Monday, July 30, 2007
Today was a very happy mail day. I got my business cards that I designed and had printed and they turned out PERFECT! I was afraid they would be fuzzy or something, because I wasn't quite sure how to upload the image on their site. But it worked out and I'm very very happy with them. Now I just have to start handing them out. No more will I feel bad because all I had to hand out were crappy home-made business cards. I now have some professionally printed cards that I designed all myself. Yeah, I'm happy!
Also got the new Built-By-Wendy book in the mail, which I'm giving to my friend Meg. I hope you're not reading this Meg, but if you are, you know what I got you for your birthday (that is about two months too late!) I had it sent to me instead of directly to her, because I wanted to take a look through it first! I purchased several more Built-By-Wendy patterns last week when Simplicity was having their 1.99 sale at JoAnn's. I know I've said I don't like some of her patterns and how un-fitted and pregnant-like they are, but she also has a lot of cute patterns. And I think some of the pregnant styles can be made more fitted if I like. She also has a new pattern out for a hoodie (pattern # 3694)! I'm going to make it and the plan is to embroider some sort of design. I think maybe a cloud that is raining and then under it the words, "isn't it a lovely day to be caught in the rain?" Thanks to Irving Berlin for coming up with that. I was inspired after watching Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire sing and dance to this song in Top Hat. Perhaps embroidering at the coffee shop will become a new past-time, besides the occasional knitting and sewing I do already. Embroidering on a hoodie...what fun! Now I just need to figure out how to do it so it doesn't look tacky or too childish looking. Also need to decide on what colors to use. Did I mention I need to find the time first??
I went for a walk this afternoon and decided to bring my camera along.
:: iowa cornfields ::
:: old shed - that would make the perfect little sewing shop :) ::
:: reminds me of one of Jane Austen's novels - if they were set in iowa, that is ::
:: i like the fence ::
:: flowers by the roadside ::
Saturday, July 28, 2007
:: this is what i look at all the time ::
:: pleating silk taffeta ::
:: i look at this quite a lot as well ::
:: what i'm listening to ::
:: quite possibly my favorite movie ::
:: i love pretty packages ::
:: the last rose ::
:: ginger peachy ::
Sunday, July 22, 2007
About the only store in our mall that I actually shop in is GAP. It's still not the greatest store, but they sometimes have decent sales. I'm always in there for the sales and their plain T's always fit me pretty well. Once in awhile I'll find a pair of jeans that I like, but you can never tell with that place. One thing I have noticed is the music they play. I have found their music is a lot different than the music you might hear at, say, Marices. (It's a good thing.) I was rummaging my way through the sales rack when I heard a song that sounded pleasantly familiar. I paused, listed a little more (there was music going on in another store and it kinda mixed in with the GAP music). They were actually playing a Camera Obscura song. Not that anyone knows who they are, but they just so happen to be one of my favorite bands. Reminds me a little bit of Belle and Sebastian, but with a girl being the main singer. I have to be in a certain mood to listen to their music, but I have never ever heard their music played in a public place, much less the freakin' mall. Most people I know don't even know remotely who the heck they are. It's a band I happened upon over a year ago and instantly fell in love with. What a lovely diversion. Of course this has nothing to do with anything, but you know I just had to mention it.
Tonight I stumbled across this blog that I like to look at every now and then, which posts pics of people on the street. I like to look at "Street Style" because it's what people actually wear. Not some runway fashion that looks ridiculous that only the highest of highest fashion gods wear. And somehow they can get away with it. Don't ask me how, because a lot of the runway fashions are lacking in a big way. But the main reason I love Street Style is because you will find so so many different styles out there. Some I like, others just aren't me. But that's okay, because everyone has their own style. I noticed this picture, how simple the girl's outfit was, but how perfect. And I had to post it. From that high waisted pencil skirt and the buttons on either side, to that plain white T. It's perfect. She doesn't look like she's trying too hard and she doesn't look like she spent a fortune on her outfit.
I really love how this girl describes her style:
This summer I absolutely adore high-waisted jeans and skirts. I prefer more classical shapes and most of the time less is more. I try to avoid wearing too much jewellery. Price/quality relationship is important to me. I also love window-shopping!
Maria & Cathrine,
Vanaturu kael, Tallinn
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I feel OK about it because one, I noticed this and was coveting it back in April. So when I found out it hadn't sold yet, I decided I had to get it for myself. Plus it's my size. And it's pretty. And it's summery. And I've also come to the conclusion that I love wearing vintage sun-dresses in the summer. Oh yes, and I *could* make a pattern off it. Yes, I could. So there.
I spent way too long designing this, but I like the result. Only with my luck, they'll probably turn out like crap when I get them back from the printer. I hope not...
Inspiration: 19th century newspaper ads. I love how everything was crammed in there. I hope mine is easy enough to read and understand, but I couldn't help but try a little creative cramming myself.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
There's something about dance that is like shouting and letting out all emotion. It's an expression like no other. You don't have to say anything, just move your feet and watch the room spin around you. The problem with most people today is that they are afraid of making a fool of themselves. It's not just something girls do! Guys can get out there and shake it up too! After all, it takes two to tango. Although I will admit, sometimes I am shy to get out on the dance floor. If I don't know what I'm doing, I tense up. (And this basically describes my life.) I don't know what people will think of me if I let loose. But when I've had a few drinks (not always, but in some cases a few drinks do help loosen me up), I'm with people who don't care...I am carefree and it is the most wonderful feeling.
