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but we brought the kids home last Saturday, and we've been a bit busy ever since. We got the kids home and settled, then started panelling the Studio. We got...well, part of it done - we had to, because the carpet was installed Tuesday morning. We've been working on it all week - as of right now, the walls are about 80% done (it takes forever....because you have to rest at least a half-hour after installing each panel. :sigh:); we have the panels for the ceiling, but no telling HOW long that's gonna take. :grumble:

We eased back into school. Herself has been obsessively churning out jewelry (she has to Make Things when she's stressed.) - MIL had given her a lot of loose gem stones, and she's finally started using them. I have a lovely ring with one of MIL's amethysts set between 2 small pink sapphires. Amethyst was her favorite....now I have something to remind me of her. (I also have a bunch of new earrings, and she's working on a necklace for me. :lol:) Himself has been working with the Replicator....it keeps jamming, and he keeps UN-jamming it. :lol: and :sigh: It's new tech, so it's to be expected, but it's frustrating, too.

Think that brings us up to date......I need to do a grocery run, so later!
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Let's see...life is almost, sorta back to normal. Whatever "normal" is. :grin: The kids are still at FIL's, and will probably remain there until the end of this week. I *hope* to have them home this weekend, so we can get Himself back into the groove of school and such....but if FIL still needs them, he's got them.

My Studio is built. The outside is almost finished - it came primed. The last week of MIL's life I noticed a Sherwin-Williams store near the nursing home...and they had the magical words "All Paint 30% off!" in the window. :lol: So...the outside is just about finished - I don't do too well on ladders, and the kids aren't home, so the highest points of the gables and trim still aren't painted. (I fell off the ladder trying to paint them, so I quit. No harm done; SG said he'll get to it *soon*.)

The interior, however......we went with an electrician that is a friend of a family member. He....well, I'm sure he's good....he just doesn't show up until 5 PM, and leaves at 6. My "2-day job" is now on day 5 (because he doesn't work weekends, naturally!). :sigh: He really wasn't that much cheaper than the other guys that quoted us (and assured us my building was a couple of hours job, and would be done within 2 days of setting it up. :bangs head:) - the difference is that this guy threw in the light fixtures (used, of course....."on a model home, so not really Used."), and the other guys didn't. We're talking maybe $200 in lights.......oh, well. Live and Learn. This guy has "worked" himself out of doing SG's shop. :sigh:

Anyway. The meter was hooked up today. Saturday SG put in the insulation, tying it up out of the electrician's way. Soon as the wiring is roughed in, we'll be slapping up panelling; once the fixtures are in and the carpet installed (should be next week - the carpet guy told me up front it wouldn't be this week; I am OK with that!) I can move my stuff *in*. Then we can repaint the garage (Herself picked out the paint at Sherwin-Williams......the word "Sale" is a magical thing, indeed! :lol:) and she can get her stuff moved in there.

Pictures when it's finished. :lol:

Saturday I purchased the cabinets for my cutting table. Yes, I have the fold-down one from MIL...but. I am tight on space in the Studio (because it's not just for sewing, but also weaving/spinning/knitting/fiber prep), so things have to be multi-purpose. The cutting table I have....it's good for when you need something temporary, but you really can't set up storage under it. So. I was toying with using base cabinets and plywood. We priced them at Lowe's......$500 for the cabinets ONLY. :gulp!: CraigsList has been worthless for cabinets...so Saturday morning I woke up with the idea that we needed to go to the local Salvage Yard.

Lo and behold, they had a 6' long sink cabinet..for $170. My "dream" table is 6' x 4'. OK......for $10 more they are putting in 2 drawers where the sink is supposed to go. For another $70 I got 2 12" drawer cabinets for the opposite corners......add 2 plywood shelves and a top and I have a nice, sturdy cutting table with TONS of storage! I should be picking the cabinets up this weekend.....a quick coat of paint and a bit of work, and voila! Fabric storage, tool storage, AND a cutting table! :bounce:

As a bonus, they had a gorgeous stained glass door panel just sitting there.......I asked, the guy hem-hawed, then made me an offer. SG cut into my door yesterday and installed it. :lol: What? FIL has said he wants to get back into stained glass; this just saved him some work. :rofl: No, it wasn't necessary, but it's oh-so-lovely, and it lets in a bit of light so I don't feel so claustrophobic. AND it'll save SG some money - he is going to buy me a storm door. We were looking at stained-glass ones....now he can buy a plain glass one. :happy dance:

I've been busy at the sewing table; Herself now has a machine cover and chair cushion, and the serger now has a cover and matching chair cushion, and the curtains are done. I need to cover some cork boards, then I think I'm done with the sewing portion of the Studio. For the moment, anyway. I need to eventually make a cover for MIL's machine, and a matching cushion (once I get a chair for *that* cabinet), but that can wait a bit.

