The meaning of “Addled”

I guess I should have looked up the OFFICIAL definition of “addled” before I gave it such importance as to be a part of my blog name. It means to become confused or muddled. Well, that’s not how my Granny used it. If she called someone addle-brained, she meant scattered. And THAT, my new friends ( my old friends already know this), describes my creative endeavors to a “T”!

So for any of you who think I am forever confused about whatever I am creating, maybe this will clear things up (Although I will be the first to admit that I quite often am confused when starting something new, so maybe the official definition fits me also!)

Sewing For The Family

I was at our school yesterday waiting to pick up my younger son who I will call E-Man here. Of course, my mind was on about 10 different things as usual, but one of those things was that I need to be sewing a couple pairs of shorts for E-Man.  These were a pair of last year’s shorts, which he can still wear. I put cargo pockets on the sides of these.

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These are a new pair I made a couple of weeks ago before school started up again. I had to add belt loops this year; our school requires belts and shirts tucked in from 4th grade up. (Please ignore the pillows/blankets…they “camped out” in the living room that weekend—hey, when you live in the South and it’s 100 degrees outside, you improvise!)

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At 9, he still thinks it is cool that Mom sews for him, and he actually looks forward to wearing what I make. I have been drafting shorts patterns for him for several years now, and they fit him better than most RTW shorts.

Not so for son #1, who shall be known here as The Teenager. The only thing The Teenager has asked me to sew (other than his name patch for his football jersey or buttons on pants) was a pair of camo pants for hunting season.

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Surprisingly, I enjoyed that challenge. I didn’t have a pattern (after all, I NEVER sew for him), so I took apart a pair of his jeans that were too holey (is that a word?) to be repaired and used them as my pattern. They fit him well and he claimed to like them, but I only saw him wear them once. Sigh. I am sure he has outgrown them now…It has been several months after all…

The Addled Creative – It’s Official!

So, like I don’t have enough going on right now, but I decided I wanted one place to document all my creative urges…or urges to create…or spurts of insanity. Anyhow, this is what I came up with. I know. Totally unique, right? (NOT!). Drum roll please…a BLOG! Yes, just what the cyperspace world needs, ANOTHER blog. So I obliged. 🙂

Here are the guidelines I am setting for myself, and if you are agreeable to them, you may want to stop in every now and again. If not, well, I figure if I am the only one who ever sees this then I accomplished my primary goal already.

First, I’m not gonna require myself to post with any sort of regularity. There are several reasons for this. I actually have a day job which takes up about 30-35 hours a week. I have a spouse who works crazy shiftwork hours and never has regular days off. I have kiddos who keep me busy with school and afterschool activities. All our extended family live anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours away so we are weekend travelers at least once every month or so. I am a HUGE procrastinator with perfectionist tendencies…a MAD combination that makes me crazy most of the time. With all those obstacles, I am already seriously regretting this blogging decision…!!

Second, you never know what you may find here. The title says it all. I am addled. I might sew today, draw tomorrow, knit the day after that. I might even blog something I have cooked. My interests are widespread and I never know where my crafting will take me depending on what I have read, heard or seen that day.

Thirdly, no more guidelines! This is probably the least thought out blog you will ever come across!

Now, so you will have something to look at in this post (I LOVE pictures in posts!) I am including a pic of me today…realizing that what I was wearing today was all me-made is what started me thinking about a blog to begin with.

me made outfit

I am also doing something I HATE, which is putting in a selfie. However, I’m not set up to take  professional pictures just yet so this will have to do. (I AM thinking of working out a deal with (read bribing!) my friend over at Claire Drummond Photography, though, so maybe things will improve quickly on that front.)

I made the jeans last year following the Angela Wolf Craftsy Sewing Designer Jeans class. I learned so much about pant fitting and about fitting my body in particular. They are sewn in a 98/2 cotton/lycra denim which is very comfortable but does still tend to stretch out over the course of the day. It wasn’t a high quality denim…I purchased it to make a wearable muslin so they serve their purpose.

The cropped sweater I knitted last month from a lusciously soft cotton yarn. The original pattern was for a 3/4 sleeved regular length cardigan(pattern from Amy Ross’ My First Sweater Craftsy class) which I seriously hacked to make this version.

Lastly, the tank is made from a knit I bought online at girlcharlee.com. I used a RTW tank as a pattern, added about 4″ length, and ruched the sides with elastic sewn into the side seams (which you can’t see at all in the pic, sorry!)

I have several projects in the works that should make it into blog posts in the near future: my first pair of knitted socks, pajamas made from a bedsheet (so soft!), some graphite portrait practice, and even some fabric design — I just got myself a spoonflower.com account. If you haven’t heard of Spoonflower, you need to check it out! It is this site where you can upload your own designs and have them printed onto fabric (they have around 9 different types), wallpaper, and even wrapping paper. So cool! They even pay commission to you if you choose to sell your fabrics to others (and somebody actually purchases it, of course!)

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