easy project 4.0 and a portrait

Some things in life are not so difficult.

Quelling a tantrum in the check-out line: yes.

Holiday party small talk: um, yes.

Resisting the urge to eat popcorn for dinner 4 nights a week: yes.

But, sewing pockets: not so much.  Here are the famous linen pants of stampede fame… or rather, the linen pants’ back pockets.  One of my greatest pet peeves in clothing is when back pockets flip-up or wrinkle uncontrollably or snag on your car seat.  It’s a simple thing, but really: life is in the details, eh?  We don’t get dressed up often here at TexasNorth.  Therefore, it is imperative that the clothing we DO wear speaks well of itself and the wear-er. Flip-up pockets look unkempt.  Boo.

When I find a pair of fantastic pants or a skirt that’s just perfect… but they have the dreaded pocket on the back that is sure to misbehave, I simply whip out the sewing machine and stitch on each corner of the pocket.  Preferably in matching thread, but sometimes there IS no matching thread. Sometimes, you go for contrasting thread and call it intentional and good.

Another metaphor, perhaps?

I’m going to try something… starting now.  There’s a challenge floating around Blog World to take a self-portrait every week for a year.  Um, basically my worst fear.  We shall not discuss the depths of my dislike of photos of myself, or audio of myself, or the combination of the two.  I’m scared to death, which means I need to tackle it.

Let’s start at the very beginning: this is me, right now.

I am a mom who wears bandanas and chacos and belts with a buckle.

Where the ham sandwich did the ruffly shirt come from?

About texasnorth

TexasNorth is a little farm in Western Michigan. It's home to 5 chickens, 25 longhorn cattle, a coonhound (Banjo), 1 barn cat, a husband, and 3 ridiculously funny children. The mom of this zoo has been known to mow the lawn in a skirt and roast marshmallows after dark. View all posts by texasnorth

21 responses to “easy project 4.0 and a portrait

  • Sunday Grant Photography

    i LOVE the ruffly shirt!!! perfect!! I hear ya on pictures. hate them, I think that is why i chose to be a photographer. i am excited to see your beautiful pictures of yourself. way to go. i also hate back pockets that flip up too but i don’t have a sewing machine or any skills so I just avoid those pockets. loved your metaphors last post. good words

  • Amy B.

    If you can trust her with the camera, have Ry take the photos of you. I find that I love the photos Gideon takes of me these days far more than any others ever taken of me. There’s a softness, a lightness, a sense of fun to them I’ve never seen in photos of myself.

    Can’t stand audio of myself either. And I’m reminded of what I must sound like every time someone says, “You don’t sound like you’re from Texas.” Yes, somehow this born-and-raised Texan sounds like a California Valley girl. Where did that come from?

  • Carley

    Oh holiday party small talk… I’m with ya. And I’m with ya on trying not to eat ice cream 7 nights outta the week. So hard… so hard…
    Anyways, love the picture! You guys look so cute! You’re pulling off the ruffly shirt like a champ!

  • Amy L

    Ruffly is good – wear it!

    Hmm – I hadn’t heard about a portrait a week. I’m intrigued.

  • Jessica

    I love the ruffly shirt myself. Ypu look sporty yet flirty all in one. My perfectidea of what a cool mom looks like!!!

  • Amy Dantzler

    this is a GREAT post. a GREAT picture of you. I think Gus and Drew are exactly the same size right now– roly poly cuties.

    oh and this:

    “where the ham sandwich….?”

    ummm….thank you for that. it is excellent.

  • Mandi

    I’m definitely more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it!! I also dislike holiday party (or ANY party) small talk and flippy pockets. I’m no seamstress, but I will steam the heck out of a pocket to make it lie down. I love the ruffly shirt, your beautiful pic and your amazing bravery!

  • Miss Laura

    I too love the ruffly shirt. I was thrilled when I saw it. Ham sandwich, indeed. Embrace it. Your hair is adorable too. And don’t get me going on the kids.

  • Tricia

    Pardon me for being distracted by your beautiful wood floors. This picture makes me want to single-handedly rip up the million sq. ft. of berber carpet in my house and make a quick call to Home Depot.

    Excellent self-portrait!

    • texasnorth

      Yes- the floors. Red pine. Stained by me, installed 1 month before Ry was born. Love them. Bought from a saw mill up north… CRAZY MAN. I believe he has a proper name, but that’s what I call him.

  • Wende

    See, I like the ruffly shirt!

  • steph

    i don’t do small talk, especially in big crowds. that’s why i married keith. he can talk to anyone, anywhere, and make the smallest of small talk if necessary. yum…when keith has night class, popcorn it my treat dinner! i like ruffles!

  • Jo

    to be honest, I cut the pocket flaps off. But I’m really uncool that way. I’ve been known to use a stapler for the hem of my jeans as well. Something about not having time to sew and strange remainders from college. OK, that’s crazy embarrassing now that I’m 34. Point is… I hear ya!!

  • Kim Aguilar

    I’m so impressed. Truly. There is no way in heaven or the other place that I am taking a full-body self portrait of myself each week for the next year, much less posting it on my blog for all the world to see…(so obviously, I need to do it too.) You are a brave, courageous soul and I love you.

    • texasnorth

      I’m noticing that a lot of folks are taking some license with their photosgraphs… they certainly are not all full-body shots or even shots of the face. So, I’m sure there will be some ‘abstract’ portraits over the next year 🙂

  • Heather E.

    don’t know where the shirt you’re wearing in the picture came from… but I did just scroll though pages of tanks, scoop-necks, dresses and other various items… many of which have ruffles… Thanks for the Boden obsession birthed in me today. And for sharing some pie. It is all good. ~H

  • Margie

    There’s a challenge to take a picture a week??? For a year??? I’ll take Amy’s suggestion and get Sarah to snap. She’s the only one who’s doing anything photographically around here. Even so, I think I’ll stay out of the challenge.

    I have some pants that need the stitching. Just noticed at church that the back flaps appeared to be waving at everyone. But I can’t thread a needle, Katie…

  • jtp

    love that a student showed me how to get around your blog “security” issues at my school- good to catch up with TXN….really love the portrait idea and the ruffle-y shirt- very classy!!!!!!!!!!

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