Archive | September, 2011

Self-Stitched-September: Days 4 and 6

7 Sep

It has been a rainy and yucky first week of September here in Maryland.  I have actually been keeping up with my Self-Stitched-Sept duties but I haven’t taken pictures.

Over Labor Day weekend I really really wanted to go to the beach. Really really badly.  But for some reason unknown to me, Edwin refused to go.  We had it out and I threw a fit [out of my character, but completely necessary sometimes] so we ended up going to the Catoctin Mountain Park which is about an hour away from our house.  Here is a picture of the lake:

I couldn’t believe how uncrowded it was- or how low the lake was.  It was perfect for Andres and for splashing around.  We spent the night at the Cozy Inn nearby.  The whole town is close to Camp David and reporters stay at the Inn a lot.  Each room is decorated in a different Presidential theme.  Last year we were in the Eisenhower room.  Kitschy: yes.

This is what I wore Day Four:

Top: Anthropologie    Skirt: Simplicity 2698 made from Chambray    Toddler: For Sale

And this is what I wore to work today on Day Six:

Highly-Flammable Top: Vogue 1170   Skirt: Also Vogue 1170  Shoes:BC   Belt: Zaaa Goodwill 

Crazed look on face:  Combination of working with half-naked women with body issues all day, rainy rush hour traffic, and trying not to listen to the telenovela thats blaring on stage left.  Let’s note that this was the only usable picture because Edwin refused to get off the sofa to snap some photos.

Self-Stitched-September: Day One

2 Sep

Alright here it goes:

[I promise I’m not really this fat in real life.]

Shirt: From T.J.Maxx  Skirt:  Simplicity 2258  Shoes:  Sugar

This is my first foray into the Self-Stitched or Me-Made month events.  I can’t promise I’ll do it everyday but what’s there to lose???  Taking pictures is hard enough around here.  I tried to explain [in Spanglish] that I wanted my feet at the bottom and my head at the top and a dozen pictures later. . . . nada.  So my dad took this one and this one it is!  Posing, flatterly, and red eye be damned.

I made this skirt from Simplicity 2258 back in February.  I haven’t blogged about it yet because I am lazy.  I am forever on a quest for a jean skirt.  This one is kinda meh.  I got the less than two yards of fabric from Joann’s on super clearance. I finished the seams with a hong kong finish.  I believe  I made this while watching Zoolander.   The problems are that it has an elastic waistband that is mommy-friendly but not so cool and it doesn’t have enough seams to be interesting.   The original pattern has a self fabric tie that covers up the hideous waistband but since my skirt is denim, it only made me look ‘fluffier’.   So it is worn around the house.

By the way, I’m over myself  [from the earlier post]

Ugh. In more recent developments, my son just peed himself all over his bed, stuffed animals, and into in his rainboots.  Shoot me.

Oy vey.

1 Sep

Wow.  I haven’t been on here for a while.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing. Or blog-stalking. 

This is what I have been doing:

  • I took a shitty vacation to the beach with my son.  We stayed with a friend at her beach house where my friend’s son continuously beat up my two-year old.  Longest three days ever.
  • Went to Rhode Island for my last vacation as a family.  My parents are divorcing.  Awkward much?
  • Got a raise!
  • Dealt with a couple dozen full moon customers at work.  You know, the crazy kind.  One came in high and offered me drugs.  She is a 47-year old mother of three and returned everything the next day.  I lost a couple of hours of my life. Another lost 50 pounds and wondered why nothing fit right anymore. 
  • Trying to potty train my son before his diaper-free preschool starts in two weeks.  Unsuccessfully.
  • Sewed a chambray skirt.  Looking for buttons to finish a shirtdress.
  • Did I mention my parents are divorcing?  And we are currently living in the same house.

I know the  internet isn’t the best place for posting this stuff and I completely understand that I only have first-world problems.  I feel stupid for even doing this. No one is dead. We have the basics- plus internet!  But jeez- I am going to explode soon. Explode- or melt into the floorboards.