Friday, May 30, 2008

Apron Swap- Done!

Well I finished it! This apron is for the apron swap I joined at A Feathered Nest. My swap buddy's name is Mona and she lives in Missouri. I don't know a single thing about her except that she doesn't like Olive Green. She doesn't have a blog and so, well, I hope she likes it.

Tag, I'm it!

Melissa has tagged me with a little "get to know you better" questionnaire, so here it goes:

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?
Falling madly in love with my now husband. We'd just started dating. I was also nearing my 1 year anniversary at my job.

2.) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

Well I already did some like making lunches, dropping off girls and coming to work. And the rest are pretty mundane and ordinary like pick up the girls and make dinner. But tonight my #1 thing on my to do list is: SEW SOMETHING! I've been on a sewing haitus for about 2 weeks just b/c I don't have time. I will be sewing my buddy's apron for the apron swap at A Feathered Nest. And #2, cut out some nightgowns for the girls.

3) Snacks I enjoy:
Cafe Mocha or Mocha Latte from Coffee Bean, Fruit, Chocolate

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
I would do what most other people would do: Pay off my bills and buy a house here and in NY (family there). Buy our parents a house and help out our families in one way or another. Set up my girls for college or whatever when they graduate from high school and donate to all the places that have helped us out: Pitzer College, Streetlights, KCET and some sort of green organization. I would buy lots of comfy but still cute shoes. Those are expensive.

5) Places I have lived:
Just in California: L.A., Claremont, Culver City. Places I would want to live: Oregon, Montana, Colorado. There's a nature girl somewhere in me LOL!

6.) Jobs I have had:
Packing Warehouse in highschool-that was tiring! Gas station with a fast food joint- also in high school; and many receptionist jobs before becoming a social worker 11 years ago.

7.) 6 peeps I wanna know more about (and in no particular order):
1. Reethi from Weekend Crafting

Trini (I don't know if that's her name) from Life Happens, Be Positive


4. Sarah from Chicago is 1230 Miles from Maine

5. E. Peevie from The Green Room

6. Sarah &/or Josh from Sewer-Sewist.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

McCall 5384- Blue Blouse

I made this a few weeks ago but have been to lazy to post it. Why can't blogger have a drag and drop option for adding pictures? It's such a PITB to have to browse for each pic.

Anyway, I loved this fabric's color and lightness. It is silk that I found in the Joann's clearance section marked down to $3 from $12. I really, really like the blouse. It's very comfortable and cool to wear. However, the blouse is HUGE! Being that I never make a muslin, I had to take it in after it was constructed. I took in a good 3 inches in the sleeves, tapering down to about 1 1/2 at the hip. I also had to eliminate about 2 inches from the curved horizontal seam. With those modifications the blouse looks much better. The only thing is the prego look. That may be b/c my fabric is not very drapey.




And now maybe you can help me with this boo boo. This worked well as a quick fix and I got to wear the blouse. But, at the end of the day the edges were fraying a bit and so I'm now afraid to wash it. What should I do? Fray check?

A Cheesey, Ketchupy Mess

Well, I'd been trying to find the time to make this Hamburger Cake. I envisioned it was going to look as smooth and delectable as Melissa's cake. But I admit that I am at times not very patient and I just wanted to check it off my list already! The important thing is, the kids thought it was a riot and even more importantly, it was delicious! We spent Memorial weekend in San Diego with our pals down there. We ate lots and lots of delicious food: ceviche, turkey burgers, turkey hot dogs, cupcakes from Cupcakes Squared, and of course, my delicious birthday punch. And so Ant and I decided to start the South Beach Diet together. I swear if it wasn't for that girl I'd be a fat cow! She's always dragging me back, kicking and screaming, to thinness. Or to the goal of being more healthy if you want to get PC.

Anyway, we had a grand old time eating it up. The biggest disappointment for the girls was the fact that the sun didn't come out enough to go swimming. Oh well. Next time. Instead, we tried out the Wii and now we want one! The girls also had a tea party which Omari and Naiobi thoroughly enjoyed.

