Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
P.S. I got an interview with UCD's MBA program January 15th!!!!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Here is a photo of the Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Orange Frosting..sory a little blurry...or maybe its the cake?
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Okay enough blabbing back to writing...
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Yes I'm dreaming about applications...
Friday, September 4, 2009
Well its a Work In Progress. Need some color on the walls but its getting there. Any advice or thoughts on what to do? The chair for the desk is getting recovered and repainted a different color (pink? yellow?).
Monday, August 31, 2009
Oh forgot to mention that there will be a lack of crafting over the next two months. I officially scheduled my GMAT exam for Grad School and My applications are due Nov through December! I guess I will be missing the Holiday rush this year.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I was running this time around Sacramento State Univ at about 5:30 am which means it was very DARK. All of a sudden an fountain jumps out of no where. I attempt to leap up and over the lip so I wouldn't fall. My plan did not go so well. I caught the edge of the fountain with my shin and tripped into the middle of it. Thank GOD it was not full of water! Now I have a nice little bruise/bump on my shin but I made it to the end of my run without other incident.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Roommate who crafts
Craft room (AKA Garage)
Rent went down!
Going up and down the Stairs all day to move out
Its supposed to be 100 degrees that day
I have to say the positives are a lot more exciting than the negatives. Well expect some photos and a story because I'm sure it will be an adventure!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Next was crafting. The good thing about crafting while at home is my mother does 1/2 of it for me. she has a little more ingenuity when it comes to crafting and Kids. I always told myself I wasn't going to craft for kids but its become so much fun. Kids love color and funky things adult well we are plane and like to fit in. So we have been in Headband Heaven the past few days whipping them up on the Bernina. I have also made some adult ones that are going to be good for fall/winter.
Lastly shopping. Now shopping with my mom is always an adventure because she find the Best and I mean THE BEST deals. T-shirts that were once $80 marked down to $15. Yup I've seen it in person and have been the recipient of many of these items of clothing. Yes, we shop at Bloomies, but I rarely buy things full price (jeans dont count they last forever so I will throw money down on those). So we headed out the Camarillo outlets. I spent way way way to much money but it was worth it got some stuff for fall and winter. Plus a dress for a winter wedding which will be used at a later time for other events (was $225 I snaged it for $77). They have some of the best outlets and some of the best brands! It was all worth it with no more clothes shopping in my near future. And Yes I passed up another LAMB Bag and a David Yurman necklace! UGH need to make more money quick!
Oh did I also mention it hasn't gotten above 80 down here?!?!?! Its going to be miserable returning to the 100 degree heat up in SACTO.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The only thing that made this worth it was the fact I didn't have to dump it or try to take it some where.
On a side note if you every need a giggle check out the free items! Its hillarious what people put up there!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Have a good week without me I'm sure you will survive!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I was left to come up with a solution so 1 1/4 yard of fabric, Velcro, and a sewing machine later. I had this...
A nifty bag for my comforter (Twin Size) that subsequently is a great decorative pillow item for BT's bed.
So here is a quick tutorial to make a bag for those winter comforters or whatever else you want to pack away.
1. 1 1/4 yard fabric (i used decorator fabric because its heavier but and old sheet would do or just plain quilters fabric.)If you are doing this for a comforter larger than a Twin you will want to add more yardage.
2. 1 1/4 yard of Velcro any width I used left overs (you need the two pieces of Velcro that make it "stick" together rough and soft pieces)
4. Sewing Machine.
5. Pinking Shears
Iron the fabric to get out folds
Remove all but 1/4 of the selvage. This is considered the long side of the fabric.
You want to make a finished edge. turn fabric over so the wrong side of the fabric is facing you. Now fold down the 1/4 inch of selvage you left on the edge and iron flat.
Now fold under again (aprox 1/5-4 inch) so that the raw edge is encased and iron flat you can also pin down if you like.
Now you need to sew down the finished edge. I make my stitch go down the center of the finished seam.
Velcro Strips are next. You want to attach then to the wrong side of the fabric on top of the finished edge you just created. Sew down on both edges of the Velcro so it wont pull off over time.
Now fold the fabric in half so the right sides are together and the Velcro should be at the opposite side of the fold at the top. (in photo Velcro is at top and the fold edge is at the bottom)
Sew down the side edges with a 1/4 or 1/2 inch seam. Use Pinking Shears or a Serger to finish off seams. Turn right side out and your done!
