- Ooooh, I could really use some hearty, empty-calorie carbs right now.
- I am so bored right now, I can’t stand it! I need winter to be over. I’m starting to feel despondent.
- How the heck did I end up with so many books on my “to read” list? Seriously. I will never make it through that list. If I ever do, then either I’ve been unemployed for decades or have lived way past 100.
- Marshall’s is one of my favorite places to visit. If you have never gone to Marshall’s with a girlfriend and played “Humor me,” you’re missing out. TJ Maxx works too. Or a similar store.
- I’m not a morning person, I’m not! This was never in doubt, actually, but I couldn’t really come up with anything else to say.
- Once you’ve put cheese on something, it has to be good.
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to not studying math all weekend, tomorrow my plans include class (with a late start), cleaning my house, and installing the built-ins (maybe) and Sunday, I want to feel like I have a good grasp on my lesson plans!
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I should be writing a paper right now. (It’s mostly written – I’m having difficulties finishing it though, since my second interview hasn’t yet actually responded to my questions yet, so I’m trying to piece together what I know into something that has value.)
Instead, I’m going to tell you about life, in no particular order, because it’s prettier that way.
Tuesday night I was bored, so I cleaned out the closet in my office. I moved all the "weird" fabric in here, and the Christmas stuff, so that all the apparel fabric could be moved to the big cabinet.
Did you see the other big change? Probably not.
I have a new doorknob! I know it's not a big deal, but the old brass one was original to the house and part of it broke off last fall, so I haven't been able to close the door since. Korben has been shredding a cardboard box that I was keeping in there, and it was starting to annoy me. The new one is brushed nickel, and it works!
How about some family room updates?
We made more progress on this wall last weekend. Our 28 days of curing the paint has passed, so we could hang the TV mount. You can see the shiny silver brackets for the speaker shelf beneath, and all the outlet covers are installed.
Last night we assembled the built-ins! They're not installed - they're just sitting there, looking pretty, but the tops are attached to the bottoms now! Can you tell which one is the media cabinet?
Here's a fun little detail for you. We bought a jig so that we could have adjustable shelving. Pretty, right?
Lastly, if you’re not in the area, you may not know that after a few days of warm weather last week (warm enough to melt all the ice and snow off of the roads so we could see pavement on the side streets!), we got dumped on again. The south metro was particularly hit – we got about 17″ between Sunday and Monday.
This was the second part of the snowstorm, on Monday. Our neighbor's house looks rather pretty photographed this way.
The pile of snow in front of our front door. Before shoveling. Before raking the roof. (Yes, lots of that is leftover from all the previous snowfalls. I just thought it gave some perspective.)
All the snow on top of the grill? That's all new.
Drifts in front of the house. And newly formed icicles - this was Monday afternoon, and there weren't any on Sunday morning.
Better perspective on the snow drifts. The bottom of the windows are about a foot from the floor. Again, this is the size of the piles before we raked the roof.
We shoveled on Sunday night, even though it was still snowing, because we knew we’d need to make some progress if had any chance of going to work the next day (of course, if our street hadn’t been plowed, he would have had to work from home anyway). We got up at 5:30 on Monday morning and spent another hour shoveling, and then spent an hour shoveling / raking before going to bed. had shoveling duty, which meant that after I raked the huge drifts off of the roof (several feet, seeming to defy gravity – see this photo gallery from Kare11 to get an idea of what I’m talking about), he had to move it out of the driveway. Thankfully, most of the raking was done over non-shoveling parts (like the front yard). At one point, I was standing knee-deep in a pile of snow that was tall enough that I could see over the gutters. Raking snow off of the back roof, hoping that all my tugging wouldn’t land me flat on my bottom elsewhere on the deck… At some point I looked up and noticed how beautiful the night sky was. The stars were out, the clouds were gone… It seemed very Minnesotan to be able to appreciate that in the middle of all that snow.
