What I'm Listening To: Peter Schilling- Major Tom

Saturday, May 29, 2010
You know that song in the Lincoln commercial? Well, the song is called Major Tom and it was originally recorded by Peter Schilling in 1982 and was a #1 hit in Germany. I've had the song stuck in my head all week, so here it is. I like the way that the band members all turn their heads in unison.

By the way, the version of the song in the Lincoln commercial is performed by Shiny Toy Guns.

Finished: SATC 2 Inspired Hobo Bag

Thursday, May 27, 2010
I am super excited to see Sex and the City 2!

To celebrate the film I decided to make myself my very own SATC inspired bag like the one seen below.

Carrie's bag is a pink, Silvia Drapey Hobo by Christian Louboutin that retails for $1,795 (available in grey here). However, my bag just cost me 2 yards of denim fabric (in raspberry and purple), matching thread, and a denim sewing needle (maybe $17.95 for 2.5 bags).

For my bags, I used the Reversible Bag pattern by verypurpleperson as seen on her blog and on BurdaStyle. The pattern and tutorials were very easy to follow. The only change that I made was that I left a larger hole at the top of the bag for turning, rather than attempt to turn my bags through the handles due to the stiffness of my denim.

I highly recommend the pattern and tutorial, and would suggest that beginning sewers try the pattern with a light to medium weight cotton fabric first.

Lost On Lost

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Did you watch the finale of Lost? I'm still scratching my head from it. Was the island purgatory? Was the flash sideways purgatory? Were they both not purgatory, but some other non-denominational form of purgatory?

I finished the series with more questions than answers, but I figured that's how it would be.

What did you think about the finale? Did you understand the ending? Please discuss.

She Steals From Chic Steals

Friday, May 21, 2010
This week my sewing machine has been very active. I'm a follower of Chic Steals blog because I love her cute, fashion-forward DIY tutorials and this week I decided to give them a try.

First up, I tried to make a Ruffled Top from a Men's Shirt. I started out with a $3 XL George shirt on clearance from Wal-mart much like this one:

And after following Chic Steals tutorial, I ended up with this:

If I had to make it again, I'd remember to remove the button placket BEFORE pinning and taking in the sides so "the girls" can have plenty of room (hence the bit of bunching near my arm). Other than that, the shirt fits and now I have a cute ruffled work shirt for the summer. The only change I made was that I baste stitched the shoulders at the top most seam (from arm hole to collar) and pulled the thread to give a ruched look instead re-shaping the arm hole.

Next, I made the Anni Albers Washer Ribbon Necklace. All you need to tackle this project are some washers and a ribbon.

If you want to try this out but prefer to follow photos instead of illustrated instructions, I found The Small Object's tutorial helpful.

Now that you've seen me give them a try, you should too.

Fab Thrift Store Find

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

This week me and The Boy decided to check out the True Value thrift store downtown and I found some pretty fabulous stuff. I saw a Kate Spade bag for $15, some Anne Taylor and Hilfiger tops for $3-5, a khaki Isaac Mizrahi suit set for $15, and this red Wilson leather jacket. In Kansas no less! I wish that I could have taken them all home, but I decided that the leather jacket was the only one for me. Doesn't it look great! I'm ready to take this baby out on a big city stroll...just as soon as the rain lets up.

Paris Chic

Monday, May 17, 2010
I want everyone to go to The Look 4 Less website and vote for the Paris Chic outfit that I created using Polyvore and clothes from Threadsense.

Voting will close on Wednesday the 19th at 7 pm CST. The outfit with the most votes will win the $50 gift certificate to Threadsence + a gift bag full of goodies!

What I'm Listening To: The Passion Pit (Part Deux)

Sunday, May 16, 2010
So, after writing my last post and listening to the Passion Pit's "Sleepyhead" coming from The Boy's "Man Cave" for the millionth time I thought, "that band sure does sound familiar". So, I did a little Google searching and discovered that I have already heard, liked and had a song by this band stuck in my head...9 months ago when their song, "To Kingdom Come" appeared on the Paste Sampler #55 in August 2009. Now this may not seem like a big deal to any of you, (and I have no evidence to my claim) but this re-affirms that I am the cooler one in my relationship. :P

So for your listening pleasure, I present "To Kingdom Come" by the Passion Pit.


What I'm Listening To: Little Big Planet 2 Debut Trailer (The Passion Pit "Sleepyhead")

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Maybe I should have called this post "What The Boy Is Obsessed With."

This week, the boy discovered the trailer for PS3's Little Big Planet 2. Although we don't have a PS3, there's no denying the cuteness of the characters and graphics in this game. Ever since the boy first watched the trailer, he's had that background song stuck in his head (Music = Passion Pit "Sleepyhead"). I say the song is kinda creepy, he thinks it's cute. What do you think? Please listen and discuss.


Finished- Thai Fishing Pant

Thursday, May 13, 2010
Ta Da!

I just sewed up Burda Style's Thai Fishermen's Pants (pattern here). I used some kind of linen fabric that's shiny on one side that I picked up on Clearance at Hancock's about a year-and-a half ago.

My Victory Pose

The pattern was pretty easy to follow, although I couldn't have done it without Claire Kennedy Design's post. Otherwise, I would have never figured that I needed to cut the crotch and curved pieces fabric side up.
I think that these are some good "lay around the house pants" or at home yoga/workout pants.

Plus, if I ever gain some weight, I'll still have a pair of pants to wear. They're like the opposite of "skinny jeans." :P

Shopping in Grandma's Closet

Thursday, May 6, 2010
This weekend my grandma was cleaning out her closet and allowed me to browse through her "give-away pile". This allowed grandma to get rid of some of her old clothes and allowed me to score some spring fashion finds for FREE. Check it out!

First, I picked up this beige/gray driving coat with pink lining. I remember that grandma used to wear this coat a lot when I was a wee tyke in the late 80s and early 90s on our daily trips to Denny's. I like its vintage look and I'll enjoy wearing it on cool summer nights.

I also picked up this pale khaki London Fog trench coat. Grandma hadn't worn this in a really long time, as it still had the dry cleaner bag and tag from a company that doesn't exists anymore. I don't have any memories of this jacket (which definitely makes this coat 30+ years old), but its back in style and a must have for Spring. I love the buttons and the attached belt and silver buckle! This will be my go-to coat of the season.

Have you gone shopping in your parents or grandparent's closets? Have you scored any fabulous finds? I'd love to hear about them, so share them in the comments below.

What I'm Reading: Dead in the Family

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

As you may recall, last month I mentioned that I am a huge fan of True Blood on HBO and the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. I recently finished book 9 in the series (Dead and Gone) and I am happy to announce that book 10, Dead in the Family, is being released in hardback today! Look for it at your local library, bookstore, or look for it here.


What Made Me Laugh: President Obama at the National Correspondents Dinner

Monday, May 3, 2010
That's right! The President of the United States made me laugh this week.

On Saturday, May 1, I watched the National Correspondents Dinner on TV. The dinner is notable as each year the president of the United States gives a lighthearted, "humorous" speech, and is followed by a monologue from a notable comedian. This year, Obama was followed by Jay Leno, but I think Obama stole the show. If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch the speech below.

My favorite highlights were:
  • Obama's opening Joe Biden joke. "This is a big (bleep)-ing meal."
  • "I still happen to know that my approval ratings are very high in the country of my birth."
  • And Obama's jab at not wanting to follow Jay Leno.
I think that if Obama isn't re-elected in 2012, he may have a career in late night comedy. Jimmy Fallon, I'm looking at your time slot.
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