Sunday, July 29, 2007

The PNWA Conference

So the PNWA Writers Conference came and went this year. I only attended one day of it, Saturday, because I was one of the speakers. Melody and I had 90 minutes to blather on about why authors need to get blogs and web sites. I wish I could have stayed for the entire day, but I am still recovering from either food poisoning or a nasty virus and my energy is easily depleted.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

It's Time to Dance!

Jennifer and Rosie have come to stay for a while. Rosie has been busy entertaining us with her magical dances! Her choreography includes a mish mash of hula, ballet, jazz, gymnastics and belly dance!
As you can see, we found a lovely silk-painted-with-the-salt-technique veil for her which she has dubbed the "water" veil.
Luckily, the weather has turned soft and silky cool again. I love sunny days in the winter, but prefer cool. cloudy days in the summer.
Incidentally, Rosie didn't like the pink velvet bubble skirt I made for her, so I'm going to donate it to a shelter for battered women (and their kids).

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Ovens of Hell

It was 101 degrees Fahrenheit here today. That translates to 38.3333 degrees C.


Over the weekend I finally finished both the Athena blouse and the Hong Kong vest. I had given JoAnn the spring green Knipmode skirt I made a bazillion years ago, but she pointed out that it matched the Athena blouse perfectly so I should take it back! So I did! Ha! I had delayed finishing the Athena blouse because I don't have a proper way of making buttonholes with my blessed Singer Featherweight- so we got together last Saturday and she showed me how to make buttonholes with an old machine of hers. After viewing the photo I realized I don't like how the front hem came out - it shifts up too much, so I'm going to reposition it a little bit lowerThe fabric is a sort of barkcloth-raw silk-like mix I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics a few years back. It frays like crazy and resists ironing a smidge, but I love the colors.
The Hong Kong vest was a prezzie for JoAnn, what with her wild hair-do and all. It was made with a lovely asian-esque rayon fabric snagged at a Goodwill for $5.00.