mmmm 70 calories a serving, these taste just like these. Yummy! Oh and I haven't been up to much, taking the gramps to the doctor's, interested in any cute grandpa stories?
Yesterday a friend of our families came over with such a delightful surprise. She had emailed me to ask if I wanted some old patterns of her mother's. Of course, I said! I ran into her at a shop a few days later and she told me, "don't worry I won't bring all the old needles and things." To which I practically gasped and said, "oh no, I'll take anything." So I got two big boxes of vintage knitting pattern books and magazines:
(my piles halfway through sorting them with glee). She also brought over an envelope of circular needles and this:
Dozens of sets of needles in the funny little box. Now that I'm on Ravelry (here's my page), I get to keep track of things, like what needles I have. So I can sort these and fill in all the gaps, yeah! Like I said I went through the magazines and I pulled out a box full that I don't really need (as they tend to be sort of similar, like cardigans, socks, caps, etc.). They are in great condition, a little musty smelling, and mostly from the 40s to the early 70s. If anyone's interested I'd be happy to send them to you, I can just figure out what postage would be and you can pay that. Let me know.
Well all of that is a lot more fun than my other current project. When I got back from Hawaii I knew I had over eaten terribly over there. Wearing a loose fitting cover up over a bikini doesn't bode well for keeping portions in check. And since everyone else drank (I'm not a big alchole fan) I probably had a dozen syrupy drinks, like Shirley temples. So anyway I got home and weighed myself for the first time in a while. Oh my god almost fell off the scale, I had gained 20 pounds since graduating college! Ack! Now I don't put much stock just in weight, you can eat terrible things and weigh not much. In college I was on the crew team, a coxswain so I usually weighed between 112 and 115. But my diet was almost entirely candy and diet coke (no joke). I gained weight right away after graduation, since I wasn't biking to class, walking across the campus, or on the boat. But I have been a terrible eater lately and I can tell the metabolism of my 27 year old self is not as good as that of my younger self. So it's back to something I've done before:
Keeping track of what I eat and counting my calories. This helps me a ton because candy has a shit load of calories, compared to like, a bowl of cataloupe. Plus you know how some people are big boned? Well my bones are like dainty pieces of glass and I'm short, so in order to keep my weight in check (or loose some) the allowance I get for calories is not a lot. Oh Sciarrino don't even say work out more, I know you want to, hush! I am going to try a little though. The last time I tried this was over two years ago. I was even lighter then. It's just so easy to grab a chicken sandwich and frozen coke from Burger King, but NO MORE!
(insert picture of sunny Waikiki beach with sun-bathers)
Bj and I have just gotten back from Hawaii! It was the ultimate in a total relaxation vacation. We did as close to nothing as possible. I did mean to do a post before I left, but I'm the best at last minuet packing, which I did as horribly as usual. Long sleeved shirts and jeans for the beach? Ugh what was a I thinking. We went to Hawaii with these jokers:
Carmen and Andrew live up in Alaska, and we visited them this summer. The last time we were in Hawaii was for their beautiful wedding. I hope though you are not looking for some great pictures like that. When I said I was lazy, I mean really lazy. Like went to the beach, laid out, ate, blah. So great. The only problem was the last day when it was a little cooler, so we got the "last day syndrom" and decided that a lot of sunscreen wasn't needed, oh we are so burnt. It looks like I'm wearing a white bikini with some kind of silly bright red leggings. It really highlights the trifecta I have going on: the ghetto bootie, the Buddha belly, and the the thunder thighs. After all that beached-whale like laying around and eating (mmm macadamia nuts) I am seriously going to go on a healthy eating kick. I so love my sweets, argh!
Well I'm back now, going to get back on my crafting, after all the difference of 50 degrees or so warrants cozying back up with yarn!
Our internet was all over the map yesterday, but mostly off. Turns out we needed a new wire from the main wire/cable thing. I don't really understand it but he monstrosity of a tree that is across the street was ruining our cable. Side note: this tree across the street is so insanity. It is super old and super big and takes up my neighbor's whole yard. It's messed up the sidewalk and every storm the whole block holds its breath. The city says, we have no proof it's doing anything to anyone, so the tree stays (I don't know how it is everywhere else, but here you can't just cut down trees for no reason, at least not big old ones). I love trees, but this has to be one of the ugliest ever and I feel really bad for my neighbors because their house is going to take a big hit someday. Anyway. So the lack of internet/down time of USPS click and ship made getting out all my packages a freaking nightmare. So that's all done now and on to the fun happenings.
