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.
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.
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?
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…
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
Molly from Molly’s Sewing and Garage Sale Adventures
Monet from made by monet
SewBissy from Sewsterhood
Sherry from pattern scissors cloth
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!