Sew Cute

I sewed this weekend. I had some fabric, a couple of cute pinterest patterns burning a hole in my pocket, and a three day weekend to boot! What better time to tackle some quick projects. Both turned out pretty well, so I thought I’d throw a picture or two up on the blog.

A gift for my dear friend K’s birthday! What girl doesn’t need a cute little zipper pouch. I tried this pattern out for Christmas for my sister too, and liked the results, so I thought i’d throw one together as a birthday gift as well. Hopefully she’ll like it.

Pattern can be found here.

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Bow Pouch with the necessities! Happy Birthday pencil and swirly straw!

Next up came a pair of City Gym Shorts. Seriously, such a cute easy pattern! I think next time i’ll invest in some nicer fabric and add pockets, but I am looking forward to wearing these come warmer weather.

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City Gym Shorts!

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Look Mom, I sewed something for me!

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Yay Bathroom Selfies!

That’s all for now folks. Happy Tuesday!

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Three Things

1) Another day, another afghan. This one for a dear childhood friend. One of those friends that even though we don’t spend much time together anymore, anytime we do get together, we pick up right where we left off. More often than not, we revert to our 12 year old selves and talk of nothing but boys, N’SYNC, and the cinematic treasure that is Crossroads starring Britney Spears. With epic conversations like that, how could I not make something for her upcoming little Mr. or Miss. I really like the way this one turned out. The border is definitely the most complicated I have completed, but I think it was well worth the extra time. afghan afghan 2) T and I went on our first hike of the season up to Rattlesnake Ledge. It was a nice quick hike, and we really lucked out weather wise. It was supposed to rain on us and fortunately we stayed dry! It was a bit foggy at the top, but still a lovely view and well worth the trek. hikehikeselfie 3) I realized I was old this week when I went shopping for matching pajama sets. Not sure why, but this just seems like a very adult thing to do. Goodbye to the days of mismatched flannel pants and oversized t-shirts, and hello to button up matching sleep shirts and pants. Cute, but it makes me feel a little too mature. Here’s to a good start to the week!

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Holiday Glimpses

Tis the season…..

-For Amy Grant’s Home for Christmas to be played on repeat multiple times a day.

-To binge watch the Hallmark Channels bad Christmas movies (much to T’s dismay).

-To be a little kinder and hug a little harder.

-To have secrets tucked away in small nooks and crannies to avoid inquisitive eyes.

-For spending way too much time on the Martha Stewart website picking out the perfect holiday desserts.

-To find joy in the small things.

If ever there was a month to make my heart a little lighter, or a year when it is needed, it’s this December. I love selecting gifts and wrapping them up in neat little packages, decorating the Christmas tree, and working on Christmas crafts for friends. I crave nothing for myself, other than a few good hours around a fireplace or dining table with loved ones (and maybe some Beats by Dre).

Hints of the season.

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The first dusting of snow, and the only reason I ever put on a pair of Sorel boots. Snuggly, but not a fashion statement, no matter what J. Crew says.

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Millie all loaded up with my Charlie brown tree. Totally said the “tree prayer” and sawed it down with own two hands.

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She’s a gem!

Vanilla ExtractMy treats I made for Friends for Christmas this year. Yum!

I hope your having a festive season.

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Bowlin with My Homies

Bowling alleys. The smell of spilt beer and stale cigarettes, the sallow look of the employees that have spent one too many days inhaling shoes disinfectant under fluorescent lights, and the happy skip of a bowler who just bowled a strike. I like bowling alleys, they remind me of childhood.

Dear M turned 27 not long ago and we celebrated with an evening of bowling and faux tattoos.IMG_2684Nothing but classy 1970’s architecture for us!

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My ball was gold, it’s how I roll.

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The real highlight of the evening came when we discovered that the vending machines carried fake tattoos. Now it says a lot about a girl when she is willing to drop a whole roll of quarters that she had stashed in her purse for laundry on fake tattoos. If you’ve ever lived in an apartment complex or a dorm, you know quarters are pure gold. You pilfer them out of others coin trays, pick them up off the ground,  and hoard them in your wallet. My friend K is serious about the business of fake tattoos, and gladly purchased us a sweet stack of the beauties with her fresh roll of quarters.

