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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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Leopard Print and Monsters

Third post in one week! I’m back in the game, folks!

Just a quick post to show off a new creation. I’ve seen some deconstructed/upcycled denim skirts floating around the interwebs lately that I’ve wanted to try. Normally  the word “upcycled” makes me break out in a terrible rash and causes a vein in my forehead to stand out. I like clean lines and finished edges and well-installed zippers and hems.  But all these cute skirts I’ve seen lately, while they definitely had a “I don’t know what I’m doing!” feel to them, I felt I could use my skills to make them, you know, actually look nice.

I started with a pair of old jeans. They still fit and nothing’s really wrong with them, they’re just starting to wear a little. They are like 5 years old. I don’t even have a “before” picture of these jeans because they’re so nondescript and uninteresting. Just a standard, straight-legged pair of jeans from Penningtons.

After a couple hours of sitting on my floor with my cutting board, cutting bits of fabric, piecing parts together and trimming seams (which my poor back is paying for now, ow…..), I came away with a pretty sweet skirt. My friend even commented “that used to be jeans?! You’re so creative!”

So, voila:

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Two of my favourite cotton prints + an old pair of jeans = bitchin new skirt. (And I don’t usually say “bitchin”, but it just felt apropos)

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Details: Skirt, upcycled (cringe…) by me, originally MXM Jeans via Penningtons, 16 // T-shirt, Smart Set, XL // Cardigan, Sourpuss, XXL // Tights, Joe Fresh, C // Shoes, Alegria, 10 // Necklace, RapscallionDesign.com, bought at the True Knit Art Show last year  // Glasses, Derek Cardigan

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I wore this to go to the roller derby season opener tonight and then out for birthday snacks/dessert/coffee (tomorrow, the 28th, is my bday). The game was great – I didn’t get a chance to go to many games last year as I was too busy, so it was fun to be back and see some people I hadn’t seen in a while. I love going to the games because I can show up in fishnet and leopard print and bright red lipstick and no one bats an eye. It’s almost expected. Derby people are my people.

But after hunching over a cutting board and sewing machine today and then sitting in a less than comfortable chair at the game tonight, my back and hip are kind of screaming at me. So it’s time to reheat this gel pack and maybe get into bed with a movie, or episode of Boardwalk Empire, which I’ve just discovered and am loving.

Be good to each other!

Holy Snickerdoodles! It’s November!

With Hallowe’en over, the weather, television, radio and magazines promptly decided It Is Now Christmas.

I have seen so many holiday ads on TV already and already heard some holiday music in the stores!  I needed some fake blood on Sunday for my burlesque show and had to go to 4 different stores before I found some! But I was tripping over holiday decorations already!

It all turned out, as I got to look like this for the finale:

 

I did 5 costume changes at that show and then next night I had a dress rehearsal with my belly dance group. It was crazy busy at work all week, so by time I got to Hallowe’en – aka the best day of the year – I was burnt out and stressed and didn’t want to do anything. I came home after work, ordered pizza and watched movies. At least I wore orange and black!

 

But I was talking about how It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, wasn’t I?

Yes, this happened today:

 

The the heavy snow made the drive home pretty tense. It took over an hour to get home, when it usually only takes 20. I came home, put on my jammies and decided to do some baking.

I have it in my head that I’m going to get a bunch of work done this weekend because “i’m snowed in”. I don’t know where I came up with that, because it takes a lot more snow to be snowed in in Saskatchewan! (as in, I’ve never been snowed in or had work/school cancelled due to weather). But at any rate, I would like to get a bunch of work done this weekend while I’m avoiding scary roads.

So I’ve been wanting to make Snickerdoodle cookies for a while. I’ve never had one before and thought they looked delicious and had to try them. I know, I know – how did I get to be 32 without ever having a Snickerdoodle? Well, there’s a laundry list of stuff I’ve never had. Everyone at work found it hilarious last month when I had a Gobstopper for the first time.

“It’s just like a jawbreaker!” They said. Well, I’ve never had a jawbreaker either. This left people wondering if I had any kind of childhood at all.

But tonight I got to cross Snickerdoodles off the list! I used Ash-Lee’s recipe for the cookies, for the most part.  I didn’t put chai in mine, due to the fact that I’m still pretty much scared of chai. Just because I’ve had ONE chai tea that I like doesn’t mean that I actually like chai tea.

