Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer Weddings | Pursuit of a dress

We have several weddings to go to this summer and fortunately they are with different groups of friends/family. Which means I can get away with only buying a couple of new dresses. But with weddings you cannot forget the rehearsal dinners, brunches, etc. So I am hoping with a few new pieces I will be able to put together enough outfits from my existing wardrobe...

Summer wedding are tough for me because I HATE my arms and this year in particular EVERYTHING is sleeveless or cap sleeve! Cap sleeve is the worst - hits at the fattest part of my arm, squeezing it like a sausage...not a good look. ugh. But have no fear - the cardi is here! ;) My only issue is if it's over 95 degrees the cardi is going to be hot, and I will be a sweaty mess before I dare take off the cardi.

But maybe, just maybe I will start doing the p90X and those push ups with tone my sausages up???

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

Wessells Wiener Werks is ready for duty.... Amos and Jesse want to know if there is any room for their breed in Seal Team Six? Selby of course is looking for a desk job. She is very good at keeping everyone in line.
We remember our two legged soldiers but also the four legged ones too!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Almost six

I am sure many of you can relate to this photoshoot experience...

I made the Ice Cream dress for her and I wanted her to model it - she thought this would be the best way to model it for you.
Here is a more 'still' but boring photo of the finished dress...
[Ice Cream dress by Oliver & S, Kona white solid, pattern fabric by Valorie Wells]
Happy Friday and for my US readers have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Creative Space

[Kassett boxes from IKEA]
Just a little project organizing so things stay together. I use something similar for my stamp storage and I love them because they have lids and are shallow.

[Single Girl quilt in progress]

Nice and tidy.

See more creative spaces here...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Summer shoes | Jessica and Franco

I will be the first to admit, when Jessica Simpson first came out with her shoe line a couple of years ago I was skeptical, and for good reason. Her first line was uncomfortable, cheap and just fugly. Fast forward a couple of years and you have a transformation - there are still some fugly ones but few and far between. Now on the question of comfort - these shoes are not bad and that is coming from someone who looks for style, comfort and then price.

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson by petitepaula featuring jessica simpson wedges

I picked up a few pairs that were fun and the gray ones were more functional neutral for summer. I was a little worried about the across ankle strap on the gray one because those types of features can really cut off your legs. When you have short legs like me you can't have something making you look even shorter! But because of the neutral color and the height of the wedge it worked out.

Then I couldn't believe that I actually found a great looking lower wedge by Franco Sarto. I have always loved animal print so I knew those were a must. At first the bow could have been a deal breaker, but it blends in and doesn't scream out. The strapy sandals in saddle are going to be my go to neutral this summer and I passed on the red, but those looked good too.

Franco Sarto

Franco Sarto by petitepaula featuring leather shoes

I think I have some good updates to my already existing summer wardrobe. Now I just have to wait for the weather to change and make the closet switch. Check back next week as I ramble about trying to find a dress[es] for upcoming summer weddings...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Jesse | Blossom Party

A couple of weeks ago when the trees had a blossom party - Jesse wanted to join in.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Creative Space

[binding - Amy Butler Soul Blossoms]
Not much going on in the creative space this week for me - it's been all work and no play...

Be sure to check out other creative spaces here

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Clothes are ready | Where are you warmer weather?

A couple of weekends ago I went shopping. I was in need of the basics, bras [which is about as depressing as shopping for a swimsuit] but wanted to check out some other spring wardrobe necessities...

I have always loved the skinny Bermuda shorts, they look great with heels and tend to cover enough of the problem areas. The worst is when you see cellulite coming out the bottom of someones Daisy Dukes - not a good look!

The pants are from the Gap and couldn't find the exact ones that I found at the store, online - mine are not cropped, but they are white and coral. Cropped pants are not for everyone, actually not very many people can pull off the cropped pant. If you must wear a cropped pant make sure that the bottom is not hitting you at the widest part of your calf or if you have wide ankles, they will look even wider/larger.

I am also loving all the stripes in fashion today - but I can't wear stripes above the waist, unless I break it up with something. So when I saw this skirt at H&M, stripes, pockets and elastic waist band - sold!

