~an old fashioned dress and a blog anniversary~

 

 

Hello world!

It has recently worked its way into my scattered thoughts that I have passed the official one year anniversary of my first post. Happily, that inspired the proper motivation to get me to sit down and share my most recent major sewing project (and by recent I mean in the last 5 months).

I made this dress 3 or 4 months ago for a historical dance my sister and I were going to attend, but at the last minute something came up and we didn’t go.  And I never got pictures of it either.  So finally, the other day, before it got completely dark out, I put it on, went out in our backyard, and my sister took pictures of it for me.

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*I would like to post a disclaimer right now: This is not exactly a historically accurate dress and I know it.*

There. Thank you. 🙂

I don’t  generally strive for historical accuracy in my sewing. Perhaps one day I shall, but not at the moment. I just have fun coming up with designs that I can make using what I have. This dress was made from a couple yards of fabric that somebody had given me years ago, and an under skirt that I already had made. The only things I had to buy were the eyelets and some of the lace (which I got for like $0.07 a yard. The store was going out of business).  All together, I think I spent around $3 dollars to make this dress. 😀

The shop were I’ve been working recently moved and added in a coffee bar so I’ve been learning to make coffee! It’s been pretty fun, but I’ve been working a lot (think I’ve logged somewhere around 87 hours in the last two  weeks) so I haven’t been able to do any crafting lately. It’s sad. But I’ll get back to it sooner or later. Until I do, at least I now know the difference between a latte and a cappuccino!

Til later,

~A

 

~bunny~

This is a very over-due post. I meant to post this project before Easter, but, as you have probably gathered, that didn’t happen. Insert moment of tears here.  SOOoo…yeah. But hey, even though the pictures have Easter eggs in them, I hope you still enjoy this bunny. And you can always make him for NEXT Easter! (not that you need to wait that long by any means. Go ahead and make him this weekend!)

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Look at that little pink nose.

 

 

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And let’s not forget his adorable little tail.

 

I was really happy with how well his pieces went together. Sometimes I have a hard time sewing the arms and things on my creations, taking multiple tries sometimes, but this little fella come together so nicely! Makes me like him all the more. 🙂

If you’re interested in making your own little bunny the pattern can be found here.

Have a beautiful day everyone!

~A

~twas a dark and stormy day…~

So how’s it going, out there in the big wide weberspace? Here at home it is gray, and wet, and apparently there’s a chance of tornadoes around here…. Isn’t that enough to make a person feel happy and cheerful? ;-D

Here where we live, the weather literally changes overnight sometimes. It was definitely on the cool side yesterday, so when I woke up this morning, and my room’s chilly, and the weather out the window is looking rather ominous, I naturally assumed it was a snuggly clothes type of day. So on went my leggings, and skirt, and snuggly sweatshirt, and rain boots, and coat, and scarf, and out the door I start to go, when suddenly, WHAM. It’s like summer just dropped in to say hi. WHERE did it come from? @_@

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I might have put on too much….(photo credits pinterest)

 

Not that I’m complaining, but do you know how ridiculous it feels to go out quite obviously over -dressed? Walking my dog around and all the neighbors peering out their windows and secretly chuckling to themselves “hahaha, SOMEONE obviously didn’t know how to get dressed this morning”. Least, that’s what I imagine happens. In all reality, most of them are probably at work. But STILL. Oh well. I did ditch the scarf on the back porch though.

And hey, I out found out I don’t have to go to work this afternoon because of the bad weather, so it’s a holiday!

Long and short, the moral of this post is, Check the weather before going out the door in the morning.

You’re welcome.

~A

~the 1st of February~

It’s the first day of February folks! It seems that this year is gearing up to zoom past just like all the others.

Seeing as how January is over, I thought I would look back and see how well (or badly) I’ve done on my goals for the month.

*Goal #1:  Declutter and organize my craft room, and keep it relatively tidy 98% of the time… … …..  only time will tell how well I do on this one

How I didBad. Barely even got started. This will be a goal I move on into February.

*Goal #2: Start journaling.

How I did– Decent. I won’t be getting any awards for chronicling an amazingly interesting life or anything, but I’m giving it a shot anyway.

