10.08.2014

My New Favorite Pants! Until I Make Another Pair

Like most crafters, we like to hoard our stash before we feel we find the "perfect project" to use it on. Over the summer I found some tribal printed fabric at a crazy discounted price and snatched up two yards. At first, I had planned to make a dress for the summer (and beyond. This is the South) but then I came across a pattern for pants and knew I would most likely wear them more as pant than a skirt.

The pattern I used was Simplicity 1428:



I rarely follow the instructions to a pattern because for some reason my brain just can't comprehend. My brain is motion visual (if that's even a thing). Meaning, in order for me to comprehend I have to see someone do it then attempt it myself. Also, I noticed a lot of Simplicity patterns aren't the most detailed (I've read that on several other blogs as well). I only tried to follow the instructions because this was my first time inserting pockets. Seems intimidating but after one video on YouTube it was very easy. Sewing the rest of the pants was easy (to me) because I have made several shorts and its basically the same construction.

I wore them last night the State Fair's Preview Gala. This year, I am working with Palmetto Health Foundation as a Pinkador. You can find more information on that on my post for FIG.



I cut them a bit bigger, I could take them in a few inches (and I may) but right now I'm liking the MC Hammer style.

As mentioned in the title, these are my new favorite pants. The only issue I had was they fabric was too light and very stretchy. Now I know why a lot of sewers aren't fan of knit stretch. One trick I read was to place a thin sheet of paper underneath the fabric while sewing to help keep it stabilized.

Now to get more fabric!

9.02.2014

Randoms

Babies, babies. 

Last week I made some baby items for expecting mommies. 
Booties and headband set for my husband's cousin. 

Beanie, booties, and sweater set for my friend. Naturally, I used Gamecock colors because like most living in Columbia, she is a huge Carolina fan. 

#yolosage
While telling others about the crazy antics I deal with when it comes to my youngest son, someone suggested I use a hashtag so I can look back and see the crazy he's put me through. 


He is obsessed with oranges. He eats as much as he can off the rind and then neatly (well, 2yo "neatly") lines them up next to each other. 


Walking pass our dog's water bowl and this is what I see. 

Welcome to my life. 

Unfinished Projects


Like so many crafters, I have a huge list of projects that need to be complete. Such as this quilt. Doesn't help that my sewing machine is in the shop. 

Gather and Craft



So far so good. Still trying to find ways to reach a wide audience and get other makers involved. I have a vision of what I want to create (biggest one being to have my own studio/office/workspace) it's just down to continuing to bust my ass and make it happen. 
You can keep up to date with what's happening on our Facebook Page.


Books


I have downloaded and half-started so many books but have yet to finish one. Right now I'm feeling very ADD (which I'm sure I have) to focus. I did download This is Where I Leave You. I keep seeing previews for the movies and it's a constant reminder on how I haven't gotten past Page 1, Line 2 in the book. Speaking of movies, I keep seeing preview for The Maze Runner. 

Like many other non-Young Adults, I have an obsession with Young Adult books. I probably won't go see the movie in theaters but I know I'll eventually watch it so I'm wondering if I should add the book (or is if a series?) to my ever growing queue? 

Goodbye

True Blood came to an end.  While I'm not happy with how it ended, I get it. I do feel the last season was rushed. 

Somewhat related to True Blood:

I shared this photos with friends last night and we briefly discussed the potential sizing of a certain body part on Mr. Joe Manganiello. GAWD, you know they are totally naked in this photo.  








8.28.2014

Dyeing with Turmeric

I had about two yards of unbleached cotton just waiting to be used. I boiled a pot of water, added vinegar(for the mordant), then added the turmeric. 

I folded the fabric using the shibori method. 

The results!


This was after having it in the dye pot for less than five minutes. If you are getting into natural dyeing and want the gratification of instant results, go with turmeric.   

Wool/Cotton Blend yarn

I have some ideas on how I want to use the fabric. I recently used it as a table cover for the recent calligraphy class at Gather and Craft





8.06.2014

Having A Voice



A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine approached me to speak at a summer camp being held through her job. She wanted me to talk about my history with self image, self worth and where I stand today. My first thought was "Why me? Do I really have a story to tell?" Actually, my first thought and question to her was, "How many f-bombs can I drop?" 

But seriously, I was shocked she considered me. Yes, I've been through things (and am still going through some) but do I have anything to offer that could be inspiring?

Last night we met with the girls whose ages ranged from14-17. 

