Dried up, greyed out, and slightly sweet

I always seem to fall harder for the container, than I fall for what’s inside of it. Trying all the creams, balms and lotions this time of year. Rosebud Salve has a beautiful tin, definitely a vaseline feel, that smells powdery (Lex had a baby cabbage patch kid that smelled like this). 6/10 – not that I rate anything consistently, but it gets more points for the old timey metal tin & the fact that the salve is pink, and less points for not smelling like rosebuds ..not sure it was supposed to, but the name had me thinking it would.

It’s always pockets vs. drawer pulls around here. We changed out all the pointy cupboard handles years ago and somehow I still managed to get caught on the corner of something.

To close the rip, add stability and give the mending some strength, I fused a little rectangle of lightweight interfacing on the backside and using 100% cotton thread started stitching (in my sewing I try and use a thread that is similar in fiber content as the fabric, my universal choice is almost always a cotton or cotton/poly blend, but I’ve had this thicker cotton quilting thread hanging around and today was its day). I free handed the + + + but in the future I might chalk out a grid, put it in a hoop and go at it properly, not doing these things made it a bit awkward to work on. This is one of my most worn pieces of clothing, so it’s also the one that gets the most trashed ..I love this little patched pocket ♡

Kinda festive woven fabric star made using this tutorial.

Note: I cut my strips 2″ x 8″, which resulted in a finished star size just over 2″. I wasn’t sure I could just change the measurements to whatever I wanted and have it still work, so I made it out of paper first (it worked!), the smaller size in fabric made for extra plumpy folds though. I also added a bar pin to the back, so I can wear it.

Gumdrop Nugats are a weird caramel cream/cow tail texture, with fruity vanilla tootsie rollness and I’m in love with them. We made ours with chopped up gummy fruit slices because the only gumdrops we could find were spiced. 10/10

Small 2021 round up, I don’t know if more or less will get done in 2022, and really I’m good with whatever it ends up being, lets go easy on ourselves. ♡

All Well

Hey Lex what do you think of my cute round bag? Lex – You could carry a little tire in there!

This is the All Well Full Moon Bag, a free pattern from All Well Workshop. I made the the Big Moon size (9″ diameter x 3″ deep), out of some (deep stash) long forgotten weird printed denim.

I actually made kid Lex some pants in the late 90’s/early 00’s with this and the print is still giving me those Lizzy McGuire feels.

Over the years I’ve learned that I don’t really enjoy sewing circles, so I don’t often make things that require them, I’m not sure what it is, but they literally make me anxious while sewing.

Two deep breaths and I whizzed right through. It was actually really easy, pleasant almost, I was already in a pre-sew funk and trying to sew myself out of it, so why not distract myself further with zippers and curves. It works sometimes you know :)

I Divided the front and interior pockets to suit me and my favorite things. Then white knuckle finished all the seams in bubblegum pink bias tape.

Still debating if it needs handles (the pattern comes with handle instructions) and questioning the usability of a round bag. Doesn’t everything just settle at the middle bottom, how can you carry a book, or anything with pointy edges without it looking like your round bag swallowed something square?

It’s soooo fricken cute though and if anything I guess it’s perfect for carrying around little tires and such.

I made a quick little video of the process, I don’t even know how my wordpress site will handle/play it, but it let me upload it …so maybe?!? Anyways, if it’s a mess on here, and you’d like to watch cute videos of boring stuff, you can always find more of mine on my Instagram reels page.

like candy

Building up little scrappy blocks row by row, making some Plaidish Quilt yardage in gingham, doughnuts and flowers ..listed in no particular order, because if it were in order of favorites, doughnuts would absolutely be first. To be specific, old fashion glazed, followed by powdered cake.

I’m using some of my best leftover cuts, the milky candy colors make me so happy. When laying it out, I found my darks were a little too dark, so I used the wrong side of the fabric ..I actually do that a lot, wrong side as right side, it makes for a melt my heart vintage worn look. I’m always amazed how something that looks so easy and effortlessly random, actually takes a fair amount of fussing.

I would love to have these soft hues pieced together into an oversized quilt, but that seems like too much work today, the summer studio gets warm and even more so with my obsessive ironing, today at 91°F I can manage a cute bag.

Cute bag + cute tag. ♡

The inside is yellow canvas and has all the pockets of my dreams, the outside is a mellow patchwork that’s sweet as can be.

Baby sitting again.

Virtual pets became really popular when Lex was little, they were these colorful palm sized egg toys on a keychain, with the (not so) simple premise of caring for a digital character. They were funny and entertaining at first, but being a kid they didn’t hold her attention. Now 20+ years later they re-released these cute things with bigger eggs, holographic sparkles, full color graphics and even more interactive game play. Lex got us each one as a nostalgic treat and it was more fun than I remember ..until she asked if I could babysit hers while she went to work ..wait, what? Flashback to little Lex crying over a sick and dying (or dead) tama ..yeah these things die if you neglect them! Thankfully it didn’t take us long to learn the new game now had a babysitting feature.

This is my Tamagotchi On, Magic edition and that’s my Mametchi tama kissing his super happy grape fish in the rain and I might be feeling 12 years old right now. ♡

If you’re curious: You can get this purple pet buy leaving an art canvas in your backyard until a walking fish (Monatototchi) appears and you make it your pet (yep, your in game character gets to have a pet too), then after a while another pet will appear in your backyard to play (I had a Doyakentchi stop), then if you want the two can marry and have a baby that’s a combination of both pets (Monatototchi body + Doyakentchi smile). It works the same way for your in game character too, except you need to buy a ring and propose to another tama, you can keep marrying, and having babies to expand the generations of your family tree, or you can play as the same tama the entire time, grow old and die naturally. P.S we’ve never had one die naturally, virtual life usually ends with a pop of the batteries because we’re sick of all the alert chirps and chores.

It’s a weird game of travel, shopping, playing games within the game for money/love/friendship points, marriage, pooping, playing frisbee, vacuuming, and eating (foods will change their colors). Typing all that out has me really thinking about the actual game play ..OK, it’s a super f’ing weird game, that’s strangely charmingly and somewhat questionable, wrapped in adorable packaging.

We’re still masking inside public spaces, because there are still vulnerable people who need to have access to those same spaces and it feels like the right thing to do. So incredibly tired of the nonsense and bad behaviors that are dragging this nightmare out for all of us.

Getting through it looking like a cute piece of candy in standby bitch mode.

Also getting through it with rootbeer, water wheel tape dispensers (you turn the wheel and it pre-cuts the tape!) and bulk mildliner markers.