3.27.2013

PR&P Sew-along: Whistlers Mother

I guess this will be my first official sewing post in blog-o-boggo land.

So here's the thing.  I am not a good seamstress by any stretch of the imagination.  I like little, easy projects that take very little time. I enjoy sewing for my kids and occasionally myself.  When I try things that are too elaborate, I end up crying and my whole household ends up regretting the fact that my sewing machine ever hit the kitchen table.  So if I'm feeling in the mood to sew, the project must be easy or I have to be extra motivated.  {And it's hard to be motivated when Target is beckoning with it's addictive dollar bin section and clothing sales.}

Anyway, I've been following the Project Run & Play blog for a while now.  If you've never heard of it, it's a spin off of Project Runway, only for bloggers who sew kid clothes. Savvy?  I got really into voting a few seasons ago and I enjoy seeing what people create. And they have a sew along that I've always been too scared to join up with.  First, because I didn't have an actual blog to share more than one picture; second, because of my inability to sew; and third, because what if I get made fun of? Sometimes the crafting/sewing blog world feels like lunchtime in middle school and I feel like the loser sitting by myself at the lunch table in the lunchroom while all the popular kids are eating together at the cool kid table. Ya, that's how I feel when it comes to sharing my projects with others.  There are all the cool bloggers who go to conferences together and know each other and can actually sew and then their are the peon bloggers who lack skills {mostly just myself.} 

But I feel brave this week. I mean, really, who even cares?! So I got sewing, started up this blog, and now I present my spin on Whistlers Mother or An Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1:
Ya.  It's not amazing.  But I kinda like it anyway.
When I asked Superman what piece of art I should do, he confidently suggested Whistlers Mother.  I was surprised that he could name off a painting so quickly.  {I am usually the lover of art and humanities in this house.} And then I asked him if he knew what Whistlers Mother even looked like.  And he said, "Um.....no."  That's what I figured, but I just had to make sure.  {I appreciate that he was trying to care.}  :)
But Whistlers Mother stuck with me.  Not because it's my favorite piece of artwork {far from it, in fact, I think it's a bit creepy} but mostly because I'm trying to use up my stash of black stripe knit I bought at $1 per yard.  I bought a lot of it.  So Whistler's Mother fit the bill.  :) And it seemed like a good project to use the old doily that I've been wondering what to do with for, like, three years.  Win win.
It's a touch wintry and I sewed it a little big, so Lou could grow into it for fall and winter.  {She has plenty of summer clothes, believe me.} I'm kinda lovin' the pockets and the doily collar {so adorably grandma-ish.}
I dunno, Whistler is probably turning over in his grave {his Mom probably is too, for that matter} at my take on his art, but I like it, and so does Lou and that's enough for me!
Also linking to:

The story of i married superman

I've actually been blogging {privately for friends and family} for quite some time now.  I wanted to start a public blog to get all of my ideas into one place.  {And let's be real here.  I also wanted to become famous and get at least a trillion followers and be known in blog land as the "cool" person.}

But I had a few road blocks.

First, I had nothing to blog about that wasn't already being blogged about.  Blast!  Second, I didn't want it to take away from time spent with my family.  Third, I didn't want to be made fun of.  Because lets face it, I don't know what I'm doing or how to do it and the thought of putting "me" out there for anyone to see and laugh at or condemn my opinions is a bit daunting.  And fourth, I wasn't cool enough. Shoot! I've never really felt like I was really amazing at anything.  Except for eating.   {I am a really good eater.}

So years passed. 

And one day, I came across some of my husbands "superman" memorabilia.  When he was little, he idolized superman. Wait. Who am I kidding?  He still loves superman. I've always affectionately thought of my husband as being very "superman-like" because once I met him, my life changed so much.  I felt like he helped {and continues to help} me become the kind of person that I want to be.  And so it came to me: my husband is really awesome. Why couldn't I blog about my life with him.  I am good at my life with him.  I am happy in my life with him.

So imarriedsuperman was born.

And then more years passed.  Because I was scared.  I still hadn't figured out exactly what to blog about and I feared being condemned by others.  I felt that in order to blog, you had to throw your opinion out there and then people who agree leave a comment and people who disagree leave mean comments. And I still hadn't figured out where to find the time to blog and keep my family happy and safe. {You know all the stories about weirdos who steal pictures etc.}

Then one night, I realized that I have so many random thoughts in my head and so many recipes and projects that I work on that I just really need in one place.  I need to get them out of my head and record them and move on.  And who even cares?  It was like a little voice just said, "Get over yourself, Bethany, and go for it."

So here I sit.  Coming to the realization that this blog is going to just be about what I do every day.  It's just my life.  No schedules, no followers, no anything but my thoughts and a few other randomness tidbits along the way.  It doesn't have to take time away from my family because it's simply my life, written down.  It doesn't have to be perfect because it's just for me {and superman, of course.}

So happy blogging and here we go! 

3.26.2013

Well, hello.

So blogging is the new black.  Well, I guess blogging is the old black {and maybe instagram is taking over?}  Who knows.  Either way I'm finally biting the bullet and jumping on the virtual blogging bandwagon.

I need a place to collect my ideas, thoughts, recipes, crafts, projects and all of the other randomness that is my life {and all the pictures I take along the way.} 

My life really began when I met superman.  {Turn on the sappity sap button.}  He changed me and helped me see my potential.  I guess you could say he sort of "saved" me.   Because that's what Superman does, right?

This blog is my collection of everything.  I have no schedule.  I have few talents worth blogging about.  I have no fancy "header".  I take my pictures with full on auto.  I will probably make grammar mistakes here and there.  Are you excited yet?  :)  Seriously, it's cool with me if you don't "follow" my blog.  That's not why I'm doing this.

I'm doing this because I married superman and anyone who married superman has got to share the story, right?  So here goes.  Enjoy!


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