Space-y Plans

27 11 2006

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The Spaceboy and Robot patterns are now available at Wee Wonderfuls.   As you may know, I got the priveledge of being a pattern tester.  I think this guy has a little more work for me to do (once I get the motivation) on his panel.  I made him out of stuff that I had laying around, but I think he’s pretty cute.  Can you see his half-alien legs?  He’s from Mars!  My little astronaut will be getting his very own spaceboy* for Christmas.  I’m also thinking about a rocket.  I don’t want to reveal too much about it so far though.

Anyways, you should buy this pattern from Hillary because its so super cute.  Did you see hers???  Of course it puts mine to shame.  😀  Finally, a doll for a boy.  Did I say doll?  I meant action figure!

*Its funny because I thought about altering the kitty pattern to be a boy with lots of outfits, including an astronaut one!  Kevin of course veto-ed the idea like all dads do when moms get the insane notion of making their manly son a doll.


Sew U Book & Pants Pattern Review

25 11 2006

Most likely you’ve read some reviews on Sew U. They all say the same thing, this is a great book, so cute, great information, and I agree. I love the project tickets. I love the illustrations. I love (most of) the alteration ideas for the patterns. This would be such a great book for someone starting out.

Until they get to the patterns. Wendy decided to fore-go the normal format that most patterns have where all of the important information is printed on the back. There is no such place like this. I feel this is the biggest downfall. I’ve read and re-read the book and certain information is just not included! Like zipper size that’s needed, finished garment lengths to name a few. I’m not sure that the size chart is even included, so here it is if you need it.

Now, I’m sure most people start at the beginning and make the “easy” skirt. Not me. I started at the “advanced” pants. I was like, “How in the hell are pants advanced? How are they harder than the shirt???”

They were advanced! This coming from someone whose 2nd large sewing project ever were pants from a vintage pattern! The zipper part was confusing as hell. I skipped it and inserted Velcro as Wendy suggests (but never instructs how). I think this pattern took me around 6 hours to sew, only to find out that they were 2 sizes too big!!! If you’ve seen the sizes and think they may be a little small, I would say give it a shot. So after 6 hours of sewing, I had several more hours of seam ripping as I tried to fix the pants. (You might want to make a muslin and make sure you don’t reinforce seams or use the tiniest stitch possible…)

The back pockets seem ridiculously huge, even for my big butt, so I ripped them off. No instructions were given about the belt loops. And honestly the pictures make it look like they were cover-stitched! Few people have cover-stitch capabilities!

I finally finished them today with the help of my handy dandy seam ripper and a new issue of Threads magazine that just happened to have a section of fitting “baggy seats.”

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This fabric was a pain in the ass to work with. It came out of my stash so it was free, sort of. It thick waled corduroy that shed like a mangy dog. My entire house was covered in black fuzz while I was working on this. I broke about 4 needles with this fabric.

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They fit in the butt, but not really the legs I guess.  Good enough.  😀  I will make them again, but in a lighter fabric like twill or linen.  I also want to make them in denim.

I plan on making the skirt and the shirt as well and giving my review of those as well.  How hard can a skirt be though?

A Week of Thanks – Day 7

25 11 2006

Day 7 – Crafts

First let me say that I’m glad today is the last day. Whew!

Crafting. Its what I do. Its who I am. I really love crafting. When I’m not crafting, I’m thinking of something to make, working stuff out in my head. It keeps me sane. I really believe that. It gives such a huge sense of accomplishment when I finish a large project and it turned out great.
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I don’t know what I would do without it. I’m a stay at home mom without cable. My house can only be so clean! I’m seriously confused about what other moms do during naptimes!

I have always enjoyed drawing.  As a teenager, I really wanted to learn to sew.  I took home ec and failed that portion though!  I just could not get pockets!  I learned how to sew while working at a costume store.  I loved it from the beginning.  I would even spend my days off sewing.  At one point, I asked to go part time so I could sew more at home.

It just kind of progressed from there.  And now I am here, a craft junkie and proud of it.  I try to craft everyday.  I don’t watch tv.  I try to only craft when Cale’s sleeping or when Kevin takes care of him.  I think I’m raising a mini craft junkie though!  That kid loves glue and scissors!  Now he’s starting to like beads.  Its funny.  I bet he would sew if I let him!

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Today I spent my entire day crafting while Kevin looked after Cale.  I had a few interruptions (eating 2 meals, peeing, you know normal stuff) but for the most part I got to work all day.  The top picture is a WIP, my advent calendar.  I love how the garland turned out.  Its my favorite so far.

This next picture is also a WIP.  It was my practice run for my adult craft day for MOMS Club.  We’ll be making domino pendants and I just wanted to make sure it was do-able.  I didn’t even know if my dremel could drill into a domino.  It can but it stinks something awful!!!  I’m going to try a few more things to get it perfect.  The main thing is that I messed up the pixels when I resized my image.  They’re printed on lazertran paper in case anyone’s interested.

