I found a copy of the costume pattern I was looking for, as I suspected, already bought it. https://johnlewis.scene7.com/is/image/JohnLewis/237627764?$rsp-pdp-port-1080$ I'm looking at view A, the red one, though they are all more or less the same. If I made it in browns and some old suit fabric it could go steampunk rather than goth. Just a thought. The event is in 34 days, it would be a close call getting it done.
Today was errands and yard work. Cleaned up the garden and picked a bunch of stuff, garlic, onions, a pepper, a carrot, cucumbers, etc. A fraction of what we were getting this time last year. I don't know how people survived in the old days before mass produced food. I would die of heatstroke before I could put away enough to live on during the winter. We cleared some crap off the deck too, an old storage box, bunch of unused and deteriorating nursery pots, some actual garbage, and I found a half bag of gas briquettes to put in the grill box. Burned up more firewood for dinner.
Dh is converting an old industrial computer rack into a work table. Had to make a hardware store run for him, and stop a few other places.
Tomorrow looks to be gym and dance class (24 days until performance) and maybe some relaxation time in between.
Hope everyone has had a nice day.
07-24-2019, 12:07 AM
I took possession of my new dress last night. Possession... is a good way to explain why that fabric got picked. I put a photo in my album if you want to risk your eyesight. The woman who made it added silver beading, which is a shame because I will probably cover it with pink danglies. We may be getting neon green veils to go with them. I wish I could do something about the white underside of the fabric showing on the sleeves. Ugh. I think I need to do some fitting around the torso, too.
07-24-2019, 08:24 AM
Finally got some work done on the wool afgan I'm making for a friend. Not much but at least it's something. Last night was cool enough to work with the wool. But it still feels like I"m trying to catch up on sleep from last week's insomnia.
07-24-2019, 10:18 AM
I got a lot done on the Christmas picture yesterday and can definitely finish it today. It was sensible to go on and finish it. I need no more UFOs. I have plenty already. I should probably go through and cull those someday. Some are so old I have totally lost interest in them. I should admit it’s highly unlikely I will ever finish them and reclaim the unused part of the fabric. A project for another day.
When I get a few of the little ones done I want to put up the bulletin board again and display some. It’s been months since I had any out.
07-24-2019, 11:49 AM
That's a bold choice, CH. What kind of hat would you add?
07-24-2019, 01:29 PM
Originally Posted by Spirit Deer
That's a bold choice, CH. What kind of hat would you add?
The steampunk costume? I have a choice of hats, a black top hat with red trimmings, one that is kind of Mad Hatter in style with purple trimmings, and a small brown one I used with a steampunk costume years ago. The red one could be redecorated. The whole outfit will look a lot less bold in brown with the beige skirt I got from the thrift shop a couple weekends ago. I'm also looking at S 1558 which has a 'leather' corset pattern I like. I bought a piece of "alligator" last year, and I've been waiting to use it.
07-24-2019, 03:11 PM
I hope there will be pics. It looks and sounds great!
I always wanted to do stuff requiring costumes, but Husby refuses to get involved in the rendezvous re-enactments around here. I always thought those would be fun.
07-24-2019, 03:11 PM
An alligator vest would be fabulous.
07-24-2019, 03:48 PM
I am kind of attracted to the big dramatic hats. I have never worn one to a con because I don't want to take along another suitcase just for the hat. I have always wondered if the hat would get in the way if you were doing something like sitting in an audience watching a performance or speaker onstage. You could take the hat off, but if it is one of the really wide brimmed hats, wouldn't it extend over the side of your chair?
Once I am retired, I might get back into playing around with costumes for local conventions. I could wear a big dramatic hat on the bus. Or maybe just take Uber.
A D&D book I was reading made reference someone adding a new square to their commemorative battle quilt after every victory. I am pretty sure is was meant to be funny, but I feel like it would be pretty awesome to make a commemorative battle quilt for a D&D campaign. That is on my list of retirement things to do.
