Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Hey aren't these cute? It's 4 bucks for the pattern....
So I've noticed a lot of people (myself included sometimes) love to drool over etsy, but not too many purchase little cheapies. I will attest, once you buy a few things, you'll realize you should never visit the site again because! it's fantasticly addicting, you can't help but buy stuff all day long. much more satisfying than accumulating items in "favorites". :)
Friday, September 12, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
also completely unrelated, my sister recently has had her 3rd failed pregnancy in 8 months, please keep her health in your prayers, thanks.
this is the recent youtube, i play cameo.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
This can be made with any type of berry, I prefer to use blueberries simply because I prefer blueberries above any other. I have not tried strawberries (they would need to be quartered probablly) since they don't last as long in my house, Dave loves the strawberries.
Simple to make, serves hot so it's nice after a meal, with whipped or ice cream of course. :) Forgive the picture placement, I want you to be able to click on them. I'll post my own picture at the end of this once it's done baking.
As a note, the writing (whatever) means whatever flour you'd like, I don't have flour made from wheat in my pantry anymore, I typically use either rye, soy, spelt, kamut, or rice flour, or any sort of combination.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
It's been difficult to incorporate this ingenious idea to our current system --people have come to know us as selling our own designs and making quirky weekly RC videos on the YouTube. Basically, it'll be a glorified FAQ page/site --brilliant! :) In-between rearranging Dreamweaver cells for the pages to go up this weekend, I'm writing this because I get distracted easily -and funny thing too because some of my best ideas have come from wasted-I'm-supposed-to-be-doing- something-else-right-now time.
I'm working on a pillowcase design (sounds boring, yes but it's cool), must get it out of my system before tackling the jumper, tailoring takes a lot outta ya.
the above photo was taken by one ofThe Rakes while on their last trip to Russia, says their myspace picture caption. :)
Friday, June 13, 2008
3) I've decided to construct a bed because I've never had a proper one since I moved out from my Aunt Nora's in '99 --goodness! who feels old? *raises hand* For simplicity's sake, I'm making a simple one --didn't mean to reuse the same word to redefine what I'm saying-- that's similar to the one reality-design shows make up when they're on a budget. Granted, I do like a more-old fashioned piece of furtiture, but having a husband who has a business where bits of depron foam are in nearly every room of the house, I've kinda put off making the home look nice. But! I am happy to say, this year I am reclaiming quite a bit --not entirely because there's only so much one can do to a rental --Plus! we hope to be shipping out of Los Angeles in the spring, so I don't want more to move.
Somewhat a mixture of these: http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-easy-low-waste-platform-bed/ and http://www.instructables.com/id/TwinFullQueenKing-Platform-Bed-With-Danish-Insp/ okay enough of that, I'll post when I have pictures to show....
4) Reading this article with the quite fair Irish lass has made me realize I reeeeeally need to live in Alaska for two winters-worth or wear a huge grandma sunhat whenever I'm outside. It's not cool for a girl's face to be darker than her ankles. :/
mmk it's after midnight (I'm still in human form) and the YouTube vid has panned out smoothly, so off to bed and perhaps I'll actually fall asleep before 2am.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Make the cake batter using 4 whole egss, 3/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 cup cake flour [I actually used rye & it came out fine]. I do suggest using parchment paper for lining as it likes to stick...not really but the less freaking out about it not looking nice, the better.
1) In a bowl, combine the eggs (at room temperature) and sugar. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water; the base of the bowl should not touch the water.
2) Beat with a handheld electric mixer at medium-high speed until the mixture is very thick and pale, about 10 minutes.
3) Lift out the beaters; the mixure on the beaters should trail back into the surface of the remaining mixture in the bowl to make a ribbon that holds its shape.
4)Remove the bowl from over the pan of water and contiue beating until the mixture is cool, 2-4 minutes.
5) Sift the flour and fold it into the mixture, cutting in to the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula or large metal spoon, and turning the batter over, working gently yet thoroughly, to retain the volume of the egg and sugar mixture.
6) Pour the batter into the prepared pan or pans and back as directed. To test if a spongecake is done, press the center lightly with your fingertip; the cake should spring back.
Pour the batter into a greased, bottom-lined, and floured 9 inch round cake pan [or whatever]. Bake in a preheated 350F oven 30-35 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan 10 minutes, then unmold onto a wire rack and cool completely. Before serving, peel off the lining paper. Dust lightly with confectioners' sugar.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
This is my muse and my model, can anyone discover the reason why?
