Short-y Goals

So, yesterday was OK. A few tears, but I kept it together at work. I feel a bit like a weight has been…well not lifted. Lightened. It’s been lightened. For me, anticipation is often worse than the actual thing. Once I’m over the hump, I’m good. I’ll always be sad and I’ll always miss her, but time marches on.

Speaking of time, I don’t always make the best use of it. I will spare us all and save my excuses. And just start simply by stating what I hope to accomplish in November.

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I’m doing OK since I started this blog post this morning! LOL

So far, I did three loads of laundry and started my story. And hubby and I have set a date (pending babysitter) for tomorrow night. Also, the boys’ room has been revamped and scrubbed clean. Tomorrow, the girls. I’m not sure that that is what they had in mind for working together, lol. But I need more help keeping this place clean and they’re more than capable. Eight additional hands will make the load much lighter.

As for now, I think I’ll go offline, grab my knitting and a DVD and tuck in for the night. It’s funny how I can get to bed so much earlier on a Friday night. I’m sho nuff the life of the party ;D

Snoopy Says, She Didn’t Fall for Cotton

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Please accept this cute, fall-themed, Snoopy comic in place of an actual Fall For Cotton project.

My efforts were doomed from the start. When it was all said and done, I had chosen the WRONG fabric to work with, misplaced the pattern I wanted to use, cut out a last minute project and then immediately became engrossed in a book (or two).

So, no cotton loveliness to show. Instead, I unearthed a long forgotten skirt and wore it instead.
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Be impressed by my workroom decor. We get water to drink and have the means to extinguish fire.

I approve.

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Close-up of the best shoe purchase, ever.
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I love them so much, I couldn’t stop taking pics of them.
In the subway.
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And on the street (I see you Spike Lee. And your vamp flick). I kept misreading this as Brooklyn Vampires rather than Black Vampires. My shoes go, either way ;)
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This was totally a last minute outfit, but I totally love it! So did my husband and a few random people on the street. Sometimes, the comfy fit is well…comfy, lol and garners the most comments.

Can you believe it’s October?

For me, the month will have some busy (planning for two volunteer position ramps up), some good (it’s my birth month) and some bad (my grandma fell ill on my bday and passed a week and a day later). So if I appear a bit morose, no worries. I have a super support system at home and you all, too.
I will be fine (eventually).

The Amazings, Amazing Feat

Have you heard of The Amazings??? 

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If not, let me bring you up to speed. The Amazings has this really brilliant concept. Learning time tested crafts from our elders!! Isn’t that cool!! All of those “Not your grandma’s insert craft type here” memes never sat well with me. They ARE their crafts and that’s fucking awesome!! I was SUPER delighted to receive an email asking whether I’d like to give their classes a try. Uhmmmm….YES!! Yes, of course!!

I’m currently enrolled in three. It was hard to know which to start with!! I have tons, and tons of sewing thread and an entire roll of melt away stabilizer that I’ve, literally, had for years.  I also have some found-on-the-street hardcover books that once altered would be an awesome addition to any librarian’s home.

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But, the truly awesome thing about the chance to enroll in these classes? This opportunity finally pushed me to try something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, make the switch to homemade beauty products (at the moment, I have 5 or 6 library books on the subject). I already try to stick to simple scents and basics like coco butter as I have small children and I am SUPER sensitive to strong smells. I almost never wear perfume and I can’t stand scented deodorant. My husband even had to switch because the smell of his was driving me crazy.

In addition, something I haven’t really talked about here, my paternal grandmother is a breast cancer survivor (don’t worry, this was not recent. She got the all-clear at her last check-up). Her cancer was concentrated in/around the breast tissue near her armpit. Which I’ve since read can be partially attributed to chemicals in commercial deodorants. She had her breast removed and underwent chemo. Scary stuff. If I can lessen my chance, and my preteen deodorant wearer’s chance, of experiencing the same…well it’s a no brainer.

The Amazings eliminated one thing that was stopping me: the need for hand holding while trying out this new-to-me craft. The other, sourcing the supplies. It turns out, I was over-thinking it. I got the pretty jars from a Freecycler and all of the oils from GNC. Because my hubby has their frequent shopper card, I saved a ton of money!

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I started with the salt scrub. The kids decided that lemon was the scent of the day.

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Side note: I even craft in homemade. I’m rocking a refashioned dress ;p

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They had a great time helping me measure, pour and mix! And it smelled sooooo amazing!

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In the end, we had two jars of lemon icy scented awesomeness!!! We all tried it on our hands and walked around sniffing them for the next hour or so, lol. I tried it in the bath and it was wonderful!! I’m totally and completely HOOKED! I went right onto making the witch hazel toner which felt great after my honey face wash. (I’d run out of honey and started using some leftover cleanser I had and it does not work nearly as well as raw honey and warm water.)