Also, I did get my Basic Skills Test taken on Monday. I had received an email early in the day saying that because of the weather, things were delayed 2 hours (which would have put the start time for my 4 hour test at 5:30 pm). I decided to ignore that and go back to sleep. At 11, I called the testing center and they said they were back on schedule, and I could come in at 3:30. I was home by 6:15 (I’m a fast test taker, what can I say? I tried really hard to be slow, and read carefully, and my essays took me a really, really long time to write.) I’ll get my results March 16. I think I did OK on the math part, and my essay was fine, but that reading part, it’s tricky. There were quite a few questions where it was basically guessing which answer the test writers thought was the best. When I got home, I celebrated by tossing my huge PPST study book in the recycling pile. Yay!
I think I’ve finally figured out the best way to finish the seams on my charmeuse shirt (you know, the one I keep talking about but haven’t done anything other than cut out yet?). As it turns out, I French seams (for the side seams) will work, I think, assuming that I make the shirt in a completely wrong order (which I’m not against – I’ve already made this up once – it’s a shirt and not too complicated, and I already have to make some changes to the assembly of the shoulders, so why not one more?).
OK, so it's not the best origami art ever created. But it gets the job done.
For clarity’s sake, imagine that the two loose edges starred in green are trimmed shorter, and that the two folded edges with blue arrows are sewn together. That pink line is also stitching, holding the two pieces together. I swear, this is more complicated than it should be. It took me two tries to get this far – I had a picture uploaded to Flickr and was set to go when I realized that everything was inside-out, and had to start all over again.
Anyway, I think that if I hem the bottom part of the side seams (the slits) and the bottom hem (perhaps doing a better job at it thanks to my Vogue Sewing book, which is awesome) with hem tape, then I could stitch up the side seams with French seams and it would look fine. At least, in my head that works out. And then I’ll have to do the sleeves with French seams but attach them to the main body and do bias binding on that seam. If the fabric didn’t fray so much, I totally wouldn’t care, but I’m afraid the thing would start falling apart after a wash or two, and that’s just not OK.
Alas, I shouldn’t make any progress on this over the weekend. I should be studying for my MTLE Basic Skills test that I’ll be taking Monday. That means I have to find my Praxis I study book (that’s 2″ thick) I bought years ago. I think it’s with the rest of our library in the basement bathroom. (Isn’t that where your library is? One day soon ours will move back to the family room. Just as soon as we build those bookshelves.) Of course, taking the practice tests is just going to stress me out, because I won’t do fabulously on them. I so don’t need to be stressed about this test – I’m guessing that the passing score isn’t super high, and since I clearly can read and write well, those parts won’t be an issue. And I did take Calculus. It was 15 years ago, but shouldn’t some of that still be rattling around in my head somewhere? I just hope I don’t have to figure anything out with Sine and Cosine. …And whatever that third one is. What’s considered sophomore year college math, anyway? I only had to take one semester of math in college, and I’m assuming most liberal arts educated persons who didn’t major in math or science have the same situation. So… here’s hoping that all I really need is Algebra II and Geometry – I’ve got the algebra down, and maybe I can re-learn enough geometry by Monday to do decently.
Maybe once I get that test taken, I’ll get my acceptance letter into the program? I have to apply for student teaching by August 1 (for the Spring 2012 semester), and should probably take my content area test sooner rather than later (because I have no content courses left, and that information isn’t just going to hang around waiting for me to use it – I’d better get tested while I still remember everything).
I honestly did not think that the process for becoming a teacher would be so… complicated and convoluted. I definitely thought it would be hard work, and there would be a lot of learning involved. I just didn’t expect this amount of… what can only be described as bureaucracy. I should have known better, though.
Should we start taking bets on when I actually receive my acceptance letter to the program? Or how many harassing emails I’ll have to write in order to make that happen?
- New experiences and possibilities don’t often fill my day.
