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Our floors were dropped off Saturday, so yesterday was spent emptying the bedroom. The installers will be here between 9:00 and 9:30 this AM; all that's left to move is the bed, the nightstands, the cedar chest, the small file cabinet, and a few misc. small boxes. :whew:

Himself was busy, too - he assembled the last of the Ikea stuff - the 2nd bathroom vanity, SG's shoe cabinet, and 1 of the medicine cabinets (the other one he'll do today.)

We've left a message for the plumber - hopefully he'll show up tomorrow to install all the bathroom fixtures. :happy dance:

Of course, THEN I have to get the rest of the house unpacked - but hey! ALL the floors will be done!!!!!!

Haven't worn the new dress yet - it was too cold and wet Saturday, and yesterday and today are moving days. So.....maybe tomorrow. :fingers crossed:

Gotta skitter- got stuff to move!!
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which is nothing new, right? :lol: Let's see:

1. Sewing: Have the Sew Over It's Vintage Shirt Dress almost done! After staring at the muslin for a bit, I decided I *did*, in fact, like it, so I pulled out the $1/yard cotton I had slated for a shirtwaist dress and went to town. I'm near the end; it needs buttons, button-holes, bias binding at the arms, and a hem. Pics when it's done.

1a. H. sent me a BEAUTIFUL hand sewn - I should say, hand TAILORED - coat. In red. That goes with the new shirt dress perfectly. It's just GORGEOUS!!! It made me slow down on the the dress, so it would be worthy of being worn with it. I am humbled - and happy!

1b. Himself wants an Imperial Officer Uniform, to wear in December. I have scored the pattern for the pants and the coat (and the hat!), just need to score the fabric. Does anyone have ANY idea where I can look for a gray-green, suiting-weight? Wool is OK - and probably film-accurate. Budget-priced preferred - Herself has said she'd kinda like a uniform, too. :bangs head: (The TIE pilot flight suit is still on the table, but he wants the Uniform FIRST. :sigh:) I'm thinking 2 yards for the pants, and 3 yards for the coat (because I am paranoid of mistakes) per Uniform....so 10+ yards. I...can't afford $20/yard fabric in that amount. Black is a possibility, but he REALLY wants the gray-green - something to do with which branch he is. (Krennic's uniform has also been broached; black pants with white coat. Or Thrawn's - all white. :sigh: White and Black are relatively easy to find - the Gray-green is eluding me.)

I can't get into the Imperial Officer Forum (part of the 501st) without signing up - and I don't want to do that. He doesn't want to join; *I* want these to be film accurate in case he changes his mind later. :sigh:

2. School: Started lesson planning for next year - my last. Himself will be a Senior next year. This is hard - not because it's his last, but because he's galloped ahead, and I'm trying to figure out WHAT to do. I mean, he's already done more Science and History than Texas requires (or that he'd have gotten in Public School), he's doing Calculus (slowly. Thankfully! And Thank GOD for Khan Academy!!!!).

One of the things we're implementing is a linguistics "course" based on Asimov's book "Words on the Map". See, back when we started Homeschooling, I bought a Great Courses DVD set called "The History of the English Language"....linguistics. *I* LOVE linguistics; I love following the rabbit trail of where words came from. Turns out, so does Himself! So, when I was on an Asimov kick last year, I bought a bunch of books - mostly Science (we've been using them to finish out this year; some of the info is dated, but we talk about the new discoveries. Most of it's basic, so still valid.) One of the books I ran across was "Words on the Map"...which is basically a book of city names, and the history behind them. (I also bought "Words from the Myths", which I'm going to try to squeeze in, too.) We're excited - we're starting "Maps" next week!

3. Blather: My bruises are just about gone. Back still hurts, as does my cheek bone, but they are healing. The critters are doing well - the chicks are just about ready to go outside; good thing, since we're slated to get some day-old guineas next Thursday. :sigh: The goats are due to freshen in the next few weeks - I have a feeling the first kids will arrive the day the floors are going in. What a way to christen the new floors, huh? :lol:
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And we seemed to handle it easily, this year. Probably because we're still at 6's and 7's over here; the lack of bread didn't really register.

The tub surround is DONE. Looks good! I also managed to (finally!) grout the backsplash in the kitchen (where the micro-hood was); it doesn't match the rest, but it actually fits and looks good. Pics later.

We went to the Floor Store yesterday; we are next on the list, but it might be a bit. The owner has family problems (totally understandable!), so.....we told him it was OK, we could wait if necessary. Not sure if that's why he - wait, let me back up a bit.

So. Herself's Studio is the former garage. 18' x 22', or approx. 400 square feet. I had stained the concrete a while back, but.....I ordered terra-cotta, what I got was yellow-orange. :ick: I covered it with rugs. She? Really can't - she's going to be flame-soldering, and chemically altering metals. Add the heat from the kiln, and you can see we're limited on what we do in there.

We had discussed paint, peel-n-stick tiles, rugs......none of which were perfect, and all of which had drawbacks. We priced tile when we bought the stuff for the bathroom.....$2K. For the CHEAPEST stuff she liked.

