My son turned 7 the other day–it’s still a bit surreal that he’s not a chubby cheeked toddler anymore–so for his birthday in lieu of a party we took him on a camping trip. A good time was had by all, but I think the kiddo had a better time than the rest of us. He took to hiking like a duck to water, and seemed to be nearly tireless–which when it’s hot outside is quite a feat!
Anyway, in honor of my post last week about stereotypes, I thought I’d help dispel another one. You know how there’s the saying about Kansas being flat as a pancake? It’s not really true. See?
Yes, we visited Kanopolis Lake last weekend. The hiking was beautiful, and there’s also horse trails and mountain biking trails (I’d never be able to bike in the sandy paths, but it would definitely be a fun and beautiful challenge for someone tougher than me). The tent campsite we stayed at was maybe a bit primitive for my taste, but then, I was only a girl scout for a couple of years, so I’m maybe a bit of a whiner on that sort of thing.
Anyway, here’s a couple of pictures that I actually took of the landscape, I thought it looked rather awesome considering this is the first year they’ve had much for rain in several years (portions of the plains have been in a severe drought for around 4 years I think). It feels like an eternity, so it’s easy to lose track of the time.
Sorry for the lack of…well, anything the past month or so. I’m not sure what’s gotten into me, but it’s sapped all my creative energy and desire to do much of anything. Anyway, you’re here now for the peeve, so I’ll get straight to it.
Today’s peeve is a quickie. I’ve been doing a fair amount of reading lately, (still working on the Agent Pendergast series, if you’re interested) and one of the books I read recently rubbed me the wrong way. Not so much because the story/plot was bad (though I’ll admit it wasn’t one of the better ones in this series), but because it was extremely obvious the authors had never set foot in the region the book was set in. Also obvious? They’d never bothered to meet any of the people from said region. It’s sort of like all those generic “Arkansas” jokes from people who’ve never actually met anyone from Arkansas or visited the state (which the Ozark region is exceptionally beautiful, and I’d highly recommend visiting if you’re the outdoorsy type). When I read a book set in a certain area, I expect the authors to actually be knowledgeable about the area and give the reader an accurate picture of what the place is really like. I want the image in my head to be accurate. Why? Because sometimes I decide I want to visit a place based on what I’ve read/heard about it, and I can’t always recall exactly whether the description came from a fiction book or a travel show, and I don’t like nasty surprises. I also don’t like “generalizations” of a place based on a stereotype that isn’t accurate for most (or sometimes any) of the population/region. (i.e. Kansas/Oklahoma is all tornadoes all the time, Arkansas is full of trailer trash redneck types, or Kentucky’s population is 100% hillbillies who married their sisters/brothers–see how stupid that is?) Especially because people remember the negatives, but don’t bother to see if those negatives are correct and don’t remember the positives.
Does this sort of thing bother anyone else? Or am I all on my own on this one?
So much for that being a quickie. Sorry about that. Wishing all you lovelies a fabulous (and creative) weekend!
I got my sewing swap package in the mail on Tuesday I think, but haven’t been feeling quite up to par, so I haven’t posted it yet. I’m still feeling a bit crappy, but I decided to suck it up and get it on here.
You might remember that Kestrel set up a Spring Sewing Swap a few weeks back, and I signed up for it. My swap partner was Judy of Sew Blessed Maw, and it was neat to peek through her blog and try to figure out what she likes/collects/different hobbies/etc. I felt like a detective ninja or something. So anyway, she snooped through my blog too, and here’s what I received!
The red cat print is a medium cotton, so I’m thinking some sort of bag maybe? The trim in the pink package is sort of a crocheted lace with an upside down ^^^^^ pattern. The green package has little beaded snowflakes on it. And I love the little white cotton trim with the purple accents, will have to think of something super special to use it on because I don’t have very much.
Anyway, sewing swaps are kind of fun, I’m glad I tried it. I don’t know if I’d do them all the time (they’re kind of nerve-wracking!), but a once a year or something could be pretty cool. In the meantime, go check out Judy’s blog, she sews up some cute stuff for her grandchildren and her dolls.
Have a great weekend!
For the past few days, I’ve been sitting in front of the computer until even my super comfy chair wasn’t very comfortable. Why? Because I finally decided to open my Etsy shop to get some of these patterns out of my house and into the hands of someone who will love them and use them. Unfortunately, I’ve only got somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of the patterns on the site. The unprinted ones take forever to sort through, so I’m stalling on doing those. And unfortunately, those type are pretty much all I have left…. I also am still trying to figure out how to accurately charge for shipping internationally, so as yet it just has for the US, but I plan to fix that soon. If anyone has any tips on that, I’d be thrilled to hear them, because from looking at different shops the rates vary pretty wildly. Anyway, you can check it out if you’d like, I have a button in my sidebar.
No news on the sewing front, I haven’t made it down there in a few days except to drop stuff off. We haven’t made any progress on our nightstands either…I’m beginning to wonder exactly what we have been doing! LOL! I guess I’ve read 3 books in the last 3 days (what? They were overdue!) so I guess that’s what I’ve been doing. And honestly, I don’t recommend it. The books were far too good for that.
