nyny day 1

I have this teeny weeny laptop boy sent with me, rather than my macbook. It is a lenovo s10, and althrough he really likes it, and it fit better in my carry-on, i kinda sorta hate it. So bear with me if I dont keep you up to date as much as i had hoped.

Day 1


My flight left Chicago at 7pm and was due in NY around 10, but Laguardia had us circle around a bit to ride out a storm they were having. Luckily there was no storm for me, although there was some turbulence. Eventually, the captain came on the speaker to let us know that Laguardia put in a 50 minute ground stop and we didnt have enough fuel to keep circling. Therefore, we diverted to an airport in Allentown, Pennsylvania to refuel and wait to be put back in the landing queue. I finally arrived sometime after 11. Bro and his girl picked me up and then we waited for about another half hour for a taxi (the cab drivers didnt realize that there were late planes coming in, due in after the usual scheduled last landings). So, while standing there for a ride, I watched the clock tick over to my birthday! Another year older, smarter, better, and this time – leaner;)

Carrie made us some ham and eggs and broccoli at the apt, and then bro and I went for a walk around his neighborhood and I grabbed some things I didnt risk in my carry-on. They live in Nolita (North of Little Italy), in the lower end of Manhattan, right next to Soho (South of Houston – pronounced “house-ton”).


I should say that he is living the New Yorker lifestyle (not the rich kind, just the average joe). His rent is more than I make a month, so they also have a roomie to help afford it. But the amazing part is that in all absolute honesty, I believe the entire apartment is no bigger than my master bedroom suite (with bath and walkin closet). It is a “flex” two bedroom apartment, with a bathroom and a kitchen. So when i had asked “do i get to sleep on the couch, or what?”, little did i know that there is zero room for said couch. . .But at least my bed is comfy – its an air mattress now partly tucked under the desk of the loft bed he has.


Oh, and I feel like Goldylocks because in the uber duber small space, they only have three of everything (3 cups, 3 plates, 3 spoons, etc etc), lol. (I dunno about you, but i fully believe I should trade this teeny weeny laptop for my bros giant asus laptop, because it fits the space better;)

nyny begins with a bag

I am so happy with myself! I actually got a travel bag purse thingie sewed up in all its cuteness today! It took me about 8 hours (not to mention the time to cut it while babysitting yesterday, nor the few hours it took when i whipped out a prototype from some gifted material). Considering I have never made a bag, never used piping, and had added all kinds of features to a pattern I found, well gosh golly darnit, 8 hours is pretty quick!


I found the pattern at IS*LY, through a quick google image search for a purse pattern. It looked like the perfect size for all my gear (novel, dsi, ipod and headphones, camera, card wallet, cash wallet, coin purse, phone, sunglasses, notebook, keys, and the most important – chapstick!).



However, i adapted it a bit because I had a bag that fit all that in it already, but it was just that – a bag. For the comfort of the airplane and travel, I wanted pockets, so I made a little bag that fits inside the bigger bag, then sewed it up at the corners for a total of five perfectly sized pockets.


I added magnetic enclosures and made the handles just long enough so that the bulk sits at my waist. Honestly, i expected to blog about my giant failures with this one, especially because i was in a time crunch and rushing, but even on the prototype, I didnt have many blunders. Okay, the occasional sew-rip sew-rip event did occur, but seriously I am gushing with pride over this. *And* its even outside my comfort zone for colors. I must like it a lot!

I leave tomorrow so I may or may not be posting “soon” about my venture to the Big Apple. Toodles! :)


Charlottes gift is ready! Like, for real this time. I solved the last problem with a little bit of yarn and it should work great. It WILL be out on delivery today, heavens help me. But, the giftedness of it means no photos for you yet. Here is the package though – I hadnt intended on making it cute, but it just kind of happened:


Meanwhile, although all the problems of it had killed my desire to create (really it was a matter of: If i move on to something else, i will never come back to it), I have accumulated quite a stack of projects.

1. a belated birthday purse

2. a kindle kase

3. a *leather* bookcover

4. little night gowns for my uber small neice

5. a travel purse for me, with pockets for all my goods

That last was suppose to be done before my big NY trip next week, but I dont see that happening :(

(Did i mention my big NY trip? My bro wanted me to visit but I told him i was a poor broke no-longer-college-kid, so he offered the tix as my bday present! Woot!)

Oh and the cats are gone (the hairless ones). My girls are so relaxed now, although the first day after, I think Sasha was incredibly bored because she meowed most of the day (we are talking like 80% of the day instead of 50%). By the end of the week, they were still NOT friends, but Maya took a few naps with Cocoa (and sometimes even Jinx), and Sasha gave up hissing and swatting at every opportunity. But she did follow them incessantly and kept them off her condo. Except for this day (blurry phone pic, sorry):


As return, I was gifted a beautiful quilted blanket. Stunning, actually!!