I also had to take out the cream of tartar because I didn’t have any. Ash-Lee’s blog was pretty adamant about cream of tartar – ALL the cream of tartar, all the time! I mentioned this to another friend tonight, half out of whining and half because she knows all the things when it comes to cooking and figured she’d know how I could get around the cream of tartar thing without having to go to the store.

“Just take out the tartar and the baking soda, and add in the same amount of baking powder”. Now, I’ve never had a Snickerdoodle, so I don’t know what they’re supposed to taste like, but these ones turned out pretty damn tasty, even without cream of tartar.

 

I baked the first batch all rolled up in balls and that did not turn out at all! Set off the smoke alarm (at midnight!) and turned to molten lava on the bottom. So the second batch, I flattened out a bit and that made the delicious cookies you see above! The first batch, disappointingly, turned out more like this:

 

I let these cool and then promptly threw them in the garbage. I was so discouraged, I almost didn’t try another batch! But I forged ahead and am so glad I did! Now I have tasty treats for the weekend and can scratch something off my miles-long “Stuff I’ve Never Eaten Before” list. Who knows, maybe tomorrow I’ll try eating a beet.

No, I probably will not. Let’s not get crazy.

November and December are shaping up to be crazy-busy months – even though I don’t care for “the holidays” at all. So I hope I can get a few posts in by the end of the month, but I’m not holding my breath. I’ll see what I can do!

Be good to each other!

Tutorial: Pin Curls!

So, it’s 7 days until Bottoms Up Burlesque’s Hallowe’en show. I have 1 costume that I haven’t even started on, and 2 that are only half done.

I have done nothing today, naturally. I worked 3 hours of overtime at the Day Job, watched the 4-hour epic documentary Never Sleep Again (if I get a chance before Hallowe’en, I may do a review), watched a bunch of shitty movies and forgot to eat dinner.

That said, I guess all that’s left to do is make costumes!  write a blog post!

My hair is finally getting longer again (I live in a world where long hair = chin length, as usually at least part of my head is shaved) and I have enough hair to hold barrettes and such. A few years ago, when my hair was this length, I’d wear it in pin curls almost every day. I was suddenly struck with the urge to put it in pin curls again last weekend and was reminded of how easy it is!

Here’s how to bite this look. All you need is a ton of bobby pins, a comb and a doo rag/head wrap/babushka of some sort.

I always have a shower and wash my hair at night because if I had to get up earlier in the morning to do it, I would literally just never bathe. After washing my hair, I comb it with the part sitting where I want it to be the next day. Then, I just pull 1 inch sections of hair, twist them up and roll them around themselves and secure with a bobby pin. The more twisted they are, the tighter the curls will be.

I don’t section or measure or anything. I just pull up a piece of hair, twist and pin. I make sure I do a good section of curls  at my crown to make sure I don’t have hair sticking straight up or that I don’t have a bald spot. This may just be me though – the back of my head has a tendency to look sparse unless I style it just so.

The more often you do this, the more you’ll figure out where you want the curls to lay and where/how to place them. Let’s take a minute to bask in all that grey in that picture.

Okay! Snap out of it. Once I’ve twisted, rolled and pinned all my hair, I take a piece of fabric, a babushka or bandanna and wrap my head to keep the pins in place while I sleep.

The head wrap I’m wearing here is one of the knot wraps from Lush! I do want to try making this hair wrap I saw online last week though.

This is the part of the process I call “set it and forget it” (No. I don’t usually call it that. It just came to me and I went with it)

Basically, I let it air dry throughout the night while I sleep. I always do it this way, so I don’t know what the results would be like if you used a hair dryer. I think the hair might end up kind of “crunchy” and fried feeling? But I can’t say for sure.

In the morning, my bangs and roots are a little flat after being under wraps all night. This is okay – a little fluffing and styling and it’s all good.

Now, start pulling out the pins and unravelling the curls. I sometimes put a finger (or the handle of my comb, or a chop stick) through the middle of the strand to separate it a bit.

(I hope you appreciate this, because I took this photo the following morning, with no makeup, without having brushed my teeth and I don’t think I was wearing a bra here. REALISM!)

Once all the pins are pulled out and the curls unravelled a little, I just fluff and scrunch and style until my hair looks how I want it. I’ll usually put some barrettes or a headband in.

