If I could hire one person to work for me, I would hire a personal chef. If I could hire two people to work for me, I would hire a personal chef and a clothing designer. Is it just me or does it seem like finding the right piece of clothing--in the right size, color, style is difficult. I think I have also gotten pickier as I get older, I'm not as willing to pay for something I don't love. I also really dislike buying something everyone and their mother is wearing. The biggest turnoff for me is when a salesperson says, "Oh, this is our most popular [fill in the blank]." When I hear those words I usually won't buy the item. But enough complaining from me because recently I've been very happy with the pieces added to my wardrobe.
I don't really know how describe my "style". I tend to favor clothes that are simple, modern and feminine. Last month at Amy's booksigning party a few people recognized me because of the tunic I was wearing, even though I hadn't posted photographs of it before. I used my trusty ol' Built By Wendy pattern you may recall I've used manytimesbefore. This time around I put on the dress sleeves and lengthened the shirt so it looked more like a tunic. I chose a crisp black and white gingham inspired by Jenny [oh, and the fact that it was 50% off in the remnants section]. So needless to say, I really love the versatility of this pattern. Speaking of Miss Jenny, I am now the proud owner of two Wiksten pieces which are so well-made and fun to wear. The detail on these pieces is amazing, I literally gasped when I opened up my package. And now Jenny, Hannah and I are triplets!
:: wiksten tova dress ::
:: wiksten tova shirt ::
One of my favorite things to wear is a black dress. I love black dresses that have just enough detail to make them interesting--like the lantern sleeves on my new-ish [store bought] dress.
Ok, enough clothes-related talk. I'm off to Mariko's cookie party tonight with pizzelles and cupcakes in tow. In case you're wondering I'll be wearing something loose-fitting.
[Update: The black dress is from Old Navy. Mariko's cookie party was REALLY fun. Everyone brought delicious treats to share. Unfortunately our cupcakes didn't make it to the party due to an accidental slip down the stairs by a certain 4-year-old carrying the cupcake container. His sad little face was priceless.]
The next morning, after a little change of plans, I headed up to Seattle with the family for an impromptu weekend getaway. As soon as we arrived in the city we drove straight to Dahlia Bakery for some yummy mini coconut cream pies. We then had a fun touristy crab + clam dinner on the waterfront. On Saturday morning I headed over to Blair's house and proceeded to talk nonstop for the next 5 hours or so. We chatted in almost every room of her home [which is so beautiful and filled with handmade goodness + artwork], inside the car, at the trunk show, at lunch, you name it. And I still left feeling like there was so much more to talk about [you're coming to visit soon, right Blair?]. Oh, and look who left with some wise craft goodness of her own? [I left her with a fewgoodies as well.]
I was secretly coveting this pillow when I first saw it over here. It is made from a beautiful grey wool and backed in lovely blue wool. Love it, love it, love it.
And as if the pillow wasn't enough, Blair made me my very own patchwork purse! Just what I need to brighten up my neutral wardrobe. Isn't it nice having crafty [and generous] friends? I have loads of Seattle photographs which I'll post in a different journal entry. After three days of play I've been catching up on some housework and freelance projects. I've also been trying to clean up my studio which is in desperate need of a worktable and shelving [on my "to buy" list after the holidays]. Part of my big studio clean up involves sorting through my fabric, keeping what I really love and letting go of what I probably won't be using anytime soon. I'm putting together some fabric + trim boxes, some will be gifts for friends and others will make their way into the shoppe or tag sale site.
Have you all started your holiday shopping or gift-making? I still need to finish making my list. Yikes, is it really Thanksgiving next week? One thing on my gift-making list is making some calendars. I've been wanting to design a calendar for the past four years and have yet to accomplish this task. I'm hoping to make a small batch this year for friends and family. Wish me luck. Oh, and I think I need to make a few blurb books as well.
A big "thank you" to everyone who ordered some holiday stationery from the shoppe. Your orders have been shipped out. I'm planning for a big shoppe update right after Thanksgiving which means I better get back to work!
:: enjoying the final days of summer :: preparing myself for Big J's first day of preschool :: celebrating Appah's birthday with a big group of friends :: working on projects at a leisurely pace :: meeting up with old friends :: eating good food :: spending less time on the computer [as a result of a crashed laptop + really slow old laptop] :: accepting the fact that I just can't respond to every email I receive, even though I really want to :: or keep up with blog reading :: envisioning a bit of a lifestyle change for this fall :: looking forward to a new pace :: see you next week [I'll be updating the shoppe in a week or two] ::
Gee, I didn't mean to take a blog break, but I guess I needed a little time away. Thank you for all the well wishes and kind words about the new sling. Big J's cast doesn't seem to be slowing him down at all. In fact he was teaching Baby J how to "fly" from the staircase this morning. Oh yes, there is never a dull moment around our house.
I've recovered from my nagging cough [thanks for all the home remedies!], but managed to pinch a nerve in my neck which I suppose was my body's way of telling me to "slow down". Being a go-go-go type of person, I usually only slow down if my body forces me to, which sometimes is a blessing in disguise. So instead of late-night crafting [which is when I do the majority of my work], I went to bed at a decent hour every night this week.
Of course taking time off means I'm behind on a few projects, but I'll worry about playing catch-up next week. This weekend I'm still on s l o w mode--we're hosting a BBQ, celebrating a friend's 4th birthday, eating more pizzelles and homemade ice cream and enjoying what feels like are the last days of summer.
Have a fantastic weekend! [And don't forget to check out the one in ten auction on Sunday morning. You can find wall + pocket 28 up for grabs as well as loads of beautiful artwork and handmade goods. More details here.]