May 26, 2009

10 Things I Must Do This Summer

I implore you all to make must-do lists on your own blogs. Summertime always makes me want to go out and do things. This time I'm going to make it happen, I swear!

In no particular order -


  • Go tubing on one of the many fine rivers between Austin and San Antonio


  • Go to Schlitterbahn!!!! World's greatest water park. This is an absolute must! I don't care if you think you look fat in a swim suit, suck it up and come with me! That reminds me, I need to buy a new swim suit.


  • Take thai cooking classes with Adriane at Thai Fresh.


  • Go to Ohio or Miami with Justin's family.


  • Read some books! My book club picked Three Cups of Tea for this month, and of course, when I went to Half Price Books they didn't have it in stock but did I walk out empty handed? No, their sale lured me to buy a Jane Austen book and another Earnest Hemingway novel. Didn't I just do a post about how I have too many unread books in my apartment? Oh, well. Now I'm in the middle of Mansfield Park.


  • Sew more. I have a dress that needs to be made and a quilt that's been in progress for about 2 years that need to be sewn together. This summer it shall be finished!


  • Buy a bike rack for my car so I can take my bike to Town Lake! Perhaps I'll do that this afternoon.


  • See some sports games - Austin Aztex Soccer and Texas Roller Girls Roller Derby!


  • Take some sort of fun class - Bowling lessons perhaps? Or fencing maybe? Or rowing? Yay for learning new things.


  • Go to the Farmer's Market more often for some yummy good food!


May 22, 2009

Needle and thread



More embroidering, this time with a Sublime Stitching pattern of a mermaid. I never did take a picture of the finished product. Oh, well. I don't think I can even find it right now. It's probably somewhere lost in my closet. I think I'll frame it or something.

Mother's Day Cards

I made these cards for all the mothers in my family. They're all slightly different.



I think I should stick with making similar cards instead of 10 or 12 completely different ones. Less mess, less stress and I don't have to be disapointed if a couple cards aren't as good as the others.



Justin's dad's coming in to town tomorrow for Memorial Day Weekend. Yay for having Monday off!

I still need to finish watching Dr. No on DVD...

Justin just screamed bloody murder when Cleveland won against Orlando.

May 12, 2009

Embroidery

At last I got off my bum and did the project I had intended to do for so long - embroidered portraits of me and Justin, silly but also really cute.

Here's the finished product.




I turned off the lights and very carefully traced pictures of us on the computer screen (it's not LCD, it has some sort of glass cover or else I never would have done it) then traced that drawing onto the fabric and went on stitching. I tried drawing free hand at first but didn't like the results.

May 1, 2009

First dress of the summer


Thanks to Justin's mom I finally got the hang of proper gathers. I realized now what I was doing wrong - pulling both strings instead of just one. I'm surprised how well this dress turned out although I believe it turned out so well mostly because I followed the directions almost perfectly and only had one tiny minor slip up (a major first). I used Simplicity Pattern 2587.


Cost: $10 for the fabric, on sale, although I bought way more than I needed, always happens. $2.50 for zipper (I realized I could have saved some change and gotten a smaller one). $1.99 for interfacing, again, bought too much. Already had black thread.


I have been editing non stop all day long! I'm so glad work is over.

Yellow Skirt

Several weeks ago I bough some fabric from this shop on etsy. So cute with little pink birds on yellow! I used pieces from a pattern I already had but mixed it up a little bit and added pockets. Also, it should be noted that prior to just a few days ago I've never been able to properly do gathers (I'll explain more on that in another post) so I made the skirt with pleats instead.



Another mishap - this fabric was only 45' wide and the pattern I was using required 60' wide! So I had to make some adjustments here and there. Oh, well. Still turned out nice.


Cost: Only about $14 for the fabric and $1.50 for the zipper. I already had thread.