jammie sewing

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No, sillies, I didn’t sew jammies today. I sewed in my jammies. 🙂 (Though I do need to make some new jammie pants, my old ones are getting a little ragged.)

I have been meaning to sew down my fabric stash since it’s gotten a smidge out of hand. So I went on a stash dive and came out with some pieces that I kid you not have probably been in my stash for about five years. The pumpkin fabric and the herb names, if you were wondering.

I spent the afternoon with the hum of Miss Singer, pretty fabrics, cloudy rainy skies, a rather splendid cough I managed to pick up over the week (grrr…), a mug of Earl Gray, and the sounds of Skillet, Mumford and Sons, folk violin and mandolin, and other lovelies. Don’t you just love the smell of Earl Gray? The bergamot is so autumnish, it makes me so happy. Cold tea when you let yourself get waaay into the sewing zone isn’t quite as nice. (PS, what do you think of my knitting mug? I got it at the thrift store and it’s huge!)

For the bags, I used this pattern. Honestly, it was so clear and so easy to follow I loved it. These are probably the nicest bags I’ve ever made. I love the pattern so much I ended up making, er, 14 bags total in two days? You can never have too many drawstring bags. I do need to get strings for said bags. I really like the gussets on the bottom. That will help with the sturdiness a lot, I think. I did run into some problems, snapping one needle and bending another. But I pottered on and now I have several bags to show for it! 🙂

I love sewing. It was the first craft I really ever got into. I can honestly say, though, that I was a bit better when I was younger, making a Disappearing Nine patch twin size quilt all by myself with just a smidgen of help from my mum. I love my quilt. 🙂

I have four or five more planned at least. I love getting my sewing mojo back. It’s a lovely feeling.

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Reading: I have not picked up a book in several days. I need to remedy that. I started Persuasion by Jane Austen at the beginning of August and have been meaning to pick it back up.

Knitting: Plus some crochet! 🙂 I’m working on a pair of socks that have been hibernating for awhile. I’m doing a sort of design my own pattern on the leg and so far it’s turning out pretty good. 🙂 My sweater got picked back up and I’ve split for the underarms and front, so I’m excited about that.

I also started a crochet dishcloth in crazy bright yarn. I’m trying to work through all of my stash of yarn and fabric. It’s slow going, but one dishcloth and drawstring bag at a time, I’ll get it done. 🙂

Listening: Heroes (we could be) by Alesso, Feels Like Tonight by Daughtry, I Can Tell by Adelitas Way, and September by Daughtry. All good songs, I really like Daughtry. 🙂

Watching: A Ranger’s baseball game (they won!!!) and an episode of Live Free or Die, a neat show that I sort of binge watched the first season of on Nat Geo and now the second season has started.

Also apples. They are amazing.

Linking up with Ginny for YarnAlong! 🙂

Infinity Dreams award {?}

The Dragon Writer did a post the other day and did a sort of general tagging thingy, I needed a blog post idea, so we’re just going to go with that, yeah? 🙂

The rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you.

-Answer their 11 questions

-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions.

Since I wasn’t tagged directly, I’ll just say thanks for writing that post, Dragon. 🙂

1. If you could spend a day with any fictional character, who would it be and what would you do?

Hermmmm….. That is a very good question. I wouldn’t mind chatting with Percy Jackson for a bit. Mr. Darcy and Mr. Thornton would be interesting people to talk to, so would Colonel Brandon and Captain America. Padme Amidala would have a wonderful brain to pick. What I’d like to do is invite them all over for tea and see what happens. Wouldn’t that be fun?

2. What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched was Sense and Sensibility featuring Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson. Over a month ago… I haven’t been watching movies very often.

3. Do you have a favourite super hero, and if so, who?

YES I DO HAVE A FAVORITE THANK YOU FOR ASKING. It’s Captain America. ❤ ❤

4. Tea or coffee? (or neither?)

Both, thank you. I like tea for the afternoon (Earl Gray) or right before bed (Sleepytime). I work at a coffee shop so there is lots of coffee consumed. 😉

5. What’s the weirdest fact you’ve learnt while researching something (for writing, school, whatever)?

Oh gosh. That’s a great question. I do a lot of research for stories and such, besides being a history buff, but I think the most interesting thing I’ve learned would be that putting pure liquid nicotine on your skin is not a very good idea.

