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I was able to get some photos yesterday of Finn and Poe - here ya go! :lol:

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Finn is, of course, the gray one and Poe is the brown one. :lol: The other does STILL have not popped yet....I think they're just fat. :sigh:

Oh! As a bonus, have some pics of the newest sewing project - another SOI's Vintage Shirt Dress. This is in a nice cotton lawn; the collar is a sand washed silk.

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I learned a few things, here - cotton lawn is lucious feeling - very light, airy, and cool. Silk..is of the devil. Slippery, slick, and sticky. My machine grumbles, but will sew it IF I go slow and sandwich it between something else.

The lawn came from England (eBay - LOVE it!). I'll be ordering more - at a little over $4/yard, you really can't go wrong! The pattern is...interesting, but not Ugly, so it's good. :lol:
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So, after a few HOURS of begging, pleading, and muttering under my breath, LJ finally loaded all the pictures. So...I'd like to share what we've been doing the past few weeks. Please note, NOTHING is finished, yet. It's done enough that we can actually USE the space, but there's still a bit to be done...and let's not mention the rest of the house, OK? Because...there are boxes everywhere, and I'm going a little batty because of it.

Anyway. Without further ado, let me show the shower stall first:




Green marble, with a funky, kinda fun trim that has metal bits, glass, and ceramic tiles. It actually works with the floors, which are a dark, slate-looking vinyl. At the point this photo was taken, we hadn't installed the fixtures; they are now installed, as are the 2 vanities and sinks. Still waiting on the baseboards, and we have to attach the storage cabinet to the wall and install the medicine cabinets. :shrug: At least we have a semi-working bathroom!

Now, the bedroom:



This is the bed and (sort of) the nightstand. LOVE the bed! Cherry sleigh bed, in a King - just large enough for the 2 of us and 2 or 3 dogs. Or 1 of us, and 4 or 5 dogs - depends on which dogs decide they need the bed. :lol:



The pair of painted Ikea dressers. The paint is the same that is on the bathroom walls; it looks FANTASTIC next to the green bedroom walls. I've since put my earring tree on top of my dresser....and some dresser scarves that we got from an Antique store. It's looking pretty cozy in here, now!

This, though - this is what MAKES the room. I give you the Art Deco dressers we scored back in February:



This one's mine. It has 2 selves on either side, running front to back, and 3 rows of hanging rods. Tall enough to hang dresses and pants! LOVE it!





This is SG's. The door is off, because we discovered that it was missing some screws in the door hinges. I did get a close-up of the door; it matches the larger one. Pretty sure this was sold as a set - the pattern and hardware is the same. They are beautiful, and in remarkably good condition considering their age. I'm thinking 1940's.....maybe '30's, but not sure. They are LOVELY!



Here's a close-up of the door hardware. Both are identical, and, again, look original.

Now, WHY did we spring for armoires, when we have a closet? Because...the closet is 5' x 5'. It's barely large enough for 1, forget about 2 people. The closet is now the "overflow" - mostly SG's stuff. We tore out the built-in system, shoved the gun cabinet in there, and the 2 shoe cabinets. It's tight, but....it works. All my garb is in bins on the shelves (or in the cedar chest) - the armoires were actually needed to fit all our clothes in. And they add to the retro vibe I wanted in the room. (House, actually - I'm working on it. The kitchen is sort of retro-modern farm. :lol:)

So, that's what we've been up to lately. I have a LOT of cleaning and reorganizing to do! And....I'll be throwing out a LOT of stuff. Living without it for the past 5 months has shown me that I don't NEED all the crap I have....so, I guess that's a good thing. :lol:

Enjoy your day!

ETA: H, I know wool is water-resistant, but...it's New! And I don't wanna get it messed up! :lol:

Also, thanks for reminding me to look at Fabric Mart - I am a member of their swatch club, but I didn't think to go there. And then....they are currently having a 60% off wool suiting sale....I fell down. Himself found a gray that was "close enough"...so I grabbed 15 yards. :oops: :lol:
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but LJ is being slow as molasses this morning. It took *30* minutes to upload 2.....and I have 6 or 7 more. :sigh: I guess you get to see the new dress only, instead of the house. Which is NOT finished, but is much, much closer!

