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Aluminor Tote Bag

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Aluminor Tote Bag

Aluminor Gold & Silver – 1 ½ yards each

Sewing & Craft Tape – ¼ inch wide by Prym

Snap Fastener – Size 10 by Prym

Black Thread

Plastic or other stiff material for bag bottom support

Sewing Machine

Getta Grip® Sewing Clips by Prym

Sheer Pressing Cloth by Prym

Basic Sewing, Cutting, Measuring & Pressing Tools

Cut the following:

Gold                                                                                                      Silver

One 16 inch x 30 rectangle –  bag bottom                              Two 20 inch x 30 – front and back of the tote

One 8 ¼ inch x 20 ½ inch rectangle – front pocket

One 12 inch square –  inside pocket

Two 6 inch x 30 inch rectangles –  handles

All seams are ½ inch unless otherwise notes. Use sewing & craft tape to secure items before sewing whenever possible. Sewing clips should be used in place of pins so as not to leave marks in the fabric. Always use a pressing cloth between the fabric and your iron. Iron should be on synthetic setting.

Using the diagrams as a guide; cut notches into front and back sections of the tote and tote bottom. Diagram A

Press sewing tape to the wrong side of the tote bottom along the inside edges. Remove the paper backing from the tape and turn under both edges ½ inch, pressing tape to secure. Apply tape to the top of the folded edge. Diagram B

With wrong sides together stitch the tote front and back together along the bottom edge. Use the pressing cloth and press the seam open. Diagram C

Place the tote bottom right side up onto the tote front and back, lift the top edge of the tote bottom, remove the tape and then press to secure. Repeat securing the opposite side in the same manner. Top stitch the tote bottom to the tote front and back. Diagram D

Press sewing tape to the wrong side of the inside pocket along one edge. Remove the paper backing from the tape and turn under 1 inch, pressing tape to secure. Fold the pocket right sides out with the hemmed edge 3 inches below the unfinished edge. Top stitch down either side of the pocket. Diagram E

Press sewing tape to the wrong side of the tote back and front along the inside edges. Remove the paper backing from the tape on one side, fold the edge over 1 1/2 inches, before pressing the tape into place, insert the top edge of the inside pocket against the fold, centering it and placing it against the fold line, press the tape into place. Remove the paper backing from the tape along the opposite side of the bag and press into place. Topstitch; 1 ¼ inches from the top edge and again 1 inch from the top. Diagram F

Press sewing tape to the wrong side of the 3 edges of the outside pocket. Turn the edges in ½ inch, fold back and remove the paper backing from the tape, refold and press tape to secure. Press sewing tape to the wrong side along the remaining edge. Turn the edge in 1 ½ inches, remove the paper backing from the tape and refold pressing the tape to secure. Top stitch; 1 ¼ inches from the top edge and again 1 inch from the top. Diagram G

Center the pocket on the front of the bag, against the bag bottom. Use sewing tape to hold in place if desired. Top stitch. Diagram H

Fold each of the handles in half lengthwise, open the fold and fold each of the edges towards the center fold. Refold in half and use sewing clips or sewing tape to secure. Topstitch down either side. Diagram I

Sew straps to the front and back of the bag, placing them 5 inches in from each edge. Sew an ‘x’ to secure straps. Diagram J

With right sides together stitch the side seams of the bag. Take the time to match the bag bottom seams carefully for a professional look. Press the seams open using a pressing cloth. Diagram K

Fold the bottom corners of the bag and stitch. Diagram L

Turn the bag right side out. Measure the bottom of the bag and cut a piece of cardboard or other stiff material ¼ inch smaller all around and insert into the bottom of the bag to provide additional support.

Sew snap closure to center front opening of the bag.

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Lace Jewelry with Lorine Mason

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Lace Jewelry by Lorine Mason

I will soon be travelling to beautiful Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada to attend and teach at the inaugural QH Retreat 2016. The Quartermain House is an historic bed and breakfast in downtown Fredericton. I am honoured that I will be teaching along side, Eileen Hull, Cheryl Boglioli and Marie Browning. Classes with include, 3D sculpture, hand lettering, jewelry, paper arts and hand painted espadrilles as well as the lace jewelry class. The event will open with a Friday night reception and classes will begin Saturday and continue through Sunday. Lunch will be provided by the kitchens at Quartemain House. Additional information is available at www.quartermainhouse.com

