Goals: Setting, Sticking to, Achieving

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I’ve been reflecting on goals, as, I guess, one is apt to do at this time of year. I’m fairly certain of my career goals, though not the exact path to achieve them. I posed this question on Twitter and Facebook. I’d love feedback from you, too:

How do you all set, and work towards, goals?

I’m smack in the middle of struggling through some writing work for a goal that I previously set (get published in an academic journal/compilation). Getting these words out is such a MASSIVE struggle! Even though I have lots to say on both subjects.

Why do you think that is?

I wish to God I knew.

I’ll be back with a much more cheerful topic (gift giving), soon.

Book It: OCD, the Dude & Me

OCD-the-Dude-and-MeI think I’ve made it pretty clear, here. I like books.

NO!

I LOVE BOOKS!!

I’ve always loved books and escaping into them. I love to judge them by their covers and stand in the aisle at a bookstore or library and read the first few lines to see if I’m captured. If I’m taken away by that first thought, feeling or action.

So, it’s a bit unusual that my career as a librarian has, thus far, involved very little contact with books. I could bore you to death with chat about how the role of libraries, and therefore librarians, has changed. But I mostly want to talk about the book in the post title.

OCD, the Dude & Me is told in one of my favorite formats: diary style. I loved it while reading Bridget Jones and Georgia Nicholson and Adrian Mole and this work makes it extra special by including essays, letters and emails. Veerry Cool!

The story centers around Danielle, who, it will come as no shock (I mean, it’s in the title), suffers from OCD.  Learning about disorders and the way the mind works absolutely fascinates me, but that is not really what this book is about. It’s about the life of a troubled girl, her daily struggles to get shit right and her slow transformation back into the person she once was. It’s equal parts sad and heartbreaking and funny and real.

It’s a beautifully unique coming of age tale with a Dude based story line. How could I NOT love that?!?!

I won’t ruin the plot (HATE THAT) but I will tell you that Danielle learns to “abide” and thrive and feel hope where there was once none. If you like YA books, grab this one (from your local library. GO GET A CARD!) and read it on the train so you can snort and get dirty looks from your fellow strap hangers :D

Also, watch this awesome celebration of ladies who like to read!!

Thanks for sharing this vid with me, Mari!!

Newest Britex Guest Blogger? ME!

Britex Guest Blogger

You read that right?? I’ll be joining one of my fave ladies, Jen from Grainline, and other super talented sewcialists over on the Britex blog!! I am so stupid excited about it!!

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I also spent time with beautiful and talented sewcialists (and some of their family members) at the Male Pattern Boldness Day Extravagaaaaanza.

AND, thanks to the easy to decision to sew with Victory patterns, I had my picture in Flare, a Canadian fashion magazine!!

From Kristiann @ Victory PatternsThis week has been awesome for sewing news!!

What’s (sew) awesome with you?

Black & White & Denim

EDITED TO ADD: CLEARLY, I need a calendar. Iz not May, today.

MMMD1 :: Black & White & Denim

I wore this to my little kiddies music recital where, for a reason yet to be discovered, my oldest son didn’t get to play ;( Needless to say, I will get to the bottom of things and work out a replacement for his missed opportunity. The girl twin played parts of the Hot Cross Buns piano performance and the boy twin sang along with the rest of grade K. The overall event was really nice. The kids played and sang so well. I hate that it was ruined by whatever mix up resulted in some being left out.

I don’t want to feel too down. I had a great day yesterday (more awesome internship stuff) and I have to show them that little setbacks aren’t the end of the world. Right?

Anyway, this is what I wore:

MMMD1 :: Black & White & Denim
Top :: Burda Style’s Lydia
Skirt :: The Janice Skirt (modified Simplicity 9823)
Socks & Tights :: F21 & H&M
Boots :: Anne Klein

This fun pic was taken inside the school where the recital was held. I wish I had taken more as this one was a bit blurry.
MMMD1 :: Black & White & Denim

This sucky ass weather is threatening to throw off my MMM game. I need to work on making pants, if only to stay in the game! Lol.

