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vanessa
oakland california
I am vanessa, originally from the northwest, I am a graphic designer making my life in Oakland with my fluffy dog carlton.
Interests: design, bikes, pictures, good coffee, cheap wine.
Recent Activity
that wonderful sign is my fave. it's f-ing brilliant.
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I'm going to try out sewing with knits. I'm planning on starting by doing a sew-a-long with my friend. She has this vouge pattern (v8670). I'm going to make view B, and shorten the lenght, so it is similar to a favorite lightweight sweatshirt I own. I ordered this Stretch... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at we have not met
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I did a wee bit of christmas knitting this year. These sock were given to my sister, who really appreciates the hand knit socks. I don't use a pattern but i like to credit the Yarn Harlot's sock recipe. Because that is the pattern I used when learning to knit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at we have not met
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Let's take a break from talking about sewing men's shirts and dream about post-holiday sewing possibilities. ___________ + possibility one: vintage McCall 8330, c.1951. I like this pattern for its unique construction of the front yoke, waist pleats, and kimono sleeves. I made this muslin some time ago. The pattern... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at we have not met
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Is it just me, or is anyone else feeling December slip through their fingers in a way that makes their breathing a little tight? Despite my self imposed crafting stress, I'm really enjoying sewing this shirt, and am really looking forward to making more tailored/fitted garments for myself, and if... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at we have not met
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When I last left you last dear readers, these were my goals. + ASSEMBLE COLLAR AND FACING + SEW FRONT FACING + SEW SHIRT BACK + ATTACH COLLAR AND LOOP + ATTACH INSIDE YOKE Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. I was axious to finally sit down at the machine and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at we have not met
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This photo gives away my dirty little secret that i work on the floor, no ironing board or work table for me! I also had a glass of wine close at hand, which I don't actually recommend. Sewing mistakes can't be undone as easily as knitting mistakes can. I've finally... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at we have not met
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When I went to order my Colette Negroni pattern, they were sold out. I was a little bummed because I had only heard good things about how lovely the design is. But I quickly got over it and bought the PDF. "I'm saving money!" "Instant gratification!" I thought. I wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at we have not met
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+ Inspiration A while back, I was struck by KENZO's minds eye, collection. That sweater tho! (lots more fun pieces on pinterest) I showed Peter, and he was pretty taken himself, and he asked me for diy ideas for recreating a shirt. "I can do tha't" I thought. I designed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at we have not met
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It has been a while. I miss this space, a space to keep a log of projects and best laid plans. So on with it! My spice rack was a hot mess, and is as good of place as any to get started. Ugg. I can't believe I've been getting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at we have not met
Of course! I am not actually the one in charge of planning, so it is all a surprise.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2012 on a hiking resolution at we have not met
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One of my friends made a new years resolution to plan a hike or camping trip each month in 2012. Such a good resolution no? I didn't hesitate to join in. Our first hike was down at point lobos. It was a bit of an adventure getting there, due too... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at we have not met
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Here is little Amelia in the sweater that I made her. (photo curtsy of baby's mom) Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at we have not met
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I have been making pickles. It is really satisfying. Here we have spicy green beans, spicy carrots and maraschino cherries. The cherries are the real thing—made with maraschino liquor—nothing like the candied ones you buy at the supermarket. Since making these I made another batch of spicy carrots, using purple... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at we have not met
yeah! i am glad you like it. otherwise what is the point of this space, if not to share ideas?
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2011 on wrapped at we have not met
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I finished the silver leaves dress. It was sitting for months with just one sleeve needing to be cast off, and the button sewn on. Both of which I did the morning of the baby shower. heh. don't you just love the sweet little yellow button on the back? i... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at we have not met
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remedy cafe with maggie and kai. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2011 at we have not met
Thanks Emma! I am glad I could share. I really should update the food blog more often. ahem.
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2011 on quilt at we have not met
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I finished the quilt for my friends wedding! It all started when I found this house print at Ikea. I think it's so sweet, and wanted to turn it into something special for the newlyweds. Carlton likes it! I learned a lot working on this, and it isn't perfect, but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at we have not met
never-mind, some other folks beat me to it :-/
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2011 on a cranberry girl dress at angry chicken
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This place has tights in 51 plus colors for kids and adults. I haven't ordered from them yet, but it is very tempting. :) www.welovecolors.com
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2011 on a cranberry girl dress at angry chicken
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Thanks Nicole! To be honest I was second guessing the teal, thanks for the reassurance. ;)
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2011 on is it a toque or is it a tam? at we have not met
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I like to "package" my handmade gifts.; somehow it makes them feel more finished. This is just stuff I had in my crafting stash. I have a lot of patterned papers around from back when I used to make a lot of paper crafts, something I don't do these days. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at we have not met
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I think that sometimes I (unintentionally) give the impression that everything I knit drips off my needles perfectly—just the way that I envisioned it. This isn't exactly true. A lot of projects are started and abandoned because I don't like the yarn, the pattern, or the way that fabric is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at we have not met
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i looked it up and decided that this is indeed more tam then toque, but i could be wrong. I finished this tam weeks ago, but still haven't blocked it, or gotten a chance to take photos of myself modeling it. It is similar to the grey beret but his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at we have not met