Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Tent Is Complete

Yesterday started out cloudy and dreary and ended up sunny, warm, and humid. The high was 24C or 75F. This morning is suppose to be sunny and this afternoon we have chances of showers.

Lifestyle

In the afternoon, we visited with friends and saw their new home. The two boys (ages 10 and 7) were excited to show us around. Their lot is close to the highway and very noisy outside but you hear none of the noise in the house. It is very well constructed and they love living there. The boys have a 2 minute walk to school and there are lots of children to play with.
Swans at the Wildlife Park
We ended our visit by going to the wild life park with them. We wandered around for over an hour before we left. The Spousal Unit was getting tired.
We all enjoyed the bears though I only photographed the grizzlies.
At the brown bear pen, one of the young bears was playing in the pool cooling off. When he got out of the pond, he and the other young bear played a game of chase. Such fun to watch.
The peacock was wandering around by the building and ignoring everyone and eating bits of food on the ground.
We saw eagles, owls, deer, buffalo, coyotes, and a wolf to name a few. It was a great day.
When we told Grandson about our visit, he wants to go the park to see all the animals. We will take him for sure.

Sewing

The tent is done. I spent quite a bit of time getting it done and snapped some pictures before taking it to the store.


The base was covered with two layers of the batting before it was slipped into a pillow case of green broadcloth. I said I wasn't sewing the opening together ~ well I did  plus a pleat to make it fit tight. I sat at the dining room table talking to the Spousal Unit as I sewed. Doing the buttons and tying on the tent was easy.
I am happy to  have it done and am pleased with how it turned out.
I started cutting out the sleeping bag but won't make it until tomorrow. I have to unpick the zipper and ribbon as I put it on the lining piece. I also want to cut out some triangles from the left over cushion cover to sew onto the sleeping bag for a design.

Today

We head out so the Spousal Unit can give blood for his check up next week. At home, I need to try to do a bit of housework prior to going to work at 1:15 p.m.
Until tomorrow...................................

Monday, May 23, 2016

Modelling Doll Clothes

Yesterday was another cool day with a high of 16C or 61F. It also rained a good 1/4" in the afternoon and probably more in some areas of town. This morning is a bit warmer than yesterday morning and there is more rain in the forecast.

Lifestyle

Yesterday morning seem to float away and before I knew it, it was time to leave for work. It was fairly busy at work though we had a few much needed slow spells.

Sewing

I tried the outfits I have almost finished on the doll. I need to add snaps to the pink outfit and make a t-shirt to complete the look.
The next outfit needs snaps on the jacket and a t-shirt.
The idea of making these cute clothes is quite appealing. I have a box of fabric to sew up as I got most at heavily discounted prices.
Once these two outfits are done, I want to make some dresses. I have cotton and organza for them. I may have to buy some ribbon to complete them.

Today

I am not working so want to finish the tent before we go see friends east of town. That way I can deliver it on our way.
Until tomorrow.....................

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Two Very Busy Days

Yesterday was cool and wet in the morning and then the sun came out and it warmed up but was well below normal temperatures. It is cloudy again today. As one person said "Typical weather for the long weekend in May".

Lifestyle

After working until 9 p.m. on Friday night and a full day yesterday, I headed to bed early to catch up on my sleep. It was very busy at the store and we all left tired and sore. But the store was cleaned up both evenings in preparation for the next day. Such great team work.
The Spousal Unit worked outside in his shop yesterday afternoon cleaning up and removing a dog house that was built into it. He said he wasn't too tired last night but we will see what happens today. He is happy to be feeling so much better since his bout of pneumonia.

Sewing

I haven't stepped into the sewing room for 2 days. The base for the tent sits waiting to be cut down to a smaller size. The fabric to cover it with is in there also. It calls to be finished but that won't happen until tomorrow. When done, I will clean up the room and start the next quick and easy project. I need to do them to de-stress from sewing the tent and to get some store projects done.
I also have to sort through the doll clothes fabric and organize it so I can have an outfit in the making at all times. The patterns are being organized into file folders for easy access. I am hoping it will all fit into a banker's box. If I don't shut my eyes to fabric, it may not. I found a couple of pieces of flannelette for pyjamas I loved.

