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Summer Sewing Reads–Part 3

July 7, 2011 03:14 by ehouston

And, the reading continues.  Unfortunately the writing has slowed to a snail’s pace.  As I mentioned in Part 2, I got through all of the library books I borrowed last month in a week, but I am still caught up in the projects.  Several are due back this Saturday, so I have been frantically trying to copy project instructions and patterns before giving them back.  I know, I could just check them out again, but I am trying to be nice and let someone else have a chance at them.  Plus, if they sit here much longer I will probably end up making everything, even the things I don’t want or have a place for.  I guess that would not be the worst thing that could happen.

Okay, let’s get to the last book from my first big library haul in years.  Celine Dupuy’s, Simple Sewing with a French Twist. 

Simple Sewing with a French Twist: An Illustrated Guide to Sewing Clothes and Home Accessories with Style by Celine Dupuy: Book Cover

(Image from Barnes & Noble)

To start, this book has wonderful photographs and some really fun project ideas.  To be honest, some of the projects are not realistic for how I live, but I will definitely incorporate parts and pieces into other crafty things that I do.  For instance, the trench coat with butterflies is absolutely adorable, but the idea of walking around with butterflies hanging off of my clothes just seems kind of ridiculous.  Don’t get me wrong, twenty-something me would have been there in a heartbeat.  But, this thirty-something, mom thinks I would look like one of those hacks that believes they still fit, and look good, in clothes from Hollister and Forever 21.  (please note: this author has never actually purchased any items from either of those stores.  not just because they are impossibly sized, but because they are incredibly tarty.) 

CelineDupuy-ButterflyJacket

(Image taken from Simple Sewing with a French Twist)

Cute, right?  I know, it’s pretty tame when you see this image from the book, but not only would I feel goofy in it I’m sure the temptation would be just too much for the Little Guy.  Those things would be ripped off in zero point two, if you know what I mean? 

CelineDupuy-Ottoman

(Image taken from Simple Sewing with a French Twist)

The ottoman fabric alone is to die for and I am seriously considering making this little guy.  Like all the other sewing books I have been reading lately, the fabrics used throughout are just unbelievable.  Apparently, they are also not available in your average sewing store.  I feel so inspired to make pretty things, but have been stifled by the lack of really cool patterns in the big box shops around my humble abode.  I need to spend some time searching online and I am planning a little “local” road trip to visit some of the higher end fabric stores in the area.

CelineDupuy-ButtonChair

(Image taken from Simple Sewing with a French Twist)

Now, this chair was one of the projects that I thought was totally awesome!  Celine includes instructions on creating a button covered piece to slip into a gallery chair.  Sooooo, cooooool!!!  Wish I had a spot for something like this in my place.  It’s making me think I need to spruce up my ugly office chair.  Hmmmmm….

All in all, I really liked the illustrations of the instructions in this book.  They seemed pretty easy to follow.  I also really enjoyed looking through the beginning sections of the book that list stitch types, hems, seam types, how to layout and cut patterns, etc.  They took actual photographs of what they were doing and it’s very helpful to see the real deal they are describing.  The one tip that stood out for me from this book, was from Celine’s tool kit.  A magnet!  Yep, something so simple you just don’t think about it and when you see it listed you realize it’s the best idea ever!  How many times have you dropped a pin or needle and spent what seems like forever searching for in in the carpet?  Magnet = genius!

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Listening To Books

November 24, 2008 11:09 by ehouston

Over the years my reading time has been whittled down to during the ads in between my nightly "stories", at the breakfast table while scarfing down some vittles and occasionally a 30 minute turn just before bed time.  In recent years my aunt has opened me up to the idea of listening to books on tape.  This was a concept that had never occurred to me and I started by listening during my daily commute.  I suddenly found that my extreme road rage subsided and I actually wanted to stay in my car longer after I had arrived at work, not just because I did not want to go in to cubicle land, but because I was anxious for the next part of the story. 

Once in a while I get on another audio book kick and I bring a stack home from the library.  I like to listen while doing the mindless, paper pushing stuff required at my 9 to 5 and also while sewing or crafting.  Although, I will admit there are times that my mind gets so wrapped up in what I am doing that I sort of tune out the story.  Usually this only happens when the story is not keeping my attention in general and most of the time I really enjoy this type of background noise.  The only thing I have trouble with is telling someone else about the book.  I always start to say, "Oh, I read that book" and then I catch myself and realize, no, I listened to that one.  It just sounds funny when you tell people that and I have not figured out a way around it yet. 

Here are some good ones I have listened to just recently:

Velocity, By Dean Koontz...not what I expected, but in a good way.

White Out, By Ken Follet....very edge of your seat suspense and fast-paced.

The Secret Life of Bees, By Sue Monk Kidd....I really liked this one a lot, but I love slice of life southern tales.  The woman that narrates, Jenna Lamia, does a great job!

The Poisonwood Bible, By Barbara Kingsolver....I was not so sure I would like this one, but because the characters are from the south I ended up enjoying the accents and their way of looking at life.

So, go out a listen to a book, why don't ya?!?


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