I think that brings me up to date. So...how are things with y'all?
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Let's see.....Monday, the last of the family left. I took the kids over to FIL's, did a bit of puttering for him, then headed home. SG and I went out and got the ceiling fan for my Studio, then had dinner, then started getting ready for bed...and the phone rang.

FIL got out of breath, panicked, got worse, and called 911. The paramedics took him to the ER...at 9 PM. So. I made a lot of phone calls, to see a) what was going on; and b) to see if he was going to be admitted or not. At 11;45, they decided they weren't going to keep him...so I hit the road. :sigh:

At 12:15, Himself called - the ER sent FIL home in a cab. :bangs head: I was...well, I was flying pretty low, so I kept going. I knew he'd need prescriptions, and he's not allowed to drive (per my SIL) right now. I got there a few minutes after he did, set him up for another breathing treatment, and watched him go into a panic attack AGAIN.

The Lord gave me the brilliant idea to make him a cup of tea. Honey/Lemon/Ginseng, to be exact. Yes, I KNOW it doesn't really do anything...but the entire process gave him something to concentrate on, and his panic attack receded and his breathing returned to normal. (I have since bought him 2 full boxes of the tea. :lol:)

I finally got to bed at 2:15 AM...and promptly woke up at 6. :sigh:

I got home and puttered around the house until 7 PM. then crashed and slept until 5:30 Wednesday morning....when I had to go back to take FIL to his doctor.

Yesterday I took Mom to get her car A/C fixed...and today? Today I am HOME. :sigh:

I painted most of the trim on the Studio, I've done a load of laundry, I've tidied up a bit...and now I am attempting to print some curtain rod holders. :lol: I have the curtains almost done......by sewing a little bit every evening. The Electrician started last night, and said he'd be done today (any bets??? :rofl:); we plan on insulating and panelling this weekend so he can come back Monday to put in the fixtures. Then we wait on the carpet (paid for yesterday....said they'd start in 2 weeks.) I have requested a bid from our plumber to trench from my Studio to SG's workshop (for the underground electric.....yes, I COULD rent a ditch witch myself and SG could do it...but I know how it'll go. I'll rent it, he'll start, his back will go out, and I'll be out the money with no trench to show for it - I do NOT have the strength to operate it, and Himself is at FIL's for the next week or so.)

Anyway - things are looking up, at least a little. Thank the Lord for that!
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This is not aimed at any of you, dear readers - but I HAVE to vent or I will explode. If you prefer to not get involved in family-type drama, feel free to skip.

I can't believe some people.... )

So. Other than *that*, the funeral was nice. The pastor freely admitted he didn't know MIL very well (she.....was totally against organized religion - she felt most of them were hypocrites. :giggle:), but he did a good job eulogizing her. We draped her silk crazy quilt over the coffin - it looked really nice. SG and Himself were pall bearers, which was hard for Himself, but I thought it was a nice honor. Herself had a very hard time, which is understandable. All the above drama aside, Granny was her best friend. :sad:

Both kids are going back to FIL's tomorrow; Himself will stay 1 week (then we have to start his 11th grade year); she'll stay as long as he needs her to. I might keep ferrying Himself back over there on the weekends for a bit....we'll see what FIL needs. They would have been married 59 years 9/1.....he's doing OK, but......that's a long time to be around someone. :sad:

Rant over...for now. :lol:

:sigh:

Aug. 30th, 2016 02:50 pm
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MIL passed away Monday at about 12:10 AM. SIL said it was quick. The funeral is Friday at 3:30.

At least she's not stuck in the bed, unable to do anything. And at least the Lord granted her a painless end.
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Let's see....Wednesday and Thursday, you'd have thought MIL was fine. A little confused, but fine. She was a *pistol* discussing decorating the room, griping about the "former" cook, praising the "new" cook......you'd SWEAR she was recovering. Friday she started slipping; she kept falling asleep while her hairdresser did her hair, she kept calling me SIL.....but still, she was *there*.

Saturday, she started sleeping all the time. Sunday and Monday she didn't wake up at all. Yesterday....yesterday the Charge Nurse told me she didn't think it'd be too much longer. Herself and I had to leave at noon, but the rest of the family was there.