- An unexpected turn on a daily walk can take you almost anywhere. We’re still new to our city, so [when it's warm enough] we go exploring in the neighborhoods around us when we have the time. By foot. There’s a house not too far from ours with a driveway filled with BMWs. At least 4. And another fancy car too. That’s the “rich” part of our city.
- I’m looking forward to class tomorrow. I want to know what my professor thinks about my syllabus. She gives great feedback, and on top of the awesomeness of the class, it really makes me want to go to class. Mental note: be this awesome when I am a teacher.
- It is a sad thing to never have imagined.
- Try to find something to be happy about every day. Some days it’s harder than others.
- My hair is what’s extraordinary about me. Let’s be honest – it’s unique. Not that there’s no one else out there with red, curly hair (though it is quite rare); in fact, I have a co-worker two cubicles away from me with red, curly hair. But mine’s still pretty unique. And unique = extraordinary.
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to wearing my new dress & matching jewelry (all created by yours truly), tomorrow my plans include class and then studying for my MTLE* Basic Skills Test that I’m taking Monday and Sunday, I want to have a clean house (I’m starting to go a little nuts)!
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*MTLE = the new Minnesota Praxis Series. The tests one has to take and pass in order to get licensed. There are two tests: Basic Skills (reading, writing, math), and a content-specific one. Results will be posted in 21 days, so… I’ll let you know mid-March how I did. I’m only concerned about the math part, and only because the standard is now sophomore year college-level, and the last time I took a math class was in 1996.
… that I don’t have to listen 24-7 to that snortling phlegm thing that men do. It’s just at work… and during my Saturday morning class. Seriously, can we get some researchers on this? I need that noise to stop.
… for the many margaritas and fabulous conversations I had with friends past week.
… that I finished my dress & shrug for tomorrow night’s shindig two weeks early. I’ve barely had any time since to get any work done.
… for Mr. Sketch Scented markers, which made a fun art project even better.
… for the brilliant idea (if I do say so myself) to completely rework my course syllabus so to first semester instead of second. Sixth grade Social Studies is incredibly boring, but the first semester is slightly more interesting. (Still, every time I look at the standards, I feel sorry for 6th graders. And I already feel bad for them. Life sucks. And then we throw Ancient World History and Geography on top of it. Poor, poor babies. Go hug a 6th grader, if you know any.)
… for the downtown Macy’s that is still open, defying economic projections. A girl needs to be able to buy pantyhose sometimes, and the selection at Walgreens and the skyway stores is not acceptable. Also, they have frozen yogurt (3rd floor), chocolate-vanilla twist.
… we got news this week that our budget request was included in the governor’s budget, which is awesome for one reason (and not the one you think). Mainly, it means that he understands the value of our program (and the additional federal dollars we pull down). It doesn’t mean, however, that we’re actually going to get that money, or that there won’t be layoffs that affect me, or that my salary won’t get cut. But it means we’re valued. That’s something.
… for the tens of thousands of Wisconsinites who are fighting for labor right now. Seriously? We’re going to un-do 80 years of workers’ rights? (It’s not about salaries, or retirement fund contributions, or health benefits. It’s about destroying collective bargaining rights.)
… for the brave women (and men!) who have called attention to the disgusting issue of rape in the military.
… for the fabulous weather we’ve been having this week. I have worn a skirt every day this week to work (except for yesterday, when I wore a dress). Tomorrow I’m celebrating jeans day, but since we’ve got that shindig after work and I’ll be wearing a dress, I think that counts as 5 straight days of dressing up without slacks. I’m contemplating whether or not I could pull that off for a month (workdays only, Fridays excluded, of course).
