Thursday, January 30, 2014

Still sNOw School

So, today wraps up the end of the sewing week AND the end of the Snowpocalypse 2014. We actually went out and drove tonight and the roads are clear. There are still smatterings of snow here and there, but it is mostly gone. The highs this weekend will be back in the mid 60s and even up to 70 next week. Bizarre, right? The kiddos head back to school tomorrow. I hope you have enjoyed our snow pictures as much as we enjoyed having it. The last time we had snow was Christmas 2010. So, here are my last round of snow pics. Monday it's back to business as usual!



Yep - we did go 'sledding' on our beach boogie boards. Remember, no snow here - so we had to improvise! We are only 4 hrs from the beach :)










So, tomorrow her snow man will probably be gone :( But it was fun while it lasted. Fortunately, we stayed warm and safe. My prayers go out to all of those impacted adversely. And when you see the jokes posted about southerners and the storm - remember those who died this week from it, those who were in car accidents, those who were cold, and then remember it's not that funny.

Hope to see you next week with some gorgeous outfits! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

sNOw School Today :)

So today was Snow Day #2 and we had a blast. We ended up getting about 3" of snow. I know everyone in the north and midwest have been laughing at us over our 2-4" of snow, but it really is/was a dangerous situation here. First of all, our cities do not have the infrastructure to handle snow. Frankly, it is a cost/benefit thing. The last snow like this we had was in 2010. It's just not cost effective to have snow plows and salt trucks to use every four years or so. Second, we do not have cars equipped for driving in this weather. We don't have snow tires or chains. Third, we are not used to driving in icy conditions. Just this morning alone, there were about 65 accidents. I am grateful our administrators have cancelled school as they have to keep families out of the situations that occurred in Atlanta and Birmingham. And they have also cancelled school tomorrow because our temperature today didnt get above freezing and the snow that is left as well as that which has melted will turn back into ice overnight. The good news is we will be back in the sixties by the end of the week.

So, since we didn't go to school, I don't have an outfit, but here are some of my husband's snow pics from yesterday. It's a rare unicorn for us down here in the Southeastern United States, so enjoy!













The good news is, I already have two outfits in the tank for next week AND I was able to go ahead and get pics of them with our snowy backdrop! Come back tomorrow for more snow day pics and next week we will have more outfits!

If you are in the south and still have snow and ice, be safe!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snow Day!

Well, today did actually end up being the beginning of the Snowpocalypse (as we call it around these parts.) I think our weathermen were afraid of a beating after hyping everything up, but around 5pm, the heavens opened up and the snow started to fall. It is still lightly falling, but starting to taper off. So, school was cancelled today and will be cancelled tomorrow because our low is going down to the teens and all of this beautiful snow will be ice in the mornings. We southerners don't have the snow clearing equipment areas that are more used to this get. But here are some pictures in the fun. These are my cell phone, the hubs will probably have his professional grade ones tomorrow.





Also, a friend of mine posted this recipe and we tried it. It was really good!!


I do have our outfit ready to go for school Thursday. I am thinking they should go back then. AND on the upside, I will be able to get SNOW pics in this outfit. How often can I do that? Funny thing is - our highs this weekend are back up to the mid 60s.

For all of my visitors and friends impacted by this storm, stay safe and try to stay off the roads. I know our friends in Birmingham and Atlanta got hit harder than they expected. And a special thank you to our first responders, medical workers and all essential employees who are working during this time.

Stop by tomorrow for the REAL snow pics :)

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Twirling Dervish

Outfit 79 - 2013-14 School Year

This has been that weekend. The weekend where everything lines up in your head as far as scheduling, but in practice nothing at all works out. I usually start my weeks sewing the Friday before. That didn't happen this weekend. My son made All District Honor Choir and he had practice Friday from 5:30-8:30 not to mention, she actually was home sick from Thursday at lunch through Friday. Saturday morning he had to be back at 845 until 3. Then we had to have him back for his concert at 6. My daughter also had her theater class on Saturday. Fortunately, though, she was feeling better. So, I figured I would just sew Sunday. I ran with my ladies running group Sunday morning, then went to Walmart to get supplies for a Premier Jewelry party that I hosted Sunday afternoon. When I got home, I had to shower, get the house cleaned up and cook for the party. Well, when I walked in the door, my husband was laying in the floor saying he had massive back pain. He took some Motrin and was better for a while. The party started at 2. My husband was supposed to have a photo shoot at 5. By 4, my husband was back on the floor in utter misery. After everyone left the party, I cleaned up and we decided to take him in to the Emergency Room. I had planned to sew at that point after my party while he was at his photo shoot. So, now we are at the hospital with severe back spasms (he collapsed several times just making it to the car.) Well, in the world of triage - back pain means you will be seen at the ER in about nine years. We got there around 6 and got home around 11. He had blood work, urine, and a CT scan. Turns out, Shaun T just beat him up. The doctor said it looked like he had a pulled back muscle that was having spasms. They gave him an IV cocktail that made him drunk and loopy and then we went home. Sooo....I started sewing around midnight. I knew that was a bad idea. I finished sewing around 2am. Now, that being said, as pretty as this ended up, two hours from cut to finish is pretty dang good. But, 2am when you have to get up at 630 is not. So, 630 rolls around and my kids get up. I slept on the couch so I didn't bother my husband. We usually kennel our dogs at night, but I figured I would leave them out since I was in the living room. When my son came in and woke me up, I smelled something horrible. I told my son our dog must have bad gas. My son shook his head and said um no.....and pointed. And in the middle of my living room floor was a huge, steaming, stinking pile of HUGE dog doo. I thought I was going to lose my mind. So, we got that cleaned up, got the house Lysol-ed and got the kids to school.

