Jul
31

my moo cards!

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Jul
31

patterns

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Yesterday I bought these scraps of silk for a project I have in mind. The third from bottom isn’t really silk. It’s an amazing cotton voile.


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Jul
30

Things I’m loving lately.

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  • The Office (Uk version) Though it would be more accurate to say I’m obsessed with it.
  • My sewing machine.
  • Almond milk yogurt.

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Jul
30

Things I’m hating lately.

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  • Damiano’s bad cough.
  • cold-damp-hot-rainy-cold again shitty weather.
  • negative pregnancy tests

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Jul
27

People will rather PAY than admit they’re WRONG.

Posted by sol in prattle

This is my success story: how to transform blinding rage into passive aggressiveness, and not feeling like shit.

Yesterday morning Michele was out with our car, and as I peeked out the window to see if he was back I noticed a car on my parking space. And it wasn’t our car. On a Saturday, in a tourist infested Sterzing. I’m quite sure smoke was coming out of my nose and ears. Why you may ask. Well, for starters, we paid 10 grand for that parking space. Second, the person who parked his stupid car there did it to avoid the parking lot fee of 2. And that isn’t fair is it?

Let’s do some math: Sol pays 10000 for a parking space. Random tourist parks there for free. Sol = -10000 Random Tourist = +2

It’s clearly not a win win situation.

So after thinking of butchering his tires and reconsidering, I decided to leave him a little letter, because a letter stays forever, it’s like a diamond.

My letter read like this:

“DEAR TOURIST,

THE CITY OF STERZING PUTS AT YOUR DISPOSAL THREE PARKING LOTS. I UNDERSTAND YOU WANTED TO SAVE SOME MONEY IN THESE HARD TIMES, BUT YOU HAPPENED TO PARK ON MY PRIVATE PARKING SPACE. NEXT TIME YOU WANT TO SAVE MONEY I ADVISE YOU TO STAY AT HOME.”

I know what you’re thinking. Yes I’m very fucking clever.

Anyway, in the afternoon this guy rings at our doorbell. Michele answers and tells whispers to me: “this is the guy of the letter”.

He asks if the car parked in front of our house is ours. Michele says that one of the three cars is ours. The others are our neighbors’. The reason Michele went down to talk to him is because I cannot hold my crazy horses. The guy is pissed but fakes an apologetic tone. Michele denies having written the letter, and the guy says something like:

“I only parked there for 15 minutes, because bla bla bla, and I’m willing to pay a ticket, but not to take this sort of shit.”

So here’s another letter:

DEAR TOURIST, IF YOU PARK YOUR STUPID CAR ON MY PROPERTY THEN BE READY TO READ AND KEEP MY CLEVER LETTERS. IF YOU PREFER TO PAY THE TICKET, PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF STERZING WILL KEEP YOUR MONEY AND I WILL SEE NONE OF IT: Sol = -10000 You = +2 -30. STILL NOT GOOD. YOURS TRULY.


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Jul
26

Cutesy

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Jul
24

Damiano’s roman blinds.

Posted by sol in craftulence, I wanted to be an architect, my sons are smarter than me

(I wanted to wait till I had done the other shade to blog this, but Leslie needed some ideas so I’m just breaking my rules and posting this)

So what’s been cooking around here lately?

Yes, I finally made blinding shades for Damiano’s room! It was a very fun project and a cinch to make.

Instead of using the ring tape and cord system to pull them up, I sewed three loops of fabric on each side, and I fixed two metal cleats on each side of the wall. I used heavy cotton canvas from IKEA for the front, very lightweight cotton for the back lining, and blinding fabric in the middle. Now Damiano can sleep a bit longer in the morning!!


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Jul
24

Master bedroom bay window shades.

Posted by sol in craftulence, I wanted to be an architect

Some context: This bay window is in our very cozy (small) bedroom, and it looks right on to quite a trafficked street (not to talk about the bench right in front of our house where curious inspecting types linger daily). So covering it was a matter of decency.

For these, I bought a ready made curtain from Ikea because the color was exactly what I painted the wall behind our bed (here)

Since the fabric is quite translucent, I was saved from having to think of a system to pull them up, and since I left the top windows unclothed, enough light comes in anyway.

I sewed rectangles for the exact size of the each glass, then sewed velcro strips to attach them to the piece of wood I nailed on the windows. To keep them smooth and down, I inserted a wooden stick on the bottom seam.

It took me about 1.5 hours to make them, no kidding.


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Jul
24

etsy shopping spree

Posted by sol in art, craftulence, I wanted to be an architect, images

Since I successfully sold a thing on eBay I had irresitible credit on my paypal account and I burned it all on etsy, Oh I’m a bad girl. Here’s what I got:

Impressive Erin McMorris and Amy Butler fabrics from Poppy Fabrics.

These groovy coffee cups from Jen’s Closet: these were quite a find, since 10 years ago my then boyfriend’s mother had them and I looooooved them…

This Alphabet letterpressed poster for Damiano’s room. It was the monkey who had me. and the colors. From Sycamore Street Press.

These two patterns I could not resist, because the dress on the first one and the green tunic on the second are exactly my style. And the right size, too!


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Jul
24

Where the @¶#¥§&%$ are my keys?

Posted by sol in prattle

We won’t be hearing imprecations any more. I mounted EvaSolo’s knife magnets above our landing bench and they’re Über cool.


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