Monday, April 6, 2015

New PJ's! And it only took me 3 years....

Hi, all! 

Have you ever bought fabric, just *sure* you could make something fabulous, 
and then chickened out because it was just too fabulous for, well, real life? 
Yeah, me too. 

I bought a bunch of Benartex Feathers and Fancy border print, peacock print, and the other coordinating prints, just SURE that I would be able to make a cool summer outfit for work...and then I remembered: 

Oh, right. I work in a tractor shop.

Grease, mud, dust, and the ever-popular "almost-dirt" (well, it's not quite compost, exactly...) all conspired to make that a Bad Idea. And besides, who wears a salwar kameez suit to a tractor shop, in Idaho? (Because that's what I really, really wanted to make!) 

No one. Not in Idaho, anyway.

Especially in bright, vivid colors. 

I froze up for a couple of years, and had been mulling this over ever since. 
Finally, it came to me.

PJ's! What better way to enjoy such a bold, lovely print?

Feathers and Fancy PJ's
The googly-eyed print is actually lovely little peacock feathers! :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

In the Garden, Part 4: Making Stuff With What You Have

I don't know about you guys, but I am sooo glad to see April- it's almost gardening time again! 

Today, I thought it might be fun to show you some of the things we made last year.
Most of these things were just from crap laying around the place, or in the garage.
F'r'instance, take this, our Baby Buddha installation: 

solar Buddha installation

Thursday, February 12, 2015

In The Garden, Part 3: Some of the Best Things In Life Are Free!

When spring fully arrived last year, things began to get a little wild.

It was time to think about boundaries.

I know that there are lots of folks whose motto is, "Don't fence me in!" 
While I do love my surprises- volunteer plants, pets, etc., I like having boundaries, too. 
Especially when they're free.
(It's almost an oxymoron- free boundaries.)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

In the Garden, Part 2: Small Changes, Big Difference!

Welcome to the second installment. I took the liberty of fast-forwarding through a bunch of boring, dreary stuff (namely, the months of March and April), to show you the first steps that we (and Mother Nature) took to improve our lot. (Yes, the pun was intended!)

In the beginning of May, we began to make the first changes:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In The Garden, part 1

I haven't posted much in the last year. There was a solid reason, and that was The Garden.

We speak of it in Those Tones still, even now. 
Thing One & Thing Two are pining for it, as am I. We spent our summer in it. We're still dining on its bounty. And like many things, it started out...well, ugly. Let's see just HOW ugly...

before picture

This was our yard.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Look what SewMagical made!

Hi, guys! 
I know, I's been awhile. Trust me, the hiatus has been for good reasons. 
You'll see. Sometime soon. When I get my $%^& together. And life slows down a little!

SewMagical sent this picture of her take on the Simply Swirled Earrings- I like how shiny and bright they are! Plus, there are so many advantages to the click-close hoops. (I wear this style more often than my own creations- they don't catch on my helmet straps.)

Thank you so much, SewMagical- you made my day, week, and month!