Wednesday, April 23, 2014

sewing reflections

it's been a long time
since i've done this kind of sewing

with tissue-paper-pattern-pieces

layout to assembly

following directions


how could I help
myself?

found this temptation on the
clearance shelf
at Barnes and Noble
and it was
love at first sight

our local B&N
just so happens to be
located right next to
Jo-Ann Fabric

it was destiny.

in a time crunch 
i gave myself one rule
don't over-think
 fabric choices

pick 5
with sister sue's stamp of approval
and drive


relying on my early days
of sewing techniques

pre-wash
press
pin
cut
read directions
(color inside the lines)
and sew

it was like visiting
 an old friend


now i need to confess
right here
that the instructions called
for a muslin mock-up
which I didn't do

I did flat-pattern measure
and made some customization
(enlarged the waist just a tad)
but in the end
i think it was a bit roomy
and i would have preferred it a wee
bit tighter...
hug my hips 
rather than
well, here
let me show you


as you can see
i didn't fuss over
staging
i threw on a top
stepped into some sandals
donned some winter-white legs
and unpainted toes
to show you
the possibility

enjoyed the fun detailing

a single pocket
a ruffle hem
rick rack trim

but 
you heard it coming didn't you?

i remembered a few of the reasons
i stopped sewing 
like this

first of all
you can't really
try-on
and decide if the look is for you
and
if not
return it!

secondly,
the cost.

factoring in the book,
fabric
 @ $10 a yard
adds up
quick!
notions...zipper, interfacing, thread,
trim.

At one time
sewing saved money
and that's still possible
if
you purchase sale fabric
use a pattern repeatedly
raid your stash of stuff

i didn't do that
so I won't be revealing
the final cost...
i will just say,
gasp!

 finally...
i enjoy creating
my own look
through re-purposing
clothing found
at
second-hand stores
Goodwill
my attic!


in the end
it was fun seeing and
catching-up
with this old friend of mine

sadly,
we departed 
with the knowing that sometimes comes
like a realization
that 
with all those great memories
you share
your lives have taken a different path
gone down different roads
with detours
that caused a change
in your relationship
and although you may not 
get-together often
they still pop in your mind at strange times 
and you know
you'll always be happy
to see them.



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

triptych tuesday

what does
fun
look
 like?




need i say
more?

Friday, April 18, 2014

~this moment~



a movie filled with
moments...

Highly recommended!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

letting light in

growing up
the family home
was oriented 
as a home
should be



with
an east-facing kitchen

so when you arose
you were greeted by the
sun
with your cup of coffee

mine is a 
west-facing kitchen
which i've come to enjoy
for the pleasure of preparing
the evening meal
with plenty of
light


and this is what
my morning looks like
this glorious day

and that is the ceiling light
that caused the
extended painting session

so worth it
since my focus
unbeknownst to me
was all about 
bringing in the light


those dishes are such 
a welcome sight
first thing in my a.m.
showing that James did his chores
before
going to bed
:)


 a little sidebar
on a recent trip to
target
i was strongly considering 
buying a rug that was on clearance
the short of it
i passed
when i got home and started
rearranging things
i remembered this baby
which was pulled from the attic
and put in its
rightful place

old stuff looks new
when things have been 
painted and tidied-up


like this old daisy trim
that has been waiting in the craft room
 to find
its purpose
which was discovered
in this
spring clean-up


a dainty edging
perfect with the tissue white cotton
tier curtain
that offers minimal privacy 
and maximum 
light 
 precious light
 filters through
radiantly


speaking of light...

do you know
where 
the 
sky
is
always
blue?

right here
at my kitchen 
window


achieved through the measly price
of a small
sky-blue
paint sample
now
 when i stand at this sink
no matter what the weather outside
my blue sky ceiling
colors my world
in
happiness

an idea 
i borrowed
from my side porch


as i remember it
a southern tradition
that is said to
ward off evil spirits

i find
it facilitates
a calming effect

creating
a happy place


whether
 doing dishes
getting a drink of water
sitting on a porch swing
or taking pictures
to blog

that blue transforms
not only a ceiling
but
my mood as well.

Stay happy, my friends!

Paint your skies blue!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

triptych tuesday

because sometimes
the story
is better told
in 
triplicate


soil turned
chives and oregano
are welcomed home


garden plans
in
 the making


oh
what a difference
a night makes

:)

Happy Tuesday, y'all.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

what's for dinner

with morning under way
and work 
outside of the house
upon me
 my thoughts are already
turning to dinner
because when i have a plan 
especially on busy days
dinner not only happens
but
it happens 
deliciously

IDIcover200

thanks to
Isa Chandra
and
Post Punk Kitchen
i can type in the ingredients
i have on hand
and the menu develops
Mac & Cheese
sounds like a great
Thursday meal



Mac & Shews even better
with sauerkraut in its arsenal
i find i crave this comfort food
at the oddest times
like at 7:21 in the morning
for instance

cashews are now soaking
to give this mac its special
creaminess

it needs a green side
because
it would be so lonely all alone
i have broccoli
in the frig
typed it in
and...



Roasted Broccoli
haven't had that yet
and can't wait to try it
sounds like the perfect pairing

the only thing left
is to prepare it
when i get home...

that's the fun part!

Thank you,
 Isa
for making my Thursday evening
something to look
forward to.

*all images are from her amazingly easy
wildly delicious
vegan website

check it out.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

the business end

ever have one of
those
mornings
where you 
hit the ground running?


wasn't the plan

it just 
is.

could 
have something to do with
special droppings
delivered
by a shih tzu
who gives you a look
of complete confusion
by your unanticipated
reaction


could be that.

bad girl
very bad girl
echoed through the
house.

quickly followed
by a loud
Kenmore


with heart pumping
i follow
this drive forward

blankets in the laundry

disassemble a couch
for a good sweeping
and deodorizing

air out pillows

curtains down 
in preparation for
another load
(of laundry, that is)

windows washed

at 7 a.m.
i am already congratulating
myself
on a day 
well lived
if my accomplishments are
any reflection

the base boards have been painted
with a shout of
fini


everything back to normal
ladders put away
brushes cleaned
paint cans in storage
a wonderful dinner served
with a smile
and a glass of wine


lest i forget
a trip to the fabric store
 a sitting at the machine
where four new pillow covers
are constructed
to welcome 
Spring

yeah...
that kind of morning.

all because
a dog and her owner
had a little
spat.