Now, given that my hair isn’t super long, the curls in the back aren’t overly curly. They’re just kind of crazy. I’m pretty okay with the back of my hair looking like shit, regardless of what the front looks like. I don’t look at the back of my head, so it doesn’t matter to me.

This look is incredibly easy, with the most effort taking place the night before (at least, the way I do it). In the morning, it’s just 10 minutes to looking super cute! I think, especially the way I style it, it looks like retro – which, as you can probably guess, wins major points with me.

It is just a crazy mess of curls, with no rhyme or reason. This is why I love it. But it has come to my attention that it requires a certain attitude to pull off. Once my hair was done, I went to a craft show where I garnered a lot of side eye (nothing new, I get tons of side eye every day). I also heard two women talking not-so-quietly behind me about “what the hell is that??” and “woah, look at her hair! *smug laugh made by people who lead really satisfying lives*”

I turned around  to discover that these compliments were coming from a couple sellers at the craft show. Hey, bitches, guess what I’m never doing? Buying any of your shit, you sad, pathetic creatures. Pro tip: being snarky at a trade show is generally not good for business.

Anyway. Now that my hair is long enough, I’ll probably be doing this more often. I forgot how cute it is! And the nice thing is, it easily washes out so you can go back to straight hair tomorrow! I’ve played around with velcro curlers and sponge rollers, but I like the twist-and-pin method the best. It stays in place and is easiest to sleep on.

We’re currently in the middle of the best month of the year and the best time – Hallowe’en. I was hoping to get a few more blog posts in on various creepy/horror-related topics before the 31st. I may still do that, if I can dig out from under all my costume construction.

Until then, be good to each other!

Unintentional OOTD!

So yesterday, I just had some errands to run in the afternoon. I washed my hair and didn’t feel like drying it, so I just scrunched up the sides as it dried and put a barrette in it. I put on an oversized top and a belt and then looked in the mirror and realised I didn’t look like a complete slarf!

 

Top, made last year from a scrap of fabric and only worn once because it “wasn’t good”. I just decided to throw it on yesterday and turns out, I love it!  // pants, Tripp NYC from Torrid, 16  //  Boots, vintage Doc Martens, 10  // belt, Zellers, XL  //  Bat barrette, made myself – you can buy some barrettes here!

(the smile in that first photo is brought to you by me nearly falling over and righting myself just before the timer went off! Go Klutztown!)

I finally ordered new contact lenses and wore them yesterday. What a difference new, fresh contacts in a current prescription makes! I can see forever!

 

I love how the light in my bathroom makes it look like I have nice skin and not the skin of a dermatillomaniac!

Today, I’m going to a craft show and working on a tutorial! I’ll try to get it posted tomorrow or maybe Tuesday.

Be good to each other!

One More: OOTD

Normally, I don’t like to post two OOTDs in as many days.

No one needs to see my face that often!

However, I am on fire. Figuratively.

I came home from dance class last night and thought “okay! Time to iron a shirt to wear to work tomorrow!” This sounded less than fun. Then I noticed some vintage fabric that’s just been hanging out in my bedroom for a couple years and thought “I could make a new top instead  of just ironing an existing one.”

And so, for the second night in a row, I made a new top to wear to work the next day. I’m in love with this one – the colour, the cut, the print. It’s very similar to yesterday’s top, but I’ve worked out some kinks. It’s New Shirt, v2.0!

 

The rest of the outfit:

Pants, Tripp NYC (from Torrid), 16  //  Necklace, thrifted  //  Barrettes, vintage Goody  //   Shoes, Alegria, EUR41   //  Glasses, Derek Cardigan  // (mostly obscured) Ring, Smart Set

The fabric is weird. It’s a tissuey, gauzy cotton and the splotches feel and look almost hand painted.I have no idea where it came from – it was given to me from my grandmother, who was given it by one of the other ladies in her building a few years back.

I promise you, I’m not making another new top tonight.  I do have limits. However, it got me thinking.

One of the things I was told in my reading on Saturday was to stop looking at the big picture (waaay easier said than done for me!). Just take the first step and see where I can go from there. Obviously, with my education in Fashion Design and Costume Design (for which I’m still paying student loans), I’d like to do more than make things for myself, sell wallets and purses, and work in a soul sucking office for the rest of my life. But designing a line of clothing is a huge time, money, spatial and mental commitment.

