Sunday, June 27, 2010
Since we are studentless this week I am able to take a little time off, so we are taking off for the old folks home to do a little fishing! This may be our only opportunity to make it over with the boat this summer, so I am hoping to catch alot of Kokanee (I'm the Kokanee Queen of this family!). Tom knows that I am serious about my fishing and when we go out...it's on Baby!!! I also pulled out my fly box and am going to try to get in a little fly fishing. I am still quite a novice and have not done it for a few years, but I really enjoyed the process of fly fishing when I did. We went to a seminar at the Sportsman's Show last February that got me pumped to pull out the ol' fly rod. It's a much more active type of fishing. Not that I don't enjoy trolling with a good book or jiggin'...I like getting jiggy with it! I finished hemming the bridesmaid dress for Su Young, so that will not be hanging over my head when I return and I almost have a skirt finished...maybe if I have time tonight after dinner. Off now to finish the packing...maybe i'll post from the old folks home if we make it to the truck stop...free wi-fi at Gordy's!!!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
That's what little girl's dresses are made of! I finished this little Care Bear dress last night for Chloe's birthday. I love sewing for little ones. It is just a simple design, but when you decide to make something at the eleventh hour, fancy smocking just ain't gonna happen! Here is the front:
Friday, June 25, 2010
To the Pacific Northwest! I had almost given up hope, but yesterday she shone bright in the sky...so bright that I was lured from my sewing studio to work outside in the yard. My dear husband stayed home sick from work and was napping in the recliner, so I went out and removed the rest of the sidewalk we are replacing in front on the flowerbed. I actually got sweaty and uncomfortably HOT! There was no complaints though, because this is what we've been waiting for. It's still a little overcast this morning, but it's early yet so hope remains eternal for today. Maybe we can head to Home Depot and get the blocks for this project! I do need to sew a bit...special project for a special girl who is turning 1 this weekend! I bought her the cutest doll (she giggles), but Aunt Mary sews things, right? I also have the most beautiful pale ice blue bridesmaid dress to shorten (you look amazing in it Su Young!!!). I only wish I could look that good! Oh well, best get at the day because time is limited...Love to all!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
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Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
With brief visits from Mr. Sun, my attention has been divided. We got a ton of much needed yardwork done on Monday and with Tuesday beding a double shift, I was only able to scour Craigslist on my breaks for garden treasures. I found an awesome concrete bubble fountain with lions on it for $50.00! I sent the picture to Tom, who gave it 2 thumbs up and called the owner to see if it was still available. SCORE!!! It had not been sold yet, so yesterday we headed into Portland and picked it up. It is the perfect anchor to one of the front beds. Of course the rain rolled back in on Tuesday, so working outside in the dirt wasn't a great option, so we did some reconnaisance work at Home Depot and Drake's Seven D's nursery. We decided on the stack stones we wanted to edge the bed and imagine my happiness when I opened the Home Depot ad and see our stones on sale! Sure glad we didn't buy them yesterday! Must be a sign! We bought fish food for the Koi that seem to live on in our pond despite the lack of attention they get. Tom also got major points by stopping at Fabric Depot, becasue we just "happened" to be passing by it. They were having their 25% off everything sale, which is a precursor to their weekend 35% off everything sale. This sale is not for the faint of heart (or impatient) because it gets CRAZY in there. It's usually worth 10% to me to avoid that. Tom found a lovely black seersucker in the clearance racks that I had to have. It was ridiculously inexpensive so I bought it all. I also found a coordinating print to make a skirt. When I got home I perused my Burda magazines and changed gears from my original thought and this fabric is destined to become a LBD from the May 2008 issue. This sheath had been on my radar since the issue came out, but sometimes you have to wait till you find the perfect fabric. I have a beautiful red to line it, so it should be quite the dress. Tom scores again with his fashion finding skills. He also is great to take clothes shopping...always points out things I might otherwise overlook that turn out to look great on me. I guess he looks at me more than I do! Tom was exhausted from being up most of the night at work (the life of a fireman) so yesterday afternoon was a lazy one, tracing patterns, cutting out fabric and eating soup and sandwiches for dinner. A perfect rainy day!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
It was nice seeing the sun, even if it was only for one short day. The lawn got mowed ...twice-it was so long that Tom had to go over it twice, even after the weedeater! Gotta make hay while the sun shines. I had to work of course, but when I got home we went for a long bike ride which felt so exhilarating. We had a quiet dinner of leftover tuna noodle casserole and sauteed spinach and enjoyed a Steven Seagal movie marathon (Love that man!!!) A dip in the hot tub soothed sore achy muscles and then it was off to bed. Wish the good feelings had made it throught the night, but unfortunately I woke up with a headache and have much to do before work. That's why I am on the computer, right? Just a short break and it's back to the chores...maybe sewing tomorrow?
Friday, June 4, 2010
I had been feeling really inadequate in the sewing department lately. Several projects in the works took up space on Valentine, on my counter, on my ironing board. It seemed like nothing would ever get finished. That is until I decided that sewing something was critical to my sanity and MADE the time to do it. And I did it in a big way, completing an entire dress yesterday and a new top today. Yesterday's project was Simplicity 2443, the Cynthia Rowley dress. I made it in a white and teal colorway doubleknit print and have a teal pique to make the coordinating jacket. As with anything I sew, I regarded the the instructions as merely a suggestion and made it the way I thought it should be made. Specifically I made it with no closures, because it's a knit people...the dress easily pulls over my head. I also left out the pockets because the slightly gathered skirt has enough bulk, and I don't need any more padding on my hips. Today's top is also a newer Simplicity 2364 view B made with an orange slubby knit. Modifications made to this pattern was I cut the collar piece as one piece rather than with a seam down the back because my fabric was wide enough to do so. This top went together super easy and quick and the fit is great. I plan to make view A with the long sleeves as well. It feels good to get some things done. I also cleaned the studio up a bit and filled a new thread rack. I also repaired Tom's new Nike shorts that had a bad seam in it. We were getting ready to workout when he noted light through the crotch seam. Dang it! Where were those auditors? Lucky for Tom he has a professional available to do it right! Sewing, a good workout, razor clams for dinner and the return of one of my favorite TV shows (Flashpoint)...it's been a very good weekend indeed!