Anyway. We were at the store yesterday, chatting. He took us to the warehouse to see our floor (looks good!); while he and SG were chatting about life, I was looking around. He had the displays of discontinued tile in there, so I asked him what he did with them. He said "Get rid of 'em." I said "OH! How much?" and he said, puzzled, "No - Get Rid of Them. I Throw Them Away." :blink: "Erm. Um. I'd like them, if you don't mind!"

He said, sure! And then......."How much you need? 400 sf? Hmm...that's a lot..." "I doesn't have to match - I can do something random with it and make it look OK. We just need to cover the floor, with something that won't be affected by the chemicals and heat. And I don't mind doing it over time - piecemeal. Really - we can do it one portion at a time!" "Well." he said. "I need to clean this up - in a month or so - and I think I have some boxes that didn't get used on jobs. WE don't need 'em, and the people didn't keep 'em - stupid, but what do you do? - let me see what I got. You can have it!"

:happy dance: Looks like we'll get Herself the tile floor she really wants, in "sea" colors (because most of the demo tiles are white/beige/tan/gray), for just the cost of the thin-set and grout. Thank God for it!

I bought donuts for breakfast, and need to go run off the sugar before we start school back. Laters!
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The tub surround is almost finished! Just needs grout - which SG is supposedly doing right now. :happy dance: It took all weekend, but it's DONE.

And it's MARBLE. I didn't realize that when we bought the tile - I just saw some pretty, pretty greenish tiles. It was about $200 more than the kids' bathroom; I figured it was because we went with the over-sized subway tiles (rectangular; I think they're 6" x 12". ) The green looks good with the burgundy walls.

Now we wait on the floor guys to come and install the flooring.....

I also finished the edges of my cutting table - I used 2 cans of the spray-on plastic dip (normally used for tools). It smelled, but I now have a nice finish.

It's overcast here, and slightly cool. I need to get to the Studio to do some sewing, but I am unmotivated at the moment. I need to get some new work out pants made up.........:sigh:

Ah, well - onward! There's a lot of grumbling coming from the bathroom.....I'm avoiding it. :lol:
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let me count the ways....:lol:

My over-the-top, absolutely, most favorite treat is Baklava. LOVE it! Unfortunately, over the past decade or so, I've become allergic to honey....which is a MAJOR ingredient in Baklava. Whenever we go to a Greek/Middle-Eastern restaurant, I have to make a choice: Is the Baklava worth the itching?

Mostly, it's NOT. So I have to settle for something else - usually good, but not Baklava. (Sometimes, I decide that it is....and I usually spend the next 8 hours or so itching and miserable. :sigh:)

So. Last year, my darling boy discovered Yakan Root Syrup - supposedly a good substitute for honey. For the past year, we've tried to acquire some - usually, when I had the money, we forgot about it.

Until last month. I found the syrup, on a day I had the funds, and it was LOCAL. Yesterday, he asked if we could see if the local Wally-world had Fillo dough...it did. I read the box - it's leavening-free!

Guess what my darling boy did for me yesterday? He made me a batch of oozy-gooey, sticky, absolutely YUMMY, honey-free Baklava. Mostly by himself! :huggles:

Next time, he wants to reduce the water to try and make it less soggy. I want to try crushed pecans instead of walnuts - BUT. This stuff is awesome. And yummy. And true to the "real" Baklava taste. :mmmmmmmm:

So. Mom's a very happy camper right now - and my diet is out the window, because I have a pan full of Baklava to devour. :lol:

Ugh...

Apr. 10th, 2017 05:57 am
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Let's see:

1. Healing. The bruises are fading, and the cuts and scrapes are, too. I am still sore, but it's livable now. Mostly.

2. House. I don't want to talk about it. The bathroom STILL isn't ready to tile. I have junk piled EVERYWHERE (and except for the boxes, it isn't mine.)

3. Sewing. Finished the new cushions for the breakfast area (they were yellow with cherries and olive ruffles; they are now blue with white lattice pattern and burgundy ruffles.) - they fit the room much better. I'm eyeing the windows now - I have 8 yards of the blue fabric; not sure it's enough. I'm thinking - I want new curtains, but am thinking I might need more fabric.

I cut and sewed a muslin of the bodice of Sew Over It's "Vintage Shirtdress". I cut a straight 16 out of some green and yellow fabric (I really shouldn't wear that fabric - it's NOT flattering!). I am on the fence. It....seems to fit, but I'm not sure if I like it. Might be that fabric....right now, it's sitting on Kat. I have a Cashmerette "Harrison" shirtdress kit that I might switch to....we'll see. The Harrison has no collar, while the Vintage does.....decisions, decisions.

4. House, part 2. I have some old iron skillets that I never use (glass cooktops + cast iron =/= good idea). I've been wanting to display them for years; when I put the bookcase over in the breakfast area I thought I could use the wall above it (that bookcase is all cookbooks. It makes sense!) Yesterday, Himself had an idea of how to do it - run a decorative board down the wall, and hang the (heavy) skillets from that. So. I now have a board on the wall, held by 1 screw. :bangs head: This WILL be finished this week - Himself has offered to take over.

