Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How to make a makeup pouch from an old placemat

A great way to reuse an old placemat lying around the house! Fabric that is two sided also works. A very simple project! I made one for myself a few months ago on a whim to distract myself from other projects that were bothering me (I'm easily sidetracked). This should take less than 30 minutes!

You will need:

  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • zipper
  • placemat
  • thread
  • pins
Cotton placemat
Cut off fringe. Zig-zag stitch edges or use fray-check so it doesn't fray.
Matching zipper!
Pin zipper to one end. 
Using a zipper foot, sew to both ends of the placemat.
After sewing one side of the zipper, line up and pin to the other end. Sew this to placemat.
Still inside out, position so zipper is in the middle.
Pin closed.
Be sure to backstitch over top of the zipper opening. 
Trim excess zipper length.
Turn right side out and it's done!
Reminds me of a Kleenex box.
My make-up bag from a placemat. I positioned the zipper higher.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Joni Mitchell and kitties

My favorite glasses in my apartment.
And yes, that's wine in my glass. 
It's Thursday already? Ohmigoodness, this week is really flying by. I'm so exhausted from working nonstop for the past few weeks. Working about 60 hours this week is really getting to me. I'm feeling pretty bummed out. Oh how I miss being "unemployed" and only working for myself. Have to pay rent somehow though right? I refuse to be a starving artist. More like starving for time to actually be an artist. I shouldn't complain since I'm fortunate enough to have two taxable, good paying jobs. A seamstress at David's Bridal; downside: I'm sewing other peoples designs. And bartending at a local bar making sweet tips; downside, late nights, no time for social life. But I get to bartend with my boyfriend, so that's a plus. Seriously though, why can't the days be longer? 

Sad news guys, I cancelled my booth at Arts In The Heart. I was so pumped when the lady that runs it saw my booth at Art In The Park and told me to apply. Then, when I put together my application and was accepted. It was going to be my first big show. A three day festival; a sort of career milestone or accomplishment. Tens of thousands of people. But when I looked at the one plastic tote full of things I have to sell and realized that only having Sundays off is not really helping me build up my inventory. I won't set up my 10' x 10' canopy just to sell out of all my stuff the first day and then sit there in an empty booth looking unprepared. When I do things I must do them right.

I'm not even sure I'll be living in Augusta this time next year, but I just tell myself, "There's always next time". And even if I would have hurried and made a bunch of dresses and handbags just for Arts In The Heart, it's be rushed and I don't fell comfortable selling things that are rushed and made specifically for that reason. I pride myself on putting care and love into everything I do, and I definitely don't do it for the money.

I worked all day today at David's Bridal. Wore my awesome grey Anne Klein wool pants, brown leather shoes, a brown leather belt, and my mint green and white striped button up. On my way home I grabbed a quick bite with Walter on his dinner break at Rooster's Beak. Got to see Rachael for a bit. It sucks being on opposite schedules, she's 1st shirt, me generally 2nd. Ah everything aches. I can't wait for bed!

Now I'm babbling. Time for a bath and bed. I have an early day tomorrow. Then working until 3am at the bar, waking up at 8am Saturday, and working all night Saturday night. So pretty much 30 hours of working nonstop. 

Need to get my beauty rest! Goodnight all!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Southern dining

Having lived in Georgia for almost a year now, I'm still finding it quite amusing to find really southern hole in the wall restaurants. I'm originally from Michigan, or as some people here would say, a "Yankee". My sister went to Al's Family Restaurant yesterday in North Augusta, South Carolina (Augusta is on the border of South Carolina and Georgia). We used her GPS to find a restaurant that wasn't a chain and within 10 miles. 
We pull up to this restaurant, and of course, it's a dirt parking lot. We walk in, and no joke, everyone just stared at us. Apparently we don't look like locals and it was very awkward finding a table and pretending we weren't being watched. Maybe it was my striped shirt and pale pink high waisted shorts. 
The Duke
Picture from Rach's cell phone.
The funniest thing ever: pictures of John Wayne everywhere! I had my little Nikon point and shoot in my purse and we were sneaking pictures. Didn't want to make it too obvious we were poking fun at funny southerners. They continued to stare at us throughout the entire meal.
Waiting on the coffee refills that never came.
The booths looked like a lunch room / closed down Arby's restaurant. We got some awesomely greasy southern cooked food. Rachael the mini BBQs, I got the Philly steak sandwich, southern style of course.
mini BBQs
Philly steak sandwich
The food looks horrible in the pictures but it was fantastic! Rachael thought I should share our dining experience in my blog. Aside from the service being terrible, it was a great find!
Being a pig.
Sporting my red glasses for the day and drinking sweet tea.
After our stomachs were filled with the very unhealthy food from Al's, we went grocery shopping, buying mostly cat stuff of course, and I picked up my new contacts! As much as I love my glasses, I can't stand wearing them! I'm trying these new Ultraflex Aspheric lenses that slightly correct my astigmatism without being a toric lens. They're so comfortable and I can finally see! For those of you with perfect vision, be thankful; waking up and not being able to see across the room is terrible.
On the way home we stopped at Wine World, a little wine shop on Georgia Avenue, right past the 13th street bridge. They sell Oberson here (Amazing Michigan beer) !

Rachael found from German beer; we got a few bottles. I bought a bottle of Lambrusco for Rach and I this Sunday. I don't know if my kitchen will hold any more wine bottles. I think we're starting to look like crazy wine-o cat ladies. Ha, oh well.

Time to go to Salvation Army. I'm on the lookout for some more cat figurines, a vintage polaroid camera case for my Nikon DSLR, and maybe more fabric. Have a great weekend everyone!