Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Denim skirt capsule

Moving to live aboard a boat means that many of the things I took for granted in my 4 bedroom house have to be rethought. Closet space, a dry environment, an ironing board. The concept of wardrobe planning, never something I spent a lot of time on, becomes increasingly important. 

Wardrobe capsules are on my mind, a lot! 

I'm starting this new lifestyle more than a few pounds lighter and very much appreciating the simplicity that comes with any downsizing. The marina life is more casual which appeals to me, too.  A denim skirt is definitely on my list of upcoming projects. And, I've had a Nancy Zieman jacket pattern (McCall's 5668) in mind for a while. provides a perfect set of tools to play with a capsule plan. And that's where I've laid out my inspiration. The green jacket is from the pattern illustration. Everything else is out there in the world wide mall. The grey will be grey and the white will probably be a color. But, the shapes work well for me. Let's see how they play out!

Get Going ... Doing! How do you tend to the things that must be done? I read Getting Things Done last Spring and have reread parts of it many times since. I love the approach - it speaks to me. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

TAST 2012 - Week 4 - Cretan Stitch

Four weeks and I'm still in the game! It's a 52 week stitch-along and I'm having a blast!

At the same time, my husband and I are doing a test-float - spending the month on the boat to see if living aboard is a lifestyle for me (we already know it's for him). The hand stitching is a perfect fit for the boat and we even have a plan for the sewing studio when we take the plunge permanently.

In order to keep from accumulating, I've worked my samples into a single piece that became a postcard. This week, the Cretan stitch sample sort of formed itself. I've always loved how God created the rainbow as a symbol of his promise to all living creatures. As I worked the stitch, I pulled threads and beads in rainbow colors and here's the result:

I sewed the sample onto a card, wrote a note and it's on its way to my Mom, hoping to brighten her day as she has done mine, so many times!

Get Going ... Doing Anything But! The gas lines at Costco were short today. Traffic was light and Home Depot looked like a ghost town. The Super Distraction is to blame, but there are lots of alternatives out there for non-football fans, sewing is just one of them. Read about what they do in Detroit and check out that vintage Kenmore sewing machine!