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Still alive. Who knew this summer would luck my butt? I reel like it's been one of the busiest and shortest on record. We start back to school in 2 1/2 weeks. I've got a Harry Potter birthday party to plan somewhere in there, as well as a few appointments with some new Drs. For E. I always hate the getting to know you sessions where you have to re-hash all your child's deficiencies. Oh well, gotta do what I gotta do.

I know I've missed a lot from you all, but am looking forward to going back and seeing what you've been up to!

On the sewing front, it's been way too quiet. Decided I was hating the squashed bust on my corset so am starting over from scratch. This way I can also fix the busk that I put in backwards. My new plan involves wrapping ky dress form in plastic wrap and packing tape and drawing on my seamlines. Then cutting the thing apart and taking the reduction out. We'll see....

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Fresh homemade ice cream. Ben & Jerry, eat your hearts out!

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Things have been out-of-control crazy lately. Between the end of the school year, and wanting to string my husband up by the toes, (I love you dear), I've not been doing anything you could call constructive.

Even though I'm to close, I still haven't finished the paletot. Or the corset, or E's dress. I really need to get the blasted corset done so I can start on the rest of the underpinnings and the dress.

I've decided to attend my first SCA event. The fact that it's local, as in down the street and around the corner, and hruggles is also going, made it an easy decision. But now I need to make some drawstring casings for my camicia. It's just too annoying to wear with the sleeves. wanting to slip down all the time. Lucky for me, E's fair frock still fits, so no work there.

Now that school's out, I hope to be a bit more productive, and stop neglecting my f-list. I miss "hanging out" with you all.

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Running the sewing machine without thread, it doesn't work so good.


Sep. 30th, 2009 06:44 pm
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Absolutely no sewing going on.  A bit of embroidery though.  Will post pics soon. 

Am in costume geek heaven at the moment.  The 3 Frances Grimble books D. ordered for my B-day came today!  (  Reconstruction Era Fashions, and Fashions of the Gilded Age, Vol. 1 and 2)   Bed time can't come soon enough, so I have time to start devouring them! 

Off to get E out of the bath, bush the newly braced teeth, (a long and tedious chore), have her do her reading, and give her a bedtime story!  Then I'm all over those books like white on rice!

Home again

Jul. 6th, 2009 11:00 pm
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Just got back from the yearly camping trip.  It was worse than usual, due mostly to my crazy sister. (more on that later)

I came home to 150 emails, 115 of which I still have to sift through.  Not to mention catching up on the f-list. Of course, this will have to be squashed in between house stuff and E's appointments.  I'm looking forward to reading about all your adventures, it just might take a while!
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2 big thank you's actually.

First, the bride wants me to thank you all for your suggestions on how to fix her dress.  She's taken it to a reputable seamstress, and it's on it's way to being saved.  Because of the way the first lady cut it, they ended up with a hybrid of the wide band and narrow band ideas.  I'll post pics after the wedding.

Second, I wanted to thank everyone who gave me input on the idea of moving out of Ca.  Right now, we've decided to wait.  Moving E away from everything she's know is just not a good idea right now.  We'd still like to move, it'll just have to be some years in the future. But, thanks to you guys, we now have a better idea about where we'd like to go.  Now we can take take our time and do the research, so when it comes time to do it, we'll be ready.

The Quest

Jun. 9th, 2009 10:59 am
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is on for a state in the North East to relocate.  So far we've got 3 contenders.

Vermont:  We like the small town feel.  They seem to have good social programs that would help provide therapy for E.  Good housing prices.  Low crime.  Great schools.

Pennsylvania (Western):  Good housing prices.  More populous than Vermont.  Not sure how easy it will be to get E the help she needs. Low crime.  Good Schools.

Massachusetts: Reasonable prices in the areas we're interested in.  Low crime.  Access to world class medical facilities.  Great schools.  They seem to have great programs that would help E.  I'm waiting for a call right now, from someone in the DPH!  That's a first!

Now I've got questions.  (Of course)

For those of you who live or have lived in the North East, what do you like about it?  Any dislikes?
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D and I finally saw Star Trek.  Can I just say AWESOME!  Totally loved it.  The casting was great.  I had reservations about Bones at first, 'cause he's not a skinny stick man like DeForest Kelley, but he totally rocked that role.  Anywho,  awesome!  A must see before you die movie.

In sewing news, I just realized I put my busk in backwards.  *head desk*  It's in now, and there's no taking it out, so live and learn I suppose.   
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how much I H.A.T.E. house work?

And renting.

Mojo No Go

Apr. 2nd, 2009 07:50 pm
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I think I may have discovered the root(s) of all my stitching troubles.  

