Monday, January 30, 2012

Where the Man Goes, the Lady Must Follow

I haven't been sewing much lately. I find it hard to balance multiple interests...and lately, other things are taking the place of sewing. Like, for the first two weeks of January, every spare moment went to reading The Hunger Games. The entire trilogy. It was pretty much the best two weeks ever. Except for the month it took me to read all the Twilight books...that was the best month ever. I am not ashamed.

The other thing taking up a lot of time and brain-space is ballroom dancing. In addition to our Wednesday ballet class, Karrie and I now spend Saturday afternoons twirling and dancing to our heart's content. I'm pretty much obsessed with it.

Right now we're learning the Rumba...the dance of love! The students range from beginners to national champions. I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from these talented dancers and I know I'm improving because of it.

And I very much want to do well, to improve, to impress them. I do so long for people to tell me I'm awesome! Not that I need to be told I'm awesome...because I already know that. I just like to hear it out loud...from cute guys...who dance like this:

But as awesome as I am, I know I have a long way to go. A looooong way. Not that I want to be a professional ballroom dancer...I just want to learn enough to have fun social dancing. And then I want to actually go out social dancing. That part will be trickier.

As a result of all this, I want to spend more time exercising and eating better. I've been eating as vegan as possible for a few months now and I really love it. Here's my favorite vegan recipe...we add chickpeas and frozen peas if we have them. I want to eat this every day! The exercise portion remains a constant struggle...but at least I'm trying.

Anyway, before I sign off, I just have to ask: are there any ballroom dancers reading my blog? If so, I want to know all about it!

Friday, January 6, 2012

I'm Only 99% Perfect, Apparently

During my blog break, I sewed my very first Y-seam:


Huh...something is not quite right here. My second attempt resulted in a too-small block but at least I got the seams right.


It's been a few months since my first block and I've worked out a pretty reliable way to make these cute frames. I'm excited to tell you more about this quilt but it'll be just a little bit before I can do a proper post. There's some embroidery that needs to happen first...stay tuned!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Catching Up

You guys, it's going to be 46 degrees today. In Minnesota! Last year we were buried under two feet of snow. This year we have just a dusting which will be gone by the end of the day. I'm not even going to wear a coat to run errands tonight. It's nearly shorts and t-shirts weather! Growing up, our house rule for wearing shorts to school was "not until it's 50 degrees". We're hardcore in Minnesota!

Anyway, all this sun and warm weather has inspired me to do some blogging. I finally got around to pulling pictures from my camera and was shocked to find projects dating back to September. Oops! Looks like it's time to play catch up, starting with this sweet bag:

London Echino Bag

After Ian and I booked our trip to London, I bought this Echino fabric with the intent to make everyone bags to commemorate our trip. Months after we got back, I made one for Ian's parents and one for his sister...a belated thank you gift for all the fun times in London.

London Echino Bag

Unfortunately, making two bags proved to be so tiring that I still haven't made one for myself.

London Echino Bag

Now that I've had a little time to think about it (5 months! haha), I think I'm going to try to make a different sort of bag for myself. I've wanted to make a smallish tote for a while now...something just big enough to carry money, phone, chapstick and my Kindle. You know, the essentials. Of course, with the large print, maybe this isn't the best fabric for that. I might have to think about it for another 5 months.

London Echino Bag

I just have to say: if you haven't used Echino cotton/linen, you really should give it a try. I know it's expensive but it's awesome stuff! It's soft, sturdy and sews up really well. It's also tightly woven and not at all springy (I hate springy linen). If another print speaks to me the way this one did, I'll definitely buy more to make bags and quilts. But I should probably finish MY bag first...