5. Pesach begins tonight! I have de-leavened the house, and cleaned what I can. It'll have to do.

Think that's it for now. Hag Samech Pesach!
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then I took a HORSE to the face. :sigh:

Let me explain......about 2-3 months ago, we noticed a growth on Boots' left hind leg. It was...about the size of a grapefruit, and it was grainy. I tried to NOT assume tumor; I assumed proud-flesh on a wound, so got SG to dump lime on it every morning. Only, he isn't so good at daily follow-up; this Monday he told me it was getting bigger. :sigh:

He finally called the vet yesterday (what? She's HIS horse - he should be on top of this!); Dr. A came out yesterday afternoon. I met him at the gate; I told him, "Good news - we have a halter and rope on her. Bad news - she won't lead." (An aside: these horses are basically pasture maggots/lawn ornaments. I am getting too old to risk myself with silly, stupid horse-antics.) He said, "Hm. OK, let's see what we got."

Turns out, it was NOT a tumor (Thank God!) - it was fly strike. DO NOT GOOGLE. Basically, she got a cut, a fly found it, then invited all it's friends for an orgy. Trust me - don't look it up. It's nasty. NOT life-threatening, really, but if it gets big enough, it could become so. This one? Not the largest he'd seen, but up there.

Anyway. He went back to his truck to get the meds - he said he could do field surgery on it - and SG and I tried to get her thru the gate, onto the grass.

Here's the scene: SG is in front, holding the lead rope and belly band rope (another quick explanation: a belly band is usually soft cotton, about 1" in diameter, with a fixed loop on one end. You run the loop-end over the back, about where a saddle would sit, with the loop on the belly. The free end goes thru the loop, in between the front legs, and thru the halter ring to your hand/solid-set post. It's a lever-system; when the horse fights the rope, their head gets pulled to their chest. They quickly learn that they are fighting themselves, and quit.) I, being an experienced horse-person, was on her left side, tapping her to get her to move forward.

She wasn't budging, so I decided to reconfigure the belly-band into a come-along; I pulled it off of her, ran a large loop behind her rump in between her tail and knees (OK, her hocks - trying to keep this understandable to non-horse people). Both ends of the rope (which was actually a flat nylon lunge-line - it was the longest strap/rope I could find) were in my hands, and I was still on her left side, at her shoulder.

At this point, I should tell you that she was about 3' from the fence - on her LEFT side. I am so accustomed to working horses on the left (it's Tradition!) that I didn't stop to consider the situation.......

So. SG starts tugging on her head, I am pulling on the come-along. She takes 2 steps forward (:huzzah!:), then realized her head was no longer tied to her chest, and decided to pitch a fit.......only, because no one told me she was about to throw herself backwards (to get away from the head-pulling), I kept pulling the come-along....and tipped her over sideways.

On top of me.

Into the fence.

Thank God she only hit my face with her left eye-socket. She knocked my glasses off and me into the ground. We ended up with me sprawled on my right hip/shoulder, with a horse head in my chest and my left shoulder/hip squished into the fence post. Also, Thank God that barbed wire is NOT used on horse fences! :shudder:

It took a few seconds for me to figure out how to get myself extracted; her legs were on top of mine, with her head curved around into my chest and her shoulder/back sort of....on top of but not touching me. My glasses were - again, Thank God! - not broken.

We got ourselves sorted before Dr. A came back (again, Thank God! I've had this vet for over 30 years....and I really didn't want him to see me under a horse. :sigh:)

Long story, shorter: The "happy shot" knocked her flat out, so we saved money not needing the "knock out" shot. Dr. A whacked off the growth and got her bandaged up. We were able to get her into the breeding pen (with her buddy, Leah), where she will remain for...a while. The wound is about the size of a silver-dollar; she has to have it wrapped until it's smaller than a quarter.

Me? I have a nasty bruise on my right cheekbone. I'm pretty sure it's not broken - it hurts, but doesn't make me nauseous. I have a bad laceration in my left armpit, where the arm meets the shoulder. Hurts to move, and sleeves are Right Out. My back.....looks like road rash. From about my 3rd rib down to my waist, it's all scraped, and cut, and bruised. I am bruised from my shoulder to my knees, the worst being where my left side scraped down the fence post. Moving is quite painful, but do-able.

I'm glad I don't feel worse; trying to explain what happened to a concerned ER staff would be fun, but I think they'd not believe me - especially with the facial bruising (small, but obvious. You can tell my glasses were shoved into my face; not sure "took a horse to the face" would be believed.)

I am going to try to take this time to actually get her ridable. Why not - she's contained, she's going to be slow...and Himself really, really wants to work with a horse. I'm not going to complain - and he's not going to argue with my safety rules. He can see the damage a horse can do accidentally - I don't think he wants to see what they can do deliberately.

