Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Stamping Stuff

Once a month I go to the Pastors wife's house to attend a stamping club. She sells stamps (rubber stamps) and a group of ladies gets together once a month to buy stamps and make cards. I get to be the official "hostess" of the group in August at which time I will get all the hostess benefits of the sales without actually having the party in my own house. Great idea, isn't it? I thought so.

Anyways, last night we didn't get to work on our own cards. The pastor's wife had a couple of projects to teach us. First, she taught us how to make a message in a bottle card. Too cute.

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That message actually comes out and has a real message on it. I don't quite like the style of this card. It doesn't suit me. If I were to do it again, I would change a few little things and colors and such. It is such a cute idea though.

Then she showed us how to make a card and attach it to a giftbag.

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Another cute idea only, again, not my style. I would do something completely different with this idea. But, I am glad I learned it. (I am sure most everyone knows how to do this though...)

When I got home last night, I was itching to make cards though. (since I had gone all prepared to make loads of cards and I didn't get to make any) I have decided that for Christmas gifts this year, I am going to make card sets for everyone. The cards would include some birthday cards, thank you cards, get better cards, just because cards and the like. I made my first card for the set last night. (and repeated it 8 times for the 8 people I am giving sets to)

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It turned out okay. I had envisioned something a little cuter in my head but oh well. It is fine. (at least that is what I keep telling myself) I loved that blue paisley paper. I will have to see if I can make a different (and better) card incoporating it.

I also made a card for my mother and for my friend Rachel in England. These turned out too cute.

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The new catelog for the stamp stuff comes out this next month and I am going to have to find a tea set stamp. I hope they have one coming out. This year's didn't have any expect that one you see on the card above. That was actually a "thank you" stamp. I covered the "thank you" part with a piece of tape while inking the pad so I could use just the tea set.

I can see that I am going to be spending some money on this stamping thing. It is addicting. (as is most every craft I put my hand to) As part of this "club" I am required to spend $15 a month but that is pretty easy to do with all the stamps in the book that I want. No problem here. I thought my craft for this year was going to be learning to make my own paper (which I have yet to try) and then James bought me that sewing machine which I have been using so I thought, maybe I could do TWO crafts this year. Now I am thinking I may have to do THREE crafts since I am really enjoying this stamping thing. I really am.

Anyways, I need to run to AC Moore to pick up some supplies. Have a wonderfullyish day everyone!!!

We went to a Wedding?

Are you sure? I don't remember going to a wedding. Was it us that went to a wedding? Oh wait...its starting to come back to me now. Gosh...that was a LONG time ago. I can't believe I didn't post about it. Let's see...it would have been about a week and a half ago or thereabouts. Ah Yes. I remember flying into Dallas and driving to Louisiana. Boy that was fun (not). Three hours in a plane and then another three hours in a rental car. (but that rental car was sure nice. Think: Giant! Luxery! FORD!!!)

But where was I? Oh yes. Something about a wedding. I recall somewhere along the way we were at this place...doing this game, of sorts. I remember it was fun. What was it??? Oh yeah. Golf. We golfed.

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It was Chloe's first time golfing. And as you can tell...she wasn't really into the whole "golfing" aspect of golfing.

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Ahhhh...but she enjoyed the car ride. (it was a couple of days after the 6 hour plane and car ride. I think she forgot that she did NOT like it.)

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And of course, no golf session is complete without a slide ride.

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Okay. So what does the above have to do with a wedding? Absolutely nothing aside from the fact that we golfed while waiting for a wedding to take place. I think this is the last time we go a week early for a wedding. I was bored out of my mind. (hence the 2 hours spent in a miniature golf facility. You would not believe how many times a toddler can slide down a 2 foot slide!)

Something tells me that we were at a wedding. A real wedding. Not one in a golfing establishement either. So, without further ado, I show you wedding pictures. (just so you all can get off my back about it - just kidding)

So, Chloe was the flower girl in this wedding. She had the cutest little dress. And she did very well being her first wedding and all.

