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Now We’re Cookin’ With Gas

 

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Love Paris, La Tour Eiffel, Play Ball!, Love Paris, Rosebuds, Mystical Purple

Here we go again!

These are the latest fabrics I have queued up for more cloth bowls. Some of you will receive one for critique. The catch? There is no catch—you get to keep the bowl in exchange for your comments.

I have chosen six or seven of you to have a look at one; all I ask is that you be honest and let me know your thoughts. Keep an eye on your mailbox!

 

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BK Happy!

I would have preferred to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth but …

YASSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

If not for the spousal-unit sleeping down the hall, I’d do the happy ferret dance.

 

(this is not my ferret, BTW)

Alas, I’ll have to wait until November 2019 for Bond 25. I guess I will have to binge watch Casino Royale, Skyfall, and Spectre (I’m not a fan of Quantum of Solace but I may have to suck it up) till then.

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When I grow up, I want to be as fierce as Dame Judi Dench

And have a desk tidy enough to keep Jack 🙂 on it.

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You Know What Else?

Today sucks.

I am so motivated to get my crafts out into the world but have encountered barriers to entry, namely:

  • housework
  • yardwork
  • lack of shipping boxes
  • fear of rejection

I love my house—don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing and I wish we did more with it (ie, decorating and entertaining but that’s an entirely different subject and I will blog about it later)—but man oh man oh Manischewitz keeping it up is no fun (I will say Christmas 2005 was pretty sweet though).

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I know people who say they love cleaning. I wish that trait were contagious: I could really use it now. Ditto yardwork but quite frankly the spousal-unit does the lion’s share of it. I do all the weed whacking, which takes all of half an hour (45 minutes if the steps get to me) but I prefer to do it later in the day when there’s more shade. We had Motta’s Country Gardens and Landscaping clean out our beds (we could not decide on plants but as long as everything was cleaned up, it was all good).

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I also have to clean the front porch off as it is Aragog Central and I just can’t have that. Too many spiders just creep me out. Ick, even thinking about it is giving me the creepy crawlies.

Shipping boxes, I want only a few rather than a bundle of 25 just in case the ones I have my eye on won’t work as well as I’d like them to. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Fear of rejection, though, is the biggest barrier to anything and everything I undertake. It is a normal natural fear but it really seems to get out of hand for me at times. I suffer from mild anxiety and depression (on meds and in therapy for it) but jeez Louise, it can get utterly ridiculous. For instance, I have a baby girl gift that’s WAY overdue but “OMG what if I mess up the slip stitching?” Way to get it to her before she graduates college, right? If you get it done soon, the dress will still fit, remember you sized it large just to be safe? And handmade is always charming.

DUH.

Ditto on a get well gift but “OMG you should have sent it earlier!” Guess what? The things that are in it aren’t perishable and will come in handy at some point in time so shut it, right?

NOPE.

People are going to get these bowls for free, just to provide their opinion on the overall quality—and they’re all going to say “these bowls suck.”

REFERENCE MESSAGE FROM YBIL, DID HE NOT LIKE HIS KENTUCKY DERBY BOWL?

(he was only saying it to be nice, he probably threw it out)

This is what I deal with on an almost daily basis. I wasn’t always like this, but I firmly believe what caused this (and the catalyst for it) but you will have to wait for my memoirs to come out to learn the real deal.

You’d think I would want to make things easier on myself but clearly I do not, therefore anxiety and depression diagnosis, therefore therapy.

SMDH.

 

 

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It Is Done!

It is done!

I am quite sure that John Greenleaf Whittier did not have this in mind when he wrote “Laus Deo” but it fits as I have finally mastered Simplicity 1126 and have six samples ready to ship for review.

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Queen Bee, Shamrocks-N-Swirls, Pawsies, Mickey Mouse, and Golf Course Crazy!

So the spousal-unit and I are looking into shipping box options. We have box sizes in shape, but trying to find them in stock in a brick-and-mortar store is not fun.

First off, for some reason our new-to-us PC seems to think we live everywhere other than where we really do live. Walmart.com has us pegged as living in Bethlehem (I did my freshman year of college, but well before the advent of the Internet). Amazon.com wanted to ship the dressmaker’s form I was looking at to Fort Washington (not even close but closer than Bethlehem). JoAnn.com indicated that I could buy Orioles-themed fabric in their Allentown store, the closest to my house (nope). But I digress.