Put comforter in the bag and now you have something to store or show off! Great project for a kids room , a basement or even your bed
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Oh add another $110 to the list of spending on the list for big girl bed this all went to more pillows (yes im a pillow snob) and fabric.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
1. Grey Desk Metal Steel Case $15 at Bargain Barn (UCD)
2. Dresser $60 Craigslist (to be painted Yellow by yours truely)
3. Quilt top white $165 Restoration Hardware Outlet (Im all for quality)
4. Two complete sets of Queen sheets and pillow cases $130 Ralph Lauren Outlet
5. Pillow Forms Euro $23 Home Goods Store
6. Pillow Forms Standard $23
This doesn't include the bed (yet to be purchased) and a few other pillows and crafting overall I think im doing pretty well??
So I'm thinking this might be my first documentary in designing a room. I will tell you now that I probably could have saved on the bedding but that is the one thing in life I would pay full price for the quality! Ive had the same twin size sheets from Ralph for about 6 years now and they work perfect no holes feel amazing and are GREAT! So wish me luck im off to fabric shop for the pillows. I will let you know how its going and put up some tutorials for pillows and other fun stuff.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Ice cream on saturday as usual and BT and I went out on a genuine DATE! I know its been months and im lazy and cheap! We went to see the movie The Ugly Truth which takes place in SAC. It was okay didnt see too much of sacramento and the apartment she lives in can NOT be in sacramento. And if it was I would be begging to live there! We then went to Sweet Water which is slowly becoming a favorite place to eat and drink. Were still testing the waters out when it comes to eating out.
In other news I have a new project in mind with a tutorial. Im going to go check out fabric today and yes it has to do with storage and moving!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
On an aside this by no means that I will be watching football games for him unless he sews and crochets on the sidelines!
As for Crafting news im finishing up some skirts (yup I've moved on to clothing), doing some embroidery with the machine for my mom, and making headbands from some family friends. Yup I'm busy as usual ill try to share some pictures later this week!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Saturday was farmers market and then BBQ with the Canadians. We went to a place in Woodland called Ludy's its some of the best BBQ around and has some awesome decor. Pigs and cows on the ceiling the the Sistine Chapel and cowboy furniture. After dinner we went to Bernardo's in Davis where the boys proceeded to have Wiki's while K and I walked around town and then looked at office furniture. I'm trying to replace my desk that I bought at Ikea 3 to 4 years ago its time to upgrade and get better quality. Im looking for a corner unit which are so hard to find especially the size I would want. It's going to take a while so for now its just the thrill of the hunt. After the boys got good and sloshed we all went our seperate ways.
Sunday was just as busy with a trip to costco to get ready for camping. Ah camping one of those things my parents refused to do. I am hoping we have fun and enjoy it as its the cheapest form of vacation I can find right now. We also went to Ikea to look around. Now dont get me wrong Ikea is cool and fun but I can never get out of there in an hour. Its visual overload there and I want to make my house look as cool as they make there little rooms look. But then I remeber I dont want to have Ikea furniture as the basis of my home decor. It used to be such better quality then something happened (consumerism?) and it just havent been the same. The rest of Sunday was spent on the couch with me passed out while BT watched Harry Potter (I think were going to see it tonight and no I haven't read the books I'm taking one for the team). Other than that not much crafting I did start two more skirts which I should really attempt to get done before we go camping. UGH not enough time in the day!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
With this machine as new inspiration I was able to get started on a project and finish it in one yes one night! I present to you a B-day gift for my Mother who doesn't read my blog. Blasphemy I know. Heck even BT's mom reads my blog and complains when I don't post enough (thanks!).
Its a skirt with some embroidery on it to give it a little something extra. I hope she likes it but its not the only thing she is getting. I'll have to take some pictures with it on. BT wants me to make one for myself now.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Its officially hot dog and hamburger day. I am taking full advantage BT is preparing Shannon and I are eating! Yup its gonna be GREAT!
Have fun out there and be safe I don't want to find out any of you are missing appendages.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
BT and I are in the process of gathering up camping supplies, in particular sleeping bags. So I searched and then one day on Woot they had a deal 2 summer sleeping bags for $20 bucks! This was right up my alley because I’m not going to camp in the winter (no way no how!) and were not exactly the hiking sleeping on the floor type. So I snagged them! They arrive yesterday and were in these perfectly little bags or sac’s.
Well I couldn’t wait to see the sleeping bag so I took it out and inspected. Then it cam back to stuffing them into the tiny little sacs, I officially failed! BT took a shot at it and failed as well (plus the bags aren’t made all that well).