It was a good night for handmade at chez Sown Brooklyn!! I have another GNC run (for beeswax) before I can make deodorant, but I see more making on tonight’s agenda!

Share your fave beauty recipes in the comments and if you have none,
consider giving The Amazings’ Elders, with all of their wisdom, a try!!

A Day of Amusement

Yesterday, hubby took the day off and we hit the road (in a rented van, gosh do we need a van!!) to

Coney Island!

For those not in the know, Coney Island has been a Brooklyn institution since the 1920s!!! It’s history is so long and storied, I’ll leave you that link above to discover more, like the good librarian that I am ;o)

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I wore handmade! My cropped Scout with the denim version of the skirt I wore with it the last time. My family were kind enough to snap pics of me all over the park ;o)

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We had a really, really great day!! We had different plans, but sometimes a change of plan is the best recipe for an unexpectedly fabulous time!

The highlight of my day?

ZOLTAR!!!

Out Of Groove

Friends, I’ve been a bit out of it.

I was worrying over something. Turns out, I was worried was for absolutely nothing.

Nothing!

Can you believe it?

Sometimes you gotta have faith. Or listen to your husband ;)
It fits that I got the worry relieving news on his b-day. He hit the big 4-0, yesterday and the kids and I treated him to dinner.

Then we stumbled into some pre-teen turbulence, quite unexpectedly, and it threw me off again. We straightened it out, though.

To shake the last of the funk, I gathered up the kiddies and headed out.

Liberty @Brooklyn General

Beautiful Street Art

Wood Beasty @Brooklyn Pharmacy & Soda

Periodical Temptation @Barnes & Noble

Donut Peaches @The Borough Hall Farmers Market

Yellow Plums @The Borough Hall Farmers Market

Orange Knit : Blue Liberty : Frankie : Hawthorne

Kid Mags : Diary Books : Bones

Parent Torture

Storm Trooper & Skeleton

My pockets are a little but lighter, but my mood is MUCH brighter! If I manage to get some sewing done I should feel fully restored!

I hope you’ve been having a great weekend, too!

The Brazilian Connection

I have something finished to show you!! Something that is not a Scout Tee, woven or otherwise ;)
The Brazillian Connection

This dress is super special because the lovely Rachel sent me this gorgeous fabric from Brazil!! We got to spend some quality time together on her last trip to New York and have kept in touch since then. I so wish I could nip off to the UK for some more Rachel time!
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This fabric (which has something of a Basquiat flavor going on, imho) was practically screaming MAXI DRESS, so I had to have Jamie Cristina’s Mission Maxi, of course. Both fabric and pattern have been waiting for their day in the sun and they better be satisfied because it was worn on perhaps the hottest day of my entire life! Jeez was it hot out, yesterday!

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Rachel got to see a teeny bit of Brooklyn while here, but next time, we HAVE to visit DUMBO!! All of the photos in this post were snapped there. I took the kiddies for their first stroll around and ride on the carousel.

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Jane's CarouselWe threw rocks in the water, played in the park and one of us (me) felt VERY grateful for the not-so-gross public bathroom.

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This photo gives you a glimpse of the ONLY thing I didn’t like about this pattern, the width of the straps. I wish I’d thought to widen them, the armhole/neckband application was NOT a fun time. I’m not completely happy with that area, but after wearing (and feeling awesome in) this dress all day, it’s a non-issue.

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I also walk really fast and take long strides. I could have used a little more room to groove around the bottom, even though this is a combo of sizes already. Four at the upper/bust area, around 8 at the lower waistline (about where lowrise jeans would sit) and 10 for the rest. This was mostly in an effort to fit the pattern pieces onto the width I had and still have room for my hips, but other than the tummy area being a bit snug, I think it works!

Now I really want to make View C!

New York-ing Around

SO. School is out!

My children have never attended any sort of formal summer day camp, as I have been home with them for the most part. This year, I had no idea that I’d still be working this summer. Well, it wasn’t a solid idea. Now that I will be busy with work a few days out of the week, I feel doubly responsible for making the rest of the days fun packed. Today, I lugged home approximately 100 lbs of books from 3 summer reading lists and even managed to choose something that the big girl liked.

And yesterday was the kind of day I hope to enjoy for the rest of the summer.

First, the kids and I headed to The Museum of the City of New York.

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We were there to check out the Stephen Burrows exhibit (for my next DOC/event review for Handmaker’s Factory). In short, it was beautiful. For the long, stay tuned.

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After that, we hurried home because it looked like rain. We skipped our Central Park dining a la carte plans somewhat reluctantly. But, it was fortuitous as I had totally forgotten that I registered for the Brooklyn Eats event.

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We grubbed on tons of delicious samples and I collected business contact info for this year’s holiday market vendor recruiting.

I was dead sluggish at work, today. But it was worth it!