The Greenest Building Is The One Already Standing

via No Tech Magazine: The Greenest Building Is The One Already Standing.

Ye gods, YES. I cringe every time I think of my own house—all 4 cavernous bedrooms, all 19 feet to the ceiling in the “great room”, all 4 toilets, all 2200 square feet plus full basement, and all new material cladding and constructing it—and what a waste it was to create. I could rant about just how much space I believe is enough for a person, but naturally that feeling of comfort varies and is purely subjective. And then again, maybe that number is very mathematical and logical. I mean, we only have so much space to share after all.  /pseudo rant

I wish moving houses was easier to do and afford.

Anyway, buying a house is better than building one. That is all.


I ditch or I do, Thanksgiving week

Well, for the ditching I delivered the dryer mate to the washer I have away a few weeks back. I tried to get rid of some books at half price, but they wanted to give me five bucks for the lot. I said tyvm and will try my luck on Craigslist or even a garage sale. Two were hardback HP, a third a paperback HP?m, and the rest a whole David Eddings set. Dudes! Five bucks?? I scoff.

Anyway, for the doing, I got down to plizanting like a banshee. Into the ground went my Ladybird Wildflower center plants, and a couple more recent arrivals from the Natural Gardener: gulf muhly, seep muhly, plains coreopsis, lanceleaf coreopsis, mealy blue sage, one tiny indian blanket seedling, standing cypress, butterfly weed, yaupon, turks cap, and prairie goldenrod.

I also relocated a flame acanthus and two beauty berries from last season, moved the yard “divider”, and sketches out a line for a walkway edging across the yard. Yes, another bottle event. The neighbors came by to seemingly discuss the yard, but really to stand there with hands on hips, silently nodding and frowning. Suck it, neighbs!! Also suck it, Jon! I win this week AGAIN.

Oh, AND I delivered the cupcake hat and categorized about 75% of my yarn stash. What a difference a week of staycation can make!




I declare this “sk(sh)irt week”

How-To: Lace Pencil Skirt blog.

(Image also from Craftzine, linked above.)

I decided sometime yesterday that I should make a skirt a day from t-shirts I’ve decided to recycle. And I mean.. that huge pile of T’s I can’t bear to part with, but just don’t wear anymore.

Last night, after deciding this, I got sidetracked by good company and friends announcing an engagement. So I call it acceptable. Then after seeing this post in my RSS today, I thought I’d blog it and (try to) keep myself honest. Also, this looks just like a skirt, a picture of which I’ve had glued to my desk for years now. It’s high time to make good on that.

Tonight, I had planned on going way downtown to a spiritual gathering, but it turns out I’m way too shy to go alone. Instead, I’ll go to my friend’s house, dye my hair yellow (don’t ask), install and teach her about Dreamweaver, and work on a skirt.

That sounds ambitious. Maybe I’ll just have a shake.

Seeing the forest from my knees

spotted at Central Texas Gardener Blog » Blog Archive » Tough plants for tough times|William Welch Heirloom Gardening in the South.


Let’s recap why I love this pic:

  1. empty bottles, super awesomely matched up. I’m gonna have to drink a lot of Riesling to achieve this. And if my weekend adventures tubing the Comal prove anything, it’s how amazingly I can handle my wine.
  2. cedar posts with branches left on. Can I just say that any project that results in less cedar pollen goes way high on my “fuck yeah!” meter?
  3. bird houses from gourds. I am loving these, and wish to have more birds, bats, and dragonflies in my yard. Hm, will the birds eat the dragonflies? In that case, screw you, birdies!
  4. crushed granite path.
  5. greenhousey looking thing at the end. Too cute!
  6. I must reiterate how awesome the forest of cedar-and-bottle “trees” looks. Haw-sum.

Tai chi (double tie) pants from hippie wall hanging

Well that was easy. I used a tutorial from IndieTutes, an old wall hanging that was gonna be donated or tossed, and it only took one seam and 6 hems. Voila. Tai chi-worthy, double tie pants.

