April 25, 2011

Show & Tell

Spring break was a couple of weeks ago for us here in Wisconsin and yoga daddy & I took the girls back to LA for a visit with friends, to check out the old neighborhood, and a couple of days at Disneyland.

One of the highlights of the trip for me was to visit with our friends Curtis and Nancy and John & Latha. We were the only ones who had kids when we left 8 years ago and now they all have kids too. It was great to see them & catch up.

I teased Curtis and Nancy about their "Emmy Nook" a little shelf at the end of a hallway where they had their twin Emmys from their time as producers on The Amazing Race, and I gave Nancy a copy of my book.

Last week I got an e-mail from her with photos of a little renaissance fair costume she'd made for her daughter Charlotte:

"I was so inspired by your book! I used one of Charlotte's old dresses to pattern off of, to make her a costume for the Ren Faire .... Don't look too closely, it's the first time I've pulled out the sewing machine in years and the stitches are pretty sloppy. But I had fun doing something without a pattern, who knows, might try it again. Your book makes me want to sew again!"

Ha! When I saw these photos I thought surely she'd had a costumer make this! It's so perfectly to scale!

I just had to share these, because they turned out so great!

April 21, 2011

Spring Cleaning

I've moved my shop back home from the Big Sky Drive location. It's a long story, but the short version is I've found a teaching home at the Electric Needle in Madison now and didn't really need the space for teaching, so I've moved the custom made sewing portion back into my downstairs where I made all the clothes for the book. Now to get it all back in shape.

I've put it off and put it off, until now I've got to do some cleaning and moving in today so I can move forward with some projects that are due soon. So I got up this morning and lit a candle and some incense down there to put me in a more receptive mood, and I'm going to hook up my JAMBOX and play some of this Adele that I just got on itunes after hearing Hailey nail this song on American Idol last night. (Ok, Casey is my favorite, but dang, she really blew me away with this one)

I'm debating before and after pictures, we'll see how it turns out.

How do you motivate yourself and make an environment that makes you want to create?

Go ahead, inspire me!

April 11, 2011


Did I mention that I went to Denver last year to tape an episode of this cool new sewing show from Ellen March at Sew News Magazine? It's called SEW IT ALL and it will feature Ellen with a different guest each episode making some great project. Check out all the videos on their website. Some of the other guests from this first season include Carmen Webber and Suede, both from Project Runway, Kathy Cano-Murillo AKA the Crafty Chica, EllynAnne Geisel the Apron Lady, and Debbie Mumm, just to name a few. Check with your local PBS station to see if it's scheduled to air in your area, I've seen in listed in New Hampshire and Iowa so far.
My episode is called "Knockout Knock-offs" and in it I go through the process of tracing a skirt from start to finish, so if you are curious about the rub off technique from the book Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit, then check it out.
I'm looking at the photos and it seems I'm rockin' my Velma from Scooby Doo look I had going on last fall. The blond fairies have gotten hold of me again since then and I'm looking little more sunny these days.
Anyway I'm interested to see the episode when it comes out, it's all sort of a blur now, but I know I had a great time with Ellen and everyone from the show that day, and I think it's going to be a really fun series to watch.