*Goal #3: Get into the habit of doing a little bit of exercise every day (even if it’s just two sit-ups. let’s keep this do-able folks!)

How I did– This one’s definitely the star here! Don’t think I missed a single day. I shall be the queen of crunches people. So quick and fast, yet still counts as exercise.  oh yeah!

*Goal #4: Start doing all those adorable sewing projects I’ve been pinning.

How I did– Another dismal fail.

*Goal #5: Get back to playing the piano more

How I did– This one’s so-so. I’m hoping to do better this month.

*Goal #6: Post on this blog more often.

How I did: Well, I had one posts in December, and two in January, so I’m up 50%! Hahahaha!

 

How are your New Year’s resolutions/goals going? Anyone still sticking with them? =D

~A

Sherbet the Owl

Just a quick post to show you this crochet project I did a while back. Meant to put pictures on way back when, but never got around to it and kept forgetting….*Who, me? Forget???” :-O

Anyway, here he is. Let me introduce Mr. Sherbet the owl-

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Yep, there he is, in all his multi-colored cuteness.

If you’re interested in making an owl of your very own, I got the pattern from this book,

More Cute Little Animals To Crochet Front Cover

which can be found here. (I’m sure it can be found a lot of other places too, such as Amazon, but this is just where I ordered my copy from) There are two sizes for the owls and I believe I made Sherbet from the pattern for the larger one. He stands right at 5 1/4  inches tall.

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

~A

 

Christmas, New Year’s, and Beyond

Hello one and all!

Well the first full week of 2016 is over, and a new one has begun. How has the new year been going for you??

I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas and a lovely New Year. My holidays were super busy, maybe a little crazy, almost overwhelming at times, but still nice.

I started working at a little shop in our downtown to help the owner out over the holidays and boy, was it busy! People sure do spend  lot of money over the holidays. @_@ Found out that, while I do enjoy putting together gift baskets for people, I do reach a point where it’s like “No. more. baskets. PLEASE.” I might never look at gift baskets the same way.. 😀 Hahahahhaha!

A lot of years I like to do at least some handmade gifts for people. I feel like, since I enjoy crafting, I’m in some way duty bound to give people handmade gifts. This was not one of those years. Time just wasn’t there to do that, but you know what, I didn’t mind. I quite enjoyed thinking up gift ideas, and just buying them, or finding something in the store that I just knew they would like. And I had a lot of fun going shopping with my sister for all our little nieces and nephews.

While on the topics of gifts, I got RAINBOOTS for Christmas! Cute ones at that. ;-D

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They’re perfect for walking my dog on rainy days.

And then there was this pretty notebook and ring.

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And then one of my favorite gifts that I gave was a necklace made from a Kentucky state quarter.

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Isn’t it neat? I found it at a local craftsmen’s fair. The man who made them actually cut it out by hand. My sister likes horses so I thought she would really like it.

New Years’s Eve was an exciting night of Catch Phrase and othe games with family and friends, and watching BBC’s Emma. (any other Austen fans out there??)

New Year’s day my sister and I went to a contra dance. If you’ve never heard of contra dancing you can see a video of it here to get an idea of what it is. (and yes, I just found a random video on YouTube) It’s a lot of fun. You should totally give it a try.

So did any of you make any New Year’s resolutions? I personally don’t like the word  resolution. It just seems so, firm. Why make a resolution if you can be pretty sure you aren’t going to keep it? That’s just depressing! However, I do enjoy setting some goals for myself at the beginning of the year, either just for the next month, or over the course of the year.

Among my goals for this month and though out the year:

*Declutter and organize my craft room, and keep it relatively tidy 98% of the time… … …..  only time will tell how well I do on this one.

*Start journaling.

*Get into the habit of doing a little bit of exercise every day (even if it’s just two sit-ups. let’s keep this do-able folks!)

*Start doing all those adorable sewing projects I’ve been pinning.

*Get back to playing the piano more

And last but not least-

*Post on this blog more often.

FREE Printable New Years Resolution Motivators

Of all these resolutions, “Staying Weird” is the one I’m most confident I won’t have any trouble keeping. ;-D

If anyone has actually made it through this lengthy and rather rambly post, thank you. I appreciate it.

What goals do you have for the year?

~A