Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Don't worry girls, this is not exclusively a sewing blog now! I am still going to talk about other topics and shopping at "real" stores, but I am just so excited by my new hobby that I can't help but blog about it! It is really all that has been on my mind lately, so I guess that translates into blogging about it! :) I am really looking forward to being able to make some fun garments! I hope everyone has a great weekend! I must sign off now and do that paper that is hanging over my head...and the laundry! Talk to y'all Monday!
Friday, January 29, 2010
So what's been going on in this belle's life?
School is starting to get busy again. I have 2 tests next week, and a paper to write this weekend. It isn't very long, but I haven't wrote one in about 2 years. Economics at my school isn't heavy on writing, rather doing math and graphs for projects. I am going to have a busy weekend getting ready for all of this!
I have been working diligently everytime I get a spare minute on a cute little wool dress from my first go around with buying patterns from Vogue Patterns. It is this one without sleeves. I plan to wear it with a turtleneck underneath and tights and boots or even heels depending on the occasion. I have completed the bodice section, and I am working on the skirt. Let me just say it is quite a challenge for me. I have had to learn how to line a dress and what the heck understitching is...yeah, that only took me 3 hours to figure out and do! I really like how it is coming along and I really hope that I have it done in time to wear to church this weekend! I will definitely include it in my post about what I have made so far on my new machine, so don't fret! Oh, and just so that I can prove to y'all that I really AM flying by the seat of my pants on this whole new hobby of sewing clothes, I am going to share with y'all are glaring mistake I made. Y'all were all really much too sweet and kind on my last post saying that y'all could never make those garments and that I must be pretty good...I'm not and I am totally beginner and learning as I go. That's the best way to learn in my opinion.
So, I am feeling all full of myself the other day after finishing the bodice section. It looks so good...other than the fact that the lining shoulder seams don't totally match up...but that's the inside and this is my first garment so I am calling it a success. I think to myself that I could probably whip out the skirt portion in no time and put it all together in the next few hours. I had already done the pleating and darts that needed to be done (which is the hard part) and it was time to sew the side seams with RIGHT sides together. I throw them together, pin, and sew both sides...without realizing that I sewed them with one on the RIGHT side and one on the WRONG side. So, imagine looking in the mirror and in the front you have the front of your fabric, and the back you have the inside of your fabric. Pretty glaring mistake...and now I have to rip it all out and do it again. Unfortunately, this fabric is black and royal blue wool boucle and it is next to impossible to see the threads and it is very easy to snag the fabric. I am going to spend hours pulling that out!
One last thing! Vogue Patterns is having a 3 day sale right now and ALL patterns are $3.99. That is just awesome! I just bought all those other ones for $4.50 and I thought that was good, but if I would have waited a couple days I could have saved a few more dollars. Oh well, it isn't that much of a difference! You do not have to be a Club BMV member, it is open to everyone!
Also, Victoria commented on my pattern post about the gray dress. I couldn't find your email Victoria, so I am going to post the info on it here. It was a CLEARANCE pattern which is why you may not have seen it. They only have the pattern that starts at a 6 or 8 still available. It says 14, but it isn't the same as ready to wear you buy at the store. You probably already knew that though! Here is the link to it.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The rest are just regular Vogue patterns not affiliated with a designer. This particular one just is a great knit dress that I can wear with boots and tights in the winter. That is my favorite thing to wear and this pattern has a few different options for sleeve length and even a sash, so I think it will be a good one to make before it winter is over.This green sheath excited me so much! It is so classic and the pattern comes with so many options! The neckline is gorgeous! It is perfect for work and school this spring and summer! I already have a fabric I bought recently that will work perfect for it!
I just really like the neckline of this top. If you haven't noticed I seem to buy a lot of dresses! I just adore dresses and would live in them if I could! I am the most comfortable in them, but sometimes I need a cute top! This will be a cute one for spring and summer!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Pink and Gray Striped Sweatshirt - Gap Body (clearance, so it may not be in store)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
How many of y'all watch Survivor? I know it has been on a long time, but I have been a fan since season 2! I have watched almost every season and I absolutely adore this show! I would totally love to be on it except that:
- I am the pickiest eater alive, so I couldn't eat fish (yuck!), or rats, or anything they eat other than fruit and rice. Yeah, I would be emaciated. I imagine I would eat it if I got hungry enough, but still. Plus, I would make my team lose in those eating challenges. I have to look away when I watch it!
