Thursday, July 29, 2010

Take Note

I talked to my mom on the phone tonight. I think I may have talked her ear off. I went on and on about boots, paintings, big foot and all sorts of random things. All I wanted to do was hug her, and all of my family. I miss them so much. I hope wherever Taylor job takes us next will be close to home. 

And since many have asked.. Taylor works for a security company. He installs security systems in the summer time and in the winter/fall he fixes them. That's why we move a lot.

I wish it was a little more of an adventurous excuse, like storm chasers, or secret agents.. but then again.. if we were secret agents.. we couldn't really say so.. now could we?  

(wink wink)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lace and Leaves

Things that happened in the last 24 hours:

Mowgli cried and whined so much that he got the cops called on him. (I stepped out for 45 minutes.)
The boots are listed in the shop 
I got a part time job. (I haven't had a job in over two years)

It's nothing big, just a secretary job with my husband's company. It will only last a month. 
Thank goodness because I'm not sure I will be able to handle waking up as early as 12 pm for long.
I'm not a morning person. No.. Not at all. 
 Mowgli and Fungus have become super best friends.

I thought to myself yesterday.. It's almost fall time.
I told Taylor how excited I was and he corrected me.
It's the end of July, we still have August. 
I can't wait for Autumn.. It's my all time favorite season. 
I saw some beautiful leaves that reminded me of lace and it made me think.. it will soon be fall.
I love fall, mostly because
I LOVE Halloween.
There is another side to me...A darker side.
I'm sure you will see it this Halloween season.
I love flowers and blossoms and the color green and all sorts of flowering beautiful things.
 I also..
Love ghost stories, dead trees, and fallen leaves. I love zombies, ghouls and all sorts of creepy things. You already know my love for graveyards.
Halloween time is a wonderful time for me to embrace my darker side.
I dedicate all of the fall season to celebrate Halloween.
I'm thinking of starting early this year.
A part of me is just itching to get out...
It's never good to hide yourself from the world.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cozy Cozy

We are all moved in.

We just moved from a beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment to a tiny hotel room, with a small kitchenette. I no longer have a small forest outside my window. We don't even have a couch or a table. What bothers me most is the only place I can work happens to be where I sleep. This makes me feel so lazy. I don't like sitting in the same place that I sleep, waking up only to make the bed and work....and then go back to bed. I will have to figure something out. I won't be able to live like this for more than a day. I'll have to go exploring..

I'm not complaining though... 2 words..

Room Service.


Our hotel room is so unbelievably crowded. I'm just telling myself it's cozy.

This is the first time I've had TV in a few years. I really hope I don't get too used to it.

Luckily before we moved I stayed up and worked real hard on these. 
Because I'm not quite sure how much I will be able to design here..
I woke up one morning deciding that I wanted to make boots. I don't normally like shoes, at all. I'm really not sure what prompted this venture.. but I decided to do it. (I'm currently working on some nice felted ones.. but those will have to be put on hold until further notice.)
I wanted something a little more durable than just yarn. I didn't want to slide around the kitchen. You know, I wanted actual shoes, not slippers. I'm proud to announce these boots have rubber soles.
I'm also very proud of how comfy they are. Boots will be available in the shop shortly, they will be made to order.. because I just love mine so much.
I wonder where we will move to next. We will find out in about a month... 
for now I will just enjoy Arkansas. It really is a beautiful place. 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Take Note

I've been trying really hard to have a good day today despite all the negativity today. It can be real hard.

I know I promised pictures of my boots... We are in the process of a big move.. and well I just haven't been able to take pictures. Tomorrow maybe?

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Truth Is Out There

I haven't posted in a few days... because I've been totally consumed in The X-Files. 
We got Netflix recently.. and I haven't been able to stop watching episode after episode. I remember watching The X-files when I was little, it would come on every Sunday. As soon as the theme song started playing it was time to sit down and stop talking. I always had to hold my questions to the commercial breaks.. which was also when my mom would bring down dessert.

My mom totally reminds me of Agent Scully. Maybe it's the haircut, or the pretty green eyes.

Our friend came over and heard "Agent Mulder" from the TV's speakers and thought they said "Agent Mowger." We call Mowgli, Mowgers.. So now Mowgli has been promoted to an FBI agent, which I think is awesome. I've always wanted to be an FBI agent, but only if I could work for the X-files.

Sadly, that's just too much schooling and not enough creating time.

