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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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Work It Sunday

Today is Work It Sunday. It is also Laugh At Sarge Getting Up To No Good Sunday, as he is kicking up dickens.

I have a gift package for a friend almost ready to go out in tomorrow’s post. Sarge decided to be helpful by knocking it over and dragging out the teddy bear that was in it for quality control inspection. He then tested the box to ensure that it would meet USPS shipping requirements by standing on it.

After that, he called a meeting with Maggie to discuss the quality of the new pet bed. She didn’t have much to say on that subject.

He is now snoozing happily with “his” bear, which will not be his bear for very much longer. I will eventually make him another one, the spoiled little guy.

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So, laundry is washing, pedicure is drying (L’Oréal Steel Colour in 100 POW! Perle),

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My ugly-ass feet.

and the Singer is pumpin’ cloth bowls and snappy bags, today in a shamrock print with a green lining. After that, the bear and pin, both of which Absolutely Must Get Finished Before I Go To Bed Tonight.

Next in the pipeline: basket liners for the powder room and master bathroom, Roman shade and shower curtain for the master bathroom, a shopping bag (view C), with this fabric

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and then even yet still more cloth bowls and snappy bags.

And housework. Ugh. Tomorrow is Clean The Bejesus Out Of The Powder Room Day as I want to give it a mini-makeover. Pray for me to the Domestic Goddesses, if you will.

 

 

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TCB (Takin’ Care of Business)

As promised, here is the recipe for the crab and andouille jambalaya I made on Friday. It turned out perfectly the first time I made it, but this time the rice was a little bit softer than I normally like it. It still tasted great, and the SU and I gorged ourselves on it.

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Chesapeake Bay meets the Big Easy

I managed to avoid slicing any body parts doing prep work this time.

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(yes, I know it’s a SANTOKU knife, for some reason my brain wants me to say SUDOKU)

Today I am going to make Greek pasta salad, although it will not be gluten-free and I will not be making enough to feed an army.

Also today, I need to make a list of priorities for the week; there are a few things that I Absolutely Must Get Done TODAY as they are woefully overdue. Once the little grey cells start hitting on all eight after two Hugh Jass cups of hazelnut coffee, it’ll be off to the races!

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Crafts, Crafts, and More Crafts

So, as I am still gainfully unemployed, I have continued to hone my kung-fu sewing skills. I have now finished my third fabric bowl (Simplicity 1126, golf-themed pattern)

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with the intention of perfecting the creation of said bowls and selling them. To ensure that they are sellable (saleable?), I am going to make six or seven, send them to friends and family who have discerning taste and will not worry about being blatantly honest about the quality of my product, and ask them to share their thoughts on the quality of my product.

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Rose garden, black paisley, fuchsia diamonds, pink tiaras, black pawprints, shamrocks, and Queen Bee patterns

Since I have fabric scraps coming out of my ears, and hate to waste things (the practical PA Dutchwoman in me – thanks, Mom!), I took an old sweater from the SU and made a pet bed. Here it is 3/4 finished:

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There is easily ten pounds’ worth of scraps in it. So far no takers, but we shall see.

As always, WATCH THIS SPACE!

Off to make crab and andouille jambalaya for dinner (SO GOOD, recipe to follow).

EDIT: Someone has already claimed the (nearly-finished) cat bed.

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EDIT #2: Someone else staked claim to it last night.

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Today’s phrase that pays: “SARGE TESTED, MAGGIE APPROVED.”

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I’ll Take It … I Guess

One night I was bored off my gourd; the spousal-unit was working late, and I had pretty much wrapped up crafting and cleaning for the night. So I logged onto Facebook (or Book of Face as the Homes likes to call it) to kill time and stumbled upon a test called “Who Are You in the Hollywood History?” which sounds like an awkward title to me but whatever.

Using my profile photo, this is the first result I received. Not bad!

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Since I had time on my hands, I decided to try out a few other photos to see what I could see. On the second try, I got this classic beauty (again, not bad, and I highly recommend How to Be Lovely)

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Now here is where it gets weird. I do not see how this result came about:

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Or this:

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And I have no idea where these came from:

This essentially was my response to the latter four:

But I’ll take Vivien or Audrey any day.

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