21 April 2010

Shades by Barielle Spicy Swatches

Shades by Barielle Spicy

This was three coats of lacquer, but this formula is amazingly quick drying.  So while I usually can't stand a three coater because of the dry time, this was lightning fast!

What else surprised me?  How many thread fuzzies I picked up while these coats were speed drying!!!  I have several strands of black winding their way through my lacquer application.

I'm somewhat iffy on the color. 

It is a muted red/orange.  Perhaps a dulled pumpkin?

But is it something I'll reach for again?  Hm ... I will need another test wear before deciding if this is a keeper or a donater.

Barielle Hydrating Ridge Base
3 coats Spicy
1 coat CND Air Dry

15 April 2010

SpaRitual Hush

SpaRitual Hush is a dark warm brown, this is three coats. I did a thin first coat, very streaky. Followed by a heavier thick second, but had to finish with an inevitable third coat when two didn’t give me quite enough coverage.

This, like all SpaRituals and their parent company Orly, was very slow to dry. Fairly hidden denting three hours later (even with Diamont top coat).

This is really dark. With all the “manikin” hands I’ve seen on the web recently, this just looks odd.

It will make a great gradation color, but I don’t think it will get many full manis in the coming year.

13 April 2010

Jalie 2682 - shirt muslin 2 review

Jalie's Stylish V-Neck Top Pattern

The Original Muslin
- cut size V (37" bust and 31" waist) to W at hips (41" hips)
- lengthen the upper bodice by 1" for long torso
- 5/8" sway back adjustment (add back seam)

I pretty much put this together as directed.

This first muslin was extremely droopy at the neckline. I know other people have fixed this problem by adjusting the back neckline, but I was determined to fix the main problem ... a "concave" chest on the muslin model, me. I don't have a picture of the first muslin.

Additionally, it was too big. I had "loosely" measured as I remember my last Jalie being too tight for my measurements. However, loose is too loose. So in addition to the chest problems, I also needed to drop a size.

Here is a picture of Muslin 2, Jalie 2682.

The neckline was tightened up enough for certain fabrics, but I could still pull another 1/2" dart out of the neckline. I cut this one in a size U for bust and waist and tapered to a V for the hips.

It now fits fairly well, but in order to approach the final shirt, I need to do final adjustments. Like rotating out an armhole dart. I can see its need in the side view.

I think the upper back looks good, the lower back ... I've already taken out 5/8" in sway back adjustments ... do I need anymore?

Maybe I should wait until the third version is complete with a hem. A hem might pull out the remaining wrinkles.

As to the neckline, adjustments went as follows.

First mark where your excess is located. Mine is always in the upper chest, the pattern is simply too long for my upper chest. I decided to dart it out to the armhole.

Cut down the middle of your dart and overlap the pieces, folding out the excess length.

Now to redraw the center fold line (since it has been completely thrown off by the dart) and shift the needed adjustments to the opposite side.

In the picture above, the original pattern piece is on the bottom, and you can clearly see how the center fold-line is thrown off if you compare the bottom original to the second top piece.

I basically measured how much I'd have to pull in the outerseam line by measuring from the new fold line to the true fold line. At the tip of the dart, this ended up being about 3/8" if I remember correctly. I then rotated each piece (upper bodice and lower bodice) to the new measurement and redrew.

If fits and seems to work ... now to put a third together for everyday wear.

I like how quickly these go together, how simple the neckline is without being boring, and I can imagine this being used in many different looks.

It works with thin fabrics since the front bodice is doubled. No see through. You could also double the upper back or the entire shirt if you need more coverage.

This is a great basic.

Introducing the Cirnechi - Delta and Massimo

Cirneco dell'Etna - Italian rabbit (and squirrel and bird and frog and turtle and ...) hunting breed

The little ones decided to bed down and bask for half an hour this morning.

Their squinty-eyed mien was irresistible. I had to take a shot ... or ten.

And over to the left ...

And look at me ...

And bow ...

Thank you to our participants, Delta ... on the left, a youthful 9 years old and Massimo ... on the right, a mature 8.5 months old. He already has 7 pounds (3.2 kgs) on her.

Seborrheic Dermatitis update

As Matt, a reader, requested ...
here is an untouched closeup of my formerly Seborrheic Dermatitised face. As a reminder, it was the nasolabial folds and the area around my chin where the dermatitis was localized.

This picture was taken last month, and is two months short of the two year mark from when I began "curing" my last Seborrheic Dermatitis outbreak.

For the most part, my uneven texture and blotchiness have completely disappeared. Though I question whether I will ever really consider myself "cured."

Every time I get a zit or some dry skin in these areas, I think another outbreak is starting. And I cringe and cry inside. So far, these stress responses have come to naught.

As to current product use, I am still using my Wonder Wash liquid soap and Neutrogena and Purple Prairie Botanicals sunscreens.

