Wednesday, July 30, 2014

what i made: easy, breezy chambray skirt

//t-shirt, belt, sandals: thrifted / skirt: made by me//

This is one of my more recent sewing projects (I have another that I just finished, and I'm so excited to share it with you!), and probably one of the most versatile that I've created so far. It's just an easy skirt made with two loooooong rectangles, sewn together, then cinched to fit my waist, then I added a side zipper and a snap closure. I had also decided that I wanted a little something extra, so I added in a faux placket and stitched a line of buttons down the front. I think it adds the perfect retro touch. :) My only personal issue with the finished product is that it's a wee bit poofy...but that's not a huge problem. Other than that, I love it. 

This week is my second to last week of my summer class before I get one whole week of break...woohoo! This constitutional law class has been fascinating and I've learned a LOT, but I'm so excited to be done with the hundreds of pages of reading per week and essays and tests. It's been one of the most stressful classes I've ever taken, just based on the sheer amount of coursework. Still, very much worth it. 

Hope you all are having a fantastic week!

Friday, July 18, 2014

hiking little si // flashback friday

A couple weeks after hiking Franklin Falls, Josh and I decided to attempt to hike Little Si, also around the Snoqualmie Pass area. In the book of hikes I had been perusing, it was listed as a "moderate" hike, and I figured I was up for it. The day of the hike, it had been raining, but there was a slight sun break as right as Josh arrived at my house to pick me up. So we decided to chance the soon as we got on the freeway, it started pouring. I'm not sure what made us keep going, but we did, and I'm glad we did, because just before we reached our destination, the sun decided to come back out. We were blessed with dry weather for the entire hike up, which I, in my hugely out of shape state, somehow managed to survive...though it may have gotten to the point where Josh was practically dragging me along behind him to make sure I was still moving, because right before we reached the top, I was getting pretty exhausted. But the view was completely worth the hike up. We were able to watch the fog coming in to completely cover the mountains, until we couldn't see past the rock beneath our feet. It was surreal. I said at the time that it was like standing on the edge of the earth.
We ate lunch at the top, and right as we finished, it started to hail. Thankfully, the trees provided a good covering from that as we hurried back down. I felt reenergized, and so incredibly thankful that the way back was mostly downhill. 

It was a fun hike, and I definitely wouldn't mind doing it again, if not only for that amazing view up at the top. I'm hoping that now that the spring weather seems to have started, we will have the opportunity for many more hikes, hopefully with less chance of rain and hail. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

busy, busy, busy

//dress, choker, belt: thrifted / shoes: eBay / quartz necklace: JCP//
This has become sort of my latest go-to outfit. It's comfy and casual enough to wear around the house, but super easy to dress up for going out. I love the quirky, bright pattern, and the fact that it has pockets. I've also discovered that it's surprisingly versatile, which is what I'm always looking for in a dress. I wore this to dinner with the boyfriend's family a few weeks ago, and then I think at least one time since then. I can tell this one's going to get a lot of wear this summer...especially since it's been so warm here in Seattle for the past week! It's hard to believe that I was wearing sweaters to keep warm on the 4th of July and now it's sundresses all the way. 

I'm happy I only signed up for one class this summer...this constitutional law course has been fairly intensive, even for one course! I love the material and the topics we're covering, but it's just so much to digest. Then other things cropping up along with schoolwork and babysitting—church convention, and then the boyfriend hurting his back this last week...I've been pretty busy. This week, though, I've been able to work ahead and spend some time doing things I've been wanting to do, like sewing and whipping my disaster zone of a room into shape. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your week!