Tuesday, January 15, 2008

My Furry Office Helpers.

Anyone reading this must have figured out by now that mine is not a pet-free home. I happen to think that pets make a house a home! I do keep our animals out of the basement where my fabric and the majority of my patterns are stored. I long ago had an incident with a pregnant cat and her litter in a box of vintage patterns and fabric...it was not pretty! They are also not encouraged in the upstairs room where some fabric and vintage clothing is kept. But the rest of the house is pretty much open range. With 3 kittens, 2 adult cats, and 2 dogs, it's usually a free-for-all around here. I work with a snoring Yorkie at my feet on a pillow under the computer. She follows me from room to room, snoozing wherever I sit down. Spike, our golden retriever, is a big guy. He pretty much sleeps all day, usually behind my rolling office chair. When I push away from the desk, I shoot across the room, waking up poor Spike, who jumps up, runs away and then comes back to repeat the whole thing. Goldens are lovers, but not that much for brains. My cat Pinky is a large long hair that likes to sit on the desk and watch birds out of the window. My son's cat Winston Churchill wanders in and out, guarding the yard from all of the neighborhood strays that call the back yard home. There was quite a party happening out there yesterday before I went out and broke it up. I don't mind the strays and don't want them to starve or get hurt, but my 4 chickens are out there too, so I think a stray cat relocation is in order. Inside the house, our three newest babies sleep and play hard. Up the back of my desk chair, down my back, bite my ear while passing, across the keyboard, look out the window, jump down, and repeat. They are wonderful but sure slow things down when they are all in the room where I'm working. I took this picture of them sleeping in my chair. When scanning pattern pictures, I get up to change the pattern in the machine, and when I sit down, there's a cat already there. Pick her up, place her on the floor, sit down. Repeat. Over and over! I LOVE working at home.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Ahhh, the weekend! Since I'm self employed, weekends aren't usually a big deal. I work when it's convenient but shop for inventory on Friday or Saturday. I love to shop so even work is ok. Lately I've been in pattern bliss...I've found lots of great vintage patterns to add to my own collection as well as wonderful ones to sell. It seems the vintage embroidery transfer gods are smiling upon me and I've found several to add to my ever growing collection. I've been counting pattern pieces and sorting transfers for several hours, so it's time to kick back and watch one of my favorite movies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But even better is right afterward when AMC is showing The Day The Earth Stood Still! Thats a fantastic bit of sci-fi. Too bad that it will be cut to pieces with commercials! But my Comcast ON Demand is messed up tonight so no free movies. Oh well. But the best part is that tonight I have the t.v. to myself. The guys are out until Sunday! No schedule this weekend for me to keep, no "Wheres the...?" that I hear all week! So I'm watching my movie, drinking coffee and eating snacks (oops, don't tell Weight Watchers). Tomorrow I'm going to sew something, I think a dog coat for my Yorkie. Then it's off to a baby shower and dinner later. But it's all my own schedule...no one needing me to fix dinner, find anything, or even talk if I don't want to. I hope that doesn't sound too anti-social! It's just time for a little 'me' time. I'm posting a picture of one of the little transfers that I'm going to mess around with for a logo using the GIMP program. If I like what I do, I'll show that picture later. TTFN!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Taa-Daa! Finished Dress!

Yippee, I finished the dress, Sunday actually. I'm just pokey about posting sometimes. I'm really happy about how it looks and will be thrilled when I can wear it. Yeah, that means that it doesn't fit me know; it's just a teensy bit too snug in the waist. I like the fitted style though and will make another similar. Maybe the same one but without sleeves this time. The pattern was pretty simple, if you bother to follow instructions. I skipped a part and had to rip out the side seam to put the zipper in. The front closes with buttons and I actually found something perfect in my button box. Instead of blending in, I used cheerful turquoise blue buttons. In Oregon in the gray wintertime, bright is good. Anyway, the best part of this project was making time to sew again. I have such a great collection of vintage fabrics and am giving myself permission to use it! But the next thing I make will be a 40s suit blouse. I've wanted to try making it out of a lightweight knit fabric to avoid needing to iron the blouse, so it's off to Fabric Depot for some of their hemp jersey the next time I have time and money to spare. What am I saying...I don't need new fabric. I am trying to use what I have on hand as much as possible. My goal is to sew more but don't need to spend a ton of money doing it. I think I get to teach a couple of people how to sew this year. That should be fun...I've never done it before.