She’s not my friend. Friends don’t get their friend’s care bears all sweaty.

Hello err-ybody! I haven’t blogged in AGES (again) but I’ve been busy! I’m working on a post about the large project I’ve been doing lately, but I can’t publish it yet, because it’s a gift for a friend. I’m so happy with it though, and it will be a VERY photo-heavy post- forewarned is forearmed, yes?

Something else I’m super stoked about though, is THIS:

Roisin, aka Dolly Clackett, is one of my FAVORITE bloggers. She’s got style for days and a killer shoe collection, in addition to being a funny, funny lady. Well, this lovely gal is getting married, so one of her friends, Sarah, at Rhinestones and Telephones, got up this great contest/tribute to Roisin- wherein the contestants make a dress in true Dolly Clackett (TM) style, for prizes. Also, for fun. I do not AT ALL expect to be the winner of this- there are too many amazing sewists (ugh that word) taking part. However, it was just the boost I needed to finally get up and make a dress along DC’s style lines. I already had fabric that I impulse-bought when I saw one of Roisin’s dresses, and I scanned my patterns to see what I’d like to use.

I decided on this:

Pattern and Minion

Pattern and Minion

Which I cannot get to rotate no matter what I do. UGH. Sorry for sucking at life, guys. Anyhoodle, it turns out Roisin has used this pattern like 8 gabillion times, so it’s definitely going to fit on that mark.

And THIS is the fabric I chose:

Pin-up Cowgirls! WUT WUT!

Pin-up Cowgirls! WUT WUT!

I’m pretty freaking stoked about this fabric. When I was interviewing for residency, I went out to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where every year, they have Frontier Days, which is a big rodeo and celebration of frontier life. I totally want to go to it someday, and I totally want to wear this completed dress to it. Because I’m cool like that.

I’ve started a muslin for the bodice:
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Try not to be too jealous of my blue bra. This photo was tough to take to demonstrate the fit at the moment. It fits pretty well in the boobal region, but the neck and arms feel too tight. I’m going to sew the sleeve and neck edges down 5/8″ like they’ll be when sewing the lining and bodice together to see if that loosens it. The back, however, is totally like, 2.5″ too narrow, so I’m going to add some width to muslin #2. I may also raise the back up (it’s a really nice scoop back) so that bra-straps won’t show. I may add 1-1.5″ to the length as well- I’ve got a pretty long torso. We’ll see how these changes for before I decide if I need other changes. I may also do a gathered skirt instead of the one that comes with the pattern- I do not have 4 yards of fabric! I’ll also be doing a center-back zipper instead of a side zipper, because no thanks.

Here’s another little something I’ve been working on intermittently:
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The pattern is from etsy shop WeeLittleStitches, which has loads of really great, unusual/non-traditional patterns.
I was going to make this for Nugget, but now that I’ve completed Jasmine, Pocohontas, and part of Mulan, it’s so damn cute that I’ll probably keep it for myself. Besides, she’s got plenty of princess stuff, and should read more books about dinosaurs (when she learns to read).

That’s about all I’ve got for now. Have you ever started a gift for someone, then sneakily kept it for yourself?

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YOU SMELL LIKE OINTMENT AND PEE!

Ugh, two months almost since my last post. Residency is barely conducive to crafting so far, and even less conducive to blogging. AND I missed my first blogiversary sometime in October. Oops. I had grand plans for some kind of giveaway. Clearly, those plans are on hold for now. Ah well. Free stuff is better late than never, right?

This latest project is something I started before we moved, and, per usual, got bored with after the most fun parts were finished. I had, like, two words left to do, and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Oh Tina Belcher, you deserve better.

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If you’ve not seen Bob’s Burgers, this won’t seem as awesome to you as it should. So correct that by immediately watching all of the Bob’s Burgers you can get your grubby mitts on.

This little peach was mailed to my friend from med school who moved back to California for residency. She’s the only one I know who loves this show as much as I do (and in fact, she introduced me to it! Thanks, Mai!)

Finishing this project re-kindled my interest in cross-stitching, so I started another immediately after I framed this one. It’s going to be for the Nugget, but I haven’t made much progress. My shoulders are always tight as shit when I get home from work (I’m doing inpatient pediatrics and the days are looooooong) so I haven’t felt like hunching over cross-stitch when I get home.
Actually, I haven’t felt like doing much- mostly just lying on the floor until I get up and go lie in bed to fall asleep. Such is the life of a resident. Also, I’m starting on nights for the first time ever this week, eeps! Wish me luck and that nobody crumps!

In house news, this is the first photo I’ve gotten of my crafty room since it’s semi-completion. I mostly just need to clean up a bit and organize, but for all intents and purposes, it’s done.

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Yes, that IS a cat-of-the-day calendar, courtesy of my cousin. She gets me the best cat stuff (including a shrieking cat pen and a “field guide to cat butts” pencil case.) The melty-crayon art was made by the Nugget- she and my sister had made one for her room, and I knew I wanted one for my crafty room after we moved into the house!

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She is so cute I could just explode. She started kindergarten this year *single tear*.

Anywho, I’ve got one more project to show in the next little bit so hopefully it won’t be two more months until I post again, ha.

What have you been working on? AND HAVE YOU WATCHED BOB’S BURGERS YET?!

Never go with a hippie to a second location!

I hope everyone has properly recovered from their NYE hangovers and is already ditching their resolutions! My resolution for the year was to sew one garment per month- so hopefully at the end of the year, I will have 12 wearable garments. Or some wearable ones, and some disasters. I joined Karen‘s 2013 Sewlutions to help keep me on track. Notice my sweet button on the sidebar. There’s still time to join, but the chance to win a prize at the end of the year if you complete your resolution has passed. It’s cool though, because it will help keep me accountable.

So here’s a quick glimpse of the tradition that The Hubs and I do each year- we buy each other  a Christmas ornament! Can you guess who got which one?

012It’s a fun tradition because each ornament comes with certain memories of the year. It’s really our only tradition, but I love it.

And here is what I made him for Christmas!

018I don’t do a lot of cross-stitch, but I was given a metric shit-ton of embroidery floss by my MIL, so I’ll have to start using it! This is a lyric from Lonely Island’s “Lazy Sunday”- this song always makes me and the Hubs laugh.

Stay tuned for Sunday- my Pattern Pyramid is going live!

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