I decided not to make my annual pilgrimage to New York this year, for several reasons. The prospect of not spending time with my friends, in the city I love, was very disappointing but I decided to make the best of it, and am taking a Stay-cation this week (vacation from work, but staying home). It's not New York, and the weather has been crap, but it's been enjoyable nonetheless.
I haven't done anything exciting so far, but there is something very satisfying about curling up on the couch with your cat and a good book on a rainy afternoon, and if you happen to fall asleep, it's ok. I've uploaded some new music to my iPod, taken a bunch of empty shopping bags to my local thrift store for them to re-use, started listening to a new podcast, and had lunch at two local restaurants that are only open when I am usually at work. There was a visit to the gym, and my physiotherapist in there too, and some thrifting in my neighbourhood. I'll save photos of what I found for the next post.
He's so happy to have me home with him. There has been lots of snuggles and playtime
Lula - we've had some struggles, but I think we are on our way to being friends
I am also working on making friends with my new sewing machine. I got it in early August, but was sufficiently intimidated that I chose to wait until I had a block of time when I could give it my full attention. I had an old Singer sewing machine about 20 years ago, which I used to make curtains for my apartment, but haven't touched a machine since. I had my first sewing lesson last week, during which I made most of a pair of boxer shorts, so I understand how the thing works, and am not terrible at sewing a straight seam. I have more trouble getting the thing threaded, and figuring out what stitch to use for what purpose. As with most new skills, practice makes perfect, so I'm looking forward to getting acquainted with Lula, as she has been christened.
As long as I'm going on about crafty stuff, now would be a good time to show you photos of the thrifted Doc Martens I customized during the summer....
Heather spied these 20-hole Doc Marten boots at Talize, and when they didn't fit her, she handed them over to me. They were very cool, but also very WHITE.
I spent a lot of time deliberating what to do with them, and after a couple of visits to Michael's craft store, I decided to go with a grey and black theme. After a thorough cleaning, I used a sponge to apply a light layer of grey leather paint all over the boots.
I also picked up some black leather paint and a stencil. I spent the next week or so adding the gear and cog shapes to the boots, letting each one dry before adding another. I can tell which ones I did first as they have more smears and drips, but I got less sloppy with practice and the last couple looked pretty good. Overall, I was pleased with how they turned out, especially since this was the first time I had ever done anything like this.
All you DIY and sewing queens out there (you know who you are, Vix, Pao, Sue and Mel, to name a few) have nothing to fear from me as far as competition, but you have all inspired me to try my hand at making stuff, so thank you.
I still have 4 days of freedom left, so who knows what adventures await?