Sunday, September 30, 2012

Photo printing

If you would like to get some free photos (plus shipping, boo!) first time members get 60 free 4x6 prints by using this referral link.(Which, *cough, cough* would also give me a $10 store credit, haha) I just ordered over thirty prints that I plan on using as projects for Christmas gifts. I have found that you can save lots and lots of money by watching for deals and scooping them up- even if it is months before it would be gifted- rather than waiting until just before. It also saves tons of time.

                                             Source: via Rebekah on Pinterest

What can you do with your free prints? Here is a great tutorial from Mine for the Making about how to make gorgeous coasters from your own photos for about $2! Her idea is easy and genius. I am 99.999999% sure I am going to do something similar.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A new twist to the spring top pattern

Remember how I was so excited about getting Heather Ross fabric? I finally got enough nerve to decide what to do with it, and more importantly, how to cut it. Cutting fabric with printed scenes is difficult. Especially if you are a cheapskate and  it cost $20 to procure one yard. If you would ever like some of this fabric, I believe it is discontinued, so snatch it up quickly on Etsy! It is called the Far Far Away print for Snow White.

I don't think it came out as good as it could have, but I am satisfied with it. I am branching out in pattern making and working on a more tailored look. The elastic bodice for the Spring Top pattern is incredibly easy to nurse in, but I am not thrilled about the bulk of fabric that it creates.

I love that the Seven Dwarves wear flannel and orange union suits!

I modified this version of the Spring Top by making it much longer. I have been getting more and more prudish with age and prefer wearing long shirts over jeans.

I decided to forgo adding a sash to tie in the back. I thought a sash would be a visual distraction against the clean lines of the trees.

I have been greatly inspired by a blog I recently found via Pinterest, called Made By Rae. Rae makes gorgeous women's clothing. Seeing her amazing top made out of the same fabric was what inspired me to buy the fabric in the first place. I highly encourage you to check out her blog and her gorgeous patterns.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

House keeping (The blog kind)

                                                                         Source: via Rebekah on Pinterest

Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.
                                                                                                             -Charlotte Bronte

I have two new sewing projects but have a snag in getting good pictures of the completed results.

I will be honest and say that I have had a mental "snag" in updating this blog. Through the spring I updated at least once or twice weekly and now I am barely scraping out a post once a month. Of course, a new house, the summer's activities, a short pregnancy, then loss thereof is quite a lot to keep one occupied; however, it has been more than that. I have just had a standstill in content. I even toyed with the idea of deleting Verdant Bents or stop posting altogether. The reason is that I feel like it has been to "me" centered. My sewing projects, my outfits, etc... and I didn't like the feeling of it. It made me feel proud about myself (the bad kind of pride). I talked to my spiritual father today and got good advice for the future. I believe actions speak louder than words, so I am not going to make any promises of regular posting. The one thing that will be changing is that I doubt I will post any more outfit photos. They were fun, but I felt like I was getting too vain, haha (though it isn't actually funny). I am also going to post more than just sewing projects or fashion. If you get tired of those posts, I won't be angry if you want to stop following! My primary purpose for Verdant Bents is still sewing/fashion, but I would like to branch out a little as well.

Ok, enough talking! I have a pattern to finish! (day three of designing a shirt pattern, eep)

What is coming up?
An easy idea for a too short skirt refashion.

A new alteration for my spring top. (This might just include my Heather Ross: Snow White fabric- hooray!)

Stay tuned :)

(A fun game, count how many unintentional cliches I used in this post)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

And we all get credit

I know, I was not going to post anything until it was a new project! Oh well- :)

I got this coupon that I thought I would share with you. I love Modcloth. It has great sales and amazing clothing.

Until 10/2, new customers can get $20 off an order of $50. That is a huge savings. Plus, I am not going to lie, I would also get $20 if you used my coupon code. So, ah, if you feel like ever making a purchase this month, I would be your bff if you used my link. :)

Get $20 off your $50 order from Modcloth (new customers only)

Here are some current sales.
(Yes, 'as is' these are not as modest as I promote on this blog. However, I buy lots of clothes like this and layer with them with camis, cardigans, skirts, leggings or jeans. Once you figure out how to use layers you can use a lot more clothing and not be restricted to buying "mom" clothes at Goodwill or whatever.)

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