Saturday, July 23, 2016

Doll Fancy Pow Wow Dress

Yesterday was a lovely warm day with a high of 30C or 86F. It clouded up last night and the wind blew but we didn't get rain. Just dust from the road construction blowing thickly down the road. Today is suppose to be sunny/cloudy and the temperature about the same.

Lifestyle

We had a great day spent mostly at home. Between jobs, we watched the crew rip up the road and work in deep trenches and then put it all back together again. People can use the road at night but not during the day.
The Spousal Unit had is his wood delivered yesterday. Twice in fact as he needed more of a different size. Now he can work on the ceilings of the house.
He is happy and can putter away for a couple of weeks before we have to get more supplies.
I did laundry and cleaned the kitchen and bathroom before we headed out to get the extra wood he needed. We also did another trip to the post office and called it done.
The enchiladas were great. We both enjoyed them very much. It took me about an hour to make them and 20 -25 minutes to cook them.

Sewing

I got some sewing done yesterday and then again this morning. The pattern was cut out for the pow wow dress and then I had to cut the edging off the fancy trim.
After some deliberation and heavy duty thinking, I glued the trim down. I will add clear crystals to finish the bottom edge of the trim. I also got the back done.
I am debating whether to add the drop piece to the front. What do you think?
At the bottom of the dress, I added more trim. The white ribbon with the circles is a pain to sew on and then I added the dark sequin trim on top of the white ribbon.
That is several hours of sewing and the ribbon trim is not on the back pieces yet. Once that is done, I can start sewing and cutting the fringe. A lot of work.
I am leaning towards adding the drop piece.
There are also moccasins for this outfit also.

Today

I work an 8 hour shift and will probably be tired. I do hope to finish up the ordering so we can fax them out on Monday.
Until the next time.....................

Friday, July 22, 2016

Shop Until You Drop

Yesterday was a lovely warm day with a high of 30.3C or 86.5F. We really enjoyed the sunshine as did many others. We are suppose to have warm weather all this week which will be nice.

Lifestyle

We had a busy day yesterday and wasn't home very much. It was the Spousal Units day out and about. He was one happy camper when we got home at 7:00 p.m. from our last shopping trip.
In the period of time we were home, I put chicken breasts into the slow cooker so we can have Skinny Taste Chicken Enchiladas (I can have two for dinner). The chicken had to cook for 5 to 6 hours in the slower cooker as it was frozen. The last job of the evening was to shred it and put it in the fridge.
My weight loss journey has been going well. As of today I have lost 10.8 pounds. I do weigh most of my food and we are eating very healthy. The cherry on this: we are enjoying this lifestyle.

Sewing

I did a bit of sewing in before lunch and finished up the soccer outfit.
I have also started the Native American dress - the layout has begun. I have thought through how I will add the embellishments.
I did buy Grandson another piece of Minion fabric for his games room.
I am thinking 18" square cushions for his games room. They are easy to make.
I also got two of the three patterns that will be discontinued.
I now have enough patterns to last me until spring. Dressing these dolls is fun. So much so, I forget to sew for myself.

Today

I am home and will be cooking, cleaning, and sewing. It is my day to get things done.
Until the next time.........................

Thursday, July 21, 2016

More Fabric!!

The weather has been in the mid to high 20C or high 70's to low 80'sF. Though normal for this time of the year, the rainfall isn't. We have had a lot of rain fall this summer and are ready for the hot sunny days for the next week.

Lifestyle

We finally got the store set up again after renovations. It was finished by 3:30 p.m. yesterday. It is now ready for stock to arrive so we can fill up the empty holes. We are also busy ordering.
The Spousal Unit has been puttering in the garden and found 3 more ripe grape tomatoes. There are also a lot of cucumbers to be picked. One batch of onions are almost ready to pull. The garden is doing great.
The renovations are coming along slowly. The walls have been measured for plastic, crown molding and baseboard. That will be ordered today for delivery.

Sewing

 The goal is to finish up the second soccer outfit today so I can begin the next project. Next weekend is the annual Pow Wow in our community and the dolls need ribbon dresses to wear.
I have bought some fabric also. For myself and for the dolls. Also bought some more doll clothes patterns as they are on sale.
This jumped into the pile. Pillows for our grandson to put in his games room. I will add another piece so he can have another item also.
This is silk and cotton and very expensive. I will make myself a top out of it. The plain is for part of the top as it takes a lot of fabric to make.
Left to right -- expensive faux suede for a vest for me. On sale for 70% off which makes it a great deal. The middle one is for house coats for the dolls and the plaid is for pyjamas for them.
The patterns are the fun purchase. I have been buying them a few at a time.
I will be making the Native American dress minus the hat out of the blue suede. The others will be kept for later projects.
Not on sale but I got it for the house coat but most of the other pieces will be made.
For all the outfits starting with the bathing suit, hat and bag.
I noticed that there is going to be a discard of McCalls patterns so I will get three more doll patterns I want which will be discarded.

Today

I am off work and it is run around day. We have to shop around town today. I call this the Spousal Unit's day out as he can't drive at the moment.
Until tomorrow......................

Monday, July 18, 2016

Soccer T-Shirt Started

We had another normal day for weather in our neck of the woods. It got to 30C or 86F. A couple more days of rain/thunderstorms and we are moving into hot sunny days.

Lifestyle

I had Saturday off and did a lot of housework and laundry. A tiny bit of sewing was thrown in for good measure.
Yesterday I worked. I do the books on Sunday and get all the paper work ready to go to Toronto on Monday mornings. I love the quiet of the store while doing the books and then the buzz when the store opens. We had a busy day yesterday and I came home sore and tired.
The Spousal Unit had a friend in so they can plan the renovations and painting. They looked at the bathroom and the kitchen and ideas are flowing. But first, the valances have to be removed from four windows and that is going to be messy. Once again we hit renovation mode.
Elliott's thoughts on renovations.