Today I took off - we had an ortho appointment. I called SIL....and MIL has rallied. She woke up yesterday and demanded FIL *kiss* her (!), and laughed and giggled at all the jokes. This AM she's been sleeping....but still giggling at SIL's jokes and banter. :scratches head: She's also not as swollen as we'd thought she'd be (she's been off dialysis now for 11 days. Usually day 10 is it.).....we're confused. Hopeful, but......unless we're granted a miracle, this is the last gasp. :sad:

We've been busy. I've finished 2 pairs of socks, 1 dress, have 1 dress that just needs hem and buttonholes/buttons, and......my studio is almost built. And...we bought the kids a Makerbot Replicater. :innocent whistle: Herself is happily planning a BUNCH of cosplays.....(Ebay is your friend. I got it for less than half-price, and it only had about 6 hours of printing time. Still expensive, yes - but we don't have jet skis, or motorbikes, or go-carts...we don't have an RV, or go mountain-climbing, or other expensive habits. This? Will more than earn it's keep, I promise you. Both kids have plans for it.......and I like them to be creative. It's been fun this past week, watching them play around with it.)

Anyway. We're back on vigil tomorrow AM. My building should be finished tomorrow; tomorrow afternoon the electrician and flooring people are supposed to come out to quote me on those. Once the wiring is done we'll insulate and panel the whole she-bang, then the carpet can be installed and I can move my stuff. It's bittersweet, but.....life goes on.

2 weeks.

Aug. 14th, 2016 06:48 am
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Maybe 3.

We had an impromptu meeting with Pallative care yesterday. Friday evening, SIL and BIL and I had set up an appointment for them to call in; SIL on the room phone and BIL on my cell. We wanted to explain to FIL - hold on, let me back up just a bit.

Wednesday, FIL got out of the hospital. He spent the rest of the day, and all night, with MIL at the Rehab. Thursday afternoon I got a call from the Rehab - MIL's #s tanked, she wasn't very responsive (we had noticed that at our visit Thursday AM, but attributed it to dialysis on Wednesday.), so he called the paramedics and they took her in.

Friday afternoon I got a call from the doc.....basically, prognosis was poor. VERY poor. Hence the setting up of the meeting - FIL knew she was bad, but honestly hadn't accepted what I was seeing.

So. We picked up FIL yesterday morning and headed to the hospital. The Pallative care nurse called me wanting to meet with us; I told her that well, the sibs and I had a family meeting set up at 10. She was thrilled and arranged to meet with us. I sent the kids out of the room, SG conferenced everybody thru my phone......

And we learned that her liver has rage quit along with her kidneys. Her numbers are SO bad that it's really stupid to keep up the dialysis, and they are going to put her on hospice. (MIL was sleeping during this). We cried, nurse left to set up a hospice meeting (Monday AM), and MIL woke up. Just as the kidney doc came in. He said, OK, we are stopping dialysis - and she got all happy. He started to explain WHY and SG said "Um, she JUST WOKE UP"....the doc immediately changed gears and said "We know you wanted it only temporary, so.....we're going to stop." :whew:

No, she doesn't know. Right now, FIL wants to keep it that way. So, she's in the hospital so that they can check her medicine (NOT a lie, actually, just...not the whole truth.) He's afraid that if he tells her she'll will herself to go early......and he is NOT ready for that.

Herself is a basket-case. She heard MIL say "So, they are finally stopping the dialysis. Yippee!" and almost lost it (she knows what that means. We've discussed it.) :sigh:

So. I apologize in advance for the upcoming radio silence. I was hoping I'd have longer, but it is what it is.
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I'm sorry, but we have to break up. It's not me, it's YOU. You keep throwing nasty things at me, and I'm tired of putting up with your crap. Oh, there's been some good times, but for the most part? It's sucked.

So, pack your bags, and get the Hell outta here. I'm ready to move on. It's for the best.....

No Love,

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PS - the last bit? Last night, when you decided that FIL needed to have a relapse of his COPD that sent him to the ER? And now caused him to be admitted to the hospital AGAIN? Yeah. That did it. Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya!
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Honestly. 102*, BEFORE the heat index. At least it's already August....

1. MIL is...well, she is. Some days she's better than others. The dialysis doctor told her that she's on dialysis for the rest of her life.....which we had NOT told her. :sigh: Still, it's now out in the open and we can start working on her attitude towards it. (Uphill battle, but what do you do?) Thursday was a Bad day; Saturday she was almost normal. The nurses say she's doing OK.....

2. FIL is home; the kids are "babysitting" him. He needs it. Himself is the official receptionist; FIL refuses to answer the phone if he doesn't recognize the number. There are a LOT of people calling now to set up PT appointments, home health visits, etc......none of which he would have any way of recognizing. :sigh: He also can't remember what they do to him/for him when they're there, so both kids have been instructed to be nosy. I can't help if I don't know what's going on, and I simply can't be there every day, all day.