I have actually started doing some of "retirement craft list." For example, I have started embroidery. Maybe I should say restarted since I did cross stitch for a year or two about 20 or 30 years ago. I also dabbled in regular embroidery at around that time. I thought it would be too time intensive for me to do with my current schedule., but I have been able to do a few small pieces.
I might be able to do some small quilting things, like a wall hanging size. But I would probably have to stop embroidery to make time.
And I also have my shoe project. And I still want to do something with my thrift store dolls.
I have picked up some fabric backed cork to play around with for shoes. I have not done anything with it yet. I am hoping it is easy to sew. It has been used to make purses, shoes, wallets, etc. It is basically used as a substitute for things made with thick leather/fake leather.
My husband recently bough a huge variety pack of stiff felt for lining a bunch of organizers. He said I could use the rest for projects. It is kind of cheap looking stuff compared to the wool felt blends I have been using for projects. But there is a sheet of gold and a sheet of silver in there with some potential. It reminds me of some of the gold or silver colored fake leather shoes I have seen. I think the texture and thickness might work for shoes. Shoe tops made of material that is too soft does not quite look right. For example, even softer shoes like moccasins use a somewhat thick leather. The suede/fake suede used for shirts and skirts does not look right.
Even something that looks like fake leather would still look okay for shoes. After all, I have worn plenty of fake leather payless shoes in the past. Regular cloth just does not look right for the top to me. Even cloth shoes use canvas which is a thicker, stiffer fabric.
07-24-2019, 05:04 PM
There will be pics!
SD, why not try it without him. I know a number of women and men who do re-enactment without their partner. Either the spouse has a different work schedule or is just not as into it. When we go to the renaissance festival I like to dress up, but DH does not find it comfortable and even though he has costumes, usually does not wear them.
Kathy, I try to keep the costumes contained so they are not in the way of other people. Long skirts get stepped on when you're in a crowd. Likewise it's hard to wear a sword, because it sticks out on the side and people are not used to giving you that much personal space. Long flowy sleeves are beautiful, unless you need to reach across the table for something, and then they knock over stuff or get in your food. Wings are especially bad, doorways are so narrow. Usually big costumes are good on stage, but awkward in a room or hallway full of people.
Speaking of shoes, we have outdoor practice tonight and I need to put some elastic straps on my dance shoes.
I got the corset pattern cut, not sure what size I am these days. Found a remnant of striped cotton to make a test copy/lining from. That's as far as I get tonight. I finished the purple star block, it was on my sewing table and had to get done first.
07-24-2019, 06:46 PM
It seems like a lot of work for rendezvousing, so I don't think I'd want to do it alone. I've thought about it. I think I'm getting too old and lazy now.
I got the undamaged handle openings done on one of the basket covers, and the incorrect ones patched. I hope to get the damaged openings redone tomorrow without any further problems. I just want to get the project done. I also have to add snaps to keep the covers in place and sew in the lining, then add Contact paper to the cardboard bottoms. Once the handles are dealt with, the rest should be simple.
I also got the primer on the salvaged table. I'll take it to Mom's tomorrow to see if it fits where she needs it and if she wants it. Then I will paint it.
07-24-2019, 07:36 PM
It would be less fun alone, true. If you know people who are already doing it, you could ask to join their camp. Folks like that usually have loaner gear. Then you could try it, with minimal investment, and not be alone.
Looking forward to seeing the finished baskets.
I got the %$#@! elastic on my shoes. I think my days of hand sewing are nearing an end. I almost cannot thread a needle anymore, and it's not just my eyes.
07-25-2019, 08:20 AM
I don't know anyone who goes to rendezvous. I know I couldn't deal with sleeping on the ground anymore either, and I think people do that. The people I've talked to said they can't use anything in their camps that wasn't available during the fur trade era. I don't think our Aliner qualifies.
Sorry about the needle threading.
