Friday, July 29, 2011

future sewing

A few weeks ago I signed up for Pinterest. For several days the whole concept of the site confused me, and I considered just deleting my account. I'm glad I didn't. Pinterest is chock full of ideas for just about anything, including sewing. I have been inspired by so many projects others have shared, and I'm looking forward to getting started on them.

As soon as I laid eyes on this dress, I knew it would be perfect for Hannah Grace. After purchasing the pattern, I found an adorable fabric that will look great in the form of this dress int he fabric bin at Hobby Lobby! This dress is so cute, and the pattern comes in several sizes if anyone is interested in purchasing it. You can buy a few sizes at once or an individual size (like I did), which is less expensive. The pattern is available here.

Isn't this beautiful? I love it. The bedding pictured is an Anthropologie-inspired duvet that was made for around $30. The retail price of The Real Thing cost upwards of $200. I already have a twin size down comforter (I'm wanting to make more of a throw instead of a full blown bedspread), so all I need are some jersey knit sheets. Wal-Mart has them in a really pretty shade of gray, so those will be on my next shopping list. The tutorial for this bedding can be found here

Hannah Grace loves to "read" (and by that I mean she likes to flip turn the pages by herself and jabber about a picture). She also loves to be read to. In fact, she loves books so much that I have been brainstorming on how to turn her room into a mini children's library. These hanging book displays are perfect. Not only do they give Hannah Grace easy access to her books, they also give me the chance to eliminate the bookcase in her room, thus allowing more room. The tutorial for this hanging book display can be found here

Okay, how cute is this? I realize that at fourteen months Hannah Grace has no concept of hopscotch, but I think this would be a perfect present some time in the future. The hopscotch mat pictured was made from hot glue, but I think I would use embroidery thread and hand sew it to make the mat a little stronger. This is such a cute idea, and if you'd like to check out the tutorial, you can here

I also have a couple of heavy weight fabrics that I'm going to make pants and (maybe) a robe out of for Hannah Grace. Needless to say, I don't think 'boredom' will be in my vocabulary for the next couple of months!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hello there.

This August marks my ninth year as a blogger.

Nine years of my life has been documented across (now) eight blogs.

Remember Xanga? That's where it all began, and I documented my entire high school sophomore year. Right after school ended, I opened a new account with a user name that better suited my personality. From there, the summer of 2003 all the way through the end of my high school career in May 2005 were documented.

Soon after I graduated high school, Phusebox was born, so I hopped on board with the rest of my friends and begin typing my life away for the next eighteen(ish) months. My last consistent post was February 4, 2007 (the day after I met John), and my last post at all was June 4, 2007.

 I took a two month hiatus from blogging before deciding to open an account with Blogger. I wrote just a few entries before stopping completely in October. At that point, John and I were engaged, and I had run in to something of a writer's block.

 One month before our wedding, in February 2008, I decided to open another account with Blogger to document my life as a married woman. During that first year of marriage, I opened a secondary blog to write about the (stupidly random) fiasco's John and had together.

June 2009 found us living in Florida and I thought it would be appropriate to close both first year blogs and create a new account with Blogger to document our life in Florida.

For two years I stayed with Blogger before moving everything to Wordpress. I thought it would be a great move, but I wound up missing Blogger a lot.

By that point, my blog was sporadically updated with posts that, more often than not, lacked any meaning for me. After the recent death of my dad, I've decided I wanted to end Labors of Love and create a new blog that's just me: Anna Woerner.

I'm not changing my writing topics as much as I'm just changing the effort I put in to them.

Writing, no matter what it's about, is an art. And I want to do this art well.