Soap Review http://sewmanythings.blogspot.com/2009/05/soap-wonderful-wonder.html

Sunscreen Review http://sewmanythings.blogspot.com/2009/10/as-if-milk-allergies-werent-enough.html

While I don't have many other skin problems, my spouse does. He was prescribed, what else?!?, steroid cream for his hand. He has a quarter size area of his hand that breaks out when exposed to some chemicals.

For him, I've purchased "Gloves in a Bottle" which is similar to "Skin MD" from what I can figure out.



These products create a siliconized barrier layer between your skin and whatever you are working on. For those individual that have dermatitis on the hands and forearms, I'd strongly suggest checking out the types of products and testing their protective features on your own skin. (Obviously if you have silicon reactions, DON'T try this product.)

Gloves in a Bottle Ingredients (copied from bottle); moderate hazard of 3 out of 10 on the cosmeticsdatabase.
Purified Water
Stearic Acid
Cetyl Alcohol
Isopropyl Myristate
Stearyl Alcohol
Xantham Gum
Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose
VP/Eicosene Copolymer

Skin MD Ingredients (copied from their website); also a moderate hazard of 3 on the database.
Deionized water (Aqua)
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Vera)
Methyl Gluceth-20
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
Arnica Montana Flower Extract (Arnica)
Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey)
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract (Chamomile)
Achillea Millefolium Extract (Yarrow)
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
1,2 Hexanediol
Caprylyl Glycol
Butylene Glycol
Aminomethyl Propanol

Latest Finds - Box Turtles Hortense and Helga

My youngest dog Massimo, 8.5 months and maturing, loves to play with clods of dirt. He crouches and barks at the menacing clumps. Hops forward, picks up the bit, and throws it into the air. His game can stretch for hours.

Unfortunately, turtles resemble clods of dirt. I can't decide if Massimo thinks they are the same thing as his bits of dirt, or if he knows they are animals and therefore fair game (in his mind). The fact that he plays the same with the two is both humorous and horrifying. Especially for the turtle. I bet there's some "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" language playing out in the turtles head as she flys through the air with an ease which should NEVER happen to turtles.

Regardless, Hortense and Helga here have been living in my backyard for a time. Helga for several weeks, Hortense unknown.

How do I know they are girls? I don't, I'm guessing. Some male turtles have a concavity on their abdominal shell, these two don't (then again, Boxes might not, so) and when Helga was first caught I was able to see a bit of her tail region. Females have much larger openings for egg laying purposes. Helga seems to be an egg layer. Hortense is a pure guess.

How do I know they have been here? I can scarcely see them for their camouflage, but Massimo can smell them. He has pulled Helga (the younger box) out of the pine needles at least three times. Our negative conditioning does not seem to be working.

A close up the photo reveals his recent retrieval and the damage he performed upon Helga's shell. I hope she is healing quickly.

The story goes like this ... Massimo found the turtle, AGAIN, for the third time, and I decide that this is the perfect time to mow the yard. I can put the turtle into a crate while I mow and release her back to the yard when I am finished. I have been unable (unwilling) to mow since I knew she was somewhere in the backyard, and I knew I'd be mowing wild parts of the yard that haven't seen a mower in several years.

Strangely enough, Miss Turtle has taken a bunch of shell damage to the outer sides since I last saw her. And while shell peeling isn't unheard of, it is unexpected for a box.

Into the crate Miss Turtle goes, and off to mow I go (after the SO ... cleans lawnmower ... changes the oil ... and does some engineering communing with the power tool ...). Off into the wilds I trek, racing into greenbriar patches several feet wide. This mower is my greenbriar, old tree, and shrub ramming device.

After I finish with the worst of the patches and whack down some of my geraniums (they are larger than ever this year) I head back to the briar patch with a pair of clippers. The dogs can get around back there, it is time I could as well.

About that time the hounds are released and reacquaint themselves with the "new" yard. There is the smell of cut herbaceous growth, new pathways to explore, and rearranged bits to bark at.

Which is when the spouse tracks me down and says, "Massimo found another turtle."

"What! Another one? Where is it?"

"In the crate with the first one ..."

Low and behold the larger and older of the two, Hortense, found first this weekend is a new turtle to us. No wonder her shell looked funny. I didn't recognize it.

Helga, of course, is the turtle that Massimo has been finding, and since we weren't expecting two turtles in the yard, he had the chance to damage her (sorry Helga). I'm glad I didn't catch you with the lawnmower!

Helga has a much better shell but is also younger by at least a year, if not two. My turtle aging's not accurate.

I've returned the girls to the wilds of the backyard, and am even more vigilant with the MonsterMo. A hunting dog is a wonderful thing, their brains are amazing. However, they are also stubborn. I WILL win in the end, and Massimo will learn to ignore turtles.

Check back with me next year.