Before the weekend I made 2 little tote bags for 2 little boys with uncoordinating crayon rolls. Now I don't work well without a pattern or detailed instructions, so you can see that my bag is a little short and a little too narrow. That's because I didn't account for the seam allowance that would be taken up when I sewed up the contrasting band at the top and didn't take into account any of the other seam allowances either. You live and learn right? The bags had a coloring book, a Disney Cars car and the crayon roll with crayons.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Today’s my Day!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my birthday! It’s childish how much I look forward to it. I start thinking about it at the beginning of the year. About what I’m going to do, how I’m going to mark the occasion. Hmmm, no wonder Naiobi plans her birthday all year long!

It’s like I love myself more today! More than any other day of the year. It’s as if I give myself permission to treasure myself. Today is MY day! I always take the day off of work and usually spend it alone. I like being alone and I take the day to enjoy that. I have spent the day at the beach, spent the day at the spa, at the movies. Today I was going to go the Urban Craft Center but they are in the process of moving. I had planned to take patterns and fabric and just cut. I guess I will have to do it at home now. Maybe I'll catch a movie.

Sometime at the end of January I decided I wanted a karaoke party and I had one this past Saturday at Irene the Queen’s house. Thanks girl! Although, I’m a pro at throwing kid parties and big work parties, I was a little nervous about having a big party for myself. This was my first time doing karaoke and I am HOOKED. That thing is going on my Christmas wish list. Kevin and I and my mom were SHOCKED when Omari got up to sing Lionel Richie's All Night Long. Kevin handed the mike to her and she took off with it. She's typically shy and doesn't like to perform in front of people. I was really proud of her.

The party was a blast. Goretti gave me the recipe to her delicious punch and it was a hit. And I just scored with the Joann's gift cards. I already spent $50 yesterday. I also got gift cards for eBay, Starbucks, Michael's, iTunes and Target. These people KNOW me. I used to think that gift cards were a cheap gift because I felt that not much thought went into them. But they are Da Bomb! I got Books (from people who know I'm struggling with myself right now), blouses, a necklace, a little keepsake box with matching album, smelly stuff, wine, and this cute little Disney pitcher.

My mama went home yesterday and she spoiled me with gifts. She bought me 2 tops, one that I'm wearing today, the dress that I wore to my birthday bash, these cute little Dansko sandals and gave me cash!

I felt like a cheater because my whole birthday dinner was store bought. Except for the pesto pasta. I made that myself. But I didn't make the cake and I didn't make the lasagna. I had planned to make my birthday dress but I just didn't have time. My mom asked me what I was wearing for my birthday party 3 days before the event and I told her that I wanted to make myself a dress, hoping that she would say, Oh, I'll help you with it. But she didn't. The only sewing I did consists of that little brown panel on the front of my dress. If I had boobs and cleavage I would have left it as it was. But my chest looks like the Grand Canyon in stuff like this.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The ABCs of Me

I swiped this from Confessions of a Craft Addict. I hadn't seen this one yet and I liked it.

Accent: Los Angeles accent. I swore up and down for years that I didn't have one. But people who aren't from here, hear it.

Book that I like: I like tons of books and will not name a favorite.

Chore I don't care for: Vacuuming

Dog or Cat: Neither. I don't like animals

Essential Electronics: Computer of course! Camera, cell phone, ipod

Favorite Cologne: I don't wear any. I like to smell clean and simple so just Dove soap and Lubriderm lotion

Gold or Silver: Gold

Handbag I carry most often: I have 2. A brown one and a green one. I need more.

Insomnia: Never

Job Title: CSW III (Children's Social Worker)

Kids: 2 girls, Omari 8 and Naiobi 3

Living Arrangements: Husband, daughters and I live in a small duplex in L.A.

Most Admirable Trait: I'm honest.

Naughtiest Childhood Behavior: Running after my sisters with a big scary knife.

Overnight hospital stays: Just for delivering babies.

