Monday, August 18, 2014

The Hallway of Doom

In all my years of renovating houses, I rarely took before and after pictures.  I don't even remember clearly how many houses I've worked on, but only one house was new...the then husband revolted.  Like sewing, renovating an old house is a creative and satisfying endeavor, and like sewing, takes a lot of patience and skill.  Mostly though, it takes vision.  You have to see how a fabric can become a dress, and you have to see what a house would look like if you take down a few walls and repainted.

So anyway, I've tried to mend my ways.  Although I'm 3/4 of the way through with renovations on the current house, I'm taking pictures.  I took several of the master bath remodel, and now I'm doing a very minor job on the nasty basement hallway.  It will take some time, though.  Other things are interfering, like old age creaks, budget, and more fun things to do.  Tennis tomorrow, so nothing doing downstairs for sure.


"before"



                                               A tiny bit of progress

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Another photo of the cruise, and what I did last night

Not too much sewing going around here.  I finally have my things washed and packed away from the cruise, so now I am reassessing my sewing area.  I'll post pictures later, but my sewing room, while in the basement, has lots of natural light in the form of a large double window and french doors out to a patio.  The hallway to get to this room, however, is another thing entirely.  The ceiling has masses of ugly black pipes and electrical wiring exposed, but is too low for a wallboard ceiling.  The floor is horrible old linoleum tile, and the walls are painted a dirty yellow.  It's way past time for a complete overhaul!  So yesterday I bought some very pale blue paint (almost white) and I'm painting the ceiling, pipes and all. Then the walls, then a new floor. You can imagine what a mess I've made.  Drip, drip, drip, down my arms, onto my face.  Plus all that bending over backwards while perched on a stepladder doesn't do my bad back any favors.  So I'm getting about two square feet done at a time...but so what, I'm retired and can do it at my own pace.

Meanwhile, I have a couple of happy memories:


Coming into Baltimore on our final cruise day.

And last night, we went dancing.  I crashed about 10:30 (all that painting!) and let Henry give the unaccompanied women a twirl:


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Home from Vacation

I had a lovely one week cruise with my son and grandchildren.  They didn't even squeal too much when expected to eat in the dining room!

We had a few unhappy moments..



But mostly the children got along well...


and enjoyed being with their Dad...




and their Mia


So a good time was had by all!




Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I made a scrub suit

Why?  It certainly wasn't meant to look like it should have little ducks cavorting on the fabric.  What I wanted was an easy to wear, coordinated look that would hopefully make me look a little taller and a lot leaner.  What I got was something nurses wear at the hospital...

And further construction notes:  I used the Robin pattern from Style Arc for the top and my TNT Elle pants pattern from the same company.  However, the Elle pants are made for knits.  This is a linen/poly woven.  The top is easy (I omitted the zipper), but as I found, I need to go to the bathroom well before I really need to go to the bathroom, because it takes about two minutes to wiggle these pants down.  Hopefully I'll remember next time to grade up the waist.


Although this is the 17th garment I've made so far this year, I really haven't been sewing much lately.  I've had a problem with my back which doesn't want to go away, but mostly I've been getting ready to go on vacation.  Packing today and leaving tomorrow, so stay tuned for some hopefully wonderful pictures.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sew Fitting

I have the pleasure of being co-chair of a new sewing group, appropriately entitled Sew Fitting.  It focuses on garment construction and fitting issues.  We had a wonderful program today and I am happy to report, well attended.



The only problem I had was getting up early to set up, since yesterday I took a carload of my friends down to Atlanta's Merchandise Mart and we walked around all day long.  Whew!  As hard on my back as it was on my budget, but we had a carload of fun.





Tuesday, July 8, 2014

If anything can go wrong..and Thrifty Tuesday



A simple pair of white knit leggings from a pattern I've made countless times before.  So simple, in fact, that I didn't pay attention and ended up unpicking three seams.  And one of the seams didn't need unpicking, as I found when I got to the end of the leg...it was the other leg that needed unpicking!  All in all, a study in patience, but I do have a nice pair of white leggings to go with my new purchased top.  I plan to wear the outfit to my sewing club on Saturday so maybe I'll remember to get a picture.

The Thrifty Tuesday part was an accident (maybe to make up for those three seams?)  I had an hour to spare between appointments and passed by a Goodwill thrift store.  Naturally I dropped in, and here's my haul:


A pair of jeans, a cardigan, two casual tops, and an Isaac Mizrahi suede skirt.  My total bill:  $22.64.  It's kind of sad how America is so swimming in "stuff" that you can purchase goods like these for mere pennies.  Still, these clothes will be used and enjoyed, and not go to a landfill (for awhile, anyway).

Monday, June 30, 2014

Best Blog of the Week

Every so often I come across a blog post that I feel compelled to record for future memories.  I certainly hope the authors of these posts do not object to my doing this, as I don't ask their permission!  However, I mean it solely as a compliment.  They are saying things that I would myself say if I had the skill.  In today's repost, Sarai presents her thoughts on "Why I Sew".  I could not say it better myself.

Read Sarai's post here.