In the lower lefthand corner is a photo album that I covered in patchworked oilcloth.  This will be my craft journal.  More on this later….

A Week of Thanks – Day 6

24 11 2006

Day 6 – Inspiration

I’m so thankful for all of the great sources of inspiration in my life.  There are so many wonderful blogs that I read.  Sometimes the inspiration is direct (ie. I want to make the same thing) and more often than not, indirect (seeing one thing makes me think of something completely different.)  Sometimes these ideas get made, sometimes not.

Magazines and catalogs are also a great source for me.   I scour them for ideas, then rip out the pages and put them in either a binder or a file.  Some are sewing ideas, some for crafts, most for house ideas.  Anthropologie is my favorite catalog, I’ll have to say.

Sometimes inspiration comes from a silly comment from my son or husband.  Those are the best and the ones that make them the happiest.

And sometimes it comes from neccessity.  Not as fun, but still good.

So thank you to all of the inspiration in the world.  Chances are if I know you (in real life or blog life), that you have inspired me in some way.

(One more day of this and I promise tomorrow will be a good post.  I’ve got the entire day to craft.) 

A Week of Thanks – Day 5

23 11 2006

Day 5 -Lists

I love lists.  My house is covered in them.  Lists of lists, sometimes.  So here’s a list of things that make me thankful today.

  • My son calling me a pretty princess
  • When he brought me  a piece of dead grass and called it a flower.
  • Laughing so hard that my sides hurt and my eyes tear up.
  • Making my dad’s day (more on that later.)
  • That everyone I love is doing okay health wise, at a time when it seems like so many other bloggers are losing theirs.
  • Scissors and glue
  • Living in a country that doesn’t celebrate our holidays
  • Living in a country where Black Friday doesn’t exist
  • Tae-bo to work off mypumpkin cheesecake.  Thanks Billy!
  • Sunshine

I spent my first Thanksgiving away from my family crying, while my husband cooked everything.  Seven years later, I’m used to living away from them.  But I still miss them.  Maybe one day I’ll live close enough to spend holidays with them again.  (But I’m cooking!)

PS.  This really is a craft blog.  Hopefully I’ll get some crafts posted soon.

A Week of Thanks- Day 4

22 11 2006

 Day 4 – Being home
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When we went to America recently, we realized how lucky we have it (in so many more ways than this). Our home is nice and comfortable. Our neighborhood is safe and clean and has tons of nice parks and lots of kids to play with. I love our home. Before I left, I wrote that I may realize that this is home and feel sad. Well, it is home, but I feel relieved. Feeling homeless is awful. When we first got here, it was terrifying. Absolutely, completely terrifying. This strange foreign country was well, foreign! So different. I never thought we would feel at home here.
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But it is now. The unfamiliar is now familiar. It took forever to get back here (a whole week), but landing is Sicily was the best feeling of the whole trip. I don’t think many people here understand me when I say that. I still have nightmares about my trip, that we’re still traveling or trying to fit all of our stuff into our suitcases, but I’m glad we went.

I’m also thankful that my husband is home. We have only spent one Thanksgiving apart and it was pretty miserable.
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I love being home.

***Pictures:  Top: I bought pretty gerber daisies for the table.  Nice and Thanksgiving-y.  They come in the prettiest colors here!

Middle: Cale has been to a lot of princess parties lately so he keeps wearing a crown and necklace  that he made while saying “I’m a pretty princess.”  I love this.

Bottom: My painting hung in the living room, reflected in the mirror.  What you can’t see are the big holes next to it where shelves hung for a whole 30 minutes before ripping out of the wall and falling.  Stupid concrete walls!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

A Week of Thanks – Day 3

21 11 2006

Day 3 – I’m thankful to be me.


“One of these things are not like the others.”

Growing up I used to always look at this picture of my sisters, my mom and me and know I was different (I’m in red).  (Of course it didn’t help when my sisters used to cruelly insist that I was adopted.)  And I was different.  I was an “Emy” in a house with a Lisa, Jennifer, and a Debbie.  I hated my name growing up.  I hated my middle name (Lou) even more; it sounded so country.   I acted different too.  I was the one who would cry at a drop of a hat.  I once cried in first grade because I was the only one who brought my lunch.  I was so painfully shy that I used to hide behind my mother’s legs.  As a mother of a child who is also shy, I feel for her.  I can’t imagine having a sensitive child as well!  I was the one who loved Barbies the most.  I carried purses from the time I was in kindergarden.  I loved to draw.  I read constantly.  I was quiet.  I was smart, the nerd of the family.

I still feel very different from my family (and even more so from my husband’s family) but I embrace my differentness now.  I love my name (incidentally as much as I always hated living in the country as a child, I find that that is my desire as an adult.)  I’m still the arty, quiet one.  I’m still the one who is likely to show up somewhere waaaaaaay overdressed, just because I like pretty clothes.  I’m good with that.  I’m glad I found myself early on.  I hope  that Cale enjoys being “Cale”.

Yes, its good to be me.