I spent the majority of last night with a margarita in my hand, and somehow have absolutely nothing to talk about now. Well, unless you want to hear my rant on rape in the military or being state worker / teacher. I’m assuming you don’t. I can tell you that the strawberry margarita at Bar Abilene is vastly superior to the raspberry one, at least right now (strawberries are particularly good right around V-day, so I don’t want to mislead you if you try one out in, say, mid-April). If you want to try both, definitely do the raspberry one first, as it is much more sour, and it’s easier to go from sour to sweet than the reverse (in my opinion). Also, the Ancho Diablo Chocolate Cake is not all that fab, but the molten lava cake that I had last time wasn’t on the menu. Or… whatever it was.
So, obviously, I had a lovely evening with . Before that, and I discovered that he does not like Reuben sandwiches. Alas. I guess the rest of the supplies (because you can’t buy ingredients for 2 Reuben sandwiches, you have to buy ingredients for a dozen Reuben sandwiches) will have to be consumed by yours truly. Bummer.
When I got home, we watched the last half of “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” which we have seen before, and thoroughly enjoyed it. We should probably buy that one.
And then I went to bed.
No arts & crafts time today at work – I forgot my crayons and colored pencils. Again. Might need to write it on my hand or something.
I have concluded that I need to make green tea ice cream again (which I apparently didn’t blog about back in September 2009, but… things did not go well due to certain laws of physics and then some overcompensating, but I’m willing to try again), and also hummus. I don’t really have time for this, but it’s nice to have an idea in case I get an itch to create food.
I’ve spent some time this week making posters for some work celebrations. I printed out the words in fancy fonts, and then used our ever-dwindling supply of carbon paper (it only took one sheet per poster, and had I know I needed to do the second one, I could have saved it and used just one) to trace the letters onto the foam core board. Then I traced them with a black Sharpie. Hopefully tomorrow I will remember to bring in my colored pencils and crayons (I forgot today) and will get those babies colored in. I threatened to use glitter, but I don’t think the cleaning people would appreciate that much.
There is absolutely nothing going on worth telling you all about (including the above “story”). The cabinets are assembled, but we discerned that we need to put a quick coat of poly on the unpainted surfaces to protect them from water, so we’ve stalled out (at least until we go buy some spray poly). I spent the rest of the weekend doing homework (so that I would have most of this week free from homework, and it worked!). Oh, and I got a tiny bit of sewing done on ‘s quilt – not even enough for a picture, but it at least a small amount of progress.
I did get my muslin for Butterick 4132 completed (at least to the point that muslins can be completed) – just one tiny little adjustment to the back. I didn’t hem it or finish the side slits, because after trying it on, I realized that it was never going to be worn in public, so why bother. After noting the small change on the pattern, I tossed the muslin. It felt strangely good to do so. I would have preferred the muslin be wearable, but since the fabric was purchased so long ago as to consider it free, it’s OK that it wasn’t. Last night I got the same shirt cut out of the floral fabric bought for this purpose. I cut out sleeves, too – we’ll see how those go. The big complaint people seem to have about them is how wide they are; in the pattern’s defense, they are supposed to be bell sleeves. I think I’ll figure out a different way to attach the front to the back at the shoulders, because my muslin turned out a bit wonky, but otherwise things went OK. Now I need to figure out how to finish my seams – that fabric is going to fray if I don’t do something. I want to do French seams, but can’t figure out how to work that with the side slits. I also need to do something for the facing edges – the pattern just has you do a zigzag stitch (or use a serger, which I don’t have), and that won’t work for the long term. I’m thinking hem facing (or flexi-tape, or whatever you want to call it) in the lightest weight I can find it. It’s either that or a rolled hem, using my special machine foot, but I’m not sure I’m up to the that task (finicky fabric + rolled hem?).
My only homework left for the week is to learn more about the Chinese Empire. Goodness, the information I’ve found so far is bo-ring. I might have to give up my love of 6th graders, because 6th grade Social Studies is just awful. Plus, it involves map skills, which are not really my thing. Speaking of which, I need to contact the school to see if I can get those 40 hours arranged. Sigh. I do not care for this part of the program – I realize the importance of making connections, etc, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
We spent Valentine’s Day at home, watching a romantic comedy that turned out to be not very romantic (funny, yes, but the girl doesn’t get the guy in the end, which seems to remove it from the “romantic comedy” genre in my opinion). Nothing special, but nice to just relax for a while.
