Friday, October 23, 2009

Two Weeks

It's been two weeks since my last post. I made that post first thing in the morning after my oldest left for school. 14 hours later, my children and I were hit head on by a drunk driver. Thankfully the only injuries were to me. Besides the usual seatbelt rash, my back, left hip, and right knee were bruised and aching.
I mention this incident on my sewing blog because due to the physical pain and emotional stress of this whole ordeal, my sewing has taken a back seat. Sewing is thearputic to my mind, body, and soul, but since the accident it's been hard to sit at the sewing machine and stand to iron. I have my good days and bad days, but even though I may feel better at times, those are the times I over do myself and end up in more pain than if I had just taken it easy.
What can I say? I'm a stubborn fabric addict seamstress with Halloween special orders to fill. I was able to get two orders in the mail the other day, my next order is ready to ship once payment arrives, and the order after that is waiting for 2 out of 4 robes.
Once these are done I have 3 more special orders to do and then I'm taking a break for a good cause. One of the doll collector message boards I frequent does a Chirstmas Basket (or several) every year, and every year I like to donate some items. I love being able to make young kids who don't have much feel like they are special and get a great gift that they desire. Most of the baskets we put together include a doll (brand new or very gently used but fixed up to look brand new), outfits, accessories, hair things, books, etc. It's not even Halloween yet and I've already got a list of stuff I've already made that I'm sending: doll sized Christmas stockings, crocheted items, two doll sized Christmas quilts, and some hair clips. Once the nominated girls are chosen and we find out what dolls they are recieving I'd like to make an outfit for each doll. I might be making too big a plan for myself, but I'm going to Aim High (Go Air Force!) and try. There are several other seamstresses donating items too, so if I don't reach my goal, I know I'll have some help. On another board of the same type there is another Christmas Basket for 4-5 girls in the works, and I'd like to make some stuff for them too. Yeah, I might be spreading myself a bit too thin, but these Christmas Baskets mean a lot to me. I may need some help ini gettng all of this done, and so far my biggest helper is my sweet husband. I trace the pattern peices onto the fabric and he does a lot of cutting for me, and it is a huge help, especially when I'm in "Mass Production Mode" like I am right now making wizard robes based on a currently famous book/movie series. Yes, you're thinking of the right one. It's hard to belive that book series came out when I was in High School, and when a friend of mine showed me the first of what would eventually become seven books I brushed it off as a child's book until I actually read it. Now my wizard robes are my biggest seller. I enjoy making the robes, but I do enjoy a little variety in fabrics and patterns, so I'm anxious to get the rest of these robes done so I can move onto the rest of my projects.
Whew, that's quite a bit more than I expected to type, but after not blogging for two weeks, I figured you guys deserved to know what was going on.
Until next time...

Friday, October 9, 2009

A Survery of Randomness

Okay, just for grins, and because I've been too busy with special orders to make anything new.

A Survey of Randomness
1. Where is your phone?
My cell phone is in the outside pocket of my purse which is hanging on the door.

2. Your hair?
Wedge cut and in need of a color touch-up (my natural color is very mousy)

3. Your mother?
Always doing something. I swear the woman never takes any time off or does anything for herself but she's one of the first to step up and help someone else. She's awesome.

4. Your father?
Father or Dad? I don't talk to my father often, but my dad is awesome. How many dads do you know who would voluntarily build doll sized bunkbeds, brooms, and wands for their grown daughter? He treats my mom like a queen, which she deserves, and I'm so glad they found each other.

5. Your favorite food?
Spaghetti, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie (or pumpkin cheesecake with caramel syrup and whipped cream), pretty much anything Italian

6. Your dream last night?
Not a clue.

7. Your favorite drink?
Lemonade, white zinfandel, screwdriver

8. Your dream/goal?
I want to be an Occupational Therapist when I grow up (yes, I'm aware I'm getting close to 30)

9. What room are you in?
My sewing/doll/craft room. It's so nice and cozy.

10. Your hobby?
Sewing (99% doll clothes) and scrapbooking/cardmaking

11. Your fear?
Wooded areas at night by myself.

12. Where do you want to be in six years?
I want to be done with OT school (which means I'll have to start)

13. Where were you last night?
Right where I am now.

15. Muffins?
Mmmmmm, that sounds good right now, but the bagel I just had was less of a mess.

16. Wish list item?
An embroidery machine

17. Where did you grow up?
California and mostly Georgia

18. Last thing you did?
Took Dylan to the bus stop. Will be heading out later to go babysit Ms. Zoie.

19. What are you wearing?
My red Mickey pants (the only pants I have with something written across my butt) and my Texas Polar Bear Run shirt. This is my most comfortable outfit ever.

20. Your TV?
Got a great deal on it and am so glad to have a DVR to go with it.

21. Your friends?
I hardly see them, but we're still close and I miss them like crazy.

22. Your life?
Could be better, could be worse. Thankful for all of the good things.

23. Your mood?
Good so far, but the day has only just started. It's Friday, I'm babysitting, and I get to play with some scrapbooking stuff, so it's going to be a good day.

24. Missing someone?
Grandma and Grandpa. Grandpa passed away 8 years ago, and Grandma is doing well, but I don't get down to GA to see her as often as I'd like.

25. Vehicle?
I co-own a Dodge Neon, but very rarely drive it since I drive the better running (and older) Ford Aerostar.

26. Something you're not wearing?
Socks and shoes. It's so nice and cozy in my sewing room that I never need socks.

27. Your favorite store?
Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts (and the closest one is 110 miles away).

28. Your favorite color?
Tied between blue and purple.

29. Last time you laughed?
Watching Zombieland with Jimmy

30. Last time you cried?
I took a minute right before walking out the door to see Grandma back in May when we got the middle of the night call she was on the way to the Emergency Room.

31. Your best friend?
I have several, and each one is so different. They each mean a lot to me and I think it's great that even though we don't get to see each other often, we're still close.

32. One place that you go over and over?

33. One person who emails you regularly?
My mother in law.

34. Favorite place to eat?
Anywhere where someone else is cooking and cleaning.

Okay, done! See, now don't you know just that much more about me? Now, copy my survey and paste it to your blogs and fill in YOUR answers.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy October!

Halloween special orders are in full swing here! Woo-hoo!
The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors and falling off, and my sewing room is nice and cozy (it's the warmest room in the house which is okay since I prefer to sew barefoot). Though I have a fireplace in my sewing room, I have no desire to light a fire in it for a few reasons: 1. I have stuff in front of it that I don't have room to put anywhere else, 2. The room is too small and it would be unbearably hot, 3. There is way too much vinyl and fabric in here that that I fear the smallest spark would cause a massive fireball in seconds. So yep, I just like my fireplace for it's mantle.
Oh, I do have some new stuff to show off, but only some of it for sale. These are some quick pictures (pay no attention to the mess in the background) of my new robes in progress that are for special orders, and the wands and brooms I have available for sale. All I have to say is "my step-dad rocks!". :-)

Here's the link for more pictures: Harry Potter Themed Stuff here

Back to the sewing desk, I've given myself until Midnight to have another robe done.