- I am prissy. Really prissy. I like my products and clothes. I brush my teeth like 3 times a day, so I really couldn't imagine going a month without doing so. I would be the person on there whining the whole time.
- Bugs are drawn to me. When I was a kid, I was always eaten up. I would also be the person with bug bites all over them and I would be crying about that too.
- I am not an outdoors girl. My number one fear is snakes. I depise them! I am terrified of them. I can't even look at them without a shiver running up my spine (yet I watch discovery channel specials about them, go figure!) Seriously, have y'all noticed how many snakes are on this show. If I was on it, I would be looking at the ground all the time for bugs and snakes and wild animals. I would be a nervous wreck. I would have to be sedated!
I could keep going, but I think y'all get the idea. I am way too high maintenance to do this show. I love the social game of it, but I don't think I could handle the elements. Big Brother would be more my style. Still, I just love Survivor. I have major respect for anyone willing to go out there and actually compete in this game! It is not for wimps. If you watched last season, you will know that 2 people had to taken out for medical reasons and 1 almost died!Well, Survivor Heroes Vs. Villains (played in Samoa again) is coming back in February and I am EXCITED! I love that some of my faves might be back again. I am also looking forward to hopefully seeing Russell and Coach again! They were my fave "Villains". I was all for Natalie last season since day 1, but I really enjoyed watching Russell's game (didn't agree with him though). For those of you that watch, here is a potential list of players for this upcoming season! I am most excited about the possibility of Colby, J.T., James, and Cirie for the Heroes and Coach and Russell for the Villains. I do have to say that I am sad that Yow Man and the Professor don't seem to be on any potential lists of players. They were some of my faves! Do any of y'all watch Survivor? Who are your faves and most hated players?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Recently, my mom decided that she was going to do The Biggest Loser that a local gym in our town is putting on. It works pretty much the same as the show I imagine (never seen it), and she has a made it her goal to loose X amount of weight. Basically, she is going on a lower calorie eating plan and working with a trainer to make an workout plan. She will be weighed and measured once a week, and it lasts until September. I am so proud of her making this huge step to get herself in shape! Blog World, let's give her a huge round of applause!
In addition, I was able to sign up to join this gym with her as a partner (not as a part of TBL, but it was a special deal for me to get a normal gym membership for a support to the contestant) and I am able to use the trainer as well for creating a workout plan for my fitness goals. I have really been in need of someone to tell me what I need to do for my body in order to tone up. I am a member of our school gym, but unless I go to a class (which is problematic since I usually am not able to make it there from work in time to go to the classes) I really have no clue what to do. The elliptical only does so much. I need to do hand weights in order to get the sculpted arms I really want to achieve. I am very excited to meet with my trainer tomorrow and come up with my specialized workout plan! I really hate working out since I am out of shape, but I think that having my mom there to work out with and the fact that the gym is walking distance from my house will give me the get up and go to actually get in shape. Not to mention, I need to get toned for my wedding. Those pictures last forever people! The gym also has a bunch of classes at times that could work for me, so that is also exciting. I am looking forward to Yoga on Saturday mornings.
Wish us luck with our new track to fitness!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Here are the ways I have styled it in the past!Valentine's Day 2009 - This is the occasion I bought the dress for!
Bahamas Cruise 2009 - Excuse the horrible picture quality in this one. Unfortunately, the ENTIRE time we went on our cruise, it rained...stormed terribly...and the boat rocked all the time...to the point of making everyone sick...and EVERY picture of us together on the boat with the exception of the one in my header is blurry. Oh well, it makes the memory stick!
Friday, January 8, 2010
- Limit eating out! - I eat out way more than I should admit to! Breakfast here, lunch there, it really adds up! I have to cut it out for my wallet and my waistline (another goal for this year is to get fit for my wedding...post to come!)
