Sunday, June 7, 2009

Summertime, and the living is...

So.  School has been out for exactly 19 days.  A lot has happened in that time!  I do have pictures of some of it, but I have, unfortunately, misplaced my camera.  But there will be pictures to accompany these events when I find it.  Luckily... it must be someplace in my house, because I become a total hermit in the summer and don't ever go out.  But I digress.  So here's what I have been doing with my life in the past 19 days.

The Job

Once upon a time, I had a summer job.  I worked as a 'Pantry Staff Member' at a local resort for a day and a half.   I was one of those girls who run around asking if people would like drinks and offering them different kinds of bread.  And who wore high-waisted, pleat front pants.  Ouch.  Since the dining room I was working in held about 750 people at a time, though, it was some pretty loud work.  "WOULD YOU LIKE SOME BREAD?!  THERE'S ICED RAISIN, BANANA NUT, AND OLIVE!!!"  It was like being a drum major all over again.  Turns out, I'm not one for hectic atmospheres, and I kiiiiiinda hated it.  So, when I managed to spill a glass of chocolate milk over the heads of not one, not two, but three people (and I swear, the chocolate milk expanded when it got outside of the glass), I realized that I am just not cut out to be a waitress after all.  Darn.  And that was the end of that.

The Job, Part 2

After turning in my apron and various other polyester resort garb, I was called the family I babysat for last summer.  They'd only had a girl at that point.  She's almost 2 now.  But they had a little boy 12 weeks ago, and now I am back to babysitting, which I looooove.  I either am home with E (which is how I'll refer to the girl, because it seems weird to put her whole first name on here, for some reason.  I mean, I just have such a VAST readership.) while their mom goes out with the baby boy in his carrier, or I sit with A (baby boy) while E does her swimming lessons, which their mom needs to be in the pool with her for.  Those swimming lessons?  Held at the resort I just quit. As Marissa put it, "the great goddess of awkwardness has chosen [me]."  But the babysitting is super fun.

When I'm not babysitting, I am sewing.  I'm making jackets for my mom's fife and drum corps, and soon I will be making vintage-style underwear.  Weird, but apparently there's a market for it, so whatever.

Everything Else!

Since I've been home, I've been able to do some sewing for myself!!  I'd cut out the Sabrina dress from Burdastyle before my first semester started, and I hadn't found any time at all to actually sew it over the school year.  But now it's almost done, I just have finish up the lining and add the straps. Then, I will take pictures of it!  Possibly me in it, possibly just it on the dress form.  It depends if I can find someone willing to watch me prance around in it.

I also want to learn to crochet this summer, preferably in the next two weeks or so.  I love knitting, but there aren't that many patterns for cute little knitted things, like the amigurumi patterns for crochet.  Also, I am totally incabable of using double-pointed knitting needles, so I can't really make anything round or tube-shaped.  With crocheting that won't be an issue.  Since I can't start with anything sensible when I learn to crochet, like, oh, I don't know, a scarf or something flat like that, I've been looking up things I do want to crochet.  Here are some of them.

Ana Paula's Amigurumi Patterns: very cute patterns. 

She has an etsy shop, too, and apparently a couple books.  So, if I do get good at crochet, I'll definitely be checking those out.

One of the reasons it's been so long since I blogged is my ENORMOUS FINAL PROJECT for my fashion art and design class last semester.  We had to choose a muse, and an element of Victorian style, and design 5 eveningwear ensembles combining the two.  I, as some of you may remember, had chosen Amelie, as portrayed by Audrey Tautou in the movie Amelie.

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More when I find my camera!