A busy couple of weeks (Pic heavy post)

The title says it all. lol. It’s been a very busy couple of weeks. Last week, I had a last minute vacation from work. It was a situation of having so much vacation time, that is stops collecting until you use some, and that’s where I was at. It also happened to be my birthday week, as last Tuesday was my birthday. To add to that, I brought home this sweet girl:

Miss Sophie Anne
Miss Sophie Anne

She is the momma cat that Miss PJ took in at the end of winter, and then had her kittens the very next morning. She was someone’s cat, but they threw her out because of her delicate condition. She survived in a rough neighborhood, in below freezing temps, until she was taken in, as evident by her tattered left ear. She hardly ever meows, and if she does, you can barely hear her. She mostly walks around making this soft cooing noise. But, don’t let her gentle manners fool you. She is rough, and ready to rumble, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Now, where was I? Oh, yeah. I brought her home on my birthday, and she spent the better part of the day hiding in the corner, behind the end table. After I got home from teaching a simple cooking class that evening, we pulled her out, and got her used to the house. The next morning, she had an appointment at the clinic to get spayed, because we don’t need her getting out, and then getting stuck finding homes for any new wee ones. After her clinic appointment, we spent the next couple of days fussing over her to make sure she healed correctly. Then, on Saturday, this little one got to come home:

Miss Onyx Moon
Miss Onyx Moon

Onyx (or Onnie for short), got to finally come home. We were excited to finally have her, and momma kitty showed her love by immediately showing her where to hide, behind the end table in the corner. Everything was going great, until Sunday. That was when I caught the little dog eating the wet cat food, and when I raised by voice, it triggered the assassin in Miss Sophie. She was like the Tazmanian Devil! No lie. She attached the poor little dog with gusto. Then, when the big dog followed my hubby into the kitchen, she attached him, too. A couple of times. Needless to say, we have had to keep them separated for a few days, and have had to make sure the dogs stay calm and away from her. We have also kept water guns handy to spritz her, if she gets the idea to go on the offense. She is slowly, but surely, getting used to the dogs. It’s been interesting, to say the least.

In other news, it’s been so busy that I haven’t been able to get anything done in the house. However, I do have today off for the holiday, so I have been able to do a bit of picking up around the house. I did sneak out with the hubby this early this afternoon, and hit one of my favorite thrift stores. I found a few interesting things. Here are some of my finds:

Simplicity 8345 - OOP
Simplicity 8345 – OOP

I love this vintage pattern. It is Simplicity 8345 from 1969. It’s a cute jumper and blouse combo. The sizing is listed as a size 12 with a 34″ bust, and only have 7 pieces, 5 for the blouse and 2 for the jumper. All the pieces are in the pouch, and the instructions are included. I love this, and may have to make it in the original size, then find someone that can actually wear it, as I haven’t had a size 34″ bust since before I started having kids.

McCall's 2542 - OOP
McCall’s 2542 – OOP

This one is a winner for me, too. This is McCall’s 2542 from 1970. This one is listed as a size 14 with a 36″ bust. This pattern has 14 pieces, but I need to go through it all see if it’s all there. The instructions are intact. I love how this pattern as 6 styles in 1 pattern.

Simplicity 6001 - OOP
Simplicity 6001 – OOP

Here is Simplicity 6001 from 1973. It is listed as Girl Size 8 with a 27″ bust. It’s listed as having 11 pieces, but I don’t think it’s all there. The instructions are intact.

McCall's 3329 - OOP
McCall’s 3329 – OOP

This pattern appears to be a wedding dress/bride’s maid dress. It did not have a pouch, so I haven’t been able to find a date on it. I will have open the actual pattern up to see if I can find it. It doesn’t appear to have been used, the instructions are intact, and it’s marked as a size 12.

McCall's 9628 - OOP
McCall’s 9628 – OOP

Here we have McCall’s 9628. Another pattern without a pouch, so no date, as of yet. I’m not sure if the entire pattern is there, but is marked as a size 16, and the instructions are intact. This pattern included pieces for 2 styles of shirt, pants and skirt, vest and bolero.

Other than patterns, I picked up a few pieces of vintage glassware to go with my collection, much to my hubby’s displeasure. lol. I have a nice collection of vintage tea/luncheon plate sets from the 1950’s, and today I found a set of 4 plates that are fan shaped. I think we need to go back to having our costumed lunches, just so I can have an excuse to pull out a few of the sets. Maybe another 1950’s lunch. Hmmm…… I’ll have to see what I can pull together. ;) So, until next time, have a great 4th of July holiday weekend, and – Happy Sewing!