Lace Jewelry by Lorine Mason

Identifying specific design elements within lace yardage is the first step in the creation of a one of kind jewelry piece. This is followed by the careful dissection of the lace to create jewelry pieces through layering techniques. Preparing the lace and adding color is the next step. Finally the lace elements are accessorized through the addition of chain, ribbon, beads, charms and more. Students will have the opportunity to create more than one piece of jewelry in class; items such as earrings, bracelets and necklaces. The instructor will supply a variety of laces to choose from as well as an assortment of jewelry findings, embellishments, paint and other items necessary with the exception of supplies listed below. For more information regarding class pricing and availability in your area of the country contact Lorine directly at: masoncreation@msn.com

Supply List:

  • Jewelry pliers – small needle nose pliers
  • Scissors with sharp points suitable to cut fabric
  • Optional – beads suitable for stringing such as crystals, pearls, stones etc., as well as charms, metal accents and more. Note: the instructor will be providing an assortment of hot fix crystals, studs, beads, and metal accent pieces for use in the class.

Sewing Accessory Tote with JOY lettering

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Sewing Scissor ToteOne can never have enough bags and totes to carry all those necessary items one needs when going to a sewing retreat. I thought since I used this fun scissor fabric I would utilize this tote for my cutting tools. I liked the idea of placing a bold monogram on my tote and the iron on letters provided by JOY USA worked perfectly. 


Joy letters of your choice

1/4 yard natural canvas fabric

1/4 yard of cotton print fabric

1/4 yard iron on medium weight interfacing

One 10″ zipper

1/4 yard of 1/4 inch ribbon or cord

Basic Sewing, Cutting, Pressing and Measuring supplies and tools

How to:

Cut the following:

Canvas Fabric (top panels) – cut two rectangles of canvas fabric 6″ x 12″

Print Fabric – (bottom panels) cut two rectangles 6″ x 12″,  (lining) one rectangle 21″ x 12″ , (zipper tabs) two rectangles 1″ x 3″

Interfacing – cut four rectangles 6″ x 12″

  1. Following the manufacturer’s directions, fuse the  interfacing to the back of the canvas and print fabric of similar size.
  2. With right sides together, stitch the top panels to the bottom panels. Press the seams towards the bottom panels. Note: All seams unless otherwise noted are 1/2″
  3. Top stitch along the horizontal seams, stitching 1/4 inch away from the seam line.
  4. Attach a zipper foot to your machine. Place one zipper strip on each end of the zipper, right sides together. Open up the zipper and stitch right up against the tabs on either end. Stitch the zipper tabs in place, sewing the seam along both the top and bottom zipper stops. Press the zipper tabs away from the zipper at each end.
  5. Turn under 1/2 inch along the top edges of the front and back panels. Center the zipper between the two panels. The zipper should be placed appx. 1/4 inch away from the zipper teeth. Stitch the zipper in place..
  6. Trim away excess fabric from the tabs, trimming them even with the sides of the tote.
  7. Open the zipper halfway. With right sides together, fold the two panels, aligning the bottom hem and sides. Pin, then stitch.
  8. Center JOY lettering on the front of the tote and following the manufacturer’s directions fuse in place.
  9. Boxing the corners: Fold the corners of the tote so the side and bottom seams align, forming triangles. Measure 2 inches in from the points of the triangle and draw a line across the corners. Stitch along the drawn lines.  Trim 1/2 inch away from the stitched lines. Turn the tote right side out.
  10. Fold the lining in half, right sides together. Stitch along both sides. Press a crease line along the bottom edge. (this will aid in the next step)
  11. Following the instructions above, box the corners of the lining.
  12. Turn under the top edge of the lining 3/4 of an inch and press.
  13. Insert the lining into the bag, wrong sides together and slip stitch the lining in place next to the zipper. Note: Leave the inside corners of the lining free to allow for some ease.
  14. Fold ribbon or cord in half and insert into zipper pull. Tie the ribbon ends together.

This post is part of the Designers Craft Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on the Designer Craft Connection badge on the left side of my page. You will be able to hop forward and backward and see inspirational projects using JOY lettering.




Dog Collar Ruffles with oly*fun™

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Me and 80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including Dog Ruffles! I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y’all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea!

Along with my Halloween Dog Collar Ruffles #28, I’m sharing 88+ more really awesome handmade costume ideas from talented bloggers everywhere!


101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things


Here’s my contribution to the Handmade Costumes BlogHop. A big Thank You goes out to Izzy, my daughter’s dog for being the best model ever. It seems if you leave your pet under my care for a week you just never know what they might be wearing when you get them back!  I would love to hear your comments as would my fellow contributors to the hop.

