Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Sartorialist

One of my favorite fashion blogs is The Sartorialist which shows pictures of fashionable people around the world.  I used to think that all the pictures were of models because they were all young and skinny and this guy was a fashion photog but according to his profile, that isn't the case.  The more I visit the blog, the more pictures of older people I see. However, I've yet to see any overweight people.  Then, I had an awful thought - what if all the fat people are in America???  I've heard recently that the U.S. is now the fattest nation on the planet.  I keep having visions of the movie Wall-e.  For those of you who have seen it, you know what I'm talking about.

Egads!  I can either go drown my sorrows in a chocolate cake or I can spend a few minutes on the treadmill.  Hmmmmmm.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Gunn's Golden Rules: Chapter 1 - Make It Work!

As we all know, Tim Gunn is a style aficionado well known from his show Project Runway. He has also been an instructor at the Parson's New School for Design for many decades. In 2007, he joined Liz Claiborne as Chief Creative Officer and has penned  Tim Gunn's Guide to Quality, Taste and Style and hosted a show on Bravo called Tim Gunn's Guide to Style.

Gunn's new book Golden Rules we learn a different aspect to what Gunn may consider style - manners and etiquette. Gunn's introduction stresses the importance of manners and civility toward others and in my personal opinion, considers etiquette just as important factor of style as clothing and makeup. Gunn's rules are therefore, are his "thoughts on what constitutes a life well lived".

Chapter 1 is titled Make It Work! For those of us who are familiar with Tim Gunn, we are well familiar with this saying. Gunn uses it constantly on Project Runway as he mentors the contestant. Simply put, Gunn has helped his students and contestants on his shows to use the tools at their disposal to the best of their abilities. This means that they have had to think outside the box. Rather than starting from scratch, Gunn says to diagnose the flaws of the situation and make it work! It is only through this can we "reach a new level of understanding about...abilities to successfully problem solve."

This chapter has some very interesting stories from Project Runway and his years teaching that illustrate his "make it work" mantra. I won't bog you down with all the stories - I'll stick to the really interesting ones in later chapters. However, I find this rule to be very significant for today's world. We must make it work in today's economy. Many people have had to retool their entire lives due to job loss, foreclosure, etc. It also forces us to look at what we have and think of new uses for it. I'm constantly looking at my wardrobe and figuring out new ways to wear something.

What have you had to do to Make It Work?

Next up Chapter 2: The World Owes You....Nothing

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tim Gunns' Golden Rules

Sorry, everyone.  I just discovered Ping and I accidentally added my blog to the list.  Hence, all the one line posting.  I canceled that so hopefully we can get started on something really cool.

Terri over at Rags Against the Machine suggested that I start a discussion about the golden rules and I thought that was an excellent idea!  Thanks Terri!

So, I will get to reading and begin discussion on Chapter 1 on Monday.  Please join me!

Friday, January 21, 2011

I just got Tim Gunn's new book 10 Golden Rules. It ought to be very good. Tim Gunn is the best!
I'm looking forward to the wekend. Dinner with friends

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Retro Clothing

I found this website through Twitter, of all places.  She has really cute retro-style clothing.


Can you tell that I'm jonesing to sew this weekend?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Teacher Tom: Not In A Million Years

For those of you who have children, this guy is fantastic!!

Teacher Tom: Not In A Million Years

Sewing this weekend

I will be completing a dress this weekend that I began about six months ago. I got held up by the darts. I hate darts!!! Perhaps Gertie can help me.....

Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing: Crepe Sew-Along #10: Sew Your Darts

By the way, I got a dress form for Christmas and I haven't named her yet. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Teacher Tom: What's Going On Here?

I love Teacher Tom. I wish my son went to his school. Having taken several master's level child development classes, I really appreciate how Tom allows his kids to develop their own play.

Teacher Tom: What's Going On Here?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mr. P90X, Tony Horton

I get to workout with him tonight!!!  He is on tour to promote his new book Bring It!  I'm very excited for this event.  I've been a fan of Tony's workouts for over a year now and I am thrilled to meet the man in person tonight.  If you want to get in shape, Tony can help you make it happen - no doubt.

Hopefully, they will let me bring my camera in.  I plan to take pictures and post them.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Green Room

Well, I'm usually not on the computer over the weekends but I wanted to post pictures of my new room.

I'm linking this room to http://savvysouthernstyle/blogspot.com

The room was my older son's room.  He moved out so I had a place for my sewing room.  However, my husband reminded me that we often have family visiting and would need a guest room as well.  Hence, my sewing room has become a sewing/guest room.  Its a little snug (I didn't post pics of my sewing area - I'll get to that after I put a slipcover over my chair) but its functional.  I can't profess to be the most creative decorator but many of the things in the room were thrifted or on sale.

So, here we go.
Bedspread on sale at Bed, Bath and Beyond

Bed stand garage sale find $5.  Tiffany-style lamp that matches the ceiling lamp, complete with dragonfly.   Birdhouse on sale from Michael's

A closer look

Another small vignette.  I've had this crystal vase for decades and have never used it or had a place for it.  Long-forgotten silk flowers that I found in my garage did the trick.  The little silver pour vase was found at a garage sale and I've had the little stand for years.  It was going to be garage saled but I found a place for it.  I might refinish/paint it in the future.

A nod, of course, to my fav Disney character, Jiminy Crickett.  The stand was a hand-made gift from a Christian Brother to my husband when he was in college at St. Mary's College  in the Bay Area.

These pictures belonged to my husband's mother.  They fit perfectly with the decor.

I wish there was a party to link to.  I haven't figured out when they all are.  Perhaps when I find one this week, I will link to it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 7, 2011

One of my fav decorators

Debbie over at Debbiedoos is one of the most creative and inspirational decorators I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Dare I say, the new Martha Stewart - only much, much better! She just posted something that I will have to copy in my gues bathroom. While at Hobby Lobby the other day, I fell in love with some French accents that I thought would look great in my guest bathroom - one room that desperately needs upgrading.

I think this idea would look fantastic as a chair rail, possibly along the top of the walls. Thoughts?

Debbiedoos Blogging and blabbing: It's DONE, Creative HIGH PART II

Thursday, January 6, 2011

2011: Here we go again

I've set my goals for the year, both personal and professional.  Its the usual - lose weight, eat right, build Beachbody business, increase sewing skills, plan Disneyland trips better, etc., etc.  The difference is that this year, I actually wrote down my goals, something I've never done.  Let's hope it works. I need to lose  I don't know - that Nutella spread on graham crackers in the cupboard keeps beckoning to me.....grrrrrrr.


January is  a busy month. I'm having new windows installed.  We are trying to update our 1980s ranch house and the windows are one big thing to cross off our list.  Let's see - we've replaced the carpet, the roof, painted inside and out, replaced numerous lighting fixtures, replaced the a/c unit and put up a pool fence.  We've done a lot.  We still need to empty and acid wash the pool this winter.  After that, I think we will be done with the majority of the big/expensive projects.  That is, until we tackle the kitchen.

I have several Beachbody events to attend and I'm looking forward to working out with Tony Horton on Tuesday night.  He is on his book tour and stops in Phoenix for signing and exercise.  It should be fun and I will be posting pics.

I then have a home and garden show, a doll show, and a sewing show every other weekend.

For the first time in years, I pulled out a calendar to keep track of everything.