Anyway.

Dress! This is the Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress:

2017 SOI Shirtdress front

2017 SOI Shirtdress side

It was very windy yesterday, so the photos aren't the best, but you can at least get an idea of the dress. I did NOT wear the jacket - it was threatening rain, and I will not risk that! :lol:

So, house. Monday the last of the new floors went in. Yesterday the plumbers came in and did the Master Bath, and repaired the pipe SG put a hole in, and re-installed the water filter (they removed it to repair the garage leak) - when SG hit the pipe, he flooded the (NEW!) bathroom. I told them to cut the water, they did - at the house, which re-routed the water into the (missing) water filter. Which flooded the garage. :sigh: It's all sorted, now. Still not DONE, of course - my NSDH has problems prioritizing things. Which is why the pasture got mowed, but the baseboards didn't get painted until 10 minutes before the plumbers showed up. They had to wait on HIM.....never mind. Suffice to say things still aren't done, but the pasture looks good.

Oh! One of the other pictures was of 8 new chicks - we have 2 broody hens. 1 is a nasty banty hen, so Herself pulled all the chicks. The other is sweet, but batty stole her hatchlings....so they're in the Garage Studio, as well.

I will try to upload again later - I'm not sure if it's on my end (storms right now) or LJ's. I'm pleased with the way things are looking; the armoires fit and look really, really good.

Gotta go get school sorted - later!
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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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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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because, even though the kitchen is NOT finished, I am in LOVE with it and can't wait to share!

This is the side with the dishwasher. This is where my Fiestaware will live (probably in the middle cabinet - I want to be able to see the pretty, pretty colors!).

2017 kitchen dishwasher side

This is the range side - look at that lovely range hood! The microwave will eventually be on the countertop, but not for at least a week.

2017 kitchen range side

And....my Sink. My Lovely, Lovely, Beautiful, HUGE sink. I asked SG to please beg, borrow, or steal a baby so I could wash it in my lovely, very large sink. :lol:

2017 kitchen sink

Seriously, the sink is sitting on a 36" wide cabinet. Let me say that again - the sink is sitting on a *3 foot wide* cabinet. The counters are 25" deep, and the sink goes all the way to the back. And it's approximately 7.5" deep. Double basin. BEAUTIFUL. :happy dance: :God is SO GOOD!:

:deep breath: We still have a bit of work to do. We need to put a bit of trim along the countertop back edge - we had a row of ceramic bull-nose there, before, but that doesn't look as nice with the butcher block. We have a LOT of leftover facing trim (laminate) that we are seriously considering using - we put a couple of pieces up, and it looks good (and the contractor was impressed with it). We need to put the bar on on (we have another piece of the butcher block that will be used for that) and we need to plumb the sink and dishwasher (we already have the faucet, but have to wait on the plumber. Who is supposed to be here today.) Oh - and we are going to tile the rest of the way up to the range hood.

The butcher block needs to be oiled daily for a week, then 1x/week for a month, then 1x/month as needed. It will need more upkeep than laminate would, but it's SO PRETTY! And - if I had hit it with a polycrylic finish, it would be done, but I opted to go with a food-safe option: mineral oil. Hence the regular upkeep. (I knew that before I ordered it - I decided the upkeep was worth the look and beauty of the wood.)

I am beyond pleased with our contractors, too. Traemand usually does NOT install odd-shaped countertops, because it's hard to fit angles that deviate from 90*. WE got lucky (Thank God!) - the lead installer just happened to be a Cabinet-maker in a previous life. (Again - Thank God!) He looked at it, said, "well...we aren't supposed to do this, but let me call my boss. *I* can do it." His boss said "IF they don't mind you possibly messing up (we didn't!), then Go For It." - and he did. And he did a BEAUTIFUL job - the corners at the sink are just gorgeous. (That sounds funny, to be so excited over wooden corners, but guys - it's as perfect as can be. And the kitchen is just SO LOVELY, I could squee!)