Ruffled Dog Collar

Supplies for Dog Collar Ruffle:

Cut the following pieces from oly*fun™

Orange Crush – cut one 5 1/2″ inch x 48″ rectangle for the ruffle

Jelly – Cut one 6 1/2″ x 48″ rectangle for the ruffle lining
& one 5″ x 24″ rectangle for the collar slide & one 3″ x 3 1/2 ” rectangle for the collar tab

Snow White – Press HeatnBond® to the back of a piece of  oly*fun™ and cut three 1/2″ x 20″ strips to be used to cut the accent triangles

Instructions for Dog Collar Ruffle:

When pressing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Never touch a hot iron directly to oly*fun™. Both sides of oly*fun™ may be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look. All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

Dog Collar Ruffles

With right sides together stitch the ruffles together along the 48″ length.   Slide the fabric so that the short ends of the fabric match along each of the side edges. B  One side will be purple the opposite side will be orange with a purple stripe. Stitch both ends. Turn right side out and press carefully.  Top stitch through all layers, sewing 1/2″ down from the purple stripe.

Remove the paper backing from the Snow White oly*fun and randomly cut triangles of different shapes and sizes, fusing the triangles to the right side of the ruffle (Orange Crush).  C  Sew two rows of gathering stitches along the top edge of the ruffle spacing them 1/4″ apart.  D

Turn under the short ends of the collar slide 1 inch, folding the fabric to the wrong side and press.  Stitch 1/4″ away from both the cut edge and the folded edge. E  Fold under 1″ to the wrong side of collar tab, then fold into thirds so that the finished tab measures 1″ x 2 1/2″.  F  Cut two 1″ lengths of Velcro® (hook side- yellow) and two 1″ in lengths of (loop side – blue). Sew one Velcro® hook and one loop to either side at one end of the collar tab. Stitch a loop section of Velcro to the opposite side of the collar slide. (Note: this section of Velcro® is added only if you intend to add the optional bow to the collar.) Measure up 1″ from the edge and stitch the tab to the  top of the collar slide.  G & H

Pull the gathering threads and pin the ruffle to the collar slide right sides together. Stitch using a 1/2″ seam. I & J Press carefully. Turn under the opposite edge of collar slide and pin it on top of the gathers. Top stitch.  L & M

Optional Bow: Cut a 3″ x 36″ strip of oly*fun in desired color. Top stitch 1/4″ away from the raw edges of the bow tie  to add additional color. Tie a floppy bow and hand stitch a 1″ section of Velcro (hook-side) to the back of the bow.

 Insert the dog collar into the collar slide and use the Velcro® closure to secure. Fluff up the ruffle and your pet is ready for the PARTY!

 And now it’s time for tons more DIY Halloween costume inspiration! Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don’t forget to follow the Handamde Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!


88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

1. Handmade Baby Hamburger Costume

2. DIY Baby Game Boy Costume

3. DIY Minecraft Steve Costume

4. Football Brothers Halloween Costumes with DIY Pads and Onesie

5. Star Trek Halloween Costume for Kids

6. A Bee and Her Keeper

7. No Sew Magician Costume

8. Flint Lockwood Costume

9. Pinocchio

10. Marty McFly

11. Princess Wedding Dress Costume

12. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costume

13. Homemade Toothless Costume

14. DIY Mermaid For Less Than $20 (No-Sew Option)

15. Easy Tinker Bell Costume

16. Mario and Luigi Go Kart Costumes

17. Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth

18. Family Monsters University Costumes

19. Scooby Doo family costumes

20. DIY Storm Cloud Costume


88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

21. Cheap and Easy DIY Spider Costume

22. Easy Tin Man Costume

23. No Sew Bee Costume

24. Planet Halloween Costumes

25. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume

26. DIY Instagram Board

27. Elsa crown

28. Dog Collar Ruffles

29. DIY Pineapple Baby Costume

30. DIY Lego Movie Costume

31. Weeping Angel Costume

32. Disney Planes Costume: Dipper

33. Easy Pirate Costume

34. Easy Costume Idea – Renaissance Girl

35. 10 Minute Homemade Jellyfish Costume

36. DIY Cat Costume

37. Lucy And Ricky Costumes

38. Easy Frozen Costumes (Carrisa!!)

39. Easy Greek Goddess Costume

40. DIY Family Willy Wonka Costumes

101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

41. DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume

42. No Sew Pineapple Halloween Costume

43. Graveyard Bean Bag Toss: Trunk or Treat Car Costume

44. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes

45. DIY Raccoon Costume with Printable Mask

46. Easy WildStyle Lego Movie Costume

47. Simple Hello Kitty Costume

48. No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume

49. DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes

50. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress Baby Edition

51. Fairy Princess Dog Costume

52. DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume

53. Toddler or Baby Egg Costume

54. Easy No Sew Olaf Costume

55. DIY Baymax Costume

56. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume

57. Baby Short Stack Pancake Costume

58. Elephant and Piggie Halloween Costumes

59. Instagram Halloween Costume

60. Peter Pan & Mr. Smee Halloween Costume



88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at ReallyAwesomeCostumes.com

