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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Back In Action!

Well, our two-week 'retirement' ended with this past Sunday and back to work we went. I honestly think we were so burned out we could've used an extra week, but I was very ready to get back to work to get everything organized and back to normal!

We ended up staycating for most of our vacation, which last time didn't work so well. This time, it was WONDERFUL! We each had a project going so that was super helpful (Lego organizing, storing, and displaying for CC; a new quilt- the biggest yet that I've made- for me).

Unfortunately, all of my phone pictures are facing the wrong way and stupid Blogger won't show them the right way even though I've saved them that way. So just boring text will have to suffice for now. Mucho lo siento.

We played mini-golf (I totally won! By two, but still, I won!), we read books and magazines, we I had LOTS of Starbucks, a blueberry cobbler happened in all its delicious glory, my FIRST official gray hair was allegedly discovered (sorry, no pictures to prove it... that I'm willing to share), and just lots of fun and togetherness with my best friend.

The second week we went to Myrtle Beach to read more and actually vacate. CC and I have been seriously craving the ocean forever, and unfortunately for us, the vacation dates we chose were the worst (most expensive and most crowded) for beach-going. However, we found a deal and headed south!

The 'resort' was a let-down. A big let-down. We didn't like the actual hotel, but the amenities and super-friendly employees almost made up for it. The hotel room itself was pretty dated, and very closed in, not open at all. The most bizarre floorplan I've ever seen, for sure (separate bedroom/tiny bathroom/galley kitchen/then living room near the balcony-- very skinny everywhere and too many doors!). It was nice in that they upgraded us (somehow, not sure what happened there) to an ocean front room, which we greatly appreciated. The only problem is if you sat down on the balcony, the railing blocked your view (especially for shorties like me!).

However, the amenities were great! Like I said, super friendly staff, ocean-front room, a good restaurant in the hotel, AND my favorite part of all.... a Starbucks INSIDE the hotel! When Hubby told me that, I didn't care what the hotel was like!

I will admit I became a regular there in that Starbucks VERY quickly. I kept getting free drinks too because my receipts kept printing off the customer survey! I think I got three free drinks during the four days we were there! Also, major props to the employees there too-- best and most consistent drinks ever! Yum!

We did find out we're not week-long beach people-- we're three-day beach people. Our reservation was until Thursday, but by Tuesday night we were ready to go home (we got there Sunday afternoon). A lot of this, I think, had to do with not liking the actual room we were in, but still... We tried to check out early Wednesday morning but they were going to charge us anyway, so we stayed and went home Wednesday night after a leisurely day. Much better that way, I think. Then we got to be home all day Thursday with no set plans- bliss!

We worked more on our projects, went to a movie, and generally enjoyed each other's company. Very hard to go back to work without CC there, like he'd been by my side every moment of the past two weeks.

Oh! And you'd be proud of me-- I'm still running, vacation didn't deter that. In fact, my 5k is this Saturday. In the 100 degree heat. Not happy about that. If I live, I'll tell you how it goes. Hopefully my pictures will come out alright!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Today

Vacation is going amazingly and we're not yet through week one! We've gotten a few things done that needed doing, but mostly we've been sewing and playing Legos, watching movies and reading books, having fun and reconnecting and relaxing. It's been wonderful!

Next week we go to the beach for most of the week and we can't wait for that either!

This morning though, I finished my Couch-to-5k plan (9 weeks long) AND I actually went the 5k (3.1 miles) distance! Both big accomplishments for sure! Yay me! But really- yay God, because He got me through for sure!

I can't wait to do my real 5k in two weeks!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

One More Day...

One more day and then I can make this and then use it! Can't wait!

Did I mention there's a Starbucks IN our hotel?! And I'm out...

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Sew Sew Susie!

Wow, Instagram really has been taking over blogland! It seems so much easier these days to throw up a caption to a photo and get folks updated that way. Hmm, makes me think...

Anyhoo, that being said, if you follow me in the Instaworld you already know this, but for those of you that don't (Jan!), I've been OBSESSY-SESSED with fabric and sewing again here recently. Hubby allowed me to stockpile some cute fabrics that now I can't bear to cut, much less part with for gifts (haven't told him that part yet). All this in hopes of his ability to get more sleep on lazy Saturday mornings (which are few and very far between). You see, if I'm busy working on a project, I'm not bugging him to wake up! wake up! wake up, honey, let's start the day! (Morning person married to a night person makes for interesting times, let me tell ya)

So all that to say, Hubby is very supportive of my getting back into sewing!

