Going on a Treasure Hunt!

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As I write this, it is Monday evening and thank goodness it is over! What a way to start the week and a friend was mentioning that good ol’ Mercury retrograde is up to it’s old tricks again. Expect delays and the like but I did not imagine a Monday would start with a nail in the tyre of our car – oh well, take a breath and get on with it and take your Monday down a notch or two and enjoy some reading and a cup of white peony tea!

As for my creative project this week I made this lovely long sleeve tunic I found in a book Handmade Style. What a wonderful pattern and easy to make and super comfortable to wear – though I will be making it a wee bit longer next time! This works well with leggings but I do have to be careful when I bend over…

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In the pic above I am channeling my urban gardener or this outfit could be worn on holiday somewhere by the beach – perhaps Australia? We will be returning down under next June, I cannot wait!

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Another fun thing I channeled this week was my inner hula hooper. As I was watching my daughter effortlessly hoop for many revolutions, every time I tried the hoop kept on dropping to the ground. Thanks to some help from some YouTube videos and practice I managed to get some hoop action happening while listening to Cat Power, it is so amazing how centered it can make you feel as it does require a great deal of focus to have your body in the correct space.

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Last Friday was a big score day for me as I subscribe to an email list of estate sales around the Bay Area. There was one in Mountain View last week which had a collection of stuff that spanned over 50 years! I usually scour estate sales for vintage fabric which I did find and cannot wait to make stuff from. At this sale, I found a big olive pot for my plants, costume jewelry, and vintage champagne glasses – for whenever I feel like having a party. And as a special request from my hubby he wanted to some tools – check out this good looking vintage saw I found. I had to ask the dude at the sale if I could give it a go to see how sharp it was, so he found me some wood and thanks to some recent lessons with the 5th graders I tried it out – perfect! This saw would also make a great home decor piece for our cabin or yurt in the woods as the handle is decorated and shaped beautifully – dream on!

All in all a very productive 4 day week with just the right balance of creativity, exercise and treasure finding.

A piece a Week – A Silk SampleTunic & a Minibar & some ironing board covers!

Back to creating and having the time to play has been so good for me over the last couple of weeks with the kiddos back at school after the Holiday break! I am getting a start on my clothing adventure this year and with a bit of luck (and time on my side!) I will make it happen. 
I found some silk samples at FabMo that I was initially using in a wrap scarf but the fabric was way too beautiful with the embroidered detail that I have used it in this tunic. It looks super cute with jeans and will be perfect for a night out for the Arts Focus reception on Thursday evening – I will have to get some pics of the dress in action!

This dress has pockets too
The back of the dress
Last Thursday as I was driving around the neighborhood I saw this great table with wheels sitting on the side of the road. By the time I came home from school it was still there, score!! I met the owner of the table in the street and she said take it away – yay! I had been thinking about making a minibar at home and here it is… Lift up the leaf of the table, get a glass and mix away!
A rescued table – add a tray, some rum and gin and a succulent for decoration and we are ready to make some cocktails!

A couple of projects sitting on the To Do list since the holidays have been making an ironing board cover for a portable IKEA ironing board for the sewing class at school and as I plan lots of clothes sewing this year – I chose to update the ironing board from Freecycle with inspirational yellow for the craft room.

Getting ready Sew!

The Ironing Board for Arts Focus – vintage floral

A piece a Week – A dress for the trunk show and the season!

Last week was another doozy! I only stayed at home only one night the whole week and I had something each night after school, boy it was exhausting. On top of it all I had to make inventory for the show on Saturday here is a picture of my table and the current stock – yay!
At the Beehive Co-op holiday show! 
Here is literally the bottom of the dress 🙂 I made this week for the show – I like the shadows of the basil flowers on my legs. This is some fabric my friend from Germany gave me, it is a lovely light corduroy print.

Back side of the dress

 The dress as a whole is a top made of a light wool felt and is fab with a top underneath. Tunics are just the thing for me at the mo!

Wandering the flagstone steps near the succulent garden 
Oh and the tunic has lined pockets too with a different striped fabric I used in the infinity scarf I made last week. 
Got my hands in my pockets looking for some change?!?
While I was out taking pics today my little kitty came by to say hello and I could not resist the flowers in my garden. 
Bella the beautiful cat

Flowers on the jade succulent

Lovely in the afternoon sunlight

A piece a week – a Dress for the Show, My Collection of Pieces and a Ceramic Birdbath

I cannot believe that the time has come for the show and it is this weekend! I wanted to whip up a tunic for the show and I have used a pattern that I made a favorite summer dress thought this time I added sleeves. The silhouette pattern is from FabMo fabric and the black and gold fabric throughout was a fabric in my stash. I love the way it turned out and it may be a bit short so I think it will be a tunic with some skinny jeans. 
Fabric that inspired the tunic
Back of the dress with brown and white
Here is my collection for the show this year in video…
To other forms of creation that I am exploring this year – ceramics. I made this little bird bath for a garden decoration – I hope they like it!
Sitting in the succulent garden