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Old 04-27-2012, 05:17 PM
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Quick hello and check in.
Debby, the GF blog looks terrific. Will pass this on to my SIL, as my nephew at the moment needs to cut dairy and ALL grains.

New internet connection -- gone to cable -- and boy is it FAST! But it took a while to trouble shoot the IP address reset for my Airport. Botheration. I am an artist and homemaker, not a technician!

Chicken suit progresses....photos to be loaded.

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Margo, the add ins are already in motion. I've got a huge collection of cooking herbs because one of my products are packets of culinary herb mixes without salt or fillers. I used the dill dip mix yesterday and the garlic chicken today. Enjoy the Pow-Wow.

Eva, glad you got some extra rest and feel better. Are you trading crochet for sewing with your friend?

Jen, glad you liked the blog. Still looking for chicken suit photo...

Lots of rain here. In fact there are flood watches in effect. I am seeing a swath of blue sky from the direction the storms come so maybe we're done for now.

I think I'm finally caught up on chores. I'm planning on heading to the cutting table after I'm done here and see if I can make more progress on the clothing adventure. Still looking at the sleeve to the shirt. I haven't taken the time to implement my solution yet to see if it works.
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Made one of the dress I cut out yesterday for my Chatty Cathy doll. Poor thing had been wearing the same dress for 3 years or so. So needed a change.



She didn't have glasses when she was new but I added the glasses because I wear glasses.

Then John's doctor appointment was a 11:15 so we spent some time there as always but he blood counts on his kidneys were coming down to normal so that is good.

Did some other shopping local as it is bike week here and our one and only road was crowded. Stopped at the local thrift store for the first time in a while and picked up 2 dolls and a doll playpen, all for $3. The playpen is not in the best of shape but it will do for displaying dolls.

Now home and a/c running as yesterday was our only cool day probably for most of the rest of the summer.
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Hello........yes, I am so done with that pattern and design, just want to find out what my sister thinks since she has done it so much. But as for me trying it again, not that particular version of it anyway. I'm so happy to think about it being in the trash. It was one way of conquering it, lol.

I'm working on something else now that should be simple enough and maybe a confidence builder. An easy shrug pattern.

Eva, the Chatty Cathy outfit is really cute! The glasses are a nice touch.

Debby, hope the sleeve works out for you. I couldn't have continued with that blanket. I just wanted to be done with it.

Jen, we have cable internet and for the most part it's pretty good. Better than what we were using.

Margo, how nice that you have hummingbirds! I love them! we may have seen 2 or 3 in the 30 years we lived in our house in FL. We have seen them here last summer already so hope to see more. They liked my red geranium that bloomed all summer into fall.

Have a wonderful weekend in case I don't get back.
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You ladies know I have a lot of faux fur from my teddy bear days so decided a couple of days ago I would use some of it to make doll jackets and coats. I sat down this morning and made up a pattern for the 18 inch doll and then someone wanted a 24 inch doll jacket so I made a pattern for that. They are both lined in silk. The funky leopard one in off white and the mottled brown one in a deep rose almost lavender. Changed the sleeves on the bigger one and got them a little big so will have to adjust the pattern on that one.

Here is the results so far on the jackets.
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Lovely dress, Eva. Cute that you gave her glasses. You are great at finding the doll bargains. The fur jackets are great.

I'm sure your new crochet project will be fine, Bonnie. You are so good at crochet.

I did, indeed, get to the cutting table. I drafted the sleeve, fixed the bodice and cut out the pattern pieces. I even pinned it to the fabric and cut it out. Unfortunately, all that patterned fabric with which I was going to embellish the purple pants is non-existent. I'll just have to make a cuff out of the purple fabric, of which there is still some yardage. However, I'm procrastinating actually sewing the shirt. Not that I've done a whole lot else today. I'm about to the point I really can't put it off anymore.
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Hello.....

Eva, what a great idea to use the teddy bear material for jackets. They are really cute.

Debby, the sewing progresses.

I am working on the new project. A shrug that is simple enough and yet not boring. Will be fun to watch how it shapes up.

Beautiful day today, around 80* and will be like that for the next week or more. Tom got the yard mowed and did a great job. He also used the weed eater. I weeded by hand the flower garden areas and around the house outside. Then we sat on the porch swing, now in the den listening to the birds sing to us with the den doors open.
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Bonnie sounds like you've got perfect weather. If Tom wants to do more yardwork...

I was good and actually got the basic shirt sewed together. The neck is a little snug, but a pair of scissors can fix that. The real issue is the placement of the shoulder seam. I think DH mis-measured me. But, now I know how much too big it is I can fix the pattern. I'm going to see if I can use the pattern as is, or have to add material to get the correct shoulder configuration. If I can re-do by cutting rather than adding, I'll take the shirt apart and re-cut it. If not, I've worn shirts with the shoulder seam hanging off my shoulder for years, so I'll just finish the raw edges and call it good. It'll work for a casual work shirt. Then, *sigh* I'll have to go back to the pants. Tho' I think now that I've had some space from them, I can tackle the fitting issues again.
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Good feeling to get the shirt done, I'm sure, Debby! Hope the pants go smoother after being away from them for a bit. Sometimes that's all it takes.

