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The Ready to Wear Fashion Industry Likes Playing Headgames with People.

I’m not sure which is more aggravating- the fact that the clothes I buy are all, officially, coming from the XXL hangers or the fact that I always seem to end up buying them from a ninety-pound high schooler who tries to pretend like she’s sympathizing with me even though we both know she hasn’t hit her college belly fat growth spurt yet.

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House Shoes for the Giveaway

I made some little houseshoes a while back from the Angry Chicken email order number 9. Amy Karol does awesome work and easy tutorials, and I always love checking out her ideas and patterns. This one was so good, I thought I would make a set for you, whoever you are you lucky person, as part of our giveaway to promote our new book. (I’m really resisting the urge here to make a self-conscious remark about how I’m not really a seamstress and so please don’t judge me too hard since the foldover elastic pulled out in a couple places and… and… I’m making self-conscious remarks now. Never mind.) These are just really comfortable and pretty durable and washable and all that good stuff, and I thought they would make a nice addition to our giveaway basket to thank you for checking out our little book.

Click here to visit our Rafflecopter Giveaway.

They are approximately a size 7-8ish, although they break in pretty easily. The pair I made for myself are super cozy, or you could use them as a gift for someone, since it’s gettin’ to be that time of year again.

Please click here to go to our Rafflecopter thingamajig or click the widget (that will hopefully be displayed in the sidebar, if I can just get my act together before too much longer).

I have them on my hands for the picture here

Some disclaimer stuff:
We can’t make this available to folks outside the contiguous USA, sniff sniff. Also, this raffle is just a free gift to promote our book. No purchase is necessary to enter. We’re gonna do our very bestest to make everything go as smooth as can be, but this will be shipped via the USPS, and once it gets in the mail, it’s out of our hands. We can’t be responsible for items being lost or damaged in the transit.

This is the pair I made for myself- I thought I’d include a snapshot so you could sorta see what they look like on a person’s feet.

Ten Reasons to be Happy Right Now

1. This Density Column

Initially read about it on the Berry’s morning coffee post, but you can see how to make one of your own by clicking here. It is cool and it made me happy.

2. This Squeaking Baby Alligator

Squeaking baby alligator. Need I say anymore?

3. This Paper Travel Coffee Cup

My friend found them in the Target dollar aisle, which could be a happy point all by itself.

4. These Shoe and Handbag Cupcakes

I saw them on this post at a blog called Gillyflower Jewelry. This lady makes adorable stuff.

5. This Dalai Lama/Happy Llama picture

I don’t care how many times I see this. It always makes me laugh a little.

6. This Snoopy Wallpaper

From here.

7. This Guy Doing a Magic Trick Dressed Up in a Dragon Suit

8. These Ducklings in This Coffee Cup

9. This Song by Regina Spektor

or pretty much any song by Regina Spektor, cuz she so awesome.

10. This Snorg Tees Shirt

yAY fOr snORgTeEs, because after all, it’s all about funny t-shirts in the end.

Kate Spade is Cozy and Chic for Autumn

And now for some random fashion gushing!

Check out the autumn offerings by Kate Spade New York.
I spotted the “Lively” pump at Nordstrom in a display with some of the other new accessories, and fell in love real hard. I mean, look at this thing! The brown ribbon with the signature bow, the thicker heel and the softly burnt orange (not red as the website calls it) … I wanna get a cup of hot apple cider and, and… wear hats and… get my scarves out and sit outside smelling leaves and sipping my apple cider with these shoes.

I loved it so much I thought I’d blog it all. Yummy yummy, if I had a million dollars… well, maybe I still wouldn’t be able to justify laying down four hundred dollars for a pair of shoes, but if I had a million dollars AND these shoes were more reasonably priced, why then, brother I would buy them all!

The polka dots are good eye candy, especially complimenting the brown and orange color pallette. Everybody likes circles, right? Sleek, a bit modern, and very feminine.

After the Olymia le Tan book clutches appeared, everyone started making book clutches of their own, and this dictionary clutch is my favorite one from the KS line- I thought it went very nicely with the theme of cozy warm autumn things.

And these last few pieces are the funny/cute “Pardon my French” accessories (really- they’re called Pardon my French hee hee):

You can find most of these things on the KS website here, which is where I got the pictures. (FYI, I just posted this because I loved the shoes and stuff- I don’t get paid to post these things.)

The Necessities of Life

This isn’t much of a post, but I got some new shoes today (the iridescent teal/purple ones) and I thought I’d take a quick snapshot of them and maybe tag them onto a post or something, and then I got carried away and it turned into a photosession.

I hope you like them!

My Handmade Houseshoes

I made some house shoes from Angry Chicken:

and there they are. I’m so happy.

In my ongoing efforts at learning to sew clothes, I try to keep an eye open for projects that will assist me in figuring out what the heck I’m doing. I found this a while back and thought it would be a good way to practice a few different techniques, but as it turns out, the little shoesies are also quite comfortable. Yay, that! It’s a really simple project which you can get here, and it requires less than a foot of cotton and some kind of duck cloth (I used linen) for the soles as well as a yard of fold over elastic. Start to finish, this took me about two and a half hours, maybe three. Since I tend to take twice as long on sewing projects as everyone else seems to, I would say a person could do this in an hour and a half.

