Monday, August 24, 2009

Back To School Shopping

I'm going back to school.  I got a job!!  I am sooo excited.  I will be working two days a week in a local elementary school as a computer tech aide.  It is only a temp position, but I'm hoping that it's a "foot in the door" opportunity.  And if I'm putting my foot in the door won't I need new shoes?  And doesn't one always get new shoes when it's time to go back to school?  I know it was always my favorite part of back to school shopping.
I bought these red shoes in black too because they were so comfortable.  I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot of time on my feet.

I'm a sucker for fabric shoes.  These will go nicely with lots of black and gray that's in my closet.
How could I resist faux snakeskin and patent leather?
I also made a trip to the fabric store for this pattern while it was on sale.  Check out Christina's posts on this pattern here, here and here.  I couldn't resist giving it a try.  I bought a black lightweight knit from Joann's.
I also received the new Burda magazine over the weekend and I love, love, love this issue.  I purchased some denim for the jeans style trousers and this fabric for this jacket.
Now I'm off to straighten up my sewing room and get started tracing the patterns.  Stay tuned...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Blogging Vacation

Here's what I've been up to during my vacation from blogging:
1.  I made cushions for a friend (photos later).
2.  I traveled to Boston for a few days to visit my daughter and slipcovered a chair while I was there (photos later).
3.  I'm knitting a maternity sweater.  No, I'm not pregnant!  Here's the story:  my LYS had a model sweater that I tried on and really liked.  It had a "swing" shape to it.  When I asked for the instructions I realized it was a maternity sweater!  Here's a photo from the book and my sweater so far.  Honestly, I didn't look pregnant in it.
4.  I have been looking for a new job.  I must say this is a very humbling experience.  I have a few possibilities so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

5.  I have been designing a project for the needlework guild I'm in.  It is a pattern darning piece that accommodates our guild charm.  It will be a needlebook when finished.

I am teaching this piece in a week and a half so I'd better get back to it!