Friday, July 25, 2014

Why it's (sometimes) ok to quit

If I commit to something, I do my best to see it through to the bitter end.  Seriously.  One time I pair skated 3 shows a day for an entire summer with broken ribs.  I just like to finish what I start, and I don't think that's an uncommon trait.

The thing is, though, I have a reason to skate through injuries.  It's my job.  But not everything in life is so serious.

Sewing is definitely on my not-so-serious list, and today a difficult sewing project taught me a valuable lesson: it's ok to quit a sewing project when it stops being fun.

So here's a picture of the completed sewing project that sparked all this pontificating.  My mouth is smiling but my eyes are screaming this is embarrassing -- I'm not proud of this top!

I made it using the New Look S0547 pattern and some super soft and stretchy knit fabric (which the pattern called for).  I picked out this particular pattern because it looked pretty easy, and since my sewing skill set is pretty slim, I liked the idea of being able to follow a pattern to a T without having to think too much about it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sinkmates Pattern Review

If you only buy one dishcloth knitting pattern in your lifetime, make it Sinkmates by Lorilee Beltman.

The pattern is well written and easy to follow.  Plus the finished dishcloths are as cute as they are useful.

The best part, though, is that Lorilee is using this pattern to raise money for charity.  She's donating all of the money that she makes from this pattern to the Special Olympics.

As of July 18th, Lorilee had already managed to raise $2,800!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Handmade Vacation Wardrobe

I get a huge kick out of wearing things I've made myself, don't you?

With that in mind, here are some pictures of my handmade items in action on our Hawaiian vacation.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DIY Crop Top

It's time for the 2nd installment in the One T-shirt, Three DIYs miniseries!

In case you missed it, the first project in the series was a hand stamped t-shirt headband that I've been wearing pretty much all the time since I made it.

This second project is a crop top tank top that's perfect for wearing at the beach when you start to get a little crispy and want to cover up your shoulders.  I wore it when I went stand up paddle boarding (my new favorite activity!) in California last week.

And guess what!  It took less than 5 minutes to make.

Monday, July 14, 2014

4 Small Things

Thanks for sticking by me while I took a bit of time away from the blog.  Words have been evading me for the past week or so.

This weekend I focused on a few small things that make me smile.  This is what they were:

1. (Another) new knitting project.  There will be a full post about it soon.

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