At this point, all I need to get these bowls out for quality review are shipping labels (check: at Walmart) and shipping boxes (9″x9″x4″) but I do not want to purchase a bundle of 25 in case they do not work out; plus if they do work out I can get them much cheaper through Uline.com. I highly recommend this company for not only shipping boxes and other shipping-related needs, but brick-and-mortar retail store displays and inventory necessities … you can even get gift wrapping supplies through them! And if you knew me back in the day (before the no-gift-exchange policy) you knew I loved wrapping gifts and putting my personal creative spin on them.

Fingers crossed Staples can do me a solid and hook me up with three or six appropriate boxes. I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

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What Fresh Hell Is This?

So Melania Trump has become Jackie Kennedy 2.0 and some people (me) are not having it.

  1. Have you ever seen Jacqueline Kennedy with creases in her clothes?  Mrs. Trump is a very attractive woman with a nice figure but that suit she wore to the Inauguration was awkward, to say the least (look at her stomach: the cut of the cloth is not flattering and makes her look like she’s got a gut). The shoes and the gloves did not look like they were well matched to her suit (could have been poor photography/lighting). That shade did look lovely on her, I will say. (Added bonus: her younger stepdaughter’s choice of footwear was unfortunate. Chunky calves + ankle boots = nothing good.)
  2. Mrs. Kennedy’s Inaugural suit was greige (gray + beige), not baby blue.
    To the “author” of this piece (of fluff): Get your eyes checked.
  3. That belt looks like a Chevy emblem at her waist. Chevy’s American-made right? So #maga. Not when your husband’s and older stepdaughter’s wares are mostly Made In China. So #mcga, I guess.
  4. Mrs. Kennedy’s belt here was a gift from King Hassan II of Morocco. It looks nothing like an automotive manufacturer’s logo.
  5. Mrs. Trump resembles a widowed handmaiden in this getup. A peplum? On your hips? And those frayed and ratty cuffs? This outfit did you no favors, hon. Who is your stylist? Why does s/he hate you so? And what is that square bit of lace on your head? So much for modesty but considering your background in modeling … And smile more. Why do you always look so dour? Wait … never mind.
  6. Mrs. Kennedy’s Papal audience gown was designed by Oleg Cassini, and her black lace mantilla (veil) was finger-length. THAT is how you do it when you meet the HBIC of the Catholic Church.

Melania’s husband has stated that the White House, the American people’s house (never doubt that for a second), is “a dump.” Did he not say that if he were elected president, he’d never leave the White House as there was a lot of work to be done? Is he not about to embark on a 17 day vacation? How much golf can one man play? For real?

But Hillary.

But birth certificates.

But emails.

But Benghazi.

But let’s get to brass tacks—some people were sold a bill of goods and simply refuse to accept the fact that they may have been wrong.

Bless their hearts.

I leave you with this.

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Back to Life, Back to Reality

As things were getting a little hectic chez moi, I took some time off for myself to decompress and chill out. It was nice while it lasted—I met some amazing people, had a lot of laughs, did a lot of soul-searching, drank a lot of coffee and smoked a lot of cigarettes (nasty habit that, I plan to quit once stuff is in order)—but alas, it came time to return to the real world.

Now I am back home and ready to go but there are so many things I want to do, but overachieving, overthinking, overanalyzing, and overdoing will do me no good.

So I’m going to take this day to relax and hang with Sarge for a bit, drink some cold diet
Coke, and get my new BlackBerry up and running.

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Look at this sweet little furry guy!

But tomorrow it’s time to get down to brass tacks and get moving. And boy oh boy, there’s a lot I’m looking forward to doing but one thing at a time, right? I’m going to try my hand at creating some new types of art, and need to get back to crafting. But again, one thing at a time, one day at a time.

Many, many thanks to Judy, Stephanie, Joanne, Mary, Andrew, Scarlett, Amanda, Bernard, Mark and John I. for helping me dig deeper to connect the dots, reconnect with and center myself, and continue on this thing called life. Thanks to everyone else there who made my retreat as pleasant as could be.

Huge HUGE hugs and kisses to the wonderful men and women I met on this stage of my personal journey (in no particular order): Claire, Brenda, Meg, Heather, Charlie, Matthew, Patty, Courtney, Sherry, Jen J., Cruise Director Julie, Julie-from-Maryland, the-other-Jen, the list goes on. Thank you for all the laughs, fun times, and incredible conversations, and thank you for honoring me with your trust.

I firmly believe that blasting Prince tunes at top volume helps cure all ills, so here you go:

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It Is 0530 – Why Am I Awake?

Ugh! Yet another morning of getting up at an ungodly hour for no reason whatsoever. So I fired up a strong pot of hazelnut coffee and decided to tackle the day.