Today

I work from 12:15 to 5:15 p.m. I need to do a bit of housework this morning and clean up the tent pattern.  
Until tomorrow......................

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Tent!

Yesterday's weather was unusual. The wind blew and it was cloudy with some sunshine. Should you wear a jacket or shouldn't you was the question of the day. The high got to 19C or 66F and that was about 4 p.m. By 5 p.m., it started to rain and by midnight we had 1/4" of rain fall. This morning is gray and wet. It was raining when I got up at 5:30 a.m. and quit about 45 minutes later. It looks like it will be a dismal day. 

Lifestyle

While I was doing the last of the laundry, the Spousal Unit mowed the lawns. After lunch, we took the lawn clippings to the mulching place and did a bit of shopping.
Back home, the Spousal Unit phoned our accountant about the non compliance of our GST account. I phoned the given number about the GST issue and had it closed as we no longer own the business. With that done, we breathed a sigh of relief. No more worries about that.

Sewing

I worked on the tent yesterday and it has been a beast of a project. I read and reread the instructions and followed them explicitly. When all was done, the base was too small for my tent. In the pictures below, I folded the sides under to get it to sit on the base and it is still too big.
I have to do one of two things: look for a larger sized foam core board and cut the base at least 4" bigger or use a piece of Styrofoam insulation for the base. Either way, I plan on gluing the fabric to the board rather than sew the fabric and fight to hand sew the opening together.
It is really a great tent but I am not happy with several things. Raw seam allowances was one. I spent at least 2.5 hours hand sewing bias tape onto the raw seams to hide them.
I also think the side dowels are in the wrong place and should be down lower. If I can get them out, I will try them in the casing just above the trim.
The doll fits inside nicely. I am going to have to make a bunch of notes on this pattern before I put it away. I did accomplish what I set out to do ~ use two cushion covers and get an alpine look using the trims a co-worker and I chose.

Knitting

I have decided to sew up the doll sweater as a vest after I block it. The sleeves will be unraveled for socks. I did get out larger knitting needles and tried to set up the next sweater. After two attempts I quit. Not enough stitches on the first attempt and having the ribbing out of alignment on the second attempt. At that point I quit.
Today
I work the late shift so a going to look for large sized foam core board this morning. I will do a bit of housework as I work 2 more days before I get a day off.
Until tomorrow (I hope)..............................

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Is the Sweater Too Small?

Yesterday was a cooler day with a high of 22C or 71F. Today is suppose to be cooler and damper. It is cloudy and looks like it could rain.

Lifestyle

We had to head out in good time yesterday morning for the Spousal Unit's ultra sound. Parking at the hospital is a pain but we got a spot and it was free. Someone gave us their stub. Yes!! He was done in less than an hour which was great. After a quick fast food breakfast, we did our shopping and came home.
In the afternoon, we had to go out again and on this trip, we found out the Spousal Unit can get his chest X-ray a 5 minute drive from the house. That is so nice as we don't have to drive across the city for that. Another YES!!
The front and back yard are looking super.


The weiglia bush we planted last fall has a lot of blooms on it this year.


 All the plants but two were planted this spring. One of the flowering bushes was saved from the mess and the other one planted last fall. Lots of space between the plants as they do grow to be quite large.
The backyard is so much better than when we arrived last year. The lawn was redone last summer and the apple trees removed.

We still need 8 to 10 bags of mulch to finish up this part of the yard. The two newest fairy gardens are done and I need to have a couple more pots of flowers in one section.

In all we are happy with the results and I have to say the Spousal Unit did most of the work.

Sewing

I worked on the tent yesterday and have the ends sewn in. I even have the seams covered with white bias tape I had in the stash hand stitched on the two back seams.
The front piece will be done this morning and I can go get the last of the supplies. Yes, I feel crazy spending so much time on the tent.

Knitting

My partner in crime decided to sit on the back of the couch to watch me knit. A first for him. He usually tries to sit on my lap when I knit.
I did finish up the sweater and tried it on the doll. It fits to perfection but I am afraid it will not go on once it is sewn together.
The pink shoulder closes with two buttons. I do plan on finishing it and seeing if it works. If not, I will go up a needle size and redo it. I have enough yarn for another sweater and the socks. The sweater and socks will look great with black pants and skirt. I may unravel the sweater and make a hat to go with the outfit. Thinking, thinking.

