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 11, 2009

Spring cleaning

I reorganized all of my craft supplies last night. This isn't even half of it.


Paint, glue, stickers, brads, paper, ribbon, beads, string, photos, marbles, magnets, glitter, hole punches, thread, scissors, stamps, markers, yarn, etc...

I also found boxes of random stuff mixed in with everything else.

Things I found while going through all my junk -

  • A target gift card

  • My high school ID


  • My Monopoly hotel earrings

  • An old work schedule from Hollywood Video circa 2005

  • Several high school friends prom pictures



This is the end result. All nice and snug in the back of my closet.






May 2, 2009

What should I do with...

...all of these magazines??? Besides getting beach ready abs, of course.



Free ones, subscription ones, some I don't know where they came from. I have too many magazines. I want to keep the scrapbooking ones but all the fashion ones are really only good for reading once. I want to do some sort of crafty recycling...




I'm making baked mahi mahi right now! Must go check on the fish...

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.