Week 12: Kaitlin

Jan 31, 2012 | 29 Comments

I love me some quilted nightgowny jackets, so you can imagine the excitement when I opened up this jade wonder from Kaitlin.

I just love thinking about who wore these years ago because as comfy as they are, they heat up fast and are quite thick.  Perfect for the couch, but to sleep in…I’m not really feeling it!

“I loved this piece when I found it!  I picked it up at a garage sale because I was attracted to the color and thought it was a quilt.  Unfortunately it was not a quilt but instead this splendorous nightgown!  The woman holding the sale said that a lot of these pieces came from her mother-in-law and this was one of them.  I got a few more things (an American Eagle skirt, a pair of Sam & Libby ballet flats, and a few belts that you’d be proud of!) and she just gave this to me for free.  I’m passing it along your way now.  There are buttons missing, but I think you’ll be able to fix them.  Thanks for the inspiration!  :)Kaity”

I had tons of Sam & Libby flats, with those cute bows at the end when I was younger!  Great score K!!

OK, here’s the piece…

Week 12: Kaitlin - Before

Week 12: Kaitlin - Before

Let’s make this something to wear out and about!

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Week 12: Peter Pan Collar

Jan 30, 2012 | 33 Comments

Can I just say how good it feels to be back in action?  After rest, lots of soup, a ridiculous amount of tissues (I’m still blowing…), I’m feeling grrrreat!

Tony the Tiger knows what's up!

Tony the Tiger knows what's up!

Today’s piece was one I worked on for the gals who asked about the Peter Pan collar!  I procured this piece myself…

Week 12: Peter Pan collar - Before

Week 12: Peter Pan collar - Before

I loved the diamond-y print to this piece and the neckline is going to work like a charm for the collar.  Grab a doily and let’s get crackin!

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Week 12: Tanya’s NDAD Creation

Jan 29, 2012 | 14 Comments

I’m finally emerging from the cave known as my apartment!!  The nose is still being blown, but I feel 1000 times better!  YAY!!  Thanks to all of you who sent the nicest emails, comments and ecards – they brought such a smile to my face and it was just a treat to have all you looking out for me.  xo

Today’s piece comes to me from Tanya in PA!

You’ve inspired me to make so many alterations to my clothes…and I finally followed through on this one.  It’s a remake of a dreadfully boring crewneck sweater that’s been chomped on a bit by a moth and has been in my closet for years.  Since it’s cold out I wanted to keep wearing it, but it needed a lot of up-styling.

Tanya - Before

Tanya - Before

It’s become a bit felted in the wash, so it seemed appropriate to turn into a little jacket.

Time to work with this felted wool!!

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Week 13: Cold Season

Jan 25, 2012 | 39 Comments

I’ve gone straight through an entire box of Kleenex Puffs Plus (my nose is still raw and red) and am onto box two at the moment dealing with a crap cold that began Monday!

Dear Nose, You are not my friend today. Very best, Marisa

Dear Nose, You are not my friend today. Very best, Marisa

Can’t tell if it’s partially due to allergies from the weird weather, or if I just had been downplaying not feeling well when I was legit not feeling well?  Regardless, it just hit like a ton of very heavy dumbbells.  I’m hoping to come around in a day or so and if I’m still stuck in bed, I’ll have to knit or hand sew something.

It’s water, hot tea, naps, vitamins, more naps, and oranges on the agenda…ugh, so not fun sleeping in a sea of crumbled tissues.  Hope all of you are feeling much better than I am right now.  More to follow…

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Week 13: Football Sunday!

Jan 23, 2012 | 15 Comments

It’s been a little hectic in my neck of the woods, sewing aside, because my parents who have been my neighbors here in Los Angeles for the past few years are now North Carolina bound!  All of my before pictures have been shot at their house, so the blog has also reaped the benefits of their close proximity and front lawn.

Backyard Workshop!

Backyard Workshop!

Come the beginning of February, I’ll be embarking on a little road trip heading down south to help them get situated in their new digs and you’ll all obviously be coming along with, via photos and maybe some video :)

It’s definitely bittersweet, and I’m sure I’ll have my moments where I get sad, however I feel so lucky and blessed to have had them so close for the time they were here.  It’s an exciting move for them to be close to family and I’m looking forward to trips and more extended family visits.  Today we had a little goodbye gathering where friends and family stopped by for pizza, stories, and football.  I wore a $1 find that was completely fitting for today.

Vintage SF!

Vintage SF!

A vintage t-shirt from the 49ers 1988 NFC Championship!  It was a perfect fit and honestly one of the softest and most deliciously comfy shirts.  Unfortunately this shirt was not lucky…

OT loss

OT loss

…and since this shirt did not bring luck, I’m going with this one for next week!

Giants time!

Giants time!

Sorry Pats fans, even though I’m a Jets enthusiast, I’m going with the other NY team to take the Super Bowl.  We’ll see if this shirt brings any luck in two weeks!

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