Thursday, October 30, 2008

Holiday

It's about time Jonathan and I take a holiday from work. After 10 months of work with very little vacation, we're headed off to spend 10 days in eastern Europe. Yea!!!

We'll take lots of pictures (or at least a few) and see you when we get back!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pin Cushions and Purses

I've been really busy the past few weeks and haven't had much time to make anything. I have about 5 projects partially completed as well, which makes for big messes in the kitchen! Here are the completions:

This is a pin cushion made out of a tuna can with some scrap fabric. It's too big to fit with the rest of my stuff, but irresistibly adorable, so I use it anyway! Plus, it only too 10 minutes to make.


I'm REALLY excited about this purse! I made it using my birdie sling pattern, but adapted it a bit making a longer handle and adding a zipper. I wanted a big purse for our big adventure to Eastern Europe coming up on Friday. Because of all the luggage we'll be taking for friends, I wanted it to be hands free, hence the handle that drapes over my shoulder. I also wanted it to have a zipper closure so I don't have to worry about sneaky hands taking my passport or wallet. Finally, I adjusted the pockets a bit, and made some sections for pens, cell phone, etc. And, the best part is that I made all of it with fabric remnants form the store, meaning it only cost me $5.00 to make altogether!

This pictures are also a chance to show off my sassy new haircut!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wicked

After a somewhat lengthy absence, I'm back...at least for one post. I've been putting people to work like it's going out of style and therefore, have very little free time. And, during my free time, I'm watching old seasons of my new favorite show, Project Runway.

The musical Wicked came into town a few weeks ago and Kylene and I immediately started looking for tickets, but couldn't find anything good below $150.00. No matter how badly we wanted it, we couldn't justify that much money, so we gave up.

But then, a week or two later, Kylene told me about the lottery they offer before every show. If you get there 2 1/2 hours early and put your name in a box, they will draw out enough names to give out 20 tickets for only $25 each. We figured we'd try.

We went last week and sadly, didn't get tickets. We thought it was a for sure thing, but came home and schemed for our next chance.

And then last night, my schedule got changed last minute and I was free, so I got Kylene to get someone to cover for her and we headed downtown. And this time, we got called! First, they called my name and I got the two tickets, and then right after, they called Kylene. She didn't need the tickets since I had them, but it was so exciting both of our names called!

Our seats were in the 3rd row, but on the side so we missed a few things. All in all, it was spectacular! The costuming was amazing, and we'd just watched a video on the making of the costumes which made it all the better. Their voices left me in awe. We both cried at certain parts, and it was wonderful to see the facial expressions. Oh, I love the theater!!!

Kylene blocked people traffic for this pic.


They gave us buttons to celebrate our success.
This is the view from the inside of the theater. It feels like you're outside at sunset!

Not our most photogenic moments, but we were definitely happy!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

New Purse

Well, I broke down and bought my first pattern on Friday. I'd never followed a pattern before, and never really planned to because they're too expensive. The way I shop, I could find a purse for cheaper than the pattern. But, after looking at Amy Butler's Birdie Sling daily for almost a week, I decided to break down and just get it. The pros were that I learned a bunch of new sewing tricks to make my creations look more polished. The cons were that it cost money and it took me forever and a day to make it.

I LOVE the final product--though, an old lady at the fabric store told me my fabric pattern combos were "disgusting." I kid you not, she told me it was disgusting. Ha, I laughed and figured that it's not a very old-lady-southern style. No worries!

It's nice and big for all of my stuff too! Thanks Ky, for multi-tasking and modeling while also talking to mom on the phone!
Here's the lining. Way to cute to hide inside a purse. I'll have to do something fun with the extra!
And finally...the state of our kitchen table for the entire weekend (and even now)!