I’ve been double-tagged!

Tag, I’m it! I’ve been tagged twice (is that even allowed?) in a game of Eight Questions, by the lovely Debi and Ali. It’s like a blog chain-letter, kind of, and maybe in 2 weeks I’ll receive 28 stickers from the first person on the list. Or something. Well, here goes, Sixteen Questions!

Here are Debi’s questions for me:

1. Which pattern/vintage style have you been thinking about lately?

I have a sundress pattern from the early 80’s, but it has a 70’s vibe which I love. This pattern was a fantastic find for $1.00 at a discount fabric store in an unorganized mystery filing cabinet. Score! I’m totally making the ruffled version. It even has an elastic waist, which is awesome. Great for summer BBQs – you can look cute AND eat a big meal. Wow, I must think about food a lot, I reference all of my dresses to the amount of food you can eat while wearing them.

2. What is one place that you really want to visit that you haven’t been to before?

Egypt, to see the pyramids! My second choice would be the Grand Canyon, as it’s more likely to happen in my lifetime and I’m dying to see the big, gaping HOLE in the earth. It just seems so unreal. I want to see it for myself, and take a billion photos. You can ride a donkey (or mule perhaps?) into the canyon, how cool is that! Or take a helicopter and see it from the sky. Terrifying, but very very cool. Grand Canyon, final answer.

3. How do you relax?

Relax? I don’t have time to relax, too many sewing projects to finish! OK, serious answer then. I like to relax by reading, real books, on the patio where there are no other distractions. Or snuggling up with my guy on the couch – so comforting! Sometimes, when I’m by myself, I’ll just lie on the floor and stare at the ceiling. Just for a few minutes.

4. What is your favorite holiday?

Favourite holiday that I’ve already been on? Last summer I went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and it was the most amazing trip. I didn’t know what to expect (besides lobster!) but we ended up with beautiful weather, excellent food, and tons of adventures.  One day we went on a sailboat, out into the ocean on a misty afternoon. Look how tilted the sailboat is – see where the horizon is? I can’t swim (or couldn’t at the time), so this was kind of a big deal for me.

You know, it’s just too hard to explain why the trip was so awesome, it was a great combination of great company, a new location to explore and history to learn, and really friendly people. And the food…mmmm… lobster and scallops. The shrimp are at least three times bigger in Halifax than in Vancouver! And it was the first time I’d taken a nice chunk of holiday time from work and really went somewhere, instead of just hanging around the house and not going in to the office.

5. What is one sewing skill you want to learn/try out?

I’d like to master a pair of pants. Or sewing knits. It’s not that I can’t, it’s just that the odds of success are lower. Therefore, I avoid knits and pants. One day, I’d like to whip up a pair of pants and be happy with them enough to wear them.

6. Can you knit? Crochet? Any other crafting talents?

Nooo…I wish I could knit! There are so many amazing talented knitters out there and I’m always impressed by their creations. I CAN knit, but just lame scarves, the rectangular basic type. I bought a book on crochet and a crochet hook once, but it must have got lost in the shuffle. I tried jewelry-making but I just liked buying all the beads and shiny bits, and never put anything together. A long time ago, I made my own Christmas cards with the rubber stamp and glitter-powder that goes in the frying pan…that was fun. I’d do that again, easy to turn out a good looking card, plus you get to cook your creations. Other than that, sewing’s my focus.

7. How long do you spend reading blogs (per day or per week)?

Oh man, I can never catch up on my reading! Every week I add more to my reader. I spend probably at least 5-10 hours a week just reading! Maybe even more! The other day, I accidentally marked them all as read.. so that saved me a bit of reading time but left me concerned about what I missed!

Whew.. that was a lot! Ok, here are Ali’s questions:

1. What song never fails to move you?

I love George Strait (warning, that link makes noise!) so anything by him – Write This Down, Run, Give it Away.. they’re so simple, they’re brilliant.

There’s one called House with No Doors, where a man wants to build a house with no doors, so his girl can’t leave him, but George (who’s the builder, I suppose) says, it would just be a prison that I locked you in, and there’s two things I know for sure,

It’s that you can’t make a women feel something she don’t
And you can’t build a house with no doors

Isn’t that something? I saw him in concert at the Tacoma Dome back in March and it was amazing. The thing I like most is that he’s consistent, he knows who he is and what he’s good at, and he stays true to himself.

2. What’s your sewing threshold? As in, what will you let go, what must you absolutely fix?

Blogging has made me more picky, because I have to take photos! I will let go imperfect serger thread colour, I will let go less-than-perfect sleeve caps, I will let go slightly crooked buttonholes (who wants to unpick that?). I like perfect topstitching, I’ll redo seams if the tension is loose and pulls apart when stretched, and the top edges of my zipper must line up!

3. What’s your “desert island” book/movie and why could you read/watch it over and over?

I only get one? One book and movie, or either/or? Well, I’ll take a movie then, because if I’m on a desert island there will be more chance of being rescued if the island has electricity. But a book I could burn for kindling. I love A League of Their Own. And I really enjoyed Across the Universe, because all you need is love.

4. What garment/accessory do you wear the most?

I have this awesome pair of black suede low-heeled t-strap shoes. I wear them a LOT. They’re cute, comfortable and go with just about anything. In fact, they’re in almost every one of my Me-Made-May pictures. Here’s a close-up of just the shoes. Love ’em!

5. What wouldn’t you be caught dead in?

Harem pants. Sorry, Peter!

6. Your motto/mantra?

If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got. It was my high school yearbook quote and while kind of cheesy, it’s true. It’s easy to be stuck in a rut, in life, in fashion, in your career, in your love life. If you’re afraid of taking the next big step just remember, if you always do what you always did, things will never change.

