Tuesday, June 27, 2006

You have new Picture Mail!

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Monday, June 26, 2006

I fixed the hem

and then did a happy dance because it actually turned out right. I was going to sacrafice a goat in thanks, because it seemed that monumental, but I'm just not a killer type. So a heart felt and sincere thank you God seemed to suffice.

We leave this morning. I'm going to have to sit for two hours at the airport after Ben's plane takes off. Which is why I'm up at 3:30am when my plane doesn't leave till 8:30.

I'm planning to have a fun time on this trip and do all sorts of stuff with all our family. Of course, the car is costing a ton and a half to rent, so really, going places to see everyone will be the only advantage. And all we'll be able to do, because when Ben saw the price of the rental, he put a lock down on all other spending. Poo.

Oh Jimmy John's and McDonald's Cherry Pies, here I come!

Ali, that's so weird, I thought maybe it meant hot from the context. Guess I'll have to reread those letters and see who we thought was gay, lol.

Okay, probably won't be many updates while I'm gone, but I might post some phone pictures. And wedding pictures when I get back!

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

It's a dress

Well, this was supposed to be a triumphant post to show off my dressmaking skilz, but I think I completely screwed up the hem not ten minutes ago, so I'm not feeling exactly triumphant. I have no idea what I'll do about the hem, but fiddle dee dee... I won't think about that right now.

So here's my expertly fitted bride's maid gown*:

*Pre-Hem Mangling

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Ben's new winter socks

Here are the socks I finished on monday. They're made with Andean Treasure in Mystery and Merino Style in Cranberry on size five needles. At least I think that color is called cranberry. I kind of made up the pattern as I went along, but not really, I guess, because it was just the basic method of making a sock from the cuff down. The stripe is there because I didn't actually have enough of the gray to finish the foot without a little extra red. But I think it's nifty looking.

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Timers work wonders...

Okay, I know this sounds crazy and not just a little feeble, but I just have to sing praises where they're due.

I use a timer when I have lots of stuff to do. And because of my timer, in the last two hours I managed to wash all my dishes, dry them and put them away, wash, dry and put away a load of laundry, cut all the papers for the favors, print the little name tags and get them all cut, finishing the bradding on about 40 of them so far, clean up the kitchen, the front room, and the guest room, talk to a different roofing guy, eat breakfast, take out all the trash and change the litter, and clean the living room. So yeah, most of the work I had to finish today I just did in two hours. I love my timer. I'm that much of a dork. I don't know why it works, but it does. If you set the timer for fifteen minutes and work as quickly as possible you finish all your work in no time. It's crazy. I even starting gathering up all the stuff I have to pack into one place. Now I just have to dig out my big duffle bag thing. Guess I'll be checking luggage this time.

I think I can now reward myself with a movie while I use tiny little brads to hook small little cardstock rectangles to decorative paper. Oh yeah, I rock.

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This week

Well, I have my dress just about finished. I just have to do a little of the hand work, like stitch down the facings and then mark the hem and serge it. I'm just going to do a rolled hem with the serger and call it good enough. Hopefully, since it's floor length, Ben will be able to help me mark it.

I haven't been feeling all that great this week, I think I have some sort of virus or something. Just sort of fevery and queasy. I'm feeling a little better today, but I didn't sleep well at all last night, so it's hard to tell.

Why didn't I sleep well last night? Candyman. I've never seen it before, and Ben decided we should rent it. Really, no more scary movies on a school night.

I have tons of stuff I have to get done before this weekend. I have to clean up a few things, because Ben's friend from work is coming to take care of the cats for us while we're gone, and we're going to have them over this weekend to show them around and all. I have to finish cutting and printing and cutting and bradding for the favors. Well, the bradding doesn't absolutely have to be done, but it would be simpler if it were. I have to finish my dress and figure out what to pack and catch up on laundry so I have things to pack. I have to make sure I have all the stuff that's not clothes that I'll need, like birthday presents and coupons for Adam. That's pretty much all I can think of really. Getting it all on a list made it seem easier than I thought it would be.

