Making some progress…..

I have made some progress on some of the home renovations that I have wanted to do for years. It’s just not the progress I want to be making. lol. I would love to have most, if not all, of my Victorian undergarments made, but I have opted to get some areas of the house made over, finally. We have ordered some new flooring for the main part of the house, so we can finally get rid of the 20 year old carpet. The only thing is that the flooring we picked is so popular, it won’t be in until the end of the month…. and we ordered it last month. So, I will be taking time off at the beginning of June to get it installed. I can’t wait, I’m so excited! The other renovations I have made was to the laundry room. After purchasing a new washer and dryer just before Christmas, that tiny room (and I mean tiny, it’s only 5′ by 7′) was in shambles. Since I bought front loading machines, and wanted them stacked, we had to take down the one wire shelf that was in there. That left no where for the stuff on the shelf to go, except into the entry area, and on my travel sewing table. Then, the hubby didn’t want to try to put machines where I wanted them, and I had to leave them sitting in the middle of the room. That meant that my travel table had to go in front of the door to the garage, to be a make shift station for the detergents and stuff. Yeah. That room was barely functional. Here is what it looked like:

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Tiny, drab, and positively no room. Blah! So, the weekend of April 29th, I dove in with some paint, new flooring (peel and stick tile since it’s just the laundry room), a new light fixture and some determination. Here is how it looked by the end of the day:

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Much better, right? The only help I had with it was when the hubby helped me move the machines out into the entry area, and when the Teenaged Attitude helped by handing me the tiles and I laid them. She did dive in at the end and help with the outer edge that needed special cut pieces. I taught her out to do that without wasting bunch of tiles. Oh! and the hubby helped me install the new light fixture. Which I loved so much, I bought another one to replace the outdated and malfunctioning fixture in the hall. As you can see there is plenty of space to the right of the machines, and some white shelves leaning against the wall. I got those installed this past weekend, and that helped greatly with all the extra stuff in the kitchen that isn’t used daily. Now, to get the rest of the main area of the house ready over the next couple of weeks for the new flooring, and, to get motivated on getting the sewing room finished up. Hopefully, I can get down there soon to start sewing. That would be so nice. Well, until next time…. Happy Sewing!

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Back to the daily grind!

My week at home “vacation” was very exhausting. I’m actually kinda glad to be back in the office, just so I can rest a bit. lol. I had somethings that I wanted to concentrate on getting done (like a back log of laundry, my Regency picnic sewing, and a few other things around the house), and I pretty much did everything but what I planned on. Isn’t that the way it always goes? Best laid plans, and all that…. However, I did have lots of fun. The beginning of my “stay-cation” started off with a visit to the hospital. Dad was having an issues with his heart, and was in there for a few days, so my first Saturday morning was a visit to see him. I had planned on cleaning house that day, but Miss Cassi (who moved to LA last year) texted that she was in town for the day, and wanted to know if I wanted to go to a music and arts festival in the neighborhood I used to live in (once upon a time, long, long ago, before I met the hubby). Of course I would want to visit with her, and have lots of fun. So, we set that up for the afternoon. After visiting Dad, I decided to visit Miss PJ, as she lives next to the hospital. That was the beginning of our Pokemon Go adventures for the week. Yes, I play. Don’t judge. lol. But, I have been playing since the original video games came out for the Gameboy, over 20 years ago. We spent a bit walking the neighborhood, then we all got ready for the festival.

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Cassi, Me and PJ at the arts & music fest

After the festival, I got home just after the hubby got home from work. We decided on a “date night” of sorts. Since the Teenaged Attitude was at the Best Friend’s house for the weekend, we went out for dinner, and then dessert at a local frozen yogurt place. Then went for a walk in the little park near the house, at 10:30 at night, so I could look for Pokemon. lol. He does indulge me so, especially if it gets me out for a walk. Sunday was bit more on the hilarious side. Miss PJ and Miss Elma came over for tea. While I was waiting for them to get there (and baking chocolate coffee cakes), I was picking up around the house. There may have been an episode in which I was racing for the phone (to keep Miss PJ from tagging me in voicemail), and I may have tripped over the dog, slammed into the ottoman, near fell on the cat causing her to escape wildly over the back of the couch and slam directly into the glass patio door behind it, and then I may have fell on the couch, answering my phone laughing so hard that I couldn’t hardly breath. I’m not saying that it did happen, but it just may have. 😉 The rest of the week was about the same as my weekend. Full of adventures, including trips to several parks, a local reservoir, an interesting jaunt downtown (where I don’t go very often), my house being taken over by teenagers, and midnight runs to hunt Pokemon with said teenagers. Here are a few photos:

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One of the trails at a local park

The dam at the reservoir

The dam at the reservoir

Miss PJ and the teenagers

Miss PJ and the teenagers

A lovely view from the shelter house overlooking the river

A lovely view from the shelter house overlooking the river

An old favorite getting a new name?

