Making my free time mean something

The reduced hours at work are starting to take effect and I had a day off this week.  I used it wisely.  I cleaned out 4 cupboards.  One was just a mess and now it is sorted. One opened up space so all of my candles can be stored in one spot. And two are now empty (future plans for them still in the works).  They used to hold unfinished projects.  I moved them into my son’s old room.  I got real with myself about 2 of those UFO’s and unraveled them.

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Some of that crap is just nasty and will get donated to charity.  Some of it is less nasty and it might be made into toys.  Not sure yet.

My dog got a hair cut “a la mommy”.  Cute alert.

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It is the dog version of a bowl cut.  Uneven ears, stray strands hanging out.  I’m on a budget and she wont sit still.  Better than letting her become like a sheep that missed shearing day.

I also made some progress on the dark modern version of the counterpane I saw at a local museum.

Museum version.

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My version.

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The above photo shows where I left off.  I made 4 more blocks.  I think the blocks are lovely.  A bit hard to see the detail but still nice.

I’m proud of myself!

 

 

 

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My sewing “cat”*

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Mommy needs to finish that TODAY!

*In case you don’t “get” the reference:  most costume bloggers that I read have a cat who seems to be attracted to sewing activity.

Blending hobbies

I painted a couple more rocks.  I may have a hard time parting with them.  The first one is a portrait of my dog.  I am pretty sure I am keeping this one.

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Looks like her I think.

The next one I am pretty sure I will hide on my next costume outing.  That wont be until October so I can enjoy it till then.IMG_20170903_164635809Edwardian lady with a big hat.

Between the dog and her diabetes and my new hobby, I’ve been really bad about getting projects done.  I need to get down to business though.  For the next outing, I want new stuff and that means a corset cover, a skirt and a hat.  Chop, chop girl!  Get on that!

New idea found on another blog

For you bloggers out there who may be checking me out, I want you to know that I check you out too and I even read your old stuff.  I was reading World Turn’d Upside Down and found a crochet pattern that I’d like to try.  I don’t have any silk right now, nor do I have much expendable cash.  A certain insulin junkie is using that all up.

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Update: she is feeling like a puppy again but is going blind I think.  I hope that if she does, it continues to be somewhat gradual.

But I like the pattern and may try it as a modern hat at first.  I’m sure I have stuff in my stash I could use up so I wont need to cough up any cash for it.

Godey's Lady's Book 1861 Crochet Glengarry CapI think what is happening is the lighter part of the pattern is close together crochet stitches and the  darker part is the lining peaking through the spaces.  Basically the hat has four layers.  The outer layer is the crochet part.  Then there is a layer that is a darker shade of the color used for the crochet. That creates the dark part of the pattern in the hat.  Then there is some sort of stuffing, like a flannel, and then next to the head is a black lining.  There is a reinforcing band of leather around the brim but I think gros grain ribbon could work too.

We have plans…so does life

At the beginning of the year I took the time to sketch out some projects that would go with the Historical Sew Fortnightly themes.  As the year has progressed, I hit some road blocks. (Projects that took longer than expected.  Supplies for projects getting ordered but not showing up.)  And then there was the drop in my own enthusiasm.

I had started to feel more intensely that I was making items I didn’t really want at this time or making items in strange orders (accessories before outfits, for example) so that I could match a challenge or really stretching the parameters of the challenge to make something I wanted to only to rush through it to meet the deadline as reasonably as possible.

Don’t get me wrong!  I loved doing HSF!  It did exactly what I wanted it to, which was motivate me to get started on projects AND actually finish them so that I could build a wardrobe for costume events.  Now I have a huge wardrobe. I have actually reached the point that it is to big! I have more outfits than I can wear in a year.  Several of which, I am no longer satisfied with.

With those thoughts and feelings in mind I decided a few months back that I would finish the HSF year out and next year I would change my way of doing things.   First I’d pack up the outfits I no longer love.  They’d go into storage until I reached the point that I could part with them.  Then I’d limit my creativity for the year to finishing UFO projects (the vast majority being modern knitting) and limiting myself to one costume, which I would take great pains to choose, to shop for and to sew slowly and carefully.

And then life stepped in.  There is actually a lot going on but the primary stepping has been done by my doggy.  This is her last Christmas.  Lookin’ fine!

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She has been slowing down lately and I thought “hmmm, old age is kicking in”.  But within a few weeks, old age seemed to be running her over with a truck.  Here she is lookin’ not so fine.  And starting to have accidents in the house, which she has never done!

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I took her to the vets a couple of weeks ago and the old age turned out to be diabetes.  We are early into the treatments (strict diet, twice daily insulin shots) but already we are seeing a vast improvement!  It is like having a young dog again!

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Mom!  Stop takin’ pictures!  We are playin’ here!

 

But, keeping her this way means I have to do some changing.  I have fast forwarded my plan to back off of the HSF challenges (though I intend to watch and be amazed by the work of others!)  Not having the deadlines takes some un-needed stress off of me.   And I am vowing that any future projects be either UFO or at least 80% stash busting thus freeing up some cash to support my insulin junkie’s new habit.

Who knows, I may have to start a blog about my life with a diabetic dog!

Saturday night

It is Saturday night before a costume event and I can’t get my butt off the couch and get things organized (lunch made, picnic basket emptied of UFO knitting so I can get the lunch packed in it, petticoat hooks checked, costume pieces gathered and ironed….)

I’m too tired.

I was out on an outing with my seniors on Friday.  It was a fun but tiring trip to the park.IMG_20170707_135438339

Followed by a wild night of tummy troubles for me and the dawning conclusion that puppy may not be feeling well herself (vet booked for Monday).  Crap crap expensive crap.

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On top of all that, I watched my kid start moving his junk out of my house into his fiancés home (which he will be moving into at the end of the month after his wedding).  I’m feeling nostalgic.  (Cried at home movies last night because I missed my babies).

So, is it my fault that I am procrastinating by writing a blog post about procrastinating?  Tomorrow I will be writing about how much fun I had but I’m tired because I was up at 6:00 am trying to get everything done…. Oh stupid me….

Stocking progress

Mercy, these babies are long!  From the drawing that came with the pattern,I thought they would be knee high.

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Not so.  Let us just say, I will have to put them on before the bloomers! Possibly instead of bloomers!  At least I won’t need to worry about chub rub.IMG_20170601_071740498

Ignore the PJ’s in above photo.  I knit in comfort!

I have finally reached the heel so this is how long they get.  Any longer and they will be leggings.  Is it any wonder they are not finished yet!  I think the corset cover will have to be whipped up to meet May’s HSF challenge.

On a sweeter note, how about some bunnies.IMG_20170530_202134658

These guys were waiting for me when I walked out of work last night.  Hubby hates them but I love bunnies.

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I will hug them and call them George…