The bottoms are all drawers. The ones on the dishwasher/sink side all have a hidden, 3rd drawer that is deep enough for silverware. The uppers are standard cabinets - I tried to maximize the storage in here. I used to have a portable island in there....I am hoping that I have added enough usable storage that I won't need one. :fingers crossed: We are also going to replace the double range with a single that has storage on the bottom - that'll help, too. Plus...I will be weeding heavily when the boxes come back in. I.....want to declutter and simplify. (NOT my Fiestaware though! :lol:) While I've missed a lot of things, there's others that honestly? I can live without.

I'll get more photos when we actually get it finished, but I couldn't wait to show off this beautiful, beautiful kitchen. And to give a shout-out to Ikea and Traemand - I have a beautiful kitchen that was quite affordable!
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Because I need to send pics to my SIL, I decided to upload them here, too - that way y'all can see what's been sucking up all my time the past few months. I did them in CollegeIt!, so...they're not the best, but they save bandwidth and storage space.

First up, let's do Herself's bedroom. The top pic is how it was when we moved in, way back in 2003. She had chosen the pink.....:shudder:

2017 House C's Bedroom

We don't have all her stuff moved back in - the insurance is paying folks to do that, so we only moved in the essentials, but you get the idea. What you don't see here is her new aquarium; she has had a 20 gallon tank forEVER; yesterday we went and upgraded it to a 60 gallon tank. MUCH bigger - her fish will be much happier. She set it up last night and will be moving Mr. Bubbles sometime today. (And if possible we'll be buying him a tank mate soon.) The 60 gallon tank was on sale for the same price as the 36 gallon; both were almost full setups.....it just made more sense to go bigger, since it was the same price and I'd need to replace the filter pump and gravel anyway. The stand is very nice, and sturdy - and she has room to store all the extras now.

Anyway - moving on. This set is the kids' original bath. Sorry for the crap photos - I had a cheap digital camera and it went yellow sometimes. Also, the walls were sponge-painted blue to resemble water - you can see that in the photo where the sink has been ripped out.


2017 House Kids bath before

And - now! It looks like a totally different house, doesn't it? Himself says it feels like either an upscale hotel or a very rich relative's house. :lol:

2017 kids' bath after

Himself's room is painted, but not set up yet - he wants to wait until ALL his stuff can go in. :sigh: My kitchen is on it's way - I got the tracking info last night. :bounce: Yes, there will be more photos! I'm especially happy with the Music room....we picked up new curtains and a rug yesterday, and ordered a chair. And a new bedroom set for us.....SG wants to upgrade the house. I'm thinking I should let him....:rofl: We'll be paying off the mortgage next week......mortgage-burning party to follow. :snicker:
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Because I have a LOT of photos, I made a college. Kinda sucks, but hey - it's photos! :lol:

2017 january Knit Projects

This is all the stuff I've knit and finished in January. The socks were started....in late September, but all the rest was started and finished in January. What can I say? Stress knitting at it's finest! Also, all the January stuff is knit in worsted weight yarn - which is thicker than my beloved sock weight, and knits up faster.

I am in the midst of another set of fingerless mitts......my kitchen can't be finished soon enough! I'd like to knit something...smaller. Like socks. Right now, though, I can't get to my ball winder, so I have to knit with yarn that comes in ready-to-knit packages. :shrug: I can always use another hat or two or three....:rofl: Especially "fashion" hats like the cloches - they're warm, and cute, and give me options. As do the 2 new geeky hats.....Star Wars and Dr. Who for the win!