#1- I've got a few must do sewing projects hanging over my head.  They're things I can't really talk about, but to work on them, I've got to be in the right frame of mind.  I.E. not grumpy and grouchy like I've been lately.  I'm trying my best to pull myself out of my doldrums and get one maybe two of them done by the 24th.

#2- Due to my lack of sewing, E has taken over the space I usually use.  That means scraps of paper, crayons, craft sticks, glue....You get the idea, all over the place.  So tonight I spent about an hour and a half tidying up.   Not having a dedicated sewing space seriously sucks.  Now that I've got the space, I've got no excuse for my lack of progress. 

I'm still recovering from the plague and am bone tired tonight.  tired = no sewing.  Tomorrow E and I are going to see Pippi Longstockings with her best friend.  No sewing happening there.  So, that means Saturday is the day for me.  now, If I can only keep E from making a complete mess of things again......
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I sent for copies of my and E's birth cert. from Sacramento.  In June.  The application sat in the mail room or on sombody's desk until Nov. 26!  I can now expect to wait until Feb. 16 to see the D*mn things!  'Cause it's not like I don't need them.
Budget Cuts suck!

In other news.... )

I is alive

Aug. 30th, 2008 06:24 pm
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Life has been way too busy lately!  I've been at E's school pretty much every day 'since school started.  Most of that time has been spent in the kindergarten, where Mrs. R has been in dire need of help.  E's first grade class is better able to hang, already having one year under their little belts.
It has also been HOT! On Thursday it was 105 deg f.!  And these kids with no A.C.!  One little girl in E's class actually got a nose bleed just sitting in class! Poor little thing.
I've also been side tracked by the Democratic convention.  Yes, I am a political junkie.  It makes me spittin' mad most of the time, but I just can't stop myself.  So, I had to squeeze as much convention into my meager home time as possible.  I'll only say, I was inspired!
Sewing progress is nil!  Too hot, too tired.  (wrangling kinders, none of whom belong to you, is hard work!)  Perhaps tonight.  I really do need to get E's W&D dress done up!  Don't know if I'll have time to make something for D.  Truthfully, he doesn't really want to go anyway.  But if time permits, a little persuasion will be in order ;b

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It's been a crazy week so far, with more to come this weekend! 

We had E's B-day party on Sunday, and except for the bee sting it went really well.  All the kids had a great time playing in the water.

Monday, I took E over to her school so she could ride her new scooter.  She is really getting the hang of it!  Being that she is balance challenged, we  were a little worried as to how it would go.  While at the school, we were able to visit with her teacher from last year.  I'm hoping to take her over on Friday, so she can see her new teacher before school starts Monday.

Tuesday was her actual Birthday.  She wanted to go to Cattleman's, a local steak house for dinner.  I  called ahead and told them it was her b-day.   We had no idea what a fuss they would make over her.  After dinner, our waitress cme over and asked if she would like to go into the kitchen and make an ice cream sundae.  Do you know any 7 year old who would say no?  Everyone trooped into the back and she made  a huge treat!  When we got back to the table, the whole waitstaff came running over, popped a cowboy hat on her head, and sang her a birthday song.  She was thrilled!

Wednesday, we had E's appointment with the autism Dr.  She has stumped another expert.  Dr. P. still has to write his report, but he told us she has some of the markers for Aspergers, though her social skills are better than the typical child with AS.  He also said she showed some signs of NVLD, as well as some behaviors he didn't know where to place.  So, now we wait to see what happens.

As far as sewing goes, E's smock is almost done.  It just needs a hem.  Once that is done I can hem the pink outer dress and work the eyelets.  I've started the corset cover thingy for the Venetian, just need to finish stitching the voil to the duck.  I need to add hook and bars to the bodice and skirt so I don't get an unsightly gap.  I also need to put one on the corded petticoat.  Then I'm done and ready for faire on Saturday!  Hope I can get it all done. 
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Major headache made worse by E's early b-day present from grandma.  A GUITAR!
That is all .
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We had a very busy weekend!  On saturday we took a drive out the the forest.   We had lunch and went for a nice walk.  E loves to climb into the holes in redwood trees!  But then, so did I when I was a kid.  
Then we had to go grocery shopping.  And of course, had an attack of sticker shock.  It's appalling how much the price of food has gone up.

Sunday, we headed over to Marine World.  Again.  E's best friend's b-day is coming next Sunday, and we wanted to pick up a few gifts for her.   She wants a "soft shark" and "soft dolphin" (plush), so we got those, as well as a shirt and a necklace with a dolphin charm that has her name on it.  We had a lot of fun.  The weather was nice, and the lines were short, for the most part.  