Long story short - I am SO freaking exhausted. So, God smiled on me and is sending snow to west central Georgia tomorrow and they have CANCELLED SCHOOL. I was afraid I was going to have another long night sewing an outfit for tomorrow - but I got extra time. Not to mention, I signed up for a few too many pattern tests and really need time for them too. So, I am going to post this and go to bed. Hopefully, I will be able to sleep in and wake up to SNOW! They are saying 4" is possible (ok, northern and midwestern folks - laugh - but we hardly ever get snow and 4" is a blizzard.) I stocked up at the grocery store today (with everybody else) so we are good to go. So, tomorrow instead of an outfit, I hope to post SNOW pics!

But, let's get to my midnight hour sewing, shall we. I must say to have gotten so tired that the phrase "so tired I can't see straight' applied - I am VERY happy with it. We are back to visiting our friends at Create Kids Couture http://www.createkidscouture.com/. They have a huge selection of tween patterns. Today I am going to show you the tween maxi skirt - the Gloria (http://www.createkidscouture.com/glorias_tweens.html)

This picture actually inspired me. I had some amazing vintage fabric that I got in a box lot off of ebay that I knew would work PERFECT for this skirt. What I didn't know was the twirl value. It is amazing. She got compliments as soon as we got to drop off line this morning. And look at these pictures, she had so much fun in this skirt. Classic maxi styling with vintage fabric equals big fluffy heart love in my book.

Here we go with the Create Kids Couture Tween Gloria 










So come back tomorrow - not for the outfit - but for SNOW PICTURES! I'm hoping for all 4"! Yes, Im southern, so it's ok. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Some things are just worth doing again

Outfit 78 - 2013-14 School Year

So, you probably know now that I have loved the Brownie Goose patterns. The Cricket dress was one of my favorites this school year (and I totally believe it should be made into an adult pattern - this is no lie. ;) ) So, tonight we are going to visit the Cricket again, this time as a tunic.

To refresh your memory this is the Cricket https://www.etsy.com/listing/174231043/bg-originals-crickets-dress-and-tunic?ref=shop_home_active_9


And you know I think you are special when I break into the Special Stash of fabric. Today's Cricket tunic is from Anna Maria Horner voile. *sigh* So dreamy.

Let's talk about the pants, because they deserve some mention too. The pants are from another Supah Talented Designer - Jocole. The are the mega ruffles. https://www.etsy.com/listing/96016792/mega-ruffle-pants-instant-download?ref=shop_home_active_12 


I made them out of a 4oz (I believe) really lightweight medium denim from JoAnn. I love this look together. And, a big shout out to that cute photographer of mine. He has been knocking these recent pics out of the park. 










 Isn't she a hoot??


She came home from school early today with a tummy ache :( Send up some prayers for her to feel better. We have a crazy busy weekend, so I am hoping she feels well tomorrow. 

Ok, Im just procrastinating now - I have to go do my T25 workout *cries*

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We have my son's All District Choir concert Saturday night and she has theatre class Saturday. And, I am hosting a Premier Jewelry party Sunday afternoon. If you want a link to order online, I can hook you up ;)


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Boho Hump Day

Outfit 77 - 2013-14 School Year

Ugh - don't you hate when you get Blog Title writer's block. I had no idea what to title today's blog post - so I went with what came into my head first :) If you have one better, let me know and I may change it!

So, today I am featuring a pattern from a designer I just got to know last week. If you saw the post last week, you may have noticed, I fell in love with the Brownie Goose Cricket dress https://www.etsy.com/listing/174231043/bg-originals-crickets-dress-and-tunic?ref=shop_home_active_2. After that love of a pattern, I knew I would be back and back I am. Today we are featuring the Betsy dress

And, as I figured - it didn't fail me. You should really check out her Etsy page. Her patterns are fun with all kinds of  laugh breaks. They are well written and sew up beautifully. I even broke out my Anna Maria Horner fabric and didn't flinch as I cut it even though I didn't do a muslin for this first. I didn't do the pocket and I did add a trim around the waist seam. I also took her advice and added some width for fullness in the skirt. It is a little shorter than it should have been because I didn't have quite enough yardage for the prescribed length. I think its about 3" shorter or so. It still is a fine length for a longer tunic and I paired it with some cute denim-esque leggings from Naartjie.

So, I present our Brownie Goose Betsy dress! WARNING - this is pic heavy and I can't blame the hubs - this shoot turned out lovely. (Cowboy hat was not worn to school. Darn those no hat rules.)











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