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Hi and welcome! I'm a Ph.D. recipient and currently a post-doctoral fellow who specializes in breast cancer and aging. I have been married to my wonderful husband since March 13, 2010 and we share our home with our dog, Tucker, and our two cats, Kitty and Cooper. I wanted create a blog to share my inspirations and experiences in hopes that it will encourage you to be creative in every aspect of your life.
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Long over due post

Sorry for the hiatus.  Have you ever had one of those days where you just need a nap? Well apparently I had a week and a half's worth of those days.  Maybe it was the insane weather.  Maybe I was fighting off some sort of bug - the hubby was sick, so who knows....


I was able to get a a few projects done this week/weekend, so here is an update :)

Last Saturday, it was slightly chilly outside, but oh so sunny.  I decided to take advantage of this and have an impromptu photo shoot with Tucker.  I couldn't forget Kitty and Cooper, so I played around with my camera and then photoshop the rest of the day and ordered some prints online - then rested my lazy bum on the sofa the rest of the day.  
Here are my favorite photos of each of the animals.


I received all my prints in the mail on Friday, and despite USPS creasing my 8x10 by shoving the clearly labeled "DO NOT CREASE" envelope into my mailbox......all have been framed and are now around the house. 

I also was able to get a few sewing projects done.  I didn't take pics of the dress and pants I altered, but I did get around to snapping photos of the purse I made yesterday. 

This is, of course, another Pinterest inspiration.
Over on The Inadvertent Farmer, Kim made an adorable bag out of a felted wool sweater
I so happened to have a sweater, which I may or may not have accidentally shrunk in the wash - sorry hubby.

Time to make some use of it.

I got to work cutting off the sleeves and making a deeper V in the neck hole to make the straps for the bag
Next, I repositioned the sweater to match up the straps.  I also used one of the sweater arms to make a bottom for the purse.
Pin and sew

I also wanted to add an embellishment, but I wasn't in the mood for something floral.  So why not add a bow - a much better bow that my previous attempt with that inflexible vinyl cording.

I think it turned out pretty cute, don't you? If anyone has any felted wool sweaters, I'll be more than happy to take them off of your hands, or re-purpose them for you.

I also finally got all the buttons and snaps I ordered off eBay, so I now have some motivation to start up some other projects.  Stay tuned...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Trial and error

Another week, another project.  Yesterday, on Pinterest, I saw an adorable Kate Spade bag.
but at $318, this is out of my purse budget
I decided I'd try to recreate it.  I always have plenty of canvas material, and I remembered I had a ton of left over cording I made when I recovered our old boat seats.  So why not try and be resourceful?
Canvas, Vinyl cording, and interfacing

Inside pocket

So the vinyl cording was way too stiff for making the bow...  It was a good idea to try and salvage some of the extra cording, but I really don't like the bow.  I think it would have turned out much better if I had just used contrasting fabric at the seams - oh well, next project. 

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Happy Groundhogs Day!

Taking it easy today, paying the price for ladies night last night.  No reason I can't type an update while I'm relaxing on the sofa, right?

Thursday and Friday this week I got to work on another clutch, this time trying the addition of batting. It is thicker/softer, not sure I am loving how the corners turned out with the batting.  Nevertheless, love seersucker!  Great color for spring, very preppy, would look adorable with a monogram (totally need to invest in an embroidery machine).  I also added a space to carry credit cards. 

Since Punxsutawney Phil said spring is coming early, I guess it's time to stock up the spring wardrobe! 

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Time to stock up

Work took so much longer than expected today.  And while sitting in the hood, plating cells, my mind was on what project should I work on next? - I really enjoyed my project yesterday - I always have more motivation if I can quickly finish a project - I need to set up an etsy shop - smaller items are easier to ship - I wish I had a serger - could I really make a living with my hobby - would I be disappointed if I wasn't a scientist - I need to head to Ufab and stock up on fun remnants -......yeah my mind never stops rambling.  I'll spare you the rest, but I came to the conclusion that, for the time being, I think I will start making cute little clutches and purses and the-like.

I'm currently stocking up on things I will need to start my venture, and have created an etsy shop - hopefully in a week or two I will have some items to list.  Stay tuned!  

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cute Clutch {Tutorial}

Weekdays should start on Tuesday, I get so much more accomplished!
It was a crazy busy day at work today - when I finally got to leave, it was 72 degree outside! What a beautiful day!

I got home a little after 5, and decided to try out a quick Pinterest DIY.  There is a pin floating around that states if you put ice cubes onto indentations in carpet, as they melt, they "magically" fix it.  So I places ice cubes all around the indentation on the carpet in our bedroom from moving our dresser.
Fast forward, after my 30 minute workout, no magic
- don't bother with this one
I woke up this morning and rubbed my foot over the area to
see if it was still wet, and low and behold, the indentation
"magically" rubbed away.  I guess Pinterest didn't tell me
I would have to be so patient, but it did end up working!
I was feeling motivated after my workout, so I got to work on a clutch that was a combination of ideas from Pinterest.

