Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Golden Day for Canada!

Okay, I admit it, I'm a patriot, and i love my country. And I really love it when we win Gold, in men's hockey, against the US! (Sorry guys, I like the US and all, having lived there and being so close to the border's hockey!!!)

There, I'm done.

And now for some cool pictures from the celebrations. My girls went down to see some of the Olympic festivities yesterday and here are some photos.

The Olympic Flame. 

Some pictures of Spirit Eagles. 
On the top is Haida Eagle Takes Flight and on the bottom (from l to r) is; Search for Midnight Waters, Spiritual Celebrations from East to West, and Balancing The Life Giver.

There are many more of these amazing art works around Vancouver and if you want to see them you can check them out here Vancouver Spirit Eagles 

The biggest Canadian Flag *I've* ever seen.

Elvis does...... Metallica????  LOL 

That's it for today. My new course starts tomorrow and I still have to finish my article by the end of the month. Wish me well. 


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Nothing New except some pictures

I have absolutely nothing new to report today as far as anything creative goes so instead of a lot of nothing I thought I would post a few more pictures of S's kimono and how cool the class looked in the gym on Monday.

Here's the back of the kimono I know I didn't get the obi right, but I tried.  Def. something I need to work on for the next time.

In situ and a bit more of a side angle so S doesn't look like she has antennae.

The whole class in their white shirts with big red dots to represent the Japanese flag. Tres cool, yes? They really stood out in the gym let me tell and it was neat.

So...that's it for this week.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Done; one kimono

Well, I did it. As usual I was sewing up to the last minute, having chosen to hand sew a rolled hem on the sash....the almost 6 metres of sash! My fingers may never be the same. LOL
Any way....without further ado here it is!
And no, those aren't antennas coming out of S's head. All the girls had their hair up with chopsticks in their buns/ponytails. 

Now, what to sew next?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Not that I really celebrate it, but it is a good time to remember loved ones. So a little chocolae gets exchanged and all is good.

Even better is that I finally finished the kimono for S. Which is really good because the day of wearing is tomorrow; after which there should be pictures here to show.
For most of the past two days I've been doing hand sewing which oddly enough I like. Mostly because I do it while watching TV or movies. In the past two days I've watched; Casino Royale, Harry Potter the Goblet of Fire and most of Order of the Phoenix and one I had never heard of before called The Librarian, and the Curse of the Judas Chalice. All of which I borrowed from friends or the library. So there is two of my favorite things at the same time; hand sewing and free! LOL

On Friday though we did the real movie thing and went to the opening night of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightening Thief. It was a good movie from a movie perspective but a little disappointing from the book perspective. After HP and the Twilight books I know that movies are capable of following the books nice and closely and this movie didn't. At least not as much as I wanted it to.
Not to say I didn't enjoy it, because I did. But with that little bit of wistfulness for the book that I couldn't dispel. /sigh

More hand sewing tomorrow before the big kimono reveal so it's off to bed to rest my weary fingers.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Yikes! It's been so long!

I cannot believe how long it's been since I last posted! This was not my intention at all. My bad!

So, what have I been up to? Well, not much really. I've been working on the kimono and that has been very fiddely up until now. I discovered that while the material was lovely it was a monster! It will start shredding if you look at it! I swear.

So cutting out went like this - measure 1 piece, cut, serge a side IMMEDIATLEY! After that I cut a million strips of iron on interfacing and then proceeded to iron strips on every edge. I'm hoping that will be enough to get this through sewing and at least one wearing.

The sewing has gone well since the interfacing stage, although not as much sewing as I would like.  Next weekend I'm kicking DD1 out of her "room" and claiming my sewing room back!
She started sleeping in there (it doubles as the guest room) this summer when her room got too hot. She hasn't moved back, she's a teen and sleeps late and it's cutting into my weekend sewing time! Normally it's not a big deal but I'm working with a deadline here! LOL.

I have managed to get the kimono to test fitting stage and all are happy with it except for the front extenstion. It's waaaaaaay lower than I like, so last night while watching Mamma Mia (thank you library!) I unpicked that seam. I'll try and get that resewn today. It will take some piecing, but as it's the under portion I don't really care. Ha! (letting go of perfectionism isn't easier but when you don't have any more material.....ya kinda have to. lol)

Nothing much else exciting to report (maybe that's why I haven't blogged?) but I feel like I've been busy. Hmmm. I have done some baking, and lots more home cooking so maybe that's why. I made the great soup from a while ago again. This time I doubled the batch! That got us through dinner and lunch the next day with 2 extra kids around AND I got lunch at work out of it. I think I impressed myself with that.
Next time maybe I won't have all the extra people for lunch and I'll get more than one lunch for me? That would be lovely as I do like having a nice warm soup for lunch, especially at this time of year. Although, to be fair we have been having a lovely start to the year. It has been much dryer and warmer than usual and since January and February are usually soooooo dreary, it's been nice.

Well, nothing else to report. hopefully I will have pictures of a finished Kimono soon. Ta!