Friday, March 21, 2008

Craft Project: Bermuda Bag

I had the day off today and decided to try out the sewing machine Big Guy got me for Christmas.

I took one sewing class this past fall- so I had some limited sewing experience- (I never had a home economics class in high school.) I had to read the instruction manual, and I did some practice work on a colorful strip of fabric as you can see:





I really wanted to do something crafty and was inspired by the madras plaids in the purses I talked about in my previous post, so I bought some wooden handles and fabric at the store. What I didn't buy- unfortunately- was a pattern, and I couldn't find anything online. Since it turned into a pretty nasty day- I couldn't go to the store and buy one, so I thought about it a little and decided to dive right in and go for it!!! I used the grocery store circular to cut a pattern.







Then I used the paper to cut out my fabric- I used the polka dot fabric for the inside lining and the plaid for the outside...









And Ta-dah!!!!!!! It turned out ok! I still need to figure out how to finish the top seams and then I need to sew the buttons and make the button holes, but I think I did a pretty decent job for a first try--- plus I have a lot of extra fabric for another try if things go bad!







Midwest Pup wasn't really interested in the purse making.... he pretty much slept all day. He is currently curled up inside my shirt. What a bum.




Have a great weekend everyone. We are looking at houses in Wilmette and Evanston (Northern Suburbs) tomorrow morning so wish me luck! Have a nice Easter Sunday if you celebrate it! PDD- thanks for the help with the craft project!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Just a Quick J. Crew Fix....

Since I am feeling fat and flabby and clothing isn't making me happy- I thought I should focus on things that always look good -accessories!!!

I found these beauties at J. Crew: Do I detect a theme?














All on sale now!



Tuesday, March 18, 2008

CALL ME CHUNKFEST.....cranky, pouty and fatter than ever

So I have been eating only organic breakfast and lunch since Jan 1, and relatively healthy dinners for a few weeks now- and somehow I have gained 3 lbs since last week!!!! What the heck is going on! seriously. Today I had a pretty weak work out- I walked 25 mins and did a 10 min ab workout, but I had a salad with chicken and a hard boiled egg for dinner- and made the dressing with rice wine, rice wine vinegar and mustard and honey--so it couldn't be that bad for me right? for breakfast I had 200 calorie organic tomato soup and an apple, yogurt and a tablespoon of natural peanut butter as a snack. WHY am I GAINING!!!??? This is so annoying. I have a cruise in may and a class reunion in August-- then my BFF's wedding and then I am supposed to start trying to get pregnant. BUT I CAN"T GET PREGNANT WHILE I AM CHUBBY or I will never be able to get thin after. This might sound petty- but I feel so much better when I am fit... I literally feel better- I wake up early and am less cranky...any ideas are welcome... I need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I am afraid to weigh in tomorrow!!!