Friday, January 29, 2010

Inspiring more fabric love

Remember this post? Well look at what I received in the mail from my friend Aly....

HOW COOL is this???!!!! My very own Twilight lap quilt handmade by her with some of my favorite quotes from the series! HELLO - how very awesome is she??!!! Here is another shot just to make you even more jealous... ;)

Inspiring me again in so many ways - grateful for a new friendship and looking forward to spending more time on my sewing machine. Thanks Aly!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Reality Check

Reality - this is what my life has been looking like since the holidays ended...

I have received countless emails from all of you asking how I do it all - the reality is I don't. I have just as many unfinished projects, if not more, than completed ones. I am easily lured away from the task at hand by reading blogs.

I love all mediums of crafting and have recently caught the sewing bug yet AGAIN. Sometimes I wear the same yoga pants two days in a row. And sometimes I don't get into the shower until 3pm PST! A week ago you couldn't even walk into my closet - after tripping the 100th time I finally spent a couple of hours getting everything back into order.

When my house gets like this I feel out of control and can't attempt anything until the house is clean. It only takes 48 hours for two adults and three dogs to mess it up again. And we fight about this - can you tell too where your spouse has been in any given day by the trail of mess they have left? I sometimes yell at my dogs and feel bad later.

I think that one of my saving grace's for attempting to do it all is not having the responsibility of children. Sometimes my dogs don't get fed until 8 pm! I don't think CPS would like that if I had kids... I give big kudos to those of you that have kids and find time to craft, even if it's for 30 minutes!

So here I sit at this very messy desk wanting you all to know that this is all REAL. I don't want to pretend that everything is all perfect all the time, because it's not. Sunday was the first day in six months that I finally went in to get my hair done. Six months! this is NOT me. Before hair appt on Sunday...

As I look around I have to chuckle at the little things in the past - only buying an HP printer because it was white and would go with my Mac and desk...NOT because I needed something that was efficient, economical, etc. OR paying $99 extra just to have a email address?? No value - just because I had to have it...and on the other side of that, passing on buying a pair of designer shoes because I didn't want anyone to make judgments. At the end of the day WHO CARES???

I have to remember...You need to do what YOU want or what your responsibilities require you to do. Not because someone tells you, or gives you permission to do it. At the end of the day, YOU have to WANT to do it.

Don't get me wrong - I love my life and everyone that is apart of it. I just want to get back to some dose of reality. Getting back to myself is on tap for 2010 - far too long have I been under the influence and drinking the kool aid. Do you ever feel swept up in the moment? Kind of like buyers remorse? Thanks for letting me ramble....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

fabric love

I dusted off the sewing machine the other day after stumbling upon and being inspired by this gal. Come to find out we live in the same city! I have been wanting to start sewing again especially since I have so much fabric - new and vintage, hoarding away and running out of room. So I am in the process of designing a flat iron cover for when I travel. I don't know about many of you but I am kind of tired of wrapping up my iron in my underwear or socks...and always having that fear when I am sitting on the plane wondering if the iron is melting all of my cosmetics. I looked at a few on Etsy and determined that I wanted one with a draw string closure and an outside pocket for the cord.

For my first attempt I wanted to stick to some neutral colors and pattern. I wanted to concentrate on the design and not get hung up on the aesthetic of it.

I am pretty happy with my first run at it - the next one I am going to make a little wider so it will fit nicely on my sewing arm without having to contort my piece on the sewing machine while stitching in the round. My stitching is not very straight because of this!

I think this may have been the first time I did a button hole for the drawstring closure...the next one is going to have a vertical button hole versus a horizontal one and hopefully centered. I was just happy that I had a button hole!

So what do you do with your curling/flat iron when you travel?