I used the tutorial that Jessica of What I Wore put up the other day and created my very own neon bangle! I bought a whopper of a bangle at Fred Meyer ($3!) and used the electrical tape and embroidery thread I had lying around. (Doesn’t everyone have a gallon size bag full of various colors of embroidery thread?).
If you want to make one for yourself I would definitely follow Jessica’s tutorial. My pictures are more for fun.
You’re having fun, right?
(I don’t think Jessica showed how she finished hers off, but after threading a needle I just looped it through the inside of the bangle a few times.)
One Day by David Nicholls. Two thumbs up, I say. It took me a while to get into it because I wasn’t sure if I was ‘feeling’ the two main characters…and then all of a sudden I was loving them, hating them, getting disappointed in them, being proud of them and then crying for them. Yes, I cried. Sometimes I hate it when people tell me a book made them cry because then I feel like I’m subconsciously waiting throughout the whole thing to find out why. WHY did you cry? When? What chapter will make me sad??
And now I went and told you too. Sorry. Sometimes being warned is good? Maybe?
The point is that it’s a really good book that I think highly enough of to put in my very own single-participant book club, and that’s a pretty big deal. Huge.
Last weekend, for the first time ever, I finally made my way to the Ballard Farmer’s Market. I’ve lived in Seattle for 8 years, I’ve been in Ballard for 5 months…and I had never been there before. Lame, I know. You could say I’ve been missing out. It’s a nice mix of produce, flowers, arts, crafts, people watching, etc. Check it out some time. Take the kiddies why don’t ya?
P.S. I would highly recommend getting a beverage at Caffe Fiore to sip on while you wander.
Steve and I spent a very fun and relaxing weekend in my hometown of Vancouver, WA. The only legitimate thing on the agenda was to address our Save the Date cards, which we got my mom to do while we played the Wii, and have now officially checked it off the list. The rest of the weekend was spent meeting up with friends, kicking the soccer ball (Steve), shopping (Becky), making lamb sliders for dinner, baking sugar cookies for dessert and decorating eggs. Brace yourselves for this fact: until this weekend, Steve had never decorated eggs before in his entire life. <gasp> How is that possible? Especially when you consider that he’s been dating me for the last 7 Easters? I have no idea. But this weekend we filled him in on how it’s done and I’d like to think he had enough fun to do it again. The cutest part is that his first ever decorated Easter egg will go down in history as saying “I heart B”.
As with most random craft or sewing projects, this one has a back-story. My brother Derek, who I may have mentioned once or twice, designed fabric for a ‘Year Of The Rabbit’ contest on Spoonflower.com, and then decided to have a swatch of it printed up. (It’s pretty cool actually – you pay $5 and they’ll send you a swatch of any fabric you design. Then if you like it you can buy yardage of it.) The swatch they send is about 7″ x 7″, so I jokingly told Derek that I would make a pillow for his cats (He has two cats. It’s sort of adorable.). Then my fiancé mentioned that when he was younger, he had a mini-pillow for all of the tooth fairy transactions. You leave a tooth in the mini-pocket, you get some money in the morning.
Voila! A Sunday afternoon project is born.
Last Saturday I went to the fabric store for a jewelry clasp and somehow ended up in the home decor section. My gut told me NEW PILLOWS, followed closely by SPRING, so I went with it. Here are the pillows we’ve had for a while, re-covered to look like new. (See the original pillows I made here.)
Steve is one of those people who will wear the same pair of his favorite jeans or shoes or his favorite sweater until they are literally falling apart. Once he finds something he likes, there is no stopping him. For example, the slippers I got him for Christmas a few years ago got thrown away only after 2″ holes had been worn through the bottom of both soles. Or the cargo shorts he had for years that I used to fantasize about cutting up and burning – they had paint on them, holes, discoloration and <sigh> he just didn’t care. I mean to each his own and whatnot, but…eek. He let me take pictures of them right before he finally agreed to throw them out. I am horrified to be putting them on the Internets, but I think it really drives my point home. VISUAL:
Steve has this pair of Levi’s. They’re not even that old, but I suppose when one wears them 6 days a week, they’re bound to break down a bit. I decided to do some minor repairs so that Steve can continue wearing them to his heart’s content. (The difference between me helping him out with these and not with the cargo shorts is because I actually really like these jeans.)
(That little hole on the pocket that has some hand stitching on it is a repair I did a couple of months ago).
During: (I adhered interfacing to stabilize the hole, and then pinned some fabric to the inside of the jeans. That way when I sewed the hole shut there would be something for the jeans to be sewn to.)
This is a photo of the inside of the jeans.
I had to hand sew the holes on the pockets because the machine couldn’t get in to such a small space.
Derek’s newest postcards are for sale on his Etsy site. These are 4×6 and are printed on 14pt C2S recycled card stock – in a nutshell, they’re really thick and durable. And you still have a few days left to get 10% off your orders in April! (Enter coupon code “April”.)
Washington is featuring: George Washington, Bigfoot, Mt. Rainier, a Willow Goldfinch, typical PNW attire, and of course coffee for all.
Oregon is featuring: A Portland-y beaver on the Portland waterfront, the Hawthorne Bridge, and a McMinnville UFO.
Last Sunday Steve and I decided on a whim to make an apple pie. We chose the ‘Apple pie with cheddar cheese’ recipe from this book. The end result didn’t quite look like what it was supposed to, but boy it was tasty.
There is no fun, witty or interesting post today, or even an attempt, because I finally started this trilogy and am in bed reading it when I should be doing various other far more productive things. The first book is as addicting as I had heard and I seriously just can’t put it down.