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Styling!

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On another note, completed the Susan G. Komen walk/run with my mamma last weekend. Lookin fly pre-race. This rockstar ran almost the whole thing.

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The gang. We look good with pink on!

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Broken

My heart broke a little today.

Another school shooting. This time at my college Alma Mater, Seattle Pacific University. Taking one life and injuring several others. I admit, with all the public shootings happening around the U.S. the last few years, I’ve become a bit numb to them. My heart hurts for the family’s every time, but it just doesn’t seem real. This time it hit close to home. I walked those halls, I sat in that classroom, I had debates with that professor. This time it sucker punched me in the gut. I’m not one to post a status on facebook about these events, or change my photo to a picture of support, it’s not my style. This time though, I needed to say something, and this is my outlet.

My heart broke a little today for a community that helped raise me. The students there are no longer ones I know, but they are a part of a community that knows me. A community that helped teach me how to be an adult. A community that challenged the way I thought, how I look at the world around me, and why I believed what I believe. We didn’t always agree, and we still don’t in a lot of respects, but I am forever grateful that they taught me how to come to my own conclusions, and have reasons to back them up.

I use the word community a lot in respect to SPU instead of the word University or college. It is a university of course, but more than that, it is a true Community. It is one of the areas SPU really excels at, helping its students build fellowship among themselves and with the faculty. Because of this, I believe SPU will bounce back stronger.

I believe they won’t let this shooter hinder their ability to foster strong community.

I believe they will continue to challenge and change their students.

I Believe.

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Leaping for Liebster

Apparently there’s this thing in the blogging community. A bit of a chain letter of awards for smaller blogs. It’s called the Liebster Award, and smaller blogs pass it along to other blogs that they like with sets of questions. Not having heard of  of this before, I was touched when I got a nomination. The lovely Louise of Text Pies and Videotapes nominated me. It’s fun knowing that I’ve a few readers abroad. Goodness knows most of the blogs I read aren’t based in Seattle. After perusing Louise’s blog for a bit, I like to think we’d be friends if we lived in the same city. Girl likes baking, musical theater, and cocktails, I thinks it’s safe to say we’d have some common things to chat about!

Now I’m not big on chain letters, but I thought i’d give the questions a go anyways. Here is what she asked, and my responses.

1. What one movie defines your childhood? – Peter Pan (Old School Mary Martin version). What can I say, I am still a child at heart, and always loved the idea of not growing up. P.S. The whole movie is available on youtube. You should check it out.


2. Do you have a signature drink? – I’m a bourbon neat kinda gal. If I had to choose a mixed drink, it would probably be a manhattan with a twist.


3. If you could pass one law for your city/town, what would it be?- Yikes, that a tricky one. Mandatory fridays off during the summer months. That sounds pretty nice.

4. How do you like your eggs in the morning? – Soft boiled with soldiers.


5. Can you play a musical instrument? – I used to play the piano and the trombone. It would take some serious practice to gain any skill again.


6. Would you be so kind as to summarise your blog in five words? – Shenanigans of a quirky crafter.


7. What do you find the biggest challenge of blogging to be?  – Remembering to take my camera with me, so that I can document my happenings.


8. Do you know the difference between ‘defiantly’ and ‘definitely’? (We can’t be friends if not.) – I do indeed.


9. Do you have a favourite musical? If so, what is it? – I LOVE musicals. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is probably my favorite. Though there are so many good ones it’s hard to choose.


10. What, in your opinion, makes a good blog? – Whatever it is, make it personal. Even if your blog is strictly food, share a little bit about yourself. It helps the readers connect with you on a more real level.


11. Are you going to carry on the Liebster Award chain? – Probably not. Chain letters aren’t really my thing, but I do really like the idea of it and I hope others carry it on!

A Springtime Cocktail, and a Pinterest Success

Its been fairly springlike in Seattle, and considering spring started a few days ago, it’s nice that the city is staying on track seasonally 😉 With the turn of the seasons, I was in the mood for a spring cocktail. Now my extent of cocktail mixing has consisted of pouring either wine or whiskey into glasses, but I am determined to expand my skills. In my never ending quest to actually make things I find on pinterest, I was pleased to find this fairly simple cocktail recipe, and was further inspired to make in once I realized it was a Joy the Baker concoction (Love her, and all her recipes).