Back to the knitting.......beats painting. Which I did yesterday - the kitchen has been redone AGAIN. I....liked the aqua-isa blue, but I didn't love it. It's now a nice Federal/French blue...and I LOVE it. It's a bit dark right now, but once the white cabinets go in it'll pop.

Have a great one!
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so let's make it a good one, right? :lol:

So. I had a lot of plans for 2016. The big one, for me, was to get my house in order and set up routines so I could keep it neat and tidy(ish). I actually succeeded in this, but not by my own skills. :lol: No, seriously - I have to count this as a win - my house is currently almost empty, which means, from a certain point of view, it's tidy. :rofl: NOT what I had in mind, but hey - it works, right?

Have some photos:

This is what's left of the kids' bathroom:

kids bathroom sink gone

kids bathroom tub gone

I'm kinda bummed that the murals got ruined, but also relieved. I've wanted to update the bathroom for a while, but Herself can't handle change. This, however - there was no way to save them, and I can't match the colors - I mixed them as I painted each fish. :sigh: So.....the drywall has mostly been replaced. The tub has 1 piece of hardiboard; SG stopped to fiddle with the over-the-mirror light. :sigh: Hey - at least the tub is in, right?

He stopped the kitchen to do the bathroom:

kitchen dishwasher side

kitchen oven side

The top cabinets over the dishwasher are almost empty; the other side...they aren't. It won't take long to empty them....I'm just not really in the mood right now. I got a bit depressed yesterday as we packed up all my Fiestaware. :sigh:

I KNOW things will get better. I KNOW I'll end up with a practically new house....but it's still hard. And I'm looking at going into the New Year with a house all topsy-turvy....NOT what I wanted to do. Ah, well...this too shall pass.

it is, however, the main reason I've lost my happiness. I'm normally happy - being happy is, for neuro-normal people, a *choice* - but now? I'm finding it difficult. Once the floors are in and I can see progress, it'll be easier - but right now? It's hard. :sigh:

Anyway - hope y'all have a Happy New Year! May 2017 be MUCH better than 2016!
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in this case, I really, REALLY wish I didn't have pictures!

Living Room floor

The Family room, as they were ripping up the floor. If you look close, you can see that the pad is darker - it's wet. SOPPING wet.

hallway

Hallway between the kids' rooms......the floor is all gone. You can just see Himself's room......everything is now shoved to the middle of the room, stacked on top of itself.

fans in family room

The fans. We had 25 of them in the house.....7 in the kitchen alone. Which shares a wall with the Master Bedroom. There were also 3 dehumidifiers.......thankfully, they all got pulled out Tuesday afternoon. (The holes in the bottom of the wall? Are to help dry out the sheetrock. Fun times!)

Living room full

This is the current state of the family room.....the rest of the house is pretty much the same. NOTHING is against the walls, everything is piled in the middle of the room......the pods are supposed to be delivered tomorrow. A crew of 5 (or 7) will be here Monday to start packing and loading them...then we get to figure out what we're going to do. The Adjuster is SUPPOSED to come out today......finally.

We do know *everything* is covered. We will get new floors (I'm leaning towards linoleum, now.....) and at least bottom cabinets/countertops (because I can't see removing the bottom cabinets without damaging the countertops. I just...don't think that's possible. Maybe it is? We'll see.)

We still don't know about the Master Suite. I am HOPING the water didn't come up under the cabinet wall, but....I can smell "wet". On the one hand, no, please -NO damage! On the other....new floors! Huzzah! :sigh:

On the positive side, I bought paint for the kids' rooms yesterday, and plan on starting that this afternoon/tomorrow morning. Why not? There's no floors to worry about :sob: and there's nothing against the walls right now....so.......:small smile:

I just want my house back! The Studio is nice, but it isn't really large enough to actually LIVE in (well, not with all my weaving and sewing stuff in here, it isn't!) Plus...no bathroom. And no room for us AND the dogs......

Ah, well.....this, too, shall pass. Soon, I hope!
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And I couldn't be more excited! I can WEAVE again!!!!!!!!!

