Tuesday, July 31, 2007
So a quick post...um...magazine readership has soared with this past issue! More than double the readers we had last issue!..Hurray! Thank you everyone that has contributed to the magazine thus far, we couldn't have done it without your wonderful articles, also thank you to our readers, we so appreciate that you take the time to read our e-zine.
also..class was canceled this evening, as the teacher had a family emergency, I am disappointed of course, but I do hope that it is not to big of an emergency, and that whatever is the problem, her family is OK, as she seems to be a very nice lady.
anyways...I'm tired, exhausted, wiped out, however you like to put it...
~The Bella Modiste~
Monday, July 30, 2007
And plus, if I buy those other shoes now, it'll really cut into my class money..which, I'd rather not do right now......So...I gotta get to work making some stuff, and listing it in my shop...I've been lazy this summer..:(
~The Bella Modiste~
Sunday, July 29, 2007
but...I did help proof the most recent issue of Small Town Living (http://www.stliving.net/) and so, with my tiny bit of help this week of proofing(moms help too) we managed to get the magazine uploaded tonight, on time too(actually, a bit early)...haha...Hurray for dad!
Now if only we could get some advertisers, or enough people(with enough subscribers, we wouldn't need advertisers, it could remain an advertisement free publication) willing to subscribe, we could take this baby to print!
The cover for this newest issue, you cannot tell me that, this is not the nicest cover we've had thus far....
~The Bella Modiste~
Saturday, July 28, 2007
~The Bella Modiste~
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I do have a few more adjustments to the dress, I've been making the straps too long, so, need to shorten them, also, may try to add some little ruffle sleeves of some type...not sure yet....
Today we celebrated little sisters birthday, we got a cake yesterday, and a few little things for her, then about 8 we had a mini party, just mom, dad, and us kids. Mom has all the pictures right now, otherwise I'd post one or two of her....eating cake, getting her gifts, etc....
anyways...I've got a doll to make for my grandmother, this week. Get to the bank, then head downtown later in the week to buy some shoes...
Yesterday I found out that I was doing something wrong(for a whole week)..and now have to re practise, aaaah the frustration....but I'll keep at it, and get it right eventually...haha...but now I have even more to practise, and have until Tuesday to get it right....yikes....I shall need to call upon dad to help me practise I think...haha...right.
I also have several quilts to make...One for someone, one for some else and then one for someone else, the names cannot be mentioned, as these three people have been known to read my blog...:D....and one to finish for myself....yikes....two need to be finished by the end of the year, and the third by January....full size quilts...which means..i better find some easy/fast block patterns to use....two I've got the fabric picked, I just hope I have enough for two largish quilts..I'm hoping each will have 30, 12in squares....making them roughly 5footx 6 foot....the the third...I'm not sure on colors yet....yikes....I'll think of something..maybe the same blue and yellow colors for that third one too.....
I'll have to get pictures of the fabric before I cut into it....haha...I figure if i start now, and sew one square a day, I'll be done sewing one quilt by, about August 34th....but then that gives me less then a month to sew the other squares...so it'll have to be 2 squares or more a day, plus then Ill have to either tie or quilt both....yikes..but..i think I can do it....haha....I'll start...tomorrow...maybe I'll get time tonight....to at least cut out a few squares.....
pulling weeds can give you calluses, I was pulling alot of weeds about, two-three weeks ago, and the one side of my finger got sore, I guess I must have gotten a blister under a couple layers of skin, cause now I have this rough, tough callous(s/p?).gotta work on that...bit of lotion, and babying of my hands....
anyways...not to much new...haha
The Bella Modiste
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
up at 11, dressed by 12, out the door by 1, back by 10 til 2, out the door again at 2, back by 4:30, ate dinner, weeded vinyl for dad, out the door by 6:15-20, got to our destination about 20 minutes early, left there at 8, went to the store, got cake for little sister, then ran and got her a present, then home by 8:45ish....yeesh....
So today, I had another sewing lesson, today though was more of a field trip to go see my sewing teacher's sewing setup, I thought I had alot of fabric and patterns...:P
No wonder she laughed when I showed her all of my fabric scraps...ha ha
I just turned in my last written test to her..so I have my fingers crossed I did OK...then the next lesson we get to do the actual sewing...and then the lesson after that, until we've finished the whole lesson plan that she came up with. However, when these lessons are all finished, I am going to miss them...its been fun thus far, and I expect it to continue being fun....
now for pictures.....
OK...little sisters birthday present from me, she also got a bit of hemmed flannel w/ frogs that she loved, and would always try to cover up with, so she finally got her frog blanket she had wanted for a while....but..no picture of that
aaah....not the best quallity...but....it'll work..it is the cutest cotton print, in the picture it looks shimmery, but all it is, is a blue with different blues blended in bands(there is a name for that....but what..I'm not sure right now)
it turned out super cute, and she adores it....