So anyway, I’m boring even myself here, so I’ll quit while I’m ahead. I hope you have a great weekend, and hopefully I’ll have some pretties sewn up to show you next week.
To make yourself sew when the weather is absolutely gorgeous!! We’ve been having beautiful days–sunny, 70-75*F, minimal wind, perfect. It’s so nice to leave the windows open and get fresh air in, play t-ball/frisbee/catch/etc. with my son, and go for nice walks around the neighborhood. So I’ve been doing that. And, I must confess, sitting a fair amount of time in my chair (next to the open window) following Twitter/Pinterest. I honestly don’t know how some people are so prolific on there every single day, do they ever get to go outside? Are they eating? I guess, to each their own, but as for me, I’m going to do better about spending less time on there. I always feel a bit down on myself afterwards like “you wasted 2 hours looking at pictures and pithy comments instead of playing with your rapidly-outgrowing-the-playing-stage son?! What kind of crap SAHM are you, anyway?!”
I do have a quick sewing update. I have finished the bodice for McCall’ 6503, though I think when they said it was “easy” it was a terrible lie*. I think I made it 4 times in my attempt to make it once! And then, when I started to make the skirt, I happily chopped into my fabric before realizing that I cut the wrong size, so now I have to find a different fabric to make the skirt part with. *Note:* This may have actually been a blessing in disguise, because I’m not sure that this would have been a good pairing of fabric to pattern to other fabric(s). I think it might have been too heavy for the delicate fabrics on the top (which are basically some cotton lawn and an interlining of batiste or lawn.)
*Or I just always make things harder than they need to be. You pick.
So anyway, I think that today I’m going to head off to the lumber yard to buy a couple of boards to make up some nightstands. I found some from Ana’s website that I think will be perfect for our bedroom. I might grab a couple of the supplies needed for the closet reorganizer that she has too.
To my fellow Americans, enjoy your holiday weekend, but don’t forget *why* we’re celebrating, and to non-Americans, have a fantastic weekend!!
Thursdays are so therapeutic, you know? For example, today I’ve got a peeve that has been bugging me for several years, but I finally had the perfect example to use to explain what ticks me off and why.
You see, it really irritates me when someone asks for an opinion they don’t really want. We’ve all had this happen right? Someone asks for an opinion, you assume they legitimately want one, so you carefully construct a written/verbal response that may not agree with what they said/did/want, but tactfully–so as not to hurt their feelings.
A prime example of this? The other day my mother calls to ask about buying a computer. I’ve bought a couple of them in my time and have done some research, so I figured she legitimately wanted an opinion on what specs she needed/wanted for what she planned to do with the computer (which is not much besides email and occasional web surfing). I asked her what she planned to use it for, (just to be sure) and gave her some specs to consider. That’s when she mentioned that she’s already set on a computer that’s expensive and over powered, and she’s unwilling to consider anything else. Which is fine, it’s her money, but if all she wanted was reaffirmation that she’s right, why didn’t she just ask for that to start with?
So in closing, don’t ask for an opinion if you don’t really want it. Just save everyone the trouble and be honest and say you want everyone to tell you that you are right/awesome/etc. Now, wasn’t that just so much easier for everyone?
Wanted to look like trailer trash…unfortunately, there’s something* about this shirt that really just makes me feel like I should have 6 kids running around the trailer while I smoke a cigarette and shout obscenities [to the kids] and am barefoot and pregnant.
*And as it so happens, I think my husband has figured it out! He says it’s because the “straps” are too narrow–it looks like a wife-beater–and so it needs some sort of sleeves. Unfortunately, I’m fresh out of enough scraps to make a pair of sleeves.
Even if I could make sleeves though, I still wouldn’t wear it. It’s WAY too tight across the bust, and there’s a bit of poor pattern placement–on me, those red stripes look like they’re “cupping” my bewbs. Not really my best look. Let’s have a look at this catastrophe, shall we?
I will say that I’m not upset about this “fail” at all, it was supposed to be a muslin to test out the pattern for some better (non ugly/remnant) fabric. The fabric wasn’t even close to my taste, so unless it had surprised me by coming out amazingly awesome, it wasn’t going to get worn anyway. So no sympathy needed, it’s going to be fantastic as super soft undergarments. And, I learned that I will like this shirt quite a bit once I figure out how to add in an FBA.
In other news, I have to give some serious kudos to the ladies at JoAnn’s. I’ve done my share of bashing JoAnn’s, and they’ve deserved it, but the gals the other day really came through for me. I needed some fabric to match some that I had bought at least a year ago to finish off that skort I’d talked about the other day. They happened to have a couple yards of it left on clearance, and they shipped it to me! Yay! And they shipped it fast too! I ordered that fabric either Tuesday or Wednesday, and it was on my porch yesterday. And since I washed it and hung it on the line today, it’s ready to rock as soon as I am.
Have a fantastic weekend!