No, the Studio isn't finished yet....but it is finished enough that we could get the loom moved in. Here - have a photo:

loom in pieces

This is what a Swedish Countermarch Loom looks like, when you've moved it OUT of one space, given it a bath and a wax treatment, then moved it into a new space. It breaks down into a bunch of....well, not small, but smallER pieces. :lol: (Also, see that dark wood cabinet with glass doors? That's what SG got me from his plant. It's just the right size for most of the knitting yarns! I have my eye on a slightly larger, almost matching cabinet......if it falls through, CraigsList has a few listed right now. I need 1 more nice cabinet for the rest of the knitting yarns, a few cones of weaving yarn, and my spinning tools. Or CDs. Anyway, I need 1 more storage cabinet - it'll go next to the pie safe. Yes, the back wall will be "heavy". Don't care - it's why I didn't put windows on it.)

And then, after about 30 minutes of work and foul language, you have this:

loom facing back

This is from the warp beam, or back of the loom, facing the front. Or, the back of the Studio. The pie safe is where (most of) the spinning fiber lives.


loom facing window

This is the view from my perspective, while I am weaving. The window faces the back of the house, so I have a nice view of the dogs. There's also a window to the side of me, facing SG's shop.


You can sort of get an idea of what the Studio looks like - but I'm not showing all of it, not yet. There's still a LOT of tools in here, and my sewing desk is still in the house (as is almost all of the fabric.) We have to finish the ceiling (the panels are all up, but it needs work. A....lot of work. I can live with it, but the seams need to be covered with trim boards (because...well, it looks like amateurs did it, which...we are, and did. :lol:) and the cutting table needs 2 shelves before we can drop the top on. The fabric can't be moved until that happens, and my sewing desk can't be moved until all the ladders and scaffolds and big tools are out.

But! The loom is IN, and I have confirmation that I was, in fact correct - I have PLENTY of room. Not a lot of SPACE, but plenty of room. I can work in here comfortably, there's room for Herself to sew while I am (and Himself, too, if he wants!) - and there's still room to walk around. Praise God for it, too! :happy dance:

I am taking the rest of today to warp the loom. This week I need to start shoveling out the garage studio so Herself can get set up....it's bad. We are battling a mouse invasion (33 dead, so far...and at LEAST 2 more in the house. :sigh: SG promised back in June to get an exterminator...it's now almost November, and no exterminator in sight.) so....yeah, it's bad. Hence me scrubbing down EVERYTHING after it leaves the house before it goes into my new studio......:shudder:

Gotta run - my loom is calling me!
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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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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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I have been. :ahem: No more Yoda, I promise. For now, anyway. :lol:

So. It's already HOT here in Texas, y'all. 94* yesterday - and it's just JUNE. I figured it was time to add some sleeveless shirts to my wardrobe, because t-shirts, while nice, are Too Much Fabric for the heat we get.

I made a wearable muslin in the size that Butterick B6217 said I was. THAT was a joke - it was Too Big. :sigh: I went down a size, then used the larger-sized darts - I now had a blouse that fit:

2016 Gertie Blouse worn

(What? You thought I'd be modeling? Not this time! :lol: Kat can stand in for me - although the blouse fits a little bit better on me than on her.)

So yesterday I sat down and knocked out 4 more. :rofl:

2016 Gertie blouses

I had good reason for "mindless" sewing - Wednesday evening Sam started wheezing. Loudly. All. Night. Long. No sleep for the household! First thing yesterday AM, I called the Vet. The earliest appointment was 3:20, so I jumped on it. I guess the receptionist heard him in the background, because at 10:30 she called and told me they had a cancellation at 11, did I want it? YES.