Y'all have a Happy Shabbat - I'm going to be on the couch with ice packs. Pesach is going to be FUN this year.....:sigh:
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because I am apparently introspective right now. :lol: Re: Living a Vintage Lifestyle

One gal I read did a post recently where she says that living Vintage saved her marriage....and I have say that I get it. Adopting the ways for the 50's housewife gives both parties a frame to hang their expectations on, and actually makes life easier. Bear with me, here.

In the workplace, every worker KNOWS what he is supposed to do, and when. You don't get a job and then get free reign to do whatever you want; you get a job with a defined list - written or not - of things that MUST be done. Usually, you even get a flow chart saying WHEN something has to be done. Everyone knows their place; things run smoothly (I'm going to ignore those slackers that look for ways to get out of work. There's one/a few in every bunch.) You know what your boss's expectations are, you know what you need to do, and you know what your co-workers are supposed to do. Sure, sometimes you have to help out your co-worker - and vice/versa - but on the whole, you have your job, and everyone else has theirs.

In marriage today, that's been broken down. Thanks to Women's Lib, women are supposed to do/have it all. They are expected to work a full-time job, keep house, cook the meals, take care of the kids, take care of the husband, AND stay in shape. The husband? His duties haven't changed - he goes to work, then comes home and sits. :sigh:

Now. This doesn't work - there's simply not time for a woman to do it all, so....most modern women don't. And a lot of men are feeling the stress - they come home to a messy house, out-of-control kids, harried wife....it's a mess. (Yes, me too - it's why I'm trying to get a handle on things myself. I'm better than I was when I was working, but I still have a ways to go.I DO have a routine, now, thanks to the total house makeover; things should flow smoothly once I get everything put back together.)

I'm not advocating that EVERY woman adopt a vintage lifestyle. Some women do have to work full-time. I just think that society would be better IF, somehow, people knew their place. Which sounds horrible, but I can't think of a better way to say it. There's no "one size fits all" solution here.

I think, if maybe new marrieds were encouraged to make a....a chore chart, for lack of a better term, that both could live with, that specified who does what, and approximately when, I think we'd see a reduction in the divorce rate, stress levels would go down, and most people would be happier. I know, that sounds so corny......but honestly? People ARE happier and stress-free when they know what is expected of them. No one can have it all.......and to think that you can, but aren't achieving it, adds stress, raises unhappiness levels, and messes with your head.

I'm still mulling this over in my head, so this may not make a lot of sense.

OH!!! On our walk last night, we went to the City Park. Guess what we saw????? *2* Bald Eagles!!!!!!!! They flew too fast for me to catch them on my phone, but - *2* Bald Eagles!!!!!!! That was SO COOL!!!!
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1. Looks like LiveJournal might be near the end. :sigh: Went on last night, and had to agree to a new EUA; only it was in Russian (the Russians bought LJ...oh, years ago.) and the English translation "is not binding". Um. OK. I'm staying, at least, the way I am doing things now - posting on Dreamwidth (same user name) and cross-posting to LJ. I refuse to panic; if someone takes offense at my blathering, well.....:shrug:

2. LOTS of people in my "circles" are posting about living a "vintage" lifestyle: i.e.: roles defined in 1940/1950s thoughts. I....have to admit, I have leaned that way for YEARS - I think, honestly, that the Women's Lib movement damaged society. Women are, mostly, hard-wired to take care of children, keep house......you know, the things that Women's Lib said were limiting. Granted, I'm not going total vintage - I don't dress in vintage/retro clothes only (yes, I lean that way in my sewing, because I LOVE the look. I *wear* the look, but not every day. I am NOT a dresses-only gal, I like my capris/jeans, thank you very much. ) - but I am trying to "up my game" in the wardrobe department. Sweats are just.....sloppy, and I need to change my outlook.

I'm not sure exactly WHAT I'm trying to say here, except society is screwed up, and I think forcing Women to move outside the family-oriented sphere she occupied for...well, ever was a bad move. Do I think Women should NOT work outside the home? No - I think, IF it's in the best interest of the family, then Yes, she should be encouraged to work - BUT. If she wants to stay home, then she should not only be allowed to, she should be encouraged and supported. Looking down on someone who is "only a housewife/stay at home Mom"....that's......that's kind of stupid. I mean, without Mothers, there would be NO MORE people, you know?

3. House. Oh my goodness, my HOUSE. Pesach/Passover is NEXT MONDAY NIGHT - and my house is still a total disaster. Granted, there is very little crumb-hunting needed; we haven't had the kitchen back long enough to have a bunch of crumbs scattered around. (That's a plus, I guess! :lol:) But......I am SO TIRED of boxes!

