Thursday, September 22, 2016

UNC Game and How Your Daddy Ruins Your Rap

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Tostones!

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Cubano! Yum!

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This past weekend we attended a UNC football game. Fonzy wanted to see one of his previous students who played on the opposing team.Whenever he gets the chance, he always supports his old players/students.

This was my second college football game. A few years ago, Fonzy and I went to an NC state game. I like football, so I'm always down for attending a game. We parked and rode the a shuttle to the stadium. Let me tell you, they packed that shuttle to the hilt! We were squashed in like sardines in a can! I actually didn't mind it too much. All part of the experience. It was hot as heck Saturday, and unfortunately we were sitting on the side with the sun in our face, but the game was fun. It was just nice to be out with Fonzy and the boys. Soon they will be off living their lives, so we need to soak up as much time with them as we can.

After the game we headed to downtown Durham for dinner. I was excited to check out Dames Chicken and Waffles. I heard they have the best chicken and waffles but the wait was over an hour and Fonzy and the boys weren't having it, so we decided to eat at a Cuban place we'd been to before. We passed a cute little bookstore while walking downtown Durham. I would have loved to gone in and browsed. Maybe next time because I plan on checking out Dames eventually.

Funny thing happened while at dinner. Elijah happened to notice our waitress. She was a cute little thang. Whenever she came to our table to check on us or refresh our drinks, he would look down. He mentioned that he thought she was cute and Fonzy said he would get her number for him. Of course Elijah didn't believe him. When the waitress came back to our table, Fonzy asked her how old she was. She said 19. He told her that Elijah wanted her number! Now Elijah is slightly over 6ft and has a little mustache and of course is a cutie. So she kind of glanced over at him, smiling, considering giving Elijah her number when Fonzy announced, "He's 14!" She then stammered, "uh no, sorry. he's too young!" and walked off. Elijah told Fonzy he messed up his chances with getting the girl and said she was thinking about giving him her number. I agree with Elijah. She was thinking about it! Not that he could have done anything with it! Ha! Poor kid. His Daddy totally messed up his game!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Moon Thoughts

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Letting Titus out last night, I noticed the moon, hovering low in the sky over the rooftops. It wasn't late, a little after 8pm, but the neighborhood was quiet. There was a slight wind, and you could feel Autumn in the air. I stood out there for a bit, just gazing at the moon, thoughts of Samuel swirling around me. His birthday is coming up next month, and I always get a little nostalgic around this time. I stare at the moon, and think of him sitting there, looking down at me. I picture him smiling, I smile back, I feel him....if just for a moment.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Cupcake Skirt Cuteness

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I am learning so much in Mimi G's Sew It Academy. And having fun! This skirt was in our Introduction to Garment sewing, along with the shirt I shared previously.

Shopping for fabric can be so overwhelming! I've shopped at JoAnn's Fabrics before, but never for fabric. When searching for the fabric for this skirt, I went down each aisle, touching the fabric, pulling out bolt after bolt and couldn't decide. I saw this cupcake print and thought, how cute and put the bolt back. I searched some more, but kept coming back to the cupcakes, so decided cupcakes it is! I figured it would make a cute, playful skirt.

Mimi taught us how to take our measurements, draft our own pattern, cut and sew. I knew I wanted to add pockets to my skirt, so I found a tutorial by Dana of Made Everyday, and it was pretty easy. I chose a dark pink/white polka dot pattern for my pockets. I hate that I forgot to take a picture of the pockets. You can see a glimpse of a pocket in the 2nd picture to last.

So here are things I learned with this project...

~ When measuring the elastic, we were told to take your waist measurement, then cut about an inch or so off. Either I measured my waist wrong, or I needed to take more off, because the skirt was kind of big. I thought about cutting more, but didn't want it to end up too tight, so stuck with what I had.

~ When making pockets, make sure you take into account your waistband when placing your pockets, and watch the opening. I had to work to fit my hand into one of the pockets. I had sewn the opening a little, so it was a tight fit. Also, I placed my pockets 3 inches from the top, but didn't take into consideration my waistband. Another thing I noticed, when I had my hands in the pockets, it pulled the skirt down. I guess that's from it being a little big. So I need to remember that also.

~ My sewing has gotten straighter, my cutting....not so much! I really need to work on that.

All in all, I am happy with my skirt. It was a fun, playful project. Next in our class, Mimi has us working with knits, making leggings, t-shirt and t-shirt dress. I really have no desire to make leggings or t-shirts, but I will probably make the dress. I've been watching tutorials online on how to read patterns, because that's what I really want to do next. Tackle the patterns I bought below. I have a bunch of vintage patterns for dresses, pajamas, and pants, some Mimi G patterns, a skirt pattern and even a granny chic pattern for a frock (the first one in the bottom row) Hey, I am a granny, so why not! I think the first one I'm going to try are the vintage pjs. Fall is right around the corner, and there is nothing better than lounging in pj's, knitting. Yes, I'm still knitting, Knitting is my first love and I will always knit. I'm still working on my chunky cable blanket, I just need to take some pictures to share. Sewing kind of took over for a bit :)

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Participating in Frontier Dreams Keep Calm, Craft On.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cooking Rut!

2_DSC_0207 2_DSC_0226 I am in a cooking rut ya'll! I think it's this weather. The heat has been unbearable! High 90's with heat index over 100! Just too dang hot! My cooking lately, if you want to call it that has consisted of grilled chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers, with a little fish thrown in. And pizza. Lots and lots of pizza! Some nights we skip dinner all together and drink fruit smoothies.

I got a couple of new cookbooks and have been going through them for something different to cook. I love cookbooks. I have a small collection, but am always looking for more. One of my favorites right now is Cravings by Chrissy Teigen. She has recipes with ingredients I love cooking with, are easy to find and personal stories. She even has a chapter dedicated to her Thai roots. Funny thing is I never really liked Chrissy until I got her cookbook. She's actually pretty funny. I've made a few things from her book and will share on another post.

Fall is right around the corner, so I'm sure I'll get back to cooking more, but until then what are your favorite cookbooks? Meals? I need something new and yummy to get out of this rut!