Posts Tagged ‘Christmas shopping


more curtains…

… and a mistake that I made.

My friends R. and S. had me do a number of curtains this last summer.  (you can read here about the process of cutting 14 rectangles form a swimming pool sized fabric!)  They were cleaning out their house to make room for a Thanksgiving party and possibly an overnight guest from L.A.  I was also on a little time crunch and had three days for 5 more panels.  As I do like these two a lot, I wanted to get the curtains ready for them.  And I do pride myself in conscientious measuring and sewing.  This time, I did get it all wrong.

Since the others were made in the summer, I only bothered about the finishing and not the actual window size.  Despite the fact that R. had it all written out for me, I only looked at the numbers.  AND NOT THE DIRECTION.  Well, they now have curtain panels fir REALLY short and wide windows.  I got the height/length turned around, duh.

I’m glad they’re such good friends and have another swimming pool sized panel for me to make it all good.  And the L.A. guest didn’t show.

While we are talking Holidays – if you are in Portland and have time and energy for another great event, here it is:



The weather is truly frightening…

… and next month is Christmas!  Ha! – what shocked you more?

Not only is the weather frightening, opening the daily paper these days is too.  Starbucks is closing 61 stores in Australia (did not even know they were there, but then that’s no big surprise) and hundreds here.  People don’t want to pay $4 for a latte.  And while I agree with that, the store closing is on the heels on people not wanting to spend MONEY right now.  DON’T TELL ME THAT JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS!  Like many other stores, I am hoping for a good Christmas season.  A good November/December is not only a good sign for my little store economy – it is also a measure on how happy people feel about their lives.  When they are happy, they want to make others feel happy, too.  Give a little stocking stuffer to everyone in your office and treat yourself to a new pretty outfit.  But if you’re scared and frightened?  You stay tight-lipped and secure your wallet.

So maybe you will get creative this Holiday Season.  You want to give AND you want to treat yourself.  Consider little useful trinkets such as a tool, a book of stamps, soap, a candle as stocking stuffers.  Make something like a cards from pretty paper.  Buy that special person in your life three pairs of pretty socks – people can NEVER have enough pretty socks and never treat THEMSELVES to them.  Dig up an old clothing favorite of your’s and have it taken in/let out/ spruced up – you’ll be amazed at the transition.  Pair the old favorite with a new companion – instead of buying a whole new outfit.

Speaking of which:  consider this website for fashion tips and closet hints.  For your convenience, I have also posted her hints on the sidebar.  She is Dutch, she knows what she is talking about.


And to make you happy – check out this happy skirt.

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