Wednesday, February 10, 2010

{almost} completed project in a night!

Last night I came home after my soccer game and decided to make the most out of the rest of the night... I drew out my pattern pieces for the boxer shorts in the "One Yard Wonder" Book I was raving about last week. Then I cut the fabric out. Then I had a huge brainfart as I tried to figure out how to reverse the pieces onto themselves in order to sew them together (in swoops the always accommodating husband... he figured it out and then looked at me like I was crazy... which I am.). Sewed the side seams. Then I got stuck. the book diagram doesn't really define what the crotch seam and inner leg seams are, so I sat there scratching my head for about 10 minutes. Then I came up with a brilliant idea to just pin the seams I thought were correct and see how it would work out in the end... as you've probably guessed, I'm not so good at visualizing the process.And WOW, I'm glad I did this. I would have sewn both legs separate from each other, making 2 legwarmer or chap-like project, which would have equaled a very unhappy rest of the night spent ripping the seams. Anyhoo, I learned a valuable lesson on making sure I totally understand the process before doing it! I thought the overall construction method of the shorts was kind of cool and I would have never guessed that that's how shorts or pants are sewn together!

This week I'm also trying to plan our Valentine's Dinner menu... instead of fighting crowds and paying ridiculous special menu pricing on V-Day, we've decided to stay in and cook up dinner ourselves and then rent a movie or go see a movie. This isn't any ol' dinner though... I'm talking about delish dishes that we wouldn't normally make! Right now I'm thinking king crab legs (they have these at Costco!) with hot butter, side salad, sauteed brussel sprouts with bacon and apple, sweet potato skins and a homemade boston cream pie for dessert. MMMM! We'll be celebrating on Saturday too, so we'll have all day to prep and then enjoy.

We're also starting to get ideas on what to do with our coming soon laundry room renovation.We decided to wait at least until the weather gets warmer to start this one since we'll be knocking down internal walls between the house and the garage. I'm so looking forward to having an actual laundry room; right now it's a laundry closet. Here's an idea we found at Lowes.com that we loved, and it's designed for small spaces!

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