Crafty Monday: a t-shirt skirt


6.29.2009.skirtI made this skirt yesterday out of some of my husband’s old skateboarding t-shirts. I’ve made this skirt before with a different set of t-shirts, in black, and I wear it all the time. It’s the most comfortable piece of clothing I own, I swear. So I thought I needed another one. This is a pattern from the book, Generation T (an, ok, when I just did my search I noticed that there is a new Generation T book out. I am so getting it!). It was dead easy to make. I screwed up the first time around (on this one) I accidentally made the waist too big, but it was easy to rip out and cut the top parts of the skirt smaller. I am thinking that with both of my skirts I will put in a drawstring.

Raf and I laughed about the X-Small graphic on the side of the skirt. I told him I could wear the graphic in the back and then be all ironic. If you get what I mean. ahem.

Hasse’s Greenhouse



I’ve decided to try to take a picture a day again. I’ve kind of missed doing it. It’s a nice way to do something creative everyday and it is one of those things that gets me into right-brain mode quickly. I’m not going to beat myself up if I miss a day though.

I took this yesterday evening while on a walk in my neighborhood. I live near Hasse’s Greenhouse, a fabulous place to buy plants. I love the entrance to the place. It has a very European feel to it.

What’s going on

Matthew Broderick Sarah Jessica Parker Shankbo...

Image by david_shankbone via Flickr

A judge temporarily halts publication on a followup to Catcher in the Rye. Interesting.

A pilot dies while flying a plane from Belgium to New Jersey!

It is interesting to see the protesting in Iran in our Web 2.0 global world.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have twins! Via a surrogate!

Ed MacMahon died. This makes me a little bit sad.

Another really sad event: the deadly D.C. Metro crash on Monday.

JK Rowing is being charged with plagiarism. ugh.

A teenager dies in the tubd, electrocuted. She tried to Twitter from her bathtub.

This story breaks my heart. It’s one thing to read about what is happening in Iran. It’s another thing to put a face on it. It really amplifies the situation.

Entrelac bag


unfelted entrelac bag

I finished the knitting part of this last week but didn’t get it lined until Saturday. I had some fabric in my stash that was going to be used for a circle skirt that I used to line it. I also made pockets on the lining to make it easy to stash my phone and ipod and other little things.

I originally knitted an icord handle but didn’t like how stretchy it was so I bought a handle at JoAnns. I had no idea at all how to put a handle on a knitted item. So I looked through a couple of books and decided to knit a tab that I could sew down onto the purse. I tried it out when I put my wallet, phone, and other stuff into it and took it to the store to go grocery shopping. It pretty much ripped off of the purse as soon as I reached into my purse. So I searched around the internet for ideas. I found this tutorial and decided to try it. It seems to be working just fine, so I’m happy.

Here is my Ravelry project page if you want the details.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Books, Music, Art, Movies

Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesIt occurs to me that I haven’t posted about what I’m reading for quite a long time and that makes me kind of sad. I’ve been reading books lately that have provoked a strong reaction, good and bad, so I should talk about it.

And without further adieu, here is the the book I read last week:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

rating: 1 of 5 stars

This is exactly what the title says it is. The story of Pride and Prejudice, exactly the original words of  Jane Austen, with a further plot twist thrown in written by Grahame-Smith that involves the Victorian British countryside being overtaken by zombies. In this version of Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet is a warrior trained in ancient martial arts so that she can kill the zombies that plague her world.

I was able to get about halfway through this book. It was rather entertaining for awhile but then I started getting a little bored with the zombie bits. I was enjoying the “Pride and Prejudice” bits and thinking, “I should just read Pride and Prejudice again.” Then one day last week I was eating lunch and I got to the part where Elizabeth is dining with Charlotte (who is about to turn into an undead) and her new husband. I won’t go into detail here but let’s just say that I was beyond grossed out. I almost couldn’t finish my lunch. I love a good horror story but gratuitous gore is not something I’m really in the mood for right now. Especially while I’m eating. When I relayed the offending scene to Raf, he said that it was a scene lifted directly from the film Army of Darkness. Which I haven’t seen. The author, obviously, was trying to be funny but I just couldn’t get into it.

Several people have mentioned that they find the cover disturbing. I am not at all bothered by the cover. I think it’s actually kind of funny. It’s obviously a satire on the cover for the original book. And, really, that is what we have here. A satire. I am generally a fan of satire but am not a fan of getting grossed out while I’m eating my lunch.