Speaking of creating.. I just made something pretty awesome. I'm going to take pictures and post tomorrow.

Oh and to clear the air.. I'm not pregnant. ;)

But anyways... Agent Scully was just diagnosed with cancer.  (Season 4, Episode 14) I gotta get back. I don't remember a single episode.. so that's why I'm so consumed.
(I'm going to have to purchase a few posters soon..)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How To Make An Easy Dress (For Cheap!)

Two facts about me:

I'm cheap.

I love dresses. 

I wear dresses probably 6 days out of the week. It's not that I one day just decided to wear dresses to feel cute and girly. Far from it. I spend a lot of time sitting at home, knitting, crocheting, painting. I also spend a lot of time in the car traveling across the country. I absolutely hate the feel of jeans around my knees.. Ugh. The thought of it makes me grumpy. 

Back in November when I really started Talk2thetrees I kinda just wore pajama pants and sweat pants.  I hated it! So I decided.. I should wear dresses!

Dresses are so comfortable, I can sit around the house and feel comfortable and cute. That's the best.

The only problem.. they are expensive! Now.. to me, 19.99 is expensive. I told you. I'm cheap. So I started making my own dresses, and skirts, for under 6 dollars each!

Here is a tutorial on a High Waisted Dress:
For under 6 bucks!

First you will need a ribbed tank top. 
I got mine from Walmart for 2.50
You could also use a t-shirt
3 yards of matching fabric.

Clearance section is my favorite. I got three yards for 3.00 total!
 Cut the tank top almost in half. This is really your preference. Depending on your bust size, and how short you want your dress. The shorter the tank top, the shorter your dress will be.  
(I cut mine a little too short.. oops!)
For the bottom part of your dress take the fabric and wrap it around your waist about 1 and a half times, and cut in a straight line. The fabric will come to you already folded, don't unfold it. This way you have kind of a bubble hem. You don't need to hem up the bottom at all, and the inside will look like the outside.
I never measure, I never use patterns... Sorry if this seems silly!
Next you fold your fabric in half. Remember it's already folded, so you are folding it again, creating a skirt.  Sew up the short side. (There will be four layers of fabric that you are sewing.)

You have kind of a big blocky rectangle skirt. Next open it up and change your sewing machine's tension so it will create the biggest stitches possible. Instead of sewing a waist band in like a normal skirt, you are just sewing a straight line around the two layers of fabric joining them together.
(You are sewing the raw edges, not the bubble hem)
This is where I didn't get pictures.. awesome.
We are going to create a ruffle. Don't do a back stitch when you start sewing around the skirt or after.
To make the skirt ruffle you hold the thread and scoot the fabric down. 
Make sure the skirt ruffles are evenly distributed and pretty loose. 
Turn the skirt part inside out so that the raw edges (from when you turned it into that big blocky skirt) are facing out, and put the tank top inside as pictured. 
Next you will pin the tank top and the dress together.
Once it's pinned make sure that the tanktop part of the dress folds out to be inside out like the skirt part. 
Make sure that the tank top park lays flat and the skirt part is ruffled still.
Make sure your tension is set back to normal and sew the skirt and the tank top together just under the previous stitches.
Remove the pins and the dress part is done! Now for the sash.
Cut a strip out of the left over fabric, about double of how thick you want your sash to bed. Fold it in half long ways so that the printed side is facing in. And sew up the sides.
Turn it right side out and finish up the edges, and you are done!
The sash is not actually sewn  onto the dress, it's removable and is just tied in the back. You could always use a regular belt or another coordinating fabric for the belt! 
This dress came out a little shorter than I normally like.
This would have been avoided by leaving the tank top a little longer.
This dress took about 30 minutes to make.
It cost about 6.00 total.

I now have three of these dresses.
They look good with a cardigan, and a pair of tights or leggings.
Yeah, Yeah I know I'm looking to the side an awful lot..
Probably making sure my pup isn't on the table ;)

Much better than buying one here.
Not that I don't like Delia's.. I just don't like paying a lot of money for something so simple to make!

I hope this tutorial made sense.. I've never done one before and honestly have not been feeling myself since the incident at the restaurant. I hope you understand. ;)

I hope you can save money and make something cute and comfortable!

** Update! Wohoo! I just added another tutorial! Check it out here!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

In Which I Ride A Train Through A Kaleidoscope Tunnel

I haven't had the greatest of weeks. This post is not meant to be a pity party, since I now find it (mostly) funny.  This might be a long read.. but the pictures at the end are worth it.

