The past few weeks have been a bit busy. Exciting things, and painful things.
Exciting things first: something good came in the mail!
Hi friends! I’ve had some questions about why I’ve chosen to name my blog “desk nest shelf”.
I picked this name for two main reasons.
It’s a bit difficult to say but sounds very satisfying when you annunciate it very clearly. DessssK NessssT SHHHHelF. So I like it for the sound of this combination of words.
Each of these words represent ways I know myself, and ways other people can known me.
Today I’ll explain desk.
I don’t really like buying planners because the pages are never set up exactly the way I want, and they tend to be a bit pricey. I also have lots of little notebooks that live in drawers and never get used up.
There is a solution to this problem.
(This is kind of a silly thing but I’m very pleased with it. It’s not exactly a complicated DIY but an idea you might like to run with.)
1) It’s not my job to make people treat me well.
2) It’s also not my moral obligation to patiently endure and forgive people who are abusive–regardless of how much they are suffering.
3) I know better than anyone else what I have experienced.
4) I am under no obligation to give other people my time when I don’t want to.
5) Nobody gets to tell me who I am.
6) I am not interested in bashing myself for choosing not to live according to other people’s expectations.
7) I can trust that my emotions are legitimate information to work with, not irrational inconveniences for other people to shut down.
8) I don’t have to change everything about myself.
9) I am allowed to pick my battles.
10) It’s ok to not be ok all the time.
Bonus: But sometimes I get to be happy
I normally keep artsy-craftsy posts on my Tumblr, but I am so happy about this that I want to share it here too!
I’ve spent the summer collecting materials to make a Regency dress (like what you see in Jane Austen movies). I think of this as historical costuming rather than cosplay because I don’t have a particular character in mind, nor am I trying to reproduce a particular outfit from a movie. But maybe a character will come to mind as I work.
The print with the blue roses is going to be a dress with elbow-length sleeves and a drawstring neckline (see rest of the post!) and the greenish print is going to be a crossover-front half-robe. Basically like a waist-length jacket to wear over it.
I’m completely in love with the color combination. The cashier at the fabric store called the green/gold one “hard to love”. Hard to love? It’s GORGEOUS!
I also spent a long time designing and hand-stitching short-stays to go under the dress to get the right fit.
Here’s what I started yesterday.
Next step is the skirt– shouldn’t be too hard– and elbow length sleeves. I’m not sure if I’m going to hand-stitch all the way down the skirt (48 inches…) but I think I probably will. I’m not too crazy about the sewing machine I have access to at the moment.
There was an emergency when I started out, though. I spent 3 hours pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric, and re-checked at least 6 times. Immediately after cutting the pieces out, I realized that the bodice pieces had the print UPSIDE DOWN!
I know the print is so small, but I couldn’t stand the idea of putting so much work into it and have all the tiny roses be upside down. That would be too sad.
After I’d cooled down a bit I realized that I had just enough to cut out new pieces for the bodice, and use the mess-up pieces for the lining. The sleeves will be the other way around, but I don’t think that will be too noticeable. I probably shouldn’t tell you, because you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.