This past weekend, I REALLY wanted to make something I'd seen on Pinterest. I thought this looked super cute but then realized I didn't have two whole pairs of jeans that fit right now worth sacrificing. This was adorable, but I didn't know what size tshirt I needed for our little friend nor did I have the tulle necessary for the cuteness. This I was DYING to make, but alas, the instructions I think are in German or Swedish or something that is very much not English. Fail. Then, I discovered this goodness. In English. And it looked so easy. I've been wanting a maxidress forever, and haven't found one that looks good on me and is cute. Those two things together are apparently extremely difficult to find. Go figure. So I'll make one!

Except I was terrified. I haven't made actual clothes since middle school (which were not at all in fashion, despite the super cool neon tie-dye knit fabrics I chose). I didn't want to cut my beloved fabric that I'm still mesmerized with. I'd never sewn with elastic thread, much less sewn ruffles.

But I did it anyway. I figured if I did that poorly of a job with it, most of my beloved fabric would still be intact, so I could reuse the skirt part of the dress. I'd only be out one chopped, cropped workout tshirt that I wasn't in love with to begin with. Yay! Let's get started.

Here's a sneaky peek I shared on Insta of the fabric. Don't you love when the back of the fabric is pretty too? Makes me happy!


  

There's my first ruffle! And with elastic thread, which I had absolutely zero issue with (praise the Lord!). Apparently, if you have a Brother sewing machine, you are likely to have major fits, but I have my beloved Singer, so I had no problems, for which I was extremely grateful. In fact for me, the hardest moment was at the very beginning before I even got the skirt part closed in! My bobbin case was dusty and giving me a little bit of an issue. I took everything apart and dusted it all out, and after that- smooth sailing. Woohoo!

So here's the finished waistline. The whole point is that you sew the skirt to the cropped shirt (sort of cheating in my book, but I'm not complaining) with the elastic thread, creating the ruffles which give body to the dress and definition to the person's form.


 I might go over it again since the thread's currently exposed. I didn't like that part, but I sort of ran out of time Saturday to redo it.

Here's the finished product, complete with sash to become the waistband and cover the exposed waistline.


Everyone talked me into wearing it for church Sunday, and I'm happy to report that it didn't fall off me during the sermon! It was actually pretty comfortable and I didn't mind being so 'dressed up.' (I live in tshirts and jeans, people. LIVE in them. If Hubby would let me have pajama jeans, then I'd sleep in them too. Just sayin'.)

Of course, I did feel it was a bit mu-muu-ish on me for being such a shortypants. I think I want to rip it apart and turn the skirt part into a sundress. It'd be shorter and the sash could then be used for the straps or the top part (since that's my only remaining 'extra' fabric). We'll see what happens. For now, it's living in the closet until I get up the gumption to cut my beloved fabric again.

If you want to attempt this or the shorter version of the pin through Pinterest, I'd recommend it. I liked that it wasn't a real pattern. To get the size you need, you just wind the fabric around yourself one and a half times, and then go from there. I had the whole thing done and ready for wearing in under three hours. I call that a success!

One more thing... on Sunday, I wanted to sew something else, having been turned into this super sewer on Saturday. But I was tired (we're usually gone from 7:15am to about 4pm each Sunday). So instead I remembered this tank top that was from last summer that I loved, but had gotten too big for me to wear (yay! good problem!). Well, I ended up sewing up the sides to make it fit better. Friends, I took TWO INCHES off that puppy! Yay! Now it's snug and fitted and modest again, which all makes me super excited. That was a super quick and easy accomplishment.

With vacation starting on Monday, I'm ready to tackle more! We'll have to wait and see what I land on because I'm still sad to be cutting up all this cuteness. Hubby asked me last night to be thinking of things I want to do on the staycation part of our vacay, and my answer? HOBBY LOBBY! More fabric! My precious! (Err, um, ahem, sorry, I got carried away) Anyway, I hope to be sewing more next week and I can't wait to see what I end up with.

Short rant- No Hobby Lobby is planned to come nearer to me in the immediate future. I am extremely disappointed by this (the closest one is an hour away) and I hope others feel sad too.

Happy news- If you can stand to go to Wallyworld, some of their stores have some amazingly adorable fabric. Exhibit A:



Let it be known and spread throughout the land: 11 yards of fabric for $40! Eleven, for forty! Woohoo! (Full disclosure: The bottom three, including the skirt fabric for the dress, were from JoAnn's. And that was EXPENSIVE. They don't have Walmart prices for sure!)

I'll be linking up with Jessica's PinterTest Kitchen; join us, won't you?