Monday, September 03, 2018

So ...Waddya do about National Sewing Month?

I decided I need to spend SOME time in the sewing nook. Every day.  Even if it's only 5 minutes, changing the thread on the sewing machine and serger.  Which is what it was yesterday, lol.

And I'm thinking about next year.  Crazy, I know, but if friends can take their 'college football opening game day' photos in front of a fully decorated CHRISTMAS TREE, I figure I can start thinking about sewing projects for the new year.

And here's what I'm thinking....

If you, like me, follow Janice Riggs on The Vivienne Files you know that she's been repeating a series she did last year...building wardrobes around Hermes scarves.  One outfit...generally 3 items... a month...taken from the colors in the scarf.  At the end of the year, she's got a fully coordinated wardrobe.

So, I've begun to scout the internet for a suitable scarf from which to do likewise.  I may or may not make each of the three items in the months' additions, but I'm going to make that my goal.  Starting in January.

If I CAN find a scarf I want to build a wardrobe around...in my price range...lol.  I slop stuff on scarves so easily that I'm skert to spend a bunch of money on one.

Anyone interested in joining me next year?  You've got four months to find a scarf that suits YOU. ;-)

Meanwhile...life continues and the sewing space is, um, evolving a bit.

We've had a 'guest bedroom' since Son Number One  moved out on his own in 2012.  I moved my cutting table to that room and the fabric/patterns/etc have kinda taken over.  I go in and do a mass cleaning/hiding of stuff on those rare occasions when we have guests.

But it's been QUITE some time...like, 3 years...since we last had overnight guests as our parents have gotten past the roadtrip stage of life.  So that room literally has not been straightened out/organized in 3 years.

Um, it's a MESS.

And, well,  the time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things.  Of...why Lisa's back can no longer tolerate the much-loved waterbed.  The one for which I've made multiple custom sheet sets.   If you've ever owned a waterbed, you know that, periodically, you have to add water as some evaporates into air bubbles that get bled out about once a month.  If you don't add water, the support level drops. Significantly.  Now, we've known for some time that we need to do something about the water bed so that we can elevate the head of it to alleviate GERD symptoms, so it had been a while since we'd added water.

And last week I had a day with back spasms so excruciating I thought I had a kidney stone.  Only I had no other kidney stone symptoms AND...the spasms cleared up completely after I spent the night in the guest room bed.  After I rather slowly and painfully moved all the patterns, fabric, scraps, etc off onto the cutting table so I could get into it.

That implicated the waterbed as the culprit.  I haven't slept in it since.

So...this is all SO complicated...we did some cleaning in the room that Son Number Two vacated when he moved to Florida back in May.  I need to move the cutting table and all related sewing paraphernalia into that room so I can move the guest bed (queen size) out into the middle of the room so that it's accessible enough for two people to use it (IE, there's room for the hubs to put his CPAP machine), as it's going to be a process for us to take down the waterbed so we can move the bed we bought today into its place (delivery scheduled for the 14th).  We'll both be sleeping in the guest room for at least a few days.

You see the chain of events here?  So...I'm planning to sort and organize stuff as I move it.

Hence why I may only get to actually sew for 5 - 10 minutes a day for the next couple of weeks.

Ultimately, I want to turn that recently vacated bedroom into the new sewing cave and move the machines up there and everything, but there's more work to be done first. Not to mention a set of bunkbeds that need to go...somewhere else.  And the pin-sucking carpet has got to go.

Who knows when that will happen.

So, lots of handling of sewing stuff and dreaming about future projects, but not much actual sewing.

Maybe I'll get those washer linen pants done before time to put them up for the season...

7 comments:

  1. Whew....I'm tired just reading about all the work you're doing! So sorry to hear about the water bed, and the pain it was causing you. We used to love our water bed too, but it's been gone nearly 20 years now! Fingers crossed you get some time to spend on your sewing!

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    1. Well...I did get the corners reinforced on the pants pocket openings today. LOL. Trying to decide if I want to put buttonholes in the casing area for a drawstring... that'll be tomorrow's ten minutes if I do. ;-)

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  2. Look after your back, and eventually all the moving of things round will have resulted in some lovely spaces to use.

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  3. I think that the time you spend moving sewing items so you can sleep pain free, not counting the aching muscles from moving things, should count toward your sewing time. Especially if you're doing a bit of sort/organize as you move things.

    Does the scarf have to be Hermes? I've gotten a couple of Liberty of London scarves from fleabay reasonably priced and nice condition. That was a few years go though...

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    1. "Does the scarf have to be Hermes?" Oh, merciful heavens, no. I'd be terrified to wear a Hermes scarf. I'm looking at Norstrom and Tabots and other low-to-mabye-not-quite-so-low price ranges. I want a scarf with an image...as opposed to an overall pattern...with several colors in it. I've kind of been enamored of this one...https://n.nordstrommedia.com/ImageGallery/store/product/Zoom/1/_103417541.jpg?crop=pad&pad_color=FFF&format=jpeg&w=780&h=1196&quality=70 ...that cute little fox is really appealing. But 80ish bucks is the top of my price range. Maybe it will get discounted...

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    2. ...and I can't edit that post to fix the dropped letters (sticky keyboard). Hopefully you can figure it out! ;-)

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