I’ve worn some clothes lately

I’m having difficulty keeping up with things like blogs and Etsy and such this summer. Work has been crazy and draining, leaving me with little energy for much else in the evenings. I’m starting to get back on track, so today I have a few outfits to share. I’ve even felt like my fashion game has been lack lustre, so I’m glad that I’ve been able to throw together a few gooders lately. 

I’ll start with an outfit that, as I took the pictures, I thought “I can’t believe I’m taking pictures like this that I know I’m going to blog about – I look pretty lazy!”. I took these photos before running out the door to a belly dance practice one night. I really wanted to wear the pants and hadn’t photographed them yet, so I decided to take pictures right then, with unstyled hair and little makeup!

burda pantsThe pants I made myself from an old Burda pattern. The fabric is from a huge collection that a crafty friend gave me a few years ago when she was downsizing. The shirt is a PJ top from Joe Fresh that I bought to wear as “day clothes”, not as PJs. 

I love these pants a LOT, but given where I live, I get all the weird looks when I’m out. It really makes me just want to wear them more! I need to make more in different colours and fabrics now! If you want super comfy pants, make or buy some pantaloons! 

In additional Fabric Friends Gave Me news…

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I got the fabric for this skirt from another friend who hosted a craft supply swap in the spring. This skirt is so full and bright and obnoxious and I LOVE IT. I also made the blouse from some $5/m crepe. In this midst of making it, I found a little lace applique and thought I needed a little breast pocket, which needed a little lace. 

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This outfit is so simple, yet I really love it. I had been looking for a black and white striped top for ages, but couldn’t ever find one that was just right. Finally, on a recent trip to Denver (more on that in a future post!), I found one in my first ever foray into the Gap. I don’t shop at the Gap because I find their clothes way too overpriced for how plain they are. But they were having a sale, and US retail has WAY better prices/sales than Canada, so I figured I’d go in and check it out. I got this top for like $12, so score! I was also pleasantly surprised to find that I could totally fit into Gap clothes. Next time they’re having a sale and I need some basics, it might be worth it to check them out again. 

The pants are by the ever-stylish Sears brand Jessica (size 18) and the shoes are size 10, shitty, from Target and totally falling apart after 2 months. 

Lastly, in this self indulgent post to end all self indulgent posts, is my favourite outfit of late. I wore this to go to the art gallery yesterday. 

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Pants: Tripp NYC, 18 //  Purple polka dot cami: Torrid, size 1 // Lace tank: I don’t even know. Sears maybe? 1X // Jean Jacket: Old Navy, 2X  // Leopard brooch: made myself  // Wristlet clutch: Vera Bradley (my favourite discovery while state-side)  //  Necklace: amethyst amulet that I got at a crystal sale and strung onto a chain  // glasses: Derek Cardigan // headwrap: bandana from a clothing swap among belly dancers last year. 

I’ve really been into wearing Rosie the Riveter style headwraps lately. Especially the one in these photos. My eyeliner game is pretty fierce there too. 

I bought some more fabric in the states too that I want to sew up soon and share. 

What have you been wearing lately? What’s your favourite accessory or “look” right now? 

 

Take care of each other!

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An Update

Oh dear, it’s been almost exactly 7 months since my last post! It was a hard winter for me, which bled into the spring and part of summer. I had the usual winter/early spring depression that left me feeling unmotivated and uninspired to do anything but the bare minimum. I visited with a friend the other day who always inspires me to put more creativity and art into my life and it made me want to get back to the blog!

I’ve gone on lots of adventures, made some cool things and wore some neat outfits. I’m not going to post everything from the last 7 months here because my life isn’t that interesting. But I do have a few things.

First up, Almond “Florentines”!

My mom used to make these all the time and referred to them as Almond Florentines. I had a bunch of graham crackers left over and wanted to make some. A quick Google search indicated that she didn’t really make Almond Florentines as they’re traditionally known. This is more like a simplified version. They’re delicious and tres facile.

Ingredients:

1 cup of butter

1/2 cup of brown sugar, lightly packed

Graham crackers

Slivered almonds

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 180C. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and the set down a layer of graham crackers.

In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the sugar. I used 1 cup of butter, but ended up with extra butter/sugar left over. You might want to use something between 3/4 and 1 cup.  Stirring constantly, let butter/sugar boil for 2 minutes.

