Want to Know Wednesday

We Want to Know Wednesday Q&A hosted by:

Impulsive AddictJanetteMamarazzi and Seriously ShawnPhotobucket

This week Seriously Shawn is asking the questions…
{1} What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Are you an eyes or a smile person? Maybe another body part?
{2} If a movie was being made about you who would you like to see cast to play you? And would your movie be a comedy, drama, romantic-comedy, action film or a horror movie?
{3} Does your high school yearbook include a senior comment section? If so share what you said about your future goals. Have you met those goals? If you do not have a yearbook just share what your goals where when you were 18 and if you have met them. If you’re brave enough include your Senior Picture!
{4} What latest trend simply baffles you?
{5} When you walk into a room how do you present yourself? Do you walk in with confidence and command the attention of others or do you slink in and do your best to go unnoticed?
These ones were a bit tricky for me:

{1} Eyes, eyebrows, and butt. I think. It’s been only 6 years since I left the singles market and I can’t remember what I noticed most about men. But these are the things I love most about the Hubs, so they must have been something I noticed first.
{2} A movie about me? Uhhh… I guess I would have to pick Anne Hathawayto play me, since she’s the only actress anyone has mentioned I look like. 
She also has my body type, but we’ll have to hook her up to an IV filled with twinkies to get her weight anywhere near mine. And for the hubs it would have to be Micheal Welch.
Don’t they look similar? This is the hubs at the tender age of 21.
And I guess it would be a romantic comedy, since I’m always doing strange things, being goofy (without trying), tripping over my own two feet and being a total nerd. Another reason why Miss Anne would work well. And I am totally in love with the Hubs and our little Bean.
{3} My goals at 18? To be a famous painter and live in San Fran. Or write a book. I’d be lying if I said I had a clue when I graduated from high school 🙂 I haven’t met either one of those goals, but my life is far more rich than I could have ever imagined back then.
oh, to be young and clueless again – sans those horrible eyebrows 🙂
{4} Leggings. Leggings are not pants people. They aren’t flattering. They aren’t modest. They don’t make a mini skirt acceptable. They don’t magically turn a tunic or a shirt into a dress. And they certainly don’t do anything for anyone over 90 lbs.
Just say no.
{5} When I walk in a room? That’s not something I think about much. I’m not an attention seeker, but I’m not shy either. So I’d have to say I am in the middle – I walk in a room with confidence, but don’t expect all eyes on me nor do I try to blend in. I just do my thing 🙂

Happy Easter/ Easter Dresses Part II

We should be rolling around, with all the food we’ve eaten yesterday and today (I swear, I portion controlled myself, but it sure doesn’t feel like I did), and with all the wonderful Spiritual nourishment we gained from our Easter Sacrament Meeting. Not that we aren’t fed Spiritually every Sabbath, but I walked away from our meeting feeling more “full” than usual.

Easter is a lovely day – a day we celebrate rebirth. A day to remember that our Savior died so that we may be saved. That he not only died, but rose again from the grave. What a lovely thing to celebrate.

As in many families, we get new clothes for Easter. I do this in part to make the holiday special, but to also remind us that we can be made new again through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

This year, I made the Beans dress and bought mine.

Hers turned out so adorable, but the hem line bothered me.

So I added a ruffle to the bottom. Much better, don’t you think?

And mine, from eShatki (made exactly to my measurements!), fit perfectly.

I feel like the pictures don’t do it justice – I look all sorts of saggy and baggy. But what can one do when you take a 3D object and flatten it into a digital format? Maybe it’s just my over critical eye…

I hope you all have had a beautiful Easter!

Easter Dresses 2011 part 1

As I mentioned before, I bought my Easter dress this year. (pictures to come, promise)

That is my excuse for the absolute frivolity I am about to share with you.

I had purchased a sparkly swirl chiffon for a princess dress for Bean, but it ended up being too pink for what I wanted. So, I figured I’d pick up some pink satin and use it for this years Easter dress for her. I wanted a short sleeve dress with a full skirt and Simplicity patterns were $1 at Joanns, so I picked one up that fit the bill.

I decided that the pattern just wasn’t enough.

The dress told me that it should have petticoat tulle underneath for some poof.

And  needed a sash,

with some rosettes.

Whats a pattern, anyhow, but a starting point? Even with my additions, the pattern was well written and easy to follow (I beginning to change my mind about Simplicity….). And I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I may either shorten the satin hem or add a ruffle to the chiffon overlay, since the 1″ difference is bothering me.

Overboard? Maybe.

But she loves it, so I’m happy.

Pattern used: Simplicity 5704 (dress) and 2726 (rosettes & ties)

We Want to Know Wednesday Q & A

In an effort to get myself blogging here more often, I’m joining in with Mamarazzi & co on thier Q & A.


