Evening in the Country...

Evening in the Country...
...a gorgeous view of the WV mountains I get to enjoy everyday. Also the place Bri proposed earlier this year! [Not taken on that day.]

Monday, November 16, 2009

Slip Stitch

While I have been working on my current project, I found that I desperately need a better tutorial for the slip stitch.  I found this on google:

Sunday, November 1, 2009


My pledge for the Wardrobe Refashion is over.  Yes, I could have gone for another term, or even lifetime.  I would rather do it on my own, allowing it to be a part of myself, rather than for a certain pledge or society.  Also, I never did any refashions during the pledge and I feel bad because I was hoping to have an interesting post.  Allwell!   Time to post away on this blog.  Although, I will refer back to the blog often for all the details from other members, they do some really great things with old clothes. 

2 month pledge


I started reading Generation T: Beyond Fashion last week and became instantly inspired.  I grabbed a few shirts and started snipping away.  The first shirt was an old fav and I started with the first idea in the book: a cute halter gathered at the front breastbone.  Off went the right sleeve.  Then an angle cut to remove the collar and left sleeve, as shown below.

This was a no sew project and went super fast - I should search for more to make in this style. 

A reminder for next time, the shirt should be a bit more lose to leave room for more gathering on the front. 

Next, I started to slice up a shirt from Forever XXI. I loved it but the collar choked me and the arms now look better after being sliced off.

I made a vertical mark six inches from the folded edge.  Then horizontal marks every 3/4" starting at the bottom, leaving 1" at the top.  I was lucky enough to have patience during this or it could have been disastrous (like bye bye forefinger).

It is so innocent in the front and then BAM, here's the back.  I need to fix the spacing in the center of the braids, but it was a test and turned out well, so I am proud. 

It is a simple braid to do, just start at the bottom, bring the second layer under the first, then bring the third through the loop made with the second, etc.  You really must go all the way to the top to get it to look right.  At first, I wanted it to stop about four inches from the top but noticed it needed that curve at the shoulders to give it a bit of pizazz.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Debate: Wardrobe Refashion

My 3 months is almost complete - 4 more days!  I did not, technically, break any of the rules considering any new clothes were bought by Bri and not me.  I do not even think I accomplished a single refashion!  Should I rejoin?  I am not sure considering it is winter and I have *needs* for over-the-knee boots.  I did snatch a snazzy light pink sheen crocodile motorcycle jacket from consignment.  Not that it was consignment price! LOL!  Still counts as a safe buy though. 

I guess I have 4 days to decide but I know my mind is already made - no more!  I can save money and make my clothes without having to take a pledge.  I will still promote Wardrobe Refashion because I love the idea and think it is great for many people I know!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Finally...a dream come true!

I thoroughly enjoyed the Disney Magic cruise.  Since we did not have enough of Mickey and Minnie we ventured to Disneyworld for the day!  My only complaint is the lack of princess constumes and the like for adults...we want to be princesses too!

Finally!  Although, once instead, it is still quite a trek.

Relaxing before choosing first place to explore.

Swiss Family Robinson

View from top.

Haunted Mansion

Tom Sawyer's Island

Playing on Tom's bridge.

Thunder Mountain

Splash Mountain!

First time in jail!  Dumbo does not want his ears tugged!

Castle at night.

More colors on the castle.

I'm ready to return!

Friday, October 23, 2009

St. Maarten

Fresh idea alert: Next cruise will need to last longer than 7 days.  It just was not enough!


Beautiful homes.

Peaceful living.

Water is immaculate.  The island Saba is in the far back.

Road to the Courthouse.

Some of the tallest palms I have seen.

Seashells found.

Now I need a project to memorialize these.


One of the most relaxing views I have had the luck to enjoy was at Castaway Cay. 

Meet Serenity Beach.  No kids allowed.

Onset of storm.

Rain.  Folks still in the water during lightning.  Not a good idea.

It gets worse.

The storm continues.
They finally closed the beach.

A brief moment of clear skies.

Leaving Castaway Cay, the sky is nothing but calm.

I love to cruise.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Time Just Flies

I must admit that Disney really knows how to cruise.  I wish I was still there.  Serenity Bay at Castaway Cay or on the verandah of our spacious cabin.

I really cannot believe it has been more than two weeks passing since our return.  I have just uploaded photos and have a million things to do with souvenirs and etc.  Then there is the fabric store, which I have not ignored.  Nor have I completed the business plan.  Another story, another day.

The days on the cruise were just as beautiful as the nights.

We seen quite a few storms, including thunder and lightning.

It was mostly beautiful.

The Virgin Islands were quite nice too!

St. Maarten

St. Thomas

A bit of wildlife also!

Then there was the ship itself.  Immaculate piece of art.  Something astounding around every corner.

Still, the sea was the best.

We took soooooo many photos, more than a thousand.  No way to share them all.  Besides many are private and very special.  I still have not mentioned the best part of the trip!  Mickey and Minnie!!!  Although I lean toward Minnie a bit more!

Monday, October 19, 2009


Time does fly by.  Whether you are having fun or not.  It has been a long while since my last post, and unfortunately, this one is going to be anything much either.

I have lots to do.  Work. Fabric store. Homework.  I've cleaned all weekend and now need a few days to just rest.  I still have more than a thousand photos to upload from out last vacay on the Disney cruise.  My relationship has gotten stronger over the past month.  I once winced at the thought of separation, unfulfilled expectations, but those are a hazy memory now that we have found our common ground.  Love like ours can last a lifetime, if we allow it to happen.

Have a beautiful day.

Friday, September 4, 2009


Goin' to Myrtle Beach at the Sandcastle...again.

Whoop! Whoop!

Monday, August 17, 2009

2 Months

And counting...

"I pledge that I will refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself for the term of my contract. I pledge that I shall create and craft items of clothing for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract."

You can do it too!

Sign up here!

I actually haven't shopped for ready wear for quite a while - nearly a month now! I have been consumed by wanna-be-wifely duties and a need to craft craft craft!!!

What have I done?


As always.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


It has returned! I do not need to search for all of my blogs!

Woo hoo!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Missing : (

I logged into my blogspot this evening, after being on it all afternoon, and my blogroll is completely gone! I am not sure what happened...it's just gone. For some reason it still shows to the right, but it isn't on my dashboard : (

Now I shall go searching for my blogs all over again...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Morsin' It

Here are what the morsbags I have completed look like. Smaller than what I want, but they work!



I have a few different projects going on. I completed 12 morsbags that will be used for tie dying. I have a cute Domestic Diva apron that reminds me of mom. Also found stretch needles and a few different fun remnant fabrics. A stretch gold lame, cotton pinks, and lastly a sheer deep maroon with gold edging.

Below are three sari panels and a lamp that will be used towards my Asian theme for our bedroom. The panels will be sewn together (the black sari will be in the middle) and used as a canopy. The lamp goes with the paper lanterns I would like.

A few different fun Asian inspired fabrics, like the below by Alexander Henry.

A simple mood board in the works for our bedroom.