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For the wedding rehearsal she was able to walk down the aisle by herself but when it came time for the wedding, she had to walk with the junior bride. Something about her screaming from lack of sleep/food for the 3 hours we had to wait before the actual ceremony while preparing to walk down the aisle. I don't know. I wasn't there, although I did hear her from my seat in the front of the sanctuary.

The sad thing about this wedding was the as soon as we arrived in Louisiana, we noticed that the batteries in my camera were almost dead. And we forgot to bring the charger! Who travels halfway across the country to a wedding and doesn't charge the camera battery before they leave? Who, I ask??? (us...that's who) So, in an effort to make sure I got at least one photo of everything for the entire week, I skimped on the pictures. (and in the process of "skimping" the quality of the pictures got lost. I am afraid that I didn't get very many decent pictures to show you all and I am sorry. I know you were expecting more.)

So, I got one halfway decent picture of my little family at the wedding reception. Only one. You can't see my dress very well in this picture and Chloe is turned the wrong way but it is the only picture (of the three we took) where I didn't look like a deer in the headlights or like I was in a drug-induced stupor.

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But at least you can see all the adorable ringlets on the back of Chloe's head. (they are adorable, aren't they? I think so.)

And here is the bride and groom with all the groom's friends. (James was a groomsman, by the way.)

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And because I know how to hold a baby facing frontways and I felt the need to prove it, we got a picture of just Chloe and I. (I love this kid)

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And I leave you with a picture of my darling, dancing the night away under the stars. She had a ball and recieved loads of "ohhhh's" and "ahhhhh's" and "How Sweet's" during her dance. I wish I could let myself go and be as free as she is. Someday. Someday. She is teaching me to be myself. (and at least I can dance to my heart's content in my own house with my baby girl giggling and dancing beside me, even if I can never bring myself to dance freely in public)

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Going "Home"

After an early morning rush to the airport, harsh security agents (who seem to think everyone who passes through is stupid and doesn't know how to take off thier shoes properly) and a 3 hour plane ride, we settled in for the 3 hour drive from Dallas Texas to Shreveport Louisiana.

Its funny. Most everywhere we have previously lived, I feel some sense of nostalgia about. Arizona, England...even my hometown of Spokane, Washington. But I don't feel that when coming "home" to Louisiana. I have never felt a sense of belonging here. I wasn't bothered about leaving either. It isn't in my heart and I doubt we would ever move back.

While driving across the border from Texas into Louisiana, James pulled out the gigabeat (a thing similar to "Ipod" and played us this song.




Needless to say, this brought back some memories for me. We used to dance around to this song in our living room after Chloe went to bed on Saturday night. It was sort of a joke between us. Hope you enjoy it. We sure did.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme


Tackling MORE of the "TO-DO" List


It has been a long journey the past week and a half. I have shortened my to-do list considerably since I first wrote it out on that blessed Sunday just one week and two days ago. It has changed my life. Okay...not really, but I have been getting things done that I would have continued to put off for another 15 years or so.

My list is still almost two pages long since every day I have to add new things to it. Today I plan to get some of the little things on the list tackled as well as a BIG thing. Let me show you what I aim to tackle.

First, I cut out the dress I am sewing for the wedding last night. I ran into some problems. The cutting instructions, again, were written in greek. They wanted me to fold the fabric crosswise and then cut the crosswise fold. Then somehow all the pieces were supposed to fit on it??? I don't know how that would have been possible so I winged it and layed out the pattern my own way. I even had a bit of fabric left over that might make some Barbie clothes in the future. We'll see. Anyways...the pattern is cut out. Today I will attempt to sew this dress together. (this is my biggest tackle of the day...okay...maybe tied for first place. You will have to see the next tackle to understand why)

BEFORE

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I was asked about a week ago if I could crochet a filet name doily for a friend of mine. She is going to a bridal shower and wanted this for a gift. Golly!!! I have never done filet before...and to top it all off I have to graph this particular doily myself since I am quite positive the name will not be already graphed on a website for me. Schucks!! Today I plan to tackle that graph. (and hope and pray that I can get it crocheted by Saturday since that is when she needs it by)

BEFORE

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Now for the little tackles. I noticed this morning that the mirror in my bedroom has not been cleaned in a LOOOONNNNGGGGGG time. I will wash it straight away since that is such an easy tackle. (and if I don't get anything else done today at least I will be able to say I got something tackled, right?)