An old favorite getting a new name?

On Thursday, I was actually able to make it down into the sewing room. I went in at 8:30 in the morning, only coming out for food, and to make sure the teenagers weren’t burning the house down, and didn’t come out until about 9:30 that evening. It felt really good to send the entire day in there. I did manage to get the bodice of my under dress cut out and sewn together, and I decided that I would make fabric covered buttons for it. Then decided that I needed to add a bit of flair to said buttons, and picked a suitable decorative stitch to sew designs on them before cutting the fabric.

Regency sewing progress! Yay!

Regency sewing progress! Yay!

I also found that, apparently, I was lacks in sewing practices when I made my last set of Regency stays, and didn’t pre-shrink one of the layers. Therefore, when I washed them a few weeks ago, they shrank. So, yeah. I’ll be making a new set of stays.

A new set of stays, cut out and waiting to be sewn.

A new set of stays, cut out and waiting to be sewn.

After Thursday, I didn’t get too much accomplished. lol. Saturday night, we went as a family to see the Star Trek Beyond. As a born Trekkie, I was in heaven! And, the hubby (who is a Star Wars fan) even liked it.  Sunday was a lazy day. I started my stays.

Inserting a gusset

Inserting a gusset

And that was as far as I got, before taking a nap in the recliner. I did manage to make a couple of small batches of soap.

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It’s been many year since I have made soap or candles. I forgot how much fun it is. And, I have decided to put soap making into my class rotation at the shop. I pretty sure I will be making a lot more soap, and other homemade items for around the house, from now on. I miss the simple, pure products that I used to use. Guess it’s time to get back to it.

So, the plans for the week are to try to finish up my stays, so I can keep working on the under dress and half robes. Especially since I won’t have time on Saturday to work in the sewing room, as I’ll be working in the shop. So, until next time…. Happy Sewing!

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Slowly making progress

After my big weekend spent reclaiming the sewing room, I haven’t been able to spend too much time in there. Partly because I have been helping the Teenaged Attitude chase Pokemon all over the city, in small spurts. lol. That has been an adventure and a half, but I’m not going to complain, as it makes her want to leave the house. And, I won’t lie, I play it, too. I figure why not, I have been playing Pokemon since the first video game came out back in the mid-90’s, and even played the card game. It’s actually a little fun. 😉 But, anywho! This past weekend, I ended up on duty at my friends shop all day, and by the time I got off at 6 pm, hit the store for a few items for dinner, got home and made dinner, I had no energy left to go down to the sewing room. On Sunday, I slept in a little, but made it down to start on my mock ups for my Regency half robes. This time, the little kitty came down to investigate the sewing room, and then promptly made herself at home:

What? Is my space now!

What? Is my space now!

Shortly after than, Mama Cat had to come see why I was repeatedly telling her baby to “get out of there”:

What are you doing to my baby?

What are you doing to my baby?

After I got them to settle down, I was able to get the under dress bodice mock up cut out, and started sewing it together. I was almost done sewing it together when I heard the dog bark. Now, the dog only barks when someone comes to the door. So, I hustled up the stairs to see who it was, and it was Miss Tammi. Being that she’s a truck driver, and has been driving over the road lately, I hadn’t seen her since sometime in April. She ventured down into the sewing room with me to chat while I finished the last couple of seams on my mock up. I got that mock up sewn, and partially fitted, and then was promptly side tracked by Miss Tammi and her willingness to roam. lol. The Teenaged Attitude and I had been telling her about the Pokemon Go game, and of course, she was up to be our wheel man so she could watch us play. That became a four hour adventure, along with a stop off at Michael’s and the grocery store for dinner. So, needless to say, I didn’t get any further on my sewing. I did, however, get a lovely shot of downtown while we there, walking along the water front.

My hometown - Columbus, Ohio

My hometown – Columbus, Ohio

After I made dinner, the Hubby had me cut his hair. And, while I was in the mood, the Teenaged Attitude talked me into actually cutting her’s.

Before

Before

It’s been about four or five years since she’s had a hair cut, and that’s mainly because we couldn’t agree on the hair cut.

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After

It’s  not what she wanted, but it was something we could both live with. Plus, she is learning what I tried to tell her about her hair. It’s naturally curly, and the length was holding the curl down. Now, she has to learn to style it all over again. What you see in the photo above was with her hair still wet, so the weight of the water was still pulling it down.

While Saturday was all business, Sunday was busy and fun. Last night, I was too tired to go into the sewing room, but this evening I will be in there, as I have to hem up the Hubby’s scrubs for clinicals tomorrow. Maybe while I’m in there, I just might get to fit my mock up a little more. Until next time….. Happy Sewing!