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When the weather (or your site) is frightful
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It’s too cold outside. It’s incredibly too cold outside. Last night we got a snow storm complete with thunder and lightening, which was new and exciting for my Texan-bred eyes, but still didn’t make me want to venture outside. So, I have been keeping warm in my steam-heated Brooklyn apartment and avoiding the snow if at all possible. I thought I would be able to work on website issues, however I received a wonderful surprise yesterday when I tried to log into my site. Instead of my normal homepage, I saw this lovely face staring back at me:

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Awesome. It also came with a courteous message from the kids that were responsible signed with an email address. After staying up all night fixing my website into its new form (which is still MAJORLY under construction, so bare with me), I would be lying if I didn’t admit that during live chat with my Webhost help center, I yelled countless profanities at my laptop screen and even resorted to flipping off the computer as if it and the help center could see me and understand my intense frustration.

So, my website is on the mend and I’m contemplating sending hate mail to some hackers from Iran. If only I completely understood how they got into it in the first place and wouldn’t hurt me anymore if I sent them a virtual steaming pile of dog poo. Does anyone know any Iranian cuss words?

The cemetery across from my apartment yesterday before the storm.

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Happy Holidays
It’s the holiday season again, and I’m back in Texas for an extended vacation to soak in some 80-degree-heat. It doesn’t feel like anything close to winter here, so I had to dig into the depths of YouTube to find something to liven up the mood this afternoon. Introducing U900–a... Continue Reading
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Sewing Republic Project – Lace Capelet
One of my projects is live on the Bernina Sewing Republic site! It’s a super easy capelet that you can complete in an hour. I initially started this project as an option for a holiday party option, but it would also work well for a summer wedding accessory. It’s made... Continue Reading
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American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity
Every time my mother comes to visit New York, she always asks what fashion exhibits are at the Metropolitan and FIT museums, and then requests to go as soon as possible. When a new exhibit comes through that she misses, I shed a little tear for Mom because I always... Continue Reading
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Scales and all
I also wanted to do a quick post on how we did the makeup for the parade. We had so many people asking about it, that I wanted to be sure and show off our technique. First, I used concealer and powder all over my face and then put on... Continue Reading
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Mermaids 2010
The parade is over, but the remnants remain.... Permalink
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No-sew placemat project on CraftStylish
This was actually one of the very first projects I did at Taunton when I started working there a couple years ago. It’s now on the CraftStylish blog and you can download the motif I designed for the project. All of the how to is available as well. It was... Continue Reading
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Burberry Inspired Sewn Necklace Project
In the fall ’08 issue of SewStylish, I wrote an article on how to make a necklace using organza, ribbon, and sew-on jewels. While looking at the inspirational catalog from Neiman Marcus recently, I came across this necklace by Ranjana Khan (above right). The necklace retails for $1,200, and is very similar to... Continue Reading
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Pintucked flannel vest tutorial on SewStylish
Come on, admit it: You’ve got an old flannel shirt in your closet collecting dust right now. Well, shake it off and get sewing—turn that shirt into a cute vest. On the SewStylish blog, I’ll show you how to do it. I cut the collar and the sleeves off of... Continue Reading
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Circle vest project on Threads Magazine
It’s June! Oh my goodness. I can’t believe it. Every year I feel as though the summer sneaks up on me. About a month ago I decided to start sharing projects here that I have posted on different websites and today it’s the circle vest tutorial I did for Threads... Continue Reading
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