You know, if I’ve had the same quote since high school, maybe it’s time for a new one…

7. A designer you consistently like and why?

Hardest question of the bunch for me. Besides not buying designer clothing, ever, I also don’t remember who designed anything I like. I remember the silhouette, the fit, the colour, the elegance, the look and feel of a garment – but I don’t remember who it’s by.

So I cheated for this question, and went to net-a-porter.com to scan the designer names and see if any ring a bell. Is that bad? I work in the apparel industry! (Shhh….don’t tell anyone. I’m in purchasing/production so it’s not that bad of a faux pas.) Which I guess means, I can’t properly answer the question, since there is no designer I consistently like if I’m looking up the answer on the internet…

8. Something about you we wouldn’t expect from reading your blog?

I drive a smart car. ‘The Smart,’ as they refer to it at the dealership. Would you expect that?

You can see it in the background of the second shot. I love this car, if you look really closely at the picture, you can see its “face” – doesn’t it look like it’s smiling? It’s such a happy car! If you drive one of these, other Smart drivers will wave at you. It’s like we’re all in on a secret or something and we’re so pleased to find the other Smart fans out there.

All done! There, that was fun. You can send over the stickers now.

Oh wait, I’m supposed to come up with my own list of people and share the love? This is hard! So many of you have already been tagged, plus I’m not up-to-date on my reading so I might be doubling up as well. Excuses, excuses, I know.

So – here goes the list:

Clare from Lucky Mia

Jessica from Green apples

Monet from made by monet

SewBissy from Sewsterhood

Stefi from just chic

Susan from Knitters Delight

Tag! You have sixteen excellent questions to choose from. Using any of Debi’s questions or Ali’s questions, pick and choose your eight.

Enjoy your homework – happy Monday!


18 Responses to I’ve been double-tagged!

  1. louise June 14, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    you really remind me of my best friend who probably references food more than you do!!!

  2. Debi June 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Fabulous! the holiday in Halifax looked fantastic! Did you get seasick at all? Also, love the smart car–so cute! Oh, and love the shoes :-)

  3. Clare June 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    haha! my first tag! thank you! shall respond in due course, this is probably the kick up the pants I need to get my next blog post out… I love that Style pattern, and I too sometimes choose my outfits based on the prospect of heavy meals!

  4. ~Sherry~ June 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    It is so interesting to find out more about our fellow bloggers – I like it!
    Thanks for tagging – that has decided my next blog post for me!

  5. seamstresskim June 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    When I’m making or altering wedding dresses I always remind the brides, “Remember it’s a wedding, you need to be able to Eat, Dance, and Hug people. A lot.” Food is an important consideration! and I love the shoes!

  6. Tasia June 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Thanks for the comments! @Debi: Nope, didn’t get seasick! I was on four different boats during my trip and was fine, thank god!
    @~Sherry~: and @Clare: You’re welcome! Look forward to your answers.
    @seamstresskim: @louise: Food is an important consideration when getting dressed up, for sure! Especially at weddings or other all-day events.

  7. Trudy Callan June 15, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    I just discovered your site. Love it. Also nice to find out more about you as well. I am putting you on my blog list so I can keep up with you.


  8. Jenny June 15, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    *Love* those shoes. Who makes them?

  9. Tasia June 15, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    @Jenny: Thanks Jenny! They’re from Urban Outfitters, I bought them a couple of months ago so they might still be in stores.

  10. Selfish Seamstress June 15, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    What a crazy coincidence- I was just drooling over those shoes this morning, in midnight blue suede on Modcloth. And of course, they don’t come in a size 5. Boo.



  11. just chic June 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    my first tag also :) thanks , or shouldn’t I thank considering the homework :) just kidding…I’ve recently received a “beautiful blog award” and it was more or less as being tagged: tell 10 things about yourself and nominate 10 blogs to pass the award.

    Grand Canyon – I’ll be there in 2 weeks so I’ll let you know of my impressions, now that I know it’s a dream destination for you. Egypt is also on my list.

  12. Tasia June 16, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Oh no, look what you’ve done, @Selfish Seamstress: Now I want them in blue, too! Thanks for the temptation :)
    @just chic: Stefi, you’re welcome! Definitely let me know about your trip to the Grand Canyon, it’s going to amazing I bet, enjoy yourself!!

  13. Tasia June 16, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    @Trudy Callan: Thanks Trudy for stopping by and for the nice thoughts!

  14. Ali June 16, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    Ha ha! I love your answers. Smart car: Totally cool, Tasia. Really. And I also love Across the Universe. That definitely might be my desert island movie, since I shamelessly sing along (to the chagrin of my watching companions!) And it’s just sort of fantastic in a way that makes me grin, ear to ear. :) Thanks for playing!

  15. Ali June 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    P.S. I’m still waiting for my stickers.

  16. Tasia June 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    Thanks for tagging me Ali, it was fun! I’m really enjoying reading everyone’s answers and getting to know you fabulous bloggers :)

  17. Jessica June 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    OK, I love lying on the floor and staring at the ceiling! And knitting isn’t too bad, there are a couple ‘fancier’ stitches that will take you through a lot of sweaters, hats, mittens and scarves. I’m glad that I’m not the only data geek out there … although I guess MMM served a similar function for a lot of people, in terms of being a litmus test of what you actually wear vs. what you think you wear. Maybe we just need Zoe to keep rocking our world.

  18. Fourth Daughter June 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    Thanks for reminding me about this post…. I sooooo know what you mean about dressing to eat… although I prefer baby-doll style dresses to elastic waists, it means you can eat more and no one will see the elastic stretching, stretching, … snapping!!!