March 24, 2014

Best Blouse

I have a new favorite blouse: Simplicity1690. It's easy to sew and it's easy to wear. Basically, it's perfect. I rarely wear pants, but this blouse makes me want to wear it with pants everyday!

The pattern is three pieces: Front, back and neck binding.  I added an inch to the length of the blouse for a truly perfect fit.

March 17, 2014

Happy Handmade St. Patrick's Day!

Top o' the mornin' to you on this happy St. Patrick's Day! I had fun making these handmade holiday cards last weekend. I'll keep this post short and sweet and just share some photos:

March 3, 2014

Handmade Valentines

As you might expect, I handmade a bundle of Valentine's Day cards this year!

These cards are a fairly simple design: I used my Cricut machine to cut the bee shape ("Give a Hoot" cartridge), and hand drew the heart-shaped bee trail using a pink Sharpie marker. The card might look simple, but I put a lot of hours into these little cards. The bee is made of many tiny pieces which took a lot of careful handling to remove from the Cricut machine and required a a good bit of time to glue the numerous little pieces together. But it was worth the work!

What are your favorite paper crafting blogs? Where do you go for greeting card inspiration? I've been holding out on Pinterest, so is it time for me to take the leap? Suggestions are most welcome!

February 24, 2014

A Winter Weekend of Weaving

I visited Mom last weekend for an extended winter weekend of weaving! It was the President's Day holiday weekend, so we had an extra day to get our projects done. And it was a perfect weekend to shut ourselves indoors - more than 10 inches of snow fell earlier that week.

Over the weekend I made a plain-weave wool scarf. The first step is to measure your warp threads and get them onto the loom. Miraculously, my yarns didn't get tangled! There has to be an easier way to warp the loom, so I need to do some more research before I weave again.

Measuring the yarns and warping the loom is the longest part of a weaving project. The actual weaving goes quickly.

It has been a few years since my mom or I have done any weaving, so we had to pause periodically along the way to watch portions of Deborah Chandler's Beginning Four Harness Weaving DVD.

It took me all day Saturday to measure my warp and thread the loom, but I made quick progress when I was back at it on Sunday.

By noon on Sunday I was done and ready to take my project of the loom.

Check out my brand new wool scarf!

I had a great weekend with Mom. It also happened to be Valentine's Day! We made soup, sangria and red velvet cupcakes.

Mom followed a recipe for homemade Olive Garden gnocchi soup and Olive Garden breadsticks. Both turned out fantastic and come highly recommended!

We drank yummy sangria made with a rosé wine, strawberries, raspberries and a dash of cranberry juice. Just imagine all the jokes about getting "warped" that ensued...!

I contributed homemade red velvet cupcakes which were a total FAIL! This recipe from Paula Dean was sadly tasteless and I ended up throwing most of the batch in the trash.

Mom also got a good start on a weaving project of her own during our weaving weekend. Her undertaking is a good deal more complex, and deserves a post of it's own once she finishes it soon. More weaving to come!

May 30, 2013

Me Made May '13, Days 16-22

Me Made May Day 16
Day 16: Dirndl with grosgrain waistband
Worn to work and for dinner and drinks with friends!

Me Made May Day 17
Day 17: McCalls 6346
Worn to work.

Me Made May Day 18
Day 18: Mini dress
Worn to lunch with my mom and sis at the mall.

Me Made May Day 19
Day 19: Cotton dress, blogged here.
Worn grocery shopping.

Me Made May Day 20
Day 20: Simplicity 2343, blogged here.
Worn to work and pictured in Dupont Circle.

Me Made May Day 21
Day 21: Butterick 5028, blogged here.
Worn to work and pictured in front of the US Capitol!

Me Made May Day 22
Day 22: A completely different version of
Simplicity 2360 and hand-crocheted sweater.
Worn to work and out to the theater.