I finished Ben's socks on Monday. I have a picture, but the camera's all the way in the living room, so later on that. They're kinda cute looking.

I started another pair with some green Essential from KnitPicks. I'm not sure who they're going to be for, they're just a nice portable project that will take a long time for my trip.

I finished Julie's special present. It's looks really nice, if I do say so myself. And I do.

We saw Nacho Libre this past weekend. It was really heavy on the weird. I don't get why that Jared Hess is so popular. He doesn't strike me as all that great. Napoleon Dynamite was so not good. But Jack Black is so lovable, that this movie was not a complete waste of time. Though I've got to say, that since he was playing a friar, someone might have taken the time so show him that the way Catholics make the sign of the cross is not to just vaguely wave their hand around in front of them and then kiss it. Or to use their left hands to do it! I get that he's not Catholic, but he does play one, you'd think a certain amount of character research might be in order. I'm sure that on that set, in Mexico, with all those Mexican actors, there was probably at least one Catholic, who might have taken him aside and said, Here Jack, use your right hand. But that was just a little thing, I suppose, compared to the sheer dumbness of the first half. It did get funny and good by the last fight, but then the very last few scenes were back to just stupid. The first half an hour or so seemed to be set up just to laugh at Mexicans and Catholics. But it did get better, and I have to admit, I really liked the luchadores.

The roof guy says we can't just reshingle, and we have to pay him $7000 for a new roof. I'm getting a new estimate. I don't really care if we should get a new roof or not. I really don't want to have to waste the money. Hopefully, we can get it reshingled and not have to worry about it. We are selling this house sooner or later, and I get the feeling he just didn't want to bother with a little job when he could have sold us a whole new roof, and it doens't really need one. The roof we have was just completely redone in the nineties sometime. Anyway, we'll see if any of the other roof guys even come to do estimates. I called six and only one has come so far.

I guess I should try to get motivated and start moving. I've got all that packing and other work to take care of. If I weren't scared of Candyman, I'd go take a nap, but as soon as my guard is down, the bees will probably come. Well, since a nap is out, I guess I might as well at least get away from the computer. Ever notice that the longer you sit in front of one, the less will you have to leave it? Maybe those Matrix guys are right, and it's feeding off me.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

A Bath

Columbo must have thought Pickles looked dirty, because he wrestled her to the floor and forced a bath upon her. It's worth looking at the bigger version of this picture.

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Tight Armholes

I sewed all day long today. Literally. I took a break every hour or so, but other than that, I sewed straight from 8 till 4. I got the facings put in and the skirt cut and put together and on the bodice. It's just waiting for its zipper at this point. I am concerned about the arm holes, they seem too tight. But I guess it won't matter a ton, it's not like I'm working out in it. I just have to walk and stand.

Ben's home tonight. I'm glad. I have candles lit and stuff so that it'll be nice and inviting for him. I get the feeling that he doesn't like to travel anymore than I like to be here alone. Maybe the house looking nice will distract him from the fact that there's no dinner. I just don't feel like cooking after sewing all day.

I've been perusing the guide book for entering the fair. I just can't decide which categories I should enter. If I weren't cutting corners on my dress here, I'd enter that, but without the seams being finished and stuff, I'd hate to put it up for judging. I know I'll enter some crocheted things and possibly a doll. And baked goods. I'm thinking no egg cake and cranberry muffins so far.

I had a nice time last night meeting the boutique ladies. I think I'm really going to enjoy getting together with them and making Christmas things all year round. I volunteered to make a baptismal gown for the raffle that they have. It'll be nice to make something straight from a pattern and not worry if it'll fit or not. What size should something like that be, six month?

Our cat sitter quit. Well, not really quit I guess, but won't come here anymore because she's moved too far away. So now I have to figure out what else to do with the cats. I hate to kennel them, so I'd love to find someone dependable to come feed them every other day or so when we're gone. I suppose I could ask our neighbors. But they're weird giants.

Okay, I'm all zombie-y from looking at my sewing machine all day, so I'll go before I start writing really weird stuff.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I'm a sewing busy bee...

