Saturday, November 1, 2014

Watch, Read, Listen!

So turns out that 4 kids means way less time on the computer :)
 I am okay with that--I have been reading a lot more than usual lately, and I am patting myself on the back for getting un-hooked from the Internet.
Now only my husband is addicted to Pinterest .
Here is some good stuff that I've been loving!


     I can't find any good shows!  And I can't stay awake through movies! Boohoo. So here is my ADD short-clip watch list on Youtube: Good Mythical Morning, Studio C, and Jimmy Fallon clips like this.
Here is a good one from Studio C :)

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  I love this book! I don't buy books, but I would buy this one just to read it over again (and I don't re-read books).  This is marketed as a romance, but I actually think this book is a Beauty-and-the-Beast-best-friendship-type story, if the beauty is a neurotic, immature English girl and the Beast was a grumpy quadriplegic.  It's a little controversial in that a main topic is assisted suicide, but I really loved the ending and the writing.  It gave me the warm and fuzzies!


Nico and Vinz's When the Day Comes.
The music video is 6 minutes, but it's probably the best music video ever.
The actual song is about 3 minutes, and I like to play it in the mornings to start our day.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Pattern Testing! : The Alder Skirt

              Last week, I got to be a tester for Imagine Gnats' new skirt pattern, the Alder Skirt!

 Why yes, I will show you cell phone pictures taken by a 5 year old in the bathroom :)
(Where is my camera?  I haven't seen it since we went to the beach!)

This was a really fun, fast sew!  I made it up in a kind of heavy cream corduroy I had, and I like the weight--but it would be so awesome in something much lighter weight, too.
I sewed a size 8, which fits perfectly, and I love how the back has some shaping with back darts.  The pockets are my favorite, though.

I have been wanting to sew a lot, so pattern testing gives me the deadline I need to get something finished.  It is really really hard to pull out the sewing machine--not because I have a 3 month old (he is a great sleeper and goes to bed now at 8)...but because I hate lugging my sewing machine onto the kitchen table and spreading stuff everywhere. If I ever get a table just for sewing, I have a feeling I would get a lot more done!
On the plus side, less sewing means more reading, so I guess there's that :)

Anyways, you can purchase the pattern here.  I highly recommend it!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Watch, Read, Listen!

I haven't done one of these for a while, and I love reading other people'
here are my latest media loves!


  Our latest Redbox rental was: The Way Way Back, which I liked!  I love Sam Rockwell, and he plays a great role in it--so I enjoyed it.  The movie is a little sad throughout but has a good ending.  It is a teenage summer/family drama.
  Also, I have watched this sketch a lot lately--so funny! (Be careful clicking on any other Key and Peele clips, though, as some are really vulgar.)


  I jumped on the bandwagon and read Divergent.  I loved it.  I was sad when it ended.  I watched the movie trailer like 5 times.  I started the second book the next day. It is your very-popular violent-female-protagonist-in-a-dystopian-society teen fiction.  Such good brain junk food!  And, I thought, much better than the Hunger Games.


    I really like cover songs, and this one by the Gregory Brothers is my favorite lately:

Plus, it is done by brothers, which is awesome! 
On a side note, Quincy's favorite song lately is Shakira's Waka Waka, which is equally awesome but is getting less and less awesome the more I am begged to play it.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sewing for a little girl...

I am on a mission to go the fabric district next month, but before I do, I have challenged myself to use lots of my fabric up! 
I have been doing lots of sewing for Cosette, because she is in the most need--mainly of shirts and dresses.  She loves them and for some reason prefers to wear dresses that I sew for her, which is awesome.    

The other day, she came out wearing this get-up, which is all homemade. This just makes me so happy!

She is wearing a dress made from this free tutorial and pattern.  I left off the layers and instead lengthened it to maxi length and added strip of stretch lace across the front--all materials from my big stack of Michael Levine Loft fabric, so super cheap!
She is wearing much-loved Lucy in a baby carrier made from scrap fabric, using a pattern from Little Things to Sew, which I checked out from the library--so pretty much free!
**I always like to point out the cost of making things, because it is worth it to me to make things cheaply. Otherwise, I would just buy them--my time is too precious!**

Here is Coco on Halloween, wearing a candy corn dress...finished at midnight.
Her school has a no-costume policy, but I really wanted her to wear something festive.
She loved it!

I bought a big discounted bundle of patterns last month, and this dress pattern was included.  It is the Sally Dress pattern, and it has no buttons or zippers, which means it is awesome!

Coco is always very appreciative of everything I make her (with the exception of one thing--maybe I can get her to model it, though)...and since she is my only girl, I am very appreciative that I have my one girl to sew dresses for!
Friday, October 18, 2013

30 Before/During/After 30 Part 1

It's been a while since I looked at this, so I thought it would be fun to post. Then I got tired of writing halfway down, so this is the first half! 

