Sunday, March 11, 2012

Another cup of Sencha and the benefits of a morning run

I've had a rather productive week which I'm quite proud of. First up, I managed to finish another Sencha top which I had cut out about a month ago but never really had the time to sew up. I don't really do that much in the evenings. Mostly because by the time I get home from work and made dinner, I just want to veg out in front of the TV with the BFG (we don't always wash the dishes straight after either... shhhh).

It could be perhaps because I committed to the Lisette sewalong, I felt I really needed to get my shit together and start doing stuff. So instead of being holed up in the craft room, I took the sewing machine out and took over the dining table. Before I start the Lisette Passport dress, I thought I had better finish what I had already started and it was this Sencha top.

Sencha in 80's Japanese fabric
This fabric has moved with me about 3 times already. A friend of mine gave it to me and a whole bunch of other fabric maybe about 5 years ago and this one is my favourite. I've been saving it for something that I'll actually wear.

This is the second one I've made. The first one still needs a bit of fixing and I can see all the mistakes I made while making it. This one is slightly better. I need to take this one in a bit more on the sides but the drapier fabric is much better than the cotton I used in the last one I made.

Now that this is out of the way (as in off the floor of the craft room), I can start on the Lisette dress. I still need to get some bias binding and a zipper (because I didn't read the instructions through when I went off to buy supplies and when I got home, I was like, huh? Zipper????)

I've also been really consistent with my morning runs. Well talk about a payoff. About 2 weeks ago, we had council pickup in our area. I have a love/hate relationship with council pickup. I'm always interested to see what people are throwing out and if there were any gems among the garbage. Then I start to despair when the Council doesn't actually pick the crap up on the day specified and our street starts to look like a tip (how many clam shell plastic pools, bits of doors and more bits of Ikea Billy bookshelves can be thrown out??).

On one of my morning runs, I ran past a small Christmas tree that someone was throwing out and next to it was a small cardboard box. I was thinking that it might be some Christmas decorations that are no longer wanted so slowed down to have a sticky beak. But holy guacamole, it wasn't Christmas decorations but a Print Gocco set!! Like OMFG!! I have been wanting one of these for years and to find one abandoned on the side of the road waiting for the Council truck to come.

Then I had a dilemma, do I just stop my run now and pick it and take it home? Or finish my run, come back and get it hoping nobody else would realise what a fantastic find this was? My dedication to health and fitness got the better of me, I decided to keep running and on my cool down walk, come back for it.

Complete Print Gocco set!!
Luckily, it was still there. No other crafty types went by in the 15 minutes it took for me to finish my run and walk back. As I was walking home, all I could think of was, OMG, OMG, OMG, can't believe my luck.

I just need to get some ink for it and I can start printing away. But knowing me, I'll put this away till I have more time to do something with it.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Lisette - a-long

About a month ago, I bought a few of the Lisette sewing patterns from and promptly put them away for when I have more time (and better sewing skills). Then I saw on Curlypops that she is hosting a Lisette sew-along and that Spotlight is selling the Lisette patterns and fabric. I decided I may as well just give this a go. So today, a quick trip to Spotlight (which also included a stopover at Costco), I came home with the fabric and thread. I'm not making the same dress as Ms Curlypops seeing as I already had some patterns that I wanted to make first.

I'm really hoping to be able to do this. I just really struggle with time. Weekdays are pretty much out because now that I'm a "morning person" I am totally out by around 9.30pm. And considering I don't get home from work till about 7.15pm, there isn't much left to my night.

My mornings are generally - get up at 5.30am, mooch around, coffee and then go for a run around 6.15am. I've built up to 30 minute full runs again and my goal is to finally get to 10km of straight running.

I have also started my swimming lessons. Basically I go swimming with the BFG and my sister/s on Saturday morning and then at 12.30 pm, I go to my swimming lessons. I've already had 4 lessons which has been fantastic. Because I'm not a complete beginner, these lessons are really a way of pushing me back into swimming freestyle. This morning I managed 40 metres, so just shy of completing the full length of the pool. The goal for end of term is to be able to swim freestyle for a full 50 metres.

So while the freestyle swimming has been going great guns, I've come to the realisation that I can't float. My feet immediately start to sink and then water over my face and it's all over, red rover. I can do a mushroom float, but I don't think that would be terribly useful if the boat I was on suddenly exploded and I was thrown into the deep vast ocean and the only way to survive is to float until I'm rescued (yes, vivid, active imagination - that's me).