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It has been a goal of mine since we moved into this house mid-September to sew some curtains for the windows in the boys’ room. I finally got it checked off of my to-do list.
I went through my fabric stash and found this fun and funky knit fabric. I don’t really understand it because one part is right side up, then it is upside down. I don’t remember buying it, so I am thinking that it came from Mom’s stash. I thought it would be fun for the kids…nothing serious.
Then I set off on a cutting and measuring adventure. It is always an adventure with me when math is involved. I had an idea in my head about how I wanted these to look, but no real plan…
I used my fabulous Husqvarna Viking sewing machine, Emma. I love this machine…it purrs like a kitten for me and generally is quite cooperative. A fabulous gift from an equally fabulous Aunt.
Ta-Da! They didn’t quite turn out exactly like I had envisioned, but close enough. They remind me of banners in the doorways and alleys in Japan. And I love the orange color. So refreshing. The top is this really rough muslin type of fabric…like a cross between linen and muslin. It came from Mom’s stash as well. Then the stripe of orange, then the funky knit fabric at the bottom. I lined them with fabric from an old white twin sized sheet that I cut apart at the seams and opened up. I don’t know where the sheet came from since none of the beds in this house are twin sized, and it was in mint condition, but boy did it ever come in handy!
Working with knit fabric = thumbs down
Going with the flow and seeing where it takes you= thumbs up
Using repurposed fabric and fabric from stash = thumbs up
Back to your regularly scheduled blogging…
Apologies for the absence, but I fell into the new-gadget time-suck. Big time. This past week, I received two awesome things in the mail. Both birthday presents of sorts.
The iPod was a birthday gift from DH and is seriously rocking my socks off right now. Except for the one hiccup that we have had with freezing, it has been totally awesome. I can’t believe how many applications (known by the cool kids as “apps”) there are for this thing. It is basically just like an iPhone, just without calling capabilities technically. I say technically because there is an app out there that allows you to make calls, you just have to have this microphone thingamajig. Anyway…back to the Touch…it has every function of my old PDA, Palm Pilot z22, plus is a shit-ton more. I can get on teh internets with this baby, y’all. It is really blowing my mind. And I am petrified that I am going to drop it on the floor. Me thinks that the Touch and hardwood floors might not mix. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
And then there is the Moleskine. What else can I say about this luxurious little notebook that hasn’t been said? There are tons of flickr pages dedicated to the Moleskine addicts. These people are serious about their note taking. I used a gift card and ordered the 3.5 x 5 gridded book. I wanted something nice to go into my knitting bag that I can use to write out my most commonly used patterns. I was using this ratty old little spiral notebook and pages were coming loose and it was quite annoying. So far it has been like upgrading from a Hyundai to a Mercedes. Not that there is anyting wrong with a Hyundai. They both get you from point A to point B…it is just a difference in quality.
So, that’s where I have been. See ya around.
Granny bought me a cupcake for my birthday. Not just any cupcake. This one had the biggest frosting flower on it that I have ever seen. And who doesn’t love the frosting flowers? Especially when it is the sweet, creamy bakery frosting instead of that sugar and shortening stuff that some places use.
And just as I sat down to enjoy this treat…
This cute little brown eyed boy grabbed my attention.
One last treat…a San Francisco Seafood Quiche that I made to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary last week. It was really good. I didn’t split the filling in two, because I was using a deep dish pie pan. I like the pie crust recipe that Paula Deen has in her books, but I use real butter instead of shortening in my pie crusts.
So, I am guessing that you have noticed more blogging than normal ’round here. Truth is, I miss blogging. I miss sharing the story of our life. I miss the awesome blogging friends that I have made. It is just that with two wee ones, a loving husband and this big old house, I don’t really have time to sit down every day and post. Some days I have time, some days I don’t. And when I have the time, I usually find other things that need me right then. Like cleaning out the cat boxes (least fave chore by far).
Which led me to a revelation. I had heard other bloggers talk about setting up posts to post while they were away and whatnot, but I never gave it much thought. Until it hit me one day…on the days when I have extra time, I can post 2 or 3 posts and schedule them to post later. It is the only way I will be able to be consistent. I will also be changing my blogging style…from long, ambling posts with lots of pictures, I will do more focused posts that feature photos from that theme.
And, I have been doing a kind of bastardized version of project 365. I started last week on my birthday and have taken at least one picture a day, so that is a great motivator…to chronicle my ordinary life as I make my way through my 32nd year. So I can remember it in its extraordinary-ordinary-ness.