Pour the butter mixture over the crackers, completely covering them. Sprinkle with almonds and put in the oven for 10 minutes. I put mine in for about 5 minutes, then turned the oven off and let the pan sit in the oven for the next 5 minutes. The oven is just setting everything, not really cooking.

IMG_0001When you take the pan out of the oven, the butter mixture will still be very liquidy. You might think it’s not done.

IT’S DONE, TRUST ME. But it’s also very hot. Put it on the stove top or counter and walk away for an hour.

No, seriously, walk away. Don’t touch it. It’s too hot and not ready to be enjoyed yet. You’re just going to burn yours-

I told you not to touch it, didn’t I?

After the hour is up, you’ll come back and your little cookies will have this lovely smooth candy coating on them. You can just break a cookie or five off and enjoy!

IMG_0002So tasty and delicious, you’ll have to try hard not to eat the whole pan in one night!

 

Also while going through my photos tonight, I was reminded of the totally awesome cat sweater I bought in the spring!

 

cat sweaterOutfit details:

Sweater – Target, XL // Skirt and rain jacket – made by me // Tights – JoeFresh, C  // Blouse (collar) – Zellers, XL // Shoes – Target, 10 // Glasses – Derek Cardigan

LETS ALL MARVEL AT HOW THE CAT ON MY SWEATER HAS THE SAME GLASSES AS I DO.

I’ve got a headboard tutorial planned and am also working on several sewing projects right now, so hopefully I can get some updates posted soon. But for now, those florentines aren’t going to eat themselves.

Take care of each other!

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A Winter’s Cap

Only 4 weeks into the new year and I have my first finished object! (I’ve also read three books already this year. Whoa!)

I was intrigued by the Volkstricken Neon Ski Bonnet I found on Ravelry over the holidays. I like my knitting projects to be a little extra-spicy, to help hold my attention. With cables, decorative wrapped stitches and pom-poms, I knew I had to try it!

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The front band is actually a tube, so has a double thickness. It was super warm on my -30C walk from the car to work this morning!

 
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I’m not 137% satisfied with this hat, even though I really do love it. The picture in the pattern made it look a lot bigger. I made the Adult Large, with needles one size bigger than recommended and it still ended up being quite snug, like a touque would fit. I was also hoping the pom pom would sit more on top of my head, but it ended up being more at the back.

Side bar – pom poms. Even if you don’t sew, knit or otherwise craft, get yourself down to Michael’s, plunk down $10 and get yourself a 2-pack (one large, one small) of pom pom makers. BEST $10 I’ve spent this year so far. Even if all you do is make a pom pom, throw it at your cat, and then have her trail it into the bed every night (like, hypothetically speaking), it will be SO worth it. But once you make a pom pom, you’ll start inventing reasons to put a pom pom on things, like that “put a bird on it” episode of Portlandia.

Anyway, I still love this hat a lot. From the side, it kinda reminds me of a pilgrim lady’s bonnet.

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The colour’s been difficult to photograph. It’s a real hot-pink, although it photographs kind of rosy-pinkish. AND it has flecks of glitter in it, so you know, win.

This photo shows the colour the best and the detail in the band.

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I have some other projects that I’m working on, and as long as it continues to be cold outside and I continue to be anti-social/depressed/broke and stay in on the weekends, I expect a couple more posts with finished objects soon.

Until then, take care of each other!

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It’s 2014!

The first day of the new year is almost done. I hope it’s going well for everyone.

2013 was pretty decent, but I really think 2014’s going to be fabulous! I made an image with some plans, some hopes and some resolutions, in no apparent order.  (click for full size)

2014What are some of your plans/hopes/wishes/dreams for the new year? Leave your answer in the comments. Whatever they are, I hope you have an awesome year, as defined by your own awesome!

Happy New Year,

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Ugly Christmas Sweater, 2.0

Last night, I got home from work and decided that although I already had 3 projects I was in the middle of knitting, none of my gifts were wrapped and I still had a gift to make, I definitely needed to make a dress right then.

I’ve had this ugly-ass fabric in my closet for years. Every once in a while I pull it out and drape in over myself in various ways, thinking “do I dare?”

Screen shot 2013-12-19 at 10.39.09 PMIt’s “nordic print”, which I generally find ugly, but with bonus teddy bears! Extra eye-bleeding, hard to look at nonsense!

So I laid it out and started cutting. In a few hours, I had this:

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It turned out super cute, as far as I’m concerned. I got a million compliments on it at work today. It has pockets, is super comfy and basically feels like I’m wearing my jammies all day.