The tunic is going to be fun with pants - the colors are super bright and I also love how the tunic is fitted, so it doesn't look like a maternity tunic on me.

Check back next week for my shoe finds - each one being under $100!

What are you loving lately for spring/summer fashion?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My Creative Space

Working on a summer dress for Amaya - Ice Cream Social pattern. One thing to remember when you are using WHITE fabric with a pattern make sure to cut your threads so they don't show up on the inside of the white areas...

See other creative spaces here....

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Real Deal Photos | Weight Watchers

Yup this is me and that is not a baby bump. No spanx, no makeup and probably the worst mirror in the house....
Weighed in on 4/27 @ a whopping 141.2 then my first weigh in after a week on plan down 140.8. Not too excited about that - it's a loss and I will take it. I am really struggling during the weekend - with so many activities that include food, really, really good food. I am basically using all my 'weekly' points up in two days. Haven't started P90X yet, I really want to get in a good swing of WW before I introduce something new. I am not sure I can get in a photo each week - but I am certainly going to try! :)

I found a new smoothie recipe - it is much like the one I share here. Be sure to watch both videos. We tried the recipe out over the weekend and I really enjoyed it - Kirk didn't like the greens powder, he thought it tasted like grass. Go figure.

Here are some of the changes that I made to the recipe:
  • I use the Advocare protein powder - but I think that Trader Joes has the best priced Whey Protein powder. 
  • I also didn't use SunWarrior greens powder - I found one at Whole Foods called Amazing Grass Green SuperFood. Definitely buy this one direct from them. I bought the 30 serving size [from Whole Foods] for the same price they are selling the 100 serving canister. In the past I have also used Greens First - but I was looking for a good inexpensive alternative. 
  • I didn't put in the oil since I usually use Flax seed oil and I was already putting in actual flax seed. I am anxious to check out the hemp oil and give that a try. 
  • My favorite part is using almond milk [unsweetened] - love that stuff!
It was very filling and comes out to be 6 points on WW. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Blossom Tree Party

[our trees had a party over the weekend ;)]

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My Creative Space....


Working on several projects - one of them is the never ending [or it seems like it] task of washing, ironing, folding and finding space for new fabric. Here is a link to great video tutorials for folding your fabric for storage.
Finishing up my May do.Good.Stitches block - will save my 1/4" dilemma for it's own post. Yes, it was that bad. The block tutorial is on the Moda Bakeshop. I am loving this block too - another stash burner.
 These are my favorite thread scissors - I think I have shared them before, I really do love them.
How about a Pocket full of Posies? I joined a solids club at Pink Chalk Fabrics - solids is one of those things that I don't go out to buy unless it's white, gray or linen. I thought this would be a good way to build my stash with color! The perfect part of it is you can get it in the stack size you want; fat qtrs, 1/2 yard or yard cuts.
Keeping track of all of these solids was getting out of control. I have tried to order a swatch card from Robert Kaufman but have never heard a response. So I decided to take matters in my own hands.... I cut a small piece from each one and staple it to the card that comes with monthly club. You want to keep them in the order that they are listed. This helps because not all the solids are from the same company.

With my more frequently used solids I cut about a 3x3 piece and safety pin a tag to it with the name. Thanks to Cherri for this tip! And lord knows I have tags leftover from scrapbooking. Then all of this is kept on a chain that hangs by my sewing machine. Remember to cut a big enough piece so you have a good sample. If it's too small sometimes the colors are so close it would be hard to tell in you only had a tiny sqaure.

Be sure to check out the other creative spaces here... and play along!

shhhh | spring might be here

[amos enjoying some time in the park]
I know all around the world we have been having some crazy weather! I am thankful for friends that let me come visit them in warmer climates [basically the desert] and thankful for the few days here and there of sunny skies. I just need to remember to cut back on my vitamin D when I stay outside all day! It's so nice to see so much GREEN - it was very much the theme when I downloaded the photos I took today...
[planter of mint - apple mint, orange mint and spearmint]
[mini herb garden with strawberries]
This nice weather afforded me some time in the backyard - cleaning, scrubbing, re-planting and planting new. Every year I plant a container full of mint for the dogs - Jesse is especially fond of it and it's low enough to be self serve. This year Kirk and I found some new varieties  of mint: Apple and Orange - they smell wonderful. Also this year I decided to plant some herbs - I am just keeping my fingers crossed that we are safe from frost now.
[can't believe this Pier 1 table has survived three winters]

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Quilting | can fabric be negative? really?

