One of the best items I've ever made is this black fleece trench. I used McCall's 8155 but lengthened it to my knees and added patch pockets and a hood. I also used some square purple buttons just to give it more interesting. In the back, I secured a piece of elastic in two places to provide some shaping. This one simple trick that took 15 minutes made the coat look so much more chic. Most unlined jacket patterns can be adapted for fleece so they look more formal but still feel like wearing a blanket.
One thing I wish I had done was use a brighter color. Although black is great because it goes with everything, it is really dangerous if you are walking on the street and no one sees you. I'm hoping to get some really cheap fleece in either lavender or perhaps a camel color and make the exact same jacket. If you live in a northern climate that gets very little sunlight in the winter and you might be walking outside, it would be a good idea to consider a lighter color (even light grey).
This necklace is similar to the blue pearl necklace except the pearls are baroque shape (well, and purple). I also strung this one using knots in between each pearl.
During the winter, I start thinking about projects for the summer. If I'm lucky, I'll finish it before summer is over. One piece I made a few years ago for summer was a waterfall cardigan made of heathered grey ponte. I used a regular cardigan pattern and simply extended front by doubling the width of the bottom hem. This cardigan has two sets of hooks that hold the two parts of the front closed. One hooks on the wrong/under side of the other side and the other hooks on the right/outward-facing side. I put patch pockets but sewed them into the seams to make sure the pockets stay right side up.
I've traveled to San Diego, California quite a few times. It's got great weather and is quite lovely being on the coast. The first four pictures above are from Balboa Park. If you are looking for something cheap to do, walking around Balboa Park is a good option. There are also museums if you are okay with spending a little more cash. The last two pictures are from Harbor Island, which is near the airport and a nice place to walk around as well.
Because of my medical conditions, I have to eat a mostly vegan, low-gluten diet. I can eat eggs in moderation. The ramen is from Hachi Ramen. The apple and beet salad (with egg subbed for the cheese) is from Ketch Grill and Bar. The pancakes vegan, gluten-free walnut chocolate chip from the Lazy Hippo.
Every time I am in San Diego, I visit the Cat Cafe (sometime multiple times in one trip). Last time I was there, each person entering the cat room had to pay a set fee but it helps the kitties find homes since all are up for adoption (unless they've been adopted already). Whenever I miss my own kitties, it is a nice respite.
It's getting colder which means time to break out the fleece! I made this plaid, purple fleece jacket more than ten years ago and I still have it today. It has a hood because carrying around an umbrella is hard (and my arms get tired). The best part about fleece jackets is that they can be put in the washer and dryer. For someone with immune issues, this can be so helpful. No need to waste money on dry cleaning or other such things.