Today

I am home again today so want to finish the tent and do some house work. It is doable, I think.
Until tomorrow............................

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Another Rose Bush Bloomed

Yesterday was another warm day with a high of 26.5C or 80F. Not as warm as expected but still lovely weather. Today is the start of cooler and damper weather.

Lifestyle

I worked a full day and it was fun to be cutting at one of the tables. Between cutting, putting away fabrics and tidying up displays, I started to inventory notions to be returned. It was a busy day.
The Spousal Unit claimed he had a boring day. Nothing to do. So he read and napped which is helping him get stronger.
Cherie, the rose is called Midas Touch. We chose it as we liked to have a variety of different roses in the flower bed. We have been choosing plain and variegated blooms for this small rose garden.
This rose we chose as it reminded both of us of the rose Daughter bought me 6 years ago at our previous home.
Rose Daughter gave me in Ashcroft
I loved that rose bush and love this one also. To date we have pink, yellow, variegated red and the variegated yellow/red roses in the rose bed.

Sewing

I didn't get any sewing done yesterday but did buy some yellow fabric and tulle for doll's dresses. Also got a couple of zippers, lace, and cording. I am working my way through my list of items I need for more projects I have on the table. Right now I have three craft items for the store,  2 small project bags and 2 reusable grocery bags to make. Most take one to two afternoons to complete. All are gifts for friends and family.

Knitting

I worked on the doll's sweater and am ready to knit one shoulder seam together. I need to watch a tutorial on how to do that. I am thinking one more evening and the sweater will be ready to block prior to be sewn together. Then the matching socks will be knit.

Today

I don't work today but we head out shortly for the Spousal Unit to have an ultra sound on his spleen. Then it will be shopping and home where I will sew on the tent. I may have to head out again to get the remaining supplies for said tent. A busy day for us.
Until tomorrow.................................

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Seeing the Light at the End of the Tent Tunnel

Yesterday was another warm day with a high of 27.5C or 81.5F. Our nights are cool but in the double digits most of the time. We open the windows and air out the house every night. We did have clouds roll in and heard thunder. We got a bit of rain but nothing to talk about. Today is suppose to be warmer and then we get another cool spell with some moisture.

Lifestyle

The Spousal Unit spread out the last of the 6 bags of mulch we bought on Sunday. We have to buy an edging before the rest can be completed. Two more rose bushes need to be purchased and, after that, we can focus on the shop side of the back yard. Progress is being made.
The first of the rose blooms from our new roses. Hopefully there is another one to pick today or tomorrow. We have both plain and multi coloured roses. We are being careful as to what we buy as we can only have 6 roses vs the 12 we had at Ashcroft.  

Sewing

I took an hour at noon to watch the Great British Sewing Bee. I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode and do agree with others that the first project was a tough one. Matching bias front and back on a simple top. I see that the judges talked more about creativity, fit, and finish in this episode, especially during the skirt challenge.
Heather, that doll's tent is labour intensive. Though I was in and outside during the day, I spent a lot of hours on it. Not quite a child's dress but getting near it.
I read and reread the instructions as I thought I had missed a piece but I hadn't. Then I started to sew the last of the bias around the windows. The shades were next and I cut the outer fabric from the second cushion cover and lined it in the broadcloth.
More reading, finishing the back, and I finally pinned the back triangle to the tent in preparation of sewing it down.
At that point I quit as I had pinned and unpinned it three times before I got it the way I wanted it. I'm still debating if I want to put the ribbon trim on the bottom of the sides of the tent. That is for another day.
I am at the stage where I need to buy the dowel, the foam board for the base and 6 buttons to tie the tent to the base. So glad to be near the end of this project.

Knitting

I did knit late yesterday afternoon and evening. I finished the back and cast off the left shoulder. I started to knit the front and got 10 rows done. It may get done this week though I will have to block it prior to sewing it together. While it is being blocked, I will knit the matching socks. Then it will be onto socks for our grandson and finishing up the afghan for a co-worker. I need to focus more on getting that project done.

Today

I work an 8 hour shift and hope to knit more on the sweater tonight.
Until tomorrow...............................