Sunday, March 28, 2010

I will have something to sing about.

Today I should be singing New attitude by Patty Labella, You know something like " I wearing a new dress, new hair brand new idea as a matter of fact I have changed for good." Then the song says something about feeling good from my head to my shoes I got a new attitude.

But NONE of this is true for me right now. I have been dealing with a migraine. I decide that I can still sew while have a migraine but no so much. The Dress is a simple shift style dress and I decided the seam will be french seams but with a migraine I did them wrong.

With a french seams you sew wrong sides together trim closely to the seam and them sew the seam again with right sides together. You have a finish seam on the inside no fraying raw edges and i like this type of seam better on the simple dresses. But I did it wrong and would catch the error before doing any triming and sit and remove the stitching. I did that twice before giving Up and going to bed. So tomorrow I will get up and finish my dress and start a new on I will complete my 6 dresses in 6 weeks and I will be sing about new attitude and shoes and dresses and hair and what every else Patty was singing about.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Oh well,...

I had plan to make a beautiful knit jumper but I did not have enough fabric.



I had a weight loss goal that was to reward me with a new sewing book but I did not achieve my goal.



oh well.... Lets start again.



I did not achieve my weight loss goal but I did stick to my work out program so I should be rewarded for that. So I went to Half price books and picked up a book on Sashiko stitching.




Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance, though decorative items sometimes use red thread.



That is the definition from Wikipedia.



The purl bee has a tutorial.



I have read the book already and I am ready to give it try.

In the meantime in 6 weeks we will see if I reach my weight lost goal at that time and get the book I really wanted. I am also Challenging myself to make 6 dresses in 6 weeks which should be easy since I usually can make a dress in a day. Today is Tuesday so I have until Saturday to get dress one made.



Oh I also order a pair of Tan shoes. I am excited so the dresses have to go with the shoes! Check them out.




Sunday, March 7, 2010

You know how when you are bored and you know you should be doing something.


I just could not get started on anything productive so I decided to get on the computer.


Then I remember what I was working on. As you can see I just took a square of muslin and hand sewed at lot of different fabrics on it. No design in mind just something to do while watching TV.



I actually did a little beading. I decided to practice some hand stitching on this little project.
It is really important that hand stitching is done correctly when you have to do it.

But in time.




This I gave up on this and decided to return to something that I had started so long ago but never finished.


I was following instructions on the blog Nuts about Needlepoint. I wanted to use my own design and when I read that is what she was giving instructions to do I follow all the steps and read her blog daily. I bought the canvas and the waterproof color markers and drew my design on the canvas and then I became distracted by something could not tell you what it was but whatever it was I never continued what I was doing so now I am going by memory.



I think this stitch is call the continental stitch. But so far so good. I think I will be taking it with me to work and do this during my lunch hour.

I today I am going to set up my sewing machine and get back to doing what I think I do well.

SEWING.

I have to open the closet holding all the fabric and patterns.



I had put everything away neatly as possible.


I decided this was a good thing because I could not use the excuse that everything was a mess and I had to clean it up before I could get started.

This will do.


This knit fabric will work because it is still cold outside but the color is bright because spring is just 2 weeks away and in time all the snow will be melted. Besides I like this color. Of course I still have to get the sewing machine out and up. So I guess there will be some delay in this process.

I am going to get started. Have a great day! Do something creative today.


Friday, March 5, 2010

3 reasons

I took 3 days off from work for 2 reasons. Well really 3 reasons 1 to increase my spiritual activity, 2 get some doctors appointments done and 3 spend time with my hubby.

Reason 1.

Our circuit overseer and his wife were scheduled to visit us. This is an exciting time for me because I can hear reports of encouragement from all over the world. Brother Falbo and his wife use to live here but their assignment took them all over the globe and in the last 3 years they have return home to continue the work they were doing abroad here at home and to take care of ailing parents. Each time they visit I really enjoy it and will attempt to take some time off from work so we can get together for the whole day. Unfortunately his wife mother fell and had in the hospital and so they were not able to come to visit. However the assignment was given to a brother we will often stand in for them when unforeseen occurrences come up. He has given some wonderful discourses during this time and I truly appreciate then. I am however sad that I could not connect with the Falbo’s.

Reason 2.

It is the beginning of the year and I try to have all the annual doctors appointment done early so the rest of the time it about staying healthy. I was able to see my PCP and he referred me to a Neurologist for my migraines. I was able to see the neurologist on Wednesday and today I had the MRI of my head. I had to reset appointment for our eye exams because FIL needed a CT of his chest. He is having difficulty breathing and Hubby was running him to3 different doctors on Monday trying to find out how they plan to handle this problem.

