Sunday, March 15, 2015

My 29 problems are slowly being reduced!

Became this!

This lost it's weird neckline...
and became this.

The neck that got cut off the sweater became a new hat for Serenity.

This size 0 Petite skirt...
became a breezy spring tunic!

Friday, March 13, 2015

The dreaded "F" word

I figured this post would be kind of appropriate for Friday the 13th. 

Serenity's ever expanding vocabulary is finally starting to get to the point of potentially causing embarrassment, or possibly causing proper old ladies to need their smelling salts.

Yes, she's getting to the stage of saying words that sound like other words. The first few times she said "shirt" she left out the R. Fortunately, that never left the house. ;) Sock, on the other hand, still sounds like "suck".

But "fork". That word is Trouble with a capital T. She is very adamant when she wants a fork to eat with, no matter the company we're around. I'm sure it takes very little imagination to deduce what she's actually saying when she shouts at me across a crowded (or not so crowded) restaurant for a fork. Thankfully the staff at Chipotle last week were pretty good natured about the random toddler shouting expletives at lunchtime...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Holy Exploding Diapers, Batman!

This morning, I learned the hard way that I should not give my daughter Taco Bell & apple juice in the same day. :( I don't blame her for waking up crying. I wanted to cry too when I walked into her room. Needless to say, she took a bath, and ALL her bedding went into the wash. :\

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I've got 29 problems...

My stash of garments that I have plans to alter in some fashion or another has been piling up, and due to the chaos my sewing room descended into before Christmas, the pile has NOT been reduced.

Last night I went through my stash to document what I have so I could develop an attack plan. And I discovered that I have 29! 29 items on my to-do list! Ack! Which should I tackle first??
A size M shirt who's spaghetti straps have seen better days. It has a future as a summer dress for Serenity.

Super, duper, ginormously huge purple skirt. No concrete plans for Barney here, but it is a treasure trove of cheap fabric.

I've had this sweater for ages, but the cowl/turtleneck thing that it has going on is getting all stretched out, and has to go.

Another sweater I've had for ages. The binding around the neck is wearing out, so I have to figure out a solution so I can save my sweater!

A new acquisition in the sweater department. I love the pattern, but the darn thing fits like a box.  

I only got this for the lace. I hate everything else about it.

Love the color, love the pattern, hate the ruffles.

Fun & funky, but fits weird. But I have big plans for this, involving another item in my stash. :D

Super fun youth sized outfit. I may just hold on to this for use as a costume for a Christmas pageant. Otherwise, Serenity is going to have a fun, funky dress in the future. 
This is 6+ sizes too big for me, but the fabric was pretty....

Another item I picked up because I liked the pattern of the fabric. It fits like a gunny sack, though.

A new zipper and new trim around the waist will make this dress as good as new.

Once I figure out the logistics, this will become a tunic.

Fun fabric, but the straps are worn out. It either has a future as a skirt or as something for Serenity.

An iron and some alterations are all this needs to be a totally fab evening gown.

Totally 80's silk dress. The color is HORRIBLE for my skin tone. I see a dye bath and some reconstructive surgery in it's future.

This scarf has a future as an outfit for Serenity.

These scarves have a similar future planned as the previous scarf.

Size 0 silk skirt. I have a couple ideas, but nothing concrete yet.

Totally a granny dress. It smelled of mothballs when I rescued it from the Goodwill bin. When I'm done, it won't be recognizable.

A very much too big for me sheath dress. I have fun ideas for this one.

Black wool skirt. Too big, too long. It'll be a very easy fix, once I get around to it.

This dress fits like a glove, but I HATE the length. I got pregnant shortly after I got it, so it's been languishing in the upstairs closet, waiting for me to alter it.


I totally bought this one on the merits of the fabric. It's absolutely got a future as something for Serenity.
WAY too small in the bust to ever fit me, and totally awkward length as a skirt. But there's plans. Oh, yes, there's plans for it. 

The combo of blingy buttons and sequins are a bit much for me. New buttons are in it's imminent future.

Vintage coat that I rescued from Goodwill. A couple frog closures, and it'll be good as new.

Monday, December 15, 2014

'Tis the Season

Following religious pages on Facebook is a good thing & a bad thing. Good thing because it's easy access to inspiration through out the day/week. Bad thing because it's also easy access to negativity & hypocrisy in the comments sections.

Today a page that I follow posted the link to the beautiful Pentatonix version of "Mary Did You Know?"  I made a mistake. I read the comments. Because I forgot. 'Tis the Season that all the sanctimonious ultra-conservative people come out of the woodwork and in subtle (or not so subtle ways) tell you that you are going to go to hell if you celebrate Christmas because *gasp* it has PAGAN ROOTS! There were also the commenters saying, basically, that you can't listen to Pentatonix & be a good Christian because Pentatonix covers secular music.

I read a really good post last week about Christmas. The author posed very good point. All the anti-Christmas people seem to think that celebrating Christmas makes you an "accidental pagan", thus ascribing WAY more power to Satan than to the God they profess to worship. However, the God I believe in is bigger and kinder than that.

If you are a Christian and really want to live by not only the letter, but the spirit of God's word, then how about trying to follow the example of Jesus and look out for the poor, the downtrodden, the "least of these." Instead of standing on your holier-than-thou soapbox, get out and do some GOOD! There are so many charitable organizations that need help, through donations of time, money or items. Harshing on other peoples' holiday cheer from behind a computer screen is easy, sure, but it is absolutely not right, nor Christian. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Not Fair!

This afternoon did not go according to plan. After 3 hours of fighting to get Serenity down for a nap, she won. I was a frazzled, frustrated mess when hubby got home. And after HE rocked her for 5 minutes, she was asleep. So, naturally, the first words out of my mouth after he was done putting in her crib were "Not fair!"