So, I've been working on my dress this week. Last week I took apart the toile and traced it all to make the patterns, and yesterday I... dun da da dun... Cut the Satin! And the chiffon too. I've got the bodice put together and it went together really well and looks like it'll probably fit. I've got to work on the sleeves and the facings today, tomorrow will be the skirts and then thursday I'll put in the zipper.

Ben's gone to Chicago this week, but he left the car, so I've been practicing driving. I've pretty much decided that it's one thing to not like to drive, but it's really different and wimpy to not be able to. So I'm going over to the church tonight to meet the group that makes crafts for the Christmas boutique. At least I'm pretty sure that's the point of it. I know they craft at least.

I started one last special project for Julie last night. No, I'm not going to say what it is.

The facings are puzzling me for this dress. I'm pretty sure that Julie's mom is a mad genius to have figured out how to do them. It's an all in one facing like for a sleeveless dress, but the shoulder seam has to be sewn before the facings can go in because the little sleeve cap has to be sewn on. I guess it'll be like those puzzles where you try to get the wooden pieces to line up. Or I'll slash the facings so I have seperate arm hole/ neckline facings and just tack them together on the inside again. Either way.

I've been planning all sorts of projects for once I'm back home again from the wedding. I want to enter a few things in the fair. I just have crafty add and when I'm forced to stick with one thing, like this dress, for so long, it makes me a little crazy.

I'm going to go jump in the pool now and do my laps, and then get ready for the thing tonight.

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Our State Fair... Is a Great State Fair

So, I'm planning on entering the fair this year. I've said that every year since we moved here, but this time I'm developing a schedule, staying on task, I'm going to win that blue ribbon! I'm not positive which categories I'll enter. Most likely sewing and crochet, and then some of the baking ones. There's so many sub categories for each thing, it'll be really fun picking out what to do. Ben might enter too. I think he's leaning toward the Spam contest and the preserves. I've been trying to get him to enter the Collections category with me, but we both think it's really creepy. I just think it's creepy in a good way, and he thinks it's creepy in a bad way. But it's still one of the most interesting sections to look at.

We had a good weekend. It was really hot! We kinda just sat around and watched movies and went swimming. Yesterday we went to mass and did a few errands and the grocery shopping and after that it was like, we are not leaving the house again. We tried to go bowling, but they didn't have any lanes. I guess everyone else thought that was a good idea too.

I found a pattern for an American Girl sized stocking that I couldn't resist trying out. It turned out really adorable. I used doubled lace weight alpaca and size one needles. I would absolutely LOVE to do the same for a pair of stockings for myself, but at about ten stitches to the inch, I think that would be a huge undertaking. Considering my huge calves. But maybe after Julie's wedding, when I feel like I've got more time.

I'm going to be busy in the fall. Once it cools back down, I'll be able to get more places and am going to start volunteering at the church. I spoke with the lady in charge of building maintenence last week, and it's set for me to start helping with the monday morning cleanups in Sep. And if I get registered for any of the fashion design classes at Phoenix College, that semester will start the end of August. Now that I've got those things in place, I feel a little more like I can just relax and enjoy the nothingness of summer, with the endless air conditioning.

Julie's aunt was a big help in my dress. It's fitting really well now, and today the plan is to mark the seams, take it apart and get the pattern finalized. And possibly start cutting. Though I have to admit to being scared of that. I really don't want to mess up that satin. I'll try not to let it intimidate me. I'll be brave and face the satin with a stiff upper lip. And sharpened scissors.

I had cheez-its for breakfast, and I'm now considering that to be a large tactical error. I think oatmeal for lunch and chicken and beans for dinner might help remedy that.

I got four books on tape at the library yesterday. It's part of my plan to keep myself tethered to my sewing machine. I just want this dress finished so I can get to other stuff. Big projects don't get finished very often, because I always let new ideas interrupt me. Guess I'll just have to start working more quickly.

Well, I better buckle down and get to it, I'm just stalling now. Oh, one last thing before I go. I'll be in MI from the 26th of June until the 12th of July. Just for all of you that are fascinated with my travel plans. Or Julie, who's maybe picking me up in Detroit?

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