BEFORE

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I made the mistake last week of allowing Chloe to go to bed for her nap in just a diaper. BAD mistake. Shame on mommy. I should have known better. When I entered the room to get her out the crib I saw pooh and pee all over the place. Poor Minnie was soaked...drenched...drowing in the pee. Poor little dear. (needless to say Chloe now goes to bed with pants on...no more mistakes like that one...it was gross to clean up) Today...somehow...I don't quite know yet...I will attempt to clean Minnie. This is my reason for stalling and why I need to "tackle" it. I have no clue how I am going to clean Minnie, the poor, dear little mouse.

BEFORE


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And last but not least, I aim to wash Chloe's Christmas dress. We don't know what happened but it got this black spot on the front of it. Looks sort of like charcoal or grease or something. Anyways, this dress has been sitting in the bottom of my dirty clothes hamper for the past 4 months and I think it is time I washed it, don't you????

BEFORE

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So check back later tonight to see if I can get all this done in one day. I better get going if I think I can do it. That dress and the graph is going to prove challenging. (did I mention the dress has darts??? Never done one of those before...hope its not too hard)


I'M BACK!!!!!!!!!


I will start with the least of my tackles today and go up to the biggest. (the one you all are waiting with batted breath for...I just know you are.) First, I tackled the mirror. It looks much better. (to be perfectly honest here...because I don't want to give the wrong impression or anything, nor would I like to be known as a liar...I just wanted to let you know that this mirror got tackled approximately 6 1/2 minutes ago.)

AFTER

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Right before I washed the mirror (which would make it approximately 13 minutes ago) I washed the spot off Chloe's dress. Not that you could notice the spot on it before....but I could. And not that you can tell its gone in this picture but I am including an after picture anyways. Just for my sheer satisfaction of a job well done. (and quicly done too)

AFTER

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The next thing on my list was actually quite easy and quick to do. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I got it done. Really. I was. I thought it would take me at least 2 hours but it only took about 15 minutes...tops. Yay!!! I know its going to take me much longer than that to crochet it, but hey. At least now I have hopes that I can get it done by Saturday. Here is my graphed name doily.

AFTER

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I must confess, before I move on to show you all my special and exciting tackle, that I have not washed Minnie Mouse today. Alas! She must sit in her pee drenched dress for another day or two (or however long it takes me to get around to washing her) I still have no clue how I am going to accomplish this which could very well be the reason I didn't get to that tackle today.

But NOW!!! Without further ado...I show you MY DRESS!!!!!!!!

AFTER

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OHHHHHH!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!! WOWOWOW!!!!!

Words cannot describe how happy I am at this very moment in time. The dress is perfect. Simply Percect. Okay. I admit, not a good color for me, but I love it none-the-less. And guess what!!!! IT FITS!!!! The dress fits like it was made for me! Do you have any idea how happy this makes me? If I weren't so cotton-picking tired I would think of a word to describe this elation I feel. But I am tired and will not put my mind to that task. I will go to bed instead.

But not before I show you another picture of my lovely dress. I can't wait to wear it!!!! (in public. I have already tried it on twice tonight in private. I even got a smile out of Chloe the second time. I don't think she was too impressed with it though...it wasn't for her. Most of them are, you know.)

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I might just add that now that my bobbin tension issue is solved, sewing on my little Bernadette is a dream. My seams are almost perfect. (if I do say so myself) I am very pleased with my sewing abilities. After all...this is like my third wearable I have ever made. Probably something like my 7th sewing project in my entire life...so I have every right to be pleased in my opinion.

Well, I am off to bed now. Have a great evening. (and maybe you might see a matching handbag tomorrow. You never know what I will find time for...)

