Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The gift couldn't have been more perfect. I'm learning to sew from the *very* beginning with the beloved instruction manual (where is the frickin on-button?). And I've had to teach myself how to thread the machine, since the last time I touched a machine was in 8th grade Home Ec.
Today, with the only fabric in the house (covered in vintage cars) and with the only thread-on-a-spool in the house (army green!), I sewed my first project--a pillow cover. The About.com sewing site has an easy Envelope-back Pillow Cover instruction set and the entire thing came together in about 15 minutes! (I should mention that I didn't iron the seams as instructed & I cut the fabric by eye-balling it. Next time I'll be more precise). For the pillow insert, I swapped in one of our Ikea couch pillows that has a dingy cover.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Grapes from the backyard (8/23/08).
me, at Joe's wedding (7/5/08)
Friday, August 22, 2008
*A 'kill-ya-self movie' (term coined by Chris) is a movie that can be difficult to watch. I've always sort-of liked emotionally wrenching movies. Chris has been working on changing this, thus the term he coined.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Photos, it seems, should be shared. If a family member, for example, wants a copy of your group shot from the last wedding, or of that shiny beer can you artfully captured, many photo sites will allow your family members to order their own copy for the mantle. Unfortunately, my photos are all over the place on lots of different photo sites.
I have batches on my Flickr page, as well as in a private account that I use as an archives for the day that Vista eats all of my photo files. Flickr allows you to share an actual digital file with others (via the dowload option, when viewing the photo), if you choose. But ordering prints is more complicated for outsiders.
For years, Kodakgallery was my main go-to, because friends & family can easily order prints, while you control who sees what. But, the quality of Kodak prints varies. Yes, even though it's Kodak. Furthermore, the site only allows certain operating systems to use their "download the photo" option.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Throughout '08, I have had an average of 87 regularly returning unique visitors each month (unique IPs that return at least a couple of times a month, according to Statcounter). This is rather surprising because I don't even know 87 people. Whoever you are, thanks for reading!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
...And this little cutie I picked up at an Antique shop, for which I have plans to hack into a Polaroid that uses 120 film. Wish me luck.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I rarely use words like "determiniation" & "bravery" in making a layout because I don't describe people with words like these in my every-day speech. But I find the Project Catwalk contest too cute to stop. So, all of this is to say, don't judge me for being cheesey. And if I fall too far into this land of syrup, someone please drag me back.