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Archive for February, 2014

Friday Night

Friday, February 21st, 2014

For the whole time I’ve been a computer guy, during my 60 hour weeks, in the days when most of the people I worked with were on the other side of the world and expected to Skype with me at 4:00 a.m., when I still thought I’d probably starve in a gutter, when things were […]


Monday, February 17th, 2014

I undid and redid the waistband and the hems of the pants I was making, and I think they will be nice for spring, though I definitely haven’t solved the mystery of the waistband. At this point, I did not want to deal with the waistband question again, so I put off the skirt. Instead, […]


Sunday, February 16th, 2014

These two pictures appear to be in the neighborhood where my family lived when I was born. The house where we lived was #2, #3 is shown below, and #1 is apparently a sail making company — or was. I remember looking down through the bannisters on the landing, but we left Florida when I […]

Crafty Update

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Where needlework is concerned I have been working on a couple of projects. First, there is a sense in which I finished another item for my Spring 2014 SWAP: the pants from Simplicity 1467. These have an identical waistband to the skirt from the same pattern, which I completed and like, but about the waistband […]

Hard Work

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

I like hard work, especially if it’s productive. This is a poster made by a student in a class I spoke to. Today I finished up our marketing plan, attended a nice client meeting at which the Art Professor did all the heavy lifting, wrote stuff, and finally got back to choir practice after enough […]


Sunday, February 9th, 2014

I have a stash of fabrics and a stash of yarn, lots of sewing patterns and books and knitting patterns, and perhaps more craft supplies and cookbooks than I will actually be able to use up during my lifetime. #1 daughter has a stash of make up. As a follow up to our discussion of […]

Simplicity 1467

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Here ‘s my two-piece. It was difficult to get the shot, so it’s blurred, but you can probably see the curious effect at the waistband. To my surprise, this skirt has elastic in the waistband. The waistband is quite wide, much wider than waistband elastic. In this soft a fabric, it’s an odd effect. I […]

SWAP Piece #3

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Here’s my SWAP piece for the week, and there it is below peeping from one of my favorite jackets. True, the pictures show that I need a better acquaintance with my ironing board, but I like the top. I’m on track with my SWAP, and planning a PSD (Personal Sewing Day) to get the skirt […]

Fall 2014 Color Report

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Here’s the Fall 2014 color report. In case you forgot, here’s the Spring 2014 palette: That’s three shades of purple (four if you count the berry-like Sangria), four blues, and two grays. Yup, that section of the color wheel is pretty well covered.

Wake Up Project

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

My husband hit snooze on his 2:15 a.m. alarm, and I never got back to sleep after that. Instead, I lay in bed thinking about work until 5:00, when I got up. I think I had some productive thoughts during that time, so I suppose it was worthwhile, but my prediction of a refreshed morning […]

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