More Librarian Wardrobe

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I think it’s an awesome idea! If you search for librarian on sites like pinterest or in Google images, you get back a lot of crappy “sexy” librarian pics ;(

Librarian Wardrobe combats that stereotype and more. I’ve submitted photos before and planned to submit a proposal for their CFP. I was so burnt out from school, I couldn’t make myself get it done. I wish I had.

Anyway, here’s some more librarian wardrobe for you!

Let’s pretend that my collar is NOT effed up in the first three pics ;o)

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

Coat :: Steve Madden
Dress :: (Thrifted) Banana Republic
Cardigan :: H&M
Tights :: H&M
Shoes :: Old Navy

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

I, finally, removed the waist ties on this dress. They’re worn toward the front here and the back here. They were too thick, too short and awkward as hell, which is probably why this dress was donated in the first place. It’s much better now.

Spring break ends tomorrow. We had a lot of relaxation and a lot of fun. I’ll recap some of the cool things we did, soon!

 

Breaking

At work yesterday, I had the break room all to myself. It was a busy day, library visitor wise, but surprisingly empty in the employee areas. No problem. That meant I could take some stealthy pics of me enjoying lunch in front of the window and directly next to the heater. It was COLD out yesterday!

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I had to twist up my hair. I’d combed it out a few days ago. It was so massive I couldn’t get a hat on, lol. That wouldn’t do for the cold snap ARCTIC temps out. I knit the sweater I’m wearing ages ago and I made the dress a while back, too. This is the first outing  in a long time for the sweater and the first ever for the dress. It was comfy and warm, but after speed walking all the way to work from home (which is NOT close, long story about this that I’ll skip) I was so charged with static cling, it clung to my legs all day. I should have worn the (lined) midi skirt I sewed up (rather than cut out my coat or work on my sewing dare. I’m a chicken) instead.

I was so tired from walking so far to work (in the snow), running around helping patrons all day and battling the wind on the way home that I was in bed by 9pm. I woke up at about 4am and watched some of Amelie on cable and then crashed again.

I spent the few spare minutes I had at the desk researching sewing books. This one was available as an ebook. I downloaded it to my Nook when I got home.

It’s an interesting read, though some of the construction details are not applicable to my project.  About my project, Lsaspacey brought up a great point in the comments of my last post.

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Many of these older designs call for big shoulder pads. I HATE shoulder pads. So I immediately became concerned that I’d have huge droopy shoulders. So I did what I always do when trying to gauge size: I layered the pattern pieces, of Simplicity 4110, over something that fits.
Coat Front

Coat Back

The fit at back, hip area is pretty good. The front looks like there’s more than enough space for the double breasted overlap. But this coat is a more fitted design. Do you think more ease might be a good idea?

Check out my So(wn) Brooklyn playlist on Kollabora while you ponder ;p

Dolman Love, Story Love

I made this top on New Years eve. I think….this is why it’s important to blog promptly, or you’ll have forgotten all of your on the fly “mods”, misplaced the pattern notes you jotted down on the back of an envelope (my favorite doodling place) and forget when you actually made something. Which, as a sewing blogger, is clearly unacceptable. :P

Dolman Love

Handmade Top :: Cation Designs (free) Pattern
Jeans :: Forever21
Boots :: Anne Klein
Bangles :: My grandma’s
Necklace :: From my Sissy

Dolman Love

Dolman Love

This pattern is perfect. The top is DEAD comfy AND it has stripes. My favorite.

Dolman Love

I love how the size and color vary across the fabric. I’m pretty sure it’s some kind of rayon blend. Definitely little, to no cotton content, very stretchy and cozy.

In other words, perfect.

Dolman Love

And this dolman ease is perfect, too. Not too baggy in the armpit area and my narrow upper body is not swallowed up by extra fabric.  I’m too lazy to get the pattern out, but I’m fairly certain that I stuck close to my Lydia mods. The back is cut smaller than the front and the side seams  taper out to go over my hips instead of going straight down so that it sits on top of my hips. I have a ton of this fabric, it was a good 60 inches wide and I think I ordered three yards of it with a Drape Drape dress in mind. I’m so glad I went with something more wearable, instead.

This was a work outfit, of sorts. I volunteer at StoryCorps once a month and today was my January date. I missed out on a volunteer gathering (fucking migraines) in Decemeber so I hadn’t been by the office for a bit. Apparently the volunteers were given a gift.