Tonight I have plans with (for table-side crafted guacamole); I had such a wonderful time with last Friday that we’ve decided we need to do it again, and soon. Shopping, specifically, is what I’m referring to. Neither of us do that very often, and then kind of go crazy when we’re together. We figure that if we do it more often, we won’t buy as much. That sounds logical, right?
Tomorrow we plan on going to BMO to look at (and hopefully purchase) trim for the basement (the non-baseboard trim, that is). Ooh, exciting.
Nothing much to report. Lots of creative ideas floating around in my head, but no time to do anything about them. Class last night was better than last week – for the most part I avoided discussion with the two patronizing women. Thought I’d be productive and call on my way back to my car, then call on the way home, and then talk to for the rest of the drive and for a bit after. But, someone was feeling chatty, and I was still on the phone with him when I got home. Of course, then I was tired, and it was late, so… no more phone calls. But, you know, I thought about you two!
Wednesday night we got the three bottom cabinets assembled. They’re currently sitting in our bedroom – it was easier to assemble them upstairs. We’ll have to assemble the two larger ones downstairs, though, since they’ll be too heavy to carry down the stairs (OK, we could technically do it, but why put that extra strain on ourselves?). We are still in need of a tiny little part before we can assemble those, and then we can move on to installation. It’s going to be so awesome – you have no idea. I feel like we’ll have multiple empty closets once we’re all done, we’re adding so much storage.
I think you all should be proud of me. Last night I got a homework assignment back and received 15/20 on it. And I totally didn’t freak out. Not even in my head. That’s what we call “personal growth.”
It’s warming up! It was 16* last time I checked… and snowing. Of course it was. Hopefully the last of the snow will melt off the roof this weekend. I have never cared about the amount of snow on a roof until this house. If the additions (that are the cause of the odd valleys in our roof where lots of the snow gathers) weren’t so awesome, I’d wish our house were different. As it is, I love our house, so we’re just going to have to cope with its eccentricities.
- Family can be defined in so many ways.
- Most days have their ups and downs.
- Trust that this legislative session is stressing me out.
- Mubarak leaving was for the best. I don’t usually get all political, but you’ve got to listen to your people sometimes and let go of your pride, man.
- Parents have a very hard job.
- What’s important is not always what was said.
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going out with and drinking a really big margarita , tomorrow my plans include class… and Sunday, I want to get lots of homework done (not exciting, but it could mean having more fun next week)!
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What can I say, it’s hard to be thankful when it’s -10* outside. We’re all finding it hard to be motivated about anything. I’m dreaming about beaches and warm bodies of water and sunshine and sewing up sundresses. Ooh, and wearing sandals and tank tops. Sigh.
On the bright side, it’s going to be 40* warmer tomorrow.
And that… is something to be thankful for.
Well, I remembered to bring the memory card for the camera with me, so I have pictures to share. I know, so exciting. (Forgive the sarcasm – I am so tired I’m contemplating taking a nap for the rest of the day, right here at my desk.)
Look, I'm almost done putting away the Christmas decorations! I have them all in one spot now.
Our painting/poly station. FYI, fitted sheets make an excellent drop cloth over a table.
Hrm. This looks odd. Wasn't the patio set pushed up against the house for the winter?
Yes, this is where it used to be. We had to move all the snow away from the house. Prince Charming thinks that the drip in the basement has something to do with this snow and/or the ice dams on the roof. So, we spent an hour on Saturday evening shoveling snow on our deck. And turning the patio set into firewood (it was really, really close to death anyway, and came free with the house, and it was probably wishful thinking that I'd have the time to properly refinish it all).
