Monday, November 30, 2009

Itty-Bitty Show and Tell

At the request of the lovely Lu. Lu., I've decided to show you a tiny example of one of my projects in the sewing class I took. I stole this picture from the school's site and so I apologize for the size but I hope you can see the small arrow and "That's me!" text I put in there so you could spot me.

I promise I'll take a better picture of my finished apron and purse sometime soon. xo

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Amoeba Swimwear

I had the wonderful opportunity to take a beginner sewing class and boy did I have a blast. My finished projects didn't come out so great but I gave it a solid effort and most importantly, I realized I like sewing and it is something I will further pursue.

I really lucked out because my teacher, Amy was amazing. She was really patient and thorough with her explanations. She wasn't fazed by my constant mistakes and terribly-slow pace.

Below I have included some images from her swimwear line, Amoeba Swimwear. She's really talented! If you're looking for a swim suit that is unique and amazing look no further than Amy's creations. I really need to get in better shape so I can rock that first one. Chicago's winters are pretty brutal so I have plenty of time.

By the way, Amy handcrafts and screen prints these puppies herself! Isn't she great? xo

{All images from here}

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

To all of you lovelies out there...

Hope you have a swell Turkey day! Eat your hearts out! xo

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Speaking of pom pom's...

I'm so making this wreath! Thanks James, I'm so obsessed with your blog! xo

Pom Pom flowers...

So apparently I think I'm the new DIY queen or something because I've been taking on all these little projects the last couple of days. The latest being some pom pom flowers for the living room since fresh flowers in these lean times are becoming harder to afford. So I followed this easy-breezy tutorial and ta-da.... here's what I came up with:

{Domestifluff's tutorial is the easiest one around--give it a shot!}

The above image is a little joke; I made this on Photoshop and sent it to the bf while he was at work because he asked me what we should do on his and my day off. A man who likes my sense of humor--he's a keeper!

An evening with Garrison Keillor...

Monday evening was simply an amazing one. The bf and I headed to the Auditorium Theater dressed to the nines (well, not really but I was wearing a dress and he put on cologne and product in his hair) to see Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion fame and oh so much more. The man is amazing to say the least. For a glorious hour and a half, the man sang, recited poetry and had the entire audience in stitches with stories of his Minnesota hometown of his family and he even spoke of his recent stroke and somehow made it sound like a comical situation (I'm sure it was not).
{This is Keillor at a college campus somewhere--he also wore those red socks and sneakers on Monday night}

{A picture of the Auditorium Theater in Chicago--taken with my phone}

After seeing this, I've decided to make the journey over to Minnesota to see A Prairie Home Companion live. If you don't already, tune into NPR to listen to him, it's worth your while, I guarantee it. xo

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Happy Birthday dear...

So today was the bf's birthday! Hooray for 29! I woke him up with a delicious chocolate silk cake and a book on early space travel (gotta love us nerds).

(This is his I'm still sleepy but excited face--he'd die if he knew I posted this)
{I forgot to take a picture of it before he got to it!}

I love birthdays! xo

Monday, November 2, 2009

Feeling grouchy...

Oh dear me! This is too cute for words.

{Image via this is me via freshly picked}

Halloween at a German bar...

I was scheduled to work Saturday night but I didn't let that stop me from joining in the Halloween fun. All of us at work decided to go with a theme and we chose The Flinstones. Heather (Wilma) and I (Betty) made the bartender's costume (Fred). We are not crafty girls but somehow we pulled it off, he got so many compliments on it and we were pleased.

After work, I dragged Wilma and Pebbles with me to a party I go to every year and we had so much fun which of course rendered me useless all day Sunday. Hope all of you had an equally wonderful time. Here are some images of the night:
{I was sort of a modern version of Betty as I refused to wear a wig and couldn't take off my red glasses}
{As you can see, we made a lot of mistakes on Fred's costume but I think he pulled it off well}
{Oh those prehistoric males--not much has changed. Hee hee}

{This man was brave enough to don some lederhosen--his gf was pleased}
{One of the waitresses daughters--isn't she cute? She was wearing fake eyelashes with red glitter. Adorable}
{This man was sitting in one of my tables and the first thing he did when he walked in was show me his shirt}{The guy on the left was supposed to be Danzig but I thought he was Robert Smith and he was pretty peeved}

{I thought they were such a cute little pair}
{He was wearing some creepy make-up}
{I'm not sure where he got the uniform}
{Creepy make-up part two}
{My friend Kevin dressed up as a grunger he stayed in character all night--it was great}
{My friend Mallory made a costume out of newspaper--it reminded me of something out of Project Runway}

{Ninjas--of course}

{My friends James and Angie--the wonderful host and hostess of this great party}