Month: June 2014

ISFJ

I hate when these personality profiles act like they’re going to know more about me than I do. But then sometimes (ok, who am I kidding… most of the time) they are freakishly accurate. I’ve done a bunch of these things… but haven’t gotten my Myers-Briggs type before. You should try it :) This is me… the ISFJ! It’s not 100%… but it’s pretty darn close. What’s your personality type? While we’re on the subject, I also highly recommend reading this book: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. I know there are a ton of books out there on the subject, but this one really drew me in for some reason. I grew up being called shy and quiet and everything else your typical introvert hears on a daily basis. As corny as it sounds, this book has helped me understand myself better and I think it could be a super important read for any extroverted parents with introverted kids. Or for anyone, really. It’s important not only in home life, …

Happy Father’s Day!

My dad is awesome. Check out his garden: Actually, this is an old picture… I think he has a bunch more growing in there now. But I like this picture with the rainbow :) So he’s retired and spends most of his time in the garden. Therefore a tie is probably the last thing in the world he actually needs. But then again I’m pretty sure he doesn’t actually NEED anything. For his birthday a little over a week ago I got him a Frog Log… yes, this is actually a thing… their website calls it a “Critter Saving Escape Ramp”. So you can tell how desperate I was for ideas. LOL… ok, actually I think the Frog Log is brilliant… but hey, that’s just me… I spent too much time in my childhood fishing out California newts (absolutely adorable creatures) from the pool to think this is NOT an essential device for everyone with a pool. But anyway – it’s Father’s Day, and a handmade tie seemed appropriate now that I’m sewing :) So that’s …

Oh, The Things You Can Subscribe To These Days

If you know me at all… you know that I love getting mail! And sending mail for that matter. We’ll just say I love supporting the postal service. :) So when I randomly stumbled across this blog and read her Stitch Fix review, I was immediately intrigued. Apparently it’s very popular… not sure how I haven’t come across it before. But… I’m giving it a try :) Now that I’m officially getting out of the military (more on that later), I feel like I need to attempt to create a real adult wardrobe. I’ve started this with my sewing – and that’s definitely the main avenue I’d like to go down. But I’ve realized I also need to figure out what my style is. And if I can have someone pick out my clothes for me – rather than having me default to the same old styles I’ve been wearing for years – all the better! If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix – check it out –  the skinny: they have you fill out a huge style …

4th of July Table Runner

This was another fabric from my grandma stash. I knew when I picked it out I’d use it to make some kind of 4th of July decoration… but wasn’t sure what until I found this Pleated and Pressed Table Runner tutorial. It’s not a fabric I would typically pick out, but I thought it would be appropriate for something quilted. Here are a few more pics of the finished product:   It was a fun pattern; the pleats were a bit of a pain but not bad after working with a few (I ended up taping them down as I sewed like the tutorial recommended) but overall pretty simple to make! I’d like to make another at some point… maybe in a solid color for everyday. The backing on this one is a piece of a blue sheet that I picked up from goodwill and I ended up using regular fleece instead of batting because that’s what I had on hand. Overall cost ~$3. (SP35) We’re supposed to have a BBQ at our house on the 4th …