Pap’s PCP had no knowledge of his hospital stay (despite his request the information was never sent) so once he(pcp) was brought up to speed on what has been happening. Hubby was sent to the renal doctor’s office to get a copy of all the medical records for the last month. Then he was sent to the GI doctors office to get a copy of the x-rays’. Which he as happy to do but it was very trying just the same. Why not jut get the reports faxed over ? Well hubby felt they did not do it before so he would just get it all taken care of right now. So as this first week of march ends I still have doctors appointments that both Hubby and I need. I want to get them done before March 15 this way the $200.00 that is left from last years FSA will be use instead of lost.

Reason 3.

Hubby changed his job so he is home every night. Or he should be home every night.
Because of the serious health problems his dad has been having, he has been spending some nights over there because he wants to ready to get him to the hospital if necessary.

My FIL is sleeping sitting up because of the fluid retention he is afraid that he will not wake up if he lays down. Of course this put Hubby on High Alert. So it is important that he is ready to help is dad at a moments notice.

Thursday was a beautiful day! The weather was sunny and the temp was just right. We were able to spend the whole day together. That morning he got up and drove the school bus when he came home quickly changed his clothes and we went out in our ministry. After 2 hours we made it home and a quick lunch and then checked on his father who was not doing as well as we would like. Found out that Hubby needed to pick up and RX for the CT scan tomorrow. I waited while he finish is afternoon school bus trip. Made a mad dash to the doctors office to find it closed. We went home and read some scriptures together and relaxed for the rest of the evening. We planned what we would do on Friday and Saturday.

Our plan for Friday was to go get our eye exams done and order new glasses and contact. Lunch at Robert Wholey and take a walk along the river. Then after dinner come home and cuddle on the sofa while watching some movie on TMC. What happened was, we took FIL for his CT scan and since it was not scheduled we had to wait until they had a break in the schedule to get it done. Rescheduled our eye exams for April.

We drove to the strip district to get fish sandwiches to go since the home care nurse was due to come and the place was over crowded with people who all had the same idea. This is where I because to lose my patient with the day because I kept getting phone call while standing in line trying to get some stupid fish sandwiches. I almost left but I had already invested 40 minutes in this adventure so I was committed to see it to the end. When I got back in the car my FIL said. “We saw 7 car accidents, 2 people walking naked down the street, a dog wearing a pant suit an old woman in high heels with shorts on and a pigeon sitting on a man’s head while he was crossing the street.” We all laughed. We made it to FIL house before the home care nurse so all was good. After Hubby finished the second half of his school bus run we decided to try to salvage our evening and went to dinner only to receive a phone call that his daughter had to go over her mothers house and spend the night so, Hubby is with is father and I am on the computer.
Our plans for Saturday are not worth mentioning because I doubt that it will happen.
I am not sad, not upset, just disappointed. I am sure this is not the first time nor will it be the last time.

I have no idea when I will be taking time off again but I am sure it will not go as planned then either.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Space Invaded!

I cannot get it together. Why because of bad Feng Shui! My sewing room has my computer in it and from time to time I take somethings out of the room and add other things to it. I do that because once it is done everything is good and I feel ready to stay in my sewing room and I can get lots of stuff done. I had things almost the way I needed them to be and i was able to start some some projects that I had not finished. I was doing some hand sewing on at quilt square and working on my needelpoint. Then the worst thing that could happen happened things were moved around in my room. My dear sweet hubby took the printer from his office and hooked it up to my computer because my printer is not working and proceed to change the room to fit is needs. He was in my space for 3 dys and would have been there longer if I had not insisted that he get it out! He had control over my space and then took over my computer for those 3 days. Now that he has returned his printer to his space my space feels off. Things are not in the proper place. The room does not feel comfortable to me in anyway. Bad Feng Shui!

Trust me I have no tool for feng shui analysis and even if I did I would have no idea of what to do but I know when things do not feel right for me.

My computer is not working correctly. CPU usage @ 100% when it should show 2 or 3 % because nothing is running but the Task master, the computer is idle. You do not expect to hear the engine of your car revving like it is going 80 mph when it is sitting still. Something is wrong. It could be a VIRUS! When I explain this to him he makes me feel like Chicken Little. The computer is broke, the computer is broke.

I have been reading my blogs on a somewhat regular basis so I know when it is taking too long for the page to load. According to him that is also my imagination. I cannot stand it.

My space feels invaded and now I need to change the room around completely in order to feel right in my own space. The creativity that was starting to flow has now been replaced with feeling of extreme anxiousness and I know the only thing that is going to fix this feeling is to change my room completely. Make the room feel likes it is mine again. I don’t want to do that so I need some ideas on how to get rid of this feeling like my space was invaded. Please send me some ideas!