There's nothing like having a spontaneous dance party with friends. This is the kind of dancing where you can really do anything. You don't really need to know any steps to make it look good. You just go out there and, well...dance! Crank up the '80s tunes or in my case, a mix of the original sounds as well as music I find on Swedish blogs that sound like they were made in the '80s. I love that sound. I thought I'd never say that, because I used to loath, hate, abominate, despise...you know generally dislike the '80s. But now that I've grown up a bit, I can appreciate the era I was born in a little more. Some of that music is just perfect to dance to. It doesn't really make you feel stupid like some of the music they play at bars. (You know, that crap on the radio they call music. Boggles my mind...) But somehow you can relate to that music. It's not quite vintage, but it's fun. It's free.
Broken Heart Tango -Cloetta Paris
Thursday, July 12, 2007
:: my tools ::
:: scary ::
:: talk about bad hairdo ::
:: yep, it's gotta go ::
:: here i go again ::
:: much better ::
:: chop ::
:: dead ::
:: my hairs! ::
:: mwahaha... chop chop ::
:: it's better than before...i think ::
:: pretty flowers ::
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
This afternoon I decided to stop by Brewed Awakenings for awhile to do some hand sewing and enjoy a cup of iced coffee. This is like heaven in a cup, as my friend Shaun says all the time. It's delicious, especially on a hot summer day. I highly recommend it. But be forewarned. You may feel the urge to break out into spontaneous dance after consuming this delightful substance. No joke. It's that good!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Ever since that little incident with my skin, I decided to look for healthy more natural products that I could use. Of course the easiest thing to do would be to go without make-up, but although I don't always find it terribly necessary to slap on a little face, I still get a little self conscious when I go out in public without even a little mascara on my lashes. And then even if I did go cold turkey and swore off all cosmetics, I'd still have to deal with shampoos and conditioners for my hair. Now there's something you don't think about every day, even if you are the type who relies totally on your hairdresser to pick out your hair products for you. (If you have a hairdresser, that is, which I do not...) Do you really trust everything they tell you? Wouldn't it be safer to know for yourself what all is in these products before plunking down the money for something that could potentially cause you harm? I admit, I haven't always been good at reading the labels and finding out what the ingredients mean on the back of a shampoo bottle. But I'd like to start getting better at that.
Today I found this site: Skin Deep, that seems to be very helpful in finding out all that info. You can type in the product you are currently using and find out how good/bad it is and what types of ingredients it's got. Pretty cool, eh? I typed in a few of the products I used and found some of them weren't bad, others could probably be a potential hazard to my body. You can't always rely on the label. Just because it says it's "organic" or has some organic ingredients, does not mean it's OK to use on your body. I recently got some conditioner that had henna in it that I thought would be cool. Last year I dyed my hair with henna and it seriously was the best conditioning treatment I'd ever used. Not only did it dye my hair a bright red (it's already red, but this red was pretty dang bright, which is what I was going for) but it also gave my hair a lot of moisture and to top it all off, it's totally natural. Ever since then I have been looking for a similar treatment, so when I came upon a conditioner with henna at the local organic food store, I thought it would be OK. Well, turns out it's not the best option I could have chosen and it looks like it has ingredients that are linked to cancer. YIKES! Not cool! Later on when I have a little more time, I'm going to go through all of the products I use and see just how good I've been. Or bad... ;)
But at the moment I really really want to make myself a pair of cropped pants. I thought about making them with a higher waist. Either something like sailor pants with buttons on either side or just make it with large buttons going up the front opening. I started out with a 1940s slacks pattern, but I forgot that slacks in those days were made differently than today and it ends up looking more like culottes rather than pants. Not something I'm really too eager to get into right now. But I do need some type of summer pants to wear. I hate short shorts. I'd wear them if I could, but my legs are too pasty white to really pull off that look. Not to mention I haven't worn short shorts since I was 17.
I've got a pair of those bermuda type shorts and they are okay, but I'm not sure I love them yet. I saw a picture on flickr of a girl wearing a pair of shorts that were about mid knee or sightly lower with cuffs. I really love that idea. I have the Built-by-Wendy pattern and I think I'm going to see how that works out. I've heard a lot of great things about her patterns, although oddly enough I'm not too excited about most of her designs right now. The baggy pregnant look is just not for me and most of her patterns seem to have this feature. At least the blouses and dress patterns do. I mostly like my clothing to be fitted. I tried to make a tunic once and I just looked like I was wearing a bag. I have a feeling these patterns are geared towards the inexperienced sewer, thus the easy pregnant styled clothing. Not to mention they're actually becoming popular?? There are too many people who can't pull off that look, but somehow they still wear this style. It boggles my mind, but whatever. I do appreciate these patterns coming out, though, because I wish more people would get into sewing and if these patterns help sewing become more popular, than I'm all for it! But I hate making clothes for myself that I will never wear. It depresses me when I make an outfit that I'm all excited about only to find it makes me look homey or pregnant.
So we'll see how these cut-off pants turn out. I may try to be adventurous after all and cut the waist quite a bit higher on these. They could turn out super cute, but they might also backfire and make me look like I'm trying too hard. Hm... I suppose it depends on my mood when I find the time to actually cut them out.
Monday, July 9, 2007
That said, if you are reading this I do hope you enjoy it, even if I add one too many commas or make some huge grammatical errors. We'll see what happens with this journal. Or perhaps it will become like many of my other blogs and start to disintegrate in that wide unknown world we call the web.