Skip to main content

2 Eyes 2 Views 2 Worlds

When I left Colorado, things on the patio were blooming, my favorite tree had just enjoyed a "manicure" and was full of squirrels & birds, and I usually spotted a bunny or two on the way to the mailbox...




My herbs!  Asian Basil, rosemary, thyme & oregano--yesss!
and the Munchkins loved going on nature walks to gather goodies--some of which obviously make for good snaking :)


Fast forward to my views here in UB on the way to the store.  In Colorado, I walk for pleasure and walking with a purpose; i.e, errands, is challenging.  Here in UB it's just the opposite!  The lack of sidewalks, car fumes and coal dust don't add much pleasure.  However, the traffic makes walking preferable, weather permitting.  Anyway, what I find so fascinating is the rapid change here and the contrast between prosperity/poverty and the modern/primitive.  The way of the world, I suppose, but so in-your-face here.

Note the ger and shack butted right up to the luxury apartments being finished right next to us



I sign off with a view in the other direction from our apartment, that of the Farris wheel in the updated children's park looking through a bit of greenery planted by the hotel next door.  Nice.
Last of all...this great quote!


The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page". --St. Augustine

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Silouette #600 Classic Blouse

Shirt love.

In my long blogging absence I have actually been doing a lot of sewing and just general living.  While still pursuing the Perfect Pant (and making progress!), I have veered off that road into Shirt Land.  After watching countless YouTubes done by Peggy Sagers of Silhouette Patterns, I finally ordered up her  #600, The Classic Blouse.  After sewing 40+ years, I have to say I've picked up many new ways of sewing--and thinking about sewing & fashion from Peggy.

Anyhoo...the pattern is amazing!!!!  Silhouette patterns come in cup sizes and while the C cup fits me perfectly right out of the envelope!  I tweaked the armhole for sleeveless and the coverage I like there but other than that:  perfection.  Love the collar/facing methods.  Love the length and gentle shirt tail hem.  

I've been so excited I've made 4!  Skirts (Magic Pencil of course), tops and sandals are my uniform for summer so all are sleeveless so far and I just throw on a gauzy shrug or sweater when …

Honolulu Kimono Tops

...and a birthday library tote.  

Tomorrow, God willing and United flies...I'll be in Honolulu with 3 of my Munchkins!  Cannot wait.

I wanted a few new things so I drove over to Colorado Fabrics and picked up some rayon knits--all the flat folds were 50% off.  This happens twice a year and is a major score.  Worth the drive.

So, I made up all 3 in Maria of Denmark's Kimono T.  This is my all-time favorite go-to T.   Perfect with my Magic Pencil skirts in stretch denim and twill.





Then, Kelby's mom said he could really use a new library tote--they  pretty much go every week :-)

I used outdoor fabric--50% off at Joannes and scored a piece of bright orange (his favorite color) on the 50%-off remnant pile.


I'm pretty pleased with this project :)
Aloha!

A Tale of Two Kimono

What to do with 2ish yards of silk?  Make a kimono!  ...and I was so attracted to Simplicity 1381 out of all the kimono patterns available.  View C, the one being modeled, in particular.  The silk was purchased during a trip to Hong Kong --at the Western Market (insert long sigh of fond longing) and was gorgeous to work with.  I did have to purchase more silk here for the bands as I was short.  
I flat felled the seams and turned and hand stitched the collar and wrist bands, which I regretted.  Big pain.  


I really like this make and it feels so luxurious to wear.  The drape is really nice and I like the length, too--for either pants or skirts/dresses.

I liked it so much I made another out of cotton gauze from Joannes, using leftover embroidered cotton batiste, also from Joannes.   umm...not sure I like it.  I have yet to wear it out even though I've put it on several times to do so.  I thought it would be a great light-weight shrug-ish thing to wear in aid conditioning, etc.  I guess …