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Old 02-21-2012, 05:33 PM
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Hi Sigrun. Yes we had fun.

Eva, I know it's a pain, but ice does help. Sorry about your scan not happening. You are lucky your bones aren't fused. I've got about 4 or 5 vertebra that are due to arthritis. Fortunately, they are in my upper back but it's low enough it doesn't affect my neck, and high enough that it doesn't affect my ability to bend over. It's from an old injury when I fell down some stairs eons ago.

Bonnie, glad you are over your sore throat. Is your Sears one of the ones that are closing? Yes, DH paints digitally. He says he won't work in a media that doesn't have a "delete" key.

Sounds like a delightful find, Jen. Hope you can ID the doll.

Margo, I vote for Renaissance Woman. I didn't even know it was Mardi Gras. I've never lived where it was celebrated in any sense.

Dinner out was lovely. DH didn't keep his opinions to himself on colors, but I ignored him. I got a pattern to make some outer garments. It is a short cape/wrap or a jacket, with a hood or a collar. I'm going to make one of each. A short cape with a collar in a soft grey fleece (which will look super with blue jeans or a foil for my other colors) and a jacket with a hood out of blue fleece. The cape will have a zipper and the jacket will have buttons. I found some buttons that are a silvery/pearl color and have cut outs so it looks lacy. I also got a natural colored cotton fabric to make a blouse out of. That's because I'm going to use the fabric in my stash even tho' it's the earth colors. I have a small ribbed corduroy in a brown with hints of green and bronze I'm planning on making pants and a vest out of. The natural fabric will go with that nicely. Once I get all this sewn up, I'll be heading back to the fabric store. I plan to have an entire new wardrobe by September when we go on our cruise. Now, to convince DH to get a suit.
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I didn't think John would every wear a suit again but when we thought we were going to the wedding in April he started to look. The pricing scared us away and someone suggested the Goodwill store. He found a navy jacket there and even a tie that he liked. Then we went to Kohl's and got another tie, shirt and pants. He looks pretty good in it all. Now there is no where to wear it but we may just get dressed up sometime and go out. I had bought a couple of jackets at Goodwill too. Nice wool ones but now that I lost the weight, they are both too big. Well seeing none of the jacket cost more than $8 so not out much and I will turn them back to them. They don't take returns so will just put them in a bag of clothing I take down to them.

Good luck with all your sewing Debby. I bet it will all look great when you are done.
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Here is the places that the ladies gave me.

http://reviews.ebay.com/Antique-Chin...00000000851149

http://www.dollreference.com

Or if you have a picture it can be posted on the Antique Doll Collectors group on Facebook.
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Well, I have had an aggravating tickle in my throat all day today, the kind that makes you cough and doesn't do a thing for the tickle! I have been working around the house, polishing furniture, washing clothes, other stuff, and made a good healthy beef stew for supper.

Here is my "fiber art" for today. My jonquils and daffies that I picked a little earlier. I love them and feel like they are a God-gift to me that they were planted by the last owner and waiting on me to move in. When I was a little girl we lived by a huge field of these in GA and I have had a dream of having a lot of them in my yard for years. Of course, in FL they wouldn't grow.

I'm going to get off here, but just wanted to say hi.


I decided to put them on the little living room drum top table where I like to sit and eat lunch sometimes to enjoy my bay window mountain view.


I will pick more tomorrow and put some in the bedroom and more in this vase.

I'll try to say more one day soon.
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Beautiful Bonnie. We can't grow them here either but I saw some in the store the other day and really wanted to buy a bunch and put them on my table but we are so busy and won't be home much so I didn't get any.
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Bonnie, I love Daffodils too. Right up there with lilacs, old fashioned climbing roses, and hollyhocks. It will be interesting to see what is planted around my little mountain home this summer.