Also, i should have a few more things up in my shop fairly soon, it just takes time, i have a few more aprons, also a few little purses, and a cute little girls outfit....
anyways...not that much new with me, I'll see about updating more often, so what readers i may have, don't get..*gasp*....bored...of course..its not like I lead a very exciting life eh?:P
Oh, also, just added a list of other blogs, will add more to the list as I think of it, also as I find and visit other blogs, I'll add them to my list....
Monday, July 23, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
helped mom clean
had my toes nibbled on by a duck
cleaned the bathrooms
was given an apron by mom
thought I was going to get to sew tonight
look around and realized my room was a mess(OK..so that's old news..;)..)
fed and watered the ducks
was chased by a duck
was tickled by two ducks...ha ha
pulled exactly one weed
checked out our two tomatoes
looked at our HUGE sweet potato vines
wrote a few emails
read a few blogs
got about 100 pages into the book I am reading(ha ha..small book...its about 260 pages long with 5" x 5" pages, only about 100 pages to go now)
read a few threads on MJF(www.maryjanesfarm.com)
am slightly hyper yet tired(weird combination)
and..I think that's about it for the list...now I think an explanation of a few things is in order...hehe...and of course the promised pictures....ha ha
So today mom and I cleaned house..I dusted some, we took the screen down out of the corner of the living room and stashed it behind the couch, it looks more open now, we put a dining room chair with a throw and a small pillow in its place. Mom used the new vacuum cleaner to clean the air vents, and ceiling fans etc. I dusted the smaller things and straightened up stuff, then cleaned the bathrooms....
Then I went out and feed the ducks, gave them fresh water in their pen and in their pool....all the while being chased by Daffy the male duck, when I stopped he would nibble on my toes...haha..at one point i bent down and did something, and both ducks came up behind me and started nibbling on my shirt...which tickled....hahaha...
While i was outside I walked by the vegetable garden and there was a morning glory coming up in the middle, the other weeds could be left for another day, but if that one weed had been left to grow it would probably choke out the other plants.
Mom went through her linens and decided to get ride of a few aprons, one of which I really liked, so she let me have it, while the other three are up for auction on her blog.
I was going to sew tonight, but after I was done helping mom I came into my room and realized it was a mess and started folding laundry, then i got distracted...and distracted...etc etc....until now here I sit at 12:00 at night....ha ha
This evening I read Jewels blog (http://www.eyesofwonder.typepad.com/) she has gorgeous photos on her blog...
Also today I got to read about 100 pages in the book I am reading..huzzah! And yesterday got to read a whole chapter to little brother of the book I've been reading to him...
And last but FAR from least.....
I'm excited because during the past few days my parents and I have talked...and we've agreed.......wait for it......wait for it....
I'm going to go for my GED after this next school year is over......:D
I'll graduate two years earlier then I was going to!!!
I'm very excited, and happy...and now I've really got to get to work on my business...I'd like to have it fully going by the time I graduate...I plan on going around town and trying to get in a few local shops. so yeah...that's my exciting news.......:D
So this year in school I'll focus on studying for my GED, learn book keeping for my business, learn a few computer programs used for designing things like brochures, business cards, and websites. Also I'll get my learners permit, and probably my drivers licence. Once I have my drivers licence I may start saving for a car, considering moms car is to small for my comfort, and the van is to large......wow to think..this time next year....I could be posting on here about how my business is going, how I'm so happy I've graduated....sheeesh....
So anyways...next step is to purge my room of ""kiddy"" stuff...I think I've done pretty well before, but i do love my cartoon inspired gourds I've made, my cute ostrich and dog marionettes, my mermaid and cat paintings dad got for his business and that ended up in my room...my favorite porcelain dolls, the rest have been boxed up for little sister, I'll pass them on to her when she is older....all except for a few, and the oldest which lies in its cradle under my bed...glued head included(I broke it when I was about 4...)...I love my old plastic (German?) doll my grandmother gave me when i was about 10...i cant remember the exact details of it, where she got it, or who's doll it may have been, I'll have to ask her...the cute doll w/ headscarf and apron....my doll that is made in Greece.....and my green lamp that is in the shape of two frogs....haha...quite a list of things I'm not quite ready to part with....ha ha....
weeeell...I guess its time for the promised photos....ha ha
Denim and flannel apron...you can find these aprons on my Etsy http://www.shesewsbytheseashore.etsy.com/ all except the last one.
One of my favorites..blue and green....I had saved the fabric for a while to make this apron..finally made it..then decided that I could part with it...as I have enough aprons for the moment...:P
I made two others like this one..one I'm keeping for myself, the other was sent as a thank you for a Random Act Of Kindness(RAOK)and this one RWandBlue sold just this Friday, the lady got it today and loves it! I LOVE when people are happy with either something they buy or receive as a gift from me.....:D
anyways..this is what I've been up to...and hopefully I can start blogging regularly....ha ha....
~The Bella Modiste~