Need: 2 pieces of lining, 2 pieces of interfacing,
2 pieces of outer fabric, button, fabric for button loop
If you've never made your own bias tape, it is very easy.  
Just fold each edge in, press, fold in half, and press again

I decided to add an ID holder to the inside of the clutch.  Just snip a piece of
clear vinyl from one of those zippered plactic things sheets and comforters
come in - then add bias tape all around
Find something round to help you cut the flap
Press the interfacing to the "wrong side" of the lining, and sew flap with both "right sides" together with 1/4" seam allowance.  Leave the top of the flap open - before you sew together, be sure to add in your button loop.

Next, add the ID holder, and press the interfacing to the "wrong side"
of the lining.  Fold in half and sew one side completely.  Leave the
top open, and leave 2" opening on the other side - you will
need this opening later to turn the clutch right-side-out.  
For outer fabric, sew both sides completely, leaving the top open.
Next, while wrong-side out, push down bottom corners
(both lining and outer fabric) , measure 2", draw line, and sew
clip off corners, leaving 1/4" seam
Next, turn outer fabric right-side out and sew on flap, "right side" to right side.  On opposing "right side", sew button.  Keeping both shells wrong-side out, place outer shell inside lining, and sew pieces together.
The turn clutch right-side out through opening left in lining
Use machine to stitch lining closed
Push lining into clutch then press
And Voila!  A cute little clutch for a night out.
If you would be interested in me making one for you, feel free to let me know! - I have tons of fabric to chose from for both outer shell and lining, and would be willing to make it to any reasonable size.  I can also make a matching business card holder.  Depending on the size and fabric, the prices would vary, but I'm thinking of starting around $20,  the business card holders are $1

Don't see anything you like? 
I can make a run to Ufab and raid their remnants :)
Would I change anything next time around?  I think to make the clutch a tiny bit more sturdy, I might line both the outer shell and lining with interfacing, or add some batting.  I also think I am going to pick up some Scotchguard to keep it looking pretty :)

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Someone has a case of the Mondays

Why do the weekends always fly by?  Spent all day Saturday and Sunday finally getting the rest of the Christmas decorations put away.  I know, I know, it's almost February, but I somehow haven't found the time until now.  I also was able to finally reorganize our bedroom and get a few pictures hung. 

Some lighthouse sketches from a trip my family took when I was little. 
My mom recently gave them to me and I thought
they'd look great in our room

I still need to pick a color to paint the walls, but it is starting to look much nicer. 

Never mind the freshly rumpled bedding courtesy of Tucker playing
hopscotch all over the bed before I snapped the pic.
The bedside lamps and the small clock are going to get a fresh coat of paint,
and I am probably going to redo the lampshades... 

It's now Monday evening, and I've somehow felt exhausted all day.  I have a bunch of projects I want to get to work on, but frankly I don't have the energy.  I spent the better part of today applying for jobs online.

I'm currently seasoning a cast iron skillet I found at World Market, for a super price before Christmas, so it's not a total waste of an evening. 

I have a few skirts, a dress, and some pants that need some alterations, so I guess that is the project tomorrow.
I also think I am going to start working on a tote/purse/organizer of some kind - I currently have a ton pinned on Pinterest and just need to make up my mind.

Stay tuned for a more interesting update tomorrow

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Paperbag Skirt - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Two days in and one project down.  Not too shabby in terms of motivation.  If only I could find this level of motivation to get back into working out again, but I digress.

The Good-
I'm loving the fabric - glad there's a bit left to use for a smaller project.
It hangs really well on a dress form...it wasn't too bad on me either
I'm also glad I chose to line it with a cotton muslin.

One layer of cotton can often be a little sheer if the light hits it the wrong way - and let's face it, it's just not classy to see your panties through your skirt ladies!   And while I'm sure a silk polyester lining would have worked fine, the cotton really helped the skirt keep it's shape.

It is a super cute skirt, but there are a couple things I would change the next go around.

The Bad-

I wouldn't add a zipper next time.  Keeping the back of the skirt open about 1" below the waist tie allowed for ample room to get the skirt on and off.  Tying the back of the skirt, cinches in the waist, and allows closure of the 1" opening.  And frankly, if I can avoid adding a zipper, all the better - I really hate sewing zippers

 The Ugly - There really isn't anything that ugly (I just had to crop the majority of my legs out of the picture so I didn't blind anyone)

Overall a good little starter project to amp up my motivation and for notes on the next go around.
As always, Cooper always appreciates my projects - something I may need to consider if I ever try to sell my stuff...
Good thing I don't have allergies

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