Thursday, August 19, 2010

starting out and an oopsies moment!

ok- above is the first dress pattern that i've started working on. it's a vintage late 60's - early 70's pattern that i bought while antiquing in san pedro. i've never actually worked off patterns and was a little intimidated. sure i can drape a dress and scribble some symbols around and it works for me (not all the time.. ehhhehe) but i was a bit nervous about going off somethign that i think is so ehm.. final???? one good thing about this pattern- since it was used- all the pieces were already cut! :) that saved some time- one of the down sides to this- is well... i'm hardly a junior size 10 by todays standards (and for sure not by 70's standards!).
so after the first go around- i noticed i needed to add some extra to even fit this mock up around my ehm... curvalicious hips (hahaha1). after the second go around- i was now able to wiggle in and zip it up.. but well- the shape of the dress looked nothing like the little fun dress in the illustration- so my third move- which might be tonight- will be to add a bit more to the sides for more wiggle room and a bit more of an overall loose fun flared fit. lets see how this turns out. overall (so far at least) this pattern is pretty easy to work with- although i did have to get my sewing book out to remember some hand sewing stiches...

on to my "oopsies moment"- this is kind of embarassing to say the least... eh! i usually wear a pretty basic uniform to work- some sort of pants- a V or a scoop neck t-shirt and my mockies. i wear my mockies almost everyday. i've been a faithful user of mockies ever since i got my first pair about 2 years ago. there is one problem with mockies (at least in my experience). if you wear mentioned shoe almost everyday for work- they tend to (of course) wear out every 7-10 months. this mornig as i was telling cutie i needed new shoes... and him saying that no- i didn't need new shoes- that i have a load of them in the closet (this is true- but they are not of an everyday work shoe ilk). so i huffed around a bit (as any wifey would do when todl she shouldn't buy more shoes) i get over it and give cutie a kiss good bye and off to work i go!
ok. i'm walking up the steps to my office and what do i see when i reach the top of the stairs??? my big toe- saying hello to me!!! the little leather stitches had become undone- my little piggies wanted to explore and see the mess that is my office and i shoo-ed them away back into my mocky and ran to my office and closed the door!!! i showed my shoe to my co-worker and had told him about my morning convo with my cutie and he started laughing and said- "you SO know he's going ot htink you did that on purpose!" i was so embarassed! luckily, i remembered about some keds that i had thrown in the back of my car one day and thankfully i am able to wear these for the day (not considered appropriate) by my work dress code- but i thought it might be better than walking around with my little tootsies hanging out! and i just love how you can see my little mocky sun tan not to mention you can now see my little hide-away socks- le' sigh! needless to say--- hey cutie! guess who's getting new shoes this weekend! :) hehehe...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

flowers for the flower... :)

this morning cutie woke me up to tell me that he was going downtown for some bloggy picture taking. i decided to tag along so we can run down to the flower district so i can buy some fakey flowers. ever since the reception in wisconsin- i've been in love with flower crowns. i had thought to buy one, but figured i could probably make then myself.
well- after walking around olvera street, having some lunchies and roaming around union station, we decided instead of facing the parking mess that is downtown la- we decided to head back home- but, i thought maybe to stop at micheal's really quick to buy some fakies. spent about $20 and home we went.

the only snag i ran into was running out of some of the little pink roses! so i had to run back out to buy some extra to finish... and ta-da! FINITO! :) maybe i can actually make it to the flower district some time soon. :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

summer freckles and some projects...

summer is here- but thank goodness it's hasn't been crazy hot. i've never been one for the heat- for baking in the sun- i don't make a very good california girl... but the sun does bring out my freckles- not many- but a few came about after a day of playing pool volleyball- probably the most summer thing i will do this year. :)

the little book above is my sketchbook for the skecthbook project. :) my theme is "it will be fun, i swear". i kind of wish i had gone with my second thought and done "night time stories"- only because i would be abel to draw my dreams out- cos i usually have very vivd dreams that i remember every morning when i awake. the front cover is simple- but i thought it was appropriate- i like that the shadows are jsut about to hold hands... perhaps not knowing what they are getting into. i have about 6 months to finish the whole sketchbook- crossing my fingers!

and- as always.. i'm taking on way more projects than i can handle... other than teh sketchbook project- i also started a new dolly. :) she is smaller than teh first dolly i made- little hazel. i'm trying to make more detail on her face than what i did with hazel. i'm hoping she looks cuter once she has hair and a dress. :)

and here i have my workspace... office (for the cutie) / craft room (for me). we've fully moved in to our new place now- but i still need to add the finishing touches- aka... pictures of inspiration- all the fun little things i like to look at while i work. which brings about another reason why i took the pic above- i've saved my parents kitchen table!!! :) i took apart my art desk and i replaced it with our families old, heavy, wood kitchen table- if i had not taken it... it would've got picked up by strangers... i couldn't bare to think of it being owned by others- i nabbed it. too many fond memories with this table. from me learning to pour my own cup of milk - my brother making me burst into laughter and spitting out my lunch (not the cutest) :)- to me clearing off the whole table to turn it into a pattern / sewing table during college. a craft table it will be once again- i plan to have it for my children to take when they get homes of their own... hopefully they want it!!! :)