Wednesday, July 22, 2009
thrifterings

more fabric for the huge fabric pit i'm transforming the house into:



the red white and blue is a nice thick canvas that i can't wait to make bags of. the green is some kind of 70's poly knit which i wouldn't usually bother with but the green colour was just too nice.



i can't resist the combination of tiny birds and quilting cotton.



and best of all was this bombastic cotton print that i found two meters of. the print is a little too big for a shirt but then the fabric piece is a little too small for ensconcing myself with. i'm open to sugestions.

i have also decided to sacrifice two of my favorite finds to my
etsy shop:



the romper that will bring out your inner 12 year old



and an indefatigable tiered knit dress.

i'm weirdly superstitious, not so much of black cats or ladders, but i feel like there's a certain balance that you have to work for, a certain degree of sacrifice that must be made before an endeavor can suceed. and it's not like there's not more eager sacrifices where they came from.


Posted at 7/22/2009 11:51:05 pm by tourist
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Is there such a thing as a bad person?

i feel pretty gauche for posing such a banal and blunt question but i'm curious about some sort of consensus among my peers/friends. do you think there's such a thing as a bad person?

Posted at 7/21/2009 2:11:35 pm by tourist
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
new to you

some things that will be trickling into the shop:















Posted at 7/14/2009 11:36:14 am by tourist
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Monday, July 13, 2009
#1

so here's something i've been working on:





a reflective prize ribbon for the after dark gallivanter. after months (or actually years) of frigging around on shitty half working machines it's so satisfying to be able to just make what i want without silly restrictions like  crappy feed dogs or stitch skipping. these should be rolling into the etsy shop in a week or so.


Posted at 7/13/2009 2:15:49 am by tourist
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Sunday, July 12, 2009
montrealin

young fisher came to visit which entailed eating at aux vivres, coffee and beerin' and some nice wandering around mile end:

















Posted at 7/12/2009 4:35:18 pm by tourist
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Thursday, July 09, 2009
drag it home

remember the pattern i ordered?

i found some strong fabric contenders out at the fripperies (that's francais for thrifty spots):







i'm thinking the light fabric with the little graphic explosions for the main body of the dress, and maybe the lilac flowers for the yolk.

i want to try making bias tape out of the red flowered fabrics. i'm dreaming of sturdy practical bags with the most cavity inflicting sweet liberty-esque piping for contrast.

i also found a motherload of handmade africany blouses:





i love the patterns and the bananas detailing but these shirts were pretty huge and i already have 3 that fit good that i don't wear enough already.

for those of you who don't give a care about sewing, thrifting or the stuff i will or won't wear, thanks for bearing with me

- one of my facebook friends posted this link and i found it pretty breathtaking/heartbreaking/made me start packing my imaginary tool box to go give my run down castle a little bit of elbow grease and a whole lotta love
- like everybodys, i'm excited for bruno. i don't know how or if he's going to top the whole naked dash around a conference with manager but i'm jazzed to see him try.
- i'm going to my cottage in the annapolis valley from the 2nd of august to the 19th of august. here's what i have planned:
1) i will pack hardly anything so that going to every convievable frenchys will magically become a necessity
2) we have no running water so showering at a nearby campsite and trips to a spring for water will punctuate the days
3) i know there's a bike or two there, but i'm not sure if it's still rideable so i'm packing my bike fixering tools. once the bike is in riding condision i will be biking over the dykes into wolfville for: just us coffee, internetin' (we won't have internet at the cottage, or tv, or maybe even a phone. this makes it sound like we're stranded somewhere deep in the wilderness, but that would be false. we're right on the beach, four cottages down from alex coville, where everyone has running water, indoor toilets, tvs, wifi, and showers. except us.), yard sales and the farmers market. i will also be patroling every bikable dirtroad looking for neat stuff to play with and take pictures of. expect tales of: being chased by ferotuious rabid labradors, outdoor bathroom emergencies and falling into ditches trying to avoid bees
4) cooking with fire. we still have managed to retain electricity at the cottage but it's all about the campfire or the wood stove. even old sneakers taste fantastic when cooked over coals just after twilight.
5) three pools. i'm not sure it's even there or accessable but there are few places on earth as gorgous as these three ice cold pools sunk deep into a crevace of pine trees.
6) we're planing on jacking up the cottage. my dad used to do this every year so now after 6 years it must be done. i really hope we don't break the cottage or that it doesn't fall on me, but i think that would be an ok way to go. most people pay other people to do this but the whidden in me won't stand to give someone money for something we could haphazardly do ourselves. on top of which they want an awful lot of money.
7) swiming/canoeing/walking/exploing the beach. evangeline beach has the second lowest tide in the world. it always brings out the 12 year old in me whether it's from trying to catch swallows or sand pipers, to charting he tide pools or invading nearby islands, i can't think of a better place to be.



Posted at 7/9/2009 8:47:19 pm by tourist
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bagsgabsgasb

my first experiment with piping:



i love it.
it will be hard not to keep this bag.
can anyone tell me what piping is for or if it's just a decorative element?

here's some more of the new-stuff-from-old-stuff bags that have been materializing:



Posted at 7/9/2009 2:23:42 pm by tourist
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
can't keep my hands off her

ever since i got my new sewing machine i have spent pretty much every second either sewing up a storm or fondling and caressing the machine itself in a semi pervy way. i decided it was only right to get my paws on an awesome new pattern to see how the machine handles a pretty dress. i looked through vogue, burda and simplicity (hoping for new built by wendy patterns) and then came across a colette pattern in bits and bobbins flickr stream. all the patterns look great but i went for macaron because of the sweetheart neck line, the scalloped sleeves and the pockets!



i can see making this in a myriad of different colour and pattern combinations.
i can also see ordering all the patterns.

do you have any favorite independant designer patterns?


Posted at 7/7/2009 11:10:15 am by tourist
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Monday, July 06, 2009
the never ending saga of cheapopulance

i listed some new items in the store. and since i got a new sewing machine a new batch o' bags and experiments with leathah are underway.













Posted at 7/6/2009 12:06:11 am by tourist
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Friday, July 03, 2009
neat-O

- i have been running. well jogging. or continuously moving forward while not falling for 60 consecutive minutes. this is b a n a n a s for me. i spent most of my formative years, adolescence and extended post-adolescence avoiding, scorning and ridiculing running and runners, so being able to jog for almost an hour without feeling like death is near is perplexing and amazing for me. now i need to figure out: how do i know how far i'm running? i'm sure you have some totally simple solution. i've just been timing myself by the podcasts i listen to, but now i want to figure out how far off i am from the 9 minute mile.

- i've been thinking a lot about the concept of how you do anything is how you do everything. mostly in terms of how i bike through the city as a metaphor for how i go through life. how do you do anything?

- "pÍcheurs de lune" my new favorite phrase & asperational career.

- i have a new love in my life.
we met a while back but it wasn't until i started having problems with my current that i said,
that's it,
no more making do.
i need something new, something dependable.
something that can sew 1000 stitches a minute.
i brayed woefully at my darling mother until she lent me the money for this:



TLF yo.

- sweat is dripping down my neck from sitting still.


Posted at 7/3/2009 3:05:59 am by tourist
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