It was he who informed me about the importance of a well-made bespoke wool suit and the inspiration to design them.
photo credit: James Chapman (n.b. the jacket is not mine, in case you were wondering)
Friday, May 30, 2008
A friend, whom I have never met, is moving to Portland in about a month... and it made me jealous and it made me think. if I cannot move yet (but may be the end of the year!) why do I make myself sulk at that which I cannot have... basically, the things I love have become things I abhor. I don't want to talk about moving to the Northwest, because I cannot move to the Northwest right now. I try not to think about gorgeous wool suiting fabrics and garment details like tuxedo tails and spread collars. However, I have to surround myself with these things to keep myself sane, even if at first glance I may seem like a crazy hermit. Thanks for reading. :)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Alright so this week I've been (off & on) working on the sloper for the jumper dress I mentioned in last post. I know never to trust patterns, they're never correct if I just cut the pieces out without making a muslin first --too many wasted bolts of fabric over the years proves this.
So first to get changed up were the side seams, most American sewing patterns are default for B cup -I aint that big so I had to decrease the size. (The Burda company are not American, but the patterns on the BurdaStyle site are.) Most novices get nervous at this idea and so opt to ignore the problem of the roomy booby. I really don't want the straps falling down, as they would have done if I hadn't fixed the seams: the front and back lines are both low-cut = no support for the shoulder straps, except to hold on for dear life... okay yes, i will be wearing a blouse underneath. :P
In case one is wondering why I didn't just create some darts: I hate darts... hate making them, the time it takes to make them right --and even! lop-sided boob darts are the pits --ha! which is funny, because that's exactly where I took-in the fabric!!! *le sigh* and for this reason I'm going to enjoy designing menswear.
Second thing which has been perfected are the pocket flappy deals. I was putting this together and those triangle flaps make the entire ensemble look terribly homely. Pieces 4 and 6a will be combined and made into one, part 6b will be lining to make the whole thing less bulky there (ai, chubby hips are indeed undesirable), piece 5 needs to be extended so the seam isn't right there at the edge, but tucked under....it's kinda hard to explain without using hand motions.
I understand there are loads of buttons on this thing, but the pockets detract from the line of the garment --there are 6 panels here! three in the front and three in the back, did you realize that? no, hard to spot with all those damn buttons --THIS is almost military, but only because it's drabby. Check the homesewn models, not lookin' so keen (HERE), mine will be more elegant. I'm still deciding if I want to do the belt thing at all, it's completely useless but darn cute, I know I'll use the idea elsewhere if not here.
The fabric I had a hard time with, mainly because I'm trying to use up my stash...i wanted it teal-like because so many have complimented me when I'm wearing that color, but alas, I do not have such a find. Alright, my picks:
Thought I'd go crimson, it'll be nearly autumn. Whadda think? either top pinker & red bottom or go all crinkly... crinkley?
This blue is a thicker cloth and more apt for a tailored design (the looser weave is alright only if it's lined for stability) --oh see! that's another problem with the dress, the webpage should noted that one should not make this with drapey fabrics because it will look schlumpy, which the others do. ;)
So I've chosen this (bottom), unless something else comes along. It's purple, although looks a bit grey here (kinda the point & also why I like it). The dragony fabric I've had for a long time, I wanted it for something special and that opportunity has never arisen. This will be my pocket lining and the underskirt... I think I'll make it like an inverted kick pleat perhaps... uh naw, maybe not, a bit distracting... I guess we'll both find out in the next post. :)
postscript: I just realized why my pictures aren't clickable, I've moved them, they default at the top of the page when I add them, that doesn't help me... oh blogger, how rude!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
there, now: http://www.burdastyle.com/creations/show/148 My cousin Tara is getting married at the end of summer. I plan on making this dress well before that *two sets of crosses fingers* --exactly my style. I've grown up with calico flowy skirts (most were made by myself), and this is more my forte. It's slightly tailored, lots of little pieces --I loooove it, also love the fact the pattern was free. yay!
I may make one in a similar drabby color like this, or perhaps one in a brighter navy ...but I'm not sure which color I should go with for the wedding, both are more autumy...ah well, August 30th is nearly there anyhow. :) ...i like those boots.
thirdly, a men's fashion forum!: http://www.styleforum.net i found it while rushing through Sleevehead's blog --yes, another jewel of a find this week.
