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Archive for August, 2016

Fitness Challenge Begins Tomorrow

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Here are my fitness challenge tools. I also had some habits to master before tomorrow’s start date: Eat apples and berries every day. I thought this one would be very easy, but I have forgotten that apple about half the days. No carbs after lunch. I keep assuring myself that I’ll do this in September, […]

Color Column 2: Outer Column in Dark Taupe

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

The fabric in the upper left corner is a stretch woven in dark taupe, the other shade from my hair. Note that, while I think of my hair as basically gray, color software interprets it as varying shades of taupe, as shown below. The fabric at the upper right is a tweed with a thread […]

Craftsy Class #9: Sewing Panties

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Why make your own panties? Well, this class goes with Beverly Johnson’s bra-making class, which I really enjoyed, and it was offered to me for half price, so what the heck? Also, I can make a set — Johnson suggests three pairs of panties to match each bra. If you have special fitting needs, this […]

Color Column 1: The Core Four in Gray

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Gray is my key neutral. The color matches the lightest color in my hair, so it’s a “connection color” for me. The “core four” is a jacket, skirt, pants, and top, all in roughly the same color — your primary neutral, which you should choose from the shades in your hair. I’m planning to make […]

Choosing SWAP Patterns

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Planning your SWAP isn’t all about colors. You have to choose the right patterns, too. I like to use a wardrobe pattern, since I can be confident that all the pieces will work together. But you will also ideally be using Tried and  True (TNT) patterns — ones you’ve already made, fitted, and worn happily. […]

Rough Times and Retreat

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

My husband is unemployed once again and this time he will not receive any help from the government. He quit the job he took just a few weeks ago. We’re having a seasonal slump at work, too, so I’m feeling somewhat imperiled. I’m trying to remain compassionate and supportive, but the effort is stressful. I’m […]

HGP Begins

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

It’s time to begin the Holiday Grandplan! This week is List Week. We’ll clean our porches and make lists of the gifts we’ll buy or make, the menus for the parties and special meals of the holidays, the cards we’ll send and the sweets we’ll put in the freezer. Gifts to be made is the […]

Connection Colors

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

The first step in a capsule wardrobe is to identify the neutral(s) and the fashion color(s) you plan to use. I like to add a bit of random limitation to the project by choosing from the Pantone seasonal palette, which I’ve done again this season, but choosing colors because they’re trendy may mean that you […]

Capsule Concept

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The idea of a Capsule Wardrobe is trendy now, but I remember it well from my teens. One writer credits Susie Faux and Donna Karan with the concept, and I do remember Capsule Concept shows at a department store in my youth, but I think of Janet Wallach and Emily Cho as the driving forces […]

Craftsy Class #8: Handmade Sourdough

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

The teacher of this class is a bit goofy. He uses words like “shaboom” and “skosh” without irony and talks a lot about bringing good energy and positive attitude to your bread. If you sullenly slap it around, it’s not going to be the angelic item you want. He brings a lot of special details […]

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