Month: May 2014

Mother’s Day / May Weather / Cooking and Crafting Fails

Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom a girl could ask for! In honor of Mother’s Day (even though she’s half the country away), I used this recipe to make cinnamon rolls this morning (well, last night/this morning… they were overnighters)! It was my first attempt at homemade cinnamon rolls. It failed. I’m thinking it was a combination of not making any high altitude adjustments and not letting it rise long enough in the morning, but they were pretty dense. Flavor was ok… but they were definitely not the big fluffy cinnamon rolls I was going for. :( Next time less impatience. More deliciousness. Also in honor of Mother’s Day, I attempted the ‘cut a wine bottle with nail polish remover and string’ thing. Wanted to make her a nice DIY candle. That failed too. :/ I tried three different kinds of string/yarn, 4 different bottles… but only got one to work. And it wasn’t very nice. I tried to sand it down, and went ahead and made a candle out of it anyway (thought maybe I …

Sew Stretchy: The Monthly Stitch

My May entry for The Monthly Stitch! Sew Stretchy! To be honest I feel more frightened of sewing wovens than knits… but one of these days I should probably learn the proper way to sew stretchy fabrics. For now I’m just faking it as I go… I found this awesome floral jersey at Joann’s and immediately remembered this contrast back sheath dress tutorial.  I traced the shape from a shirt and pencil skirt like the tutorial suggests. I cut the front and back and sewed the side seams… then tried it on. I decided the fabric was too thin for me to feel comfortable in. So instead I folded the top inside the skirt to give it a lining, added some elastic at the top and a ruffle layer at the bottom to give it some extra length and turned it into a flared pencil skirt. The purple jersey was leftover from the last skirt I made. With it being lined, it’s super comfortable and I’ll definitely wear it… but for my next project I’m hoping to go …

I have the best coworkers… just sayin’

“These are for the Captain” was all I heard behind me. I turned around to see these being handed through the pharmacy window: My techs know that I’ve been worn down lately. After taking over as Flight Commander almost two months ago, it’s been one thing after another and I’ve been averaging 11-13 hour work days plus weekends. We’re getting everything together, and it shouldn’t stay like this forever, but for now it’s busy. Very busy. But this was such an unexpected surprise… I almost started crying right then and there. I’ve been truly blessed (can I say blessed if I’m not religious?) to be working with such a great group of people. We may have our ups and downs in the workplace, but at the end of the day everyone really cares about one another. And with that I really couldn’t ask for more! So I set the flowers by my checking station and got to smell them the rest of the day. Count a narc… smell the flowers… check a dose… smell the …

Me-Made-May… maybe next year :)

I’m just getting into this whole sewing world, and I’m realizing more and more every time I come online that the online sewing community is massive! :) It’s awesome. Seriously… lately I’ve been going online in the evenings and Danny keeps asking me what I’m doing. My answer is always something like “oh, you know, surfing the interwebs”… then he says “pinteresting?” (lol)… then I say “no… reading sewing blogs!”. Can you tell how I spend my time online?… :) I’m not sure which one makes me awesomer… but I’m pretty sure he thinks I’ve gone a little insane. But that’s okay with me!… and anyway I can’t keep up! There are so many! (And yes, I realize I just created a whole slew of words in that paragraph…). So anyway, it seems that everyone and their sister (and mother and brother) is participating in Me-Made-May or “MMM’14” – it’s a challenge for people to make a conscious effort to wear the items that they make. I would have loved to participate… but I have two …

Chiffon, Tulle & Jersey Knit Reversible Skirt

This is my 100th post on WordPress! Crazy! In honor of that, I got brave and had Danny take pictures of me for this one. As you may have noticed, I usually do headless shots of myself… half because I really don’t like taking pictures of myself… and half because usually when I finish making something I’m too lazy to brush my hair enough to look half decent for the picture. My hair spends most of its time in a sock bun at work; the rest of the time it’s usually wet from the shower in a messy bun. Today, though, is my first real day off in about a month (work has been a bit crazy) :/ — I had a few errands to run (picked up a few things for a project I’m working on for that day coming up next Sunday)… so I actually fixed my hair! I figured it was a prime opportunity to get a few photos of my new skirt. I made this one for the May Sew-along for Pretty …