It's Friday at long last, kids! First things first: WHO won the McCall's wiggle dress pattern? The winner of the pattern is....
I'm sure we all remember Rebecca's winning entry, the concise-yet-powerful couplet:
I must confess,
I need that dress!
No one need worry about the state of contemporary poetry after scanning yesterday's submissions! Thanks again for taking the time and don't wait for the next pattern giveaway to give voice to your poetic selves.
(Rebecca, please send me your mailing address at peterlappinnyc at gmail dot com by 2 pm EST and I'll get this in the mail today; otherwise, upon my return.)
This will be my last entry till Sunday, August 29 as I'll be on a wacky and wild -- but wholesome -- beach vacation with Frankie, Annette, Troy, Sandra, and the gang.
Here's what I'd like YOU to do in my absence:
Please pick at least five items from the following list. You can choose more if you wish but you won't receive any extra credit or anything; the reward will be your own.
1. Buy yourself a vintage dress pattern. Etsy's a great place to start.
2. Watch any Ingrid Bergman film with a one-word title; I recommend Notorious. Spellbound, or Gaslight.
3. Rediscover the joys of Deanna Durbin -- alive and kicking and apparently planning a comeback opposite Mickey Rooney! You can start here.
4. Read a book about memes. You can start with Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme by Richard Brodie. Place it on reserve in the library or purchase a used copy on Amazon; interesting stuff.
5. Oil your mechanical sewing machines and clean the fuzz out from beneath the needle plate.
6. Go through your closet and pick three things you never wear and are just taking up space. Give them away.
7. Try this excellent beauty tip from Cathy: start with a 10-minute firming egg white facial mask (a little bit goes a long way and you can eat what's left for lunch), and follow it with a ripe avocado moisturizing mask (ditto).
8. Eat something green at least once a day -- lime Jello doesn't count. Try something new like kale or chard: steam them and serve with a little extra virgin olive oil and lemon.
9. Treat yourself to some new underwear for heaven's sake.
10. Go someplace you've been wanting to go but haven't made the time. What are you waiting for?
11. That sewing project that you started that's been hanging over your head for weeks and fills you with despair every time you think about it -- DUMP IT AND MOVE ON.
That's it kids; hopefully your assignment will keep you busy until my return. I'll have access to my email of course and can read any comments you leave on old entries. Don't forget the MPB Archives; remember when Cathy gave me a makeover?
Have a wonderful week, everybody, stay out of trouble, and happy sewing!
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