We took him in...and our dear Dr. Sunshine said "He has a collapsed trachea." No "Hi", or "hello", or "Oh, that sounds bad. Let's take a look, shall we?" :sigh:

Long-term: it's fatal. Pomeranians are apparently prone to this - the cartilage weakens and collapses; the more the dog get anxious or excited, the more it happens, until the brain becomes oxygen-starved and gets damaged (um...how could we tell? He's pretty much brainless, now! :weak grin:)

Short-term: he's on steroids and antibiotics. IF this works - and it seems to be helping; he's only wheezing occasionally, not constantly - we'll keep him on low-dose steroids for however long he stays with us. I've already said the diet is out the window - let him enjoy life! (We don't over-feed, so it's not like we'll be straining his heart. Just...he can have treats from the table, y'know?)

Anyway. 5 new shirts. I've gone back and ripped the bias tape off of the yellow one; I screwed up the neckline and it bugged me. It and the watermelon one are pullovers; I'm going to modify the facing and do it like the pattern says. (But with bias tape on the arms. Maybe. :lol:) Not sure if I'll rip out the watermelon neck; it bugs me (because I can't do mitered turns worth a hoot), but....not as much as the cherry one did.

Today we picked up Herself's Bernina, and a few more yards of fabric. :innocent whistle: There's a few more shirts for me, 1 for her, and another FNAF bound (this time Springtrap. Our semi-favorite outlet had cotton in the perfect colors for $3/yard :shrug:) and a bunch of buttons. I'm planning on using this pattern again - because I have it *down*, y'all. :lol: That'll be next week, though - tomorrow is Herself's birthday party. :bounce:

Hope y'all have a great weekend! Shabbat Shalom!
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Today was Dallas Fan Days (aka: Comic Con) - but I'll get to that in a minute. Let's do a quick Weekend re-cap, shall we?

Friday was take-the-Aunt-shopping day. SG called and said it was "Clean the Office" at work day (the plant is closing down Oct. 31; he'll have a job until Dec. or Jan.), and was there anything I might possibly need that they might be tossing? I said, um....they had a comb binder the last time I was there.....he said "Done!"...and came home with a Fellowes electric comb binder. No manual, no combs, and no wire rack, but hey - Comb Binder! I can get the combs on MyBinding.com from $4, so....:huzzah!:

Yesterday was decent - we got the backyard cleaned up and the dumpster is FULL. I knocked out the 4 cushions for the dining room, then decide I needed to focus on summer sleeveless tops. Managed to pick out the pattern before crashing into bed. :lol:

Then - today. Today was a HUGE day, y'all. HUGE. Herself - wait, lemme give you a photo:

2016 Comic Con Tony & Bonnie

Now, to *normal* people, this looks like a girl with a guy cosplaying as Tony Stark. What it actually is, is my Aspie squee-ing over getting her photo taking with TONY STARK. She actually asked me to ask him - this is a first. She is STILL giggly over it - and the photo was taken around 11:15 this morning!

She also happily posed for photo-ops with kids who recognized her costume: Bonnie the Bunny from Five Nights At Freddy's (aka: FNAF)(Don't ask, if you don't know. Basically, haunted robots at Chuck-E-Cheese's.)(trying to kill you).

This is HUGE. HUGE. Y'all have no idea - my anti-social geek would not shut-up about the kids. Or Tony. (She has a crush, y'all. :lol: This guy had the attitude and the look of a young Tony Stark. And he did NOT break character - which really made her squee!)

SG was also happy - he got to pose with Boba Fett:

2016 Comic Con Boba Fett & SG

OK, so this guy missed the mark a little - but it's still a good costume! (SG just pulled me aside - he wants to take Herself to every Con we can get to, with ALL of us in costume. No biggie - I just need to buckle down and SEW. :lol:) (He wants to do the NG (Engy? The Engineer) from TF2; she wants me to do an Iron Man bound, and me? I have 25 yards of handwoven cotton (Jedi robes!) to work thru. Or....Herself wants me to do Jessica Rabbit next time, so we can be 2 bunnies together. :snicker: I can do vamp. The heels....well, I'll do 'em just for her. :lol: (I need to get a few more photos of her cosplay; there's a lavender bow in the back that kinda sorta resembles a tail. :innocent whistling:)