I’m really in love with this collar:

IMG_0004I threw some vintage buttons on there at the last minute for a bit of decoration and really like them.

I’ve wanted to make something with a collar like this for a while but was afraid of it. Turns out, this collar is dead easy. So I foresee more dresses like this in my future. Maybe not as loud as this one, but we’ll see. I still have a good 2 metres left of this fabric that I’m trying to figure out what to do with.

For now, I definitely have to spend the weekend finishing up gifts and wrappings them. And of course celebrating the solstice!

Happy Yule, Solstice, Christmas and whatever else you’re into!

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Christmas Fixins

I’m waiting for my hair to dry a bit before I go to bed, so I have just enough time for a quick update (never mind the fact that I should’ve been in bed an hour ago…). I touched up my roots and put a chunk of red in my hair tonight. Hopefully it looks decent when my hair dries!

A couple weeks ago, I made a super crafty wreath for my apartment door.

photoI also put up a “christmas branch” on my living room wall. I don’t have room or want for a tree, but I wanted to put up something evergreenish that  I could string lights and decorations on. I got this green centrepiece from Michaels and added some holly berries and pine cones (with real!pine smell). It’s the perfect size and has room enough for just a few favourite decorations.

decorationsHello Kitty! Snowmen! Silver Balls!

(by the by, this commercial for Pier 1 is my absolute favourite right now. “My foot’s smooooshed in a cupcake! … where we goin’?” too cute! )

I also got some big purple sparkly snow flakes that I put up at work. I guess now all that’s left is …. buy some presents! I’ve bought a few, but still need to get a couple more and make a couple.

I  also got this awesome TARDIS mug from my RedditGifts Santa today.

IMG_0014It’s SO COOL! I love it! The Reddit gift exchanges are always fun if you like super-sleuthing (re: stalking) your giftee to find them something perfect. I highly recommend doing at least one exchange sometimes.

My hair is nearly dry and the time between Right Now and my alarm’s set time is getting shorter and shorter. If you’ve done any holiday crafting lately, let me know in the comments!

Take care of each other and craft on!

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1 Month to Christmas!

It seems like just a few weeks ago that I was blogging about Hallowe’en.

…Oh wait, it was just a few weeks ago! It feels like the holiday season started the second Hallowe’en was over this year. We got a decent amount of snow here shortly after Hallowe’en, which helped to accelerate things.

Last weekend, I went to see a friend sing with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus’ Christmas concert, “Incantation”. It was a lovely program with some really moving music.

It was quite cold and snowy on Saturday night, but that didn’t stop me from wearing my new outfit to the concert.

IMG_0009Skirt: XL, Ricki’s  //  Top: Ricki’s, 16    // Tights: Joe Fresh

No shoes in this picture as I just wore my winter boots. I threw on my Torrid blazer at the last minute, thinking I might get chilly . It really pulled things together!

IMG_0012I also wore my new TARDIS necklace that I got at the True Knit Art Show from Rapscallion!

Screen shot 2013-11-24 at 11.40.43 PMFor the past few years, I’ve been very not in the Christmas spirit.  I wasn’t interested in celebrating it, I didn’t decorate – I thought the whole thing was just a bunch of overblown pomp and circumstance. I wouldn’t get into the spirit until about the 20th of December, and even then, it was begrudgingly.

I’m happy to report that this year, I’m completely on board with holiday celebrations. I’ve got my lights up in my living room window already and am working on making this wreath.

IMG_0014It’s going to be a crafty wreath; made to look like lots of balls of yarn. I’m also going to add some other little accents to it (bows, maybe pinecones, maybe my set of candy-cane striped knitting needles).

I don’t have a tree, as I don’t have room for a tree. I wanted to have something to put lights and a few decorations on though. I decided to get a piece of green garland and make a bough to put on the wall. I’m going to add some pinecones and holly berries as well as a string of lights and decorations. I think I’ll also rig something up to display any cards I get on it too.

IMG_0013I’m really looking forward to getting this put together! it’s a nice, non-traditional way of having a tree without having a tree. I’ll be sure to post pictures when everything’s done!

I still need to think of actual presents to get/make/buy for people. I have a couple ideas, but nothing solid yet. I should probably get on that!

For now though, it’s time for this ex-grinch to go to bed. Who knows, maybe I’ll even have dreams of sugarplums dance in my head.

Be good to each other and enjoy the snow!

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