Whoo! now to finish some horrible website coding so I can get on with life.
Monday, May 5, 2008
For a great appetizer before dinner or as a snack any time of the day, try this quick and easy-to-make dip that goes with any type of fresh cut vegetables.
Prep and Cook Time:
2 cups cooked or canned garbanzo beans
1 TBS fresh lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Serve with carrot sticks, celery sticks or any raw vegetable of your choice.
this just looks tasty. mmm! garlics.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Anyway, to bring things forward, I clicked to see if there were any real people actually wanting to be my friend --answer is no, but i did end up befriending these guys...hair products. yeah i know, but how amazing is this video? look! a bunch of pretty men, what is not to like? :D
Friday, April 25, 2008
...okay well I thought I was hiliarious, fellow shoppers most likely thought I was nuts. :)
...which brings me to this
SorumNoce.com (hark, there's loud music when it opens)
Since the suit and tie era of The Kinks and The Rolling Stones early years, rock and roll and fashion have walked arm and arm. From trendsetters like David Bowie and Bryan Ferry to leather clad icons The Ramones and Aerosmith through to today's stars, attitude and imagination have always helped define and refine modern style.
With SORUM NOCE, legendary Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum and veteran fashion designer Max Noce have aligned to create an elegant, innovative line of rock-inspired couture. The culmination of a 10-year friendship that began when Noce started crafting clothes for the one-time Guns N' Roses kitman, it flourished in 2005 when Max – who already had tenures at Valentino, Ungaro, Karl Lagerfeld and Dolce & Gabbana – and Matt decided to become business partners. "I've had the good fortune of being successful in the music business, which is a difficult business. So I went into it with an understanding that it might be a challenge," acknowledges Sorum. "But John Varvatos, who has become a really good friend of mine, gave me the courage to think that it could be done." For Max, drawing from his array of experience as a fashion merchandising manager-turned-designer has helped build the Sorum Noce line into something substantial and distinct. With an L.A. boutique unveiling set for Spring 2008 with a goal to have the designs in high end stores like Barneys New York by Fall, the Milan native asserts, "We're bringing old world values and sophistication back to fashion."
"I like things elegant, English tailored, black and small," Max says, acknowledging Depeche Mode as an influence. "There is nothing oversized or flashy in our line. I really enjoy working with high end cuts of fabric and I pride myself on delivering a quality product, couture with an edge." Meanwhile, Sorum admits to drawing influence from the aforementioned Thin White Duke. "I've always been interested in the idea of rock & roll and fashion," he says. "I'm really into suits. I was always really inspired by the actor Tony Curtis. He always looked impeccable. He was a master of style." But that's not to say Sorum isn't equally driven by his need to please the rock world. Not only do his Velvet Revolver bandmates support the initiative, they can be seen modeling designs on Sorum Noce's official website. "Duff [McKagan] and Slash have been a huge source of support." Matt says. "Everyone's been really excited by what we've done and can't wait until the boutique opens." "In fact," he continues, "I designed a leather jacket especially for Slash that has this special pocket for his Gitanes cigarettes and his lighter. And he loves it. And we're going to make that available to buy."
If one wonders how Sorum balances the launch of a clothing company and its respective flagship shop with recording and touring responsibilities, he concedes to being "a little bit of a workaholic." "I love keeping busy, because I find that when I'm off tour and I'm home in L.A., if I don't have anything to do, there's usually trouble waiting to happen. So I have to keep occupied with something. There is a reason I've redone three houses."
That admission puts an end to any speculation that Sorum might just be involved financially in the fashion venture, which the world famous drummer simply but firmly describes as "rock & roll couture."
"People might think that Matt is just my business partner, but he has a say in almost everything creatively," Max explains. "As long as I have known him, he has a tremendous eye for style. If he didn't, Sorum Noce wouldn't or couldn't exist. He and I are extremely proud of what we've come up with and we can't wait for the world to see what we've done."
