Archive | March, 2008

Sisters and the crafty things that bring us together

30 Mar

Most of you know I have a little sister. One that’s a freshman at UCI. (Who NAILED her finals this past quarter btw… so proud of her! rAWK ON!) Well this past week was her spring break. After picking her up from campus (She dorms… ) I asked if she wanted to go anywhere or do something in particular this week. I was expecting her to say… Oh let’s go to [fill in random location here]… Instead she said… “Nah… I just want to kind of sew some stuff.”

… and sew stuff she did. She made me a dress! Specifically she made me what’s called an Infinity Dress. The style has been around since the 70s. It’s basically a skirt with two very long halter top straps to the front. Think Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch. So we make a couple of trips to various Walmarts to find just the right fabric. We ended up getting a $2/yard polyester jersey in a dark taupe. The really awesome part of this dress is that it can be worn a bunch of different ways (20 +).  She used the pattern on this blog. You can also find a thread with tons of info here.  Also, this jersey isn’t as fluid as some as a result it is an unintended bonus is that those straps keep all my belly parts nice and tucked in.  My version customized:

Mod #1 – A thick waistband that wraps all the way around. It’s wide enough to be used as a kind of built in tube top. (Don’t want to be flashing the world my back fat >_<)

Mod #2 – 9 ft wraps. Yes that’s right kiddies.. those things are 9 feet long. The pattern suggested 150% of your height, but I wanted to make sure I had plenty long straps so I could do all the different versions.

Mod #3 – A rectangle skirt as I thought the circle skirt made the dress look a bit retro and not quite the look I wanted. Not to mention the circular skirt seemed to look a bit bulkier and well… let’s be real. The less bulk the better, I have enough of my own as it is.

So, with no further ado here are some photos of me in the dress. (Be kind.. I’m too lazy to photoshop, & why am I standing leaning backwards w/my arms behind my back like an old man? O.o)

Front Back

There are many awesome ways to tie this dress. Some examples:

Not bad for a $10 dress that I can wear a bazillion ways. ^_^


Let There be Peace on Earth Project

28 Mar

So while reading the Ravelry forums I came across a project being put together by SophiaRowen. She is making a quilt comprised of a flag from every nation in the world. This is going to be her senior project thesis and displayed at the art show. If someone decides to buy it she will be donating the funds to Doctors without Boarders. Awesome! In her words:

Let There be Peace on Earth (and Let it Begin with Me)

“A few weeks ago, I was on Ravelry in the Knitting our Way to Peace group. In this thread, I brought up a project I would like to do for my senior thesis show this fall. The other Ravelrers were enthusiastic, and now that things have temporarily settled down a little, I’d like to get started with it.

The idea is this: a flag for every nation of the world, sewn together to make a large quilt. At the center would be the words “Let there be Peace on Earth.” I think it would be much more meaningful if it was a group project, rather than an individual one.”

Click the link above for full details. I have signed up for the flag of North Korea. I think this is an amazing idea and I really commend her for taking the initiative to put this together. The amount of work that is going to be involved to coordinate and sew this together boggles my mind. The great part about the project is that anyone can participate. She is taking any kind of fiberart related craft. So knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery.. just as long as it’s hand made and she can sew it together. You have until August 1st to claim a flag, but you’d better hurry if there is a specific one that you have in mind. So far as of today 157 out of 198 are spoken for! (psst Gina…. Guam is still avail~ ^_~ )

WIP no longer!

27 Mar

YAY~ Everyone celebrate, jump for joy, hoot ‘n holler, throw your hands up in the air.. and wave them like you just don’t care. I finally got off my lazy bum and finished up my One Row Scarf which I had blogged about before. The pattern was super simple which was great for learning. Unfortunately, about 2/3rds the way into it I lost interest and put the project down for the same simplicity issue.  The scarf measures 6″ x 78″.  I like my scarves longer.  The color in the first picture is the actual color of the scarf.  I loved using the colorspun yarn.  I think the only thing that managed to keep me interested enough was watching the color changes of the yarn.  Take note that even though both skeins were from the same dye lot, you can see the whiteish area was way more pronounced in one skein compared to the other.

On the Grass

Monkey business

Warm and Cozy

(WIP = Work In Progress for you non crafty folks out there)

All the world’s a stage…

18 Mar

I just got back from watching Mask, a new musical on stage at the Pasadena Playhouse. Wow was it amazing. I actually won tickets to see this by calling our local NPR station, 89.3 KPCC. You know one of those.. “be our 3rd caller to win tickets to…” So, I actually won 2 tickets. (holy cow.. just found out that these tickets are $61 each O.o )

Mask Poster

Both my mother and I really enjoyed the show. I laughed. I cried. I’m sure many of you haven’t heard of the movie Mask from the 80’s, which this is a musical adaptation of. It’s set in Azusa, California in the mid 70’s about a biker mother who’s addicted to drugs and her son who has a rare medical condition which deforms his face and the powerful relationship and struggles they have. Apparently this is based on a true story. It was a rock ‘n roll type musical. I have to say that a lot of the musical numbers were forgettable. The performances of the cast however, were just outstanding. I was really impressed by the acting especially Michelle Duffy who plays Rusty the ‘mom.’ If perchance you get the opportunity to see this I recommend it.  You will be touched.

Kiss me I’m not Irish~

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

Did you wear green today? St. Patrick’s Day reminds me of elementary school days when everyone would run around trying to pinch everyone who forgot to wear a bit of green. ^_^

So… for your enjoyment, I give you some online quiz goodness:

You’re 40% Irish

You’re probably less Irish than you think you are…
But you’re still more Irish than most.

Your Leprechaun Name Is:

Tweedle McNugget

You Are An Ash Tree

You are vivacious and impulsive, which makes you extremely attractive to many.
Intelligent and demanding, you don’t care much for criticism.
You have a ton of ambition and talent, and sometimes money rules your heart.
You like to play with fate, and you can be very egotistical and restless.
Demanding of attention, you need love and a lot of emotional support.

You Are Heineken

You appreciate a good beer, but you’re not a snob about it.
You like your beer mild and easy to drink, so you can concentrate on being drunk.
Overall, you’re a friendly drunk who’s likely to buy a whole round for your friends… many times.
Sometimes you can be a bit boring when you drink. You may be prone to go on about topics no one cares about.

I have too much time…

14 Mar

What a novel feeling.

Pink Mani

Spring is in the Air

11 Mar

Has anyone else noticed that Mother Nature and Spring are in full force? Some one needs to tell her that my calendar says Spring doesn’t start for another week or so. I guess it was a battle there for a few weeks as us folks in Los Angeles had alternating bouts of rain & 80+ degree weather. I think Spring finally won. It is beautiful outside. The sun is shining, skies are blue, flowers are blooming and the birds are making an unbelievable racket. … and for the first time in over (I can’t even remember how many) years my allergies are back. T_T

So, I’ve been hiding out in my house with the windows and doors closed looking longingly outside. Even indoors I can feel my nose tingling. Oh… how I sympathize for those folks who have to go through this all the time. All this being cooped up inside has given me lots of time to surf the web. I forgot how many hours upon hours can be lost doing this. All is not wasted as I’ve been productive as well and finished my taxes and researched some other stuff I’d been putting off.