V came to visit us this weekend, with her lovely parents of course. I took them to the Gilbert House and the Salem Riverfront Carousal. She is almost ready to join in on the fun. Right now though, she's mostly observing:
I can almost hear her brain working, "what is Bj doing, hmm...." It's so so so cute. I'm going to have to make her more cute things to wear for her cuteness, so so cute. Too cute? I think not. I've gotten a few more patterns from eBay and I put them up on my flickr page. I also got a few more Foster Art books for my collection and some old knitting books:
I'm going to frame a bunch of the foster books, I have one pinned to my corkboard wall right now. The knitting/crochet (I have to learn how to do that) books have some super cute patterns in them:
And some really weird ones:
I mean I see how it would be nice and cozy, but to me it looks like a creepy baby bank robbing outfit. Speaking of knitting I have been doing some of that as well:
that was blocking, this is seaming:
Looking at me sewing in my ends as I go, do I get a gold star? In other exciting news I got my typewriter back from the repair guy:
It's an old Remington and when my husband went to pick it up the repair guy told him to tell his wife that I have a valuable typewriter. He had never seen this color before so he looked it up and sent Bj home with a printout of this webpage. Sweet! I finally found out how old it is (c.1928) and that it's worth more than the $30 or so I paid for it years ago. The only thing is that mine has a slight dent in the back. Remember when I lived in the loft bedroom in Corvallis? My roommates were always telling me I shouldn't stick thing on the ledge. I didn't really listen. I always had papers up there and things, but nothing major. Then one day I stuck this thing on the ledge. Stupid, stupid. It fell literally minuets after Bj walked underneath it, it's so heavy it could have seriously hurt him. Luckily it only hurt itself, and now it's all straighted out. I think I need to reintroduce it to my scrapbook pages. I am signed up for the Big Picture Scrapbooking class, A Library of Memories. Is anyone else out there taking the class? I am super excited, just got a yummy welcome packet in the mail today.
So that's the wrap up, hope you are all doing fabulous!
Okay it's not really snowing, but that is the theme for this month's limited edition jar:
I decided to make up 50 jars, instead of my normal run of 20, because I got so many complaints about how hard they were to get. I hope this makes things easier. I'm just about to release them right here. Also head's up, I have a fully stocked sale section. Yum, yum.
I had to return my library books today, and among them was a huge anthology of Gee's Bend Quilts. Since the book is no longer in print I thought I would scan in some of my favorites and give you a little inspiration for whatever crafty thing you are doing today. I recommend learning more about them, as these quilts were made by truly amazing women under extraordinary circumstances.
Made from old work clothes.
Also from old clothes. If this looks familiar it was one of the quilts choosen for the Gee's Bend Quilt stamps the post office put out last year (I used them for my save the date cards).
Being so isolated they came up with really interesting takes on traditional patterns, like the log cabin.
So many quilts have a great patina because the fabric was all used before as a garment.
Maybe my favorite?
If you look closely (or click on it for a bigger version) you'll see the quilter cut apart those printed panel patterns that have directions and everything on the fabric, and used every piece, genius!
Even when they had only a tiny bit of brightly colored fabric, they used it just right.
Hope that gives you some great inspiration for today. I know that many designers site Gee's Bend as their inspiration for modern sewing/crafting, now you can too!
The day after the day after Christmas Bj decided to be very pro-active about our returns (we so sucked when it came to getting each other gifts this year, but that's another story), and went on a late night "get something better back" spree. This adventure took him to Borders, and unlike me who would have just got myself a bunch of stuff from my wish list, he actually called me to see what I would like. He said, "hey they are having a sale on DVDs and I'm looking at Speed, what do you think?" What did I think?!?! Get it man! I have very fond memories of Speed. Ah Keanu, how I loved thee. And he is so so hot in this movie:
It was the first rated R movie I ever saw. I really didn't have any desire to see one, just like I had no desire to drink before I was 21, because I'm such a goody two shoes, oh wait, or maybe just a big wimp, either way.... I watched the movie four times before I actually saw the very first part (and even tonight I watched it with my head covered in a quilt in Bj's lap). I believe I joined in somewhere around, "Jesus. Bob, what button did you push?" Brent (my YOUNGER brother) finally convinced me not to be scared. I hadn't seen the movie in a while but boy did I have fun tonight, it was like an old friend. I wore that VHS out, my old dog Edward got a hold of the case for it and bit right into Keanu's head. I was so pissed I walked up and down the stairs (where the destruction took place) picking up tiny bits of paper and taping the thing back together. Hahahaha. Now all I need to do is rent A Walk in the Clouds, no wait, Point Break, LOL. Don't worry that obsession died with my adolesense, I've never even seen all the Matrix movies.