Monday, May 07, 2007

Benadette is Home!

I am pleased to announce that my dear Bernadette is home. Yes. She came home on Saturday evening after a phone call told me that there was absolutely nothing wrong with her. The lady I spoke with tried to tell me that I had been threading the bobbin wrong. I gently explained to her that I had tried for hours (literally hours...probably a total of like 10-15...somewhere around there) to thread this thing. Also, the lady I dropped the machine off to threaded it the way I had and told me it was indeed the correct way to thread it. Simply put... it was broken.

Well, lucky for me...the same lady I dropped Bernadette off to was the same lady I picked her up from and she took a look at the machine for me. She says they had to have changed something because it was working now. Weird, huh? Anyways... Yay!!! I have bobbin tension. I am so excited. I will be able to get my dress done this week. Hooray!

I have another little snag though. I picked out the perfect dress that I wanted for the wedding. It is gorgeous. Simple...well...maybe not entirely simple, but it LOOKS simple. Its not one of those with a ton of pleats and lace and stuff. Its a clean looking dress. Anyways. That's besides the point. I went to get the pattern out from the drawers and lo and behold the largest size they had for this divine dress was a size 12. We have already established that I need a size 14 or preferably 16 for me to be comfortable in it. So, do you think if I substitute a 1/4" seam allowance instead of the 5/8" the pattern calls for that the dress will fit me??? I am hoping so because I am cutting it out tonight before I go to bed.

In other news, many of you know this...but I have been working outside quite a bit lately. I never realized how much a person suffers from "cabin fever" while in the north. I spent practically the WHOLE winter indoors and by about March I was so ready to be outside. Every single nice day since, I have been outside for at least 15 minutes. I am already acquiring a little tan that will be a nice golden brown by about June if I keep this up.

Anyways, the back garden is done. I finally finished digging it out. James had to help me rotatill it. Man alive that rotatiller thing. It pulled me around like I was a feather bobbing around in a thunderstorm. James is much stronger than I so he was able to get the garden tilled much better (and quicker) than I ever could.

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The came the work of getting the MiracleGro into the dirt. Those bags are heavy!! But it was worth it. Just look at that garden. Still quite a bit of clay in there but hopefully over the next couple of years I can turn this clay-sod into some real, nice dirt.

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I envisioned this extremely long and narrow garden as a sectioned garden. My hope is that it will resemble a cottage garden of sorts. I measure off nine sections the length of my rake. Each section will have something different in it. The section closest to the kitchen door will have my herbs. Then next to that I planted some daisy seeds that my dear friend Heart sent along to me. Next (I haven't planted yet) will be my lettuce section. I love lettuce and growing different sorts of lettuces. I plan to have at least some green leaf lettuce and red leaf lettuce. I am hoping to find this kind of lettuce I used to grow in England. It was an assortment of leafy lettuces that all grew together so all you had to do was cut a swipe and you had a mixed leaf salad right there. That was way cool.

After the lettuce section I planted my roses. No garden is complete without roses. I only have three so far but I plan on getting at least two more bushes in there. I am thinking maybe a climbing rose with a trellis behind all the roses so that she can climb all over that fence and produce a wonderful aroma for me. I can't wait to start smelling my garden. Its going to be great.

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The next section will be my carrot and potato section. I can't think of anything else to include in this section and quite frankly, I don't think anything else will fit. I really need to get to Home Depot this week and get these things planted if I want a harvest this year. The next section will be my tomato section. I have heard from the neighbors around here that this city has the best tomatoes in the US. I aim to test that claim. I plan on having some regular size tomatoes and some cherry tomatoes. The next section is my little flower section. Here is where I planted my heather, dusty miller, snapdragons, verdana, and some others that I can't think of off the top of my head.

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Next will be my pea and green bean sections. I love to come outside in the middle of summer and pick my peas and eat them raw. I grow peas for no other reason than this. (and the size of this particular garden dictates that I will not be changing this habit any time soon). At the trail end of my garden (by the back gate) I planted my gorgeous Clematis. I need to get a trellis in there so she can climb all around and be the beauty she is. I would like to plant a few other little flowers down there with her to keep her company too.