Warm day today, we even have the a/c on. It was 80* in the house and that is too warm for me. Probably been 82* or so outside.
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Debby, yea on the shirt. I bet it feels great to have finished one thing and I know you will get those pants to fit.

Bonnie, we have the house a/c set at 84. The outside temps are about 88 right now so the a/c is running.

We went out this morning to pick up a few items from Joann's and I had a 50% discount coupon on one regular priced item. We walked out of the store with over $50 of stuff. Most of it was sale things, like thread and lining fabric for my fur coats. I needed a frog for the jacket I finished this morning and found that too.

Here is the jacket that I worked on yesterday and decided it needed something so I added a hood. Think it is better now. Now I need to put on the frog I got then it will be complete.

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Eva, those fur coats are luxuriously fabulous! I think you may have hit on your next huge seller.

I'm back from pow wow, it was stupendously good fun and the best spectacle I've seen in a long time. I am utterly exhausted so more tomorrow. Waving high to everyone.
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Boy Bonnie, you went from glorious weather to hot in a heartbeat.

Eva, the fur jackets are brilliant. I think Margo may be right, you'll have a good seller with these.

Margo, glad you had fun at the pow wow.

Fussed with the shirt pattern and the solution was cutting down the existing pattern. So, I'm now wielding a seam ripper. The shirt is about half apart. I'll cut it down and re-sew, then finish the raw edges.

I went to the local print shop today looking for a ream of 11x17 paper in white about 60lbs. They were confused that I wanted a whole ream. They normally only sell it by the sheet. I wanted the larger paper to make some books. I've been using the last 2 as journals and have about 1/2 a book left. Also, wanted to make mom a journal for Mother's Day. Guess that's part of the price for living in Nowheresville, Idunno. I am now online confronted with literally hundreds of possibilities. Especially since I can get larger sheets of paper and make all different kinds and sizes of books...
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Yep, there is a plethora of paper out there Debby! Next time you are in the city you could go to where the printers buy their paper. They have sample books of all the papers they just hand out so you can see how your inks or other medium fare on the pages. I made some lovely journals from paper we had left over from printing jobs. Maybe some of the online houses have sample books too.

I've been catching up on the IFJM journal, I didn't want to drag it around to the weekends venues. I discovered a thing or two about sketching in a crowd, I'm sure it's just the tip of the iceberg. The pow wow was huge! It is held in the UNM basketball arena which seats 70,000 people, and it was not so full on Friday but Saturday it was utterly packed. When they did the dancers grand entry, I thought wow that's alot of dancers, and then I realized they were still filing down from the stands. You want to talk some fancy stitching, oh my the feather bustles and the beaded buckskin dresses just to name a few. And some creative reuse of stuff, I saw a couple of the jingle dresses up close and they had used the lids and bottoms of Copenhagen cans rolled to make the bells! I discovered the easiest dancers to sketch were those sitting next to me in the stands, you have the regalia basically in your face! Watercolor just didn't work out this trip, but I had this 9x12 spiral bound Raffine sketchbook that had my abstracty ink paintings in it and so I sketched everything with my PPBP and the color was already there. The brush pen can make fairly wide lines and the ink is rich and dense. Can you tell I'm in love. Yesterday we went to the zoo and I sketched there too. After the birds I managed a couple of monkeys but then I was hot and weary after several days of running around and sketching at pow wow. Since I did all the driving in Albuquerque, my sweet man drove me home, not sure I'd have made it without pulling over and sleeping in a casino parking lot for a bit.

Still working at getting winter stuff up and getting the house more summery, cleaned and scrubbed the kiva, if it gets cold again, we'll jolly well put our sweaters on! Working in slow mo cause I'm still kind of tired, I ran up and down that arena's steps who knows how many times. I guess there isn't a huge rush, it's not like the dust bunnies and winter coats are going anywhere. I'm asking myself today why I have so many coats...not really getting an answer to that though Well back to sorting out the chaos.
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We have a bunch of winter coats too Margo and I don't know why. There are the multi blue indian print wool coats, lined in sherpa that I made several years ago and I think we may have worn them a dozen times in all these years. Then the rest are jackets of different fabrics and weighs depending on the day. They are now all cleaned and in the closet until at least November. We take heavy shirts or very light jackets when we go any where because the a/c is always too cold for us.

Debby, glad you found what was wrong with the shirt and you and your seam ripper are being friends today. I know my friendly seam ripper well.

I finished the black faux fur coat today. It is lined with red satin. It went quite quickly until I got to the hand sewing. Lots of hand sewing on the lining. Probably not any more than finishing up a bear though. Found the fur is making me wheeze so will have to be careful how much of that I work with.

So I decided, seeing I had bought a yard of fleece to make doll jackets, I cut one out and they are super fast and easy. I still have buttons and button holes to do but it is finished up to that part.

No picture yet of the fleece jacket but here is the shiny black fur coat.

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