My high school years were some of the roughest years of my life. Never had I felt more insecure and ugly than I did during high school. It doesn't help when people tell you to your face you are ugly. Boys suck. I had a group of friends but not the core group like I had imagined. I didn't have anyone I could truly confide in. Granted, I didn't give anyone a chance to know me but I saw too many girls flip on each other so quickly I was not going to let that happen to me. So, at school, I would be happy, bubbly, talkative, and never let anyone see what was really happening with me. When I got home, I could let my guard down. I would go to my room, turn on the TV, and mellow out. Pretending to be happy is exhausting. Because of this, my grades sucked, I didn't try out for any sports or extracurricular activities (because I was concerned what people would think of me).  I didn't have the motivation to apply myself to anything.  I definitely focused on the things that should have been secondary: my hair, my clothes, getting a car (I rode a bus all four years. Only driving my moms car here and there my Senior Year). I would always think if my hair was longer I would be prettier, get a boyfriend, be happy, and then I would start doing better in school. I'm pretty sure you are furrowing your brows right now because that logic makes absolutely no sense. You're right. It doesn't. But the mind is strong as hell and it can make you believe anything you want. Countless times it made me believe this world would be a better place without me. 

This mentality occurred during the majority of high school (and beyond) until the second half of my senior year I had asked my parents to check me into a mental institution. I thought this would be the "cure all end all" fix I needed. It wasn't. I got out and went back into the same routine. My parents didn't understand. No one really understood.  And I don't blame them. Depression is one of those diseases many people didn't understand or talk about. There is still a stigma surrounding it today. A lot of times I was told to "Get over it!" "Suck it up!" or informed of how everyone has problems too. Some advice: DON'T say these things to someone struggling with Depression. These words may be the tipping point for something very bad to happen. 

I'm a huge believer in signs and that "everything happens for a reason." So why did I go through my own personal hell for a majority of my life? To be there   last night for these girls and share my story. I know to some that may be outlandish but as we spoke to these girls last night I scanned the crowd and saw myself in a lot of them: the ones who don't feel beautiful, who are depressed and hiding everything inside. I made sure to be as open as possible about my Depression. I think this allowed some of the girls to open up about their own struggle with Depression, no matter how mild or severe. I hope I was able to show them it DOES get better and there will be those days that it completely sucks but realize it and then fight tooth and nail to be happy. Being happy is hard work but if you find innerpeace and surround yourself with the right people, you can do it. 

And yes, some days you will fall but it's OK, you're not perfect. On those days, I watch The Twilight Series and knit. 

The girls I met last night have been heavily on my mind today. I hope they all heard something from one of us that will impact their life in a positive way and to rise that extra step towards getting help, being compassionate, speaking up, and not feel ashamed. 

7.31.2014

Craft and Draft, Gather and Draft

I was asked by the local chapter of Girls' Pint Out to host a craft night. Of course I immediately said yes. I decided to keep the craft simple and teach the ladies how to make Kusadama Origami Flowers. As the time for the event got closer, I started to go into Panic Mode. Everyday I checked the number to see how many people were coming (just to make sure I had enough supplies) and each time the number continued to increase. The last time I checked 95(!) people had RSVPd to come. Granted, the chance of everyone showing up is unlikely but even if half of that amount came, that is still a lot for one person to teach.

The Craft and Beer Gods were with me that night because amidst all the craziness, everyone had a great time and everything turned out fine! 





These ladies took it to the bar

After everyone made their flower they stuck it in a grapefruit, creating one big bouquet.

Me yelling at April to not take the picture because the lighting is not good. 
April clearly not giving a damn. 

Thank you to SC Girls' Pint Out for having me and to Craft and Draft for letting 30+ girls invade your space!

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7.22.2014

Class Recap: Modern Calligraphy with Paulene Cruse of Leen MachineCalligraphy

No matter the words, they always look better in beautiful handwriting, right? At least they do with calligraphy. 

Last night Paulene of Leen Machine Calligraphy  taught a Modern Calligraphy Class.   

Each student was provided with the tools needed to get started on their new skill (pen, nibs, ink, wipes, and guidelines). 



First, they practiced making basic strokes which was followed by them tracing the lower and uppercase letters of the alphabet. 





Once they were comfortable, they started to freehand and create their own personal style. 



Playing around with white ink.


Throughout the class Paulene instructed the students on how to properly hold the pen, ink flow, and provided them with sources on where to buy ink and nibs. 

Happy Students!

Be sure to check out the other class being offered here


7.15.2014

Thrifted Sisters and I Made a New Top!

This past weekend I went with Jordan to Thrifted Sisters Pop Up Sale. I wasn't too familiar with them but a quick search through their Instagram feed showed they were definitely my style. 

The lovely ladies behind Thrifted Sisters. 
Shannon-left, Jeanette-right

Animal Planters


This scarf caught my eye. 

I fell in love with this coat. 

I even had Jordan try it on. 



I left with this black dress(which I later discovered was handmade!):

And this stretch knit fabric:


Which was transformed into a top the following day:



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