Original Recipe:

Pimm’s Cup Cocktail

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Pour a shot and a half of Pimm’s over ice.

Add cucumber and lemon wedges, squishing them in there to release the juices.

Top with some delicious ginger ale.

Enjoy!

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I’m happy this recipe isn’t ending up on my pinterest fail board, never to be tried again. I’ve had some real doozies lately, but I will pin on.

Happy monday everyone!

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Works in Progress

I’m in the middle of a lot of projects….. None are close to complete. Hopefully i’ll finish all of these soon. It is more likely that i’ll finish one or two soon, and the others will get pushed aside when I get annoyed with them, only to be un-earthed in a year or two to finally be completed.  That seems to be my process.

Thought I’d share a few in the works photos.

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I started cutting out a new dress pattern. Finally making something for myself, and hopefully it will be ready for springs warmer and sunnier weather.

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This project MUST be completed in two weeks. It’s another baby afghan from a Terry Kimbrough pattern book, and it’s a gift for a baby shower I’m hosting in two weeks. I gotta get my fingers in gear and get hookin (ha)!

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This is an older project that I just pulled out of the woodworks. I forgot how much I love working with gouache paint. I was thinking this print might be fun to turn into a pattern for fabric. Thoughts?

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That’s all for now. Everything else is in various states of beginnings. If only I could stay home and craft all day. Wishful thinking. Happy Tuesday!

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FALLing for Spring

I’m not really ready for spring, i’m still just at the beginning of my fall/winter obsession and it’s not even time to get crazy about Christmas yet ;). Spring fashion weeks for next year did just finish up though, and that means that I just spent the last few days obsessively pouring over the show slideshows, and getting really excited for trends to come. That said, i’d thought i share a few of my favorites with you.

There were a lot this season, so I’ve pared it down to just six 😉

The Row. Is anyone else as thrilled as me that Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen gave up acting to start amazing fashion collections? Beautiful neutrals, sophisticated lines.

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Custo Barcelona. Can’t say I would ever wear a swimsuit with sleeves, but those colors sure are beautiful.

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10 Crosby Derek Lamb. Perfect shapes and styling.

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Burberry Prorsum…. Christopher Bailey, enough said.

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Burberry Prorsum again. I am thrilled that pastels are making such a beautiful  comeback.

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Celine. I regularly drool my way through looking at this show, and this season was no exception.

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Ok, enough about spring, now to get back to my fall crocheting project.

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Camping???

Alas, the end of summer has been a busy one. Excellent, but busy. I have returned from what was a very summery vacation in California to a rainy Seattle. I have packed away my summer sandals and shorts, and spent the weekend hibernating in my tiny apartment, only venturing into the rain for groceries and coffee. As I settle into my favorite season, I thought I’d do one or two more posts on what i’ve been up to the last month, starting with my family camping trip about a month ago.

Now I am no camper, unlike the rest of my family, and had to borrow camping gear from everyone. It worked out pleasantly though, and I enjoyed hanging out with everyone, despite that fact that it required sleeping on the ground. My sister assured me that camping as an adult would be much more enjoyable, as now I could drink wine. While I don’t think I will be regularly seeking out opportunities to camp, with my plastic mug of wine in hand ;), I did have a super fun time.

Hidden Lake. An excellently short hike for little kiddo legs.

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Mum and I clearly had a lovely time, and I’m sure that she will love that I put this particular picture on the blog. What can I say though, I love a good funny face photo!

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Someone left this little gem behind. Sad that they left it, but I felt like it only added to the relaxed atmosphere of the lake.

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Sweet little E is still getting used to me. Clearly I don’t see her often enough and must remedy that. I think she was also worried I was going to steal her slice of pizza out of her hands.

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Can you tell we are sisters?

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All lovely weirdos in our own unique ways!

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We managed to get one photo of the whole crew! One goofy, but lovable bunch!

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Up next…. How much I love Disneyland! Otherwise known as what I did with a few days in California!

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