Monthly Archives: April 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Ballpark Edition

Let's go, rockies

Vodka tonic, knitting, sunshine, and baseball

It would have been a perfect night out...

thankfully, my knitting went better than their playing



Filed under CookieA, Socks, Wordless Wednesday

Like daughter, like mother…

A few weeks back, Annie took a class at Fancy Tiger and made her first ever skirt.

This weekend, with one of my fave people in the world along for the ride, I did the exact same thing.

Skirt time!

Much like when Annie graduated from preschool a mere week before I received my Masters, my achievement is a bit more impressive, but because she got there first, she’ll never believe it.  Her skirt is wonderful, but has an elastic waist. Mine? A zipper! An invisible one! My first ever, invisible or not!

I made an invisible zipper, but you can't see it because it's invisible!

Hmmm, I sound more like a 10 year old than she does. But I am pretty darn happy with my creation. I splurged on some pricey but fabulous Japanese fabric. I saw it and fell in love, and felt super original and artsy, until I realized I probably subconsciously picked it because it just happens to be the fabric used in the skirt featured on the website listing for the class. D’oh. Accidental copy cat, that’s me! Regardless, I love it. And I made mine longer than Jaime’s, so I’ ll hopefully look like less of a stalker. (And also because I really enjoyed the length…)

Me, in my new skirt!

Have you ever sewn clothing?What’s your favorite piece to make? And do you have any to die for tips for a newbie?

This was my first foray into the field- and I kind of bought fabric for two more skirts already. It was like the universe was telling me to- an email from Purl SoHo arrived in my inbox tonight, featuring 50% off of some of my favorite Japanese prints. Hopefully, there will be a mushroomy skirt as well as a london-themed one in my near future!


Filed under Sewing (not quilting!)

Wordless Wednesday: Pittsburgh!

A quick jaunt to holland

look up

simple beauty

london calling

triceratops,  science style

tiger love

elephant family

sting ray touch tank

the cleaning man

a visit with greatgrandma


Filed under Annie, Henry, Kids, Travel, Wordless Wednesday

Sadness, and some sewing too.

I’m posting today through a lot of sadness. Yesterday we had to put Ursa, our 13 year old chow mix, to sleep. Sometime between Friday and Monday she developed an infection that raged through her system so quickly, it led to seizures and loss of ability to control her legs. The vet was not able to offer us any hope, and as Ursa was clearly in agony, we made the tough choice. Ursa was part of our family before we had the kids, and last night was pretty awful for everyone.

Before all of this happened, I had some sewing time. I finally decided which fabrics to remove from my stack (thanks to everyone who offered advice) and cut out all the pieces for the duvet cover’s top. Since they’re huge pieces, sewing them together took very little time. It would have taken even less if, when cutting the 12″ by 34″ pieces, I had remembered that 17 (not 16) was half of 34. I had to go back and add bits to all of those pieces to get  them up to size. D’oh.

duvet cover, top

duvet cover, top

Looking at it now, I might have made different fabric choices. I love the green, but it may pop too much. And as much as I love the hairdo fabric, I might have used only ONE 23″x23″ square of it instead of two… But overall, I quite like it.

Next up is piecing the back, the sewing on contrast strips and making ties… The kids and I took today off from work and school to be sad, and I’m too sad to sew.

Meanwhile, I’m linking up at
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Filed under Sewing (not quilting!)