My Mardi Gras turned out different than I had plans for...that's okay too tho. We went to town to go to grocery store for my dinner plans, and veered on up to see if the gallery where I bought the Christmas present santos was open. It was and my guy was as enchanted by it and the owner and her Weimeraner as I was. While there we asked if she knew someone who could rewire our chandelier and she said yes he's sitting at the bar drinking coffee, so we asked and he said he could and would, we had the chandelier in the back of the car and he had his tools in his truck. So a trip to Lowe's to buy some wire a plug and 18 ft of black chain and we were back in business. It shorted on a couple of the sockets but he solved the problem and now it's working. Needs a good clean up some sharpie touch up in a couple of places and some new covers over the uprights, will make those out of flax straw paper, I think it will look lovely with the adobe walls and if not I'll find something else to cover them with. That of course took up the afternoon and after we went to the store and got home it was too late to cook what I had planned to make. Fortunately there were leftovers from our fav restaurant, so it was that and a bottle of vintage champagne. Who knew French champagne would go so well with Northern New Mexican green chile laden food, it does!

I have a day of tidying house in front of me and making a batch of Nachitoche meat pies (yesterday's dinner plan). The table is ready for a wipe down, same for cutting mat and I'm back in busy to sew and do a bit of bookbinding. Have to come up with a lightweight small handheld sketchbook for Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Such a riot of color with the Mardi Gras Indians parading around, and am desperate to sketch all my favorite musicians. Etta James passing made me even more frantic to sketch my long time musical companions, and I sketch from life. Can't miss it but want to have a tried and true leightweight setup so time for the prototypes to start being made and used to see what works. Any ideas will gratefully be tried.

Flying off on my broom now.
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This morning was sorting out what furniture and other things I was going to take to the show this weekend. Then John decided we should load the van with the furniture so we did that. That pooped us both out. Can't do setup until tomorrow morning. I have a chiropractor adjustment later today so needed to get the car packed before that as it will be rest and ice after the treatment. Didn't get any dolls packed up yet as I will do that after we take the load of furniture down and set it up. Then I will see how many dolls will be needed to fill in and not look too over crowded. I have a problem of always taking way to much stuff and putting it all out and I think sometimes it confuses people. I will try to get some pictures tomorrow after the setup so you can see what all we have there.
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Eva, at least your John has worn a suit. My DH never has. Too many years spent in uniform before becoming a civilian. Since you have so many things to take to the show, had you thought about getting a double booth?

Lovely daffodils Bonnie. No daffodils are blooming here yet.

Margo, always good to find a good electrician. I'll fix a lot of stuff on my own, but not electrical. Used to alarm the engineering folk I worked with no end when I would in all seriousness tell them that electricity was magic. So what media do you want to use in your sketchbook? And how small are you willing to work? How many pages do you want to have?

The wrist is still bothering me. Went to dig out a wrist brace and couldn't find the left one. So, went to the pharmacy and got a new one. Hate wearing it, but it keeps me from continuing to hurt the injury over and over again. (Which is what I was doing since I won't stop doing. ) All this fabric and ready to go and now I'm stalled. I tried working with the brace on to finish the book I'm working on. (Wanted that project out of the way before starting the first garment. There really isn't much left to do.) That was a lovely little disaster. I got glue on the leather and glue on the brace. So, I'm sitting on the computer playing games. *sigh* (And I was all motivated and everything.)
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hey, can I have your motivation if you're not using it?

That story reminds me of when I broke my baby toe. I was working at the Renissance (I can NEVER spell it right!!!!) Festival and so couldn't have something as recent as an orthopoedic (sp?) shoe. Not to mention, my crutch was stainless steel, not very 16th century. So I dressed it up with burlap, ribbons and bells! ha HA!! I got tons of effort points from my employer
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Debby if we lived closer you could have had my wrist brace. I don't use it anymore and I know right where it is. Sorry you got glue on everything. I hate when I do that.

John use to work in a retail store and had to wear a suit all the time. I know clerks don't do that anymore but they did when he worked back in the 60's through the early 80's. He worked in a shoe store for 18 years before he went back to school for electronics. He never wore a suit again until he bought the jacket this time and now it hangs in the closet because we are not going to be able to make the wedding. Way to expensive and I don't think either one of us can sit on the plane for 5 hours. I wish it wasn't so far and we could drive and that way we could get out of the car every couple of hours. Of course, I am the only driver now and probably couldn't drive that far either. Bummer what old age does to you.

