Friday, June 29, 2012


No, that is not paint of any sort. Yes, it is ketchup, mustard, and oil on fabric.
Gotta love textiles.

And Kait for helping do ridiculous labs.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A camping we will go!

Russell and I are taking a Mountaineering class, so we have been preparing. 

In preparation....

We bought a tent!!

It weighs 3.5 lbs, is long enough for us to comfortably sleep in and has a handy little vestibule (vegetable as I kept getting it tongue tied) for our gear, in the front.

We practiced setting it up and taking it down at Smith Park, it was perfect weather to hang out in our little tent and we got our set up time to 3.5 minutes, woot!


We had talked and goofed around inside for a good hour or so when Russ turned to me, smiled, and said 
"I feel like we are still dating. I love you" and pulled me close to his chest.


Melt my heart a little more Mr. Gordon. Melt my heart a little more.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Disappearing act

We've been really good lately at pulling short term disappearing acts and stealing away together.

We drove up to Mesa Falls, checking another sight off the "Before We leave here forever" list. It was the perfect afternoon!

On the drive home, Russell asked me what my favorite part was, and then he told me his: 

"My favorite part, was when I was walking backwards up the trail and looked at you and you gave me a super cute little smile. That was my favorite."


Sheesh, these last posts have been nuthin but mush! So now that you're all caught up on how much I'm swooning over my husband now that I finally get to see him... I'll stop with the mush. :) 

Well, on the blog anyway.


When we got back into town, we apartment hunted, planned out a little road trip, looked for puppies on craigslist and headed out to the park to have a sunday spaghetti dinner with our favorite Warnicks (Kait has a phenomenal recipe for mozzorella stuffed meat balls..too good!) and then ended the night with some card games. Ok, so we played poker. 

And I got destroyed. Serves me right, eh?


Here's to hoping your weekend was just as brilliant!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

That blue eyed husband of mine...

I hadn't seen that blue eyed husband of mine since Monday.

Friday night at 12:34 am, we gathered up every blanket, pillow and sleeping bag in our house and skiddaddled out to Beaver D. to spend the night in our car. 


On the way, we turned the radio off and wrote a road trip bucket list by way of glove box light...on a napkin.

"This is serious business" I told him, "Sign your name"
and he did. Cursive and everything.


Then we snuggled in and watched the stars from the window until we fell asleep.


I love, love, love that blue eyed husband of mine.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Do you know what is happening RIGHT NOW??

Right now, at this very moment, Extravadance is wrapping up

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!!!!! 

No more late nights for the semester. 

No more begging people to let us know if we need to fix something...before the 11th hour, only to be told something needs to be fixed...from last semester.

No more burnt fingers or headaches form E6000.

No more hearing biketards being called bikatards.


It was fun to see 200 hours of my work (plus all the hundreds and hundreds of hours of the other girls) set in motion and lit up on stage. 

It was a bummer after putting so much work into the show to only be mentioned as a "costume shop stitcher" I was looking forward to adding that little program to my portfolio with my name on it, but oh well. 


It is done.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Finding time to be spontaneous

Last week, after a long day at work, I was completely irresponsible.

And let me tell you, it was wonderful!

We had just got done sewing up until our deadline when my friend Anna called:

"Hey, what are you doing RIGHT NOW?"

I told her I had just gotten off of work to which she replied.

"If you can make it across campus in less than 5 minutes, you can go stand up paddle boarding for free. Run. Now. Right now. Right Now!"

I only considered my homework for a second (and all the way to the river) but ultimately I decided to put it off for a couple hours and I am sooo glad I did! 


I highly suggest stand up paddle boarding and taking advantage of opportunities to be spontaneous. Life gets way too dull without it. :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cya after Extravadance...

This week has been crazy, we were lucky enough to snag some time and head over to my boss' house to have the most amazing tacos ever. It was a great break after an intense week which included:

25 Marching hats

25 coordinated costumes to go along with said hats including:

22 boleros 
22 dresses
3 drummer shirts
3 pairs of pants
all covered in gold trim and bedazzles.

Over 50 costume alterations

and 20 new costumes. 


We are down to the wire with alterations and 10 more costumes to 5 pm tomorrow. So, sorry for the lack of posting (again) I'll be back after Extravadance is over!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A give-a-what???

Hey bloggy friends, 
Seeing as I've finally put things up in my Etsy shop, I thought I'd celebrate by giving something away to you!

(Make a bunch of stuff, give it away, good business strategy. Right?)

My adorable blog buddy Lauren is hosting the give away, so go ahead and hop on over to her blog to get the rules for entry. 

oh, what are you entering to win? Don't you want to be surprised?

Okay, fine. 

The give away is for my custom made (that's fit to you baby) halter bow swimsuit it comes in coral, aquamarine (ok, blue) and black.


