Black Spruce Hound

A Wisconsin Girl in the Woods, Knitting, Crafting, and Cooking. Also: Ugly Dresses.

April 23, 2014

Spring Cleaning and the Endless Organization

During the winter I always feel so slow. Brain-wise. (Physically I'm always slow. It's a curse.) Now that it's 30 degrees warmer it's like my brain has finally engaged and I'm getting ideas for tons of projects. I'M COMING OUT OF HIBERNATION.

It's not warm enough yet to hang anything out on the clothesline, but other aspects of spring cleaning are in full swing around here. 


Instead of having 4,957 instruction manuals and receipts taking up an entire drawer of the filing cabinet, I bought a big expanding file folder and filed them in there. It takes up half the space and it's now much easier to find everything. I think I'm going to buy a second folder for other v.v. important papers, because nothing pleases me as much as filing papers.

It was during this juncture that I discovered I'm a g.d. hoarder and will keep the receipt for anything that has a plug-in. Like, I don't think I need to keep the receipt for the $10 toaster I bought 3 years ago. Really.


All cleaning must be (or should be, anyway) interspersed with walks. The snow is gone except for the banks, but the lakes are still iced over. (Yes, that's a sheet of plywood at the lake. When there's no beach, people improvise. Apparently.)


I've gone through most of the kitchen cabinets and cleaned them out. I've cleaned out my closet and bookshelves as well. Shoes I love but never (and I do mean never) wear have been sold on eBay, and clothes I don't wear and books I don't read are all packed away. Two big boxes will be headed to Goodwill this week. 


That was the perfect time to put in shelf liner. I started that last year and forgot to do a few drawers. 

The living room project is coming along nicely. Drywall shall be purchased today and will hopefully be put up by the end of the week. PROGRESS. In the meantime the entire living room is still a mess, but hey. PROGRESS.

See you later!


April 21, 2014

New Dress - Butterick B5030

I haven't sewn anything from a pattern since this sheath dress in 2012. I felt a bit guilty about the all the patterns I bought (back in 2012 when I was naively optimistic about my sewing skillz) and never used, ergo I dragged out the sewing machine and gave it another go.

I will not tell a lie, I feel like a bad bitch in this dress. 



B5030 is a wrap dress that's rated Easy. I think that's an egregious falsehood, but sewing is not my strong suit. 

It's not entirely finished yet - I still have to put in another hook and eye closure (the bane of my existence) and put in a few stitches to hold the collar down, lest it pops up and I start to resemble Malificent.

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I chose leopard print fabric because why would I not choose leopard print fabric. 


Overall, I'm very pleased with how it turned out, but there are a few issues. I always have to choose a pattern one size too large so that it fits over the bust, which leads to fit problems elsewhere. This dress is no exception, it gapes open at the top because I have to pull in the waist so much to get it to fit correctly. If I went a size down it would fit perfectly on the waist but my chest would look like a stuffed sausage. It's the never-ending problem. I'm not experienced enough to modify the patterns yet to fix this problem, so for the time being double-sided tape (and possibly more hooks and eyes) shall be my best friends. 

But, overall, I'm pretty pleased with myself on this one. 

See you later!



April 18, 2014

Photo Friday: Winter Wonderland

I'm really phoning in this whole Photo Friday thing lately. 


Between Wednesday and Thursday morning we got...a lot of snow.


 It's supposed to be 60 degrees on Sunday, but nevertheless. What a mess.

This morning I'm attempting to type this in a hurry and then get out the door. A stop at the post office and then off to buy groceries (exciting) and PAINT for the living room (slightly more exciting).

Have a good weekend!


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