I'm looking forward to seeing the basket covers, too. That will mean they're finally done. I'm thinking I should frame the blocks with narrow bias tape, maybe brown or forest green. Here's what I have now. I think framing the blocks would make them stand out. Attachment 49247
07-25-2019, 09:44 AM
I got the Christmas pattern finished and a start on the cat head. I’ll probably do the small shell next. It’s saved from a book and there’s a larger shell I also like on the back of it. They use a lot of the same colors so I pulled the rest of the thread and fabric for that too. After I get a few of these small ones done I’ll get out the iron, press them and post the pics.
07-25-2019, 12:00 PM
Originally Posted by Spirit Deer
It seems like a lot of work for rendezvousing, so I don't think I'd want to do it alone. I've thought about it. I think I'm getting too old and lazy now.
SD, I think you are about the least lazy person I know. You are always doing projects.
There are things that look really fun when we see them online or on TV. But I think with age comes the wisdom that not every "fun" thing will be fun for you.
I know I am not into adventurous things and neither is my husband.
I have Friday and Monday off. I might be getting my ID renewed on Monday though.
07-25-2019, 05:15 PM
Spent a frustrating afternoon looking for buckles for this costume. I need 5, HL had two but I did not want to buy them if I could not get them all the same. JA had none in the size I need. I will have to mail order.
I picked up a few remnants, (they are still 50% +25% off) one is a sweet fall/winter print with deer and holly. Might be good for table napkins or a new potholder. They were also clearing out the Warm&Natural quilt batts, 50%+25% off so I got two of those.
Kathy, hope getting your new ID doesn't take long. I've got to renew mine this year, need the new federal compliant ones to travel, and the rates are going up too.
07-25-2019, 07:26 PM
Thanks, Kathy. Wish I could get more done than I do.
Hope you find the buckles you need, CH. I can often find good prices on eBay if I need multiples of something. The deer and holly fabric sounds pretty.
I got the holes for the handles done on the second basket cover, so the ordeal should be over now. I'm still licking my wounds but it could be worse. Next will be sewing on 8 big snaps on each cover, then the linings. I'm debating if I want to work on them by hand. They're big enough to do on the machine, but we're under yet another storm warning again. We're barely on the leading edge but it's been thundering for a while now and my machines are already unplugged. Maybe tomorrow morning.
07-25-2019, 09:08 PM
I got a nice comment on my badge lanyard today so I want to make 1 or 2 more. Spent time rummaging around in the button/snap container and the bead box and random broken jewelry from mom. I found a 15" gold necklace that I reworked the findings and doubled the chain to make a 7.5" 2-strand bracelet. Now it will be worn. If I had thought about it I could have strung a couple of beads onto the chain before reattaching the finding. But I'm not going to take it apart again. Maybe I will try that on a silver chain. There are plenty of materials for experimentation.
I also found a small pearl on an un-mated earring that was close enough to fill in for a missing pearl on a pearl & amethyst (probably really just purple glass) pin. I used Elmer's glue and it got smeared around a bit. Hopefully it does dry clear.
07-26-2019, 09:09 AM
Got 2 snaps sewed on. Two. Four pieces. Took at least an hour. 28 to go. Ugh. Don't think I'm going to sew any more by hand because why?
We got a lot of distant thunder and about 1.5" of rain, but not the potential 60 mph wind and penny sized hail. We've been lucky dodging the worst so far. Hope it continues.
Today's goal is to finish up the basket covers. Then I need to clear some space on the work table so I can go back to working on the AAR. Also need to paint Mom's little table. Odds and ends of stuff. Supposed to be rainy off and on today, so don't know if we'll get anything done outside.
07-26-2019, 09:45 AM
Today is supposed to be housework day but I woke up too early congested, stuffy headed and headachy. I knew I would feel better sitting up so I’m short on sleep too. I’ll see how the day goes. Probably by afternoon I can tackle the drudgery.
I finished the cat and got about two thirds of the little shell done. I love seashells and have some great patterns for them. There is a set of larger ones made from watercolors with unstitched areas, so the fabric has to be right since it becomes part of the shell. Going through the fabrics the other day I found the one I would like to use but I was looking for smaller patterns. I’ve about decided though that I am going to pull one of those patterns and do that next.
