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Will you just look at this cute little guy?   My mother and I took her dog, Regan, over to Columbia Park to meet the squirrels.

Make-A-List Monday is an idea that I borrowed from Sarah Craig over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and I thank her for inspiring me to try it!

Had a short list last week, as I was out of town for three days.  Let’s see how I did.

  • Try a circle skirt with a woven.  I’m thinking the same technique with a little extra ease should work.

Done!  I should have grabbed a pic before I disassembled it, but it was made with a fairly hideous fabric from my Freecycle haul.  I also wrote up some instructions for the circle skirt class I’m going to teach. I’m pretty happy with the process I’ve come up with–it works with either knit or woven fabric, it doesn’t require a zipper or a waistband, and no math is involved.

  • Get my hand work done while I’m in Olympia over the weekend.

Not quite, but made some good progress.  One block done, one about halfway, one not started.  I had SO been looking forward to getting together with a new friend for a crafty evening, but she bailed at the last minute, so I kind of lost my motivation and didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped.



So, this week’s list of to-dos:

  • Cut out a black knit skirt.  I had been planning to use this cotton knit for leggings, but realized it’s 2-way stretch, and I’d need 4-way for leggings.  So I pulled this wrap skirt pattern out of the stash (it’s dated 2001) and plan to make view G.  This will be a nice basic to wear with tunics.  More secret pajamas!


  • Cut out this blouse (or attempt to).  I’ve been thinking I need some more tops, and pulled out some T-shirt type patterns.  But then I saw this post from Lynn and this one from Gayle Ortiz and I thought, you know, I can do something more interesting than a T-shirt.  So I looked through my sewing stuff again and came up with this pattern, recently purchased from SCRAP, and this very cool quilting cotton.  I’m a little short on fabric to make the top, but I’m going to see if I can make it work.


  • And now for something completely different:


This is Pooh’s cardboard scratching box and he loves it more than anything except the Mama Bear.  I recently came into a large amount of cardboard (partner ordered a new plastic mat for underneath his desk chair and, rather than being shipped rolled up, it came packed flat in between two huge sheets of cardboard), so I went a-googling and found instructions on how to make your own scratching boxes.  So that’s going to happen this week, and may become another future SCRAP class.

While I’m working on that, here are some more pictures from my week!

Another one from Columbia Park–baby geese!


This past weekend was the Seattle International Randonneurs’ Fleche ride–the 11 teams participating had 24 hours to ride 360 kilometers ending in Olympia, WA.  My honey’s team started in Portland, OR, and I drove up to Olympia to meet them at the end.  They had great weather the whole way, as you can see in this picture of the Olympia waterfront.


On Sunday, after the Fleche banquet, we drove home, taking the scenic route to see if we could get some good shots of Mount Rainier.  “The mountain is out,” as they say in Seattle.


We took a brief stop at Mud Mountain Dam for a little stroll.


And another at Crystal Mountain Resort, where I had a hard time believing I was looking at snow–and lots of people skiing on it–when the temperature was above 70F.


Have a great week, everybody!