Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Marine Corps Ball ...the last one :)

The Marine Corps Ball is coming up.  It is my annual nightmare. I haven't gone for the past couple of years but I promised my husband I would go this year because it is is LAST ONE while on active duty.  So the hellish hunt for a dress began this week. I haven't consumed a carb in weeks.  I'm 12 lbs. lighter and you would think that would help...but it doesn't.  Monday I drove an hour to the mall.

I hit three major department stores and a couple of smaller shops.  The dresses were all horrors.  I'm tall and long waisted.  I'm not sure who designers design for but my waist does not start two inches below my breasts.  One dress I couldn't figure out how to get back on the hanger.  At one point, I was stuck in a dress and afraid I might dislocate my shoulders attempting to escape from it.  I realized I hit rock bottom when I was trying on the lime green dress and trying to convince myself that it wasn't that bad.  

I headed to the food court and drowned my sorrows in a Sbarro's salad no dressing or croutons.  Do I know how to party or what?  I came home with a picnic basket from the Pottery Barn and a chili mix from Williams and Sonoma.  This could explain a lot right?

Tuesday I went to a local bridal shop...more horrors. As I was leaving, I walked by a clearance rack OUTSIDE the store. This is the stuff they are so happy to get rid of they don't care if someone steals it.  I thought what the heck, I'm here I'll flip through the rack.  I found a dress in my size that was not a horror. It is too bland to be a horror.  It was originally $165.00 but was marked down to $25.00.  I tried it on.  With a little bit of alteration, it will work and if it doesn't, I don't care because it was only $25.00.  The bad news is...it's polyester so I can't cut it up in the future and put it in a quilt.  :(  .
Here it is:
Grandma of the bride must have changed her mind and decided to get another dress.

















 Then I went to Michael's craft store to see if they had any yarn to make a shawl.  They had a yarn that was the perfect match for the dress with a little sparkle of silver on it. Yes that is Vanna White on the label.  After an exhausting week at work turning letters, Vanna knits.













So coming soon.... a matching evening bag and shawl.  Pattern by Lion Brand yarn for the evening bag.










Look at the look on her face.  She's mad dogging him.  He promised her she'd never have to go to another one of these after he retired.  If she stabbed him with a butter knife after this picture was taken who could blame her :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Halloween Crazy Quilt

Variation of the Buggy Barn Crazy Pattern
Used up a TON of my Halloween fat quarters.  I'll be teaching a class for this quilt in October. 
I wasn't crazy enough to buy a matching orange bed spread just for the month of October.  I am crazy enough to dye an old chenille bedspread with a box of tangerine and brown RIT dye. It may need another dye-ing with more brown.  It's still a bit too tangerine for me.  Maybe I'll decorate with some fake spider webs....oops nevermind there might be some real ones around :)

Fall Socks

Knitting Pure and Simple Lightweight Sock Pattern #216 (my favorite) :)
Yarn:  Mountain Colors hand painted Crazy Foot Sock Yarn
Color: Sierra 
90% Superwash Merino Wool with 10% nylon
Needles: Size 1