Friday, April 16, 2010

What I’ve been up to….

Ok, so y’all know how I love a vacation, right?? Well, I am FINALLY going to be able to go on vacation again next weekend. Yep, just as soon as the clock strikes 5 p.m. next Thursday afternoon, me and K-dubb are headin’ for the panhandle.

We had planned to go in the middle of March, but because one of our friends decided she needed to push her baby shower back a week, we had to push our vacation back to the 4th weekend in April. Actually, this worked out good, because they’re having the Riverfront Festival. Yay :-)

This year has been crap, for lack of a better term. Sure, I have a lot to be thankful for, and I’m not overlooking that fact at all. It could’ve been a lot worse and through everything, we’ve gotten through, and God has been good to us. My mom has done very well so far during treatments (one more to go! Yay!), but truthfully, my stomach has been in knots since November. I’ve had other personal drama and I’ve had to make a lot of big decisions lately (some still pending). Do I go back to school? Do I try to just get into a career? What do I want to do when I grow up (lol)? Is it the right time to move out? It’s just been a lot on my plate. So, to say I’m DESPERATELY seeking some rest and relaxation on this trip would be an understatement. Plus, it’ll be really nice to be able to hang out with Krystle. It seems like we’ve been running around like crazy people here recently and haven’t had much time to hang out.

Because the anticipation of this trip has been killing me lately, I’ve tapped into my creative juices and have gotten inspired to sew again. In fact, I’ve been sewing up a storm lately.

--I realize I look like fido’s butt in these pictures. I’d been running around all day. And if I looked agitated/surprised in the pictures, it’s because my sister doesn’t believe in “One, two, three.” You’ll be standing there, adjusting the dress, and you see a flash. No warning…just snap….will add “teach Rheba how to take a picture” on my list of things to do--.

So…I’m not sure about this dress. I loved the fabric (it’s polka dots…I love me some polka dots!), but I actually made this dress to test the pattern out, before I made my Easter dress. I learned that I needed to take up about two inches off the sides. It was way too big through the stomach and hips. Plus, I didn’t really like the idea of a yoke after I made it. It just didn’t go together really smoothly. And maybe it’s just me…but it kind of ended up looking like a moo-moo. And….I don’t want to look like our crazy white van lady here in Trenton.

Here is my Easter dress. I used the same dress pattern, but completely reworked the top of the dress. I decided to do a few more pleats and put a band and straps instead of the yoke. I really liked this one. The bottom band is white eyelet material. Why did I choose navy and white, you ask? To match the Dooney purse I got for Christmas…lol. Super cute, it’s navy and white with sailboats all over it :)

I worried a little about this dress. I tend to like prints, bold colors, etc. I just didn’t want my butt to look like a billboard for the garden club. I actually liked the way this turned out. It’s fun, comfy, and colorful.

The zebra-stripe bug has bit me. I love it. So, I made this skirt by just using a straight a-line skirt that I already had, and used it as a pattern. I made a headband to match it.

I loved this fabric.

I was super excited about this dress. I thought that I was going to wear this while walking on the beach or something. In saying that, I will admit here that I made a mistake. I didn’t pre-wash this material. Big mistake. While I made it bigger on purpose, thinking that it would shrink…I didn’t take into consideration that the length of it would shrink. I have what is known as a G.B….Ghetto booty. The dress is super short (at least to me). So, I’m going to go over to the fabric store tonight and get some more red fabric to add a border to the bottom. I still really like it. I just have to alter it a bit :)

I can’t wait for vaction!!!


  1. I hope you have a wonderful trip! Relax Relax Relax Just laugh and hang out. Don't worry about making life's big decisions. Rest assured, they will be right here when you get back.

    I LOVE your dresses. They turned out so good. I may need a lesson or two...or 52 ;)

    My favorite dress is a toss up between the watermelon too short dress and the garden club diva! Like you, I love some print.

  2. I love love love the Garden Club dress! yOu have serious talent girl!

  3. Um sorry 'bout that. Lest you think my husband is stalking you......he was signed into the computer and I didn't know it! LOL I love your dresses!!!!!!!!!!!