2a. The kids are NOT allowed to ride with FIL if they have a choice. He's easily distracted.....and I really don't want them hurt. :big sigh:

3. For mental health, I've started another 1950's Diamond Dress. What? The JoAnn's near the IL's had some "Starry Night" fabric, and it was 30% off. I've spent most of the day carefully laying out my pattern 1 piece at a time; I need to do my best to pattern match it at the center front and center back. :fingers crossed:

I'm trying to decide if I want to swim tonight or not. Sounds funny, huh? But it's so bloody hot....I'm not sure I want to go OUT in it, even if it is to swim. :sigh: Guess I'll do some more cutting....I need a new dress. They're all I want to wear in this heat, and even though SG bought me 4 little knit dresses at Wally-world, I prefer woven cotton to sleazy knits. However, in this heat? I'm not picky. :lol:

Happy Day!

Jul. 31st, 2016 07:20 am
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Thursday evening MIL was discharged and transferred to the Rehab/Nursing Center! Yesterday, FIL was discharged and sent home; we got him home and the kids settled (they are there for at least 1 week to help out), then he took me for a quick joy ride to ensure he was comfortable driving, dropped me off at the house, and headed back to stay with MIL. :too sweet:

SG and I headed out to lunch at a Mediterranean restaurant, then hit an outlet mall. I was in 3" wedges...not so much fun. :ol:

I have learned a bit about myself during all this. While I am NOT a dresses-only gal....I am learning to like them. FIL has been a big "help" - see, 1 day a couple of weeks ago Herself wanted to wear a dress. I did too, in solidarity. :lol: My cherry dress was loved by the nurses at the rehab center; when we walked in FIL did a double-take and started dropping compliments all OVER the place.

A few days later, I wore one of the 1940's house dresses.....again with a TON of compliments from FIL, and a couple from random strangers. Thursday I wore the purple and white polka-dot dress (my "Minnie Mouse" dress. :lol:), and got even MORE. (My favorite was from the yarn-shop lady (Jennings Street Yarns in Ft. Worth - GO. They are AWESOME! MIL ordered some loud, colorful socks, and they happen to be the closest to both the hospital and the IL's home. I am in BIG trouble...:lol:)

Well. Talk about a boost to my self-confidence! Part of it, on my part, anyway, is that I was wearing heels instead of flats, but I have to admit it's nice to hear nice things about yourself occasionally. (SG is NOT big on compliments. Maybe if I wore sports-themed things.....)

Anyway, I have the itch to make some more dresses......at the outlet mall yesterday I realized that I gravitate towards "island" clothing - Tommy Bahama kept calling me back. Light, breezy, and natural fibers. I mean, I LOVE vintage-inspired.....but the 2 dress patterns I keep using are, well, "easy wear" - relatively loose, just skimming the body - not really Vintage (if you get what I'm trying to say. Not va-va-voom! :lol:) I've always leaned towards boho....so this makes sense.

Today is a lazy-day. I'm fighting fatigue and a cold, so...I plan on planting myself on the couch and knitting some lovely worsted-weight yarn into a pair of socks for MIL. Tomorrow will be a sleep-in day, then it's back to the Rehab/IL's Tuesday (MIL has dialysis M-W-F, so I plan on heading over there on her "off" days.) :yawn:

Hope y'all have a great day!
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let's see....let's get the bad over with first, 'K?

1. MIL has been formally diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure. TL/DR = her kidneys have quit and are trying to leave the building. This means dialysis is a must for the rest of her life; she has said that she does NOT want permanent dialysis. So.....FIL has the duty of trying to convince her to change her mind. I pointed out to both of them that it won't cost them a penny - dialysis is the only medical procedure that is covered 100% by Medicare, even if you don't qualify for Medicare otherwise. (Thank you, FDR!)

Good news:

1. FIL is OFF the O2 (as of yesterday AM!).

2. FIL is going HOME Saturday!!

3. MIL will be going to the rehab/nursing center as soon as a dialysis spot can be found for her!!! The nurse thinks Thursday/Friday. :fingers crossed:

So. Progress is being made. I am concerned about MIL, of course, but....I can't do anything to change her mind. SIL and FIL are going to try....as is Herself. (Who is a basket-case, but hanging in there.)

The kids'll be staying with FIL for a week or two. If/when MIL comes home, they'll go back for another week or two. I'm glad we homeschool year 'round - I can "give up" a month of so without actually falling behind. And....this is honestly more important than school. :shrug:

*I* need to plan some sewing while they are gone. I'll be able to Stay Home for a few days at a time! :lol: and :zzzzzzzzzzzzz:
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without much to report. MIL is still in the hospital, still doing dialysis 3x/week. Her spirits are up, but her numbers.....not so much. There are 2 that I am concerned about; the kidney # (creatine level) is going UP when it should go DOWN (it was 5.2 last Friday); the G....something - 4 letters - is going DOWN when it should go UP (it was 10. NORMAL is 60+.) :sigh:

FIL is doing GREAT. They have him walking with a walker now. He's still on O2, (The nurse told him he could go off, the doc said NO.) but we are hopeful he'll get off that soon.