On Sunday, waiting for the Superbowl, the cats just got all tuckered out from the excitement.
Someone may have thought it was all too much to deal with.
So, there you have it.
For full disclosure, the calorie counting mentioned yesterday was abandoned approximately mid-day due to poor timing and a headache that would not go away. Seriously, it was the headache that did me in. Multiple doses of Advil, food, sugar, caffeine, hydration, aspirin, and even Ben & Jerry’s didn’t even put a dent in it (or at least, nothing noticeable). I finally went to bed and it faded away while reading, sometime around 10 pm (about 10 hours after first taking Advil). So, the day was a wash, basically. I couldn’t force myself to work out to make up for the cookies I ate (there are only so many ways to medicate a headache), and in all honesty it was just bad timing all the way around. I mean, who tries to diet the week before Valentine’s Day? Do you know how much candy is in the office right now? And Girl Scout cookies are coming this week or next, too. So I’ll just stick to my hibernation, and welcome Spring (and hopefully the energy associated with it) in March, like a reasonable person. will just have to take a slightly rounder version of me to the company party. I’m sure he doesn’t care – I had a temporary moment of vanity when I remembered that I only see these people once a year. I got over it.
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I’m not asking for much, really. Just the chance to feel well-rested by Sunday night. Oh well.
Saturday morning’s class was good, and I managed to get all of my reading homework done by the time the Super Bowl was over. We only got one coat of poly on the cabinet pieces on Saturday, due to a “joys of home ownership” issue, so the cabinets didn’t get assembled on Sunday. We did get the other two coats of poly on, though, so we can assemble this week if I get my papers written. The “issue” was photographed for your amusement, but I was running late this morning and forgot to grab the memory card from the camera, so the story will have to wait.
I also got a muslin cut out for Butterick 4132, using some random white shiny fabric I found in my “home dec fabrics” drawer. I am not sure what it was leftover from – perhaps curtains for – but I had two-ish yards that was only 30″ or so wide. Normally I wouldn’t make a muslin of a shirt, since they’re pretty straight forward and I don’t have to grade sizes, but since the fabric I purchased to make this up in was a bit pricier than I would have liked (to coordinate with my navy skirt), and slippery, I thought it would be best to sample this one. It’s only 3 pieces (front, back, back facing) – 4 if I was doing the sleeves, but I ran out of fabric, unless you think sheer purple would look good…. The front and back pieces are huge, since they’re bias-cut (and therefore not cut on the fold). I had to do some piecing of the fabric to even get them to fit. It should still whip up pretty quickly – hopefully by Friday (again, if I can get my papers written).
I may or may not be grumpy for the next two weeks. In a moment of wisdom, I thought it would be nice to try to lose a tiny bit of that winter-hibernation weight before ‘s company party (for which I made the grey dress and cream shrug). The party happens to be two weeks from last Friday, and I happened to decide this… last night. So that doesn’t really give me much time, but at least it means I won’t suffer for long, right? I learned last Spring that I could be successful at calorie restriction for about a month before cheating became a far-too-regular occurrence. Two weeks I should be able to handle… hopefully. I think I’ll be drinking a lot of water.
But, for now, I need to get my head into the game. I have to write up a class syllabus, five classroom rules, and a student interview… before Thursday. The student interview only needs to be tweaked, the class syllabus is supposed to be (ideally) a page, and the five classroom rules shouldn’t be too bad. The last two just take a lot of thought and careful wording.
A while back I found some fabulous Dupioni silk at Hancock’s (on the remnants table!) that matched the decorating scheme of our living room perfectly. I thought it would make great curtains. I have two pieces that are around 3 yards each – that’s a lot of silk! It was super cheap, too. I don’t remember how much, but it would have been silly not to buy it.
Silly, that is, unless I had know that I was going to change my mind about the color scheme of that room. And now that greenish color is just not going to happen. (At the moment I’m leaning towards yellow – real yellow, not the creamy color we painted the family room – but I change my mind about every six months, which is why the room is still the same boring brown color that it was when we moved in.)
