Changing tack

Is it March already? Blogging mojo obviously hasn’t returned. Life’s been too overwhelming – I’ve given in to the middle age slump. The only way to get things going is to take my perfectionism down a notch.

It’s a bit silly I know – this self-imposed blogging perfectionism. But I don’t think I’m the only one who finds it hard to let down the readers – however few or many there are – once the initial blogging enthusiasm fades. I tried to include in my posts details that I would find useful and inspiring if I were the reader. The hardest bits are the illustrations. I’m not brilliant with the camera. I can never get clear photos of patterns and alterations without resorting to drawing programs. My day job requires a lot of mouse work as well, so I’m beginning to get RSI wrist pains. This makes it harder to keep up the pattern & alteration illustrations. The mug shots and style shots also take a bit of effort and I haven’t mustered the enthusiasm to dress up lately. Perhaps they’re not as useful to other people as they are to me. Still, once you set up a standard it can be hard to let go.

But lowering the standard I must if I’m to get anything done. I may go back & update project posts when the enthusiasm returns. And if there are any particular projects you’d like more details of, please leave a request via the post comments & I’ll prioritise updating those posts.

Finally, thanks for stopping by & reading my blog. I’m not very social by nature, so haven’t been expressive of my gratitude. But I do really appreciate your continuing readership!

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Me Made May ’15 – the finishing line

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Yes! I’ve made it! Phew.

It was a bit of a struggle towards the end. May is a long month! I should have read the small prints of my MMM’15 Pledge! Wearing at least one a day wouldn’t have been difficult. But it’s always the paragraphs buried deep in the T&Cs that get you, even if its only self-imposed. Can’t possibly give up half way right?

  • Small print 1: Photo evidence every day please.
    This turned out harder than I expected. I got bored with bog standard selfies quite quickly. And unless it’s a useful mugshot it has to have entertainment value for me. Something interesting. Or beautiful. Or tells a story.
  • Small print 2: Drag every wearable MMs out of the closet. Spread the love a bit more evenly. No playing favorite.
    I’ve been a bad mother neglecting some of the MMs. Do you do that? I mean not just special occasion stuff that we knew from the start we weren’t going to wear much if at all. But also perfectly practical makes that just got forgotten going from one big stash (of the fabrics kind) into another big stash (of the Me-Made kind)? Fast Fashion of the Me-Made kind?

Now if you’ll excuse me I have a big pile of MMs to launder.

Me-Made last 15-sec of fame:

25 May: Top: McCall 6078, Skirt: Burda 2011-08-121, Cardi: self-drafted Dolce & Gabbana Wannabe;
26 May: Top: altered RTW, Skirt: self-drafted;
27 May: Top: Vogue Donna Karan 1282, Skirt: self-drafted pencil skirt;
28 May: Top: self-draped altered RTW, Dress: Burda 2012-04-128a;
29 May: Top: self-drafted wearble muslin, Skirt: self-drafted petticoat skirt;
30 May: Dress: self-draped Fortuny Delphos Wannabe, Cardi: modified Burda 2011-06-139;
31 May: Top: Vogue Genny 1390a Gigli Wannabe, Dress: Vogue Donna Karan 1159;

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Me Made May ’15 – week 4

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After the high comes the low. This week was a bit of a slug. Not least because trying to sort out missed US tax returns after emigrating to the UK is sucking all the life force (and mulla) out of me. Did you know that if you’re foreign, but happened to have been born while your parents were visiting America, then the good o’ US of A consider you a citizen and will come after you for back taxes and returns decades later?  Never mind that you have no other ties to the USA and never lived in America…No, not my situation, but happened to someone I know. (He now has to pay Uncle Sam $2k+ to renounce his never asked for citizenship.) Imagine if all countries do that. Imagine if high tax Sweden claim you as their own and want you to file decades of tax returns and pay the taxes + interests + penalties you owe them. Crazy innit. OK, rant over. Back to MMM…

Me-Made Week 4:

18 May: Top: modified McCall 6078c , Skirt: altered RTW;
19 May: T-Shirt: self-drafted, Skirt: self-drafted straight skirt;
20 May: T-Shirt: Vogue 2980, Skirt: self-drafted pencil skirt;
21 May: T-Shirt: Burda 2010-02-122, Skirt: self-drafted pencil skirt;
22 May: Dress: self-drafted best Oops ever!;
23 May: Tunic: self-drafted;
24 May: Bolero Jacket: self-drafted, Camisole: modified Burda 2012-04-128;

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MMM’15 – go forth & be funny

Thanks guys for all the nice comments on my MMM’15 Comic Con Week, especially the thumb up from the Mistress of Wit Ms Pretty Grievance  herself! No pressure then 😉

But I am a mere amateur when it comes to this Funny Business. And it seems like I’ve used up my wit quotient for the month. Witness what happened when I tried again the week after…

Repeat after me: Never crossbred the corpse of Jungle January with late-term Me Made May.

REPEAT AFTER ME…Never crossbreed the corpse of Jungle January with late-term Me Made May.

You know I love you to share such frightful photo with you right?

So to save humanity from further abominations I’m passing on the Comic Con MMM baton. Here are some standard size templates for Photoshop Element / Photoshop that you can use to create your own fun caption photos…

Comics Frame Templates for Photoshop Element

 

 

You will also need to download and install these comics style fonts:

If you fancy creating from scratch (eg for photos with a different proportion)…click here for the tutorial I used.

Now go & make me LOL!

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Me Made May ’15 – comic con week?

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This week has turned into my Comic Con week of sort. And I’m dedicating it to Pretty Grievance and her Wearable Wednesdays. It’s half-way through the month and I obviously needed a little bit of pick-me-up to get to the finish line. So nothing like a bit of humor to tide us over innit!

Me-Made Losing It Week 3:

11 May: Dress: Burda 2012-04-128a, Top/Jacket: self-drafted Martin Margiela SS 1997 Wannabe;
12 May: Top: modified McCall 6078c, Skirt: Burda 2012-05-113, Cardi: modified Burda BS 2011-06-139;
13 May: Dress: self-drafted Michel Klein Wannabe;
14 May: Sweater: self-drafted sew & knit;
15 May: Chemise: self-drafted, Skirt: altered vintage drindl;
16 May: Top: Burda 2010-02-112, Skirt: self-drafted petticoat;
17 May: T-Shirt: self-drafted, Skirt: self-drafted drindl;

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