Me? I'm tired, but hanging in there. It's important that they get to see each other every day, so....since we're closest it falls on us. Me. :sigh: "s alright. I'm trying to find time to Make Something every day, for my sanity. I'm at the heel flap of sock #2 (going slowly, but it's going at least!) I made another tank top Saturday evening - this one in Minion fabric. I'm tracing off SG's overall pattern.....basically I'm taking it one day at a time. What else can I do?
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OK. Let's do a list:

1. We almost lost MIL last week. Tuesday they gave her morphine and something else for pain, but her kidneys had decided to go on strike. She started tanking and they had to give her the drug that counteracts overdoses....and she got lost in la-la land. It was seriously touch-and-go for a bit; my SIL flew in because she was so worried, and BIL (finally!) came up. We had a meeting with the palliative care department on Saturday, because they were concerned.

2. FIL was sent to the Rehab center last Wednesday. Saturday SIL "kidnapped" him and brought him to the hospital because we were concerned; MIL woke up a wee bit. She was a bit better Saturday; enough so that she told the nurse that she had a DNR and to NOT do anything heroic.

3. We took yesterday off; SIL was there to keep up with stuff and honestly? *I* needed a break. Plus, MIL's sister came into town and....I couldn't deal.

4. Today Herself and I headed to the hospital. MIL had been moved from ICU (moved there Wednesday) to a REGULAR ROOM! last night. We walked in, and we had been granted a miracle - she was AWAKE, she was giving the nurse hell, and the PT showed up to get her walking so she can go to the Rehab center with FIL. Praise God!!!!!

5. FIL was taken off of the oxygen today! We'll be kidnapping him tomorrow after lunch to go the hospital - and the PT at the center has set it up so we can do it every day. MIL NEEDS that, and so does he. :happy dance:

So. We're not out of the woods yet, but we can breathe a bit easier now. :praise God!:

In other news, yesterday I knocked out a set of PJs. I finished the swimsuit last.....Wednesday, while waiting for SIL's plane to land. I need to do more stuff, but it's OK - we're not as panicked right now.

I'll try to check in later this week!
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FIL is improving. He *might* get to go home (on oxygen, with a walker) tomorrow. His diagnosis: bronchitis with fluid.

MIL is "improving". She has had issues with her kidneys and liver in the past, along with the congestive heart failure. The fluid is slowly coming off, but she has a lot in the "3rd space" - they have her on something that starts with an "A" to pull the fluid back into the vascular system, and on Lasix to pull it from the vascular system to the kidneys to get rid of it. They're talking rehab for her, in 3 or 4 days. Maybe.

We're all zombies right now. We're trying to spend a few hours every day at the hospital; when you add the drive time we're gone most of the day (it's a good 1.5 hours from here to the hospital. Their house is right at 1 hour away....so, yeah......:sigh:

Anyway, sorry for the radio silence - there's not much I can do about it right now. Hopefully FIL can go home tomorrow - I'll drop the kids with him to help him out. I'll still be running ragged, but at least he'll be home. (We're spending a lot of time running between hospital wings right now. Fun times!)

Gotta get the kids up so we can head out. Laters!
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because Enough is ENOUGH. :sigh:

Took Herself to the OB/GYN yesterday. Tentative diagnosis: PCOS. Doc pulled blood, and we go back in 3 weeks (or so) for a sonogram. Treatment: Birth Control (which she is already on, but not currently taking. :bangs head:)

As we were headed for the blood draw, my phone rang. It was Himself - seems Granny's neighbor called. Both she and Papaw had to be taken to the ER. She fell, he couldn't get her up, and the *3rd* time the paramedics came out yesterday (!!!), they brought an ambulance. Only, they took one look at HIM, and slapped him on the gurney and started breathing treatments (he'd been having problems. *I* told him to go to his doc......:bangs head:), then called another ambulance for her.

She's in the cardiac wing (congestive heart failure, for starters); he's in the regular hospital. He looked good last night; she was in good spirits, but extremely swollen and sore. We're headed back out in a bit to spend most of the day there. (We're the closest, at 1.25 hours. BIL is in Austin (3.5 hours, or so), and SIL is in Kentucky (19 hours, or so). Both are trying to get up/down here......but for the moment, we're it. I don't mind....but I hate hospitals.