One of the many things that I have enjoyed about starting this new craft [besides the fabric accumulation] is the outpouring of support quilters give. What I have witness over the last couple of months was the amazing ability of how fast a group can come together and set aside everything to help complete strangers. This type of support keeps a community together, and by community I mean the larger group of craft enthusiasts that share the same interest.

Unfortunately, amongst all of this support, negativity has sprouted [maybe it's been there for awhile, I don't know]. I have read a few posts on some blogs that I admire and have chosen not to read any deeper. What I am trying to do is learn from the first time around. For those of you that are scrapbookers reading my blog [thank you!] remember those nasty nasty days... when you didn't even venture onto Two Peas or regretted when you just couldn't stay away from Scrap Smack?? Good lord. And I know you shouldn't take all of that to heart - it still wears on you, even if it's not about you. It's depressing and not to mention energy draining. To tell you the truth, probably one of the other reasons I haven't even scrapbooked in so long.

So what is it about crafting that brings out the worst in people and also the best? [let's revisit this at the end of the post]
someecards.com - Your online comments make me glad I only know you online

For those of you that follow me on Facebook [if you don't there is a link on my side bar, say hi!] you know I had been working on some blocks for a group I found on Flickr called do.Good Stiches. It was started by Rachel and it really caught my attention because of the way it is set up. You can read about the details, but each group donates a quilt a month to a children's charity. My group is called Peace and our charity is My Very Own Blanket. For my first month [April] we made this block by Don't Call Me Betsy and I was hooked, love this block! These blocks have been delivered to the quilter for the month and in the next month will be all put together to create a quilt for a child in foster care. This is good stuff!
[misc pinks left over from the single girl quilt, kona coal for the border and kona white]
[Anna Maria Horner - Innocent Crush prints, same solids as above]
At the same time there were a few local quilters that were getting together and forming Quilt for Quake Survivors. Since I had already made some extra blocks, I thought I could just keep on going and make a few more! No problem...
[btw - this is the first time all my blocks lined up without any fidgeting]

While the blocks came together fine, I was more excited about getting together for my first real live quilting bee at Cherri's. It was so much fun - found out that I am slowest at hand sewn binding, that is one multi task I can't multi task. It was great to sit and get to know Jill, Bev, Rachel, Monica,  and Marcia from the guild. Plus I learned a few things... don't have your thread longer than you and expect not to have tangles and knots. duh! All of this socializing and learning but coming together for the greater good.
I came home after a long night and was excited to sandwich and quilt my top. I will spare you the detailed issues, but let's just say my quilting did not turn out like I expected and I was rushing to finish the binding at the meeting so I could share and hand off to Susan. Who by the way is so sweet, inspiring and has a new book out on modern log cabins.
Here is the finished quilt - so glad that they were able to take a better shot with natural light! I only have one with my iPhone
[photo by Daniela, binding fabric is Kona Pepper and piece of innocent crush]
If you are still with me let's revisit: So what is it about crafting that brings out the worst in people and also the best?

Now that I have distanced myself from the scrapbooking world I can hypothesize on how things went sideways - scrapbooking at it's core is an individual craft. It's your photos, your memories, your family, or you. Add in all the social events, classes, people telling you - you can scrapbook or how to scrapbook, lots and lots of direction and the marketing, all the brilliant marketing to get you to buy, oh and let's not forget the INTERNET, the protective shield of the internet...now all of a sudden it has become more about 'all that' and less about you, even though you are still scrapbooking the same photos: yours. Enter in negativity, guilt, insecurities that surface....ewwww. This is my hypothesis, my opinion - I am sure many of you can add to this!

Here is my hope - quilting started out as a group effort. People getting together for a purpose - I am not an expert on quilting history but I am pretty sure that is why we have quilting bees. There was a sharing community to begin with and because of that my hope is that they continue to be strong.