E started camp yesterday.  She is very excited to be spending the next two weeks with her best friend!

After taking the car in for service, I thought I would have the whole day to sew.  Didn't happen.  I got a call from my sister, saying my aunt was at her house and wanted to see me.  So, I went over there, and now have even more sewing added to my list of already epic proportions!

On the sewing front:

On Saturday, I only got around to sewing the bodice lining down on E's Faire Frock.  Sunday I was to tired to do anything.  So we watched a movie.  (side note:  If you have not seen 'There Will Be Blood' don't.  D and I couldn't see what all the hype was about.)  Yesterday,  I spent what little time I had in the afternoon futzing around with Gemma.  She was still a bit bigger than me in all the places that matter.  I got her down to a more reasonable size and added soutache braid to all the seam lines.  The lines on the cover are not quite as accurate as I would like, especially the side seams.   I also re-worked the pattern and cut out the interfacing for the trim on the Archery Gown.

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I actually managed to draft my own Victorian corset pattern!  The instructions from Your Wardrobe Unlock'd were so easy to follow.  Now I just need to trace it out and add seam allowances.  I drafted in a 3" waist reduction.  Not much, but I think that is about al I can handel.  I just hope it goes together easily and fits well.

Today, we plan on heading out to the woods for a little walk in the redwoods and a picnic lunch.  Then it's to the grocery store to stock up on lunch stuff for E to take to camp.  She'll be there all day, so I want to be sure she has plenty of food to keep her going!

I'm back!

Jun. 18th, 2008 04:27 pm
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Life has been nuts!  With E out of school, I have no time to think let alone sew!
Then the computer was doing something weird and not letting me see any images on L.J.  And it wouldn't let me post an entry.  I don't know what I did but it seems to be alive again.  so, Yay!



May. 31st, 2008 09:05 am
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 Life has been running away with me lately, so the only sewing I have been doing is the hand work on the Archery gown.  I've managed to get all the binding on the upper sleeves stitched down, but still have to apply trim to the lower sleeve.  Once I get that done, I'll re-work the vandyke on the hem.  Perhaps I'll get it finished this week.  Slow and steady.....

School is out for E on Wed. June 4, so I have been spending a lot of time in the class.  I'm really going to miss her teacher, and this group of kids and parents.  We've had a wonderful year.  She, however, is very excited about summer.  She will be going to camp for 2 weeks in July with her bestest friend.  

Marshmallow, the ironic black bunny, has been sick.  Again.  It's the new antibiotics.  His vet has never run into such a sensitive rabbit, so he is posting to a vet board to see if he can find some answers.  We love Dr.P.  He always takes time to call and see how things are going.
This rabbit has been more trouble!  But whatcha gonna do?  E loves the bunny.

Now, back to life.  We're off to a play date with before mentioned best friend.
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We'll start with the sewing stuff, and go from there.

Despite life being rediculously stressful this week, I was able to get the toil of the Archery Dress finished.  Sadly I don't have pics yet.  Gemma is still languishing in the trunk of my car, along with my sewing box, pattern, fabric, and pretty much everything I need to work on it.  Oh, and she's wearing the toil.  Hopefully, Ill be able to get those up soon. 
I now have all my fabric, and some thin black velvet ribbon to speed up the trim making process.  I plan on pulling everything out today and getting started tomorrow. 

Onward )
Now for more fun news.

Friday, we went with E's class to the beach.  We here in Northern Ca. are very lucky to have such a wonderful coast line.  From our little part of the world, the coast is a little less than an hour away.  Unlike much of Southern Ca., Our cost is rugged and rocky.  It can be very dangerous, but when treated with respect, it is an amazing place to visit.  
We are blessed with an abundance of tide pools where one can find the most amazing creaures.  As a child, my family spent countless days, gathering sea weed, and playing in the pools.  I was excited to take E, and show her the things that fascinated me when I was her age.   (We had not taken her before, because the beaches my parents took me as a child are just to dangerous for E.  She would never be able to scramble down the cliffs as we did.)
We were up at 5:30, to get ready and take Marshmallow to my sisters house to be bunny sat.  Then off to school to catch the bus.  The ride was not as bad as I had anticipated, thank God.
We had so much fun.  E loved looking for sea weed, as this is one of her favorite foods.  We saw so many great creachers, and managed to remain relatively dry.  
Here are just a few of the things we saw. (the batteries in my camera crapped out while we were pretty far out, and i was not going back to the beach the replace them)

That's about it for now.  Sorry this post wound up being so long


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