I've been working on a new (very much needed!) swimsuit, but it's been shoved to the back burner. The 3 suits I made in 2013 (really? It's been that long? Wow!) are slowly dying, so I NEED a new suit (we're in the pool at least 1x/day, so...yeah.) but they'll have to limp along for now.

At least I'll get some quality knitting time in? :sigh:

2016 will be fired if it doesn't get it's act together. I can NOT deal with another month like last December. Herself is already a basket-case -she and Granny have always been close (she's the first grandchild. While Granny's been careful to not have favorites.....Herself is a wee bit more favorite than Himself, or her newest granddaughter. Himself is the favorite (only!) grandson...and the wee one is currently the favorite red-head. :lol: But Herself is, well, the first - and she's just a little more Aspie right now.)

So. Hope you have a peaceful Shabbat.
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Today was a wash - we had to run to Granny's. :sad: She fell Sunday evening, and finally called 911 at 2 AM Monday. Spent the rest of the night at the ER; got home and called us at 3-ish Monday afternoon. We had to do some shopping for her, and Himself did some honey-do's. :sigh: She's started a quilt for Herself - I told Herself that if Granny couldn't finish it, I would. I took photos of the layout, so I can make sure it's how Granny would have done it....I really hope I don't have to step in.

Anyway. Been busy Sunday and yesterday making new covers for our dress forms. I went to Bootstrap and bought the basic block woven dress for both Herself and I, in our measurements. I debated a bit, then cut the "real" fabric - this is a cover, I'm not going to do draping (I have no interest in it, honestly), so if I had to add seams/whatever, it'd be OK.

The dresses fit almost like a 2nd skin, which is what I wanted. I needed to repaid my form, and pad her's, so....I needed these to be like, well, US. :lol: I did have to add a couple of seams under the busts, because...these were supposed to be dress blocks, not dress form covers. :rofl: Here, have some photos:

First up, Me (Kat):

dressform front

dressform side

dressform back

And Herself's (Dolly):

dressform C front

dressform C side

dressform C back

The fabric is from the great $1/yard caper. :lol: I ran zippers up the backs, to make it easy to open up and repad if necessary. They're coat zippers - it's all Wallyworld had. (SG was confused - "Why...um....the zipper's BROWN. And..isn't this a bit...short? And...tight?" :sigh: I had TOLD him what I was working on. :lol:) The bottom has elastic run thru a casing - I need to pull both a little tighter, but they work for now. The armholes are just covered by fabric circles - I can't decide if I want to sew them to the cover, or not. And I haven't decided if I need to cover the neck, or not......

And - they MATCH us. Eerily so! I dialed both forms down to the smallest they'd go, then padded them up with polyfill quilt batting. They are both now pinnable - a plus! (The wrinkles at the bottom are from the elastic pulling. I've pulled them taught-er, so there are fewer wrinkles now.)

I used Herself's Bernina to sew her cover up. It's NICE. I still prefer my Singer, but.....she's actually wanting to sew, now, because it's so QUIET. (The Singer is nice, but it has a bit of a growl to it. The Bernina? Hums. She prefers it.) I need to print out a manual for it - the needle seems to be on the right, and it threw me off. I can't figure out if it's moveable or not. Herself doesn't care, but...I do. :lol:

Tomorrow is a make-up day for school. Herself wants to make some halter tops, so I need to help her trace off her size and work up a muslin. :heehee: I need shorts, but she needs to get comfortable with her machine.

Gotta get ready for bed - laters!
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well, except for the pillowcases. Y'all will just have to imagine those - I gave them to Himself before snapping photos (what? They're just rectangles!) and...well....I am NOT asking for them back. :lol:

Anyway...first up, my finished fishie blouse:

2016 fish blouse

Finished it this morning; I had been putting off doing the buttonholes. I forgot how fast and easy the attachment makes it. :shrug: The buttons are from the '40's, according to the seller. I thought they looked like bubbles and HAD to have them for this top. :lol: (The bubbles don't show up very well here - they are OPALIZED, y'all! They look like stones under water, the way they sparkle!)

Next up, my 1940's Homefront overalls as a playsuit (why, Hello Google! :lol:) This is a review of the pattern as well as a brag post, because....well, the pattern has *issues*.

This is a Retro-vivo pattern from Wearing History. She takes an original pattern and grades it up/down, but does nothing else to it. The instructions are photocopies/scans of the original pattern....and therein lies the problem. (Well, ONE of the problems.) I'm not sure this pattern was written for a sewing machine - the assembly directions want you to make the bodice, then make the bottoms (sewing up ALL seams, except for the short bit on the left side where the facing/button band will go), THEN attach both to the belt, THEN attach the facing/button band and do the button holes.

