Friday, January 16, 2009

Jalie 2449, Crossover Top

This turned out to be the best shot of the top. Me with the "sleepy eyes" as Naiobi said.

I like the style of this blouse. I really like the fabric, Rayon/Spandex jersey. But I HATED sewing it. It is SO stretchy. Not only that, my serger really needs a tune up. I'm going to clean it tonight since that seemed to help it run smoothly for awhile. No, I do not clean my serger after each use even though I've read that I should.

I'm certain I've mentioned before how I can't ever make anything without at least having to tear out 1 seam? Yes, even on the simplest of things, like a pillowcase, I will do something wrong. I think I just jinx myself. This time it was the crossover. It looked fine when I was pinning it. Wrong side out. Yes, I should be able to see the full panel I thought. I serged it together, and once it was right side out, well. Take a look.

Grrrrr. Anyway, the top is REALLY comfy. And I discovered that if I wear a tank top underneath I don't look so lumpy. Good solution until I get in shape.

And I need a big pot. Where does one find a good one that doesn't cost $100? The only place I thought to look was Macy's and they only had 1 and it was $100 and I didn't like it all that much. II headed to Marshall's where they only had small ones. This is what it looks like when I make Chicken Soup. (By the way, I followed this recipe from Rosy Little Things and it's fantastic! First time ever using/trying/tasting parsnips. They're like an offspring of a carrot and a potato.) See how nothing fits? So I cook it for a while, then I have to go back and flip the bird (ha!) and mix the veggies around so that everything gets cooked. I used to make it in 2 pots but the ex took the other pot.

I think I need about a 12 qt one, maybe even a little bigger for when my sister comes over. And I don't like non-stick pots. And I don't like the cheap aluminum ones they sell at the market to steam your tamales either. I want a good one, but don't want to pay $100. Maybe not possible. Suggestions?

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Sewing Start

Finally! I have worked on something in the new year! I have to admit it is cheating a little since I started it last year. I hadn't finished it bc I'd sewn the lining in backwards and was resigned to spend eternity ripping out the 4 lines of stitching. 2 straight and 2 zigzag on black. I'm just about blind and this would have certainly done me in.

I decided that I was just going to cut off the seams I'd sewn and the bag would just end up a tiny bit smaller. It worked for the most part. The only part where there's a slight problem is with the inner pocket. You can see here how it sorta catches the corner. It makes it a little difficult to fit my planner in there, so I've had to slip it into the main compartment.

I'd been wanting this pattern (Green Pepper F875) for a long time and got it sometime last year with a 40% off Joann coupon. I like it but it's not what I expected. First of all, it's WAY too floppy. I like bags to have some structure. At least a little. Floppy bags just make the content all sink towards the middle. I keep a book in here just to keep some of the shape. And secondly, this is the "Big Size." I could have checked dimensions, yada, yada. But I assumed it would be the size of a typical messenger bag. This was originally for the ex. But it's way too small. It's a good size for a purse. I can fit everything from my purse plus a good size book. I really like the divided pocket inside and the zippered pocket in front. An outside back pocket would be good too. Another thing I'm not happy about is that the webbing in the front buckles doesn't catch so that I am forever re-tightening.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

9 Years Ago

My first baby was born. She came out with her arm tucked tightly against her head. You can imagine the pain no? And the damage. No drugs. My choice. Yeah, I'm so tough.

Today is her 9th birthday and she is away at camp. I hope she got the card I mailed and that they acknowledged her special day somehow. We had an early celebration last Friday at the American Girl Place at The Grove. She was ecstatic when she found out. Her friends and I had managed to keep it a secret. It was easy for them as they are still on school break and so there was no temptation to tell her. She went almost wild buying things for the doll using gift money.

We had lunch at the cafe where they provided chairs, cups and saucers for the dolls. In the middle of the table were little containers filled with little strips of questions such as, "When I grow up I want to be..." etc. Omari got the question: What's the hardest thing you've ever been through? Her answer: Finding out my parents were separating. At least she can talk about it openly.

The cake was ENORMOUS and DELICIOUS! We brought a lot home. They served it with peppermint ice cream which nobody liked but looked pretty and went with their theme colors. Everyone had a great time. It was really fun. Naiobi ended up buying a Bitty Twin with Christmas gift money. SO CUTE! She named her Christina. She was so taken with the fact she comes with underwear, hence her lifting up her skirt in that bottom picture.

They even have a doll holder for when the girls go to the bathroom. (ETA 1/3/09- my 5 yo just saw this pic of her on the toilet and said, "Mom that's embarassing!" so I've removed the picture.)

And when she returns from camp, this suitcase is waiting for her. She's been coveting it since she got the doll. Can I tell you that I just SCORED!! The thing costs $92. I got it for $47 shipped and taxed!!!! NEW!!! From them!! Total coincidence I was on the website and there was some kind of kooky sale. She is going to be SO happy and Obi is going to be SO upset.

OH, she was going on and on about how Omari got to buy everything she wanted and that when it was her bday she was going to buy everything she wants Yada, Yada. That girl is just drama!