Monday, October 31, 2011

happy...




...halloween! :-)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

sweat, tears...

...and a little blood added to the details!


Whew...the "easy" costume is all finished and ready for tomorrow's halloween festivities.  Yesterday's unusual October snowstorm was not the least bit inspiring -- but Ms. Lori Holt's Pink Lemonade Party certainly was!  While it was snowing, and, as I was sewing, I kept thinking about how nice it would be to open the windows and have the spring breezes floating through the house while sipping on some of that lemonade...  I'm going to need some of that inspiration to get me through what looks like a loooonnnnng, cooooolllld, winter ahead.... 


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

best friend(s)...

them...forever...


mine...this week...


Saturday, October 22, 2011

chicken little...

...the sky is falling...

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Oh, no!  Astronaut Barbie has discovered that space junk is cascading towards the earth and will be here this weekend.  Click here to read all about it... 


Monday, October 17, 2011

technical issues...

This...


...does not bother me (yet).  Why?  because now I have an outlet on the landing in my stairwell to the second floor.  Yay!  :-) 



This is one of "those things" that took years to finally come to the "top of the list".  It then took my very smart hubby-- assisted by my very smart son -- two hours to complete -- except for that little patch of sheetrock up there in the 1st photo.  But, that's in the stairwell to the basement -- so I can live with it (for now...)

I was so excited to be able to plug in my halloween decorations that I even settled for the "brown" extension cord.  I WILL be going to the store, later today, to purchase a white one.  :-)

This...


...DOES bother me!  I do not like the way the skirt looks attached to the bodice -- soooo -- Miss Alice will be wearing separate pieces.  It will be much more flattering to her figure -- and, when it's done, will fit her just "right"...  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

caturday thoughts...

Friday, October 14, 2011

brain booster friday...

While we were waiting for Sofia to go into school this morning, she pulled out her weekly "brain booster" sheet.  There are maybe 6 or 8 brain boosters on the sheet, and, if she guesses them all correctly, she gets an extra credit.  They are fun -- and give your brain something good to think about -- you know -- instead of thinking about silly, small, annoying things that you can't change and are a waste of time...such as:  Why do weathermen get paid even if their predictions are wrong?  Why do the politicians argue like a bunch of 3 year old children?

Anyhow...here is one of the brain boosters that I couldn't figure out -- so now it will be stuck in my head all day, or, until I figure it out.  Maybe you can help?


If you have never done a "brain booster" before -- here is an example of what it is.  The word in the photo below is "BUCK".  Notice that the letter "B" is at the bottom of the word, and the letters "U-C-K" are above it.  The answer to this brain booster would be...let's say it together now... "Buck Up"!  Very good!  :-)


So, if you think you know the answer to the first photo now, then leave me a comment...or not (do I really want to go back to thinking about the silly, annoying, waste-of-time things?)

Now that your brain is boosted -- go out and have an awesome Friday!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

possessed...

 ...by the dress!

   possessed...by the dress

The sleeves and neckline facing are finished.  My client did not want the standard "alice" peter pan collar -- which would have been fine had she told me when I created the pattern.  I was able to do just a facing at the neckline -- and...my client is satisfied with how it looks.

Now I am moving on to the skirt -- but I need to measure my remaining fabric.  If I don't have enough for the fullness I want -- then it may be "off with my head"... Oh, wait!  That was last year...

Happy Thursday :-)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

look who's in charge now...

Before Sofia left for school this morning, she reminded me that I MUST work on her costume.  She asked me what I need to do to get it done -- and then apparently handed over her "supervisor" position to someone else.

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So, I had better get moving...those sleeves are not going to attach themselves!  :-)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

hop to it...

video

What gorgeous weather!  And, we definitely deserve it.  We spent part of the day outside putting up some halloween decorations.



Hope you were able to take advantage of the weather too.  :-) 

Friday, October 7, 2011

remembering...

...Steve Jobs

Why am I writing this post?  Because, when I was a "career girl" -- he was a big part of what I did everyday as a systems software analyst/programmer.  I worked in a department of 4 people originally involved in the "computerization" of a major NY law firm.  I never shook this man's hand, but, I attended his seminars.  My boss at the time was intensely "jealous" of him -- which meant that he thought of him as a genius.

That was a long time ago...and now...I feel that this is the end to that chapter in my history...

Events such as this can allow us to move forward, and, surprisingly sometimes more freely than we would have expected.

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So, today...I am moving forward to whatever I set for myself as a goal...and, maybe to make...a teeny dent...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

the halloween transformation begins...

13/52

...bwa ha ha!!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

afternoon shadows...

On my front porch...


October is looking lovely here today!  Hope it is where you are too.  :-)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

easy peasy halloween art...


Supplies:

blank canvas
1 sheet of  your favorite halloween 12" x 12" scrapbook paper
ribbon
hole puncher

Instructions:

Using the hole puncher, make a hole in each of the 4 corners of the sheet of scrapbook paper.  Thread ribbon through the top left corner hole and tie in a knot.  Wrap ribbon around the back of the canvas and pull towards the bottom left hole.  Cut this piece long enough so that you can thread it through the bottom hole and tie in a knot.  Repeat this for the right side.


Display proudly in your favorite place!


Mine is displayed in that "blank spot" above the cabinet in our powder room.

:-)