Saturday, February 18, 2012

40 Days Later...

A lot can happen in 40 days.

You can, for instance, take advantage of the time off from blogging to give the blog a new look.  I've been meaning to update the template for a long time, but the last time I ventured into the layout builder I had problems getting it to cooperate so I gave up and reverted to the old template.  Apparently Blogger has updated things since then; I found it to be just a little contrary and with patience and persistence  I was able to add all the sidebar stuff I wanted to add.

The background picture is from 2006.  My sewing room hasn't been that clean since the Silver Lame Shirt Sewing Marathon of 2007.  It's pitiful now.  Maybe someday I'll clean it out and rearrange it and take another picture and not shrink it, like I had with the '06 photo, which is why it is tiled. (Now all the feedburner readers will click through to see what in the world I'm talking about, right? ;-)) could make an  unplanned trip to the Emergency Room and embark on a weeks-long journey to figure out what happened.  Final verdict:  Superior V*entricular T*achycardia, and  a six-month round of meds to see if that will control the problem.  The meds seem to be long as I remember to take them.

OR...the fix up project to the sun room could turn into an unbelievable series of uncovered bad construction and the resulting consequences and drain all the resources  allotted for the entire project before it's half done.  Who knows how long it will be before the room is actually useful again...

AND...40 days of highly restrictive eating does,usually anyway, result in some weight loss, so the sewing project started at the beginning was too big before the end.  The Tribeca shirt has been bagged up; I will trim it down at some point and have another go at it.  The Milano Jacket, being less fitted, is going to be ok, I think.  It just needs the sleeves inserted and a button /button hole to be on the 'completed' list.

The sewing I did accomplish was a royal blue Burda 9/10 funnel neck top.  Wore it for choir, but didn't manage to get a photo.  Maybe this week...

And, The Flute Player had a birthday party to attend.  One that had a video-game theme; all attendees were encouraged to come as video characters.  She set her heart on Wind Waker Z*elda...with an ocarina.  Despite all my protests that she did Not. Have. Time., she forged ahead. Using fabric from the stash (mostly, anyway), and paint and craft foam and styrofoam balls drilled through, she came up with a plan.  And I sewed 90% of the skirt, taken from OOP McCall's 3296.   We have some disagreement about the success of the hot pink vest-thingy; I think it should've been made from something fairly stiff, but, well, given our time constraints it was Definitely Good Enough.  Especially since there were no prizes or other rewards for the effort. Happy teen daughter has to be reward enough....and she was VERY happy.  ;-)

Now to go figure out what I'm going to do with the 862 blog posts that have accumulated in Google Reader while I was gone...


  1. Yep, I usually read in Google Reader, but I had to click over and see your new layout. (I also wouldn't post a current pic of my sewing room!)

  2. Glad you're back. I don't know what SVT is, but it certainly sounds serious - hope all is well with you!

  3. Glad to hear that you are doing better. Ummm can you remember to take your pills please! *smile* I need you around for some time to come.

  4. :-D BJ, SVT is more scary than serious...and it's actually pretty common. But apparently it has the potential to get worse as I get older, so we're attempting to treat it now while it's still relatively mild. I'll probably do a whole post on it later this week....'cause, you know, it's good blog material. ;-)

  5. Glad to see you back - love the new template.