Sunday, March 31, 2013

A message from Mr.Bosley

Thanks, Martha Stewart for the fun and easy doggy bunny ears tutorial!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Unplug and Tune in

Have you ever felt as though you were hurtling through space thousands of miles per hour with no specific destination? Like a meteor, or an out of control space vessel. (I’m a space nerd). I experience that feeling recently. I decided to take control of the helm before I slammed right into Earth.

I like blogging, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram (yadda yadda). But, damn! There is such an overload of information in the universe these days it can be overwhelming. I have purposely reduced my time on social media (and my computer in general) to declutter my brain. I need to focus in on what’s important to me; which is in short - doing a good job. At whatever I do. I hate to be spread so thin between different responsibilities, projects, etc. that I cannot concentrate on doing any of those things well.

My brain has thanked me for taking a break. I was so uninspired with my running. Besides the two triathlons I have planned this year, there were no other races I had even the slightest desire to run. Running in Chicago is great; the terrain is nice and flat. But, must every big race be held along the lakefront? It’s the same thing every race. The same scenery, same course, same everything. BORING! I’ve decided to train for a 12K road race in May, Bay to Breakers in San Francisco.

I’m actually excited about this race. I’ve never been to San Francisco. I’m not feeling the half marathon distance right now, so 7.46 miles is a nice distance between a 10K and a half.

I also have quite a few DIY and sewing projects lined up to share. I should seriously consider owning stock in Michael’s, Joann’s, and Hancock Fabrics. I also hope to host a few more crafting workshops in 2013.

It is hard to pull back and stop yourself from trying to do everything in the world simultaneously. At least for me it is. The best quote I came across about this subject came from Oprah, “You can have it all. Just not all at once”. This is so true. I think as women we try to do it all: have a career, maintain relationships, be a good cook, clean, raise kids, work out, and be strong and hold it together all the time. This sh** is hard! I think I can be good at most things, but I’ll tackle just a few at a time.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Make it yourself: Sparkly running skirt

So these sparkly running skirts are super hot right now. Of course I took one look at one and said, I can make that!

But in sewing, ruffles are not my friend. I struggle with making them even. So as an alternative I decided to layer two circle skirt patterns, angling the top layer for a mermaid/fishtail look. I found a wonderful layered circle skirt tutorial on Designed by Dawn Nicole. There are also some great circle skirt pattern tutorials out there. I won't get as detailed here with my project as this post on Made By Dana does an excellent job of explaining how to make circle skirts patterns.

Materials used:
2 yards confetti dot fabric - 45" bolt (1 yard for each layer)
1 yard 2 inch black elastic (preferably 1 1/2 inch)
Post-it 20"x23" paper for circle skirt pattern
Sewing machine
Measuring tape
Sewing pins

Determine your waist size and desired length. I decided on 10" for the length of each layer. The fabric is sheer, so I'm not concerned about the length being too short since I will wear a pair of capris underneath. I also determined my waist size to sit low on my hips, so it won't appear that short. Fold each yard into fourths and cut the circle skirts pattern from each yard.

While folded in half, use the bottom of the circle skirt pattern as a guide to cut the angle of the top layer of your skirt.

Use your waist measurement plus 2 inches to cut your elastic. Sew the waist band together. I fanned the seam out and sewed down as Dana did in her tutorial.

I missed taking a photo of this step; sew both layers together at the waist opening using a straight stitch. Pin the waist band to the outside of the skirt.

Sew the waistband to the skirt with a straight stitch. And that's it!

Now, I just need to decide on a race to wear this! Did you Make it Yourself? I would love to see a photo of your project! Share it here!
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