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, March 30, 2009

"Another day another dollar...

...is the reality of my mentality, otherwise don't even bother. You see my father was a wise old man, always creatin a plan for me to conquer this land, he said I am what I am, so be the best that I can, and if them others don't like it, then why should I give a damn (huh)?"

I still cannot believe that Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez is gone. Yes it has been many years, but she was always a role model to me.

My birthday has passed and I am officially 24...and I HATE it. I want to be 19..20..22..anything but a mere year from 25!

Our Columbus trip went off without a hitch and became very relaxing. We went to the Easton Mall, Polaris Fashion Place, Melting Pot, Rag-O-Rama, Sew to Speak, Patty Cake, Columbus Museum of Art, and many other places. I did not do the amount of shopping I had expected, which is good since there are still things I am looking for to go into my sewing room renovation (I'll get to that in another post).

Off to work...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Why, Yes! I am wearing GREEN!

I did decide to wear my green Ann Taylor sweater with green Bandolini shoes (nice gold buckle also) to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. After all, I am partly Irish somewhere along my heritage.

I cannot wait to get my Steve Madden shipment today! I have two cute pair of sandals, one in cognac suede and the other in python!! YAY! Maybe I can find a bangin' club in Columbus to rock 'em all night long!

Too bad Wholly Craft isn't accepting handbags right now. I could really use the confidence to get out there and sell those babies!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Oh my!

There are a mere 5 days until I am 24...eeek! That is okay, I am still young and vivacious! I'll be leaving for Columbus early Friday morning and hope to get to JoAnn's by the time they open their doors at 10 AM. Not that I need anything else from that store! I just want to see a Jo Ann's Superstore! Then I will be at the Easton Mall and will have some yummy food from Max & Erma's (by B's request). Hopefully, we will have time to get to the hotel and check out Frankling Conservatory before the dusk! Then we can have a nice dinner and go back to the hotel to find a hoppin' club, to dance my booty off until the wee morning hours!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

More Relflections...now in bronze!

This purse may not have taken 9 1/2 hours but the results are ever more gorgeous than the last! It is made from bronze metallic goat skin and faux camel croc and is accented with silver eyelets, silver swivel hooks, dark brown ribbon, and finally an antiqued wooden handle. I say this because the eyelets are how I want, the handles are wonderful, and the lining is perfect. I did not put any pockets on the inside of this Bronze Reflection but it is giving me inspo to quickly make another!

I learned a lot while sewing this one, including the rules of sewing goatskin. I am lucky to have previously purchased a walking foot for my Kenmore but it did take awhile to figure how to put it on!

The picture below is what my purse looked like before I added the additional eyelets and switched to the smaller handles. I'd like to add an additional inch to each side, to better fit with the ten inch bamboo handles below.

This is the finished product!!!! I am ever so happy with my hard work!
And of course the woven label!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

18 Days

On the 21st of March I will be 24. That is one year from being 25. 25 is a fourth of a century. In one year and eighteen days I will be one-fourth of a century old - better than half a century...I guess.

To celebrate another year of living Brian and I will be traveling to Columbus to visit several places: Sew 2 Speak, Pattycake, Tip Top, Northstar, Easton Mall, Jo-Ann Superstore, Shadowbox, Stitching Post, Museum of Art (Egyptian Treasures exhibition), and the Franklin Park Conservatory...to name a few! I have a room waiting for us in Clintonville and many things on my list! I will be taking Friday off from work (woohoo!!) and traveling in the morning - at least I hope I wake up early enough to travel in the morning.

Unfortunately, the Pattern Review contest I entered failed...for me. I entered my listing at 11:33 P.M. EST but the listing never appeared on the voting list. I'm not sure what had happened - I did contact the administrator and have yet to hear a word. All that hard work - 9 1/2 hours on Saturday - wasted. Gone. Forever. I am past being angry and my feels are only hurt - I guess now is the time to write some poetry and call it a day.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Congo Reflections

I looove this canvas. Luckily, I have plenty more to use on smaller versions of this Burda 8503 pattern.

I made this bag on Saturday...it took all day long. I'm not happy with the chain strap and have a lion charm and an elephant charm to add. I'd like to change some features on the lining and etc.

The bag is just too large for everyday use and a smaller version with the same 7/16" eyelets will be more urban chic. I only wish I could find more! I will make a similar pattern half the size and go from there. I want to add an antique brass zipper for future versions on the inside pocket. The straps I haven't figured out yet. Since I will make it less than half the size of this pattern, then I could go for a bamboo handle. I think that would add more to the congo-ness of the purse.
I had to finish it yesterday to add to Pattern Review's handbag contest. I hope I do well, I'm not sure when voting starts...or even ends. I just hope I do well!