How I Feel After Losing 50 Pounds

I’ve been fairly quiet about the life changes I’ve made in my diet around the internet. Every once and a while I’ll post to my Instagram stories about it or mention it here on my blog. It feels inauthentic to leave this large part of my life out of the blog and off of my social media on purpose, and it also feels redundant to skitter around it with introductions and explanations every time I talk about it. 

Read Recently: Radical Extremists and My Favorite Book of 2018.

Podcasts are my bread and butter, but since increasing my work hours I've been reaching out to audiobooks to fill my time and satiate my need for long-form narrative. Something you may not know about me is that I grew up LOVING reading- the bookstore was a dangerous place where I would sometimes approach my mother with a stack of 10 books I "couldn't bear to live without." In college, I struggled to balance reading for fun with my workload and my adult brain. I'm still convinced that being medicated for manic depression affects my focus and makes reading very difficult for me as an adult. Anyways, audiobooks have been a huge saving grace for me as an adult, and I'd love to have a more open dialogue about what I'm reading as an adult. Goodreads isn't really my cup of tea, so the easiest way for me to share my thoughts is through here! 

Father's Day: Things I've Learned from My Dad

Dad and daughter relationships are complicated. In some ways, I feel like my Dad knows with the most painful accuracy what kind of person I am, and sometimes I feel like we’re on totally different planets. My dad is talented and knowledgeable about the kind of things I know nothing about: accounting, car fixing, general knowledge of directions. Here’s a list of things I’ve learned from my Dad in the past 25 years that I treasure most.

Wearable Basics: Gingham Seamwork Veronica

I've been working lately on making pieces that are work wearable and shift with a changing body. With the new job I have to look nice and wear actual makeup when I go to work! Things are different when you're not rolling around with the pugs in the flowers all day (floristry is not like this, for the record. It's just a really unexpectedly dirty job.) 

Ikat Tumbling Blocks Quilt

I knew I wanted to get back into quilting but I didn’t have a good excuse to do it until I received this beautiful genuine ikat from Fibers to Fabric. They have lovely hand printed fabric and real ikat for good prices and very quick shipping. The ikat fabric I received was stunning- rich color with a wonderful weave. It was a little gauzy and I was short on yardage to make a top but I really saw the ikat as a print in a homeware piece in our new apartment. So I set off making a quilt.

The Right Way to Attach a Patch

If you're anything like me, you love a good patch. It's the perfect way to spice up the clothes and accessories you wear every day, and you don't have to worry about it falling off like an enamel pin. However, I've learned from my days with non-DIY folk that a lot of them don't know how to attach a patch to your garment the right way. I figured I'd make a comprehensive post on the best way to attach a patch to your jacket, backpack, or who knows, even your knickers.

Sunday Drives: Weekend in Ithaca

Sam and I had the loveliest weekend away in Ithaca this past weekend and I wanted to share some of it with you. We stayed in the loveliest AirBnB right in the heart of downtown Ithaca. I wish we took more pictures in the apartment we stayed in but I had a few camera issues on Saturday. 

Sunday Drives: Eastman Museum Bulb Show

Hi Guys. This weekend Sam and I went to see the show of dutch bulbs at the Eastman Museum on its last day of exhibition. The Eastman house is a sweet Rochester Gem that I always overlook, but full of spring flowers it made me happier than a clam to waltz around all day and wander in and out of the recreated historical rooms. 

Bamboo Coat by Waffle Patterns: I tried.

Hello loyal readers, followers, and friends. I'm here to reveal the end of #coatgate and, well... i tried. It's not perfect. Definitely not perfect. But to date this is my most in depth project and I learned a lot along the way. The end result is wonky but wearable, and nobody who isn't a seamstress knows that it's a mess. 

Beauty as Self Care: My Current Routine.

I mentioned in a post during summer that I was feeling pretty blah about my appearance lately. My hair was unreasonable and unruly, by skin was dull and itchy, and i just wasn't excited to get up and look pretty in the morning. I discovered a couple of holy grail products that helped me deal with these issues instead of living in itchy skin grumpy town. I thought I’d share these with you incase you’re looking to boost your inner and outer radiance. 

Last Minute Galentines Gift: Reusable Makeup Pads

Last Year my good friend Stephanie of Fired Figments made me one of her classic dragon mugs in my favorite color (pink, duh) for Galentines Day and I did nothing. Let me tell you I looked like a DICK. So here's my suggestion to my seamstresses in the house for a quick sew that every gal can appreciate: no-waste reusable makeup pads. They may not be mosaic portraits made from the recipient's favorite soda, but they're do the trick. 

2018 Maker Resolutions

We've all seen everybody's Make 9 on instagram by now. I've even got one or two of mine out of the way already. But there are bigger things than a few specific patterns I want to pursue and learn in 2018. I've compiled a list of new creative things to explore in the new year, and I figured I'd share it with you to keep me accountable and help me along with your tips and tricks. 

Brave the Winter Blues: Geodesic Sweater by Blueprints for Better Sewing

Hi guys! Hope you're all braving the snowpocolypse out there, or if you're in a warm spot I hope you're living it up. This weekend temps were below 0 here in upstate and it was hard to leave the house at all. But every Sunday Sam and I try to go to this specific coffee shop in the city to sit down, talk about what we thought about that week, and plan the upcoming month. It was so cold this weekend I couldn't help but snuggle up in my freshly made Geodesic sweater. 

Evergreen Christmas Dress: Vogue V1558

Hey guys! If you’re waiting for the results of #coatgate, I’m afraid you’ve got a little waiting to do. I finally got my hands on the lining and interfacing, so it should come soon, but I’m really taking my time with this one. Until then, before I had my grubby mitts on the coat lining, I popped out a sweet evergreen christmas dress out of the Rachel Comey for Vogue Patterns V1558.

Welcome to #coatgate: Bamboo Coat Prep

Hello and welcome to COATGATE. 

I’ve become a little coat obsessed over here. Self care is kind of weird; sometimes I feel like busting out as many simple patterns as possible to feel super productive, and sometimes I feel like tacking one big project and carefully planning each step so you have maximum reward. Right now i’m stuck in the later as I work towards making my winter coat. 

Ready-to-Wear Bloggers Who Influence My Sewing Style

It sometimes feels like i've been reading style blogs ever since the birth of the internet. This is not true, I mostly played the Sims in the birth of the internet, but I remember very specifically the heart filling feeling of discovering my first fashion and DIY blogs when I was 14 and 15, and realizing that "fashion" is more than what my mom told me looked nice on me. I even started my own unbelievably terrible style blog when I was 16, which i hope no one ever looks at besides me for laughs. Every time I tried to start a ready-to-wear style blog I personally found it difficult and uninspiring, unlike the small home I feel I've found here with sewing and weird junk I think too hard about. But just because I can't handle a "style blog" doesn't mean I still don't consume them like cheesy chips. Today I thought I'd share some of the ready-to-wear style blogs that inspire my personal sewing, and hope you'll share some of yours too!