Monday, November 29, 2010

Post-Thanksgiving Wrap-Up and PANTS!!!

I seem to say this quite often these days, but it is true: this week did not go according to plan.  I should have taken the advice I gave to the turkeys, and run for my life.

My hopes for spending most of the week in the Craft Lounge evaporated in a haze of last minute house guests, a Thanksgiving Day allergy meltdown and a nasty bout of stomach flu. Yuck. Basically, I was just really feeling better in time to go back to work today.

Today's outfit

That said, I was very happy this morning to slip into my new grey trousers, my one sewing accomplishment for the week.

As a quick recap, the pattern is Simplicity 2700, same as the black pants I finished/reviewed in September. This version is in a light grey tropical wool suiting from Metro Textiles and is lined in a grey bemberger rayon. The fabric was beautiful to work with and, aside from my little flubs it all came together beautifully and easily.

I think the one area that I really need improvement is my hand sewing. I hand sewed the hems with a loose catch stitch. The stitches are invisible, which is as it should be, but the hem is not. See how you can see the outline of the turned up part of the hems in the photo?  Any suggestions for how I can avoid hem show-through? Aside from the hem, I am totally happy with these trousers.

I am even more happy to say that, aside from an overnight trip to Chicago, I don't have any work travel in December. Pphew! So, I'm feeling recharged and ready to finally tackle my Lady Grey muslin. Also,next up in the pants department are the dark grey pinstriped version of Simplicity 2700 without hip pockets. The fabric is already cut and ready to sew. Plus, this week I will update you on progress (um, or lack of) on my cami muslin.

And now, back to your regular schedule of posts...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Run for Your Lives Little Turkeys!!!

Unofficial Turkey Trot Time: About 4 minutes faster than last year!

Not too shabby considering my travel schedule and the tail end of a cold.  I feel like I ran the best race I could have run today and I think that shaving about a minute off my per mile time is an accomplishment.

Now, on to the rest of the Turkey Day festivities!

Happy Thanksgiving: A Plethora of Pies

Wishing you and yours the best Thanksgiving - I hope your turkey is moist, your mashed potatoes are fluffy, and your pie is a la mode!

Pies Galore!

Traditional apple

Apple Cranberry Ginger

And Pumpkin

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Just passing through...

Just a quick note to say "hi" while I pass through town. I'm back from Europe. My souvenirs are jet lag and a cold.

Tomorrow I head to Washington, DC, just overnight. Usually I would be moaning about the fact that my train is at 7:28am, but, thanks to the jet lag, I'm waking up at 5am anyway. So, no biggie. 

Anyway, the one thing that I am excited about is that I have taken all of next week off. I plan to spend lots of it in either the kitchen or the craft lounge. So, that should get me back on track with all of my projects. And not a second too soon! I had to get something from the craft lounge last night and it was looking neat and still and a bit eerie... Not good.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

If it's Sunday, this must be London....

There comes a point every spring and fall when, despite my belief that this time will be different, work related travel overruns my life. Well, that time has once again arrived.

I just arrived in London this morning after only 48 hours at home following a trip to Montreal last week. I'll be here in London all week for work, followed by a weekend in Paris for fun (ooh la la!). Then, after 3 more days at home, I will head to Washington, DC (again, work). Thankfully, I get a break for Thanksgiving, but then will be off to Chicago (work) in early December.  

Don't get me wrong; I love to travel. And I go to some great places. It's just that, in the past, I had time during my trips to sneak off for an hour or two to see a museum or take in one of the sights, or blog about my travels in the evenings. But lately, my business trips are becoming increasingly packed full. In Montreal, I was basically on the go for 15 hours a day, which is why you heard nothing from me.And since this is pretty much my one free evening in London, now that I have taken a nap and am feeling somewhat human, I am going to head out to have a pint, a bite to eat and a stroll around this town.

Anyway, the list of things I want to post about is growing daily, but am just not sure when I will get to them. SO, I hope you will hang in there with me and check back. I've got sewing, cooking and other things to talk about.

Wishing you happy trails, too or happy adventures at home!