Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sew I'm thinking...

maybe I ought to change the name of this blog to "Sewing Science" because that's all I seem to do anymore (or maybe I should say "seam to do" ha ha ha, I slay me).

Anyway, my friend Emilie sews (as well as being a scrapbooking goddess), and got me hooked on Presser Foot. They're having a shirt-dress sew-along based on this tutorial right 'chere.

I had an UGLY (but Lucky Brand, honest!) shirt of mine laying around, so I went to town. Actually, I went to my sewing room.

I started with this:

that's a lot of ugly in one place.

I wound up with this:

and a close-up of sorts:

I'll admit that I cheated on the belt... that's actually a stretchy headband I had that never fit my head. I have a weird head. And never throw anything away. The ugly shirt is WAY cuter as a Jenny dress, but then, anything's cuter with a little Jenny in it ;-)

I've been sewing purses. LOTS of purses. Good ones too. Good enough to sell. So I'm gonna. I'll be putting them up in my Etsy shop shortly (or, you know, whenever I get around to it. Or maybe never. Depends on my mood).

My grandmother's birthday is next week, so I'm bound to stamp something absolutely stunning soon. Really.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

what's this then?

I received a package from PaperTrey Ink today with my "free" "gift with purchase" "anniversary" set. Here's the thing: I didn't realize that I had even bought 12 sets last year, as I had to put the kibash on spending hard last year, and PTI was on the cut list. So, I totally wasn't expecting it, and now I'm happy.

I guess I'm lucky, because there's a debate RAGING on SplitCoast about whether or not we earned the set, or if it's free, or if we paid for it, or what not, and WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG TO GET HERE?! and guess what. I never even participated in the in the drama (or, really, even knew about the drama), because I didn't think I was getting the set, and now I have the set, and I'm happy.

Happy is good. Happy has been hard for me lately. So I'm all for happy.

I'm so happy that I'll probably stamp something with it tonight. Maybe.

Go find something to make you happy.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

tap, tap, tap... is this thing on?

Turns out that when you ignore something on the internet long enough, it still exists. Well, the blog anyway, I don't know if my readers will re-materialize!

So, nothing crafty to show you (although I've been busy, honest), but I wanted to document my family's baby bird rescue, and you all get to watch ;-)

Lexi, our dog, is an Australian Shepherd, and was bred to be a caretaker. She's super gentle with the kids, and has now been responsible for saving two baby animals in our yard. She's six kinds of awesome. Anyway, her latest rescue was this baby robin:

She found it in the yard, gave it a little nudge with her nose, and came to get me immediately (I guess she learned from the time she carried the baby rabbit to me and I was less than thrilled). She's so smart.

I put on my gloves and put it in a bucket before grabbing my camera and the kids.

Adults in the photo are slightly less haggard than they appear:

Thanks to the magic of Google, we determined that the best thing to do was to put it in a basket and hang it on the shady side of the tree. Luckily, I never throw ANYTHING away, and had an old plastic planter just hanging around (pun intended, lol). I added some rocks to the bottom to keep it stable, and put some grass clippings on top, to keep the bird snuggly.

My husband hung it from a reasonably high branch on the north side of the tree that we found the bird under. Hopefully Mama Robin will be back to reclaim our little buddy soon!