Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Period Drama Inspired Tea

I held a somewhat period drama inspired tea party during my past Spring Break. It was lovely and for once all my food preparations turned out well. I had more than enough food, but that should always be the case I think. One friend brought some food, but I like I said, I had plenty, so I didn't feel as if I had to have more food. I was also timely thanks to another friend who came early to help prepare food.

I had tons of fresh flowers which my mom bought from the grocery store, and I made garlands of book page hearts from thrift store books (Narnia and Persuasion...the books have to be good ones of course!)...one sister thought this was an act of desecration...-__-

I facebooked most people a month to a few weeks ahead of time, so people could keep their calendar open, and then a week ahead of time I sent fancy invitations. They were a little rushed and my wax seals didn't work out properly (I used candles and not the taper type either), but I can always improve...and besides I recently bought the proper kind of wax sticks!

We had our tea...or lemonade for the fakers like myself, and then we played some lovely period drama quizzes borrowed with permission from Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm. After that those that could watched the 2008 Sense and Sensibility.

Forgive my sad privacy photo editing. The first three photos are my own iphone photos. The rest of the photos one of my friends took, and that same friend brought me that lovely bottle/decanter as a hostess gift.













Monday, June 3, 2013

My Summer So Far

I had all sorts of grand plans for taking fun classes, sewing, knitting, cleaning, being creative, being healthy, preparing for school, etc. I only have one online class this summer (which is new for me) and it is only one month (also new to me), July. I made out a grand goal board. I actually don't think it was unreasonable. Actually, I still think it is pretty reasonable. It is just that I lost my momentum and wasted a month. I will see if I can stir myself back into action. Here is a photo of my goal board.


Enough of plans and excuses. I have been working 20-30 hours a week and reading while at work, so I have finished quite a few books, mostly Sherlock Holmes stories. I haven't finished the last one; I almost don't want to because I don't want them to end :(

Many times after work I would come home and watch several episodes of this marvelous television show with some of my family since I purchased entire series. Yes! Which reminds me that we need to squeeze some in this week.

One of my goals was to bake more. I baked some lovely gingersnap cookies early on my break (or during my light finals week) and then less lovely French bread. Thereupon my baking career ended until my cake decorating class started. A set of blah and then burnt sugar cookies, yummy chocolate cupcakes, blah yellow/white cake, and then very yummy white cake were the items resulting from that class.




Finished Alteration Projects: 1 out of...I don't know, 20? I worked on another white top as well, but I put on the neck finishing the wrong way, so I lost my momentum and gave it up for a while...a long while...and bought more fabric instead.

Anyway, this is one of the tops I bought at Clothes Mentor.
I took off the heavy bottom, took out the tucks, took in the sides, and hemmed it, so that it would better suit my purpose of wearing it tucked in. Before:


After:




Knitting: finished 1 project, started 1 project, avoided complicated unfinished project.

I finished this lovely beret. My family thought it was lovely and some of my sisters have put in requests for ones of their own. The pattern link is here, and the pattern is free of course!



I joined Ravelry and printed off this pattern which I have worked on intermittently. I am thrilled to pieces with them, ahem it.




Creative classes: Cake Decorating
I took a four session Wilton Cake Decorating Class at Michael's. If you are a motivated person, I would recommend just buying the books and materials and doing it on your own. I am not taking any of the other levels and will hopefully try the learn at home route. For now I need to practice what I learned from this class. Here are my two projects. Yeah, Miss Patience did excellently you see...:/






Other: 3 gatherings, 1 possible class.

Number 1: Froyo and doggie rescue. My sister and I met up with two friends for frozen yogurt in a shopping center near a highway, and we were eating and laughing outside when a large doggie came up. I grabbed her collar, and we attempted to call his owner. Within a few minutes of that failed attempt, we had discovered that "Freebie" live a few minutes a way, loaded up in my sister's car and headed to return the dog. No one was home, so we hooked Doggie up and checked with one of the neighbors to make sure the dog still lived at the address listed on his collar. She did. A couple days later our friend who had called the owner and left the message received a call thanking us!
P.S. I am extra glad we did this because I have seen tons of lost dog signs in our area mostly for one dog and with a photo and award offered. I would want my dog or cat returned ASAP if it was seen wandering around.

Number 2: Church Picnic. My family's church always has a church picnic on Memorial Day with the main attractions being fried fish and sports. The sports have lagged the last few years with the famous church softball games almost disappearing. This time it was back in full force and thankfully most little kids were excluded from the adult game and had a game of their own later, so the adult game was quite competitive. I watched the two adult games which was fun.

Number 3: An arts and crafts fair/festival with my grandparents. One of the counties near us holds an annual art fair in the beginning of June. I went last year and loved it. This year's I will describe in a separate post.

I bought a Living Social for Krav Maga as did a sister and a friend. I skipped out on the first time they went to watch Star Trek with my brother. The second time I hadn't signed up, so hopefully tomorrow I will gather enough guts to go. From what my sister described, I doubt that I will enjoy it, but enjoyment wasn't the goal anyway...although I should have looked more closely into/thought more carefully about what I was signing up for :P