More from last summer

These are the last What I Wore to Work Today pictures taken on my apartment balcony before I moved into the house.

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What I Wore to Work Today: July 28, 2015
Shirt and skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless
Belt: Target

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What I Wore to Work Today: July 31, 2015
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless

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What I Wore to Work Today: August 3, 2015
Top: Ross
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

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January 31, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Quilt Design Wall: Before and After

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Before

When I moved at the end of last summer, the sewing+office room in my apartment changed to separate sewing room + office room in my house, smaller individually than the previous space with more square footage altogether. I rarely use the office, though, which also functions as a guest bedroom when I have overnight guests. (The one weekend I had one overnight guest.) (Maybe more will visit sometime?) The largest benefit was being able to keep a full sewing room wall free to turn into a quilt design wall.

I browsed assorted tutorials online, bought 4′ x 8′ x 3/4″ foam insulation boards from Lowe’s and gray flannel from Joann Fabric, and buckled down one night during my week of at-home vacation to make it happen. My version started in a similar manner to this one at Sew Can She, except I attached the individual pieces to the wall. I started attaching the first large board to the wall with removable tape (I’m renting), said “yeah no that’s not going to happen”, and happily went at it with a hammer and nails. The flannel ended up being just the right amount and the last piece of foam is on the opposite wall holding my rulers.

Fabric sticks to the flannel on its own and I use retired pins for security with bigger pieces (the foam board pins easily and protects the wall). I took the photo above the morning after I finished the board – it varies depending on active projects while the blue and green nine patch blocks multiply.

January 25, 2016. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

Style Imitating Art – Aspens, Northern New Mexico

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Another Style Imitating Art post and it’s something I actually wore to work on Friday! Animated Cardigan chose this week’s piece: Aspens, Northern New Mexico by Ansel Adams.

Just the other day a style blog told me “You probably will look drab if your all black outfit consists of all cotton” and then I wore an all black cotton-based outfit anyway. For shame, self, for shame.

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What I Wore to Work Today: January 22, 2016
Blazer: Goodwill
Tshirt: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Necklace: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless

January 24, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 6 comments.

Style Imitating Art – Sunrise

 

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I’ve been following Style Imitating Art from Animated Cardigan, 14 Shades of Grey, and Librarian for Life and Style for awhile. And now I am actually participating and submitting in time!

Ok, fine, so I haven’t worn this to work yet. The rain all week got in the way of pictures outside, and I worked from home a couple days while I was sick.

I was excited that my usual photo spot includes the fuchsia bougainvillea background as a nod to O’Keeffe’s flower paintings. Unfortunately, the bright magenta color looks red in my old camera’s pictures — in real life there’s a difference between my red pants and the pink flowers. My belt is a touch of gold sun.

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Sunrise – Georgia O’Keeffe 1916

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What I Am Going to Wear to Work One Day: January 10, 2016
Blouse: Banana Republic
Pants: Old Navy
Belt: My mom mailed it to me randomly, I think she picked it up from a garage sale
Shoes: Wal-Mart when I unexpectedly wanted dress shoes in Hawaii to attend a concert

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January 10, 2016. Tags: , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

A whole new year!

Oh look it’s suddenly 2016 and I’m back in the ol’ blogarooni and WordPress is all different stuff again. I’ll figure it out later, as I always say…

It’s a whole new year, a brand new world.

My middle school was two houses away from my grandparents’ house and I went through a phase of walking over after school and hanging out for awhile. I’d read the paper, talk to Grandma and Grandpa, eat snacks, tinker on the piano from an old hymnal. (Grandma and Grandpa, did you guys buy a hymnal or did you just… borrow one from the church??) I got to the point where I could play my grandfather’s favorite hymn, “God of Grace and God of Glory”, including all the chords on both hands. I’ve always had big hands for somebody my size and enjoyed reaching the bigger chords. (Aww, that post from October 2010 hints at the clearly-absurd idea I had had at some point that maybe I’d get married in September 2011. Haha that’s cute. Marriage isn’t in your future, my young friend.)

When I was in a particularly cheerful mood I’d sing little songs in the tiny bathroom on the opposite side of the living room wall, often A Whole New World from “Aladdin”, or the hymns I was playing earlier. I later learned that the bathroom was not soundproof — why did I ever think it was?? — and I was retroactively mortified about all my bathroom singing. If my grandparents heard me they were polite enough, kind enough, to refrain from letting on.

It’s a new year and I’ll start it by throwing old photos on the blog.

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July 10, 2015
Blouse: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless
Security badge: My employer, god bless them

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July 13, 2015
Dress: Uh, Macy’s maybe?
Shoes: Payless

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July 21, 2015
Blouse: Loft
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless

January 6, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Links, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.