Tuesday, December 29, 2009
As a pre-teen and early teen, I read a lot of novels about girls with eating disorders, and really felt like there was nothing new to be said on the topic. Because the author includes myriad other "issues," and this is not a typical anorexia/bulemia novel.
It's fascinating how some authors are able to make me relate to characters with whom I share no common ground. Halse-Anderson has that gift.
I'm wishing some of my seniors hadn't graduated this month. I'd love to pass this book along to one who's found her way out of eating issues, near-death scenarios, and the related hospitalizations.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Now I just need to wait for weather warm enough to wear a thin cotton blouse.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I made the blouse from an unusual fabric: stretchy, ribbed linen. It's a fabric I had a lot of, and I wanted to test the pattern on excess fabric because it would break my heart to make mistakes with the beautiful prints I have set aside for this blouse. Here is a detail shot of the fabric.
My comments on the pattern:
- Unlike others, I did not cut a larger neckline.
- I did hem the sleeves four inches, and they're still lengthy.
- I lengthened the shirt by two and a half inches, made a tiny hem, and it's just the right length.
- I made the medium, but might just try the small. If not, I will narrow the shirt body by an inch and a half next time. It's not as maternity-looking as I feared, but it's a bit trapezey.
- I shortened the placket, but not quite enough. Like others, I see no need to cut that far only to sew it up again.
- I sewed the sleeves to the shoulder pieces, then sewed straight up from the wrist to the armpit to the bottom hem. It seemed quicker and I can see no reason not to. It was easy to press the seams this way, too.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Whether your celebration of Hanukkah ended a week ago, your Solstice table was set earlier this week, or your Christmas festivities are now drawing to a close, I hope your celebration was filled with love and joy.
The chill darkness of winter has settled in, but I'm looking forward to each incremental increase in daylight as we creep toward spring.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
One conviction I hold is that I am responsible for my own happiness. Therefore, I must recognize and change any aspects of life that impede joy. Cutting back on sewing to create only what interests me (right now that's clothing, decor, and gifts) will allow me to feel less like a factory, and to pursue other interests:
- I'm taking classes next semester (yeah!) for the first time since becoming a parent (yikes!).
- I'm writing. (Any volunteers to critique me along the way?)
- I'm reviving some fitness goals now that my knee is allowing moderately regular poundings again. (Running and riding partners are welcome.)
Recently, I bundled much of my "merchandise" to give away, which feels great--I'm shedding a skin and ready for something new.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Although I'm not the narrator's age, I was easily able to identify with her, and to root for her. I was also enamoured with Kate, her employer, and enjoyed dissecting the dynamics among characters. The segments written about food and cooking were mouth-watering!
Wildgen neither shies away from nor sensationalizes sex scenes, recreational drug use, or masturbation. These matters are a part of the novel just like they are a part of life.
5 reasons I love Shift, by Jennifer Bradbury:
1. I love bicycles as art, as machinery, as transportation, as recreation, and as conversation.
2. I have been to many of the locations along the journey taken by the characters.
3. I have always yearned to undertake a coast to coast ride.
4. It's written by an English teacher.
5. The characters are real, and just plain likable. The parents are great, and I especially like the characters the boys meet on their travels--reminiscent of Travels with Charley in Search of America.
Right behind You was SUCH a swift read, I can barely remember it and I only read it yesterday. Engaging, psychologically interesting, and fast-paced, I'll be recommending it to my students.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Today, I made an orange scarf as a gift for a friend who complimented my brown one. The tutorial I followed is found here.
This part can be worn with the ruffly scarf, or on its own. It's simply two braided strands of the same fabric.
Here's the scarf I made for a friend.
And here's the mass all together.