Odds and Ends


Hello everyone! I've got a little housekeeping to get out of the way today.

First of all I want to say thank you to all of you who voted in the Mae contest.  I won 3rd place and got a swanky pattern voucher from Indie Stitches.  Decided to finally get the Sewaholic Robson coat I've been eyeing since it came out.  Now all I need is about a thousand yards of not brown animal print raincoat fabric. ;) Everyone keep your eyes peeled!

Secondly I'm always the worst at timely posting about blog awards.  Sorry, I do appreciate them.
Thank you to Wendy of Coser Cosas for a Super Sweet Blogging Award.  You can click over here for my original answers to those award questions.

Also Thank you to Emily of Tumbleweeds in the Wind annnnnd the Stashbusting Sew-a-long for a Liebster award.  Since I already nominated peeps for this award, I though it would be fun to just answer Emily's questions. So without any further ado........ here are my semi-serious answers.

1. Who are the three most influential people in your life?
My grandma Ruth.  She always said I was her clone which was pretty much the truth. Rooms full of craft supplies? Check.  Rather be sitting at home making something than talking to people? Check. Think you're always right? Check. LOL  Though I like to say my Grandma thought she was right 95% of the time and I'm only like that 75% of the time.  My husband might disagree with that percentage.

My parents as unit cause between them I learned to bake and sew and watch PBS programming with real enjoyment.  I impressed our Realtor with my knowledge of home construction purely on my childhood viewing of "This Old House." Oh Bob Vila, I miss you.  And let's not even get into "Victory Garden" cause that show used to be good.

Lastly Froggie who reminds me to relax, take it easy and always eat desert.  

2. What is the most influential book you have read?
Here's where I admit that in the past my reading was mostly trash. Not really trashy trash where bodices get ripped, but light fiction that doesn't stick with you. I don't read much anymore, but least you think me an inbreed hick, I do enjoy listening to the classics on the Craft Lit podcast.  Dracula and Jane Eyre were some of my recent favorites.

3. What's your favorite thing to do to relax?
Knit while watching period dramas or period murder mysteries on the TV.  Preferably with a cup of tea and some cake/cookies.  Maybe I'll get frisky and yell at the kids to stay off my lawn if they keep distracting me from Christoper Foyle.  Old Lady cred achieved.

4. What's your favorite thing to make?
Blazers, which is ironic cause I'm either too hot or too cold to wear them most of the year. Though I wonder if my son would listen to me better if I look "professional." "Pick up those blocks, CEO mommy demands it! You don't want an unfavorable quarterly review!

5. What's your favorite pattern you've sewn?
Oh Lord, are you trying to start a pattern revolt in my house?  They can hear me you know.  If I'm gonna by sheer volume of finished garments plus level of difficulty I'd say Grainline Studio's Archer. Now I fully expect to wake up to pattern envelopes holding shears in a threatening manner.

6.When it comes to sewing: Quick and easy or special details?
Hmmmm, I like sewing interesting details on the machine, like darts or garments with decorative seams. However if those specials details require hand sewing then I'd rather pluck my eyes out. Curse you hand sewing, you make me crazy....crazyer!

7. Classic or Trendy?
Classic, mostly cause I can't get too trendy without looking like a complete idiot.

8. What is one thing you would not want to live without?
My iPod!  Else I couldn't drown out my toddler shouting "Worm Ant!" for the 100th time that day.  Ahh yes you're as cold as ice, you're willing to sacrifice ....GET OFF THE TOP OF THE SOFA! ( This is exactly how I look when I jam....maybe)

9. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
I would travel to New Zealand to hang out with the hobbits in their awesome hobbit holes.  Hook me up with some second breakfast and I'll hook you up with some cake.  Cause hobbits are real, right?

10. If you could meet anyone from the past or present who would it be and why?
Hugh Jackman so we can engage in a scientific experiment of who's genes would be more dominate when making a new human life.  Is that creepy?  Sorry Hugh, you'd better stay on your side of the pond. But if you do come visit bring me some of those crazy toys.

11. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Hmmm, Well I always thought it would be cool to be a super genius at technical stuff and be able to design machines in your brain.  Kind of like X-men's Forge.  I'm pretty sure half of you don't know what the hell I'm talking about, so I'll give you some early 80's Forge.  Remember we all wore shorty shorts, but it takes special panache to wear them with a popped collar and a pimp cane.


  1. Hahaha!! Once again you do not disappoint! Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.
    Don't worry about the timing. I was awarded in March and didn't get mine done until September so you were faster than me.

  2. Oh my word - you crack me up! each answer made me laugh more than the last...
    I'm currently working on a Robson coat - they don't use quite as much fabric as the pattern envelope would have you believe (unless, like me, you end up recutting pieces). I think Mel, the Curious Kiwi, squeezed hers out of 3m with no pattern to match and some clever use of contrast...

  3. Haha, great answers!

  4. Great answers - I had so much fun reading this! The Robson coat is on my list, but I think I need better skills. Maybe we're twins separated at birth since that's exactly how I look when I jam, lol! And no - I'd never heard of Forge and don't even know how I feel about that :).

  5. Nice post! Definitely got me smiling this morning. :) Congrats on 3rd place and congrats on your awards! ~Laurie

  6. Ah, Heather! You're just too awesome. When we live next door to each other in our fantasy world, I'll come over for knitting in front of period dramas.

  7. Thanks Em, you make me feel much better about taking a month or so to answer your questions. :) Glad my silly answers made you smile.

  8. Sweet Rach, thanks for letting me know about the yardage. I probably should stop being picky and just make a basic black raincoat cause I really need one. But I'd really rather have red or an animal print.

  9. Why thank you Wendy. :)

  10. I aim to please Andrea. :)

  11. Haa haaa, thank you! Glad I could perk up your morning....maybe not as much as the coffee.

  12. Twins!!!! We can be a synchronized back dancer team. LOL! As far as Forge goes, he designed that metal leg so me must wear shorty shorts to show it off. ;)

  13. Thank you Laurie, glad I made you smile. :)

  14. Wooo Hoooo! We can watch Jane Erye, the one with dreamy Toby Stephens, or North and South with dreamy Richard Armitage, or even the ultimate Pride and Prejudiced with dreamy Colin Firth! Are you sensing a theme here?

  15. And so you should - a black one would photograph so poorly, anyway!


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