Yeah, I look up weird things for stories. Don’t judge me.

6. What’s your favourite ever book/book series?

I don’t think that Louis de Wohl’s saint books count as a series per say, but they do to me. So that’s my favorite series. 🙂

7. Are you in any fandoms, and if so, which ones?

Oh the fandoms. My two biggest are Percy Jackson and Star Wars, my first love. ALL STAR WARS ALL THE TIME MAY THE FORCE BE WITH ALL OF Y’ALL. I do like LOTR, though not as much as some people. I also tend to fangirl squeal over Pride and Prejudice and North and South. (I blame Richard Armitage and Colin Firth.)

8. What’s your favourite place you’ve visited?

I visited the Smokey Mountains a few years ago and saw the Biltmore House. I’d love to go back someday and see the mountains again. They were really pretty during the fall.

9. Author you’ve read the most of?

Janette Oke, I think. I’ve been reading and collecting her books for years. 🙂 Jan Karon and Louis de Wohl are two other authors I’ve read a bunch of books by.

10. Strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Hmmmm…. I really don’t know. I’ve eaten some weird food in the past but I can’t think of one off the top of my head. I ate yaki-mandu several years ago and I loved it. I could eat my body weight in them probably. So stinking good.

But I love food. Food makes me so happy…

11. What was (or is) your favourite children’s show?

I like the Backyardagains. It’s not as loud or as stupid as most other kid’s shows. And it’s cute and creative.

All right! There are the questions from Dragon! So now I’m going to tag a few other bloggers and maybe they’ll answer my questions. 🙂

Anne-thology of Books

Becca and Books

Popcorn and Prologues 

Rose’s Reids

The Sock Monkey

Wool and Wheel

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All right, my questions for y’all. 🙂

  1. Coffee or tea? Or both?
  2. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  3. Any hobbies?
  4. Name one slightly odd fact about yourself.
  5. Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter?
  6. What was the first series or book that made you cry? Or at least tear up a smidge?
  7. Favorite genre in music?
  8. Star Wars: yes or no? (Don’t worry, I’ll still love you even if you say no. Maybe.)
  9. Who is your favorite author?
  10. What fandoms are you a part of, if any?
  11. Is there a movie you have watched so many times you could probably recite from memory?

what I wore Sunday {vol. 1}

I saw these posts a few years ago on Stephanie’s blog Captive the Heart (and can I just say how happy I am that she’s blogging again? I fangirl squealed when I got a post from her blog!) and thought, huh, that’d be fun to do. I’m not much of a clothes person. My normal attire is loose, comfortable, and something I can sit crisscross in. So pretty much leggings, tunics, skirts, and tshirts. Sundays, however, are my special dress-up days. I love dressing up for Mass on Sundays. It really helps set Sunday apart for me as a special day.

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I also have a rather quirky sense of style. As seen with my lace dress, big orange sweater, and boots, plus my hand knit cowl. My dress is a recent acquisition, bought on sale at a local store. It’s got a bit of a mullet skirt, you know, business in the front, party in the back? (No? Anyone?) I recently pulled the cowl and sweater out of summer storage and they are making me sneeze. I think it’s all the pollen from the spring that managed to stay on my clothes. Talk about annoying. It’s definitely fall here, with the cooling of the weather requiring a sweater or light jacket when you go out. I don’t mind it. I rather like fall, it’s my favorite season along with spring, though I’m partial to summer. Winter and I…well, let’s just say the only things I like about the season are Christmas, peppermint flavored everything, and that you’re practically required to wear woolies.

Linking up with the ladies of Fine Linen and Purple! (Or I would if the website would come up… just google them I suppose. I’ll try again later.)

what I wore…

Black lace dress from a local store

Orange sweater I nicked off my brother a few years ago (okay, he gave it to me.)

Black leggings, a staple in my wardrobe

Black mid calf boots from Target

My Smaug Cowl, this pattern