So… I have 6-ish yards of gorgeous green Dupioni silk. It seems wrong to let it languish in the drawer of home dec fabrics. I got the idea that it would make a fab dress, albeit one that I probably wouldn’t have much occasion to wear.
Here are the two patterns I own that I think would work well with this fabric.
I looked around the internet to see what fashionistas thought of Dupioni silk dresses, and what styles might be appropriate, and found quite a few pretty things. (No, they’re not all out of Dupioni silk, but some of them are, and the others I thought were cute styles that might work for me / this fabric.)
Kate Spade - OK, this one has nothing to do with the others, I just thought it was cute, and now I want to make myself a shiny floral dress. Distracted much?
Kay Unger NY
Kay Unger NY
Of course, my real reason for looking up styles was to try to avoid creating a dress that made me look like I was re-wearing a bridesmaid dress.
Hrm. Green Dupioni... bridesmaid... I'd prefer something work appropriate, or party appropriate (granted I only have one fancy party a year to attend, but maybe I could host a fancy party just so I could wear my dress).
Then brought up an important point the other day – how does this color actually look on me? You know, I’ve thrown out quite a few rules about red hair and clothing (pink and turquoise are totally OK, by the way), but sometimes it does pay to take note of these things. So, to that end, I took this picture:
Sorry - it's the best I could do at 10 pm in the bathroom mirror.
Well, what do you think? Am I heading down a path of destruction? Should I just cut my losses and sell the fabric on Etsy? Should I go a different direction, try to make something for someone else instead (if so, what?) ? Dupioni isn’t exactly the world’s most utilitarian fabric… its applications are limited. This stuff isn’t going to be used in a quilt or to make anything for children….
I’ve mostly finished the grey dress – cream shawl outfit. I love the shawl pattern – super easy to do (even with French seams it goes together in just a few hours). It’s not completely done yet – I need to hem and edge the shawl, but you can get an idea of what it will look like finished.
Not the best picture, I know, but it was late, I'd spent the rest of the evening in class, and just couldn't bring myself to go to the effort of doing what needed to be done to make it look fab. You'll have to wait until I wear it out in public for that (two weeks from tonight).
I’ll be wearing my new Clark’s:
You know, for shoes with an almost 3″ heel, they are surprisingly comfortable. I can wear them all day without needing Band-Aids.
So I’ve been contemplating jewelry for this outfit. I think it’s the ribbon on the dress that’s throwing me off. Or maybe it’s the grey-cream combo, which was a really hard one to find ribbon for. At any rate, I have no idea what jewelry I should wear with this. I’m not without skills in the jewelry-creation department, so it’s really just an issue of figuring out what would work best.
(Clicking on the images will take you to the Etsy page where the item is for sale, if you want larger pictures, more views, or want to buy it for yourself.)
Let’s start with what I already have. I don’t have pictures of exactly what I own, but I found some similar items on Etsy to give you a visual:
Single grey pearl earrings and necklace set (mine have a faux diamond setting) - liciabeads
hematite beads on wire (mine is much more minimalistic - imagine it without the big square beads) - lovely beads by brenda
cascade of cream pearls (mine has about 2-3 times more strands, and the pearls are uniform and about the size of the smallest ones here) - ribbons galore
And then there’s what I found for inspiration, to either purchase or make my own version of:
Grey illusion pearls - pors by design
More grey illusion pearls - ribbons galore
Hematite and silver - jjs jewelry designs
hematite fall (I'd get it without the lightning bolt) - just harry
Grey and clear beads, double stranded - unique designs by allie
Multi stranded black and silver - stellas jewelry
Black velvet choker - aranwen
White satin multi-strands - sleeks
Clear and white multi strands - mary not martha jewelry
Dark purple and flowers - carolinas creations
So… length, color, style… what are your thoughts?