Category Archives: Life & Writing

Belated Happy New Year

IMG_9651A belated Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a lovely end of the year and that the new year finds you well.

What a busy and unusual couple of months this has been. I should have mentioned in my last post that I’d be on a bit of a hiatus, since I knew I’d probably be missing ’round these parts for a while. I’m aware that some of you probably couldn’t care less, but here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to anyway. ;)

Up until the beginning of December, my husband and I were working on our house in preparation for moving. I didn’t mention any details about the move in my last post because I didn’t know how soon we’d be moving.

Anyway, we’re now in the process of moving to Tennessee to be closer to my husband’s family. My sisters-in law and their husbands live in the Nashville area, and my husband’s parents are moving to the area in a few years. I’m very excited about this move, especially because this will be our last move for the foreseeable future. Continue reading

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My Louisa Coat in Threads Magazine

IMG_8738I’m just poppin’ in with some more fun news that I neglected to share last week. At the end of last week, I received my copy of the current issue of Threads.

I love Threads magazine, and this issue was even more exciting than usual to look through, because guess what!… Continue reading

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Vacation & the Fourth of July

IMG_20130628_074124We (Alex and I and my in-laws) just returned this weekend from a trip to Spirit Lake, IA to visit some friends. They live on East Okoboji Lake, so we had the privilege of waking up to this view every morning.

We all had a wonderful time and they were terrific hosts. We even got to go out on a boat a couple of times.

You’d think I would’ve had plenty of extra time to do a few posts here and there, but I really had no interest. Let’s be real, here…Can you blame me?

I think I only went on the internet once or twice the whole trip. It was nice to unplug for a while. I worked a bit on my computer, but nothing that required internet access. I did a lot of looking out at the lake and thinking or reading. I even had the opportunity to do a little sewing. :-D Our hostess was sweet enough to let me use her sewing machine while we were there. Sewing while listening to the water lap onto the shore was a restorative experience.
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Reconstructed 80s Bow Print Dress

frontnbackIt’s been a while since I’ve done a complete reconstruction, but I did one recently.

When I saw the purple bow print material on the dress above, I immediately thought of my youngest sister. She loves purple. Plus, what teenage girl doesn’t love a colorful bow print?

So, I reconstructed the dress into a little summer frock. Here is the dress, pictured on my adorable baby sis’ (she’s seventeen, but she’s still the baby). Continue reading

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Mad Men Dress Plan & Liebster Award

Mad Men - Season 5, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Ron Jaffe/AMCStrap in…this post has two subjects, but I hope you’ll stay with me.

Apparently, this is gonna be the year of sewing challenges for me. I learned something from participating in Sew for Victory: sewing challenges/sew-alongs make me more productive. I don’t mean just when it comes to the items made for the challenge. I see an increase in my general sewing productivity when I have a special project to work on. So, over the next few months I’m going to hop onto a few other challenges: Mad Men Dress Challenge, Me Made May, and maybe even the Great Gatsby Sewing Challenge.

Anyway, I’m excited about participating in Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Dress Challenge this year, and I thought I’d share my plan. Continue reading

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Looking Forward to 2013

IMG951740Can you believe it’s 2013? 2012 went by so fast. I was going to jump on the sewing blogger bandwagon and post a recap of my 2012 projects, but I figured if anyone is interested they can just look through the 2012 archives.

I didn’t post any goals for 2012, but I did in 2011. I looked back at those and was happy to find that I’d worked on most of them over the past two years. Many of the items on that list are ongoing goals that remain on my list for 2013. And since making lists is one of my favorite things to do, I’ve made a short list for 2013. It really helps me to enumerate my goals for the year. Displaying them publicly means that I’ll be more likely to strive for them. Continue reading

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Christmas dress & a new look for winter

IMG_5856I know I said I wouldn’t have a sewing post up again until January but I couldn’t resist sharing my Christmas dress that I finished at the last minute before we left.

I’ve had the material for several years, and I think I bought it at the thrift store in Moscow, ID. It’s a light pink and white with snowflakes and reindeer. It’s perfect for winter. It’s Christmas-y but not so much so that I can’t wear it at other times in the winter. Continue reading

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Birds in My Pockets

I watched the dirt shift ‘round my toes,
Enjoying this new found repose.
Then grasping a feather to admire,
I looked up to find an otherworldly choir:
A beautiful array of birds on a wire….

So I stitched some birds in my pockets
To be always carried by their song.
I may not have wings to fly apace,
But I can use a quill with grace;
I can sing along….

Like the swimsuit that I posted earlier this week, I finished these shorts on the road…
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Back from the depths of a blogging lull

What a busy summer this has been. I’ve enjoyed focusing on life in the real world, but I’ve missed the virtual community.

I may not have been posting updates this summer, but I have still been working on various projects. So, I have a lot of sewing and reconstruction projects to share, along with some recipes, hairstyles, and other fun stuff.

While I would love to write a couple of lengthy recap posts of my summer, I’ll just give a (relatively) quick explanation of my absence. Continue reading

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Weekend fun on the water

Saturday, we rode the jet skis and went tubing with Wayne and Laura’s boat. We were out on the water for about six hours. The next day, we realized we didn’t plan well. We were all sunburned and sore, and we had the Warrior Dash to get through (see this post for details about the Warrior Dash)…

We even took Newton out on the skis with us. He has his own little life jacket and a pair of “doggles”, and he rides in front of one of us on the seat. He likes riding fast the best. Fear of the water used to be something that we could never quite shake him of, but now, he loves the water. Continue reading

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