Today I worked on the front garden. I had bought a few flowers to put in my giant flowerpots and so I got one pot planted today. I also weeded my front flower garden and got my rhodonderan planted and some miraclegro put down to make the garden "pretty". Somehow...miraculously over the winter months, sand appeared in my front garden bit. I have no clue where this sand came from, nor how it got into my garden. It used to be grass. I dug out the grass and planted my bulbs there...but now there is sand. Oh well. The Miraclegro should take care of that...if not, then it is hiding it for now.

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At this point in time, I don't think my hands can get dirty enough for me. I could spend all day planting flowers. I adore it so much. My dream is to create a little oasis here in the middle of the city. I look out my window and I see clutter and choas. I see cement and bricks. I see rubbish and refuse. I hear vulgarity and filth. But...soon my dream is to have a bit of paradise in my own little backyard. A place where I can feel at home. A place where the birds and bees and butterflies come.

Well, I have some crocheting news for you today. It may appear to everyone that I have given up crocheting. I mean...I rarely talk about it anymore. All I seem to write about is gardening and sewing. But I still crochet from time to time. I was stalling a bit because I had two patterns that still needed typed up for my Spring Round of testing on my forum...which opened up...oh...say...almost 3 weeks ago. Well, I am happy to say that I finished typing them up today. They are done! That is a load of my shoulders. (and something crossed of my to do list. Yay!) So, I hope to get a bit of crocheting done this week. I probably can't get alot done. I have to sew this dress, pack for our trip (we leave Sunday) and get some veggies planted in my garden. I also have an order for a name doily that needs to be graphed and crocheted by Saturday and then I got an order from another friend for a hat and bootie set that also must be completed by Saturday. (since I won't be here when she goes to the baby shower) SO...I will be busy busy busy. But come on...when am I not busy???

Okay...back to the crocheting news. One of my dear testers and friends over on my forum recently lost a loved one and she has been deeply saddened and hurt by this loss. So, some of us on my forum got togther (not in person...just through email) and made up squares which I, in turn, joined together to make this comfortghan for her.

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I wasn't sure what colors to specify for this comfortghan and I was really sure how asking for black would turn out but it turned out beautiful. Simply beautiful. I love this afghan. I really do. (now if ya'll can make me one...just kidding) I asked for purple, black and white. I think it is a strikingly modern looking afghan that still possesses that touch of "old-fashioned" beauty, grace and elegance that I do so much love. I am always amazed at how these afghans come together. You take a hodgepodge of squares made by different people in different designs and different shades and it becomes a work of art. A masterpiece that could never be duplicated anywhere else.

I hope our friend feels the love of all of us each time she wraps herself in this afghan. We love you very much and are praying for you hon. God bless you and keep you and draw you close to His heart. Seek Him out hon, for He can offer you the comfort you need in His Loving Embrace.

Have a good evening everyone!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Results!!! (and possibly some future projects)

Its about time. That's all I can say. (and I know you all are rolling your eyes right about now. You can just stop..okay? I have been extremely busy. Just read yesterdays post.) But, I can't put it off any longer. I have no more excuses. Oh. I guess I could say that I need to shower...get to the post office...get to the sewing machine store...paint Chloe's wall that I didn't paint yesterday...type up patterns...design new patterns...and the list could go on and on (believe me! Mine DOES!)but I won't. It might bore you to tears. Or else remind you that you too have a "to-do" list a mile long and you really shouldn't be reading this blog. But why would I want to do that??? I want you to read my blog.

So, I won't list my entire "to-do" list. Instead I will show you all something you have been dying to see since last week. Yes! That's right. THE DRESS!!! (and skirt). TA-DA!!! (I say "ta-da" because this doesn't really need any other introduction. You have been waiting so patiently for the pictures, I might as well just go ahead and show them to you.)

