Too bad it doesn’t feel like fall! September kind of got away from me, in a big way. lol. Maybe because it felt way too much like summer. So, now we are half way through October, but the weather sure doesn’t feel like it. Here, in the heart of Ohio (our old state logo was “The Heart of it All!”), we have had temps in the mid-80’s. What? Really?? Where are my 50’s and 60’s degree days? I love fall. To me it’s the best season. Ever. All the pretty colors, the cool days, and even cooler nights that allow for a fire to be built.
I love being able to curl up in sweats or warm jammies, with a cup of hot chocolate, sitting around the fire, and just relaxing. But, when I have to turn my A/C back on in the middle of October, it tends to make me grumpy, listless, and just plain out of sorts. I want to sew, to finish up the super quick fall project I started, but the heat has just sucked all motivation out of me. We did have a storm that pushed through last night, and it brought slightly cooler temps with it, but it was motivation to get my new fall jacket done.
I started this a few weeks back. I worked one evening on tracing and cutting out the pattern, and two evenings on construction. Last night, I finished up the hem, finished the edges on the raw edges along the front and sleeves. Then, I sewed on a giant snap for the closure, and added a very large, decorative button to cover where I put the snap. In a few days, I should be able to actually wear this out of the house. lol. But, on to what has been happening in the past month.
So, when I left off the last time, we were all getting ready for the annual Regency Picnic. Let me tell you, it was a blast! We have definitely missed having this annual event. It was a really great day, and I do mean day. I was up and out the door way early on the day of the picnic, as I had to get to the shelter house to make sure we had it. Annie and I got there just after the sun came up.
The shelter house was just next to the Scioto River. After Annie and I hauled our stuff into the shelter house, I parked my car, and we sat and enjoyed the quiet, as the joggers silently passed, and the OSU rowing team made their way up river. Since the park we were in is a Pokemon Go hot spot, we got in a bit of play.
A couple of hours later, Miss PJ joined us, and we finished setting up, then got dressed in our costumes. I hung our new group banner on the front of the shelter house, so Miss Elma and anyone else coming could find us.
It was truly a perfect day for the picnic. It wasn’t overly hot, there were hardly any bugs, and the location was perfect. The shelter house we picked was conveniently located next to a small play ground, and right next to the river. We had a great feast laid out, and really enjoyed ourselves. Here, I’ll let some of the photos speak for themselves:
This year, Miss PJ brought her youngest son to join in on the fun. Then, later in the day, her hubby and my hubby popped in to enjoy the leftovers. I will say, as much trouble as my half robe gave me, I was very pleased with how it turned out, and how the costume looked over all.
And, since Annie didn’t decide until the last minute if she was going, and if she was wearing a costume, we pulled Katie’s old half robe out of storage. Amazingly, Annie fit into it very well.
This is the fourth picnic this dress has been worn to, and Annie looked really stunning it in. For undergarments, I pulled out my very first set of long stays for her to wear, and PJ pulled out a chemise. Ever though her costume was hobbled together, she looked amazing. After we were done with our lunch, strolling along the river, and getting photos done, we all changed back into our regular clothes to relax for the rest of the afternoon.
Since this was only the second time that Annie has worn a full costume, she was really happy to be changing back into her own clothes. Come to think about it, this was the first time that she’s worn a full set of stays/corset. lol. The last picnic, several years ago, she wore short stays. After everyone was back in the street clothes, the kids grabbed the fishing poles and headed for the river. And, because we all forgot bait, they were fishing with cheese and rolls. lol.
Needless to say, they did catch anything, and the fish were well fed, along with a dog that happened along and found their stash of “bait”. I can’t say it enough, it was a really great day. By the time we packed up and headed out, it was around 5 o’clock. At that point, I was ready to go home and collapse on the couch.
So, the next big project is the remodel of the sewing room. We still need to find time to get that love seat up and out of there, and then get the carpet torn up. I’m hoping to get at least the love seat out in the next couple of weeks, before the weather gets any colder. I can deal with the carpet until spring, if I have to. And, I can even wait till spring to paint, I just really want that love seat out of there. It takes up so much space, and that’s space I could be using. lol. That’s kinda it for now. I will be trying to get back to the My Fave Friday posts. I just need to carve out time to write them up. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!