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blah sewing day

Yesterday was not a very productive day. As you can see in the picture, there is not much joy involved in the work you see me referencing in the picture. But I worked on it anyway and got it finished. Still there is much to get done by the middle of the week. I leave Thursday for a little jaunt out of town. I'm hoping I can finish some projects and do some cleaning before I leave so when I return I will be able to start refreshed and rejuvenated. And maaaaybe we will have more snow melting and spring weather on my return?? I keep hoping. I know it will come before long, but I want it now!! Soooo many clothing ideas popping in my head. I'm definitely getting excited about making my own clothes and not buying so much store bought crap. It's not like I have all the time in the world to sew garments for myself, so maybe it's a good thing winter is lingering as long as it is.

TOAST - house & home

Despite a bad sewing day, yesterday was good in the mail department! I got TOAST! It's the house & home magazine, which is fine, though I was hoping to get the clothing issue. However, it still has beautiful photographs and beautiful accessories I would love to have, if the pound wasn't quite so hefty compared to the dollar. I was surprised they sent it to me all the way over here in the US. And the paper is super gorgeous. It's almost as fun to pet it as it is to look through the gorgeous photography on each page. (Okay I realize that sounds really weird, but I can't help but love good paper.)

TOAST - house & home

A few more pictures on my flickr from TOAST.


There is a sewing shop in town that is moving and I'd never been before, so I decided to stop in last Saturday. I could have picked up more fabric, but I was good and resisted the urge. It's a hard thing to do. The middle fabric I'll use for historical sewing and the stuff on the sides I'm not sure yet. I made the mistake of getting the one on the left. It has this large kitchen/fruity border that is kinda yucky. But I'm hoping I can cut that off and make a cute top of some sort for the summer. We'll see. If not maybe I can make something out of it as a gift for someone. The fabric to the right is a 1930s repro print and I have no idea what it's going to be yet. I just couldn't pass it by.

fabric for trousers

This is the fabric I'm using for my '30s inspired trousers/clamdiggers. I really like it, except it does ravel easily which means it's kind of a pain to sew with. But that's OK. I've worked with a helluv a lot worse fabric than this. Ohhhh lordy.

i like to take lots of notes

This picture is just for fun. As you can see, I like to take notes. Otherwise I forget. And notes get piled on top of each other if I don't go through and remove old ones. Woe is me.

anna sewing + threads

Lastly, me in my sewing room. My brother took this with his camera.


  1. I am in love with the new Toast catalog too! (Though it hasn't shown up on my doorstep... but at least I *can* look at it online. lol!) I just find that whole aesthetic so inspiring!

    I can't wait to see how your trousers are coming along; I love the fabric you've picked out!!

    Good luck with all your projects and hope you can get everything wrapped up! :)

  2. This is a great 'end of winter' frustration post. Yes, get out of cornland for a bit...and perhaps you'll return to a few spring sprouts on the land and in inspiration.

  3. I've been out of the blog circuit for a while, so I apologize for not commenting sooner . . .

    Lovely, lovely fabrics. And the Toast catalog! I just started receiving it myself, and am delighted with it. It's like a book! A book full of loveliness and wonder . . .