Over The Shoulder Penguin Holder?

So, I’m a gal with natural gifts…endowed with certain ATTRIBUTES, if you will.  I come from German peasant stock, and I can fill out a Dirndl with the best of them (and heft a pint or two, I might add

And childbirth did not…DIMINISH these attributes.  QUITE THE OPPOSITE.

(well, that and the weight gain, but, as Forrest says, “That’s all I have to say about THAT”)

Anywhatsers, finding a bra that legitimately FIT has never really happened for me.  Oh, there was a time pre-childbirth when I was able to find a good fitting bra from a very pink store filled with skinny bitches, because it turned out my size was actually a popular implant size, and living in LA, they always had my size.

But that’s when I was a DD.


Anyway, I haven’t had a good fitting bra for over 6 years now, so I finally put my SKEELS to work.  I had read an article in Threads about bra making, did some lookin around and decided to make one for myself.

I chose the Bravo Bella pattern #2, which included my supposed size. There are A LOT of cute bra patterns out there, but being big-bosomed still has its fashion (and engineering) limitations.

Anyway, I made the first incarnation of this bra with a kit I purchased from the website and based on their measurements.  It was white and plain and still really didn’t fit.

See, even as heavy as I am, my torso is narrow.  So even though my measurements claimed I should be a 42, really, I’m a 38 (band size)

Cup size, you ask?  Big enough to smuggle a penguin, apparently.

After the first one didn’t really fit, I contacted the owner of Bravo Bella–and she emailed me back answering all my questions and then some.  VERY helpful for a first time bra maker, but long time seamstress.

So, I copied a new pattern, based on our discussion (#2 is a multi-sized pattern) and also made a few minor adjustments. and Voila!

No Opus, this isn’t a cozy hiding place for you and your friend…

Yes, yes, you’re right.  When I fold it up, it DOES make a cozy seat.  but that was not it’s intent I’m afraid…

Anyway, this thing fits like a dream.  I feel all Joanie from Mad Men in this thing, and now feel confident of my true size (not the stupid chart size I’m always looped into) and now have grand plans to make a bikini top among other creations.  *starts digging through my stash*

Wait–Opus!  Get that off your head.  This is NOT a frat party!

If you are a full figured gal with some sewing skeels, I cannot endorse the pattern enough.  Having a good fitting bra is a game changer, folks.

and if it’s big enough, apparently it makes a good swing as well…

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Too Damn Hot

First–it’s been a while.  Sorry ’bout ‘dat.  I was all gung ho, woo hoo, let’s CRAFT muthafuckas, and then…nuthin.  Not only have I been in a slump here, I’ve been in a slump studio-wise as well.  I’ve gotten a few things done here and there, but frankly, as Cole Porter phrased…

And while my studio is generally 10 degrees cooler than the outside temp, that makes it 90 instead of 100.  Difficult to create in melty heat like that. I did create a thing or two when I had a chance.  Along with the usual quilting culprits, which I will post later, I made this pretty little box:

That pretty red/pink glass in there is the crushed glass from our wedding.  You know–when a Jewish couple gets married, and the guy stomps on it in an old superstitious rite, but still awesomely traditional, and everyone shouts “Mazel Tov!” and then he kisses her?  THAT glass. (although for clarification, the only Jew under that huppah was me.  Oh, and the officiant.  So it wasn’t a Jewish wedding, per se, but it was Jew-“ISH”) I also like to think of it as a symbol: what we’ve done–gettin hitched and all–cannot be “undone.”  That glass cannot be put back together.

The hearth is the center of the home, and the perfect place for our wedding memorabilia.

I’ve been sitting on this for 6 years now, wanting to do SOMETHING cute.  But during this heat wave,  I’ve also been transforming the fireplace/mantel area with some candlescaping and putting our wedding stuff over here, I thought NOW is the time.  It is certainly a work in progress, but it’s nice to center everything over here.  And when I actually light the candles at night, it’s very pretty.

when the candles are lit. This part is still a work in progress, but it’s still purty!

I got a cheapy shadowbox from Michael’s, painted and decoupaged–although I MUST learn to paint first and THEN decoupage. I get so excited about a project, I don’t always think it through.  In a sense, I scrapped the back panel with a picture from the wedding, an insert from our invitation, and some pretty stuff, with a layer of mod podge over it to protect, added the shattered glass and closed it up.

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P52 week 21: Favorites

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You don’t have to tell me.  I know.  It’s so bad for you.  Fats, dyes, fakey-fake faker stuff.  I. KNOW.

But it is so. damn. good.

I don’t eat it anymore–except for the occasional spoonful when i make it for the squirt.  Because I am a grown-up with no sort of death wish.  Still.  SO. GOOD.


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P52 week 20: Mothers

project 52 p52 weekly photo challenge my3boybarians.comAs I am the only mother in this house, and had no desire to take a picture of myself, i had to get creative this week.  I was stumped until this morning, when i remembered Babs.  She is this HUGE spider next to our second floor door that is the second generation of spider in that spot.  My husband is more an expert on Babs and her family, as that light is the doorway to his man-cave, but I keep an eye on her from time to time.

I should state now that i have a healthy respect for spiders.  And since our house seems to be the Club Med destination for spiders, they’ve kinda forced my hand here.  They keep the flying bug population down, and me and my paper thin skin and delicious blood appreciate that.  As long as they stay out of my bedroom, they are allowed to live.

I took this picture AGES ago–this is how she hangs out at night:

but this one i took this morning.  She was not ready for her close-up, but I thought the details on her body were still pretty nifty…

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P52 week 19: Still Life

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Still the mind.  Become an open vessel.  Allow spirit to guide.  So mote it be.


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P52 week 18: Fiesta or Siesta

project 52 p52 weekly photo challenge my3boybarians.comI don’t know what this dog does all day–but a lot of it looks like this.

These blankets had JUST come out of the dryer, btw.  Who could resist?

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P52 week 17: Green

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Our own “green monster” flanking our staircase…


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