Over the Weekend

The weekend saw a stomach virus take down the Mr.  I’ve managed to avoid it so far (*knocks on wood*), and was able to get some work done in the garden and yard.  Weekends are pretty much devoted to that right now–I’m determined to be a good Southern gal with a kick-ass garden and beautiful yard.  😉

Things are getting greener and greener everyday around here, and it’s so amazing to see little plants popping up all over the place.

I’m fascinated with the garden, and love this time of year.  Everything is new and bright and vibrant.  And the heat isn’t trying to kill me yet.

The first rose of the season is rather bashful:


An explosion of roses is imminent:


The sage is about to bloom:


The veggie garden, as it looks today.  We’ll be adding more boxes outside the fenced area, and I plan to do some raised beds along the fence, too (assuming I can get the Mr to build them).  It looks brown and sad right now due to the mulch we’re using this year in place of the weed barrier we’ve gone with in previous years (and that I think caused the soil to get too hot).  I can’t wait until you see more green than brown!


Peppers in pots.


Tomatoes and wee seedlings that you can barely see.


Tomatoes–mostly from store-bought plants this year, but I have one from seed at the end of the row (too tiny to see right now):


Hello Mr. Collards!


Wee zucchini:


Sugar snow peas, not quite tall enough to climb the trellis:


And arugula on the other side–I’m hoping the snow peas will shade the arugula so we can enjoy it for a little longer this year–it’s our favorite green:


I hope gardening posts aren’t excruciatingly dull for you all.  It’s kind of what I’m obsessed with most at the moment, so be prepared for more.  I’ll try to keep it to one post a week. 😉

Over the Weekend

Over the weekend I had my annual winter knits shoot with a couple of my favorite friends–who also just-so-happen to be an amazing photographer and hair/make up artist, respectively.  I also got to work with one of my favorite models again.  Looking forward to the final images!  I’m always so impatient for those.  I try really hard to not start asking “are they ready yet?” every few hours.

A behind-the-scenes sneak peek:


My inspiration this year had to be, ultimately, scaled waaaay down since I don’t have an old falling-down house, tons of money, or a snow machine.  I started with this idea from a Vogue Korea shoot:


Yeah….that wasn’t going to happen this year.  So, I scaled back and decided to do something similar to last years, with changes  Last year’s looked like this:


That last knit shoot produced some of my favorite ever images.  Britt of Underexposed Photography did this years shoot, too–so I can’t wait to see how amazing the images are!

Hair inspiration this year:


Make up inspiration this year–but without the crazy-creepy eyes.  I wanted her to look beautiful, but slightly frozen, going further with the frozen idea than we did last year.  (Amanda Bravender did hair and make up on my shoot–and she’s amazing, so it looked fabulous):


I can’t wait to start sharing the final images!


This sweater.  This sweater was never as cute on as it should have been.  Maybe it was the kangaroo pouch, maybe it was the too-high-v-neck.  Maybe it was just me.  It’s been in my closet for about 3 or 4 years.  I would put it on, possibly wear it for a little while, and then realize it looked terrible and rip it off, tossing it back into the closet in disgust.

When I did that this year, it suddenly occurred to me:  I have never liked this sweater.  I will continue to not like this sweater.  The closet is not working any magic on this sweater year after year.  I should get rid of this sweater.

Why it took me so long to come to this rather obvious conclusion, I don’t know.

Instead of donating it so that someone else could have the same experience, I decided to unravel it and re-use the yarn.  I love the colors, and it’s a nice wool-cotton blend that is washable.  Also:  I love tedious projects that I can become obsessed with.

I started with the sweater, of course.  I completely forgot to snap a photo of the complete sweater ahead of time, in my all-consuming desire to kill the sweater and make it into something pretty.  So, just imagine a top-stitched kangaroo pouch on the lower front:


I then broke the sweater down into it’s pieces.  This is the most tedious part of the project–squinting at the seams in the brightest light available, and trying to snip just the yarn that is holding the pieces together, rather than the yarn that is part of the sweater itself.

Here it is after that process:


Then you just sit back, grab a snuggly blanket, pop on your favorite movies or season of a show (my choice: the final season of “The Office”), grab some wine and start unraveling.

This took me a few evenings (and a few glasses of wine).

In the end, I have a bunch of new balls of yarn to play with–which I’ll most likely make into a few scarves.



No sweater is safe in my house right now.  I’m already eye-ing them all and wondering……wouldn’t that sweater be a lot more fun unraveled?

I did this process once before and made 2 scarves from the result.  One has sold, but one remains up in my shop:


You can find that scarf here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/110604988/sale-knit-scarf-long-scarf-ribbed-scarf?ref=shop_home_active

And, because I have to share the joy of a song on a continuous loop in my head–this (of course) has been playing pretty much non-stop in my brain-region since I started the process: 

This Week

I received a surprising influx of hours at my part time gig this week (going from the normal10 hours to 21 hours), so I’ve been running around like a crazy person this week, trying to stay on top of it all.  The fact that my shift starts at 5am hasn’t been helping.  A 4am wake up call isn’t my idea of a good time.

Now that the week is coming to a close, I feel like I’m getting a little more sure-footed.  Next week looks to be just as challenging, so I’m thinking of ways to streamline my week days.

Still, I managed to finish up a few projects and start work on others.

Sneak peek behind the scense from a shoot that features my clothing:



A new shipment of striped fabric (for leggings) arrived.  I ordered some narrower stripes along with the ol’ stand-bys this time around–excited to see how those work for the leggings.


Found some irresistable notecards.


Got word back on that Kahlan costume–the bustier looks SO AMAZING!!  Happy customer and happy designer!


Finished up the burlesque bustier and ruffled shorts.  The bustier has a seperating zipper front for the closure.  I do believe I’ll be offering this option in the shop soon!  It turned out really well.  Hope I get final pictures from my client….


A snake poked it’s head out to say hello at my husband’s office.  I wanted to pick it up, but figured it was best for both the snake and myself if I didn’t.


The sky driving across the 24 mile Causeway bridge this past Saturday.

There was more, but I’m still getting used to remembering to snap pictures.  I’ll get it someday!

TnT Tuesday


I know I featured a bustier in the last couple of weeks, but I have to tell you–


this is my second favorite bustier of all time.

Repurposed from a t-shirt.  Fully lined in heavy cotton twill.  Grommeted back.


I won’t lie–it’s been in the shop for awhile.  A few years, actually.


I always wonder WHY.  I just think it’s so cool.


If it fit me, trust me, I’d keep it.

I really love that image, the color, the texture of a well-worn t-shirt….


You can find it here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/26095757/bustier-top-t-shirt-bustier-purple?ref=shop_home_active

Images featuring a model:

Photographer:  Underexposed Photography  http://www.facebook.com/brittsmithart
Model:  Hillary Nelson  http://www.modelmayhem.com/2560745