Monday, July 27, 2015

Featured Maker!

DUDES!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I'm a featured maker at Kollabura! awesome.



Go check it out! And if you aren't on Kollabura, you should get there! It's an amazing community for makers of all sorts.

Happy Monday Loveys


Sunday, July 26, 2015

this week in knitting: Palladio




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I've been working on Palladio. Slowly, at ball games, in the car, wherever, a little bit here, a little bit there.  Especially with my reduced space.  Palladio is an interesting and lovely WIP.  There is a ribbing pattern that will give a lovely twist to the average black sweater.


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Plus, I don't have any plain black sweaters! So, I choose black for this.  Knitting is a great craft to take with you everywhere, it keeps my hands busy and my mind clear.  I need to have a craft going. It's my meditation and my release of stress for the day.

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So, I give you Palladio. Jane Richmond has created a beautiful classic in the Palladio. The slowly blossoming sweater. I am pretty sure I will be done before October, when the temperatures really drop.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Madre Mini's

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My children have acclimated to me having my camera out.  It is an all the time thing. They also know that often they get asked to be a tripod and button pusher.  Sometimes, just sometimes, the pictures are all about them.

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Murphy, the lucky duck, got a little present in the mail the other day.  His very own DINO mini Madre Beads! Doesn't my little elfin child look awesome?!

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He adores it. He hasn't wanted to take it off since he put it on. He doesn't have any mouth related self soothing techniques (read : thumb sucking, chewing on blankets, etc), but I do catch him chewing on his shirts sometimes, and stretching the neck all out pulling it over his knees. He's 7, this is expected.

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He's started chewing on the beads on his Madre, gently, but enough to ease the fidgets. His shirts are grateful!

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At the moment, and for the next week, Madre Beads will be clearing out their Etsy shop to make way for the new madrebeads.com opening August 1st.  Follow @madrebeads on instagram and twitter for daily sales and updates.
madrebeads.com is active, bookmark it!  You may notice someone with a Madre piece named after her! There are some great new pieces coming including more Mini's and animals!

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While this necklace was a gift, I was not required to post my love for MadreBeads.  As a Brand Ambassador, I frequently post about MadreBeads, but really it's because I really love them...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Sewing- Cine Refashions #1

I've got some cool tee shirts, but I really don't like crew neck. I don't mind on tanks, but I am just not into it on tee-shirts.
This used to be a "too small" for my husband tee.  I loved the giraffe on the skateboard as it reminds me of him, in all his gangly awesomeness. Being a really tall guy, he sometimes looks a little like a giraffe...


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I used the Cine Tank as a base for this refashion.  The tee wasn't wide enough to give the little hip flare in the pattern, so I kept it as it was and maintained the original hem too.  The only knit I have been able to get to in the storage unit is this red and white stripe which actually works out well.

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You may not know or remember, but the Cine tank is still available as a free download in the size small. I am settling into my routine here and getting back into the learning curve for this pattern making business...

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The boys took all of these pics.  They are getting better at doing what I suggest.  Although they still just love the snapping of the shutter.

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We played for a while at the school that is across the street.  They have loved having the autonomy of biking around this quiet community my mother lives in and then running over to the school on a moments notice.  I spent most of my summers as a kid doing the same thing! I'm glad they get this experience after so long in the country where they could go biking and see only deer...

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My shoulder was angled a little off in this pic, but you get the idea...

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Photography- Rocket Launching

My sister and her husband do not have kids yet. Which has been awesome for my boys. Especially now that we are an hour away, instead of 4! Recently, they brought, then helped build and then launched rockets... oh and the ice cream truck came around then too...

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The boys have launched rockets with our good good Central Oregon friends, but they have never done the process start to finish. We ended up losing 2 rockets to the wind gods.  Someone has a new squirrel toy in their tree...

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melting minions

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mischievous ice cream eating

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My brother in law has some great t-shirts.  This one is just "meh"

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Ice cream with Auntie and Grandma! 
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sewing- bra making

As a seamstress, and then a blogger, I often have to pose my creations in positions I am not really comfortable with. If you think about underwear and swimsuits, there isn't much distance between the two. Especially if the under garment is not incredibly see through. My favorite seamstress that models in her underpants is Madalynne. She's an expert.

So I give you, the travelling seamstress in her underwears.

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I made a Watson in nude and black.  I wasn't going to use the black, but I realized I didn't have any nude elastic, and I didn't have any dye either. It's all in the storage unit. So I used black. I wanted to make this a little more interesting, and thought about only lining half the cup in the black, thinking that the non lined portion would be much more see through and sexy. I really like this one, even though it was a bit of an experiment. I am loving the Watson pattern, but I want to do the bikini edit, to an actual bra so I can get a racerback effect.

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I also made a wine and lace Marlborough from a Merckwaerdigh kit. I hadn't sewn in weeks when I got out my machine and made this one.  So it is less than perfect. It fits well, and is a great piece, but I can see all the imperfections.

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There isn't much else to say about these. They get worn all the time, and I am trying to get a few more made up  before to long. Right now, this is the perfect sewing project because it is small. My sewing corner here at my Mother's is small.  These two things together and the fact that I can make a Watson/Marlborough in a couple hours fills in my sewing gaps.

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However, I really have some bigger projects that need to get done. I also have big organizing to do for my mom.  This is all to distract myself from waiting for the house to sell...


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Our personal goal is not to get into a new house before our old house sells. This is made easier because we have lots of family and friends in this neck of the woods, but it means we are in transition long term.

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At least I've got a smile, my kiddos, my hubs, and my sewing machine. right?


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

photography- blueberry picking

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Being in the Northwest again means berries all summer! fresh, out of your yard, down the street, or at the many farms all over this corner of the state. We went out to Sauvie's Island to pick blueberries with friends, and eat blueberries with friends too.

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blueberry picking