I'm sure a more experienced sewer could do this....*I* canNOT. The first pair of overalls I did, I followed the instructions. There was NO WAY I could neatly apply the facing and button band, and the buttonholes are...well, creative. The 2nd pair, I left everything FLAT; did the facing/button band/buttonholes and THEN sewed up both side seams. Anyway, on to THIS project.

I decided to line the bodice again - it's a much nicer finish then the way the pattern calls for (bias tape on the raw edges). My choice: Watermelon fabric!

2016 overalls fail inside

I have to say, I did a bang-up job on these! The sewing up was as close to perfect as I can get it. I carefully sewed the seam, then overlocked it to tidy up the inside. All was going well, until I sewed the bottoms to the top.....

2016 overalls fail

Don't know if you can see what I did there.....:sigh: Basically, you attach the RIGHT side of the bodice front to the back, and the RIGHT side of the bottom front to the back. Um.....I did, only I sewed the side that was on the right of the front as it was FACING ME to the back, then neatly overlocked the edge, then overlocked it AGAIN because it wasn't quite neat enough. I then proceeded to sew it to the belt, overlock it, press it, and TOPSTITCH it. THEN I noticed my mistake. :bangs head:

I spent a bit of time looking at it, but decided to junk it and start over. (Don't worry - I figured out a way this AM to USE both parts - I'll cut the bottom off of the belt, add a new belt, and have a pair of shorts. I'll take the top and add a skirt to the narrower belt, and voila! A dress!) I didn't have enough of the lining to do another watermelon set...so I got cupcakes, instead:

2016 overalls inside

THIS time, I obsessively marked the side seam I was to actually SEW. :lol: I was just as careful, so this set is also pretty "perfect":

2016 overalls front


2016 overalls side

I figured out a few things: instead of using 2 layers of denim for the front facing, I used the lining fabric. On the long overalls, I couldn't figure out exactly WHAT the instructions wanted me to do (still can't, to be honest!), so I folded the facing in half and used it that way. It was MURDER to try and do the buttonholes thru 3 layers of denim; this time it was a *breeze*. I cut 2 of the facing pieces, sewed them, flipped them, and topstitched them before attaching them to the bodice. The buttonholes hold it in place.

The button band is the same - the outside is denim, the inside is lining. It's neat, it's pretty, and it was not as difficult to install the hammer-in jeans tacks that I used.

Of course, that could be because I discovered that my grommet press will also work on the jeans tacks. (Helpful hint: IF you're going to be sewing a lot of jeans, run - don't walk! - to eBay and snag one of these lovely, lovely tools. I looked last night and there are a few listed for as low as $35! I paid $65 for mine, and it's worth every penny!)

They don't fit Kat perfectly, but you can at least SEE them on a "body". Sorry, but I don't do morning pictures - bed braid and hay isn't a good look for me. :lol: Not that the husband complained.....he seems to have a thing for women in overalls. :wink:

The only thing I don't like about these is that the denim I bought for me is a stretch denim. I thought I had grabbed a bolt of non-stretch; it didn't stretch any when I tested it (I also bought a bolt of stretch for Herself; it's still stretch. :lol:) This was a bit.....fun...to sew up; I think the lining will help the bodice not stretch out during wear. The bottoms...well, I guess they'll get a little baggy. :shrug: NEXT time I'll be more vigilant in my testing of denim! (I STILL need to get me some lighter-weight NON-stretch denim. :Sigh:)

All-in-all, though, I'm happy with these. They are perfect for summer barn work. And the lining does make me happy. :lol:

Oh! For the 2nd pair of overalls I made earlier, I added 2" to each leg piece (because the hips on the original pattern are SNUG. To the point that you can NOT work in them. You can pose, you can walk, you can look very cute, but you can NOT actually do any work. Since I wanted them to USE.....) I carefully added another dart to the back and tuck to the front, taking up the amount I had added to the side. I remembered - now! - that I had a problem with the pants being too wide; this time I widened the added dart/tuck by another half-inch EACH.

The pants were STILL 1" too wide. :bangs head: I re-drew the dart AGAIN; the pants on the cupcake set was only 1/4" too wide. I simply made a small tuck on either side of the right side seam and called it good. Thing is, I can't see HOW it's too wide! I carefully used 5/8" seams, like it calls for, I took out via the dart/tuck the same amount I had added.....:shrug: The belt fit the bodice (which is traced from the same size as the pants, and is a wee bit loose on me)...so I dunno what's up with that.

Hope y'all have a great weekend!
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it's HOT. Hot, hot hot - and it's only JUNE. :sigh: Maybe we'll actually get a winter this year?

