Yearly Archive: 2007

and a merry christmas to you, too!

pocket scarfthe best of good christmas-y days include:
♥ baking pecan pies with papa while wearing my favorite handmade apron
♥ shutting myself up in the sewing room with music to finish presents for mumsy and andy
♥ lots of secrets and “no you can’t come in here!”s
♥ warm cozy moccasin-ed feet
♥ happy happy stuff


It’s still not feeling quite like Christmas, but I can’t determine why. There’s still a little bit of magic missing from the atmosphere. :) I guess that’s it.

The house is warm and cozy, though, and everybody’s pretty happy. My whole family is home, and we’re all having fun with random baking, lots of eating, and lots of laughter. We’ll all be having fun together one second, and one or two of us will disappear to wrap, or in my case, finish up presents.

I hope all of you are enjoying the Christmas season!

And speaking of Christmas – MERRY CHRISTMAS! Yesterday at work, rather than saying “happy holidays” to everyone, I said Merry Christmas. Yes, I kicked political correctness in the face. But I’m assuming most people are as sick of happy holidays as I am, because their faces all lit up and a few of them even told me how happy they were that I would wish them a merry Christmas rather than happy holidays. I don’t mean to be offensive to anyone, of course, but Christmas is what I’m celebrating and I’m pretty sure all of the people with carts full of red and green fabric are doing the same. So I’m happy to be celebrating the birth of Christ in the midst of the godless materialistic frenzy that has erupted through the years.

pocket scarf

This is one of my experiments: a pocket scarf! Made out of cozy & adorable flannel, it’s plenty warm, and it has pockets at each end! I’ve always wished scarves came with pockets to warm my hands, so now mine does! One pocket is just a regular flap pocket and perfectly hand sized.. but the other one closes with a zipper! I can secretly stash my phone or keys or money in my scarf.. how awesome is that? It makes me really happy.. I love pockets. ;)

frantic, frenzied flurry of fun

colored pencils.

the past month has been crazy busy. i’ve had play rehearsals (we’re doing peter pan, i’m tootles, a lost boy.. it’s fun!), a bit of work here and there, sewing when i’ve had the chance (i made my homecoming dress!), and homework. basically when i get home from school, i don’t have much brain left for anything that requires effort other than school. so i don’t have many fun pictures to share at the moment.

fall is on its way.. technically it’s here, but it’s not cold yet! i can’t decide whether to be happy about that or not; i don’t like the cold, but i do look forward to those perfect blustery, cloudy days where the only things that matter are a cozy hoodie and the crunching leaves beneath your feet. yay.
plus my birthday’s in three weeks exactly! ooh! 18!
and then it’s halloween!
wow. growing up.
a bit scary, isn’t it?

summer? where did you go?

mousie shelf

As always, I can’t help but feel a bit upset as summer leaves. And by “bit upset”, I mean I was really, really dreading the start of school.

♥ senior year! wow!
♥ seeing friends every day!
♥ back to school shopping!

x waking up early
x homework
x when am i supposed to sew?
x college application time is coming fast….. ah!

Basically, everything just gets crazy.

So before school started last week, I decided to finally get the craft room cleaned up a bit. During the year, I’m only going to have little pieces of time to sew & craft, so I don’t want to spend my precious creative time cleaning up all of my WIPs. Of course, looking around now, I realize that I’ve already made a pretty big mess with a batch of magnets I just made, but i’m trying. Above my sewing machine, I have all my little mousies on a shelf, peeping down at me. To my right, on my nice clean bookshelf, are all my whales and the two big mousies that are left. I didn’t realize that keeping everything clean would have such a huge impact on my creativity; all of my ideas seem so much more feasible when I actually have room to work.

sewing zone

Right here is my nice clean sewing table, and my wall of fun stuff. All my thread is color-coordinated, of course. I’ve got little drawers filled with all sorts of works-in-progress, and my most recent batch of unfinished whales on top. Alice keeps them company.
inspiration wall
This is the inspirational part of my wall, with my small bulletin board covered in fun stuff, a whale dot-to-dot from my friend Molly, a Coke ad from Katie, and an M and a heart from Grace; all of this is because my friends always encourage me in everything I do and I love them! The Coke ad is one of my favorite things ever, though… it says,

make it the latest trend, then abandon it, and start a new one. make it something that turns heads. make it you. make it real. make it an overheated sewing machine at 3am. make it transform a pile of scrap fabric into a next level handbag. make it new. make it sparkle. make it do the talking for you. make it something everyone will call a statement, but you’ll just call a random tuesday.

It’s basically the story of my life.

Hanging on the shelf below my mousies are my ribbons form my trip to New York’s garment district, because I haven’t been able to cut into them yet, they’re too pretty! I’ve also got my little butterfly I made, with wings that detach with a bow; I want to make more sets of wings eventually, so they can be changed. I think that would be fun. :D In front of Alice are four plushie Starbursts that I made quite awhile ago… I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them. They’re soft and squishy, but they don’t serve much of a purpose.

And now I’ve got to get back to my AP english homework, then hopefully have some time for whales, magnet making, decoupage, or whatever I decide to do next!

(also, please forgive the funny blurriness of the pictures; last week it rained nearly every day, so the lighting was not ideal.)