It all started with Life Savers.

Did you know that if you crunch the wintergreen flavored Life Savers in your mouth really hard and fast it creates sparks? It's true! It can also create broken teeth. I found this out as I demonstrated how to create sparks last Friday.
I broke a molar. The molar was for the most part dead and in need of dental assistance 2 years ago..  but I put it off. The tooth was already brittle. Luckily it didn't hurt much. It was just rather shocking.

I made a dentist appointment for today to have it fixed.

Yesterday I received a call from my Grandpa, he  was going to be in town for a visit. I hadn't seen him in years! I was excited. He took Taylor and I out to dinner. As we were deciding on which pasta platter to get I somehow bumped my elbow on the corner of the booth.

It was painful, but I bump into things a lot... suddenly my vision started to go, and things were turning dark. I told Taylor, "I think I'm gonna black out" And I put my head on his shoulder.

Next thing I knew I was on a train or rather.. I was the train. In a black tunnel, there were colors all around me. They were glowing, like a glow in the dark kaleidoscope. I was going really fast, I heard tons of voices all around me. Suddenly the kaleidoscope started to fall to pieces and I was looking up at Taylor, and a big bunch of people. (Taylor says there was only one other person, but I swear there were at least ten)  I woke up to severe pain in my head, I've never felt such a pain.

Taylor said that as I blacked out onto his shoulder I started to slide off the table and I hit the back of my head very very hard against the wall. It was hard enough to get other people's attention in the restaurant.

After a few minutes I stopped asking where I was and what happened, (I didn't even remember I hit my elbow.) I drank water and ate pasta.. but I don't fully remember much else.

I slept for the rest of the day I think. Like I said.. I don't remember much. Taylor came home late and told me some bad news.

He would have to go out of town for a few days. I started to cry. I hate being alone, and I haven't had to spend the night alone.. in almost forever! I cried because my head hurt, I cried because my brain wasn't feeling normal, and I was feeling oh so nauseous.

Taylor asked me what he could do for me to make things better. I told him I wanted a cheeseburger, and fries. But not from Mcdonalds a good cheeseburger. So Taylor searched for a hamburger joint that was open after midnight.

He managed to get a few pictures of me in my loopy state.
He laughed a little at the things I said and the way I acted.
I'm glad he took some pictures.. I was out of it.
I'm laughing as I post these. Poor Rachael.

So Taylor took me to get a hamburger at 12 am. I normally have a problem eating meat. (I used to be vegetarian.) But last night all I wanted was a burger and fries. The burger was huge and I surprised everyone including myself when I ate the whole thing.
(Sorry for the poor picture quality, they were taken with my phone)

I don't remember much from yesterday, but I do know that burger was the best I've ever had.

I went home and I slept and slept and woke up to Taylor saying goodbye for a few days. I feel much better today, my brain no longer feels broken. I lay in bed thinking.. "I don't have to get up, I don't have to shower or wear cute clothes. I don't even have to do my hair, no one is going to even see me." I thought about it for a whole second. Then I got up and took a shower and did my hair and put on a cute dress. 
Because I won't be alone.. 
I still have to live with myself.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Trip To The Forest

I took a trip to the forest today. It was probably my last chance to see it while I'm here in Little Rock. We're moving in one week exactly. Today wasn't the best day since it was very very hot. There was a severe weather alert due to the hot weather. It said to stay out of the sun under all circumstances.
I'm the one with the bare feet. It's my favorite way to explore the forest...
Luckily I didn't meet any copperheads this time.
Thoughts of swimming crossed our minds.. but one look at the water changed them very quickly. I have a fear of water monsters.. and I just knew monsters were lurking in that water.. even if those monsters were leeches.
My new favorite homemade dress
I'm so glad that I have been able to live near so many beautiful trees. I love that the first thing I see when I wake up is the small grove of trees outside my window. I love how tall the trees are, and how they grow everywhere. I don't know where I will be in 2 months. I could be anywhere.. but I hope that it has enough trees for me.
My homemade tree plugs

You know that feeling you get when you are driving on a real pretty road surrounded by trees and wild flowers, and the music is beautiful and perfect for that moment. Birds fly in front of the car, like they chose that moment above all the rest. And even though you are the only car on the entire road.. you don't feel alone. You feel connected to the birds, and the trees and the whole entire earth.
And then... everything seems to glow.

That's my favorite feeling in the whole world.