Sunday, September 7, 2008

5 Year Wedding Anniversary!!

Saturday was our 5 year wedding Anninversary. I am married to my best friend. We met 11 years ago next month and we have been married for 5. I love him more every day. He took me to dinner at the Cottage Place. A little restaurant that is just as quaint and romantic as it's name sounds. He proposed to me there. It was a wonderful day.

Poncho, our giant Yorkshire Terrier, was also excited as you can see.

I just love Jalie, this is the 2804 top. This is what I wore to dinner. Pairs great with the skirt I refashioned out of a dress I picked up at a yard sale for $1!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Welcome to the family Henry!

My DD Ashley just adopted Henry. Isn't he just precious?
He will be getting a new sister some time tomorrow so he will have a playmate while his new mom is at work.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Home Again!

I am home again! Yeah!! Two weeks is a long time to be away from home. My DH took care of everything wonderfully. Even my plants did not suffer my absence. Love that guy. (-:

2 Weeks without sewing is ..... tortureous. I did a lot of on-line shopping. Order some Jalie patterns and fabrics from Gorgeous Fabrics.... they were waiting for me when I got home! I was so excited that I made my first Jalie. #2788, twist top with puffed sleeves. I love it. Fit and cut is very similar to the Simplicity twist top 4706.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Climb the Mountain to Conquer Cancer

Yesterday was the Climb the Mountain to raise funds for the American Cancer S0ciety. My DD Britt and I did the climb, (along with 4,000 other motivated trekkers!) The climb is 7 miles up Sanfrancisco Peaks. We completed that running and walking and then decided to do the same back down instead of riding the shuttle busses. Was a lot of fun and boy am I tired! After a nap, we headed out to JoAnnes! Picked up 7 new Simplicity patterns (sale $1 each) 4076 and 4077 I am very excited to try. There are so many great reviews of both on Pattern Review. Unfortunately I am traveling for work for the next 2 weeks so..... NO SEWING! I might have withdrawls. (-: Will have to supplement with extra running.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Update: Run for the Magic Big Brother Big Sister Half Marathon!

Well I survived the run! Was the muddiest, most difficult and one of the most beautiful I have done. Most of the run was on trails or forest roads. Didn't see any wild life, but I am sure that is because they could hear us coming a mile away!

Afterwards was a nap and then get ready for the Bday BBQ. I think all the kids had a good time.

My son is sporting his sister's new earrings!

Ashley and Al

David and Brittany

Marcus and Lorretta


I just registered for the 31st Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Half Marathon! It is this Saturday..... same day as my daughter's Birthday BBQ! I must be crazy. I figure the run starts at 7:30, be done in 2 1/2 hrs.... home, shower, nap and then get ready to party. (-: Wish me luck!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Happy Birthday Ashley!!

Today is my baby's birthday. Happy Birthday Ash!! I can't wait to see her and give her the present I made her. She and her sweetie went down to Sedona for the weekend. It is also her sweetie's B day. Happy Birthday Al!!

The bag is a Lula Louis Craft and Designs pattern that she supplies for free. Thank you Lula!! I added a pocket on each side so either way, there is an interior and exterior pocket. It is the perfect size ! Beach bag, shopping bag, overnight bag, carry everything bag! I hope Ashley loves it! My other DD Britt loved it so much she had to make herself one!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Vogue 1051 AGAIN!!

Loved them so much the first time, I had to do it again. This time in a light weight denim. Made a few slight alterations. Lowered the crotch, made the waistband 1 inch narrower and made back and front welts the same. Much easier!! I discovered Deb Cook's fly front tutorial, oh my!! So easy and much improved over the one in the Vogue pattern. This one does not allow the zipper to peak out from the side view.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Vogue 1051 Finished!!

They are DONE!. OMG The welt pockets in the back had me so confused!! The pattern illustration of putting the welt together HAD to be upside down. Made no sense. By trial and error ( and checking out Erica B's review photos of the back welts) I figured it out...although mine look diff than Erica's.... Oh well. To be honest, I kind of almost finished them about 2 weeks ago... on the final try on after all hope for change in fitting was lost.... The waist was tooooo tight!! How did that happen? Dang vacation food! Ok, so after 2 weeks of dieting, I could snap them so I decided to forgive them, hem them and be done! Forgive my messy kitchen. I had no photographer and obviously no skill at taking photos of myself! I love them, and with a few pattern alterations (lower crotch, raise center back) am going to make another pair in denim. (-:

Monday, July 14, 2008

Vacations! 2 weeks to a new you!

All vacations should be at least 2 weeks. That is enough time to actually unwind, relax and renew. A week at home with hubby ( we work different shifts so this was a splendid change) and a week in Oregon visiting family. Heaven. All the while, waiting patiently in my sewing room is my already cut out, Vogue pants...... I hear them calling me now!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Christmas in July!

Well that is how I feel! I just bought my first Vogue pattern (5 actually, JoAnn's has them on sale 3.99 ea) I am so excited!!! I guess somewhere in my mind, Vogue = Style, so if I sew Vogue, I will be sew stylish!! Silly, I know. But hey, I AM excited!!

Alice + Olivia v1051 will be my first Vogue attempt. I just love the simple line of the pants and the understated detailing. Details... What was I thinking? I have NEVER sewn a welt pocket before. I better head to Pattern Review and do some homework and then read the pattern at least 3 times and then practice a welt pocket or two....

Monday, June 30, 2008

Cheer Loudly

Northland Hospice 10K was a blast. Started out with a kid's one mile fun run. In the last 100 yards as they struggled towards the finish line, seeing the faces of those kids go from exhausted defeat to overflowing faith in themselves when they heard the crowd cheering them on, was very moving. Note to self, always cheer loudly, so that others can feel your faith.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Northland Hospice 10K

Just registered! 10K Saturday morning 7am, running in memory of my father. I love you Dad!

I am the one in the dress. (-:

Current Project....Butterick 5223...again.

This time in a blue linen with a round collar. Just love it. Buttons aren't attached yet, haven't made up my mind whether to go with 3 buttons, or just do 1 at the top and let it be a short swing jacket.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

DD summer dress

Sunday night, have to be up early for a 4:30 teleconference, so what am I doing? Sewing a summer dress for my DD. It went pretty fast and it is so darling. Just like her. It is Butterick 5179 and it was Fast and Easy just like it says.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I have been sewing for years. Yet I still feel like a beginner. Lately I have begun to actually wear more of the clothes I make, so I guess I must be getting better....or perhaps less picky...or perhaps my eyesight is worse than I thought...Here is my most recent creation. A loose fitting linen jacket, Butterick B5223. I just love the fit and the style. If I make it again, I might add an inch or two to the length. Such a serious face.... I must have been concentrating hard on the shot.

June 17, 2008

This is my first posting. I feel as if I am entering unchartered waters.... at least for me. Others have been doing this for years. I am a newbie.

I am off today, my daughter had dental surgery today. Wisdom teeth extraction and a bone graft. All in preparation for a permanent implant for her front tooth which was knocked out by a boy who pushed her down when she was 7, because he thought she was cute, and that is what 7 year old boys do to show their adoration.