Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New Blog Address!

Hi sugars! Just a reminder that I will no longer be posting at this blog address. I have moved all of my content over to http://stitchinmyside.blogspot.com/ & will only be posting there from now on. Please, please change your Google Readers, Following, Blog Lovin', etc. so we can stay in touch.

Thank you all so very, very much!!!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lovin' Tuesday - July 12, 2011

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.
-- Alan Alda

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Get a Little Comfort Where You Can

So, for a while I've tooled around with the idea of putting up a post any time I find something I consider a good buy or a cool drug store find. I wanted to call the feature "Drug Store, Oh Boy!". I got very excited about this prospect. Like, very. Very excited.

I always love it when people recommend stuff because I agonize (Agonize!) over purchasing face lotion, hair dye, compacts, lip gloss, etc. You know, the important stuff. I think it's because I've had so many experiences where I've bought something I thought I'd love and it totally sucked. You know how that goes. You also know that you can't take used makeup back anymore. Why did that stop? Why??!?!?!?!

Anyway, I thought about it, but any time I think about posting something that isn't a garment I've made or a tutorial on how to make something, I get serious performance anxiety. I always think, "Oh god, will they think I'm trying to tell them that I'm totally awesome and they should listen to me? And they should buy this! Trust me I know because I'm awesome! Like I'm Oprah or something?" And then I calmed down and figured that if I was really in the business of writing stuff that was awesome for awesome's sake I'd probably write about other stuff besides myself, you know? And after watching this fascinating, if not mildly horrifying, video here, I figure maybe some of you gals were like me, pouring over review after review before buying something as insignificant (yet mildly costly - $8 is $8, right?) as lip gloss, and a little friendly recommendation may not be a bad thing. After all, I bought this lipstick because The Pioneer Woman talked about it, and it's awesome! She was right!

Ahem, sooooooooo, I just wanted to point you to some wonderful lip gloss that I bought. It's Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother. I love it because it has no glitter. I'm 32. I don't need glitter on my lips anymore Maybelline and Loreal and Almay and everyone else because seriously this is the only lip gloss I found anywhere by any brand without glitter in it gah!

I also love it because it's nice and thick, like Mac's clear Lip Glass. It's got a just a little kick of sheer color, so it's perfect for summertime when you have that more invisible makeup look going on. And the kicker is that it's got a cooling sensation that hits your lips and refreshes you ever so slightly. Hence the title of this post.

I got #20 (Glisten) and #40 (Gleam). My local drug store had a buy one, get one 50% off so I scored both for $12. I love #20 because it's a slight orangey hue which in very big right now, but it's not orange orange. It's just a hint of tint. Truth be told, my favorite color gloss is a light blue because it gives my lips a mauve color, but there is no blue gloss without glitter (I'm lookin at you Lip Smackers!).

So anyway, if you're in the mood for a new lip gloss, give that a shot. It's awesome!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Saltwater Taffy Dress - Simplicity 2444

Hello lovelies! I am back with Tales From Unpacking! So much has happened, but none of it is really all that exciting. We took down wallpaper, put up paint, and unpacked lots and lots of boxes. Let's get to something you actually want to hear about...

My Saltwater Taffy Dress. I love this dress. In fact, I'm going to wear it today. :)

I love the pleats on the skirt and the darts on the bodice. Like I wrote on Pattern Review, I feel that the darts give the bodice shape, but don't make it tight - a must have in Summer, amiright? And boy has it been balls hot here in Southern California. Ugh!

I put in an invisible zipper that promptly popped on me at my Sister-In-Law's baby shower. Luckily it zipped back up, but I had to replace it this weekend because it closed all wonky after the pop.

I also cheated and did a simple rolled hem because I didn't think it would matter too much. I find that some skirts really do get an altered shape if you roll the hem, mostly because the fabric stretches as you sew thereby giving you an almost lettuce edge, but I just took it slow, pressed pressed pressed, and it came out fine.

In-seam pockets are always awesome.

I've sewn so many dresses with in-seam pockets now that I always reach for them even when they're not there. It drives me bananas when a dress doesn't have pockets.

So that's all for now. I actually sewed this dress months ago, but am just getting around to posting about it. I've got more to show you in the coming days, and I'm finally getting my sewing mojo back. :)

Also, for those of you in Southern California, Jenny's & M&L Fabrics have a 20% sale going on right now through this weekend (I think - it may be longer). Go hit them up since their prices have gone up in the last year or so.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lovin' Tuesday - July 5, 2011

Never regret something that once made you smile.

-- Amber Deckers
Something about this quote is really savoir faire to me, you know? Something almost amusingly stubborn and cheeky. A much nicer way to say, "The hell with it!"

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