• Mirandomness,  Sewing,  Vintage Style

    Prepping for “Sewbatical 2019”

    Sewbatical 2018 didn’t happen. I might have been dead, I mean I think I had severe bronchitis and was drugged into semi-consciousness. I believe I was hibernating like a bear and not the least bit productive. Unless you count my coughs; they were productive….ew. This spring break will be different; no chest x-rays this year! Instead, my new Bernina and I will be sewing some new skirts, tops, and dresses. The goal: SYS or sew your stash. I am requiring any new projects to come from my stash of fabrics. This means I need to take stock of my past purchases, assess yardage, plan projects, and prewash everything. I’ve been…

  • Don't Quit Your Day Job,  Mirandomness,  Vintage Style

    Taking Your Own Advice

    Last week, I wrote about the importance taking care of yourself. This week, I find that I need to take my own advice. A move prompted by student based intervention. I show up most days in my bright dresses and cardigans, with my vintage hair and a full face of makeup that would make my grandma proud. The last two weeks have not been kind to my aesthetic. We’ve been doing school conferences, which means later evenings than usual. The school play means Saturdays at work. Coming spring break means our kids are mentally as ready as we are for vacation. We’re all just tired; teacher tired. I did something…

  • Cooking with Miranda,  Geekery,  Vintage Style

    Day One-Lessons Learned

    We started off the ration diet on the date we did because we knew the last throes of the Holiday season would make staying true to the diet incredibly difficult, but I’ll let you in on a little secret.  Fella and I have testing the diet in an unofficial capacity since Boxing Day. We wanted to work out some logistics and do some experimentation.  One of the biggest challenges we were facing is my travel schedule for work.  I’m gone for three days, every other week.  Naturally I can’t cook when I’m gone and the TSA looks askance at flying with certain food items.  This past week I lived off of…