61. Wildstyle Costume from the Lego Movie

62. Fred and Wilma Couples Costume

63. Viking Family Costumes

64. DIY Cruella de Vil Costume for a child

65. Disney Frozen Olaf Halloween Treat Bucket

66. How to Make a Minecraft Steve Head

67. DIY Harry Potter Costume

68. DIY Duck Dynasty Costumes

69. No Sew Cupcake Baker Halloween Costume

70. DIY Skunk Mask

71. Ghostbusters Proton Pack DIY

72. Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial

73. Candy Corn Costume

74. Paw Patrol Halloween Costume

75. No Sew Toothless Dragon Costume

76. DIY Robot Costume

77. Wonder Woman Costume

78. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Costume

79. Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume

80. DIY Boy Garden Gnome Costume

81. Group Costume: Bob Ross, Happy Tree, & Squirrel

82. DIY Blues Brothers Costumes

83. Snow White Costume

84. Peacock Princess Costume

85. Scarecrow Costume

86. Easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume

87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume

88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid

89. DIY Baby Koala costume

What handmade costume ideas did you love the most?! Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest!


Sewing Shoe Bags with oly*fun™

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Shoe Bags with olyfunDesigner purses are packed in flannel bags to protect the finish, the buckles, closures and more. When packing your best shoes whether designer name brand or simply your favorite pair, why not treat them as you would your designer purse.


Supplies for shoe bags:

  • oly*fun™ Bubble Gum & Jet Black
  • HeatnBond® Feather lite iron-on adhesive
  • Embellishments; Buttons & Lace Trim
  • Ribbon; 30″ of 1″ wide ribbon for each bag
  • Basic Sewing Supplies; Sewing machine, Iron, Pressing cloth,  Needle & Thread etc.

Cut the following pieces from oly*fun™

Jet Black and/or Bubble Gum

Cut on 15(h)” x 22(w)” rectangle for each bag. Cut one 1″ x 20 strip using the opposite color for the drawstring channel.  Note: (h) height (w) width of the bag.

Instructions for Shoe Bags:

When pressing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Never touch a hot iron directly to oly*fun™. Both sides of oly*fun™ may be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look.

Press HeatnBond® to the back of a piece of  oly*fun™. Using clipart of shoes downloaded from your computer, hand draw your favorite or leave a comment on my personal blog and I will send you the patterns as soon as possible. Trace onto the paper backing of the iron-on adhesive that has been ironed to the oly*fun (remembering to reverse the shoe, if the direction the shoe points, is a concern) and cut out. Remove the paper backing and press to the center of the bag front 4″ from the bottom edge. Embellish the shoe cut out. 1. Stitch lace and a button to the shoe top. 2. Use a blanket stitch on your sewing machine and stitch around the outside edge. Sew a button to the toe front.


Hem the top edge of the shoe bag by folding over the top edge 1″ and stitching . With wrong sides together, stitch the center back seam using a 1/4″ seam. Turn right sides together and sew a 3/8″ seam. This will create a French Seam which not only looks professional but provides additional strength to the seamline.

Center Back Seam2

Center the back seam. With wrong sides together, stitch the bottom edge of the bag using a 1/4″ seam. Turn right sides together and stitch using a 3/8″ seam.   Once again this is a French Seam treatment.

Bottom Seam

Turn under each of  the ends of the drawstring channel 1/2′ and stitch. Fold the drawstring channel in half and mark the center with a pin. Pin the channel strip to the top of the bag, aligning it along the hemline at the top of the bag. Match the center pin to the center back seam of the bag. Top stitch along either side of the channel strip.  Thread ribbon through the channel and tie a bow.

Drawstring Channel

Turn right side out and enjoy!

Millie B Bibs – Halloween

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Millie B Halloween 006


Halloween in around the corner and even the little ones want to celebrate the occasion. Using the Millie B Sunday Dinner pattern and  just a few changes you too will have the best dressed baby at your Halloween event.


