Tuesday, August 16, 2011

More Chairs?

I was in a second hand store a couple of months ago with Jessica. I spotted these folding chairs and really liked them. They weren't too old but they had some personality. 
I didn't get them. 
I couldn't stop thinking that I'd made a mistake. 
I needed a small chair for You Know Who's office. One that a I could sit in but wouldn't take up too much space.
I thought the folding chair would work even though the seat was ugly. 
 They were supposed to be marked down at one month. I decided that if they were still there, then it was meant to be. 
They were there, I got them a bit cheaper,  and I still had some yummy leather left from my dining chairs makeover.
 I got them just in time. The chair I had been using in my sewing room had to be thrown out. 
These are very versatile. I love the way they look in our work spaces and in our living spaces when we have company. So far we haven't needed to store them but if we do, the folding option is nice!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Long Overdue

I bought this chair a long, long, long, long time ago. Ugly gold fabric a broken spring but the "bones" were good. I asked Jessica to send me a couple of things, among the things was some beautiful silk dupioni she bought in the LA fabric district, then I realized I needed a couple more things, then I lost momentum.
Do not look at the wonky springs and strapping, It's all wrong but it's what I had. 
Fast forward six years to last week..... Jessica un-buried the chair and demanded I finish it. She got me started again and after she left, I managed to finish! I even remembered that I love doing stuff like this. I made some mistakes and learned some new things. I will use this at my desk, a desk that I should show you one day. 
 I kinda love it a lot.
Next on the agenda, Jess has researched how to eight-way hand tie and I have this couch....

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Whether She Wanted It Or Not

One of my co-workers had a birthday last week. With only two days to come up with something, I decided on a bag. We don't know each other well, but you know me..... I'd rather make a gift than purchase something. I made it up as I went along because that's the way I roll these days. I may have gone a bit out of her comfort zone color-wise. It's kind of a lunch bag, carry-all type of thing.
 I took these pictures with my phone the morning I finished it.
 I should have been on my way to work.
 The color is brighter than I remember it being. Poor woman, I think she prefers black.....
It's the thought that counts.... right??

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Jelly Roll 1600

Have you heard of this? It's one of those things you can easily do instead of doing a million other things you should be doing. I twisted Jessica's arm the other night and made her sew the majority of the top. I first saw it here and also here. Some quilters race to see who can finish sewing first. I have a lot few jelly roll type fabrics sitting around collecting dust  as decoration. We chose the Charisma line and within a couple of hours (way over the fastest race time) had a fun lap size top. It's now in the pile of unfinished projects until I get to the next step.
Do you have 40 strips of fabric lying around doing nothing? You might want to try this for fun!

Friday, August 5, 2011

So Very Behind

On things I want to share......
Been mostly just living in the moment and barely remembering to take pictures. When I do, things can get a bit silly. The results are not pretty. 
You've been warned.

I made another Butterick 4789 from fabric I bought on my last trip to Hilco with Kelly. (Miss you!) I'd been meaning to make it and when I realized how well it went with my skirt, I finally took the time. I love it.
Not sure what I was doing with my face. 
This was the only decent close-up. I was trying to make a point to Jess about relaxing and having fun with photos. She thought I wouldn't be crazy brave enough to post them.
Just before this silly photo shoot, a friend arrived to do a live blood analysis. She had to poke my finger to get the a fore mentioned live blood. That face?? What can I say, I don't like pain and Jess you're mean! 
Poor Charlotte didn't know whether to laugh at me or slap me but she is a kind gentile lady and chose to smile through the the three second ordeal.
This was very interesting. My blood is fairly healthy for my age...... She did have some suggestions for changes I can make that could make it even better and possibly help me to feel more energetic. I'm working on those now. 
 I've been told time and time again that the only reason you all keep coming back is to see the boy. I know it's true so I've decided to leave you with these cute boy shots. Last week we were fortunate enough to wake up with he and his mom in the house. I decided to torment him with the triangle bag again. He's beginning to see it has  some advantages.
He's so fun and so funny! 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Jessica's Skirt

You may remember (or not) the this skirt. It was Jessica's desire that I make her a copy of one of her favorite skirts from Ann Taylor. Silly me, I still haven't photographed her in the original inspiration. Nor have I finished my first attempt.... Finally though, I have made her skirt. I used some cotton lawn by Alexander Henry. It feels lovely and she looks so cute in it!

I love the pocket detail.