Driving me Batty!


Today was pretty much a bust in the sewing department. Every have one of those days where nothing every really turns out right? Yeah, thats my day. So I spent a few hours hanging out with this would-be awesome pair of bloomers: brown cotton and a lime green lace ruffle. When I reached the waistband, which is the last thing I do, I realized that I had sewn the lace ruffly bit to the HIP, instead of the calf. ARGH!!! Okay, enough of that, they are totally unsalvageable due to the finishing I had already done to the rest of the seams.

So then I tried my hand at turning an awesome pair of stretchy gray pinstripe pants, replete with vinyl buckles, into a pair of shorts. I ended up cutting off about three inches too much, so they are tight, and short, and show off my knees too much for comfort. Maybe I can do something with the waistband later…geez. So that was my whole day, apart from having a fantastic breakfast at The Dish in Ballard, our new regular restaurant for morning much time. They serve you coffee while you are waiting for your seat (a wait that can be considerable), how can you go wrong with that? Decent coffee, even, no Folgers here. And after that a quick stop at the thrift store, and the fabric store, but then thats it. Really really.

Anyway, here are a few things I finished BEFORE today. They are a set, and look best when worn together. 🙂

The overskirt is made of flat cotton, with a pattern of bats, cats, stars and moons, and a mottled brown/orange background. My DH took a scan of one of the bats and printed me an bigger copy of it, and I used that to do the embroidery on the waistband. The buttons came off of the music appreciation jacket.

I also used the bat pattern to make these bat appliques for the net underskirt.

Here is the net skirt, sans overskirt. I put the appliques on so that you can wear it with just a pair of leggings, for a different look.

I put wide cotton knit waistbands on both, because I think they are super comfy and look better on than a gathered waistband. I really enjoyed the embroidery process. I did a lot of the bat appliques at this months SPON meeting. I also got to fly a plane that day!

The delightful Don the Pilot flew down from Everett and gave a bunch of us rides, and even let each of us steer the aircraft for a time during the flight. It was one at a time, so he must have given between eight and ten rides I think. Holy awesomeness! Thanks again Don!

PS- He said I was the best at flying. Nerves of steel, thats me! Haha…


Wow, it’s a little hard to believe this day is over. It has certainly been a busy one, once I managed to roll out of bed, anyway. I came out to the living room, to be greeted with an email letting me know that I had an order to get ready. ‘What? Already?’ I asked myself incredulously. And yes, it was true, so I got to work making a couple of tags. An hour and a half later I finished that, and have decided that I need to rethink the idea of hand embroidered tags- time consuming much? But they are so cute. Next time I make one I’ll take a picture to show it off.

Then there were seams to be double checked, threads to be snipped, and wrapping to be done. I decided it would be a good idea to walk the two and a half miles to the post office, which would knock out an errand and my exercise in a fell swoop. Plus fresh air and good sunshine, it was great! I listened to Gogol Bordello the whole way there and back, which is perfect traveling music for me. Whether by foot, plane or train. They were with me for much if my time in England.

While I was out, I stopped at Goodwill, and found a few choice goodies.

This lace is amazing! I have to figure out some great ideas to use it to its full potential.

And this little grab bag of vintage supplies- for a buck! I love it.  Not sure what I’m going to do with those repair needles though.

I finished an adorable skirt combo today, after I got home, took a shower and a nap that is. I will have pictures on Saturday, so stay tuned!

Today’s theme colors are red, white and brown. You know, like vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and a cherry on top? I find this combination to be just as comforting as a big bowl of sweet, with a little dash of weird thrown on top. Even my bedroom is decorated in these colors. But I don’t see it around nearly as often as I’d like- so I decided to remedy that!

These are my pride and joy, and are on their way to a cyclist in Australia. So cute! They were a lot of fun to make, and will be a lot of fun to wear.

My favorite part- this big red ribbon isn’t just for show. The bottoms here are drawstringed, instead of being elasticized. That means that you could wear them with or without all that poofy.

And this guy is a superstrong, reusable grocery bag. The pics aren’t the greatest, which I ought to address, but the bag is great. It is fully lined, and doublestitched, and topstitched.

Plus it has the inner pocket to stick your grocery list, cash, cards, chapstick, cell phone, etc. And a little button closer so nobody steals your green beans!

Everything shown today has been crafted out of either recycled or remnant fabrics. Let me know what you think!

This was the best Independence Day I have ever had.  Throughout the day I was planning on just staying home and working on some projects, like a new shirt design I’m perfecting. (to be unveiled soon)  It was a nice day all day, and with the windows open, and my HTB playing video games within touching distance, I was happy.  We got some Mike’s hard lemonade, made some French bread pizzas, and decided not to battle with traffic for a few sparly lights.

Until about 8.30, when we began to hear pops in the distance.  Soon, the four of us (me, HTB, SIL and her husband) were gathered on our deck, peering through the crack between apartment buildings at the lake, and the tiny bursts of beauty in the hills beyond.  It was time to head for the roof.

Armed with a beer, and a short sleeved shirt I ventured out, comrades close behind, and rand across the open rooftop to get a better, closer view of the lake.  It was pretty for a while, with over a dozen different shows going on in the hillside on the other side of the lake.  Tiny, but pretty.  Then some neighbors started setting off a few.  Then some guy in a boat started lighting sporadic bits of sparkle.  Then behind us a couple of shows started, slowly at first, but with increasing frequency.  Two of our neighbors joined us about halfway through, but other than that the roof was deserted.

