Wisdom Teeth Lend No Knowledge

But they do offer you something!

Pain and agony. Seemingly endless pain and agony.

One day you’re eating large, full bites of the most delicious food, and yawning like a normal human being, then the next you can barely open your mouth, and feel like the only solution to your agony would be to just rip out all of your teeth and invest in dentures early.

Of course, reality eventually sets in once you are sat in the oral surgeons office, deciding how you want to present yourself while they yank teeth out of your skull, and then gleefully take all your money for it.

So, after about a week of terrible pain, not being able to open my mouth more than a quarter inch, and a quick visit to the other side of consciousness via IV drip, I am down two teeth and up a cheek bruise. WOOP.

They prescribed me pain pills to help with the horribleness, and reluctantly I’ve taken them. I like to stay away from things like that, but I could barely make it a minute without wanting to die. Since I’ve been on them, I’ve been pretty out of it, so I decided to stay away from my sewing machine, for fear of stitching my finger to something.

I’ve been pasted to the couch and it’s the worst. Not working and not doing anything was giving me cabin fever, so I decided to pick something creative up that I could do while I was here. I know I know, I knit and crochet as well, but have you tried counting rows on pain pills? Yeah it’s practically impossible.

I found my sketchbook from high school and decided I would try my hand at drawing. Which quickly turned to painting. So, after I threw away all the crap I did when Slipknot was the only band I listened to, I sat down and got to work.

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I was waiting for my roommate to get her butt out of the shower so we could have ice cream and watch the new episode of Bob’s Burgers, so I decided to draw this QT.

Then I decided to futz around with paint

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…….and then I dripped some paint and added a heart

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The next day I put it on wood

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Once it was all over, I had the itch to do another.
I tend to do this thing, where I find something I like to do, and then I do it a lot. Constantly. I also seem to rotate creative projects, so I guess I am currently into painting. That and if I lean over my sewing table too long, my cheeks swell up into full-blown chipmunk mode.

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They’re pretty simple, but I don’t really mind. One day I hope to get a little more detailed, but for now they suit me just fine. I know exactly where they are going to go on the wall.

Note to self: I like the wood from JoAnn’s more than I like the wood from Hobby Lobby.

Sew Selfish Sundays: a WIP

I think it’s about time for me to introduce a segment into my blog. I sure am a fan of consistency!

So here we go, the inaugural post to Amity Island’s Sew Selfish Sundays!

Let’s be real. I pretty much try to sew only for myself these days. Saying no to people does sometimes become hard, though, usually because once your friends find out you are a sewing machine wizard (sort of), suddenly they all want a BILLION things sewn for them, pretty much on the house. Sometimes, I don’t mind. Really. I am actually sort of itching to sew my roommates daughter a dress out of some leftover Star Wars comic fabric I have left in my enormous stash. But, that’s another post in itself.

A few days ago, I posted about my pretty largely ambitious sewing goals for the year. So far, I have found the perfect bralette and undies patterns, and ordered a dress pattern as well. I can confidently cross those off the list of patterns to source. I mentioned Ohhh Lulu as being a previous source, and again, she did not disappoint.
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This is her Longline Bralette. It’s pretty much perfect. I’ve made one already, as a mock up. I found some beautiful hunter green velvet on sale at Joann’s, so I thought it would be the perfect “wearable muslin if it doesn’t suck” fabric. I was right. It’s so great. It definitely isn’t perfect, but being that it was my first time sewing with fold over elastic (FOE), I did pretty well.

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I also picked out her High Waist Panties as well. Can’t wait to lounge around in these beauties.

SO! On to my current WIP.
As I mentioned before, I already made one. After I perfect them, I will post it so I can laugh at myself. For now, I will just wear it around, feeling like the Vintage Velvet Princess I know I should be.

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Once again, I found this fabric on super sale at Joann’s, because I refuse to buy the good stuff until I’m ready. It’s a super soft cotton knit with the cutest tiny flowers all over.