A copy of this book:

It is SO beautiful! Though I enjoy listening to people speaking their stories out loud, I will always, always connect to the written word more. Essentially making this book perfect for a sap like me, lol.

Now, I think I mentioned how I BAWLED at my volunteer training. Well, it was this love story that did me in:

It was terribly embarrassing to cry in a room full of strangers. But, I did warn them that there was a chance it could happen after the first emotional story we listened to. But I was not prepared for my reaction to Annie and Danny’s amazing love for one another. They inspired this pin board and a really amazing heart-to-heart with my husband.

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I feel so fortunate to have a chance to work with the StoryCorps staff and assist in preserving the amazing oral histories they record!

Some about laughs, some about love, some about loss,
and most of them a combination of all three.

Pinterest Inspo :: Unexpected Brown

Today’s work look is quite unexpected and can be wholly credited to pinning things on Pinterest. I never thought I’d pair a black dress with black (opaque) tights. I NEVER thought I’d wear brown shoes again! And I CERTAINLY never thought I wear brown shoes with so much black!!

Furthermore, I never thought I’d like it so much!

What I Wore :: 1.15.13 Dress :: Old Navy Tights :: Duane Reade
Belt :: Gap
Shoes :: Amazon.com

What I Wore :: 1.15.13

I bought this dress on sale at Old Navy. I’ve had approximately forever and this is the first time I’ve worn it.
It always felt a bit short. With these super opaque tights, I felt really comfy in it.

What I Wore :: 1.15.13

I think I bought this belt, along with 4 or 5 others, over 15 years ago. This brown matches almost nothing in my wardrobe because I’m not a huge fan of the color.

These boots might be changing that.

What I Wore :: 1.15.13

This look is not a literal translation of any one thing that I’ve pinned. But I can say, with certainty, that I would not have looked twice at footwear this color if not for the stylish ladies on my Me Style This Look board!

Pinterest Inspo :: Unexpected Brown

Do Not Adjust Your Screens

This cardigan IS this bright.

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Do Not Adjust Your Screens

  Jones of New York Cardigan :: Thrifted from Domsey’s
Due Per Due Silk Umbrella Lady Print Blouse :: Domsey’s
The Janice Skirt :: Handmade
Tights :: Forever21 (??)
Boots :: NEW Anne Klein
That little comb you sometimes see in my hair was my maternal great grandmother’s

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Can I just say, real (actual GOOD) boots are heavy!! I think I’ve been wearing cheap shoes for too long, lol. It was soooooo hard to spend the money on one, nice (actually GOOD) pair, rather than three kinda shitty ones.

Work was great today. Again. I really, really like my fellow interns! We had so many diverse things to talk about.

We had local (and some not-so-local) librarians/library professionals visit the space we’ll be working in. I ran into two women who interviewed me previously. One from the internship I was hired for last fall, but ultimately couldn’t take and the woman from this one I told you guys about. What are the odds?!?! The latter is actually friends with my supervisor. It’s a small, librarianship, world! Imagine how awkward it would have been if I’d had BAD interviews with them, lol.

I’m headed to bed. I’ve been nursing a background throbbing type of headache (really migraine) for a couple of days now. Nothing I’ve taken has worked.

I hope to wake up pain free tomorrow.

Firsts and Dares

First day on the job, thumbs WAY up!!

Super groovy space, super groovy co-workers and supervisors, SUPER long day!

I wore ALL handmade/thrifted today! Imagine a photo of me wearing my Meringue skirt (but snugger than when you saw it last #winterpadding) with this pretty thrifted caaaaaashmere sweater, and this one while outdoors (I like layers), this handmade scarf and a black coat with asymmetrical zip that I have yet to photograph ;o)

Today is also, apparently, the day for DARES!

Well, this kind, anyway!

Sewing Dares

I accepted a challenge yesterday and have just finished taking over the sewing corner of flickr (see, exhausted) TWITTER with some kick ass ladies

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I have been dared to sew something that one of my kiddies has drawn. I have, tentatively, decided to sew one of Missy’s superheroine dresses!

Stay tuned for pants trouser leg thingies shenanigans AND those of the super powered variety! Clearly, I shouldn’t become engaged in sewing peer pressure, or tweeter convos, whilst tired.