So far I have dusted the foyer console and have my lead crystal faceted candle holders soaking for a good, long-overdue cleaning. I intend to dust the living room and dining room, finish up the shamrock bowls, and get started on the Mickey Mouse bowl. At the rate I’m going with these bowls, I will need to replace the pattern—just not any time soon, as my return trip to JoAnn Fabrics cost me a pretty penny ($90) and BOY did I catch merry hell from the SU over it! I did get a new pair of scissors, so it wasn’t an entirely wasted trip, and I scored some gorgeous brocade to make a couple of evening bags.

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I DID finish the breast cancer awareness ribbon pin, and will tackle the bear asap. Fingers crossed that I don’t botch the slip stitching too badly. Let’s just hope I can get it done and shipped before the wee one is off to college! I also made a pink gingham snappy bag for her mom, with travel baby care essentials in it. (Photos to follow)

See you on the other side!

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Insomnia Can Bite Me

IDK what it is with me lately, but I have been waking up these past couple days at the very ungodly hours of five or six a.m.

For no good reason.

It’s not fun.

And it’s not that I don’t have anything to do—I’m helping the spousal-unit with some documents he needs for work, plus I have fabric coming out of my ears and HUGE plans for fabric bowls and snappy bags, plus the way-overdue crafts I have been promising to finish for the past three weeks (I need to get them out the door sooner rather than later).

I swear, I am my own worst enemy.

I need to listen better to my therapist—she always asks me if I would belittle a friend the way I belittle myself (of course the answer is NO). “I just KNOW those slip stitches are going to look like [crap].” and “I just KNOW that pin is not going to work out the way I want it to.” &c.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

So I brewed a pot of hazelnut coffee, poured myself a Hugh Jass cuppa, and got to work.

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A gift from my friend Ashley

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”

Words to live by, no?

So here is the latest crop of fabric. I have another 20% off my total purchase coupon for JoAnn Fabrics—I would like to get a new pair of scissors, maybe some more stabilizer—but I simply cannot come home with more fabric until these outstanding projects are done and out the door. (I have even yet still another 20% off my total purchase coupon but that doesn’t expire until early August).

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So, I have two shamrock bowls to finish today (press out and stitch the trim), then I will most likely cut the pieces for the Mickey Mouse bowl; tomorrow slip stitching and gluing and packing and shipping! Will need boxes and mailing labels as well … no rest for the weary, right?

See you on the other side!

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So Much For THAT, part two

Well, I got a 20% off my entire purchase coupon… and the Casa to boot! What can I say… it’s a sickness. I will have the goods to make even yet still more bowls and snappy bags, etc.

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So Much For THAT!

Well, the pin and the bear are still unfinished—the pin because I could not find the proper glue, the bear because time was pretty tight, what with all the running around I had to do over the weekend—and this state of affairs has gotten WAY old. So my vow to you is this: these gifts will be out the door no later than the weekend.

Not too long ago, I promised the spousal unit that I would not buy any more sewing patterns/fabric/craft supplies until the shower curtain and Roman shade for the master bathroom were completed. My intentions were good.

As always, we know that good intentions pave the way to the underworld.

Also not too long ago, I completed a pair of shorts and got 3/4 of the way to completing a tunic (Simplicity 3799) only to find that XXS does not mean a woman’s size 2; it really means “will fit a two-year-old female.” I was bummed because I really needed a pair of black shorts that fit properly; also because I really really liked the black/white/red paisley fabric I chose for the tunic. No matter, as the material for each can easily be repurposed (but damnit! I really was looking forward to rockin’ that outfit!). At least I didn’t butcher the blue crepe with the embroidered anchors over this, I’d have really steamed my clams. And the paisley fabric is always available, so no worries there.

On my latest trip to JoAnn Fabrics, lo and behold, all Simplicity patterns were $1.99, so I bought a replacement pattern 3799. That doesn’t count, right? Technically it isn’t a new pattern, right?

Then yesterday, while the SU and I were shopping at Walmart, I stopped by the fabric aisle (it isn’t the department it used to be ages ago but that’s neither here nor there), I found a fat quarter with a Mickey Mouse print. SU’s cousin loves Disney; SU’s cousin is very particular in his tastes; SU’s cousin has absolutely no qualms w h a t s o e v e r about letting you know what’s on his mind.

Looks like SU’s cousin will be getting a prototype bowl too! I think this match of fabrics is going to look very sharp with a black band (Mickey outside, polka dot lining).

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I am slowly but surely trying to reorganize/tidy up our fourth bedroom so it can serve as my craft room/another spare bedroom. I found this article late last night. Mind. Blown. Some of these are definitely worth trying, of course not all at once, but I’m down with a lot of them! I’ll keep you posted.

 

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