And while you're at it, you know you want to stop by my daring friend Margeaux's blog and see what sort of brave soul would model a friend's swimsuits. :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pittock Mansion

I had the opportunity to tour the Pittock Mansion
I walked through the halls snapping picture after picture, after picture of all the intricacies and the gardens and the wonderful vintageness of everything that was there. 

If you ever find yourself in the Portland area, I'd highly suggest you go (even though it is quite pricey...)

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Mill End Store and Pendleton Wool

Russ and I were in Portland from Wednesday to Friday, we didn't get to spend much time together, but that's okay. We were there to network with different fields.

The Textiles/Apparel Design group that I went with had the opportunity to go to the Mill End Store.

Can we say biggest fabric store in the Nation? 

....Even though the size was extremely impressive, I wasn't all that impressed with the fabrics. For some reason everything seemed old and a little frumpy. So I walked out with, not fabric, but; a half a candy bar.


However, I had much better luck at Pendleton Wool. We took the tour, saw some amazing prints coming out for Holiday 2013 and learned a lot about the textile. We also got to visit the store and score some delicious cream colored lightweight wool fabric for $24  $1.99 a yard. Say what??? 

I snatched that 2 1/8 yard up before I could even begin to think of what I would make with it. Right now I have it narrowed down to a shift dress or one of my own designs that I've been sketching around.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

In case you haven't noticed...

I have items up in my etsy shop. 

Swimsuits, custom made swimsuits. You know you want one!

You can also check out some of my other work and sketches 

Yay! Hard work finally coming together :)

Now to keep going :)

Saturday, June 9, 2012


I've been going, going, going and that means for the blog world, I've been gone. 

This week has been jam packed with wonderful stuff (and homework, blargh)

Wednesday morning at 2 am, Russ and I shuffled our sleepy bums out of bed and up the mile to school to board a bus to drive us to Salt Lake, to get on a plane to fly to 


It was so great to go to Portland again, I love that city. We went on all sorts of tours and made some awesome connections with designers and businesspersons alike. 

We went with the school on the internship expedition and were beyond pleasantly surprised when we pulled up to our hotel, smack dab in down town.

It was gorgeous and the sheets were oh so soft,which was beyond wonderful because after traveling for the better part of the day and going to meetings with big shot companies all on less than 2 hours of sleep...

I think any bed would have felt nice.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fendi: Invert Pleat Sheath Dress

Fendi: $1,850 

Here's the break down:
It's wool crepe, dry clean only. Of course, if you were to drop almost two grand on a dress you'd be all about dry cleaning, but I'm a college student and the coin-op laundry busts the bank sometimes.

Polyester Crepe (its a little thicker, and has a little bit less drape, also it's less breathable than wool crepe, but visually still pretty) $2.99/yd

and line with poly lining: $1.98/yd

You'll be needing a zipper for the back, and if you want a pattern to start with you can try this one: 

$5.50 at Burdastyle
The neckline will need to be raised and about 2 inches needs to be added in a seam along center front to create the third inverted pleat. A yoke will have to be created at the waist, and width will have to be added to the princess seams on the top of the dress. You can easily leave the cap sleeves off, but personally I like the dress better with a sleeve option.


Total costs are less than $20 for materials, if you're like me and like to pretend that you are getting paid the difference between your cost to recreate the look and the cost of the actual garment; and say you spend, 13.5 hours on it.

You just made somewhere around $135.55 an hour.

Dry cleaning, here we come!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Oy! My eyes!

So after spending what seemed like years on a slew of ugly black sweat pants, I had what may be my first sewing-life-crisis (they happen oh too frequently in the sewing world) and snatched up the most ugly/awesome fabric I could find. 

Metallic Gold Spandex.
You know those words both scare and entice...

So, excuse the picture quality, ignoring my thunder thighs and cockatoo hairdo:

BAM! Gold swimsuit! 


I tweaked and re-tweaked and lengthened and re-lengthened my original pattern so many times and I'm pretty happy with the result of the fit. Now to work up the courage to actually wear it swimming haha.

Saturday, June 2, 2012


I now have all the parts of my portfolio, they just need to be assembled.


That is all the news this blog post can handle.

Visiting Teaching

I have the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Visiting Teaching program through my church. It is a beautiful branch of Relief Society and honestly, until recently I hadn't really given it much thought or interest. 

I didn't see the point or significance of me going and talking to someone who I didn't know and possibly didn't have anything in common with. 

I have been so wrong. 

Sisterhood is a shared, inherent quality and blessing of the female gender, and it is something that I have all but overlooked for the longest time. I'm so excited about my visiting teaching companion and I'm excited to get to know the girls we teach, better.

Here's to gaining a better perspective, testimony and appreciation of the beautiful things in life.