First, the old wall hanging. You know the type. Sometimes you see them in dorms on the ceilings. I STILL don't know why.

I laid out the cloth, smoothed it, then decided which way I wanted the stripes to run. As a bonus, I used one side of the cloth that was already hemmed to be one long hem of the pants. Sweet! My only regret is that I cut the width of the piece 2/3 of the waist measurement. I should have gone the full waist measurement for the width and then cut back if it was truly too wide.

I folded over the cloth, cut a piece, then did the same thing on the far side of the cloth so I could use another factory edge as one long hem of one piece. I also thought the black edge would look cool at the waist, so I made sure to cut my pieces accordingly. Here, I'm lining up both folded cut pieces and to cut out the crotch U.
I really should have made a longer and slightly wider U for MBF's 6'2" frame. Luckily, he wears his pants really low, so it wasn't awful. Still having more movement room would have been nice. That is an easy fix to make bigger, though.
One unfolded piece. When you place both pieces together with right sides, you sew the U. That's your only seam.

Here’s where it might be confusing. When you’ve sewn your U together, the U becomes a saddle that you ride to wear the pants. By sewing the U, you have made a front with a seam in its middle and a back with a seam in its middle.  In my case, my front has a black band on its top and down its sides, and also has vertical stripes. The back has horizontal patterns and a black stripe at its top, but no stripes running vertically.  Get it?


Following the tutorial, put your waist drawstrings in a the tops of the front and back pieces. For me, that was along the black band. The vertical black and is a factory edge, so I didn’t need to hem it. I hemmed the other side of that piece and then hemmed the bottoms of the pieces.  Then I was done.

Plenty of room for movement.
Not as good for yoga. There's too much stepping on the bottoms. However, I put a little snap into the legs for a bit of privacy, just in case. You can see it just above the knee in this pic.
Here's the tiny snap in the side-hems of the pants, just in case some extra privacy is warranted. With a wider leg (and thus more overlap in the wrapping), this is probably not so much an issue and the snap is not warranted. Having a snap also means you have to put the pants on and tie them in the same order every time you put them on.

Destashing … maybe

Uh oh. I might be in over my head.

In way over my head.

I thought I would simply sit down, cut out some shapes, and voila! A cute little bunny.  An adorable bear.  Maybe a bear on a ball.  Maybe a bear on a ball on a unicycle, with a tiny necklace made of seed beeds.  Maybe if I was still bored, I’d cut out every square I’d need for that quilt I’ve been meaning to make for years.  You know, the one I’ve been saving all my flannel from the 90’s to work on.  Yeah, the one I was sure would be the stashbuster.

So anyway, skip ahead and all I made was 2 retarded starfish with catnip (which the cat won’t play with, and one star is missing an arm from the beginning.  Grow that back, bitches), one retardle, and two fixed articles of a friend’s clothing.  Altogether, I stayed busy, but there were more moments of zomg what should I make /overwhelm than actual creation.  Oh, and plenty of Pride and Predjudice to watch, followed by an impromptu 10pm movie outing to see Colin Firth’s current movie, The King’s Speech.  Still awesome to watch him.

Ok, just so’s I don’t get to another weekend and have no clue what I’ll make, let’s list out my inspirations gleaned from the interwebs this weekend:

From daintytime's Flickr stream. I loved this quilt the moment I set eyes on it. Then I read the story behind it and those eyes filled up with tears. It's beautiful, wild, and moving.
From ricrac via Scribd, the official inspiration of Retardle is these cute little party turtles.
Miiiiiiiice! Easy and cute. I'm down. Although... I might change these to bunnies. I started to, over the weekend of Returtle. From whileshenaps, hands-down the best resource I found on making softies. She has a whole series on making soft dolls. Top notch. And suuuuper cute
Soft dog, originally a lamb. I think I'm only into the dog idea because a niece likes dogs. Meh. It's a nice doggie, though.
Batty puppet, from sotosofties.
Sleepy bunnnies, the solution to my quilt- and doll-making lust of late. From mmmcrafts.
Bunny finger puppet, from Craftapalooza.