We came home with more artwork than I had planned on. I've made a discovery: IF you want to shop Cons on the cheap, wait on go on the last day, early in the morning. Almost every vendor had slashed prices - and most of the artists were offering multi-purchase deals. We got some $15 prints at 3-for-$20, for example. (!!) I have to find frames now....I was looking for 1 or 2, we came home with *9*. :blink:

I have 4 fabrics in the dryer; when I went to get some "muslin" from the armoire in the Studio a mouse jumped at me.....I yelped, then shuddered as I cut off 2 yards and overlocked it. :shudder: I settled on Butterick's 6217 - one of Gertie's. I pin-fit the pattern....we'll see how it looks in fabric before I go hog-wild with it. :lol:
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or so it feels. I've been busy this week! Not only did I finish Herself's dress, I also managed to make an apron:

2016 yellow smock apron

(Which didn't turn out as nice as I wanted - the photo in the book was awesome, and I HAD to make it. This...well, it works. I'm over it. :lol:)

a cushion for my sewing chair:

2016 sewing chair cushion

(it replaced the PINK one that came with the machine.)(Also, please, PLEASE excuse the state of my floors. It's been raining a bit here - perhaps you've heard?- and I simply can't keep up.)

a set of cushions for my rocking chair:

2016 rocker cushions

(I like the fabric as a cushion much better than as an apron!)

and a set of cushions for the kitchen table:

2016 cherries cushion

2016 cherries cushion back

I did something different on these; instead of ties I made tabs - right now they have bits of kindling holding them on the chairs. :lol: As soon as I can, I'll pick up a nice dowel rod and cut "pretty" bits - but this works for now.

I still need to make 4 cushions for the dining room, then it's on to jeans and sleeveless tops for me. And another dress for Herself (Iron Man themed, this time).

Oh! We ran to JoAnn's again yesterday.....I spent $58, but SAVED $173. :lol: I'm telling you - Butterick patterns for $1.99 are a FANTASTIC deal. Also right now, Simplicity patterns are 5 for $5 - I didn't take advantage of that one, because 9 Butterick patterns were enough. :rofl:

Hope you all have a great (and DRY!) Shabbat!
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So. This weekend was the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games. We came, we saw, we..are exhausted. I'm not sure WHY, exactly - both days were "dead" thanks to the uncertain weather. :shrug:

I hadn't planned on buying *anything* this year. Yes, I had money - we made it to the bank by 2:45! - but....I don't like spending without doing a lot of thought ("big" items, I mean. And the jewelry *I* like....well, it qualifies as "big" in my mind. And....I don't do much other types of buying at the Fests.)

Anyway. Herself and I were on walkabout and we stopped at one of our "cousin's" booths. He is a dealer in artisan jewelry....and he has exquisite taste. (It's who I got my Michale Duncan horse bracelet from, years ago). We looked....he has a new artists. Who has a thing for celtic horses. :head desk:

I walked away. I got about 500 feet, then turned around and came back. I then spent a good 45 minutes drooling and looking and trying on...and came home with this:

J walton Amber bracelet side

J Walton Amber bracelet closeup

:sigh: Horses. It HAD to be horses. :lol: The artist is James Walton....and the stuff is gorgeous! I had a hard time deciding between the Amber and the Amethyst......Amber obviously won. :lol: I figure "tree tears" sums up last year....I lost Dusty (my favorite horse) and my Dad in the same year (this is chronological, y'all - I got teased on that in our tent. :lol:)....so this is fitting. And it's the only "real" thing I'll be getting myself from the proceeds of Dad's house. :shrug:

I'm not one to go into Signature or Statement jewelry....but the bracelets both spoke to me. (The first one marks Finn's birth, so it seems fitting to mark Dusty's death too.) I tend to wear the original one most of the time - it's off in the Summer because of the pool, but I tend to wear it all Fall/Winter/Spring. Now I have one for the other wrist. :lol:

