Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Quick Hello

Just a quick hello to let you know that I will once again be returning tomorrow. I've been up to some really fun things that I know you will find interesting.
Tomorrow I will be showing you how I did the back swing on the San Diego jacket. Janis asked for this and I would love to share it with you. It's really easy to do and for those of you who are a little shy about pattern drafting, it will be a fun little lesson. There are a few issues with the San Diego jacket pattern that are easily corrected, so I will share this as well.
Tomorrow is a rather big day for me. I will become the new president of The American Opera Society of Chicago. I'm very excited and a little overwhelmed as well. The path that has brought me to this point is quite incredible and it all started with a phone call that I received after 9 o'clock at night from a woman who wanted to know how much I would charge to make a "simple" dress. I tried to explain that I would need to see what she would like for me to do. She assured me that it was a simple dress. Again I tried to explain that what she thought to be a simple dress, I may not. Then she said, "I'm a poor Dominican nun." It was the beginning of a wonderful relationship and the day my life changed. Simply put, Sister Candida believed in me.
A warm welcome and a big thank you to all the new followers. I am very honored to have you.
So, until tomorrow, have a wonderful evening.
Rhonda      
    

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I Went a Little Crazy

Like most women, I LOVE SHOES!!! My husband says that the only problem I have with my feet is that I have no problem. Shoes seem to love my feet.
A few weeks ago I ordered a couple of pairs of shoes from Payless. Believe it or not, they have some of the cutest shoes. They now have Isabel Toledo doing a line of shoes for them and some of the styles are simply wonderful.

I found out that you can order shoes on the internet and have them shipped to a store for free. Not bad, except that once I got into the store I found a number of shoes that I simply could not live without. I'm sure that I could live without them, but they were far too tempting. Isn't it interesting that once you are in a shoe store, shoes seem to be able to communicate all by themselves?



I love anything that ties around the ankle.


This pair looks so much more expensive than they actually were and they are exceptionally comfortable, but then again, most shoes like my feet!



I love the detail on the heels of these shoes. Just spectacular. They have a purse made from the same fabric as is on the heels. The only bad thing about the purse is that it's just a little too small for everyday type use. Oh well, the shoes are great regardless.



This little pair of sandals came from Target. I love the rhinstone leopard on the strap. Now who would believe that these sandals came from Target?

So I have managed to add to my already large shoe collection. But I am sure that most of you would agree that shoes can make or break an outfit. Thanks to so many options that we have available to us, we don't have to break the bank in order to look fabulous.

When I was in the fourth grade I owned one pair of shoes. On my way home from school one day, they fell apart. I was so upset. Rather than realizing that the shoes had fallen apart because of wear and tear, I somehow felt that it was my fault. Like most children who are afraid of getting in trouble, I kept my mouth shut. Somehow during the course of the evening, my mother found the shoes. She was upset. Money was very tight in our household. At the time my father was going to college. Only a few years prior to this he had gone to seminary for three years. As a family we sacrificed in order for him to gain an education. In turn we had thought that his education would lead to a better life for all of us. What it did was lead to a better life for him. When the time came for my brother and myself to go to school, he wasn't there. We sacrificed for him but he made no sacrifice for us. Now I have not written this to gain sympathy. The point that I would like to get across is that there is restoration. As a child I was devastated by the loss of one pair of shoes. They were all I had. Now I have a closet full of beautiful shoes. I am blessed so much more than I could have ever imagined.