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It was torture getting Chloe to sit still in my arms. We got some cute pictures of us on the stairs...but I didn't want to bore you with them. Maybe I will later. Anyways, James isn't very good with the camera so we didn't get any really good pictures. Except this one...(but it doesn't have Chloe in it)

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I tried telling him to get my skirt in the picture and this was the best he could do. (Hey! It was at 9:30 at night...give him a break. He wanted to finish putting shingles on the shed and I wanted him to take my picture. You can imagine how enthusiastic he was about that.)

So, this skirt was wayyyyyyy to short for my taste. James said it was fine, but I knew I wouldn't be comfortable wearing it so I added that little bit of flounce on the bottom in the same color as Chloe's dress. Here is the pattern I used.

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I thought I was making the skirt in the picture for length but I ended up making the shorter one. So, I took the flounce from the middle skirt length and added it to mine. Took a little bit of work and a touch of ingenuity but I pulled it off. Then I realized the the color of my flounce didn't match the shirt I had to wear with the skirt. Drats! Oh well. It was okay. Maybe I will get myself a brown shirt to wear with this skirt in the future.

I took the camera back and released James to his late night shingling project and took some pictures of Chloe myself. It proved harder than I thought. (James had a leg to stand on with his poor picture taking excuses) Chloe was in a playful, weird mood that night and would not pose nor would she stay still for more than .009 seconds. Here is the best picture I could snap.

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(She was dancing)

Well, the day I went back to Jo-Ann's, I couldn't resist buying a couple more patterns in addition to the new skirt pattern. They were on sale for $1.99 and I knew I would want to do some sewing again soon. So, I splurged and allowed myself to buy a few.

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I can't wait to make that dress one for Chloe. The one I made for the banquet turned out to be a bit more formal that I envisioned. This pattern I bought some fun fabric to use for it and these will be some everyday type dresses. Can I do everyday type dresses?? I sure will try. Nothing I do seems to be an everyday type thing...but that can change.

While I was there, I stopped by the scissor aisle (yes...this particular Jo-Ann's has a whole aisle devoated to scissors...this is the BIGGEST Jo-Ann's I have ever seen in my life.) and picked out a pair of really nice scissors for myself. They were on sale for 40% off and I couldn't pass up a deal like that.

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Notice they are "gingher" scissors. My dear and seamstressy sort of friend LadySnow recommended me to get this kind. I plan on sewing quite a bit in the future and so I felt that I needed some good tools. Hey! James buys the best quality DeWalt tablesaws and such for his equipment. Why should I settle for sub-par for my own tools?

And then, I remembered that we are going to a wedding in a couple of weeks and wouldn't it be cool if I made my own dress??? I can't ever seem to find a dress in the stores that I love and that suits my style and that isn't too low cut or revealing. All the dresses I like reveal too much "stuff" below the neckline. Or else they are in a color that doesn't please me...or they are just hideous. So...what better way to solve this issue than to pick my own pattern...pick my own fabric and make my own dress? Well, this was actually alot harder than I imagined. You should have seen all the fabric in this particular Jo-Ann's. Boy oh Boy! Just the calico cotton was enough to fill any other Jo-Ann store I had been in. But I managed to pick the fabric after browsing for about an hour and wa-la. Here you are...

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Okay. So I must admit...this fabric will not look the best on me...but I really liked it. So, I bought it. It will probably make me look washed out but that's okay. the focus should be on the bride anyways, right??? No one will notice little ol me. And Chloe is going to be the flower girl...and her dress is gorgeous too. So, as usual, everyone is going to notice Chloe and I will be able to slip by unseen. (as this is how it usually goes) Wanna know something funny? You would not believe how many times people stop us and ask where Chloe gets her curly hair. I am shocked whenever someone asks this. I just kind of flip my hair about and say, "Oh, I don't know. Maybe her mother???" Needless to say, they don't say anything other than to go on about how cute she is.