The Tweaks:

Sunday Dinner Girl’s Bib; Cut out the pattern pieces using two coordinating Halloween prints. Fat quarters of fabric work perfectly. Do Not cut out the skirt pattern and instead purchase 1/3 of a yard of nylon tulle at least 45″ wide. Fold the tulle in half across the width of the fabric. It should now measure appx. 6 inches by 45 inches. Slide the top layer of tulle up 2 inches. The top layer of tulle will now measure 4 inches and the bottom layer 8 inches. Sew two rows of gathering stitches across the folded top edge. Adjust the gathers and pin the tulle skirt to the bib front. Continue following the directions to complete the Sunday Dinner girls bib. Trim each of the tulle skirt layers to the desired lengths. Using a 16″ length of 1/4 inch satin ribbon, tie a bow and sew to the bib front.

Sunday Dinner Boy’s Bib; In this particular case the pattern was not changed – it is simply about the fabric choice.

The Millie B Sunday Dinner pattern is available as a download at my craftsy store so that you can have the pattern in just minutes. Or, if you prefer a printed version of the pattern you can purchase it through the Annie’s catalogue or contact me directly at Lorine Mason

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Sew cute and ready for Halloween!

Making Jewelry from T Shirt Yarn

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Here is a sneak peek of the back cover of my latest book. Inexpensive supplies, basic techniques, wonderful color and fun projects. Whether you are an avid crafter or newbie; creating fun jewelry and accessory items from T Shirt strips makes for a creative afternoon.

I will be teaching a class on Jewelry & Accessory making at the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association trade show in Anaheim. We will be wrapping up a hairband, barrettes, ponytail holders and a bracelet during the class.

The book will be available for sale in early 2013. I am hoping to have advance copies in January. This book has been a work of love as I have been cutting up T Shirts every since I wrote the book, Fashion T Shirts in 2005.

Stay tuned for more information about Making Jewelry and Accessories with T Shirt Yarn.




Doll Clothes Book Author?

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A sneak peek at a trio of the designs from a latest book
I never imagined myself as the author of five books and seven patterns all about doll clothes. Why not, I must ask myself however as I was one of those kids that preferred at times to stay home and  create something from scraps of fabric, yarn and cardboard as apposed to running off to a pick up game of baseball like my sister. One of my favorite activities involved cutting up the old Eaton’s catalogue. I would only get one after the new issue was received and okay-ed my Mother, but when I did I made good use of it. I carefully cut out people, fashions, furniture, appliances and more from the pages and then glued them to cardboard, creating a complete household filled with family.
My first set of patterns
How did I get started in the doll clothes business you might ask? Well, I was creating and selling designs too DRG, House of White Birches and Annie’s Attic and the buyer for the Clotilde catalog asked if I might be interested in designing doll clothes for a doll they were selling in their catalog. I had never done that but thought that it certainly could not be much different that designing, drawing patterns, writing instructions so why not give it a try. Well after years of stuffing patterns into plastic envelopes to fill orders I can say it is possible and I did it. 
My first book on doll clothes
The patterns sold quite well and I was on my way to becoming a doll dresser of sorts. Next step was that I was asked if I would be interested in designing clothes for the popular 18 inch doll. Once again after a little research and asking myself why not I jumped in with two feet and a sewing machine. I decided quite quickly that I needed something to make my books a little different. That difference was born through my concept of every outfit must be able to be constructed from a fat quarter of fabric. I wanted to make things as simple as possible and not having to stand in line at the fabric cutting table was the answer. 
My latest book

I have written three books using the 18 inch doll as my base and each has done quite well I am proud to report. My latest book however takes me right back to my doll clothes dressing roots as it is for the Lots to Love® dolls where I started. This latest book is not available just yet but will be very soon.

I guess that is the story in a nutshell, it is funny where life takes us…..


What does knitting have to do with Tshirts?

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If you would have asked me this question a couple of years ago I would not have had a reply for you other than perhaps if it is cold I suggest you pack a sweater. Anyway if you have been following my blog I have offerred up photos of designs I have created using strips cut from Tshirts for awhile now. I have made jewelry, hair accessories, home decor items and well now I have decided that I should try knitting.
In this case, I used two strands of T shirt yarn (orange and pink) and a simple stitch. I intended the tote to be used to carry a cellphone or some other techie thing kids like to carry around these days, however create whatever size you like.
If you look closely you will also notice that I created a woven handle. Remember creating this type of weave using plastic lacing in Girl Scouts, school or at camp. I finished off with a quick bow and some beads.
Think about this – it would be a great project to teach someone to knit and you probably have an old T shirt lying around somewhere.
Sew long for now, Lorine