Wearable Wednesday – Don’t Trust the Numbers

I am a person who sews from patterns. I make no apologies for this. I am not experienced enough to just make up patterns – unless it’s like a crazy simple a-line dress. And have you ever tried to draft a sleeve? It’s a nightmare. For real. I do not get the math behind it. I have mad respect for all these Project Runway people. Maybe this’ll change when I’ve been doing this for more than a couple months, but for right now, this is where I am. So, what does this have to do with today’s Wearable Wednesday? Well, sometimes, patterns lead you astray. You follow the designated lines and cut the pattern to the correct size. And you trust that you are making a dress that will fit a certain size.

I found this super cute pattern to make these little summer dresses. I pressed out the filmy, annoying pattern paper. Cut it out on the size 4 lines. Press out one of the raddest fabrics I’ve purchased. Pinned and cut and assembled and proceeded to make a couple dresses – one for each of the different sleeve options. These are some of the cutest dresses I’ve made. Like as I’m making them I’m actually saying ‘this is so adorable. And they are – on the hanger. They look rad. Everyone who sees them seems to love them. The second dress I made wasn’t even for my niece. Someone I’m not related to actually wanted one for their daughter. This was super exciting for me. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – You Can Figure It Out

This week’s list is super open. Pick a quality you like, find ten characters/books that fit. I’m picking characters with good detecting skills. I love me a good crime novel. Something that I have to figure out along with the characters. A mystery/treasure hunt gets the blood pumping.

I’m going to stick to pretty modern novels in this list. No obvious winners like Sherlock Holmes or Nick and Nora Charles or Encyclopedia Brown. These are characters that use their detectiviness to solve whatever it is they need to solve – even if that means ruffling the feathers of the people around them.


Frank Mackey – Dublin Murder Squad Series (Tana French)

Frank’s a dick, but he’s a hell of a cop. He shows up in at least three of the five books in this series. Continue reading

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

I’ve been doing a lot of travelling recently, which means I’ve also been doing a lot of reading. Nothing gets me through more books than the airport/plane down time. But, while I’ve been reading a lot of books, I haven’t written any reviews. So, time to go back to the first of their recent wave of reads – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. What to say about this book? What to say? Honestly, I don’t know. And that’s kind of how I felt the entire read. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (that is too long to type every time I want to reference it. I mean really. Authors should think about these things when naming their books. So I’m just going to call it Deep Blue Sea) is one of those books I knew nothing about before I started. I’d never heard the name, read any reviews, or even seen the cover.

I go to the library a lot, at least once a week, but I rarely find books by wandering the stacks. I typically find what I’m looking for online and put a hold on it. There are too many branches and the books I’m looking for are never at my branch. Also, my go-to branch is the centre of the children’s programming in the city. Most of the library is a kids’ area for playing and baby/parent time and singing. The rest of it is mostly open computers and such. There actually aren’t even that many books in this branch. It’s not my ideal wander and grab scenario. However, I needed to go to the far side of the library one day and happened to notice this one on my way back to the front. There it sat, all attractive and potentially gothic and such. I had no idea what it was about, but man it was pretty. And while the title is long, it’s got that familiar feel that is instantly welcoming. I almost didn’t care about the substance. This was going to be a one night stand kind of read. All I wanted was the pretty. And that was probably a good thing. Cause it’s kind of all I got. Continue reading

Wearable Wednesday – Over the Rainbow

I love fabric shopping. It’s second only to book shopping. The feel of fabric in your fingers. The excitement of finding that gem hidden in the rows of bolts. Matching zippers and threads. Like my books, I also smell my fabric. I don’t know why. It’s just a thing. I smell the things I love. For licensed products, I typically shop online – even though it takes away a lot of the fun – because it’s kind of difficult to find a good selection of licensed fabric in Canada. Also, because it’s far more cost efficient to order online. Licensed fabric is typically $20/meter at my ‘discount’ store. I found this adorable Wizard of Oz fabric on my online site that I was very excited to order. I put all my information in. I picked everything I wanted. I hit confirm order and get the dreaded pop up – ‘one of your selected items does not ship outside of the continental United States’. I see rage when this happens. Like red rage. But only for a brief moment. Then I take a deep breath and go pick out something else. But with this fabric, I was really disappointed. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – All Time Favourite Authors

This is a near impossible list to put together. My favourites are always changing, or at least adapting, as I discover new authors or as my tastes change. Or what mood I’m in when I put the list together. As we all know, I’ve been in a pretty bleak reading mood lately, so most of these authors write stuff that hurts. This is my list today.
RowlingJ.K. Rowling

This is not because of Harry Potter, or at least not entirely. I just really love her writing style. YA, adult, mystery, fantasy, doesn’t matter. I love the way she writes, and that definitely pus her near the top of my list.
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