Don't get me wrong here. I love it when people think my daughter is cute. And I love to hear it. (what mother wouldn't) But the thing that worries me is the fact that I don't want Chloe growing up thinking she is the world's beauty, you know? I mean, I happen to think she is the world's beauty...but its not all about her. I want her to have a sweet spirit. I want her to have some inner character that shines through. I want people to see her beautiful and compassionate spirit and not her curly hair and sweet cheeks and big blue eyes and long eyelashes and giant smile. How can I teach her that this is not all that matters? How can I teach her to have the inner qualities of a beautiful woman? For a truly beautiful woman does not need to have outwardly beauty. No. If she is truly beautiful, it will shine from the inside.

These are the things I worry about at a mother. I need wisdom, grace and loads and loads of prayer if I am going to do right by my daughter. (and maybe a few helpful books??) Well, have a wonderful day everyone. I hope you enjoyed seeing my sewing blunders and final products. I am pleased over all but know I could do so much better. Now I am off to tackle more things on my "to-do" list. It is currently less than two pages. YAY!!! Maybe I can get it down to one page today. Let's see.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme


Tackling the "TO-DO" List


It has been a while since I have tackled anything on my "to-do" list. Boy am I regretting that. I started writing out my "to-do" list on Sunday because I was getting tired of all this JUNK rolling around in my head. I couldn't concentrate on any one thing because it was just too much. So, I wrote it all out on college lined paper in my management binder. It made up 3 pages worth of stuff. (well, two and half pages)

Where to begin??? Basically, I have been tackling since Sunday. I have done such tasks as write out the Thank You's for Chloes birthday presents, wrap up our winter coats for storage and cleaned up the spilled kitty litter around the kitty potty in the basement.

Today I have decided to make it my goal to get this "to-do" list down to one page. I am well on my way. I have ironed clothes, finished the laundry and wrapped up all Chloe's 12m clothes. But here are the things I will be tackling for the sake of Tackle It Tuesday. (because these are the things I remembered to take a picture of before I began...lol)

First, here is a tackle I completed yesterday. I recently bought a rack to hang all my threads up on instead of having them in a plastic shoebox.

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And here is the after.

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Very practical. I am pleased with it. I can't wait to get this sewing room how I envision it. It will be a crafter's paradise. (and it will probably get there a couple of months before we move. Schucks)

Okay. Now for the things I need to tackle today. First, I aim to get the tiebacks installed in the wall for the curtains I put up a couple of months ago in the living room. I don't know why I have been stalling on this. Maybe because it involves to many steps to the process.

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and now the after!!! Yay! So glad I got this done. The window looks so much more inviting now.

AFTER

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and the tiebacks...

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and a closeup of how they look after...

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Next I want to sand and paint Chloe's doll clothes chest. This will most likely take the longest of my tackles today.

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And then I want to prime and paint the bit of lavender wall above Chloe's closet left over from the previous owners. This too is something I have been stalling on and don't know why. It would be so quick to get done.

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And then I would like to get my sister's birthday gift done. I started it last night. Do you know that her birthday is tomorrow??? Normally I would feel bad but hey...she has yet to mail Chloe's birthday gift and mine too!!! So, I don't feel so bad that its going to be a couple of days late. Anyways, I am making her a tea cozy.

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It is finished!!! Now I just need to wrap it up and get it in the mail. Hopefully this will happen tomorrow.

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Not a very good picture...I know...but at least its done.

And last but not least...I need to tackle something business wise. I am getting so far behind in that aspect...but what to do? What do to??? I don't know. Should I edit a pattern that has a major issue? Should I type up the rest of a pattern that has been in testing for two weeks? I think I will do that. (the latter) because I am already going to do the editing anyways. But I don't have pictures to show of this tackle. I will announce when I get it done anyways.

So...check back later tonight for my after pictures. I better get going. Chloe needs fed and then I can get started on this long tackle list. Wish me luck. I'm gonna need it.

UPDATE:
I will not be able to get to Chloe's closet wall topper thing today. I thought I would be able to but the pattern editing took longer than expected. It still isn't done! AND I have yet to start typing those patterns I was supposed to type today as well. Guess I will be busy tomorrow as well. Oh well. I am going to bed early tonight. I am so tired.