Sorum Noce opens to the world in Spring 2008.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
it was a pleasant surprise a few weeks ago when I first watched these videos which La Blogotheque posted. interestingly, the intention was simply to have the band walk to a house after a late night gig, piano waiting and they'd sing a song or two. no one realized it would become one of their best Take Away Shows yet (okay, so that's my bias...but well done for being improvised).
watching these makes me feel so inspired, and I crave that feeling of doing something great rather than just thinking... gives me hope that even though I'm not currently a tailor, soon I will be very good at it. the following is a brilliant example of how disorderly spontaneousness can spew forth a beautiful ambience that would never work if it were planned...I'm not particularly fond of yeasayer's recorded albums, that is to say, they don't jump out at me with overflowing talent, pity --I sound like a hippy, but can you feel the energy?:
Monday, April 14, 2008
p.s. the previous run-on sentence was inspired by Charles Dickens who did that a lot. man, that guy was brilliant.
photo credit: 'Ron Jones'
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
...i actually prefered this version, older, but it's not embeddable. grrs.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Perhaps one day I'll buy myself a new [vintage] camera and take proper photos. Below is of the Columbia River looking northward at Washington state ...I'm sure I could sit on that pier all day and watch cargo ships from Asia slowly make their way toward Portland.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
It’s a scientific fact that people who don’t know you make up their minds about you on a subliminal/prehistoric basis in 30 seconds or less. This evaluation of you by others takes place so quickly and is so entrenched in the human brain that it is not usually conscious thought.
Since 80% of what others see is our clothes, lets look at some basic faux pas:
1. Never wear a short sleeve shirt with a tie. Short sleeve shirts are perceived as lower class apparel. Fine as part of a uniform or if you aspire to be a fast-food manager, not if you want to project a professional image.
And the Button-Down collar dress shirt is not acceptable for dressy eveningwear (after 6 PM) nor with a double-breasted suit. That's because even though it's now a daytime business classic it was originally a sport shirt. The collar was buttoned-down by polo players to keep it from flapping in their faces.
2. Shoes are one of the most evaluated elements of men's wardrobes. Your shoes should be clean, shined, in good repair and appropriate for the occasion. If you are wearing a suit, wear lace-up shoes. Don’t wear the same shoe on consecutive days and keep shoetrees in your shoes when you’re not wearing them.
3. Trousers should be long enough to cover your socks, and socks should cover your shins even when you cross you legs. Pants are long enough if they have a slight break in the front. Pleats and cuffs are traditional and functional. Pleats let you sit down comfortably and cuffs add weight to the bottoms allowing for proper drape.
5. Socks should match your trousers.
7. Ties should reach your belt line. This is neither arbitrary nor negotiable. Too short of a tie makes you look like a rube.
8. Properly knotted ties have a “dimple” under the knot. Clips and tacks are out of date.
How to get a dimple under your knot?
Place your index finger in the middle of the tie just under where the knot is forming, pinch that part of the necktie between your thumb and middle finger and squeeze together as you pull it down and tighten the knot.
The necktie knot should hide the collar button.
9. Suit and Sports jackets are symbols of authority. However the bottom buttons of men's jackets are not designed to be buttoned, since King Edward VII gained weight, and started a fashion trend (see detail below).
Single Breasted suits can have one, two, three or more buttons. Two and three button jackets are classic, one or more than three get you into the fashion forward arena, which is more suitable for social events than business. With two button jackets only the top button is fastened.
With three button jackets, you can close the middle, or middle and top button. Some suits are made so that the lapels roll to the middle button. On those suits you leave the top button unfastened. Some East Coast hipsters fasten only the top of three buttons!
Four or more button jackets may be designed to fasten all the buttons, even the bottom. If the bottom button of a four button can be closed without a noticeable pulling of the fabric, it’s ok to close or leave it open.
Double Breasted suits are the more formal of the two styles and can have four to six buttons with one or two “to button”. They are often identified by a two-number designation such as 4/2, 4/1 or 6/2 (also “four to two”).Translated, the first number gives the total number of front buttons and the second is the number of functioning buttonholes. It doesn’t always mean that all the buttons have to be fastened.
Often only the middle or upper button is secured on a 4/2 or 6/2, but the Duke of Kent started buttoning only his lower button creating a longer diagonal line across his chest giving the wearer a thinner, more dynamic look.
Why do men never button the bottom button of your suit, sports jacket, vest or Cardigan sweater?
