Monday, March 14, 2011

Hang in there, Baby...

No truer words were spoken. This saying and image of a kitten hanging by his little paws was popular when I was growing up in the 70's. I was young and thought the kitten was so cute, with years behind me and a lot of right roads and wrong roads taken, I am enjoying this image of the little kitten in a whole new light!

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~Japanese Proverb

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. ~Ivy Baker Priest

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal. ~Jerome Fleishman

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~Edmund Hillary

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ~Flavia Weedn

If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

Hang in there, Baby!

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief. ~William Shakespeare, Othello

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. ~Kenji Miyazawa

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. ~Barbara Bloom

I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. ~Agatha Christie

Hang in there, Baby!

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

When written in Chinese the word "crisis" is composed of two characters - one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. ~John F. Kennedy, address, 12 April 1959

It's not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line. ~Ashleigh Brilliant

Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. ~Edwin Markham

Adversity is the first path to truth. ~Lord Byron

The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter. ~Author Unknown

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience. ~Author Unknown

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. ~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires

God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything. ~William Faulkner

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. ~Winston Churchill

Hang in there, Baby!

The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them. ~Bernard M. Baruch

It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. ~Cicero

I have woven a parachute out of everything broken. ~William Stafford

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
~Dr. Seuss

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. ~Latin Proverb

God brings men into eep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. ~John Aughey

You must be at the end of your rope. I felt a tug. ~Author Unknown

Put one step in front of the other.

Baby steps....

Hang in there, Baby!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

nature quotes...

a good substitute for actual gardening which I am beginning to get the bug for, as white and purple crocuses are spotted across our yard, cherry trees sport new tiny pastel pink blossoms too. but we watch the rain drip drip drip today, Saturday. hard to believe tonite is daylight savings and mornings will slip to darker once again but evenings will benefit and capture that fleeting light we are so desperate for here since Fall. surely Wm Shakespeare had his own experience with long dark winters in england too, his beautiful words though:

I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows,
where the oxslips and the nodding violet grows.

Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
with sweet musk-rose, and with eglantine.

William Shakespeare

How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees.

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

Click this link for More WS Quotes

The poetry of the earth is never dead. ~John Keats

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God. ~Alan Hovhaness

I'll tell you how the sun rose a ribbon at a time. ~Emily Dickinson

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. ~John Burroughs

Any man that walks the mead
In bud, or blade, or bloom, may find
A meaning suited to his mind.
~Alfred Tennyson

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature's way. ~Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

These pretty Quotes courtesy of Michael Garofalo, found here

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

my very own torso block!

I've started down a new sewing garden path in a 3-class course called Pattern Construction at the local fab store. finally found an excellent teacher who talks about clothing construction and is trendy, who walks the talk. She is a young up and coming independent designer in Seattle, check her out at Kelly Flynn. She is quite talented. anyways i am slowly making my own torso block - this is so greek to me so thanks for your patience and my not figuring out or finding this all out before. But we do things as we are ready, countless things, life things. Light bulbs were going on all over the place with talk of moving darts around... different shapes for practically every part on the torso for each person... and creating each bodice piece simply by draping muslin - ultimately creating the same pieces I've unfurled and stared at countless times in commercial patterns. It's easy but it's not so easy, ya know? I keep having to back up and re-do steps, but I can get this. I have to finish the bodice portion before I move on to the sleeve, and completing my very own torso block. YAY!!!


I am petite on top so the bust and front darts are small; seems like more curvy shaped girls can play with the dart placement more but I am still lucky. I need to work on my neck and armhole shapes, and I was short on the side seams so I added 1.5" strips of muslin but I am not sure that will work, and may have to cut out a new front piece.