My 30 Before 30 List*
*I turned 30 in June, so I am giving myself another year!
  1. Memorize 10 poems. Progress--3 down (Invictus by William Henly, Litany by Billy Collins, and Wild Geese by Mary Oliver.  There were a couple of others, but I forgot them!) Currently working on Soldier of Fortune by Robert Service.
  2. Memorize 5 piano pieces. Progress--Memorized the 1st page of the Downton Abbey theme song. 6 more pages to go on that one. Guess I should practice more!
  3. Read a mind-stretching church book. Progress--None. I need recommendations, but no Hugh Nibley please--I am not quite there yet!
  4. Have a repertoire of great vegan dinners. Progress--Pretty good! I have gotten some really good recipes lately, but I am at like 7 consistent recipes and would like 20.
  5. Sew at least one wearable dress. Progress--Completed! I made a green dress that I wore on St. Patrick's Day!
  6. Get the best abs of my life. Just abs. Progress--Ummm, I am going to say that I did have very very good abs about a week before I got pregnant with baby #4. Those abs were a result of a new gym membership and a no-grains diet. The gym, the abs, and the no-grains are a no-go for me right now, though. Boo.
  7. Build a stylish, fun wardrobe. Progress--Pregnancy-stalled until further notice.
  8. Increase my knowledge of family history. Progress--Completed! I have been on both mine and my husband's family search pages a lot and have read several journal entries of my ancestors. Knowledge increased!
  9. Pick an actor, series, or genre, and watch the complete works. Progress--Still can't decide which actor/series/genre to follow, although I have watched all 5 seasons of Parks and Rec in the past couple of months. Does that count? I am considered everything and anything Patrick Stewart, since it just seems like he can do no wrong...although that is a lot of Star Trek to watch!
  10. Read a book about Joseph Smith. Progress--Again, I need a good book recommendation!
  11. Teach myself blog design. Progress--Nada. My computer time has been very limited lately.
  12. Get caught up on baby books. Progress--I got caught up and then got pregnant, so now I have an entirely new book to start!
  13. Take a class. Progress--Incomplete. Which class? Hmmm...
  14. Create something out of a new-to-me medium/process. Progress: Completed! The kids and I spent an afternoon making doll food out of polymer clay, which was awesome and cute!
  15. Have a good exercise regimen going. Progress--I did for a while but have since fallen off. Exercise for me is a weekly class plus a couple of nights a week of the exercise bike or prenatal pilates.  Definitely need to step this one up!
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Turning 30!

Last summer, I made a 30 Before 30 list. I was a little too ambitious.
I put down such grand goals as memorize 10 poems (4 down!) and memorize 10
piano pieces (hmmm...seeing as I never get a chance to play the piano without a child crawling on me, this one was a bad idea).

However, I did cross a few things off--and one of them was go to the L.A. Fabric District, which I did, on my birthday!

I dragged my prego best friend along, and she was such a good sport. Thanks, Ru!

I didn't take many pictures, but we had a good time.  I get easily overwhelmed, so I had mapped everything out and only went to the few shops that I had read good reviews about.

One of them was Michael Levine loft, where we spent most of our time (see Ru sitting on that big pile of fabric? Yeah, we were there a while).  It is basically a big loft full of cardboard boxes you dig through and pay $2.50 a pound for what you find.
It was awesome.
Here's what I got:

I got yards of ribbing, jersey fabric, interlock knit, sweatshirt knit, stretch chambray, chiffon, and a cool bird print fabric.

I got many, many, many yards of fabric for around $25. Take that, Joann's!
Afterwards, we went to the Flower District, which was fun.
And then hit Friday L.A. traffic, which was not so fun!

When I got back, my sister and her family were there from Arizona, so it was so nice to have them celebrate!

Fox made me an origami hat. I am wiped out at this point :)

And marshmallow peanut-butter cup brownies.  I hadn't had sugar in a while. Probably a bad choice of dessert!

I had a great day and learned a lot.  Like most of the fabric district is pretty sleazy, but some of it is cool...and parking is crazy.  But I successfully drove in downtown L.A. without getting flipped off (like last time :) )

I am excited to be 30! I feel like it gives me some credibility with the amount of kids I have, if that makes sense. Here's to the next decade!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tumble Tee and Circle Skirt

I got to be a pattern tester for Imagine Gnats' new pattern, the Tumble Tee.  I love pattern testing! I highly recommend this pattern--easy and a great way to use up clothes destined for Goodwill. And no set-in sleeves! I want one!

I refashioned a shirt of mine into a Tumble Tee for Coco in a half-hour--now that is an awesome pattern :)
I also made her a circle-skirt. Also super quick. Also awesome.
Let the twirling commence!


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