From a construction standpoint, they’re relatively sturdy. I don’t have a serger, so these were all done on my little Janome sewing machine and all the materials are completely machine washable. It would be hard to mess up putting them together- for me the toughest part of the whole thing was putting the FOE (which I bought at a local fabric shop) on it. If you look at the green elastic in the photo below you can see how much trouble I had getting the stitches to stay in a straight line. The FOE kept slipping off of the cotton, so I had to cut the seam and go back a few inches every so often, but aside from being a little sloppy at a close up, it hasn’t really affected how they look, and it certainly has impacted the wear.

They’re like those little foot covers for clean rooms.

Actually, they also kind of look like sleeping bags for potatoes. Or maybe a couple caterpillars having an animated gossip session. Hee hee.

My little house shoes are being really snarky about a pair of flip flops on the kitchen floor. Ladies, please.

So I think I’ll make a dress maybe.

As a minor update, last night I added a new feature to my blog. On the sidebar, there will be a featured cool artist. I’ve thought about doing that- keeping a however infrequently rotating link/info/maybe a picture/whatever to some brilliant artist who has caught my eye, and now I’ve finally started doing it. I haven’t worked out the bugs, but whatever. I added a new category for “Cool Artists,” to go with it. While posting about Vhils two days ago, I decided I just needed to start doing that- there are so many of them, it seemed appropriate to have their own category. Now they’re organized into a category and will get rotated on the sidebar. Currently it’s Giuseppi.

Another thing that probably should have it’s own category is “Projects I pick up and will most likely never finish in this lifetime or at least not without a few months of being picked up and put back down for weeks at a time.” There would be a lot LOT LOT of entries. A depressing lot. Never mind.

I’m mentioning it though because I’m getting the sewing bug again, and I believe I will make the dress pictured above. I got it in a sale bin at JoAnne Fabrics for three bucks. It was one of the more pricey ones- they were all in the price range of $1.99-$2.99. Yaaaay. I got four of them! And then I took them home and put them in a pile and there they remain to this day, but I believe I’m gonna give that dress a shot.

Viktor & Rolf

Got the image from Red Carpet Fashion Awards.

I need to pay more attention to Viktor & Rolf. The Spring 2012 collection is really quite beautiful. I read a post today (yesterday, by the time this publishes) on RCFA about Jessica Chastain (pictured above) with one of the dresses wearing her. It’s kinda sad, because it doesn’t exactly fit her and doesn’t exactly suit her and the colors are like bleach on her skin.

That’s not very nice for me to say, but I love the dress and I do hope this line gets some better showings. The color scheme for the whole line is vibrant and the structure of the different looks is so unique. I just posted my favorites on Giraffodilly, and you can check out the whole line on

She and Him Christmas Waltz

I got the She & Him Christmas Album about two weeks ago. It’s rich and creamy and sounds like an old dusty vinyl record. I tend to cringe a little when I hear a musician is putting out a Christmas album, as it seems to me that this is a sign of someone who has run out of ideas, but these two seem perfect for Christmas music, whether they have or not. (And I hope they haven’t.)

This has been Zooey Deschanel’s year. Suddenly everyone is listening to her music and watching her on tv and commenting on what she wears, and can you blame everyone? She’s a darling. Aside from her music itself, which is like hot cocoa for the ears or something anyway, she’s one of those people who can wear unique and slightly quirky clothes without coming off as attention grabbing. She’s cute, she stands out, but she isn’t a clown about it.

Her red, black and white Moschino dress was adorable at the World Series.

Lego Box for my Makeup Brushes

I’ve had these makeup brushes that keep falling out of the little vinyl bag thing where I keep them, plus they’re getting smushed in my ridiculously oversized handbag, and I thought a hard-shell box for them might be a good solution. Thanks to a wonderful (free) software application known as Lego Digital Designer, I was able to put together a good sized box idea, with the exact number of pieces and their product numbers. It used to be (and still will be until Jan. 16, 2012) that you could finish a project in this sorta lego cad program and then order the set, but that is going away now. Sad, sad thing. Well, you can still build virtual lego buildings, and you can still make your own designs, and this is mine. By the way, it’s been rendered over a desert background.

This box is going to be about 5″x7″x2″ and I will use this plastic adhesive by Testors to keep it from coming apart. Rather than take advantage of the few remaining days of the Designed by Me shipping program, I am gonna just search for all these pieces in goodwill toy aisles and lego stores, because this thing would cost me a fortune. Also, in a fit of economizing religious ferver, I made a hasty promise to quit buying legos for the rest of the year. That would still give me about two weeks to buy the set, but I could probably find most of these by rummaging through extras I’ve got and looking through used toys stores. I just took some medicine that is supposed to make me sleepy, and sure enough, I’m starting to droop over my keyboard. I hope this post makes sense.

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