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A brief story about my relationship with sewing – I’ve been making clothes since I was a kid (starting with jumpers and pillows in elementary school) and even majored in apparel design for a year in college. Something that’s never changed about my relationship with sewing is my desire to cut corners. It’s not that I don’t want to make something good… I just like doing it my way. Which is much different to my approach compared to most things where I very much follow rules and recipes and harp on people about logic and such. So that makes sewing and making clothes my kind of free-for-all time. I use a pattern and read the instructions and then I just kind of see what happens. (One rule of thumb is never look at the inside of a garment I make because you’ll see all the sewing “guts.”) For instance, the bathrobe pattern I started making was missing some pieces, and I chose generally scrap type fabric to play around with. This has resulted in some random choices and a robe that looks a lot like it fits with the Reformed Neo-Buddhist cult Pierce belonged to on Community.

Community - Season 5That’s the basic reveal of the robe. I’m going to play around with it some more, and probably shorten it and maybe add some pockets as well as a tie. I laughed a lot when I realized how silly it turned out, but that was the point. I’m going to plan another outfit (maybe a dress… those are easy) and purchase some better fabric and give it a more serious attack. Except for the part where I broke a needle, this was a really fun first foray back into sewing. Huzzah!

Today's outfit post robe
Today’s outfit post robe

Also just because… my cat is adorable. (Sometimes.)

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Trying Something New

I really love my new boots. And I don’t want them to just be cold weather or pants-only boots. So I’m trying out wearing them with a dress (no tights!). I will say that these boots do kind of make your feet feel/look bigger, but I still dig it.

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Also, I felt like showing off some gorgeous flowers I got from a special guy 🙂 Especially because I feel like the flowers look great with all the things I love most in life: coffee, scotch, and bread. (Yeah, I’m a simple gal.)

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Chop Chop

As mentioned yesterday, I got a haircut finally. I have little patience with long hair and all my layers had grown out. So I chopped off a few inches and got some parted bangs. They weren’t really cooperating this morning, and they’re a littttttle shorter than I hoped, so they got the pins. All in all though I’m pretty happy with the result. Even busted out my purple party pants.

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From yesterday immediately post cut – apologies for the face… despite the whole taking a picture of my outfit daily thing, I’m not big on the selfies. photo 1

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That’s More Like It

Today has that special kind of feel in the air. It’s still cold, but crisp and against the bright sun in the morning. For whatever reason, it just brings me a feeling of being ready to conquer the world. Maybe it’s just the optimal temperature. Anyway.

If you like reading great introspective and inspirational articles on creative people, you should probably check out The Great Discontent. I don’t always identify with their more artistically focused subject — I love drawing comics, but c’mon, I am not an artist in that way. However today they posted an interview with Austin Kleon, who is someone that has walked the line of art and writing in a way I can really relate to. Maybe it’s unfair, but I think the interviews with people who have a writing background and rely on writing at least a little in their work are more interesting. I mean, that’s how they work, so their insights are going to be better than those who communicate strictly through art and music. At least that’s the impression I’ve gotten sometimes through the profiles I enjoy and the ones I don’t.

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As for today’s outfit, it’s nothing special. It does feels nice to not feel like I NEED to wear boots right now. Hell, I can even park my car actually next to the curb on my block now that the ice/snow has melted!

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Spring, Or Something Like It

Oh hey there! The weather has warmed up a bit, so it maybe kind of feels like spring. Then again, as I got out of my car in Bennington this morning I stepped onto slick, icy surfaces. So you know, we’ll get there one day.

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As you may or may not notice in my photo (most likely not, let’s be real) I have a new iPhone 5c! Exciting times, as I conveniently dropped my phone in the toilet right when my old Verizon contract was up. Signing up with Sprint was quite the adventure and I got signed up with a plan that felt kind of sketchy but was persuaded (by the salesman AND store owner) to believe will be fine… so uhhh check back with me in a few months on that one.

Bonus pic from last night... now with more cat interference!
Bonus pic from last night… now with more cat interference!
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Welcome to Spring

Well, since it’s technically the first day of spring I figured some color was in order. We had hail and sleet last night and my commute was all rain and dark clouds this morning. But hey, it’s spring! Right? …right?! Luckily I remembered at the last minute that I’m doing cat care training at the humane society after work and brought a change of clothes. Not sure how involved it’ll be but I know from experience with my furry friend that tights and black clothing don’t last long with cats.

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Sleepy Monday

I was definitely not feeling this at all this morning. I fell asleep with my reading light on and the return of the more bitter cold along with dark mornings has made waking up, especially on Monday mornings, a challenge. I can tell immediately my creativity dips when it’s cold, and today was definitely just about warmth and some layers. Although a nice plaid never hurt anyone. And luckily the new WTF episode was with Lena Dunham this morning, which I am really digging. I enjoy reading about and from her, and yet I’ve still never seen Girls. If only it were on Netflix…

And now I’m realizing I wore this cardigan on Friday too. UGH THANKS A LOT BLOG. I swear I washed it this weekend.

PS I’m now booting up and realizing it’s also St. Paddy’s Day. I celebrated this weekend and it didn’t even occur to me to wear green today. Oh well.

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Colorful, Hopeful

Nothing to ramble about today really, except how amazing it is that after yesterday’s terrible morning commute the roads have been completely fine. The weekend is supposed to see some warming up (40 degrees feels magical), so I’m happy.

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Snow. Why’d It Have to Be Snow.

The freezing rain started last night, and by the morning the roads where covered in snow. It wasn’t a lot, but it was enough to make my commute a bit rough. Traveling 30 miles to Vermont, while following a chain of extra-slow-going cars, and trying not to die in the process is not my favorite kind of morning. It’s also in the single and negative digits again, so I can tell you I gave almost no thought to what I put on except OMG LAYERS. After almost 1.5 hours on the road I made it to work, and I can only hope the roads will be clearer at the end of the day. It’ll really be spring one of these days, right?

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Bump, Bump, Bump It Up

This morning started out so well. I was riding the high of yesterday’s warmth, and I slept well, and it was still deceptively warm this morning. Then I smacked myself in the head while feeding the cat, by quickly standing up into an open cabinet door. I think that’s an apt parallel to how it will feel when this warmth and  mild rain turns into sleet and many inches of snow this afternoon. It’s annoying, but I’m trying not to be too bah-humbug about it. So I put on my favorite new colorful shirt and my awesome sweater vest, and now I’m ready to take on the world! Or at least route 7.

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Forever posing with weird feet positions. Honey badger don’t care.