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 Which I loved so much, I bought another one to replace the outdated and malfunctioning fixture in the hall.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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The Tipsy Tea aftermath and chaotic life afterwards

Wow! Time can really get away from you. And, it appears that my sewing has really taken off this year, because I already have another finished project. It seems like I just finished my 1910’s Suit, and was starting my 1950’s Tipsy Tea dress, and now it’s a couple of weeks after the tea. This project flew by, granted I did cut out one step. Instead of making my crinoline this time around, I opted to save time and cut stress by ordering one from Amazon. After the mix up I had with that, twice, I’m not sure it cut out the stress. lol. But, I’ll get to that in a minute. As far as my dress, I loved it. And, we had a total blast with everything we had planned.

Lily, PJ, me and Elma

Lily, PJ, me and Elma

Don’t I look so thrilled in the photo above? lol. We were trying to hurry up and get photos done, as it was getting ready to pour down rain. For the Tipsy part of the Tea, we went to the Grass Skirt Tiki Room in downtown Columbus. Our previous favorite spot, The Jury Room, closed last year after it change ownership. That was really sad of a couple of levels: 1) because it was our favorite little historical spot to visit for a couple of drinks, and 2) because it had been the longest, continuously operating saloon in Columbus, having opened in 1836. But, I think the Grass Skirt Tiki Room has become our new favorite.

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It is the perfect spot for our 1950’s theme, full of 1950’s Hawaiian kitsch. They even had a fake lava wall! How cool is that? The drinks were awesome, and the appetizers were just a good.

Miss Elma

Miss Elma

We arrived just before 1 pm, and seated ourselves. The bartender was thrilled to see us. She said that Saturdays were normally very slow, and we livened it up her. As we talked with the bartender, we explained that we like to dress up in different eras for our yearly outing, and she was excited. She told us that we were more than welcome to visit again, in any era costume.  She even pulled out the big, fanned back wicker “Party” chair for us. Miss PJ claimed it, and we dubbed her our Luau Queen.

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Everywhere you look, there is something interesting to see. It’s one of those places that you could visit a dozen times or more, and still find something you missed all the times you were there before.

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They even have a patio for warm weather, and it has a volcano. We did not make use of the patio as it was way too hot that day, and it did rain, horribly. lol.

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Every time we neared the door to leave, it would just start raining harder, forcing us to sit back down at our table. Not that we minded terribly, we were all have a great time, and really didn’t want to leave anyway.

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All of the drinks were served in really cool Island and Tiki themed glasses. They even sell some of them as souvenirs. Elma’s drink was served in a really cool shark cup, and she purchased one to take home. I told the bartender that I wanted the most turquoise colored Tiki cup they had, and she delivered. PJ bought a really cool green alien Tiki cup as her souvenir.

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After we finished up at the Tiki room, we headed back to my house for our luncheon. We had thought about heading over to the Ohio Historical Center, as it was opening day of the Ohio Village, but decided to skip it due to the “rain delay”. lol. Besides, we just couldn’t wait to dig into all the delicious food we had waiting.

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Once we got back, we did a few quick photos on the deck of everyone’s costumes, and then changed into more comfortable, modern clothes so we could eat. After we ate, we lounged around for a bit with some vintage cocktails. We all had a blast, and it was some much needed girl time, with some much needed cocktails. After a while, our newest member had to head home, so we packed up leftovers for everyone. Then, the rest of us headed back to Miss PJ’s house for more cocktails, dinner and some fun in the backyard. Of course, we decided to set up PJ’s tent, and the sky decides to open up and soak us and the tent in the process. We bailed two full buckets of water out of the tent once it was up. We tossed in the air mattress, turned on some music, and relaxed until late.

Now, for my dress. I used Butterick B6055. The bodice design was very close to the last 1950’s Retro pattern I used from Butterick. I think that was part of the appeal for me. The fabric I used was from Gertie’s retro collection. I normally go with solid colors and avoid prints, but I decided to step outside of my comfort zone on this one. And I loved it. I did buy the tulle needed to make my crinoline, but with the last minute time crunch, I let me fingers do the walking, and found one on Amazon for about $12. PJ and Lily decided to order with me. I also purchased nude colored fishnet stockings, tea length gloves, vintage style pumps, and a vintage styled clutch. I had planned on making a new hat, but things got a little to busy, so I just used the hat I made for my last 1950’s dress. As for issues, I didn’t have any issues with the pattern, it was all with the crinoline I ordered. I just happened to look on Amazon to see what they had that was inexpensive and available on Prime that I could have shipped in two days. I found exactly what I was looking for, and Amazon was the warehouse for the vendor. Yay! I sent out a text message to everyone to see if anyone else wanted in on the deal. PJ and Lily did, but Miss Elma passed. So, I ordered what we all wanted. I decided on a royal blue crinoline, but what arrived was clearly purple.

That's supposed to be blue???

That’s supposed to be blue???

Now, the label on the outside of the bag said blue, but you can clearly see that it’s not. I had thought to just do a return on line and reorder. But, a split second later, I decided to call about this. What if I send this one back, and the next one arrives in the wrong color as well? Maybe if I call, they can make sure that this was the only one that was mislabeled. So, I called and talked to an Amazon representative. He kindly told me to keep the purple one for the mix up, he would refund my money, and I could reorder the correct color. I thanked him, hung up and reordered the one I needed. After that, I asked Elma if she could use the purple one, even though she said she didn’t want to order. Turns out that it helped her greatly, as she had gotten behind in her sewing, and hadn’t started her crinoline yet. Then, two business days later, another purple crinoline arrived. Yes. Another purple one. So, I called again and informed them that there was a serious issue with the product from this vendor, as far as the royal blue and purple went, since the white and ivory colored ones I ordered for PJ and Lily arrived just fine. So, I had to do a return on the second purple one, and then jumped on line to find a different vendor that sold the royal blue that I wanted. I found with little trouble, and made sure it was the only color this vendor sold, and ordered it. I did get my blue crinoline a couple of days before the event, finally. lol. I was beginning to think that, maybe, I should’ve just made my crinoline, like I originally planned. lol. But, all’s well that ends well, right? 😉

As far as the rest of life goes, it’s been kind of chaotic. The Teenaged Attitude has completed her freshman year of high school, and the hubby has gone back to school to get his LPN degree. I have been running with constant errands, working a little later than normal for the office move at work, and finding fun things to do. I do have several sewing projects that I want to work on, but no real deadline sewing until later this summer. After I get the spare room in order for the hubby to use to study in, I need to finally get the sewing room in order, so I can have my sewing space back. So, that’s life at the moment. Is anyone else doing anything fun at the moment? Or have any fun sewing plans or deadlines? I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment. Until next time… Happy Sewing!

You can read more about my 1950’s Tipsy Tea Revisit on the project page here.