Phobias: I'm not scared of anything.

Quote: This is my favorite: Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.

Religion: I stopped going to my Catholic church at age 13. Gave it up completely when I was 20 and have chosen not to replace it with anything after my searches were disappointing. God is in me.

Siblings: I am the oldest of 3 girls.

Time I wake up: Somewhere between 5:30 and 6am.

Unusual Talent or Skill: I can wiggle my ears.

Vegetable I Refuse to Eat: I will eat anything.

Worst Habit: Nailbiting, quite unattractive.

X-rays: Just dental. Have never broken anything.

Yummy Stuff: Seafood, Chocolate chocolate chip muffins, and tropical or exotic fruits

Zoo Animal I Like Most: Gorillas

Anyone else want to play along?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Untitled (Notetaker and trip to Mexico)

Well, I couldn't think of a title. But I'm back from Mexico and my notetaker has been unveiled. I gave it to my mom for Mother's Day. It was fairly easy to make. Cutting everything out was time consuming, but that part always is. I was mostly happy with it. I think the outside needs something. I used a hair tie instead of the ribbon for the closure. It traveled all the way to Mexico with me so I could give it to my mom. She drove down there with me.

This is my 90 year old grandmother. I have tons of pictures of me in this very kitchen when I was growing up.

This is my grandmother's "chulada", beautiful thing, and a pack of needles I found in one of the drawers. She had stuff on top of the machine so I couldn't open it up and photograph it properly. Can you believe they used to sell 25 needles in a pack?

Here's my grandmother on the day of her birthday party. This is on our way in to church (like a quinceanera). To her right is her second oldest daughter, my Tia Lola. It always tripped me out how tiny she is. My Tia Coty, her daughter in law, is on her left. I have no idea what Coty is short for.

And here is my mom, me and my girls and my sister and her kids, minus my nephew who was kept in the car due to behavioral disruptions.

This is the front of my grandmother's house. Right above Naiobi is this little window box dedicted to La Virgen.

Right behind the girls there, my grandmother used to run a candy store. I LOVED that as you can imagine.

And this here is my cousin Zuly. She lets us ALL stay with her when we visit. My mom was raised mostly by Zuly's mom, my Tia Lola above. And so she's closest to this part of her family. Zuly's family owns and runs Refacciones Monreal. It's an auto parts business. My aunt Lola and uncle now live in Arizona due to growing fears of abduction for ransom as has become popular in recent years in Mexico.

I had a good time. It was HOT. Unfortunately, my stomach of steel failed me (I swear, this has never happened to me before!) and I was sick Friday and Saturday. The good thing about that is I didn't gain 4 lbs like moms did. We've been invited back for a 50th wedding anniversary in March.

This is a picture of Omari, bored out of her wits. It's not fun when there's no other kids around and the adults and just talking and talking.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I'm leaving for a bit

My mom and I and my girls are leaving early tomorrow to my mom's hometown.

San Luis Rio Colorado Actually, not much of the Colorado River is left there. Actually, I think not any of it is left. My grandmother and her first husband were some of the first settlers in this region. They were paid to move from their state of Michoacan and settle in San Luis along with a bunch of other families.

How I'm getting there It's a 5 hour drive. Not too bad. We'll be there until Monday. I'm taking Tuesday off of work to recover and do laundry and stuff. Like catch up on all my blog reads!

Ever since I was little, I have coveted my grandmother's Singer sewing machine that you have to push a pedal to make it run. It's so cool looking. I once told her to leave it to me when she died. She was quite offended! It's funny thinking about that now but I have to admit, I still want it. I wonder if she remembers that. Well, see ya Tuesday with lots of pics.

OH, and my little patch job did okay but it's not gonna work once I put this in the wash. If you have suggestions, I'll take 'em. I ended up really liking this top. You think that Fray glue would work? Or would it look glue-y? Hasta luego!

OH, and one more thing. When I get back I'm going to be making an apron for this Apron Swap over at A Feathered Nest. How fun does that look? I even convinced Carla to participate.