Saturday, January 22, 2011

Taking a Breather

A glorious Saturday off work after a double shift. Start with a nice long chat with Sara and Colt (thank you Skype!). French toast made from the last of the french bread I baked the other night and bacon for breakfast (Yumm-o!) Tom won the ebay auction for the headers he wanted for the Jeep lower than the guy had them on Craigslist (local seller so we can go pick them up later without paying shipping). Finished up the embroidery and edging on the name plates for the Fire Department job...nothing more to do with that until the hook tape arrives. 
The hose bed job is finished and on the truck. I didn't take pictures of that because I was so exhausted after horsing that heavy tarp through the machine, I just wanted it to go away! I saw it on the truck Thursday though...it fit perfectly and the metal stays are keeping the rain from pooling in the hose bed and I will be paid well for my efforts. Just imagine a big red truck...
It seems that when I get on a roll, the jobs just keep coming in.  I have some strap modification work to do (will get on that right after I finish my tea), a plea to reattach the head of the stuffed dalmation the guys carry in the truck (I want to know who ripped the head off? Maybe I should sew it on backwards!) and an upholstery job for a dear friend that we will discuss on Tuesday at work. It kind of makes me sad because I have so many of my own projects I want to complete. So what's a girl to do when she can't stitch a new garment for her wardrobe? Go shopping of course! It is mandatory that we take a lunch period at work, even though we eat with the students during work hours.  I used to bop over to Border's when we work downtown Portland, but sadly that store closed recently.  Fortunately for me there are plenty of other distractions within easy walking distance, so I ran over to the Nordstrom Rack to snoop shop and pick up any great bargains if I found any.  I am big into sweaters (I think it's genetic...my Mom loved sweaters too!) and there are some great shrug styles out there. I picked up a longer burgundy knitted cable shrug with a cool tux-tail detail for under $10.00. I'm wearing it now! :) I also wandered into the dresses as there was a Maggy London colorblock dress I had seen on the website that interested me. I decided that the bodice was too short to look good on my body, but took a quick scan through the dress clearance rack. What should I find but an adorable Maggy London LBD in my size? At an unbelievable price point? I would not have paid $118.00, but for $15.97, I can't even buy the fabric and notions. And it fits perfect, so that's when RTW makes more sense than DIY, even considering the satisfaction of saying "I made it myself"! Well, I guess the break is over, so I'll get back to the machine and hopefully I can get "work" sewing complete and resume "fun" sewing!

3 comments:

Debi said...

Lovely! I also love your new layout--the owl is great!

gMarie said...

blog is looking great. I need to update again (of course for me - that's just a distraction to keep from sewing). Okay - time to finish my coffee and go tackle the dog gone skirt again. g

Jane M said...

Sewing for others can be rewarding in many ways but yes, it's always fun to make something for yourself. Hope you get some "me time" soon.