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making: week seventeen

May 1st, 2008 by elle

Sorry to gang up on you and post these back to back. Of course, after that last one, maybe you’re needing a little more making.

hugs my peoples!
laura. =)

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making: week sixteen

April 30th, 2008 by elle

This one is boring. It might be too boring to watch.


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thrift store find of the week

April 29th, 2008 by elle

I was running an errand on my bicycle today and stopped in at a little thrift shop that I had forgotten about. I wandered around for about 15 minutes and gathered my usual thrift store merchandise: woven neckties, a few old books with great covers, and a watters and watters dress, and headed for the register. The sweet lady behind the counter chatted about every item as she placed them in a bag. I peeked at the items in the glass case that seperated us and saw, in a little plastic tub, an assortment of old scissors that contained that largest pair of scissors that I’d ever seen. I had to take them home. Every self-respecting art teacher must have a pair of scissors larger than her head. *sigh* I have arrived. (and notice the Napoleon Dynamite impression going on with my mouth!)
the largest pair of scissors that I've ever seen.
It’s an added bonus that the maker of the scissors, one Dick Blick Co, is my prefered art supply vendor. They just rule.
Dick Blick Co
Back to making for me- hope you’re all enjoying your tuesday!

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as promised and oh so comfy!

April 24th, 2008 by elle

la la la
I’ve been wanting an alternative to the everyday tee- something comfy and fitting, without a crew neck (I don’t like how constricting it feels!), and slightly dressier than the standby. I also hate it when I’m feeling a little chubby and the shirt I’m wearing has no give. This is my solution. The pattern still needs a little tweeking (the edging and the sleeves!) but I’m pretty happy with the pattern that I’ve created, and will be making a bunch of these for my etsy shop when it opens in the nearish future. (mini update: I’ve chosen a name and registered a domain, but am keeping the specifics on the dl for now!)
The one featured above is my third attempt and was made from a byu rotc shirt thrifted from the amvets thrift store in San Diego. I love it. =)
I love you guys too.
bye bye for now.
xo elle

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April 23rd, 2008 by elle

it hurts to move.
Our first little trip to Pensacola Beach the other day resulted in pretty severe sunburns for the husband and me. We forgot the bring the suncreen along but thought that an hour or two wouldn’t hurt. Of course, we forgot to factor in that our shoulders hadn’t seen the light of day since our honeymoon in August.
thanks Florida.
Today I am working on a pattern for a girlie wrap-around shirt- made from old (er…I mean recycled!) t-shirts. I’ve already made 2 and a 3rd is on the way. I’m working out all of the kinks in design- answering myself the nagging questions about hemming and lining and labeling. I’ll post some pics later this afternoon.
muffins for all!

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smoothies and rick rack

April 18th, 2008 by elle

LeeAnn, my sweet neighbor, and I had a smoothie date today. She was born and raised right here in Pensacola, and has never had a smoothie! *shrugs* I’ve never had sweet tea. We shoved peaches, strawberries, yogurt, and pomegranate juice into the blender, mixed it up, and enjoyed it on the front porch, southern style. When I returned home I found a package on my front porch containing my recent ebay purchase.
rick rack
32 mostly vintage packages of rick rack that I scored for 99ยข (plus $7 shipping!). I was so delighted with the sizes and colors! I really love old things. Look at these packages!
charming packages
I can’t wait to use ‘em on all kinds of projects. =)
Time to make dinner for myself and my drowsy husband.
hugs and kisses,

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making: week fifteen

April 17th, 2008 by elle

holy moly! With the exception of a few phone calls, a stand-up dinner in the kitchen, and a trip to the store, making this video was all that I did today! (should I make a video about the video making that I do?!)

laura. =)

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making: week fourteen

April 15th, 2008 by elle

loves! I’m only about a week behind. I hope that it’s never ending springiness where you are!


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born again.

April 10th, 2008 by elle

This is my sad little bag. I remember going to JC Penney’s with my Mom to pick this little guy out right before my trip to Europe in the summer of 1995. It was so cool because it had wheels and I could just pull it from train to train. (I know, pretty much everything has wheels now, but this was 1995…this was a newish concept). I bought patches from all of the places that we visited and when I got home I sewed them on (very poorly!). I took this bag on many trips throughout the years, and always put a patch on from the destination. I’ve abused it much and repaired it just as many times. Alas, a fall too great (thanks airline luggage handlers!) damaged the wheels beyond my repair (ok, when I retrieved it from the last flight one wheel was just missing. There must have been an emergency on-flight amputation. poor little guy). I loved this bag too dearly to part with it, so I left it in my parents basement while I continued to travel around (gaining no new patches!).
before the transformation!
With the anticipation of travel soon (yay!) I decided that it was finally time to transform this bag into something that I could use…so I got myself a stack of movies and went to work. I changed it into a messenger style carry-on. I left all of the patches in their original places (but stitched over them again!) and made myself little pockets, little embroidery here and there, and lined it with three of my wonderful collected fabrics. It is awesome. I can’t wait to fly with this in the compartment above me. It did take me just a little over two days, but I totally went overboard. There is lining in places where it’s ridiculous to have lining and since I didn’t want to worry about having something unravel I used french seams for most of it. =) I know, I have too much time on my hands. =)
laura and the cool bag!
ack! so cute! See the interior pocket lined with red fake fur!? And…for those of you who know me, you know that I love a little scrolly machine embroidery here and there. It reads, hello i belong to laura eh plouzek and then my name is elle below it. I wrote the latter first and realized later that it sounds like the bag is calling itself elle. =)
Hopefully this bag will be coming to an airport near you in the nearish future (uhhh…for those of you that I actually know….)
but, I love you all.
hugs and wet lip thingies-

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and that’s why I married him.

April 10th, 2008 by elle

My husband woke me up this morning by bringing me a present in bed.

It was a propane torch.
I need it to make these cupcakes today.
more to come.

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