Hello! I’ve been busy in the kitchen the last few days. I always trick myself into thinking I’ll cook less in the summer, but its never true. My most lovely creation this week is a fresh strawberry pie. Two pound boxes of strawberries were on sale for $1.88 at the store, so this was the natural conclusion.

Lately I’ve also been making lentil soup, salsa, lemonade, brownies (from scratch!) and gallons of chicken stock. Whew! Now I’m taking a break to focus on some more important things… like saddle shoes!!!

We’ve been watching Twin Peaks lately and its been really inspirational. However, my favorite fashion piece are the saddle shoes. I’ve seen a few charactres wearing them, but I love them in the introduction of Audrey Horne’s character.

And then she trades them out for some candy apple red pumps. I love her!

I was inspired to poke around on the internet here a little bit and ran across a super cute saddle shoe variation. I want these! Or, I want to learn how to make shoes and make these.

In case you’re wondering, they’re the Rilo by Big Buddha and they also come in pinstripe! Yay!

Oh, by the way, I think the pie might be Twin Peaks inspired as well. There is so much pie and doughnut footage on that show it drives me wild.

Hello! I managed to give myself a series of headaches over the last few days, so no new sewing..yet. I thought I’d post some inspiration pictures instead! I’m very interested in soft romantic up-do hairstyles, so I’ve been looking for some good examples. I’m working on growing my hair out right now, so it’s not quite ready for the full gibson girl style I love, but I can just about fake it with a french twist in the back and then a clipped up pomp or knot in the front. Here are the pictures I found.

These are the original Gibson sketches, and they are absolutely charming!

Here is a lovely vintage photo with a great hairstyle and atmosphere…

And here is a look I like from a step by step guide for a classic 1860’s style, made whimsical with fresh flowers. (click to see the full guide)

See you later!

Hello! I’m Andi and this is my first blog, as hard as that may be to believe at the ripe old age of 25. I’m starting this blog as a place to document the things that I make each day. I hope to use it to keep my momentum going as I attempt applying to grad school as well as making my own wardrobe from scratch. In fact, I just went fabric shopping yesterday and got everything I need to make some new outfits. I’m super excited, but I’m also a little appalled at how much money I spent. I solemnly vow not to buy anymore fabric this year! Especially since I already have an unmanageable stash to draw from.

Here are some pictures of my haul:guilty pleasuresFrom left to right: red and white stripe seersucker, ivory lace with embroidered eyelet border, blue floral cotton and mustard floral cotton.

L to R: the same seersucker again, lightweight denim, blue and white stripe charmeuse, brown cotton linen blend and mulberry silk.

The surprising part is I bought these at Jo-Ann’s. I haven’t bought fabric there in years. But I had coupons… And I actually found fabric I really loved. Obviously. I’ll break down what I plan to make with each of these and more in the coming days.

Also here are some photos of my worktable. We live in a very very small apartment, so I am lucky to have this much space to work in. Thanks Jeremy, thanks Roy! I don’t think Roy minds too much though, since he sleeps under the table.

Now it’s late and I’m going to go snuggle my bulldog and read some Dorothy Parker. See you tomorrow!