Saturday, December 24, 2011

d.i.y. anthro: quite a spectacle necklace

"Good poets borrow... great poets steal." -T.S. Eliot

"Quite a Spectacle," indeed: $498!
It might be librarian chic at its finest, but there's something about Anthropologie's "Quite a Spectacle" necklace this English teacher just can't resist. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

mending wednesday: the orla

Out thrifting a few weeks ago, I spotted a $3 wool dress remarkably similar to this one from Orla Kiely's AW 11 collection.

              The Wool Jersey Collar Dress                                       Olive.

My dress started out somewhat large (vtg size 10), so had to be nipped in here and there and shortened several inches. Sadly, those deep pleats were out of the question --not nearly enough fabric. But the dress was beautifully hemmed inside with a wide band of lace, which I salvaged for my new "invisible" hem.
I reattached the lace inside the skirt, a couple of inches above the original hemline. As this seam won't show, it doesn't matter that all I had on hand was contrasting thread...

Next, I cut the extra fabric from the hem, just below the new seam. The lace edge I tucked under, repinned, and stitched by hand, which took forever. So here's a little something fun while we wait...

 Fin!  A little winged liner and party ready.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

a poem

Goodnight, gradebook, deep and vast;
Goodnight, finals week, at last;

Goodnight, deadline (coup de grรขce)
and glitchy Blackboard interface,

And sleeping students, laissez-faire:
Goodnight, my darlings everywhere.

KM, 12.14.11

Thursday, December 8, 2011

winter birdwatching

After weeks of searching for just the right bird feeder to hang outside our dining room, I gave in and made one myself. (Be the change you wish to see in the bird feeder selection, right?) I made over a thrifted birdcage with the help of my trusty Dremel and some Rustoleum. We hung it on Thanksgiving, but the neighborhood birds didn't discover it until yesterday morning when the season's first snowfall brought them out en masse.
Pictured: sparrows, starling
Also sighted: northern mockingbird, turtledove

Sunday, December 4, 2011

d.i.y. anthro: name that knockoff

"Good poets borrow, great poets steal..." -T.S. Eliot
What's behind Door No. 1?
Christmastime guarantees a few things around here: A Charlie Brown Christmas on the turntable, a pot of orange peels and cinnamon sticks on the stovetop, and this girl neck-deep in craft projects. 
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