King Edward VII, “Bertie”, son of Victoria (1841 – 1910, King 1901 - 1910) was so heavy that he could not get the bottom button fastened on his vest or to be more historically kind, maybe he just forgot. His subjects taking it as a fashion statement followed his lead and today most men’s suits, sports jackets or vests are not designed to button the bottom button. The tradition of not buttoning the bottom button may have also come from the early waistcoats, which were very long. It may have been out of necessity of being able to walk that the bottom buttons were left undone.
10. Suit and Sports jackets should fit properly which includes showing 1/4" to 1/2” of “linen” or shirtsleeve at the jacket sleeve.
We live in a complex, crowded society where considerate people dress appropriately for various places and occasions. Dressing appropriately is about respect for your fellow humans and our institutions.
-- Andy Gilchrist
postscript: Rube is essentially a hick or redneck...I guess.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Not that I question Him, but I really don't know what the good Lord was thinking when he designed us ladies --we're absolutely horrible to fit! Now that you know that [you random person reading this], imagine trying to get all those measurements correctly And! having the client actually like it and agree with you that it fits correctly... ugh... no thanks. Why would i ever want to drown myself in that stress? Nah! give me the men, oh you pretty chaps, you flat chests and hipless wonders. Erm... so in recap, if you're a girl* who would like me to make something or whatever: piss off. and i say that in the most loving manner. ;)
As of two years ago, my inspirational reading:
*My sister is not included in this since she has basically just too amazing and also just happens to have nearly the same measurements as me.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Funny thing is, I've purposely taken everything off my etsy shop which is not currently constructed (if i can reproduce the item in a timely fashion, such as a scarf, I'll simply relist it), because I have been swamped with helping out the hubby with his plane business.
Late last night I was tweeking around with the pattern again (two in the morning is an excellent time to work --no really, it is). I think I've finally got it right this time but I'll sew up a quick muslin just in case --my size, her fabric and measurements have not arrived yet.
Working for your spouse at home is great in that you're able to look quite a mess until the errands need to be ran, but there's something to be had about working on your own projects...erm, my own. I took this job (skirt girl) because there won't be much effort on my part --granted, if I don't screw up her size. The fabric is cut on the bias so I have told her to give me more than enough...but now it's made me want to make more little skirties, one of a kind types mind you, and use up my hundreds of dollars worth of impuse-bought stash. blahty blah.
Now here's the clincher, where have those old friends, time and money, disappeared to? By doing my own thing now, I'm using up the effort for the hubby & I to get better financially so we can then start oh i dunno, a clothing business perhaps. :) By waiting and pressing onward with these radio control planes --really not my cuppa tea-- I'm helping my-future-self....but that damn spontaneious side of me, coupled with perpetual lazyness, rebels against this idea. If you're into prayer, that's what I need it for.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tonight I was again reminded what it is to feel normal, to be made fun of fair and square...odd as it sounds, that's a treasure. I feel out of place with most people, it's a comfort to have someone know exactly what my strengths and weaknesses are and still want to talk with me. yay.
2) Quick rant, an excuse to post the amazing Joy Division. The thing I like most about their sound is not necessarily the lead guitar, but the drums! Quote from 24 Hour Party People, "...play faster, but slower." [listen to what i mean in the song Sound Of Music]
3) I'm working on a quilt --yes it's just "cute" now but there will be amazing embroidery running horizonally across. I'm quite excited, nothing cooler than hand stitchin'. :)
Friday, January 11, 2008
Dave & I were talking yesterday about how great it will be this time, next year. If the Lord is willing, we'll be getting ready to move up north --probablly into my grandparents' basement until we find a home to rent or purchase. That will definitely be a turning point in my life, an obvious push to grow up --for good. No more pretty soons, no more somedays, it will be the start of something great...someday pretty soon.
Until then my friends, my task of being the coolest designer-tailor chick this side of the moon has been on hold -feels like Christmas Eve every single day, that anticipation. Just gets sad when it's winter all the time and no Christmas.
So I need to have time to make things, but I need more money to make the time so that I may have more money to make the things....I tend not to make sense, and this entry is no exception. I have a distorted reality where I pretend everyone understands me. This used to kill me because it's simply untrue; but in the last year I'm finally okay with my quirkiness and intend to use it toward my advantage of taking over the world ...one suit [literal and figurative] at a time. ha! that was truely corney.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
a song recorded by means of the above piano: song for a film
(the code for an embeddable player was messing with my head... thus no player.)