I also have a small back and small waist so we went with 2 smaller darts on
either side of center back rather than 2 huge darts

Saturday, August 7, 2010

one sleepy bird

Last night, sugar wanted to hit the sack before the six o'clock news... before thoughts of sleep or rest or weighty lids had even entered penny's mind... before the sun had yawned or dimmed or sunk even a bit. Last nite sugar said enough is enough for a single day, to be continued in the morn. she'd listened to classical music since dawn, chewed perches, jumped, hopped, and flown, and she desired no more. no more tightly banked flights around a small living room... no more preening, bickering and negotiating with her roommate... no more nagging pangs tempting her to hop and sidestep perches and rungs down to a yellow dish to crack more seeds. Sugar was pooped and her bed was beckoning. As was her nightly ritual she first jumped into her swing, as the cage was wiped down and new sheets of newspaper laid below. But tonight she and her swing leaned to one side, she simply closed her little eyes asleep, with fairy's dust sprinkled about

i was amazed and surprised to see my last post was April 1st!!! our new house and yard have been taking all my free time and energy for 4 months it seems! but lately i've been wanting to get back to my old routine. this photo of sugar was so cute i wanted to write a little bit about her. she actually hasn't been her usual self the past few days, but she just has a little bug and was back to her noisy demanding queen-like ways shortly...

Monday, April 5, 2010

From an island, nearly

Well, we have moved just 15 mins south of our previous residence in seattle. this is west seattle... and i write from an island, nearly. it is a large peninsula that sits well out into Puget Sound. one can take a very pleasant drive around the perimeter right at the water's edge, and feel as if you're in a small oceanside town. from the south and the airport west seattle is ez access. but from all other directions it can get interesting. on the waterside you will arrive by ferry, maybe from vashon island or bainbridge, and a walk-on only ferry gently takes people w seattle to downtown waterfront full-on view of downtown seattle. To arrive from the north and the east, you must cross the west seattle bridge

on arrival in west seattle one must not expect life to be as it was in seattle, as I did. it is just a 5 minute drive to downtown seattle, but you don't realize this phenomena until you live here. somehow residents - and there are a lot of people here - have kept hungry developers who would eat it alive out of their hair for the most part. miles and miles of alki beach are still amazingly as they were decades ago. the cutest houses you'll ever see populate this peninsula, each different from the two on either side. people are pleasant. i would wager some money that there is someone who has not left the peninsula in their whole life. it is an island. the flip side is that the remoteness also means that my familiar gym, hair salon, pharmacist and all kinds of shopping are no longer available. it is simply not practical to leave w seattle and venture far. however, the one district that is very accessible is the industrial area of seattle called georgetown, just south of downtown so some call it SODO. In sodo resides one of my fave places, starbucks headqtrs. we can even see starbuck herself peeking above their hdqtrs from our new house, which is such fun b/c I love starbucks and have since the 80s

Thursday, March 25, 2010

We're in!

Now: in our brand new cool little house with big blank slate of a yard in west seattle. 5 days of moving and shlepping boxes in rain, wind and cold, the shoulders hurt, but we've been homeowners for 5 days now. we slept 2 nites there already, with organizing, unboxing, downsizing, decorating, deciding, compromising yet to do but it's our lil piece of the rock. Rock on ~ we're in west seattle now!!!

we do have a view ~ not the serene banner view of my country dreams, but still... we look southeast, and see mt rainier and cascades when they're out. To the west, the beach is 2 mins away.

we are so proud

Sunday, March 14, 2010

drama in a dumb belt

one day a peacock, next day a feather duster

mostly i enjoy working out sewing problems. I can make things more complicated than they should be sometimes and take eons to finish sewing projects. oh well

i am making a fabric belt using vintage feedsack fabric with a small print. i was INTO collecting feedsack fabric a few yrs back.

I used 1" nylon strap for structure same fabric on both sides. i added a strip of burlap for structure in the middle but it turned out too thick for the 1" D rings i have.

the last belt i made was perfect in terms of how I think a fabric belt ought to feel. it's important to try to get that right. is that crazy? That belt was wider and had only burlap and interfacing for structure. i think maybe nylon strapping is intended for bag handles and backpack straps, and not belts ya think??!

Belt is needed for a pair of green fine wale cords found at a consignment shop. fine wale corduroy is not what I'd call robust. brand is Sitwell which i discovered is an anthropologie brand. these are crawling toward the goodwill sack, but i love them and want to help. waist sits down on on my hips and they slip down without a belt.

Long-term? Fix waist, copy pattern, toss em. no idea if I could extend the crotch length successfully.

right rear pocket, zipper opening on the right!

metal zippers add weight on pant legs so they swing

scoop pockets

short-waisted (photo closest to actual colors)

final step: D rings