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So teeny tiny, I love them.

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I was very impressed with myself on how the bust turned out at their meeting point. So perfect and precise. I really love the cream satin FOE I picked up yesterday from the Sewing Studio.

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I think my breasts are a little larger than the pattern is intended for, so I may need to size up to get better coverage. I may also want to elongate the bottom band down to my waist, for a more tank-topy vibe. After I finally sew up the bottoms, I will make that decision.

I am having so much fun binding these edges with elastic. I once used bias tape on the outside of a potholder I made my dad for Christmas a few years ago, and I hated it. Maybe I will give it another shot.

I just checked the tracking for my dress patterns arrival date, and I think it will be here tomorrow! I AM SO EXCITED.

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I know I don’t have a lot of followers on my blog, but I want to apologize anyway. I have been SO busy, working full time weeks as well as overtime, and crocheting up a storm to get Christmas gifts done before I run out of time. Maybe starting a blog this late in the year wasn’t really in good form, if I wanted to keep up with it on time.

Between all of this, I have found time to open myself up an Etsy shop. Drum roll please……….

https://www.etsy.com/shop/PinEmUp

I’ve actually just uploaded my newest baby ice cream:

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As well as a new Florida style Christmas palm tree:

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Ch-ch-ch-check it out.

Also, a dollar from each sale will go to help the 306 Foundation. What is that you ask? Well, I will insert my post from Facebook from a month or so back.

Since I have started working with The Spice & Tea Exchange of Winter Parkand The Ancient Olive about 2 1/2 years ago, we have always sold a few products that – with 100% of the profits – helped to benefit a local foundation that helps put an end to human trafficking in Central Florida, as well as helping out at-risk women and children in the community. That foundation is the 306 Foundation. Lately, we have been lucky enough to meet and work with some of the women that are benefiting from this amazing foundation, via their Toolbox4Life program. Speaking one on one with them was both heartbreaking and inspiring. The most inspiring part about them, was that out of everything they have endured, they are crazy determined to make a better life for themselves and their children, with whom they share space with in their shelter.

Because of my position at work, I was able to extend a job offer to one of the women from the program that we had job shadow us last week. This holiday season, I would also like to help monetarily, by donating $1 from each small crocheted item sold, and $3 for any large, directly to the 306 foundation. Everything I have made and will make, is handmade individually with love and care, in a smoke free and pet free home. Brooches, patches, and ornaments are available. In addition to the things I have posted already, I am open to requests and suggestions. I hope that this picks up, because if it does, I will eventually be able to donate more per item.

If you would like to help directly, you can visit them athttp://www.306foundation.org/
‪#‎getinvolved‬

COMPLETED: Get the fox outta here! basket.

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It’s finished! I actually finished this last week, but I had to keep all of my million readers in suspense, of course. Or maybe I just got lazy. You choose your adventure.

The quickest parts of this entire thing, were the ears and the eyes. The ears were the most fun.

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They’re so cute and tiny. I love them so much. I thought about making another pair by themselves, and attaching them to a wire headband of some sort. IDK just spit balling over here. I’ve got a million projects in my head, maybe I shouldn’t add another one to my queue just yet.

So here it is, my sweetly adorable labor of love, wonky eyes and all:

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Whatcha think? SO CUTE AMIRITE?! Just sitting over on my end table, being cute as shit and holdin’ my yarn. I also bought this mug at TJ Maxx a couple weeks ago

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Aaaaaaaaand then maybe this other one at Wal-Mart a week later

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You could maybe say I’m obsessed. If I could possess an actual fox as a pet, I would. Who wouldn’t?! Look at these faces, they just scream “CUDDLE ME!”

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Sweet lil BB foxes. OK, I think I’ve used to adjectives “sweet” “cute” and “adorable” enough times for one night. Roommate and I are living on the edge tonight – we bought a white wine just because it claimed to taste like cake batter. Spoiler alert: it totally does.