Sunday, July 25, 2010

Some Inspiration...

The summer heat here has been unbearable, as I'm sure it is all over the country.  We've had temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, with the heat index at 109.  Brutal!  I thought I'd just post a few photos that i love, that are a bit summery.  Unfortunately I don't have credits for any of them, but if I find them out, I'll add them.

I love the beautiful simplicity.


I can't wait until the fair comes to town!

I would love to have this as my backyard studio.

I love everything about this bed.  I hope that my will one day be that cool.

Finally, one of my favorite photos of Frida Kahlo.  She is my personal hero, and I hope to do an entire post devoted to her in the neer future.

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Check out the AWESOME giveaway on sometimes sweet.  Such great stuff!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Thoughts Exactly!

I breathed a huge sigh of relief today when I read Emma's Post on "From Scratch".  She talks about being a morning person when the cool thing to do is stay out all night.  As a college student I face some similar challenges.  To me, a 9am class sounds great, and going to bed by midnight is perfectly normal.  My peer it seems often feel the opposite.  Going out at eleven, and sleeping until noon is the college norm. I prefer to wake up early (not too early mind you) and take my time to have coffee and breakfast.  The air feels different in the morning- cooler and calmer.  I don't mind missing out on a late night party to feel rested and awake when the morning rolls around.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Naiad Frock Grosgrain Giveaway

Take a look at The Naiad Frock Grosgrain Giveaway. SO beautiful. this is the kind of thing that really inspires me. I wish I could wear it everyday.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Just When you Think I've Dissapeared...

I'm back!  A lot has chanced since last I blogged... I finished my first year of college (barely!), I moved into my very first apartment, I got a sewing machine of my very own, and I learned a lot.  I was lucky enough to take a class in the drama department called "Costume Technology", which was essentially a learn-to-sew class.  Being somewhat familiar with a sewing machine, I was able to tackle some great projects.  I learned to use an industrial machine like this one:

As well as being spoiled by an entire studio of Berninas, Sergers, and really fancy irons.  The class really inspired my to dive further into sewing.  
My desire to sew more was also fueled by my serendipitously acquiring a MASSIVE amount of fabric for free.  It is currently stored in my parents garage, and the quantity and quality of it continues to shock me.  I'll do another full post about my new stash later this week.  
For now, I thought I would share just a few of the projects I have done recently.

I made this camera strap to go in my Diana Mini camera.  Yes, it's from U.O., but I don't care!  I was slightly inspired by the sewing style of Alisa Burke, I love her messy, collage-like stitches.  Plus, I finally figured out how to sew on a button with my machine.  Yay!

And a close up- wow!  Check out that button!

I've also made a bag using the "all-day tote" pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's "Simple Sewing" book.  I've made this bag twice now, and I really like it.  It is the perfect size for a laptop and books, and it holds up well.  For this one, I used some of my fabulous new Amy Butler fabric:

And, of course, lined it in hot pink, and filled it with my Martha Stewart Books!

I also made a summer frock from this free pattern on burdastyle, 

(So it's a little wrinkled.. what's a college girl to do?)

Some zippy pouches like this:

And last but not least, my very first quilt!  Have a peek!

Sorry for the humongous post, but it feels good to be back, and I'll try to keep updated with all of my projects!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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One Pearl Button is having a FABULOUS giveaway in honor of the blogs 2nd anniversary.  Congrats OPB!

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Monday, February 15, 2010

The Snow Makes Me Knit Sweaters For Everything...

It's snowing here- again.  An occurrence that we dread here at school since we have to walk everywhere.  I fell 4 times last week, and have already slipped once today.  Please don't make me walk to class...

Because of the snow, it seems that I feel the need to knit a sweater for all of my inanimate objects.  First off, a reusable cabled Coffee Sweater!  I've been using this little guy instead of those disposable cardboard do-dads.  So far it seems to keep my coffee toasty warm!  I based mine around the tutorial found here.  I made my cables closer together, and then blocked the whole thing in the end.  I don't think that there's any real trick to it, just lots of eyeballing.

Maybe just maybe my afternoon class will be cancelled and I can knit a sweater for my ipod next!