Been sewing - since last week I have made 6 pillowcases, 3 pairs of PJ's, and am in the middle of a 1940's playsuit (think overalls, but with shorts instead of jeans). I am trying to knock out as much as I can - I do NOT have room for all the wonderful $1/yard fabric! :lol:

Herself has a cold - we see the doctor today. Himself is doing well. The pool is now officially open - it's been great every evening, hopping into the lovely, coolish water.

Today is grocery-day, so I need to get hopping. Laters!
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and it's only Wednesday! Oy vey!

Let's see...Monday we went to the Grandparent's. Um....Grannie isn't doing very well. We got there around 9:30; the door was open so we walked in. She was sitting on the floor - she had (please excuse me) fallen and couldn't get up. And we couldn't get her up. Her neighbor got home at 11 and got her up into a chair; while we waited the kids and I did a lot of little things for her around the house. :sigh:

Yesterday was SG's day of working from home. I had to go with him to the Toyota dealership (40 miles away) to drop off the Camry for recall work. I then spent the day (after school, of course) sewing some tank tops - here:

2016 tank tops

I have 5 (well, 6 if you count the wearable muslin - watermelon fabric. It seems SG has a "thing" for fruit prints - he LOVES the top. He couldn't comment on the *fit*, but the print? LOVE.) The lozenge and the fish are finished; the other 3 are waiting on bias tape for the neck and armholes. Here - look at it on Kat:

2016 fish tank top

It's unstructured; loose and comfy. PERFECT for outdoor chores.

I also have another Gertie top almost finished:

2016 fish Gertie top

(I can just eke out 2 shirts from 3 yards of fabric, IF I use bias tape for the binding, instead of self-bias. Not too bad! It's why I have the same print in 2 different shirts.)


I'm waiting on a button placement gauge - I love this print so much, and I want this blouse to be as perfect as I can get it. (The other tops are a little wonky in the button area - no big deal, but I'm trying to up my game here.)

We're pretty booked the rest of the week, so there will probably be no more sewing. Next week I need to tackle shorts. And PJ's.

Sam seems to be doing well. :fingers crossed: We're slowly tapering the steroids down, so....hopefully he'll continue doing well. I want to tackle a Thundershirt knock-off for him out of some of the knit fabric I picked up last week....people clothes first, though.

If I don't get back here before Friday, have a great week/weekend!
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*ahem* So. Herself and I ran to Wallyworld Friday afternoon, and they were pulling fabric out and putting it in clearance. The manager wasn't there, though - so it was "full-price" clearance.

I got up early yesterday, did a quick clean (it was Herself's birthday party)....but I had the overwhelming urge to Go. To. Walmart. I put it off, until Himself had gotten up and eaten; he agreed to go with me. (It was about 9 AM).

Well. The manager was there, and about 1/3 of the fabric was pulled. I, um....fell down. Hard. I bought about 70 yards......what? ALL the Star Wars fabric was clearanced ($1/yard, folks!) as was the My Little Pony fleece that Herself wanted for PJs. It took about an hour....when I got home I texted Mom. :lol:

After we cut Herself's cake, I asked her if it was OK if Mom and I went back up there...she said Of Course - $1/yard fabric! So......this time I only got 30 yards (What?)

To be honest: I'm not materialistic (see what I did there? :lol:) - I have plans for 90% of this fabric. Of that 90%, I already have the pattern picked out. Out of the 10%...16 yards are knits (2 bolts.) 1 bolt is for making "thunder shirts" for the dogs ($40 at PetSmart.....$1/yard here!) and the other is for t-shirts. I figure I'll get used to knits this way - it's no big deal if I screw up! (Most of the fabric, I was asking myself what I'd do with it before I added it to my pile. Except the Star Wars fabric - I asked Himself about it, and he said "Mom, it's STAR WARS. You should get it - you'll figure out what to do with it later." :rofl: At the cutting table, we decided he needed pillowcases.)

I got fleece for PJs, Star Wars flannels for PJs, some cotton for tops, and a bolt of Minion fabric for tops/PJ tops, and.....I dunno. I got some Minion fleece for me, hence the fabric - and I wanted 5 yards; 8 wasn't much of a stretch. :lol:

I've washed a bunch of it, and will be turning it into shirts soon. I traced off a tank pattern for Herself; I'll make the first one then turn her loose. She needs to start sewing her own stuff. :lol:

I'm very thankful for this blessing - it's not often I scored $1/yard fabric! Especially not current-style fabric! It's also not often that I happen to have the funds to take advantage of such a sale - The Lord was certainly looking out for me!

Tomorrow we go to Granny's - I hope to get some sewing in today. Then, next week - it's all sewing, all the time. I need to convert some of this to wearables!

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