Apr 28 2012


Thursday I made a skirt with some great navy blue polka dot fabric (that I found at the thrift store) following a tutorial on a fabulous new website I found called “Gerties New Blog for Better Sewing” (if you are into retro sewing, this is the place).  After making the skirt, I decided I also wanted a blouse out of the same stuff.  I found an etsy shop (Embonpoint Vinage) that sells PDF’s of out of print patterns.  It’s a whole drafting system, so you get instructions and a template, and you have to draft out the pattern yourself.  I’ve been wanting to learn a little more about drafting my own patterns, so I figured I’d give it a go.

Bigsby, on the other hand, figured it was a bad idea.  We had a stand off for a while, as I didn’t want to shoo him away and have him tear the tissue pattern paper.

I should have the blouse done on Monday, in which case I will try to make a point of sharing…something that I seem to have forgotten to do on this blog lately.  Apparently I don’t have much to share as of late.

PS:  I do often post to instagram.  My user name is “courteneyrodda”  Today is Caturday, thus, the above image of Bigsby.  Although…let’s be honest…every day is caturday with me.


Apr 23 2012

bits and pieces

Breakfast rarely deviates from this.
Someone loves it when I don’t make the bed right away.  Someone also got really annoyed two minutes later when I started making the bed.
Wearing all thrift store ‘rags’ for Church. ;)
Time to dye my hair.  Not so red anymore.  :(
The drive into Vancouver.  View from the Port Mann.
New Bridge. Old Bridge.  I can’t tell you how happy I (and about a million other people) will be when this is done.
Arrived at the Brothers.  Had a Cassis Martini.

 The Sister-In-Law prepared the most fabulous paneer curry.
There’s a good chance this conversation was about beer making.
…Inevitably always turns into this.
Tiny feet.

Food!  Glorious food!
Intense conversationing.
This was very nice.
As was this.
Especially when had with this.
And this.

I realize this post took a sudden turn towards food and wine…but that’s how it goes sometimes. ;)  It was a good day.


Apr 8 2012

…to the easter parade…

Okay, okay…so there’s no Easter Parade…and I’m not wearing a bonnet…and there’s no sonnet being written…(but I really wanted to quote something from Bing Crosby’s Easter Parade song.) BUT…it is Easter, and I made this dress especially for today (although I will be wearing it a lot this summer, I’m sure).
This is probably the most success I’ve had with sewing without a pattern. I reeaaaallly spent my time on this one. I did all french seams, the dress is fully lined and the hem is the nicest hem I have *ever* done (and it should be…it took me 4 hours!)
I drew up the dress about a month and a half ago and finished it within probably 2 weeks (although the total hours in the dress are more like 16 from drawing it to final press).
This weekend has been GLORIOUS weather. We have had the latest most miserable spring so far…and then this weekend it all changed. Things are only starting to bloom now. Yesterday we spent all day outside and today took a little stroll down by the library where they have planted a ton of beautiful cherry blossom trees. I feel giddy just looking outside. It’s amazing.


Apr 5 2012

proudly pale.

Go ahead. Call me pasty. See if I care.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about our cultures obsession with having a “healthy tan”. Maybe it’s because it’s been so dull and rainy around here and I’m eager for some sunshine. Maybe it’s because summer is just around the corner and everywhere I look I see fashion magazines and store displays with models that have that golden hue. But I have to be honest…the obsession perplexes me. What the heck is a heathy tan anyway? I’m pretty sure that it doesn’t exist. (Go and google “Healthy Tan”. See what comes up).  When I was younger, my mother instilled a sunburn fear into me.  I am *obviously* very fair (bordering translucent?), and so the sun and I don’t always agree.  But over time it’s just become one of those things…you know…always have sunscreen on…sit in the shade…wear a hat (which I don’t do often enough).

I can’t help but think, however, that these are not things that should just be reserved for us translucent people.  I don’t want to sound like a party pooper…I do love sunshine.  But this tanning fixation (especially with young girls) freaks me out.  Here’s what our beloved Wikipedia says about tanning:

“Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation is known to cause skin cancer, make skin age and wrinkle faster, mutate DNA, and reduce the immune system. Frequent tanning bed use triples the risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The US Public Health Service states that UV radiation, including the use of sun lamps and sun beds are “known to be a human carcinogen.” It further states that the risk of developing cancer in the years after exposure is greatest in people under 30 years old. However, recently released FDA data suggests that indoor tanning beds emit 12x more UVA radiation than the sun and has been categorized in the “highest cancer risk” group along with smoking tobacco.”

That’s nice, right?

The other day I was in the drugstore and I overheard the saleslady talk to a mother and daughter about sunscreen.  At first she seemed a little pushy.  She was adamant that these ladies knew exactly how, and how often then needed to apply sunscreen and that even then they shouldn’t be spending too much time in the sun anyway.  A little bit outspoken for a perfect stranger at a drugstore if you ask me.  But then she went on to tell the ladies that 5 years ago she had a large portion of her skin removed and grafted due to skin cancer.  I thought it was rather amazing that she put herself out there (at the risk of coming off as an irritating saleslady) and told these ladies straight up that if they didn’t take care of themselves they could risk the same thing.

It’s funny (in an ironic kind of way), because we are so wrapped up in having healthy bodies and lifestyles.  Eating organic this, and using chemical free that.  But for whatever reason sun tanning doesn’t fall into the unhealthy category.  Then we try and tell ourselves that it’s all for the sake of vitamin D.  Right.


I’m no expert…but all I know is that when I’m 50, I’d rather not have skin that looks like leather…and I’d like to skip that whole skin cancer thing altogether.  And for those reasons, I have no problem when people laugh at my pale legs when I wear dresses.

Okay, I’m done now.  Rant over.


Apr 2 2012

old film

I got some film developed today from our Banff trip. Want to see some more? Head over to http://art.courteneyrodda.com/blog/ to see a couple others that I posted.
Funny story…
The film that I used was expired. I knew that. I intentionally used old film so that it would be a bit of a mystery as to how the pictures would turn out. The photo lab told me that my film didn’t turn out. Confused, I asked them why it didn’t turn out? “Oh, it was expired film. It exposed all wrong.”
No, it’s supposed to be that way. I guess I should have mentioned that. They didn’t think I even wanted it.

Below are a couple of film shots from the end of an engagement session I did a while back (I finished off the film from Banff.)

I’m excited to use some more expired film.