Thursday, 28 January 2016

I Read A Lot Of Blogs

I read a lot of blogs, but I don't tend to read them like you would expect. I tried subscribing to them and reading posts when they came up but I had a tendency to not check it for a day or two... or a month, and when you go back that far and try to find where you were, you've forgotten most of it.

When I found something I was able to recognise and read forward from it, it was like reading more than one book and switching every page. Maybe that works with two or three but more than a dozen and you start asking yourself when Ahab will slay the alien. Whether Lady Chatterley will fall in love with Snape or Dumbledore.

So, when I find a blog I want to read I stick it in my favorites. When I get around to it I go to the archive tab, go right to the first post, and read forward from there. Then I bookmark the specific post and go off and do the same thing on another blog.

So if I used to leave comments on all your posts but don't any more, that's why...

I told you all this because I was going through alidamakes's archive and came across a post from back in May of 2013. It had a quote I felt I needed to share.

Makes me think of all the bad dresses I made. Makes me feel a bit better about them.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016


No crafting has happened since Saturday and it probably won't be for a few more days. I have the sore throat from hell. My submandibular lymph nodes are the size of grapes and I can't swallow without flinching.

And yes, I google everything that's just the slightest bit wrong with me.

I went to the doctors but they just used the opportunity to do a pap smear and give me an inoculation I should have already had. That just made me feel awesome...

Monday, 25 January 2016

Fashion Book Monday?

It seems like Sunday is my reading day, and since I post about what I do a day late, why don't we just make Monday posts about books?

So, in between visiting the grandparents and getting a terrible headache, I read Fashion Since 1900 by John Peacock. It's layed out with a couple of pages of drawings of various women in dress of a specific period, sorted into various categories, and then a couple of pages of outlines with the descriptions.

I can't imagine it's a book you'd spend a large block of time reading. I'll be honest, I think you can do better nowadays with google. People have scanned so much original material and posted it online.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

A Pick Me Up

I was having a bit of a downer when I wrote my last blog post, so I decided to do something quick and easy to cheer myself up.

I made a rat hammock out of an old pair of jeans that had ripped on the back, in a way that left a little too much showing. I ripped both legs off and cut them down the outside seam and cut off the hem. You see those D rings in the corners? Those strips of fabric holding them on are the cut off hem!

This one should last better than the last one. :-)

I also measured a piece of fabric to go in the 'Shop the Stash' page. I knew when I bought it I'd have a hard time finding a place and time I'd wear it, but it was too awesome to pass up! :-)

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Mess And Stress Killed The Crafty Bug

I just haven't been feeling up to making anything for a little while. It's partly because my workspace is an utter tip, but that's not the only reason. It's also a combination of the cold making me want to huddle next to the little space heater, work taking up a lot of my emotional energy, and getting pulled into other things like finishing writing a story I started back in August. That's always like pulling teeth.

I think I'm going to have to bring home one of the bookshelves I've got at my parents. I have to clean up my crap.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Book Confusion

The book on the left is a book I got from the library. The book on the right is one I bought online a while ago. Until I opened 'Dress in Detail' I thought they were different books, but it turns out they're just different editions of the same book, and I have the newer one.

Has this ever happened to you?

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

That Damn Skirt

This skirt is still going. I think I've got the darts just about right, but I'm going to have to make one up in a thicker fabric to see if it works in a better analog for the final project.

I just hope it's over soon. Given how often I change weight, it might not fit by the time I finish it.