Irrylath, that is funny about working the Renissance Festival on crutches. I love those festivals and they have a small group here that does a couple of small fairs here. The big festival is in Las Vegas and would love to go see it but don't think we could walk it anymore. We saw several festivals when we use to travel to California.


Just back from my adjustment appointment and am now sitting with an ice pack on my back.
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Sure, Irry, just give it back when I need it again. It amazes me how much of a stickler the Ren fairs are about things, then let other things slip. My son and his wife work for a security contractor at a number of the California ones. The stories I've heard! Yes, they do dress up.

Thanks Eva. It's around here somewhere, I think. It's just I can't figure out where I might have stashed it. Rest, ice, and be ready for your show.

The last time I wore a brace I was looking for work. Now, you don't want to go to an interview injured, it looks bad. So, I took the brace off and went through the interview with a broken wrist. Didn't get the job.

The book is finished. I'll see about getting pictures once the glue dries. Not the best because of the glue stains, but they are on the inside.
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Margo, the meat pie sounded good to me. I'm hungry right now. Not real hungry but I could eat a meat pie.

Debby, I went to a job interview on crutches once! This was when I was in my late 50's and I had fallen at my former work place where I was just visiting. I did get the job and wish I never had. It was the job from the bad place, and why I stayed there 10 months before I walked into the manager's office who was never there and said "I quit" I'll never know.

We have had a rough evening here. Wind, rain, thunder and lightning like crazy, the guest bathroom leak is back (after months of being fixed), the dog was going nuts in the storm and driving us nuts, and I have a cough that just won't stop and have not felt well today. I finished this floppy brim sun hat for DD tonight, trying to keep sane. I'm not sure if it worked (the sane part) but here is the hat. I started it before Christmas and did not like the way the pattern explained the brim so just put it up for awhile, just got it back out and did the brim my own way. She doesn't know about it so I will mail it with the heart coasters I'm making her that she asked for.


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Cute hat Bonnie. Your daughter is going to be a fashion plate in all those hats. Hope you are feeling better today.

We are off to get our show setup in a couple of hours. We are going to do it slowly as we have all day to get it done.
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Well we made the two runs out to the casino and have everything set up and looking pretty good. Forgot the camera so will try to remember it tomorrow. I am in the foyer along with several other people and have a long, about 16 feet wall space plus it is about 6 feet out from the wall. It helps show off the dolls better than the 8x10 spaces in the big room. There are doors into the main room on both sides of us so I am not crowded at all. Had several of the vendors stop by and comment on the dolls and of course some of the ladies had to tell me about their dolls. Some of the others do have a few dolls and I will check tomorrow to see what every one has. The vendors were told to come at different times today and tomorrow morning so that it would be easy to unload. It worked out great for us as the first time we were in the first parking space and the second run we were about 10 cars away which wasn't bad. Doors don't open until noon tomorrow so we will have the morning to rest before we have to face the crowds.
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Cute hat Bonnie. If that cough doesn't clear up get to a doctor. Last time I had one, I got the cough syrup with codeine. Good stuff.

Eva, that's great you were able to park so close and get everything set up ahead of time. I can't count the number of o'dark thirty mornings I've put in setting up for a show.

Today is catch up day. I'm behind on the chores because of the wrist. It's getting better, I think. It aches, but I can do some stuff now. I've still got to do some cooking since that didn't seem to happen when DH was home for several days and there is nothing to put in his lunch tomorrow. Still don't feel up to wrestling large pieces of cloth so am putting the garment making off another day.

Ok, since the book is covered with leather, it's not exactly fiber, so I'll post the pictures here rather than their own thread.

Here is the before picture. I created a piece of knotwork out of the blue cord and glued it to the cover.


Here is the finished product. It's covered with deerskin.


And here is the sewn endband. I did better this time. I'm still not pleased with the beginning and the ending, but it'll come with some more practice, I'm sure.
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