Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fabric Finds!

Things are a changing here in UB--my hole-in-the-wall shop is now importing from Korea  and Russia where once there were only bolts of shiny silk-esque (polyester), now the place is crammed, floor-to-ceiling with rolls of all kinds of knits, velours, shirtings AND wools--even cashmere wools! etc.  Good cottons have yet to arrive--and the thin, scratchy Hello Kitty stuff used for bedding (ouch!) does not count.

Anyway, check out my purchases--the knits were about $4 a meter and the gray wool $10 a meter and the lavender one that I'm sure is cashmere was only $12 a meter.  I'm happy.


This great wool--not sure if this one is cashmere but has a great feel and hand


and...

The super soft jacket-weight wool I think I posted last time.  The textured right side is worth another post  I think :)

and...

This light knit with a faint silver paisley print for going out on the town, maybe?

and...

This silver knit for a shell or something for next holiday season.

and...

This lavender cashmere wool from Korea (anything from Korea is great; from dish soap to well, anything)--my real find.  It feels sooo good.  I'm thinking for a Spring jacket.

and...
Purple stretch velour.  Looks like royalty, hmm?

So, for once I'm taking fabric back to the US.  Weird.  

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Spring Stuff

Yes, here in UB we are in the midst of the usual Deep Freeze (walked to a women's meeting and to pick up dry cleaning today in -20), but I am trying to be a bit proactive regarding spring--not natural for me, being proactive.  Maybe it has to do with the trip to Calif in February that Randy & I are planning.  Maybe a realization that the Hibernation Mode we've been in for the past 3 weeks is coming to an end:  3 new Wagner families/couples arriving this week, meeting up with acquaintances today at the IWAM meeting resulting in meetings next week, social engagements for the upcoming Friday & Saturday nights, Randy traveling next week.  Sigh.  All welcome, but, well, sigh.  Enough said!

This is what's going on in my little sewing corner here:

Some receiving blankets for the maternity hospital made from a heap of flannel given to me by dear Rose Marie back in my home church.  Flannel here is scarce and really rough and scratchy in bizarre prints.  Babies born here to poor moms are sent home in newspaper.  No lie.  So, this is an ongoing project of IWAM's here and gals from all over the world contribute knitting, sewing, etc. I could only fit so much in this last suitcase, so more to come from that heap of flannel back home.



This is a quilted wall hanging for our bedroom here that redone last spring in carmel and browns.  I actually HAND APPLIQUED this!  Unheard of for me.  ...but you know, I actually really enjoyed it while listening to sewing podcasts :)  


I just didn't want the machine-done blanket stitch on the project--especially the slender stems.   Also, sewing it by hand gave me more control.  However, the rest will be done on the machine!  I'm assuming a good pressing will eliminate the lumps and bumps :)

The pattern came from a Stitch Magazine--which I don't have the issue # as I just tore out the pattern to bring here...back to that Loaded Luggage thing.  I think it was from spring or summer 2010.


Look at this!  I asked Randy to take me to a "fabric store" here in UB--a cramped hole-in-the-wall place crammed floor-to-ceiling with fabrics of all description--as well has local shoppers.  No price tags--"hid wey?"  How much?  ...and you're told how much for 1 metre--I paid roughly $10 a metre.   It's wool and has a beautiful hand.  Perfect for a jacket/coat for next fall and winter.

It's all textured on the outside and super soft on the inside.


I plan on going back this week to snag some amazing cashmere silk suiting.  Go ahead:  fabric envy.

How wierd to think of taking fabric back that way for once!


Speaking of Fabric Envy--check out this sight: Fashion Fabrics Club   I heard about it on SewForthNow Sew Forth Now podcast today.  I know that I may be the last one on the planet to find this sight, but I will definitely be buying fabric before the sale ends on the 23rd!  Wow.  Come to think of it, I'll be heading back to the US on the 21st.  Hmm, better get on it!

Looking ahead, here are my spring pics for patterns--not too taken with either Simp or Vogue, but really like McCalls looks and their website.

McCalls 6211.  Love the back detailing on this.


McCalls 6408.  Simply like it.  Would be comfy yet nice looking for those crazy long flights.  Have I mentioned the 17-hour leg (1 of 3 total fights to get back to UB)?  I think it scarred me.  I may need therapy--spa that is
McCalls 6401.  Not sure how this would look on me.  Again, I like it on paper.
McCalls 6516.  Denim maybe?  
That's it.  So much for Less Bulky Blogs. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Embracing 2012

I am SO looking forward to the new year!  Partly due to the plans I have for it and partly due to the dose of Acceptance God has graced me with.  Acceptance of this unconventional life Randy & I are living and even making friends with the challenges that come with it.  


Last year my Word was Peace.  I really think I grew in this area--as always, the spiritual affects our whole being.  


After some consideration, my word for this year is 
Grace.  
Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus
2 Tim 2:1

A certain relationship in my life has exposed my lack in this area.  While I have come so far in learning about and experiencing God's grace to me, I really need to practice it horizontally.  I think this relationship will be excellent training.


Other goals I have for the coming year are:

Learning about finances. 
While I handle a large portion of our living expenses; insurance; property taxes; etc., I want to get a grip on the Bigger Picture.  

Do something with the "guest" room (ha!) in the basement.  
This will involve a major clean out, paint, etc.  
Anything and everything would be an improvement :)

Read through the Bible.  
I try to do this every other year and I really like the programs offered through the Navigators (free:)

Reduce/alter my usual maniacal routine of leaving the US for Asia--especially since this year promises to hold even more travel.  
Massage in Incheon Airport is just not enough.
Perhaps hiring help?!

Eat less and yoga even more.

Sew!  
My passion for sewing has returned full force since having an actual sewing room again in Colorado.  I have a sewing corner here in UB, but very limited access to fabric, patterns, etc.--but this can be overcome with planning, right? 
so...
I want to:  
Plot my wardrobe needs before the actual season arrives--wow! 
Continue teaching Hannah to sew 
(and any of my other granddaughters who show interest!)
Take some classes!  
Join a sewing group/organization!
Try some online fabric ordering

That's it.  That's enough!  I met about half of last year's goals.  The other half morphed into other things; for instance instead of learning more Mongolian, I learned the language of Apple.  OK, there were a few that didn't even come close.  So it goes; life!

To the future!
For all that has been,  thank You;
For all that is to come, yes.
Dag Hammarskjold