If I don’t sell all my wallets right now, they sit in a small box in my closet until I do sell them. Which does eventually happen. If I make a line of skirts, dresses and blouses, and none of them sell, I’ve got a metric shit-ton of clothing sitting in my 600 square foot apartment. Along with all my other crap. And I’ve defeated myself before I’ve begun.

Big picture, people, big picture.

But I don’t need to do all that. I can start with one simple garment. Test the waters. If it goes over well, I can make a coordinate and go from there.

So I think I’m going to try making some more blouses pictured here and in yesterday’s post. Just in random, fluid, lightweight cotton prints, a couple at a time.

I’d like to try and get a couple made up in the coming weeks and posted to my Etsy shop. I’m really, really excited about this. The idea just popped into my head this afternoon, almost out of nowhere. It feels so tangible. This is something I could actually do and be successful with. My brain is going at a million kilometres an hour right now (it usually cruises around a half-million). I have so many ideas that I could easily do. So many, in fact, that I can’t believe I haven’t implemented any of them before. Nothing before its time, I guess.

I need to work at reigning this project in, before it gets too big and out of hand and I give up on it. Words of encouragement would be much appreciated!

Until then, be good to each other!

 

A few things to update

Hello!

True Knit 5: The Crafterlife is officially over! Thanks to everyone that came out, said hi, hung out and bought some stuff! I had a great day, catching up with my little crafty family, eating treats that everyone seemed to keep bringing me and listening to some sweet tunes thanks to the DJs that played all day.

One thing I did this time, as I made my rounds to all the other tables was get a mini Angel Reading/Soul Session done, from Jessica’s ImpressionsWow, is all I can say. That was about all I could say when trying to relate the experience to friends afterwards. It made me cry and just amazed me at how insightful and thought provoking the whole thing was! I would definitely recommend going to a session if you ever get the chance.

After coming home from the show, I absolutely crashed out around 10PM – very early for me!  I stayed in bed til 10 the next morning too – obviously needed to catch up on some missed hours of sleep!

Whenever I finish a big show like this, I always say “I’m not sewing at all for a while now!” But I should know better than that by now. Sewing: I wish I could quite yewwww! (No, I actually don’t)

So after loafing around the apartment for a bit in the morning, I decided I needed a new top to wear with the new pants I got on Friday.

 

I used a really basic blouse pattern, lengthened it, made the shoulders narrower, the hem fuller and added some ruffles at the neckline. The fabric is true-vintage that someone foisted on me years ago and has just been sitting around. I love the cut of this top and plan to make a couple more.

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Pants, Old Navy coloured jeans, sweetheart fit, 16 // shoes, Alegria,  EUR41  // Cardigan, Sour Puss, XXL   // Ring, Torrid (turned my finger GREEN!)  // Necklace, Lia Sophia  //  Barrettes, Goody, true-vintage (had them since I was little) // Glasses, Derek Cardigan  // Lipstick,  Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie (or as I like to call it “Violent!Pink”)

 

This weekend, I finally had the chance to watch the documentary Hit So Hard, the documentary by and about, Patty Schemel, drummer for Hole.

Let me tell you this: in high school, Hole were my motherfucking jam. My fandom was kind of what I was known for  in my school: I was that weird, fat chick who got A’s on tests she didn’t study for, never said a word to anyone and always had on that black Tshirt with the silver heart and the cursive “Hole” logo. (god, I wish I still had that shirt…)

I was excited for this doc when I first heard about it, but living on the Canadian prairies, I honestly didn’t expect to see it any time soon. It got added to the Zip.ca catalogue earlier this month, I added it to my list and it showed up on Friday!

Aside from being a video diary of sorts from when Patty was playing with Hole (divulging a lot I didn’t know about the inner workings of the band), there was a lot of great footage and interviews with various members of the band, friends, family, etc.  It’s really heartbreaking in some parts, but I think overall it’s a tale of hope and survival.

If you’re a retired Riot Grrrl like me, are into bands from that scene (did you write “riots not diets!” in lipstick on your arm too? Cool…), I would definitely recommend checking out this documentary when you can.

And look at that, I’m nearly late for dance class. More later – be good to each other!