Yesterday I painted the bathroom, and got most of our 2 new dressers painted. Normally, I hate painted wood - I love the natural woodgrain! - but in this case......We purchased 2 Ikea Tarva 5-drawer dressers with part of our kitchen refund. They are unfinished pine; I had planned on oil finishing them, like the countertops. Only......the drawer fronts on my dresser were UGLY. The grain is all over the place, there were 3 knotholes on 1 drawer front........it was bad. The 2nd dresser looked like it was made of totally different wood - it was almost pretty. I.....couldn't stand it. So, we decided to paint the dressers in the bathroom color (a pretty wine). I still have 9 drawer fronts to paint, but I think this was definitely the right idea - the dressers are PRETTY. And look great against the green bedroom walls. (I am SO TIRED of painting! This is IT for now - almost the entire house has been repainted since January. I am SICK OF PAINTING.)

4. Sewing. I have new chair cushions for the breakfast area cut out, the ruffles pinned, and ready to sew up. I'm hoping to do that this week. I've also decided to start a swatch book - not only of fabrics I've purchased, but of stuff I'd LIKE to purchase. See, I either order online, or get my fabric from Walmart or the outlet stores (money. I have to budget.) I....am not familiar with stuff not "basic" - some patterns call for ponte, and I have no idea, for example.

So. I bought some Educational Fabric Swatch packs from Fabric Mart (if you want some, get them now - they are discontinuing them), and joined their monthly swatch club. I figure, I'll get the swatches, set up a notebook, and have my own learning tool - all for less than the "official" swatch books are going for on eBay. Then, when I go shopping, I'll have a better idea of what a quality fabric feels like. In theory, anyway. :lol:

I am going to keep swatches from my projects, along with notes on how it sewed up, how it wore, how long it lasted...that way, I know, for example, that quilting cotton is OK, but won't last more than x years in use as clothing. And that XX store's denim is nice, but too heavy for "every day" clothes; it should be used for outdoor/work clothing. Etc.

Sorry for the rambles - I think the paint fumes got to me. :lol:
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one I've had since 1977. May, 1977. :squee!:

You see, this weekend was Dallas Fan Expo........and the Special Guest was Mark Hamill. A few months ago, the very day I got the email, SG came home with a Propel X-Wing drone for me.....and my reaction? "Ohhhh! I could get Mark to SIGN IT!". And I did. :lol:

Herself made him a little Luke out of polyclay, and was brave enough to walk with me to hand it to him. He said "Freebies! I like Freebies!", she said "I made it!"...and he was surprised. He said it will go on his shelf, and the dogs for a 10 mile radius all cocked their heads in wonder at the super-sonic squeeing going on. :lol:

Here, have some photos:

Little Luke front

Little Luke sitting

Little Luke back

Little Luke sitting 2

It was worth the 2 hours we spent standing in line.

I am tired and footsore, but we had fun......and I got to meet my childhood crush! :rofl:
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I was able to get my hands on the Betty add-on pack (my bank automatically rejects any overseas purchases; I called them and got them to lift the ban for today. :huzzah!:), so I printed it out and ran it down to the Studio. I traced off the scoop-neck bodice, doing a 16 for the neck and shoulders, and blending to an 18 at the bust, then back to a 16 for the waist. I had some already washed cotton (in a shamrock print!) ready to go, so I cut out the bodice......somehow, 4 yards wasn't enough for the bodice and skirt pieces. I have the front skirt pattern pinned to the fabric, but had to wash another *1.5* yards to fit the back pieces on. :scratches head: Ah, well - it's another $1/yard fabric, so no biggie. It won't take long to sew up the bodice to check the fit - but I probably won't get to that today or tomorrow....or next week, even. :lol:

The plumbers have the water lines moved, but need to rough-in the tub and set it in place. Tomorrow, SG is supposed to go pick up the Hardie board so he can put it up, then we get to tile. However......one of my favorite fabric outlets is having a 25% off sale today/tomorrow/Saturday, so I think Herself, Mom and I may head over there tomorrow and see what they have. I'd like some linen/rayon/cotton lawn for the upcoming Hot season. :lol: (It does actually get cold here - below freezing, even! It's just....Summer is a little slice of Hell, usually - and this year? Looks to be BAD - we didn't have a Winter to speak of. I was in SHORTS just the other day, and sweating already. :shakes head: Dresses really are cooler in the heat, so I need to get my act together. :sigh:

Anyway. The plumbers just brought the tub in, and it's starting to smell like pipe cement. I think I need to head back down to the Studio to get away from it...:lol:
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We went to visit FIL yesterday; not only did he love my Betty, I got complimented by a total stranger, too! I had Herself take some photos while we were at FIL's, so I guess I'll do a proper review:

The pattern is Sew Over It's "Betty" Dress, based on a 1950's design. I sewed a straight 18, even though my measurements put me in a 16 (more on that in a minute). Because they are a UK company, I had to get the pdf version and print it at home (then use 2 full tape dispensers to assemble it.)

I had a few issues with the print out. The first few rows went together perfectly; the last few.....not so much. Since I trace off my size, it was no big deal - I simply moved the tracing paper to ensure everything was lined up. The sizes are well marked, and easy to trace/cut.

The instructions were clear. No photos, but good line drawings of the steps. I had a few problems - I can't do under stitching very well - need practice), and turning the facing and bodice right side out and sewing up the seams....was difficult. I ended up ripping and hand-sewing the small openings left for turning right-side out. MY problems - not the pattern's!