Well enough about that. I worked on this all the while:
Could you just eat that? It actually made me crave peeps it was so pretty so I had to dig out my Peeps Christmas Trees and down a pack (I was all over healthy eating today wasn't I?). Sciarrino your Christmas yarn is hanging in my shower drying so come over tonight and get it!
I also have to give a shout out to my mom for coming over to help me with inventory today. Counting ribbon is not as fun as you may have been lead to believe. I also really needed the sandwich and pickle you bought over (as you can see from the above food statements). Love you mom!
Oh and while getting on IMDB to hook up to all those movies I came across this. Click on that link Tracy, that's the Complete Jane Austen on PBS, hot damn! We have some serious knitting time coming up in front of the telly I think!
Thanks to the wonders of eBay and a nice little gifty from a blog reader (thanks Mrs. Beachwood!) this:
Has been making my flickr account crazy with new photos. Only they are really scans of the vintage sewing patterns that have recently come into my life. I was enamored with the results of this one when I made it for Violet.
I so love the illustrations on the patterns as well. A few of my favorites:
I love the hat, but I've gotten a yuck response from my mom and Michele on it. It's also in this pattern (which I adore). Also:
So Mondrian! I want one for me!!!!
If you love Vintage patterns like me you should check out the vintage pattern pool over at flickr (and a note if you're searching for a specific pattern make sure you include content type: art/illustration on your search settings). I'm awaiting a few more packages from eBay, and Brenda is sending me something from Australia (we're doing a little swap, ooh I can't wait!). So I need to hurry up and get out the last of my Christmas packages so I can get cracking on some new outfits for V!
And because going to the Scrapbook Oasis with Nora was so inspiring (yummy products + awesome layout ideas) I had to pull out the paper and glue (and brads and flowers and pictures and well you know).
I swear it's not wonky in real life, but since I've sworn off trying to scan and merge two sides of a page in together I just prop up the page, take a pic, and then crop it down. Not my favorite ever, but good to get my stuff out again and play. Also playing with:
Those darn mitered squares. That lot represents total squares (like four complete quarters to make one big square). I think i need to start blocking and seaming so I can see where I'm at with this insane project. Oh and it's sitting on this (well okay not that one, the hard back version) Gee's Bend quilt book, which my love got me for Christmas. I'm so into Gee's Bend right now it's not even funny. I have this checked out from the library and will try to scan in some of my favorites soon (the book is out of print). Great inspiration for any one, those woman. And just for fun:
Please rush more time to craft!
*edited to add: The Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend is on PBS (at least in Oregon) on Tuesday at 10am. I haven't caught the program yet, but wanted to give anyone else interested a heads up.
This last week Bj and I headed south to Cali to hang out at my dad's winter place. I was hoping to get my sun on, but the planet had other ideas and it was a bit cloudy and rainy. Not that I minded much I spent most of my time doing this:
I'm getting back to my mitered square madness. Thanks to Bj for the picture. He caught me knitting at a polo match on Saturday (with a cheat sheet on my wrist). Oh you heard that right, a polo match. My dad loves to chat people up (I might have inherited that trait a teensy little bit) and he started doing so with some polo players at a bar. Polo players as in on horses. There is a club near my dad's house so we went to check it out.
Polo is sort of insane!
And (at least at this club) not really as fancy as Pretty Woman would have you believe. Still it was interesting, and the horses were so beautiful.
But the best time of the trip was driving over to Orange County to hang out with Nora. Emile were driven over by Bj and Brent (who then went to drool over cars in Beverly Hills), and we hung out most of the day. We went to the Art Bar, Scrapbook Oasis, an antique mall, yummy, yummy Mexican and Chinese food, it was a fantastic day. I was especially fond of the area behind the Art Bar where all these pictures where shot.
By the number sixteen. Nora and I were a little too old for this trick.
Emilie the photographer. She got a D40 for Christmas. If anyone else has one of these can you tell me where you change a lenses auto/manual focus if the lens doesn't have the switch on it?
Nora and I were wishing we got a picture of Emilie with three dSLRs around her neck, funny! And Nora took this awesome shot of me:
I love it. I wish I would have taken my necklace off, but oh well. Still, I can get some air huh? (I think this illusion is heightened by Nora's placement). Thanks again for a fabulous day Nora!