Kitties

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The kitties are still very much a part of our lives. They manage to hide themselves during junior’s waking hours and “magically” appear at nap or bed times. They demand lots of extra attention too–and get it!

chocolate

I thought I’d share some random thoughts and musings:

  • I sneeze if I chew peppermint gum. Just once right away.
  • I sneeze if I eat dark chocolate. Again, just once right away.
  • When nap time hits, I generally rush to put my feet up and enjoying an iced beverage: soda, iced tea, iced coffee, water. It has become a ritual.
  • Since I got a retainer in February, I misplace it at least once a day, but so far haven’t lost it for good.

Happy Weekend!

Every now and again I am able to schedule a sewing day complete with a bit of childcare. The creative break does me good. Here’s a top I made on one day. The fabric was “run” so I got it for free. I was able to cut the sleeves with the “run” down them and the shirt didn’t have any mars. A cute, pretty quick top (I just eyeballed/drafted a pattern) is what I’d call a successful day!

I got a few great wears out of the top, then the fabric grew and/or I shrank, so I passed it on to someone else to enjoy.

Eric is the least picky guy I know. His mom jokes, he’d be happy living in a cardboard box, and I totally agree. However, he’s inherited a few shirts from here or there that just never get worn. I’ve been able to cut them up, sew them back together in the style of Alabama Chanin and they quickly end up in the favorite rotation.

 

One of the many very fun things about motherhood is instilling life lessons. Here’s our little man learning an important one.

All kidding aside, sometimes it feels like there are so many more parenting fails than wins. One recent win is teaching our kiddo that if it doesn’t work out the first time, we can always try again. It is so awesome to here him say that in his toddler voice and see his perseverance instead of object frustration.

I’m fascinated by how people motivate themselves to get things done. I love reading productivity books or blogs like, Getting Things Done, zenhabits.net, or Seth Godin. But I often find what works so well for others, really, really doesn’t work at all for me. Sometimes, I’m just not in the right headspace, or sometimes I have other things to focus on, or sometimes things aren’t all that motivating for me.

One thing that works for me is star stickers. Those cheap stickers sold in office supply stores. I have to keep them hidden or they end up pilfered by my kiddo. Those stickers are amazing motivators when I am trying to get workouts in. I don’t even consider them when I am working out, but the satisfaction of putting them on my calendar after the fact is almost palpable.

It started when I was training for my first marathon with Team in Training in 2006. And since then I’ve stickered every training calendar. This summer, I started stickering my calendar. Sometimes I’m amazed at the silly things that just work. I’m happy to say the baby weight is finally off and quite a bit more on top of that! Sweet! I’ll take it.

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Also, Go Giants!!

Catching Up

I started sewing these in 2011! I was actually helping out a few friends who wanted to make snack bags for their kiddos. The inners were finished, but I needed to cut the outer fabric, sew up the outer fabric, and sew the pieces together. I had to re-cut the outer fabric twice because I got the measurements mixed up–boo! But I am finally finished and just in time for transporting toddler snacks!

Yay for sewing up the stash, finishing projects, and making something I can use right away and daily!

Here’s where we got the instructions from.

 

Under It All

I’ve had a bit of a lull in my lingerie bra sewing. I sewed a few bras in the past few years and they just didn’t work for a variety of reasons involving fit and size and cheaping out on materials! If the plush-backed elastic or powernet is itchy, I’m not going to wear it. I’ve started just sewing them for others, because they are mostly fun (that underwire channeling gets me almost every time), and can be a combination of so many different patterns and colors.

I went through my images and am kicking myself for not taking images of some of the more beautiful designs I’ve put together. That and I need to work on styling a bit!

I still love the idea of making bras for mastectomy patients and here are few examples here. The heinous colored ones were just for fitting.

I’ve also tried my hand at drafting from scratch and that went okay, considering I only did it once. I think I could improve drastically on it the more I worked at it.

Bra Draft

I also signed up for a lingerie class this fall, hence the dyed silks earlier (here and here), but the class was cancelled. So I’ve been forced to buck it up and go at it again on my own.

I placed an order for some new elastics and bra strap materials. I am planning to re-measure myself using this guide recommended from the subreddit r/ABraThatFits. That link has much more information about buying RTW bras than making them, but there is some discussion on making them. And use a pattern I have with alterations recommended by Orange Lingerie from her book here.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

In other news, this article was shared by Fashion Incubator and it definitely gives some food for thought. Though, I see one they didn’t discuss that I’m pretty surprised about.

Yum!

Last Friday night some good friends came over to hang out and play board games. They brought one of the yummiest cakes I have ever enjoyed! She was recently diagnosed with celiac disease and has been having a crazy go of it. So this cake was gluten and dairy free and the only sugar was in the form of maple syrup. Yet it was still two layers with chocolate ganache in the middle and a chocolate frosting. Yummy!

Celebrating a birthday with cake and candles never gets old. I wouldn’t have ever thought to do that, but I’m so grateful for my buddy who did!

Our favorite games are: Cards Against Humanity, Settlers of Catan, Dominion, and Mario Party on the Wii.

I’m thankful for good friends, yummy food, and our random Friday night board game sessions.

I’d bet the recipe is very similar to this, though without coconut sugar and subbing maple syrup for honey.

 

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A week ago, I found myself walking across a local high school campus during school hours. Through an interesting set of circumstances, I was asked to represent the fashion industry on a small panel in a breakout session for high school seniors.

It was an interesting experience as I really wanted to be an encouraging word to them, but then I quickly realized how far removed I was from those students. It was really surreal, like I had to relate how I had achieved something they could relate to before they were interested in listening to my advice. I had a portfolio of my work at my feet the entire time, and didn’t manage to pull it out. I was there to encourage them, but interestingly, I left with a sense of encouragement for myself.

Here’s the main things I was saying to them, and yet also to myself at the same time.

  1. Everyone starts with less glamorous jobs, work hard in them, learn things, and you’ll be surprised in the future how much that job enabled you to grow into more exciting work.
  2. Connect with people. Ask for help. Ask about their work. Learn what you can from others.
  3. Be creative outside of “work.” Whatever that looks like for you–don’t stop doing it!
  4. Everyone’s dream job looks different. Don’t try to fit into the mold that you think you should, but instead embrace the things that work for you. One person on the panel works two jobs-education and in the evenings and summers works in beauty. It is totally unconventional, but she loves it, and most importantly it works for her. Likewise, I love the flexibility that is in my current schedule allowing me to be home most of the time and still work a little bit too.

 

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