- Limit what I buy for myself! - I am a shopaholic! We all know it. There is no denying it! However, I really don't NEED anything. I WANT lots of things. So, with that in mind, I am going to start asking myself if I NEED it, or if I just WANT it. That is my new mantra!
It started out innocently enough. I deemed that I NEEDED a planner. Yes, NEEDED! Why? Well, I have a hard time keeping up with my busy life, plus big time wedding planning is starting in a matter of weeks, and it will be helpful for me to write homework down in for school. Totally a NEED! Right? So, I decided to go buy the large Lilly planner from Palm Avenue here in town. I got off work, drove over, and went on in. I bypassed the sign that Fall 2009 was 60% off; I just slightly out of the corner of my eye peaked over as I made a beeline for the stationary. The sweet girls asked me what I was looking for. I told them. They were out of stock...oh no!
Should I get the smaller one?
Should I try to order it online?
What to do?
So I walk around the store while I think about it. I can't help myself, I need to weigh my options for a moment. I decide to half-heartedly browse that 60% off sale as I think it over. One thing leads to another, and I grab a dress a start looking at it.
Sabine Shirt Dress Printed in Lillys Pink Little Master of the House
Well, those sweet girls show up again ready to put it in the dressing room. I can't say no now! "Okay, put it in the room." I follow them over there, as I don't want anything else to be put in there to tempt me. I get in the room. I can't even think about the planner options now. All my mind is on is willpower not to buy this precious dress that I have liked and wanted ever since August that is now marked down 60%. I have a hard time resisting Lilly. I can walk away from just about anything, but Lilly I cannot. It makes me giddy and excited. It makes me feel so happy. I just can't even think straight when it comes to Lilly. So, of course I am going to try it on. I have no self-control. I mean really, we all know how I am! Of course it fits, and just beautifully I might add! Totally fit perfectly and looked great in every single angle! I had just about talked myself out of it when those sweet girls show up again. "How is everything working out for you in there?" I can't lie. I love it! I open the door and they both oooh and awww over how cute I look. I know they are paid to do this, but it really makes me want to buy it more. Especially when they start talking shoes and accessories. Did I mention my Pandora glass beads matched perfectly! I have a blue and green one and a pink and green one...perfect match. It was fate. I needed the dress. I took it off, walked up to the counter and bought it...along with the small planner. There we have it! NO SELF CONTROL! None! I did make one small concession. I had planned to buy a more expensive than I normally spend on make up Bare Minerals Starter Kit, but instead went with my same old cheap-o Neutrogena foundation. I like it well enough, and especially if I get a Lilly out of the deal! Oh well, I got a WANT and a NEED! I am blaming it on those sweet sales girls! They always pop up right when I get a hold of myself, just in time to break my willpower!
***I know it is improper to talk about money. Please don't think I am being improper. I think this is a problem that lots of us in America deal with and I am willing to put it out there in hopes that maybe I can help someone else who might be wanting to try to pay down and save up like myself. Plus, if I put it on here I am more likely to actually stick to it.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
- Multiple Blessings
- The Devil in The Junior League
- The Nanny Diaries
- Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone
- Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (my personal favorite of the series)
- Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
- Julie & Julia
- Peter Pan
12 books in a year, half a year actually. I would have to say that is not bad. So, the reason I am going on about all of this is because I am trying to keep a log of the books I have read and get suggestions of books I should read. In 2010, I want to read a lot more. Not to mention, Thomas bought me that pricey Kindle and I want to put it to good use! I have a small list of books that I am planning to read, and I have decided this year I want to read more of the Classics. I am sorely lacking in those! So here is what I have read/plan to read in 2010.
- Twilight (already finished)
- New Moon (currently reading)
- Breaking Dawn
- Pride & Prejudice
- Possibly more of the Jane Austen books, but I may get tired of romance after two of them, so I am leaving myself open to different books.
So, what books have you read this past year that were good? What suggestions do you have for me? What is your favorite Classic that you have read?