Finally, competely unexpectedly, fireworks started blooming right in front of us.  So close we coulde see the trails of smoke let off by each fresh explosion.  It was one after another after another, as the show behind us started picking up, and another to our right, and yet another to the left!  Our heads whipped around at every pop to catch each new display.  Meanwhile HTB was busy taking time lapse photos, which I now share for your viewing pleasure.


And, on another topic, I have some fun lounging/pyjama pants, made out of an old Mickey Mouse sheet.  So comfy!  I made them with a wide waistband, fashioned from a super soft old tshirt, and lingerie elastic inside.

Have a happy Sunday!

It is the fourth of July. Some of us are stacking hot dogs, some of us are slathering on sunscreen, some of us are pulling up boat anchors. I am staring out the window at a sky of heavy grey clouds, feeling a teeny tiny chill breeze on my bare arms. Its lovely.

But regardless of our choice of entertainment for today I urge each of you to take a moment, and remember what this holiday means: Independence. This commemorates our freedom from the religious oppression of Britain, and oppression that seems almost childish compared to the oppressions overseas, and here, in this great country. Here, where too many of us are afraid to say what we think, or afraid to begin to think. Where religious intolerance hangs out with eco-intolerance and special rights intolerance. Where our government pines, not to take a step back and let you make your own, informed decisions, but to step even closer to your life, to assume another responsibility. That isn’t independence.

In other news- I made my first Etsy sale! Less than twentyfour hours after setting up my shop I made a sale. Now I am playing the waiting game for the next one, sitting with baited breath in front of this screen, hoping.

Here is the coveted article, refashioned from an already cool, but hard to wear 70’s polyester shirt.  You’ve seen it once- here a few more shots.

Being modeled by me.

This is a hand embroidered felt applique. The black and white material on the sleeves has musical notes and instruments.

And a couple of new things I listed recently. This vest is so freaking beautiful! I love it. It has a great flowery/vine stitching detail on the collars, and the ‘pocket’ flaps, and is very fitted, giving you a great, clean, sex-ay shape. Modeled by my SIL. So pretty.

And some of the detailing:

And lastly this cool, comfy shortsleeved shirt.  This used to be a dress, kind of shapeless, made entirely out of this fabric- dollar bills and roses on a black background.  I loved it, but it was really too much.  So I made a skirt (which I kept) and this top.  Yummy puff sleeves made of black knit, and a waistband from the same knit.

Well, there you have it. I hope everyone has a great fourth of July!


Well, its the moment I’ve all been waiting for- my shop on Etsy is finally, officially, irretrievably, fantastically open! I’ve been planning this for about a month now, and after meeting my initial ready items goal I have done some serious slacking off. Naughty me. So I’ve got to get my self back in gear, and back in front of my sewing machine.

Here is a little preview of some of the fine wares I am offering. For more pictures and info you can visit BrownButton.

This is a great little number that I made with my HTB in mind, but it ended up nicely unisex.

Next up is a reclaimed tshirt- I reclaimed it from the boring pile, and added it to the awesome pile!

And lastly a fairly simple little vest made out of this rocking broadcloth that has musical notes and instruments all over it. This is really comfy, as I only added three buttons at the top, so you can eat lunch and not feel tied up afterwards.

There you go, a little sample of what is to come. Its so exciting! There are some really great artisans on Etsy, I’m proud to be among their ranks, in a way. By this time next year I hope to be able to say that, and mean it. Hooray for success!

Last night was magic.

A little bit of food, a little bit of coffee, a lotta bit of cute, all topped with French cinema whipped cream and sprinkled with the joy of being with my love.  Yummy!  I know this is a little off topic, but I think it is worth knowing.

I would say that the most notable portion of our evening was spent at the Crest Cinema Center theater in Ridgecrest, Washington.  The plan was to see the new Indiana Jones flick, but when my HTB stumbled across this cute little theater, well, plans changed.  It took a little convincing, as he was craving a pop culture injection, but I’m so glad we did!

Firstly: The theater.  Crest Cinema Center is a quaint little theater tucked ubiquitously into a suburban neighborhood.  We had passed it a couple of times before, noting how incredibly small it looked, but also how cute.  A light blue brick building, straight out of the fifties. 


The interior is decorated simply, and is staffed by several pretty young men.  That’s right, pretty young men. J  There is a wall of actor’s photographs, old and new alike.  I like that bit of detail.

And then there was the movie: Roman de Gare.  An excellent piece of French cinema, and one of the best movies I’ve seen all year.  Maybe the best.  I don’t want to give anything away, so I will just tell you that it is a suspenseful, twisty romance.The poster does it little justice.

The storyline is full of nuances that drags you in to each characters fully believable life.  The cinematography was unique, with great shots showing a perspective on the actors one rarely sees.


And the casting was done really well, each character shining through the actor chosen.  For example, the male protagonist, Dominique Pinon, was an unlikely choice that resulted in a beautiful finished product.

And I really liked Huguette’s mother, this stoic woman farmer.

 Okay, I must admit, I’m not a movie reviewer.  I just want to show you pretty pictures and tell you- Go see this movie!!!