The theme of the Q&A this week is Friendship:

{1} Do you make friends easily?
{2} What 3 qualities are a must in a friend?
{3} What makes you a good friend?
{4} Have you ever met a bloggy friend in real life?
Yes? tell us about your meet up. No? who would you love to meet?
{5} Who is your best friend? Tell us about them.

Here are my answers:

1) No, I don’t make friends easily. Part of it is because I can be unapproachable  – in our family we have what we call “THE glare”. Most of us have this unconscious tendency to glare while thinking, no matter what we are thinking about. And we think a lot. I’ve been told that my glare isn’t so bad, but I am trying to be better at being friendly and approachable. Keeping a smile on my face, saying hi, things like that. There is a woman at my church who I try to emmulate – she is so friendly, I’d be floored if anyone didn’t love her. The other part is that I like friendships to grow and bloom like roses. I like to take it slow, let the relationship grow slowly, to grow deep roots, and then turn into something beautiful.
2) Three qualities that are a must in a friend:
— mental soundness. This may seem weird or even rude, but I attract the loonies like fly paper. Seriously, just ask me about a few of my roommates. Scary stuff. So, yes, you must be mentally sound.
— honesty, even in its most painful form.
— loyalty. There’s nothing worse than spilling your innermost private thoughts to someone and then have them blab about it or laugh about you with other people.
3) I guess I already answered that above, but I think I’m a good friend because I ‘m not afraid to stand up for my friends, and I have a tendency to try to protect them, no matter if they are in the wrong or not. I’m also not afraid to tell it like it is, so my friends don’t have to worry about where they stand with me.  I’d like to think of myself as a sympathetic ear –  I really do care about people’s feelings and love talking.
4) No, I haven’t met a bloggy friend in real life, since 99.9% of my blogging friends are friends I know from life outside the web. That said, I’d like to meet Sheena, because she is the .1% 🙂
5) My best friend? Well, it’s a toss up between the Hubs, my bestie Rachel and my Mom.
– the Hubs and I were friends before we dated. It wasn’t until a few months after that I realized how special our connection was. We could talk about anything. For hours. We laughed at the same jokes. While we didn’t (and still don’t) enjoy all the same things, I love my man for opening my eyes to things that I never payed much attention to in the past. Sports. Video games. Healthcare. He’s the best man in the world – he hardly ever looses his temper, he’s steady as a rock, calm, level headed, carefree (which balances my over controlling side quite nicely), and happy. I love him more than I ever thought I could love another human.
– my bestie Rachel. Our friendship took two years to “mature”. We knew each other from church, but hardly spoke more than a greeting for over a year. Then we both had babies and started having good excuses to hang out (our girls are three months apart). I went over to her house to look at a few baby clothes (at least I think that was why I was over) and stayed for a while. Then we went on a long shopping trip and we’ve been besties ever since. Rachel is so honest, it’s comical. She’s not afraid to say anything to anyone and I love her for it. She’s her own person and never apologizes for being herself. She’ll talk with me for hours about one small incident that made me crazy and I do the same for her. She’s one of those people who has to travel – she’ll just get in the car and go. Doesn’t matter how far or how young her kids are. She’s fearless about driving long distances. And she has a class C driver’s licence. I miss that girl.
– my Mom. I am proud to say that she’s been my closest friend for my whole life. She’s so giving, funny,thoughtful, creative, loving, beautiful, honest and talented that for a while, I was jealous of how good she was at the things I liked. Then I realized that she had had so much extra time to cultivate her talents that it was worthless to compare. She’s always been there for me and I love her dearly.

Scarf Dress

Remember this post? How I was able to make a woman’s elastic waist skirt out of one scarf?

Well, about a year later, I finally got around to using the other scarf I purchased and turned it into a toddler dress.

photo from ebay

Using Simplicity 2709, I cut out view F and used muslin for the lining. It’s a simple pattern, well written, but the dress is a bit time consuming. Nothing too crazy, though, just takes a bit of time to make all the tiers.

When I was finished, the dress needed something else to break up the small print, so I made a few yo-yos to put across the middle. But then the fabric was just a tad too bright an aqua (I used the scraps left over from this shirt).  Feeling a bit thwarted, but thrifty, I decided to dunk the yo-yos in bleach to see what happened to the color.

The end result? Perfection. They didn’t bleach evenly (the fabric had a raw thread to it) and it matched the older feel of the calico perfectly. I love it when my brilliant ideas work out!

Too bad my daughter had a melt down when she saw the flowers – she liked  it better “naked” as she put it. Such a hard life. 🙂

**no we didn’t get a dog – we are dog sitting for some friends**