second firewalk – his first. The first firewalk was 4 days before we met. It was just as amazing a second time. We each crossed the fire once on our own, and then twice holding hands. Talk about a spectacular way to celebrate a marriage! We finished off the evening by both participating in an arrow breaking ceremony. There are photographs of the event, that I will post as soon as I have them available to me. Meanwhile, here’s a picture of us a little bit before we walked over 1400 degree coals together.

Mr. and Mrs. Firewalker before our walk across the coals

I couldn’t imagine a better partner or friend. Here’s to many years spent in the future with the most wonderful and supportive husband a gal could dream of  🙂


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