Saturday, 5 July 2014

Better late: MMM14 summary and another summer sewing challenge

Well, here it is, July, and thanks to Too Much Marking and General Laziness I'm just now getting around to reflecting on my Me-Made May and making future plans. This post is stupid long, so if you're not interested number-crunching but want to see what I'm going to sew this summer, skip a bit.

Previously, on PGOTLMMM14: (The answers to the Where in Toronto is PhysicsGirl game are in the mouse-overs.)
MMM14 week 1
MMM14 week 2
MMM14 week 3
MMM14 week 4
week 5 composite
I realized that I forgot to add my geeky stats for the last two weeks, so here is the final tally.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

In which PhysicsGirl would like to thank the academy...

Holy cow. I won an award! Twice!
The lovely Nancy from Sewing in Surf City just (ahem, okay, about two months ago) nominated me for a Liebster award. This is an award that is given by bloggers to bloggers. The rules vary a little, depending on who gives you the award, but basically you thank the blogger, linking back to their blog, post the award button on your blog, answer their questions, and pass the award on. I've seen it awarded in various places, and I've always been somewhat hopeful yet terrified that someone would nominate me. Hopeful because it means that someone reads this blog and thinks I'm moderately amusing; terrified because it means that somebody reads this blog. And also because of the obligation to pass on the award. Anyway, I started writing up this post in June, then Things overtook me and I dallied so long that Andie from Sew Pretty in Pink also nominated me for the award. Which is great! Except not, because I was going to nominate her! And now I've got even more questions to answer.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Catching up: Sew for a Change #4 & 5

The end of May and beginning through middle of June were really busy, so I didn't take the time to catch up on my Sew for Change challenge then, but I've been doing quite well.

May was the laundry challenge, and I made it by... basically not doing laundry. Look, I have a lot of small clothes, as Dickens would say, and when I went to do a load, it was going to rain, so I kind of took to washing my undies in the sink and hanging them up. Do dryer for me. Purchase-wise, I was hoping to go the whole month without buying anything, but I wound up buying a nifty straw hat in Kensington Market (along with two thrifted belts) on a very sunny Pedestrian Sunday.

June was food month, and again I passed with flying colours. I already don't eat a lot of beef and mostly vegetarian anyway. Going completely vegetarian for a whole week proved slightly more difficult than I thought only because the week I chose was a week I kept forgetting to bring my lunch to school, and while I will say the veggie burger at Hero Burgers is really tasty, the selection of frozen vegetarian dinners in the convenience store is practically non-existent. However, we muddled through. Clothing-wise? I finally bought nothing! Woo!

So 20 more points for me, minus 3 for the hat. Which is good, because I'm probably going to spend all those points this month. I have sewing plans and need more fabric.

July's challenge is cleaning, and it's going to be no problem for me since I already use only microfibre clothes, baking soda, and vinegar in my cleaning. I have aluminum shakers filled with baking soda next to each of my sinks and a spray-bottle filled with a vinegar-water solution, so I'm good to go. (Alexandra mentioned How Clean is Your House? which I used to watch religiously because it made me feel so. much. better about the state of my apartment, and the guck you can scrub away using nothing more than baking soda and some elbow grease is fairly miraculous.) So let's run down the challenge list: microfibre clothes? check. dish cloths? check. NaHCO3 and acetic acid? check. Wiping windows with newspaper? Ch... wait... I'm supposed to dust and wash my windows?

Oh, nuts.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

That familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer

And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.
To get you in the proper frame of mind, go read Hark! A Vagrant's series of Great Gatsbys. Go ahead. I'll wait.

All set?
What better way to spend the first full day of summer than to dress up in 20s garb and go to the Gatsby garden party at Spadina House. I didn't manage to take a lot of pictures because my battery was dying and also because I gave the DC control over the camera and he's just not as snap-happy as I am.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Free! Free like the wind!

*Posted timey-wimey after marks were in because as of this date I was up to my armpits in marking and didn't have time to finish the blogpost.

I was a student for a very long time, and developed habits of economy that I've never really lost, even now that I've been earning a good income for a while*. It should be no surprise to anyone who knows me when I make the following declaration:

I love free stuff.

This has been established. I have mentioned before that I love free sewing and crochet patterns since if I screw it up, I'm only on the hook for the fabric and notions, most of which I can reuse. When I saw the Fat Mum Slim photo prompt for May 22 was 'Free,' I thought I should match it to not only the location but to the outfit as well. Everything me-made I wore was made from patterns freely available on the internet.

Top to bottom: Chunky fluorite/aquamarine chandelier earrings, SwoonPatterns scarf-neck cardigan, my blueberry Colette Sorbetto hack, Lekala jeans skirt with spiral gores. I was hoping to add MakeBra's hipsters and a Burdastyle obi to the mix, but I ran out of time.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Not with a whimper: MMM14 week 5

week 5 composite

So here we are: the final week of MMM14. The prompts again provide not much of a hint for the Where in Toronto is PhysicsGirl guessing game, so better hints are in the mouse-overs. The answer to the first one is actually given. Answers to previous weeks' locations are in the mouseovers at the bottom. I'll give the answers to this week's locations next week.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

In which PhysicsGirl's hair is very frizzy: MMM14 week 4

week 4 composite

There was much humidity this week, resulting in massive amounts of frizz. And the wearing of things I made went on. One thing I've really noticed is that I need more separates. As usual, the prompts provide some hint for the Where in Toronto is PhysicsGirl guessing game, and better hints are in the mouse-overs. Answers to previous weeks' locations are in the mouseovers at the bottom.

May 19