SG has decided we need to get "nice" wedding bands. The ones we have now I bought - they are inexpensive, but nice; he thinks they're "crap". :sigh: Whatever - HE can spend the $$$. The ones another vendor (also a Clan cousin) has....well, SG fell in LOVE with them. They are also $750+ EACH. They're beautiful....but I'm not sure we NEED them, y'know? (For comparison - both of my bracelets were under $200. Our current bands? Were $50 each, thanks to the exchange rate (they're from Ireland)) :sigh: Ah, well - let him spend that much. :lol:

We're going to the Fabric Outlets this week....I have money set aside for it, let's see if I can NOT spend all of it! :lol:
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has been....interesting, shall we say. I guess somebody invoked the old Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times" because, folks, it has been Interesting.

Especially Wednesday. It was Herself's braces OFF! day. SG was home, so I invited him out to lunch with us after. Himself decided last minute that he didn't want to go - it was Star Wars day, after all, and he had just bought some "new" SW games that he HAD to play. I pointed out no lunch; he pointed to the freezer. :lol:

So. The 3 of us went. While they were trying to get the impressions for her retainer (2x on the bottom, *4* on the top!), my phone rang. It was Himself......

Seems that right after we left, Chloe started barking. And barking. And barking. He went outside - she was "playing" with a turtle. He, being a soft-hearted kid, pushed her away and tried to get the turtle to remove it. Chloe lunged at it; he shoved her away again. She lunged again, and Bree - who had been standing there watching - decided Chloe needed a lesson in minding and lunged for her.

Only, Himself was in the way. Of 2 very large dogs. :sigh: Bree got him on the hand, and immediately backed off. He got knocked down and trampled a bit, but managed to get into the house and on the phone with me before starting to panic. *I* started panicking, but managed to hide it, thank God.

I went out to the waiting room and sent SG to the house. He picked up Himself, came back and got us, and off we went to the ER. :sigh: 4 hours later, Himself was OK - no stitches, just 2 bad puncture wounds on his left hand, 1 on his elbow, and 1 on his right arm, plus a lot of scratches from Chloe's claws.

We got home (finally!), and I went to look for the turtle. Which was on the back porch (Chloe had brought it there) with 2 punctures in it's shell....turns out, it wasn't a cute l'il turtle that needed saving. It was a demon-spawn SNAPPING turtle that deserved everything it got (sorry, y'all, but I have been chased by a snapper before. They are EVIL - and if IT had gotten hold of Himself's hand, things would have turned very bad, very quickly.

Anyway. Good news is that (besides the world having 1 less snapping turtle) I had drug my Pax Eire socks to the Ortho with me (I have been studiously IGNORING them lately. I went off them, and couldn't drum up any knitting mojo.).....the time in the ER? Was prime knitting time - see here:

2016 Caliegh socks right

2016 Caleigh socks left

They are nice socks - Cashmere/Merino yarn! - but....I just lost interest in them mid-way down the foot of #1. Sometimes that happens.....:shrug: I have started another pair (What???? I Knit. Except when I lose mojo - but it's back for now.) in a nice, over-spun Merino in a lovely turquoise color way. We'll see how long it takes me to work them...:lol:

I had started another apron.....today I put the binding foot on, cut the bias strips (but not very....um...accurately. :sigh:) and took it for a test-sew. That foot is da Bomb! But you have to pay a lot of attention to it, and the resulting bias binding is only 1/4" wide. I have discovered that I prefer 1/2" wide binding.....and that if I don't pay close enough attention the binding gets screwed. :sigh: That apron was a fail, and is now in the trash. (No, seriously - I didn't feel like trying to seam rip 2 yards of binding; I tried and the edges of the apron started seriously fraying. :sigh:) I'll reattempt that apron later.....lesson learned. :lol:

Gotta do some knitting - Shabbat Shalom!

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