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September 12, 2010 / KristenMakes

More SSS!

I’m still playing catch-up with my posts after my 2 and 1/2 black hole that was life without internet.  Thanks everyone for the sweet comments and the “welcome backs!”  First off, lets get back to Self-Stitched September (or SSS).  We are almost halfway and things are still going strong!

Day 10: Another day of Fresher’s Week at uni; we toured around the sewing studio and I got to try my hand at the industrial sewing machines.

Dress: Self Stitched! Coffee Date Dress by the Selfish Seamstress
Top: Gap
Earrings: made by my Sister in Law, Amanda, of Ampersand Jewelry

Day 11: Today was a double-whammy, again… TWO handmade items worn! Plus I did something I’ve never done – wore heels all day. That included walking a 1.5 miles to work, working all day, and walking 1.5 miles back! I was in pain by the end of the day but the heels were great! The heel is a moderate and slightly chunky one, which is a must when your walk to work requires a few cobblestone streets.

Dress: Self Stitched! Vogue Pattern pictured in this post of mine from a few years back…
Cardigan: Self Stitched! Pattern is Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum
Earrings: even though you can’t see them, they are also a creation by the lovely Amanda. So were many of the earrings I wore last week but forgot to point out. Keep them coming Amanda, and I’ll keep sharing the bloggy love!

Lastly, if you’ve made it through my ramblings this far, the lovely Anne of Frayed at the Edge sent me a blog award!  Thanks Anne!

The award requires that I share 10 things you may not know about me, and then to share it with 10 other blogs I read.  Now, I’m a pretty wee blog so I don’t know if I pass this on to the big gun blogs that they’ll do anything with it from little old me, but I thought I should at least take a look at my blogroll and share with you the faves of mine!  On to the “About Me’s” …

1. For the past three years I have had yogurt with granola for breakfast almost religiously.

2. I spend a scary amount of time knitting.  SCARY.

3. My fingers are so strong from constant knitting I can lock anyone’s fingers into a kung-fu grip like a snake suffocating his prey.

4. In May I brought my stuffed animal elephant  friend back from FL to live with us here in Scotland because I missed him.  Wish I could do that with my cats!

5. I could spend all day on the streets people-watching.

6. I may act like I have an appreciative palate for better wines and coffee but really, if you set it in front of me, I will drink it and whether it is crap or the good stuff, I will probably be none the wiser.

7. Not only do I have a great family on my own side, but I married into and have been embraced lovingly by another wonderful family on my husband’s side.  I am so blessed in family and in friends.

8. I am trying to decide on my next sewing project: Macaron or Feminine Wardrobe dress.

9. My husband & I got together back in high school after I went to see his band perform.  We have been an “item” for more than 10 years and married for about 4.5 of those.  He’s pretty swell.

10. I am a Christian and I believe that Jesus died for me.  I try hard to follow God’s will but fall quite short quite often, yet he has blessed me so much more than I deserve.

Now on to the 10 blogs I love to read!

Noas’ Libellule – a crafty knitty sewy blog; this gal does it all!

Drop Stitches not Bombs – a local knitter whom I met through K1! Amazing work!

Suck it up Princess – Another North American transplant, this one living in Germany!

Sewaholic – Tasia is another SSS participant and is soon to be sharing her own patterns!  I cannot wait to make her Pendrell Blouse…

All Dressed up and Nowhere to go – a sewing blog, with a great sense of style

The Lindstrom Effect – this blog is for the collective partnership of my friends Vala and Ian

Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing – Gertie delves into the nitty gritty of sewing and is hosting a sewalong for the Lady Grey coat!

The Sew Convert – This talented gal has turned me on to sewing from the Japanese Dress books, something I am just about to attempts!

Scotland for the Senses – so many great things to do here, so little time!

Very Purple Person – Novita effortlessly makes beautiful things and has a keen sense of style!



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  1. frayedattheedge / Sep 12 2010 2:04 pm

    You’re very welcome! I struggled to write my list of ten things – most of them were suggested by Malcolm – I guess after all these years together he knows me better than I know myself! It’s a long, long time since I did any dressmaking, but your lovely creations have me thinking about those lovely tissues patterns, cutting notches, tailors’ tacks ……..

  2. Sue Orme / Sep 12 2010 2:40 pm

    Another great blog. I really enjoyed the 10 things about you, and I love being part of your second family.

    Loved our Skype visit this afternoon.
    Love, Mom Part II (Brad’s name for me:) )

  3. amanda / Sep 12 2010 2:59 pm

    so glad you’re back on the inter-web again! i’ve been missing your blog. thanks for the earring plug!! i also loved your ten things (and maybe teared up a bit at the family part-we really miss you guys!) number ten was great too.

  4. Dad O / Sep 12 2010 9:18 pm

    Kristen we are so proud to have you as our daughter in law

    Love Dad O

  5. Tasia / Sep 14 2010 8:11 pm

    Cute outfits, I love the Coffee Date Dress on you! Thanks for the shout-out, too 🙂

  6. Jane / Oct 10 2010 10:24 am

    Love the coffee date dress. Think I might have to have a coffee date with my sewing machine very soon- you make all this stitching seem so do-able, I’m sure I’ll soon prove that this isn’t universally true though….!

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