Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I've been MIA lately and that's because I've started working full time for the Summer. I have to make some money if I want to go on a road trip. I'm really excited though because my best friend got engaged and I got to shoot their photos this past Sunday. I thought I was going to be nervous like I always am but I just kind of told myself that I can do this, it's something that I love to do and I will do a great job at it. I'll be editing the photos all this week. I'll post as soon as they're done.

I wish this was the office I have been working in. I definitely would not be falling asleep.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

This session at school is pretty much over. I still have a class on Friday but my documentary is finished and showed it in class. I will have three weeks off for the Summer and then I go back for my last class ever. Yup, I graduate at the end of August with a Bachelor's degree in Visual Journalism. It's really awesome to know that I finally finished something in my life even though I really wanted to give up. And speaking of finishing things, here are a couple of projects that I have been working on. Since Father's Day is coming up, I made my dad a few beer cozies.

I got a free tutorial here and you can register for free. The yellow blanket in the background is for my soon to be new baby cousin. I'm taking it on my road trip to work on it. I'm actually taking a lot of projects with me on the road because I know there will be lots of driving.

Here's something that I finally finished and I'm so proud of. It's my first time making one of these and I think it came out pretty cool.

I recently finished making all of my granny squares for my first afghan...all 108 of them.

I really give credit to all of the grannies out there because putting the squares together has been back breaking work and it's also very tedious.

Because it's so repetitive, I also began to do a scallop edge to distract me when the job got too difficult. I'm hoping I'll finish this before I start school again.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sew Friday

After having purchased a few old dresses from yard sales and thrift stores, I decided to show what I have reconstructed do far.
I got this dress at a yard sale for $3, it was not that complicated to reconstruct, I just wish I took a better before picture of it. It was way too long and you can't quite see here but it also had puffy sleeves that I wanted to get rid of.

So I shortened the dress and made the sleeves into straps. I pretty much loved the way the dress looked but now I customized it for me.

This next dress I bought brand new a couple of years ago and I've had it collecting dust in my closet as it didn't fit my style anymore, however I still love the pattern on it.

It also had this beautiful crocheted detail. I carefully removed this detail and I'll probably make a headband out of it. This was the only thing that was keeping this dress together so then I just sewed black elastic to the waistband. And voila, a skirt.

I like it way more as a skirt now and I'm glad I didn't get rid of it. I will work on some more dresses later but this is what I accomplished this week.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Current Favorite

I've been trying to be thrifty lately since I'm saving up for my road trip this summer. The way I do this is by shopping at thrift stores. Although I really don't have that much patience looking through the racks, I'll find a piece here and there that just stand out. After buying them, I kind of get an idea of how I want to reconstruct it but not really. I forgot how I found this blog but it's amazing. Marisa from A New Dress A Day decided to stop buying new clothes for a year and spend only $1 a day to reconstruct something from flea markets, thrift stores, estate sales...etc. She has given me all kinds of awesome ideas so I posted some of my favorite outfits.

Her blog is definitely an inspiration for me. I've already reconstructed a few pieces of clothing myself.
Happy Thursday!

Monday, June 7, 2010

So ever since I finished watching Arrested Development I felt like I needed to start watching another show that can make me laugh as hard as that show. Since no other show can compare to it, my netflix suggested I watch Party Down. I'm on season 2 now and it's really funny. The 1st season had Jane Lynch in it which was a plus and now I can't stop watching it. The humor is different but in a good way, hey and it's directed by Fred Savage. You know, The Wonder Years? You can watch it instantly on netflix so for those who have it, I recommend you add it.
I have 2 more weeks lefts before my summer vacation. Luckily, I have had a little bit of down time and decided to go thrift store shopping. I hadn't gone in a while and I felt really good when I got back into it. I guess I can say I "scored". There were some things that I was looking for and found and others were a nice surprise. Here are some of my finds on Sunday:

(From left) bed sheets, a green owl family, a sweet plaque, another owl, vintage flower looms, a retro photo album (it has black pages inside) and a couple of vintage pillow cases. They had the matching bed sheets but I couldn't bring myself to pay $7 for each set. Maybe next time.

I also got this awesome crocheted blanket, an old book, Jane Austin Book Club book (I got it mostly because of the design on the cover), a glass and a pitcher. I used to have the matching creamer and sugar set but probably not exactly the same shade of orangey-peach.

I love this glass, I just wish I had a set of at least four. Oh well, I might list it on my Etsy. Someone else might need it to complete their set.

I went on a walk today because I wanted to visit some interesting shops that are near my apartment but I just never bothered to stop by and look. A consignment shop also opened and I just wanted to pop in and see what they had. Well I didn't get to make it to any of them. A thrift store that I never knew about stopped me in my tracks and I just had to see what was inside. Everything was VERY reasonably priced and the first thing that caught my eye was this Polaroid camera. Only $4! I don't know if it works but I'm a camera collector so I'll find out sooner or later. I also found a few more owls.

I ended up taking with me a camera, 2 owls, a vintage plastic thermos, 2 round frames, a few records and I was really excited that I found a Catherine Holm casserole dish and an empty ledger. Since finishing Elsie and Rachel's journal class, I left very inspired. I'm going to paint the cover of my ledger and make it a journal.

Oh I love thrifting! I also got a dress, a blouse and some shoes which I will post later. This has been an exciting couple of days for me. Maybe I'll even take that long walk tomorrow and hope that I can make it to those shops.