It’s been a suuuuper busy last few weeks and I don’t think it will be slowing down for me any time soon! I’m sure it’s the same for all of you, too, because it’s just that time of year! Things have gotten more busy at work, I’ve been putting in more hours at the spin studio, this week was finals week at school but most importantly, some of my family has been in town for fun-family-time visits! No complaints here though because I LOVE this time of year and I LOVE the holidays!
Even though here in Southern California there is no snow on the ground and the backdrop to the Christmas songs playing on the radio is sunshine and palm trees, I always get excited as the end of the year starts to roll around. Especially as I’ve gotten older, I really look forward to seeing my parents and family during the holidays and I just feel more grateful about another year passing being blessed with having so much amazing in my life (yes, amazing can be a noun, too!).
I know it’s a few weeks late, but I just wanted to share a few things I’m grateful for this season. You might get sick of hearing what I’m thankful for (for the next month or so) because the holidays bring out the happy and grateful in me!
Some of my closest cousins were down here from Calgary during “American” Thanksgiving weekend and we kind of tore up LA and OC with our shenanigans. I finally got to wear something I made this past year. Do you recognize what it is?
Yup, it’s my muslin from the RTW contest that I made with my cousin’s tees. We just so happened to be going to the gig he was performing at so I thought it would be fitting for me to finally rock that dress! (Don’t mind my sister’s face in the bottom picture, I asked everyone to make funny faces, but I guess she was the only one that heard me – hehehe)
I would have to say that that weekend was one of the best Thanksgiving weekends I’ve ever had! We laughed, cried, drank and were merry! Sometimes I feel sad that so many of us cousins are so geographically far from one another, because some days I know we need to be closer to the inspiration we can only get from “home” – but I figure the universe needs balance and spreads the wealth around the world!
I feel so lucky to be a part of a family that is so happy, inspired and driven. Their presence re-energized me, which is exactly what I need to get through this super busy month. Positivity breeds positivity, what can I say?
Being a Perma-Student
Now, I can make this out to be a metaphorical statement about life itself, but in this case – I am literally a student for life as I registered for more sewing classes next term. Yeaaaa baby! Yup, the school bug bit me and now I just can’t stop! I mentioned on my first day of school how excited I was to be going back to school, but the crazy thing is that this excitement did not dissipate even once during the course of the term! It’s no secret that I love sewing. But being surrounded by such talented people (of all ages and from all walks of life) with a similar passion has really encouraged me to keep learning and keep going.
The wearable art course is soooo what I need in my life because it covers all types of embellishments!!!!! So don’t be surprised if next year you see me in a few too many bejeweled garments but I think this is the class I’ve been waiting for all my life.
The draping course, though I know it’s essential for fashion students, I had to be coerced into taking. I think I’m just intimidated by draping, and being the very mathematical and logical person I am, I can’t imagine being good at taking a piece of fabric and a dress form and “going to town” creatively. But my super-fun-and-talented classmate buddies said, “we should all take draping together!”, and how could I resist and weekly draping party with those guys? I couldn’t. So now I’ll be an uber busy gal in 2014 – but I love it!
I spent last weekend
procrastinating working on my final project for the advanced sewing class which I chose to be a SImplicity 2311 jacket. I made the muslin up in a few hours and lo and behold – THE PATTERN FIT STRAIGHT OUT OF THE ENVELOPE!!!!!! *Cue angelic choir singing*
Yes! The arm-length was long enough for my gigantor arms. And I suppose that because I chose the tie-belt version, the waist was high enough to forgo my regular sway back adjustment. I might just have to try making more Simplicity patterns in the future to see if this wasn’t just a fluke!
This perfect muslin discovery completely made my weekend because I was working on some heavy (self-imposed) time constraints. I handed in the final garment last night during my class and didn’t get a chance to pose in it just yet, so you’ll have to wait another week to see it. Trust me, it’s worth the wait – this might be the garment I am most proud of making to date!
I really hope this season is going equally wonderfully for all of you and I’m definitely grateful that you take the time out of your busy schedules to visit my page. See you soon!