We arrived at the conclusion there was no way we could get them back in and that it was a perfect opportunity for me to be crafty. So here I present the Sleep Over Sac. Big enough for the sleeping bag, PJ’s, Tooth Brush, and some other essentials. I would have loved to have this as a kid perfect for the My Little Pony Sleeping bag I had as a kid. The other advantage of this is that kids can actually get the sleeping bag in the bag cause its oversized!
The directions are pretty simple I finished 2 in about and hour. I’ve made the directions so you can measure your own sleeping bags and make the bag. One thing you may want to be familiar with if you don’t have a Serger is French Seams. If not no worries I will walk you through it!
Fabric (this will depend on the size of your sleeping bags ours were pretty small so half to three quarts of a yard were used.
String/Ribbon and Clip (I reused the string and the clip from the bags we originally got)
Scissors, Pinking Shears, and Rotary cutter if you have one
Iron and Ironing Board (this is a MUST!!!)
Safety pin (a small one)
(You could also plan to add ribbon or ric-rac in the process as well. Another option would be to do some hand/Machine embroidery on the bag especially if you have kids)
First things first get out that Ruler and the sleeping bag you plan to make a new bag for. Roll up the sleeping bag as best as you can so you can get the measurements of the cylinder shape.
Here are the measurements you will need
- Height + Radius of top of bag (Remember radius is ½ the diameter see geometry does come back to haunt you!)
- Diameter of the bottom
- Width of the Ribbon/String you will be using (if string just follow my directions)
My Measurements were as follows:
Height + Radius = 13+3 = 16inches Diameter of bottom = 6inches
From this we create the new measurements now this is where you have to get a little inventive on your own:
First increase the Diameter of the bottom by at least 1.5 inches (I increased by 3.5 and found a 9.5 round plate) . Use this to make the circular pattern piece for the bottom (I traced the plate on the fabric I had)
Second you have to calculate the Circumference of the circle which is Pi*Diameter or 3.14*Diameter = 3.14*9.5 = 30 inches (aprox) and then add a seam allowance of half an inch so 30.5inches
Third Add at least 4 inches to the height 13 + 4 = 17inches (you can add more to the height if you want the bag to be deeper to fit more items.
With the Second and Third measurements you will cut one large rectangle measuring 30.5x17 inches (or whatever the measurements you came up with)
Fourth if you are using string or cording that is pretty thin you need to cut a strip of fabric that is 1.5inches x 30 inches. If you are using ribbon take the width and multiply by 2 and add 1 inch (if you have ribbon that is half an inch wide then your strip should be 2 inches wide)
Now for the Easy part assembly.
First if you want to add embroidery or some ric-rac this is the time to do it! I would add it only to the large rectangle and the circle
Take the small rectangle and fold the short edges over so they are ½ an inch, iron flat, and sew down.
Next fold the long edge over in ½ and iron flat.
Take the large square and on the long edge fold over ¼ inch and iron.
Pin the raw edge of the small rectangle under the flap on the large rectangle. Make sure you center it (there should be some of the large rectangle on either side)
Sew the flap down. There really is no seam allowance here just try to make it in the middle of the flap. This makes a casing for the cord/ribbon.
From here you are going to enclose the raw edge of the flap on the large rectangle. This is going to sound difficult but its really easy. Iron the casing so its going up.
Next Flip over the fabric so you are looking at the right side of all the fabrics and iron the seam you just made up over the raw edge. This will enclose the raw edge of the flap.
You can either pin this down or hold it down as you sew. When you sew it down you want to sew close to the first seam you made (you can do it on top of the first seam if you like. This will completely enclose all the raw edges on the top of the bag.
Now for the French Seams
Fold your bag in half so the short edges meet up with the wrong sides of the fabric together. Sew a quarter inch seam on the edge of the fabric (you will be sewing on the right side of the fabric). Next take pinking shears to the seam you just made cutting it down a bit. Turn fabric so the wrong side of the fabric is on the outside and the right sides of the fabric are together. Iron the seam and sew down with a quarter inch seam. Turn so the right side is out and notice the seam is enclosed. Easy Peasy right? Well if not take a look at these tutorials: Here and Here
Now you’re ready to attach the circle to the bottom. Turn the tube you just made so the wrong side of the fabric is on the outside. Pin the circle to the edges of the bottom of the tube (where the raw edge is). Use lots and lots of pins!!! It should look like this
(You may need to make some adjustments to the tube if its too big. I just add a new seam that make the tube smaller at the bottom and then angle off to the old seam)
Next sew the circle to the tube using a 3/8 seam. Add a zig zag stitch to finish the edge and using pinking shears to finish edges as well.
You’re almost there now take the safety pin and ribbon and thread through the casing you made add your clip or tie a bow and you’re done.