Sewing

I did get a bit of time during the day to cut out and start sewing the second soccer outfit.
I spent a few minutes after dinner on Saturday and set in one sleeve. I'm happy with the progress.
After this outfit is done, I will have to quickly cut out a couple more outfits and then clean up the room. The Spousal Unit will want to take the window valance off in a couple of weeks.
While cleaning up the room, I plan on sorting through my fabric and putting together a column to sew and wear for work. I'm looking at it not being perfect but wearable.
I have pink ponti to make 2 pairs of pants. I can add a couple of pink t-shirts and a couple of tops in turquoise and white. All the tops can be made from the same pattern so I can then sew them up quickly. I'd need to buy the t-shirt fabric which is on sale except for the white. I have a lot of it in the stash.

Today

I work a full shift today so won't do a lot tonight. If it is anything, it will be to sew the sleeves into the soccer t-shirt.
Until the next time.........................

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Doll Dress Is Done

Yesterday was cool with a high of 20.7C or 69F. I wore a coat. It did rain though most fell during the night. The weather is suppose to clear off and become warm again.

Lifestyle

I had yesterday off work though I did add up the numbers of the notions I had to inventory and took them into the store. It was a run around day of shopping, banking, gassing up the vehicle, and having a good nap.
The Spousal Unit and I are doing Weight Watchers on-line. It allows us to have a healthy lifestyle which is what we are aiming for. Yes, I have goals for myself. I need them but there is no date attached to those goals. For me that is a failure feature.
The large piece of equipment was next door to us scraping off the lawns back to the property line. The guy operating it is good!! We did watch them do our neighbours.
 The road is going to be wider than it is now and our front yard will be smaller which is fine with us.

Sewing

I did sew a bit yesterday and finished up the strapless dress. It was a fun item to make. As the dolls are at the store, I only have a picture of it flat.
I did go shopping for fabric yesterday. I bought flannelette and fleece to make pyjamas and house coats for the dolls. I also got ribbons and trim to make two pow-wow dresses; one will be a ribbon dress, the other will be a suede dress in dusty blue.
Minion fabric jumped into the mix to make Grandson something ~ a bag for his diabetic supplies.
I bought myself 2 meters of high end faux suede for a vest or a jacket. It will work in my wardrobe plan.
Next, I want to buy a silk/cotton blend to make a flowing top. It is a big flower print in turquoise blue with black.
Now I need the time to sew. That will come.

Today

I am off work and am doing house work, laundry and ironing. There is a lot of fabric that has been laundered and need ironed, folded and put away.
Until the next time..............................

Friday, July 15, 2016

Inventory Is Done

  • I am not missing in action (MIA).
  • I have just survived my first inventory at a large fabric store.
  • I spent more hours working than sleeping.
  • What I was told to do and what I was suppose to do were two different things.
  • I learned a lot and will be able to do it much better next year.
  • Even with some mistakes, we finished up in great time.
  • We can now get some sleep and become normal human beings again.
  • As we inventoried the store, the city started to demo the street our house is on.
  • They are widening it, repaving it, adding a sidewalk, and fixing sewer and water lines.
  • We live with this until fall.
  • Fall comes in October in our neck of the woods
Until the next time..........................


Monday, July 11, 2016

Fun and Games

Our weather has been bordering on normal with temperatures in the mid to high 20C or 80-85F. We have had sunshine, clouds, and rain.

Lifestyle

It has been busy in the store with customers buying due to the weather (can't be outside in the yard or camping so they come shopping.) Staff has been super busy waiting on customers and preparing the store for fabric inventory on Wednesday.
I spent half of my Saturday off preparing two areas for inventory. Not only do you have to count the fabric, you have to sort it into family groupings and hang up the pink slips. A lot of work especially in the area I did. It was a mess.
Yesterday, the girls rocked it and we have the store basically ready. Two small areas need to be pink slipped and we are done. That will be done today and a table put away. I think an hour and a half worth of work. Then it will be keeping stacks of fabric tidy for weighing. Yes!! Life will return to normal after Wednesday. Or we hope it will.
The Spousal Unit has started to prepare for renovating the guest room. He swept up the tiny pottery pieces of a broken item. Elliott hid from a service man and tipped a tub onto the floor hence breaking a piece of pottery. The Spousal Unit has some baseboard removed and we need to move the bed so he can finish up.
Elliott went to the vet to be weighed after a month of dieting. He has lost 1.3 pounds which is absolutely amazing. He still has more to loose and will be on his new feeding regime until the weight is lost.

Sewing

I got the doll clothes fabric folded and sort of put away. I need tubs which I will have to go looking for. Once that was done, I cut out and started to sew a dress for the doll.
It is a strapless dress with princess seaming in both the front and the back. I decided to use a printed chambray cotton. (I have the darker version for a top so the scraps will be used to make doll clothes.)
Here the front is done and I laid on some silver hotfix studs. I have since sewn the back pieces and sewn them onto the front. Next is the lining. On the lining I am adding a bit of elastic to the top of the dress to help keep it up. I will add a white sleeveless t-shirt and sandals to make the outfit.
My plan is to make the western outfit next. The fabric has been washed and dried.
As I have lost 5.3 lbs., I get to make my new purse/bag.

I am looking forward to making this once the fabric is washed and dried.

Today

I work a full shift and will be busy at the store doing the last of the readiness for fabric inventory and then will grab a person to help me inventory the last of the ribbon and all the trims.
It is also the start of a 4 month rip and fix of our street. I will have to figure out how to get out when I work the afternoon/evening shift. Fun and games.
Until the next time.......................