Anyway. I first traced off the 16, then pin-fit it to Kate. It didn't fit - the front was about 0.5" off center, and the back seam was about 1" off...making it approx. 3" too narrow. :scratches head: So, I went back, traced off the 18, and whipped up a muslin.

The muslin - which I sewed up in a thin muslin - still appeared to be a bit tight, but I just couldn't see going up 1 more size, so I soldiered on. You saw the almost finished dress on Kate, but now - I give you the finished dress:

Betty Dress front

Betty Dress Side

Betty dress back

It's a little too loose - the pattern description says it's supposed to be close-fitting, and nip in the waist. Mine.....is loose. I can pinch a good 2" out of the waist (should have trusted the measurements!), and about 1" - 2" out of the bust. The shoulders are a bit broad - I pinned them to my bra straps to both hide the straps AND help hold them up.

All that being said, I LOVE this dress! It's comfy, it's cool, and it's perfect for the upcoming summer heat. And the skirt is all twirly-whirly! :lol:

I have a few more planned. I'm trying to get my hands on the add-on pack (sleeves and different necklines) so I can change it up, but the original is hard to beat. I *think* I'm going to retrace the bodice; do the 16 for the neck and shoulders, blending to an 18 under the arm, then blending back to the 16 from the bust dart to the waist. I'll sew up the fashion fabric, to see how it fits - that way I'm only out maybe 1 yard if it doesn't fit right. :lol:

The plumber AND the concrete guys showed up today. The hole is GONE! And the Master Bath has been demolished. Tomorrow AM the new tub will be set in place, and the water pipes moved...then I get to paint and tile. Fun times!!
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I've promised photos for.....well, quite some time now. So, it's high time I actually DELIVERED, right? Right. :lol: There's a lot, so I'll put them behind a cut.

Click here for photos! )
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1. Leak is fixed! We have a big hole in the slab, now - they are supposed to - SUPPOSED TO - come out tomorrow to fix it. The plumber isn't for sure - he has to get ahold of his concrete guys, and we have to work on their schedule - but he's hoping. So am I - Herself is in knots over this. HER studio has a hole in it! :sigh:

2. Betty dress is a go - it looks like I am a slightly small size 18. Please note: It's just a number - I am a 40 in Decades of Style patterns, a 16 in Closet Case Patterns, and....I really don't know in the Big 4. It's taken me a bit to get "OK" with the size number....but, honestly - it's JUST an arbitrary number. And - in most cases, I have to do a bunch of tweaks to get ANY pattern to fit - this one? Just happens to fit almost perfect outside the box. I guess I am closer to the British ideal than I am to the American. :lol: (We'll see if that holds true with the shirtwaist pattern I'll be sewing up next. If so....well, Sew Over It may be getting a LOT of my money in the future. Why? Because a pattern that FITS with very little tweaks is worth it's weight in gold!) Anyway - the bodice muslin looked good (well, as good as it can look in sheer muslin), so I washed my fashion fabric this AM and will be getting to work on it shortly.

3. Chicks! I currently have 12 chicks in my Studio. They're cute, but....annoying. I was working on SG's overalls on Friday, and I put some music on. They.....HATED "Singing in the Rain", tolerated "Fiddler on the Roof", and DETESTED "Tarzan". I am slightly amused.....today I have more musical soundtracks ready to go; wonder how much they'll complain? :rofl:

4. Overalls - yup, they are FINISHED. I.....really didn't like the pattern. It's not really "overall" overalls - it's more overall Coveralls. The bib, as drafted, is split up the middle and requires snaps. The straps have elastic on the back, and use the plastic safety buckles...and the legs zip up from the hem to the knee. I ditched the zips and snaps (sewed the bib right up the middle), closed the slits in the side (so you could reach in and access your pants pockets), and added a zip on the right side. Oh - and used actual overall buckles, and ditched the elastic. They fit! I'll have to re-do the buttons - somehow, SG has lost my dies for my grommet setter, so I had to improvise. The tack backs are bent....but *I* do not care. The overalls are DONE.

Think that's it for the moment......I need to do a photo post soonish.
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and found the leak. Good news: It's on the hot water line, so we at least have running water!

Slightly good news: It's a slow leak, so we can turn the hot water on for laundry/showers, and it doesn't flood too badly.

Bad news: It IS in the slab. Close to the front wall, in the ledge that stops your car from going thru the wall. :sigh:

Insurance is covering this....but....it's claim #3. I am a bit concerned, but honestly? This might be a good thing - we've had Farm Bureau since 2003/4, and we might be able to get a cheaper rate from someone else. (I am TRYING to look on the bright side here.)

IT's also Chick Season! Herself bought 12 chicks today: 6 Silver-laced Wyandottes, 4 Buff Orgs, and 2 Americunas (aka Easter-eggers). Normally, they'd be in the garage Studio, but due to the fans and work tomorrow, they are currently in my Studio chillin'. Fun times!

