Category Archives: Boyfriend Material

Aprons and Eye Candy

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Today I’ve been working on some aprons for the Christian Academy. It’s funny how I can put off making inventory for my shop for so long, but when I know someone’s relying on me I tend to work a little harder, at the very least.

This reminds me a bit of Marie Forleo’s “catch a flight” technique. If you can wake up at 4:00 AM to catch a flight because you know it’s leaving with or without you, you can wake up at 7 AM to work at home. Yeah, it works the same for me. If I can work this diligently on something for someone else, I can surely work up the gumption to do it for me, for my business. I’ve gotta remember this feeling and try to be just as motivated every day, and with future projects. Anyway, let’s get back on track here…

I’ve had quite a few snags with this project. First, I only had universal and leather needles on hand, so I opted for a leather needle, assuming the universal ones wouldn’t hold up. That was a terrible idea. Leather needles are made to cut thicker, non-woven materials, and therefore have to be able to cut as they sew. This makes my straight stitches look really wavy on the underside of the material. Now I’m using denim needles, which are suited for sewing through layers of woven fabrics without cutting and damaging them so much. Problem solved!

Then this happened:

What you’re seeing here was after a little bit of panicking and tugging and a lot of pounding my head against my sewing machine. My needle came right out and was jammed down into the throat plate. The hard part was getting it out of my fabric without making the hole bigger. This is why you need to tighten the screw fully when switching needles! I’m glad the damage wasn’t noticeable, because it certainly wouldn’t have been reparable if it had gone in just a little further. But, a disheartening mistake like this is one of the many reasons I keep this guy close by whenever I’m sewing, just when I need a little pick-me-up.

I made this pincushion forever ago, but recently acquired the eye-pins in a big bag of old buttons I got this summer! Now he’s got a customizable face!

All in all, I’m glad I made the progress that I did. It took me two days, but I finally finished the first apron today. Once I had done this, I figured the next 7 would be a breeze. I was still in the process of cutting out the rest of my pieces when I had to call it a day, but I’m excited and ready for tomorrow!

Afterwards I enjoyed an early dinner with my two favorite people, Brad and Katie. As we were heading out of Burger King, I realized I wanted a picture of Brad in his spiffy new work clothes before we got on the road. I even had the pleasure of snapping a shot of him without a goofy face on. Even Katie made a special appearance in an accidental photobomb.

I don’t know if she’s giving us a wave goodbye or trying to cover her face to avoid the picture. Either way, I’m pretty happy with this shot. My guy can be pretty darn handsome when he wants to be.

Oh! I almost forgot to mention that I’m less than 50 page-views from hitting 1000! I’m so excited! I hope you’ve enjoyed my sewing anecdotes! Thanks for reading, internet!

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Valentines for Gamers and Stinkers

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Brad has been full of surprises for the past week. Craft-related surprises, which are the best kind. On top of my new stockpiles of felt, floss, card-stock, and brand new shelves(which are perfectly naked and ready to be attacked by any of my new s’plies!), I got two bouquets from him – one last night that he couldn’t wait until today to give me, and one today, which he decided I needed for my desk at work. To top that off, he made me a card with my own paper. It’s beautiful.

And so, I had to make him a card to express my eternal love for him and how very awesome and incredible he is and how much he means to me. The problem here is that… I had a lot to say, and I couldn’t decide what the most important thing was to put on one card. I also needed to wrap his valentine in a really sweet way. Ladies, the Omni-card, for your gamer boyfriends.

This PS3 game is wrapped in fabric. The ribbon around it is decoupaged paper that I doodled, stickered, stitched on, and the card that’s holding it is hand-stitched by yours truly, accented by my favorite craft-supply, brads. Brads brads brads. I love him. Anywho, by moving the card or ribbon around, he can see some, but not all of the great things that he is.

I should’ve bought him something bigger so I could write more stuff. Oh, and never forget to make valentines for little brothers.

Something About Brad

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Today I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to a very handsome man, my boyfriend Brad.

Brad’s 27 today. He’s extremely sexy, incredibly fun and funny, and is the most wonderful guy I’ve ever met, to say the least. This picture taken by the crappy photographer my mom hired for her wedding doesn’t do any justice for such an amazingly handsome man. I’m glad to call him mine. Happy birthday, baby.

We celebrated Brad’s birthday with an awesome home-cooked meal and butter-cinnamon cake from his mom(as well as a pair of brand-new work boots), a trip to Walmart, and a crappy little incident with our clutch that means we won’t be doing much driving anytime soon. Also Brad mowed the lawn for his parents, because he’s just a kind and helpful guy like that. :)

He’s busy updating his Xbox, a gift I got him right before our car broke down last time. I suppose it’s a good thing he got it early, because we certainly wouldn’t be able to pay for it now.

In other news, I’d like to apologize. I was really proud of myself for keeping the blog nice and updated semi-regularly, but work has picked up again and there hasn’t been much time for blogging. Aside from today, Brad and I have spent every waking moment either flagging or driving since the moment we left the motel in West Virginia. On the upside, we’re gonna be seeing some fat paychecks this weekend, which generally means more craft supplies. You can never have too many. Speaking of crafting, here’s the progress I’ve made on my to-do list since I listed it in this blog post:

Embroidery project seen in DIY Embroidery Patterns in Gimp
Brad’s work uniform alterations
Brad’s duct tape wallet
Unfinished cross-stitching project
Duct tape coaster-turned-ashtray for use in the car
10 awesome pincushions, for practice(/products?)

As you probably haven’t noticed(unless you opened up the link before the list) I haven’t done much, aside from Brad’s uniform. I was hoping to get his wallet finished before his birthday, but the company killed that goal. Well, internet, thanks for checking out my boyfriend and my progress, and of course I’d love for you to take the fricking poll at the bottom of my Blog Advice post. I’d like to know what the hell my readers are thinking.