SG's overalls are SOCLOSE to being finished! I need to get the straps turned right-side out, then they need to be attached and the hardware installed, then I need to hem the legs and they are DONE. I've already started tracing off my next project - Sew Over It's "Betty" dress. I.....well. I'm not sure how this is going to work out. I have the bodice almost all traced off - I'll tissue fit it to Kate to see if it'll work or not. They say it fits closely - we'll see. I *really* want it to work out - it has a floofy, full-circle skirt that is so, so twirly! :giggle: I have fabric for 2 versions ready to go......

I need to clean up dinner. Tomorrow is going to be a noisy, busy day.
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why? Because we have ANOTHER water leak. This one flooded the garage Studio.....good news is that Herself's stuff is all up, so none of her things got ruined. Bad news........this is claim #3 in 3 years. :sigh: Also bad news: water is bubbling up through the slab.......BUT. If I remember correctly (and the photos I took during home construction seem to bear out my memory) there are NO water lines in the garage slab. I *think* the pipe is leaking outside, where the main line was cut to add in the water softener; I think the soil has absorbed all the water it could, and it started looking for a place to go....and found some small cracks in the cement.

MOST of the damage is on the "new" wall - where the overhead door used to be. We've always had a bit of a problem there - when it rains the water backs up on the porch - and it looks like this time the water took the path of least resistance and came in under the wood studs. :sigh:

There are only 2 fans and 1 dehumidifier out there. They ripped up all the drywall under the windows (where the garage door used to be) up to 2'. Right now, it's bone dry in there - we had the water off all night (THAT was fun....NOT.). Right now, I have the water back ON - I am doing laundry and dishes - and so far, no water in the Studio. :sigh:

Insurance has contacted a leak detector, but they can't come out until MONDAY. Our usual plumber has one that can come out tomorrow.....and, so far, NO ONE can come out before MONDAY to start the bathroom demo. FUN times, let me tell you!

Anyway. I am physically better - still some coughing, but it's toned down a LOT. Herself is better; Himself's throat is better, but he's trying to cough up his lungs. And now SG has started coughing :sigh: I have managed to get SG's overalls to the point of almost completion - they need straps, the edges finished, and hems. The goal is to finish them TODAY, so I can start on a new dress for me - Sew Over It's "Betty". Then it's on to shirts for Himself, a dress or 2 for Herself (only I want HER to sew it up - we'll see how that goes!) and a few more cotton dresses for me. Oh - and a few more fabric bins for yarn containment. :lol:

I'm off - it's almost time to start school. Laters!
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Mostly. I have spent the last week mostly in bed. I tried to cough my lungs up for a few days, there, and my throat was all knives, but now? Now I am mostly OK. Still coughing, but not as much. Still tired, but it's no longer the draining, total exhaustion that it was. Only....now both - BOTH! - kids are coughing. :sigh: So much for *allergies*, huh?

Let's see....Thursday evening we picked up an entertainment center for my Studio. The last piece of furniture that'll fit and that I needed. Friday morning Himself and I set it up (after doing some quick, ugly repairs to it. It's.....Ugly. It had no back, and one of the doors broke when the guy tried to get it out of his house. Himself and I slapped some partial paneling on the back - you can't SEE it, so I don't care that it's ugly and mis-matched - and moved it where it was going to live.). It's UGLY-ugly, but it works. I might paint it later - might not. It's close in color to the sock yarn containment unit, and the finish is OK-ish. :shrug: Free is good. And it holds ALL my overflow spinning stash and all of my non-sock yarns. And there's still room for HERSELF'S acrylic stash! So, ugly works. :lol:

Yesterday I was finally able to stay upright long enough to tackle some fabric bins for said Ugly. I made 5 - 2 for my Worsted Weight, 2 for my Sport/DK weight, and 1 for my Bulky. I need at least 1 more for my "special" fiber - the silk/merino, the alpaca blend, the cashmere - that I don't want to mix into the matching weight category, but that won't take long. Then I need to get with Herself to see what she wants in regards to containment for her stash. I need to get a shelf in there, but otherwise it works a treat. Not bad for free! :lol:

Today SG went to play poker, so Himself and I put up shelf brackets (and 2 shelves!) in Herself's room. I'd been asking, and asking - so today we tackled it and got it done. In 1 hour. :sigh: I then took a nap; when I got up I moved the small bookshelf into the breakfast area and filled it with my cookbooks. (No, the kitchen isn't finished, nor have the baseboards in the breakfast area been replaced. I am tired of tripping over boxes.)

Oh! SG ordered the bedroom/bathroom floors on Thursday, THEN decided to start getting plumbing quotes on Friday. The floors should be here Wednesday or Thursday.......and we haven't done ANYTHING to the bathroom. I informed him that *I* am NOT doing ANYTHING in either room once the floors have been installed, so if he wants MY help, he needs to get cracking. :big sigh: You'll note he went to play poker today instead of, y'know, DOING anything to the bedroom/bathroom, so I am not holding out a lot of hope, here. No matter - I am NOT DOING ANY TYPE OF REMODELING once the floors are in. He will be on his own. Which will mean we will be without a bathroom for a long period of time, but that is NOT MY PROBLEM. :sigh: Planning. It's what adults DO. :big sigh:

Sorry. It's been.....well, not fun here lately. I've been trying to stay on top of stuff even while hacking up my lungs........and I'm tired. Ah, well - when we moved in this house back in 2003, we didn't have running water for 2 weeks, and we survived (the building super left the port-a-potty for me, which was major nice. And we had 1 outside faucet, so I could do bucket baths - not fun in December, but it worked.). I can deal with this.
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in fact, it's *worse* today. The ears are good - thanks for the tips! - we hit the Vitamin Shoppe Saturday and I picked up some garlic oil capsules. Worked a treat! The nose, however, is worse. :sigh:

Yesterday was tidy the Studio day, and start SG's overalls. The sewing side of the Studio is almost neat; the weaving side, not so much. :shrug: I got the front of the overalls pretty much done; the pattern is a Kwik Sew one that leaves a lot to be desired.

SG got 1 side of the bar finished. Finally. Still hasn't finished the kitchen, or the baseboards.....but at least progress has been made. No bets on how long it'll take to do the other part of that wall......:big sigh:

Going to attempt school today. Then will attempt to get back to the Studio to work on the overalls some more - but that might not happen. We'll see - I didn't sleep last night because a) I couldn't breathe and b) Bree has discovered that she can easily get on the bed at any time. And so, at midnight, she decided SHE deserved to sleep on the bed. On top of me. Which caused Loki all sorts of angst - HE is supposed to sleep on me, NOT any other dog! At least I was warm.
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especially "doctors" - erm, PA's.

See, Wednesday evening, I woke up with a RAGING sore throat, and an ear ache. I blearily got up, took some zinc, and went back to bed. Thursday AM, the throat was knives, and BOTH ears were aching. We cancelled school, and I went back to bed.

Today, it was no better, so I called my doctor. She's only in on Thursdays, so I agreed to see the PA. (mistake #1). Got an appointment for 1 hour later, so I cleaned up and Herself and I headed out (because I'm not allowed to go anywhere by myself. :sigh:)

LONG story short (which was mistake #2.....I KNOW better than to rely on these doctors!)....I have fluid on both ears. Throat is raw, but Strep culture came back negative. PA told me "It's viral!'....then proceeded to prescribe ALLERGY meds. Um. Yeah. SERIOUSLY?????

In my 48 years on this planet, suffering from allergies each one, I have NEVER, EVER gotten an earache from *allergies*. Never. Not gonna say it can't happen - but it never has, to me. And I NEVER get the "knives in the throat" feeling from anything but Strep (which I have had numerous times. :big sigh:)

Needless to say, I didn't fill the prescription. I have Benadryl, Zyrtec, and Claritin here. IF it's "allergies", well, I've got that covered. If not.....well, I guess I'll have to go back next week. :sigh:

I am popping zinc like crazy. I have some homeopathic ear ache drops, and I have olive oil. We'll see if I can't knock this out using those.......and let's hope it's NOT Strep. Because.....I HATE Strep. And I don't have time for it right now.

Anyway. I have a roast in the crock pot, dinner rolls in the freezer, and the rice cooker ready to go. At least i managed to get Shabbat dinner together! :lol:
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We've been busy. NTIF was last weekend; I brought my wheel and spun for 2 days. On Sunday I spun for 2+ hours straight, which screwed up my wrist, but hey! I taught a bunch of kids where their clothes came from. Good weekend.

Monday was the boys' birthday bash - my baby is 17 now. *Seventeen*! How in the world did that happen??????

Yesterday was IHOP's free short-stack day; we had breakfast then caught up on our grocery shopping. Then I hit the bed; Monday evening/Tuesday morning, a cat got into the back yard and ran into Chloe and Bree. We got the dogs away from the cat, then SG tried to figure out how to get the cat out of the yard........then the cat ran IN TO THE HOUSE THRU THE PET DOOR. He made it into Himself's closet before the dogs realized what was going on; I ended up in one of Himself's coats and SG's work gloves trying to get the cat into a cat carrier (which, I did. After it attacked my hand/arm. Thank GOD for leather gloves!)

Anyway. Today we dropped the Jeep off to get the A/C fixed and picked up our new bathroom fixtures. The plumber has been called......the floors haven't been ordered - yet - but the quote should be ready. *I* am ready to get this DONE - I want to be able to put my house back together!

Oh, and in other news, SG bought me a lovely bracelet on Saturday....and yesterday I noticed one of the gemstones was missing. :sigh: I have the vendor's contact info, we just need to contact him to see what needs to be done. :big sigh:

I am NOT striking today - why should I support women who aren't exactly what they claim to be? Most of these protests are being funded by Soros and Co.....and headed by Anti-Israel folk. They aren't doing this because they think it's right - they're doing it because the pay is good. :shakes head:

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