07-26-2019, 10:37 AM
DC, I love how you just zip through that stitching. Hope your head clears up soon. I got an ugly sore throat yesterday, hoping that the old gargle-with-saltwater trick will do it. Looks a bit better this morning, easier to swallow.
SD, snaps are a PITA. If you are careful, you can use the hand wheel on your machine to tack them down. Zig-zag, no feed dogs. I do buttons that way.
BIL & SIL got in ok last night. Love them, but OMG, the drama. Hoping today will be more relaxed.
Dlr, the jewelry makeover sounds cool. Nice to have something 'new' and sparkly.
I found some buckles on ebay, but have not ordered yet. I want to start on the test garment today. Won't have much time, there is a gardening talk I want to go to at noon, then DH wants everyone to meet up for lunch after.
07-26-2019, 11:37 AM
I started some new cording on the lucet. I was using the dishcloth yarn. Since the yarn is less smooth it offers much more resistance. I thought it was harder but not too bad. My initial thought was I will do one pair of shoe soles only then go back to the other yarn.
But after around half an hour my hands are stiff and sore. So I will drop the new cording and switch back to a smoother yarn.
I can't imagine doing this with jute which is even rougher.
I am glad that my first random attempt used smoother yarn.
07-26-2019, 02:02 PM
Hope everyone feels better soon.
Kathy, there's a learning curve for everything. Sounds like you're picking up valuable knowledge about your cording.
CH, I just use the button setting on my machines, pretty much the same process you suggest.
Drama? Sounds intriguing.
D, you're a speed demon with your crafts. Can't wait to see pics. I like seashells, too.
I'm calling the basket covers done. They're both sewn and the cardboard on one has its Contact paper applied. Since the baskets are identical, I only brought one in to clutter up the place. The other is still in the camper, which is closed. It will only take a couple minutes to apply the Contact paper to the cardboard for that one once I can get it. The handles fold down either to the inside or outside of the baskets, perfect for the space in the camper, so the openings for the handles have to be deep enough for the handles to lay flat either way. Here's the outside all done. Attachment 49249
And the inside. I left long tails on the lining, so those just tuck under the cardboard. The thin nylon is perfect for that. Attachment 49251
Here it is partially packed. Canned stuff stays packed the whole season to save packing time. The other basket has staple foods. Attachment 49253
07-26-2019, 02:40 PM
Got some work done on the wool afgan for a friend last night. It's slow going, though. At least it's been cool enough to actually work with the wool yarn. I do have a lapgan WIP that I can switch over to if it does get too warm.
07-26-2019, 04:46 PM
For the basket project, I used up some more of the nylon pieces I had cut for a defunct project. Along with the AAR skirt, I've now used up most of the scrap ripstop, and was able to move the hot air balloon nylon into the pail with the ripstop, which emptied the double shoebox I had that in. Progress, and it feels good to use up the scrappy stuff instead of cutting more off the roll. Some of it, like the bottoms of the basket covers, are very pieced together, but it doesn't matter and helped use up scraps. I'm happy with being able to use up so much stuff I was keeping for "someday". I hate piecing stuff because it's easier to just rip what I need off the roll, so I'm glad I made myself fiddle with piecing things.
I've been having problems with my serger refusing to cut anything. Tried to fix that today and couldn't. Now it won't pull the fabric under the needles either. I tried for 2 hrs and didn't get it fixed, so it's going in. I suspect it's just some kind of adjustment, and since it's overdue for professional maintenance anyway, I'm hoping it won't cost any extra to fix it.
The camper has two long fabric flaps that snap on the inside of the roof sidewalls to cover wiring and other stuff. I brought in the one from the front wall a while ago, thinking of putting a couple pockets on it for Husby's cell phone, charger, and ear buds. But I decided not to. The long panel got buried on my table. Today it turned up, and I happened to have a perfect scrap from the baskets so I did the pockets after all, and had a good scrap of nylon to line it, too. Husby's bed is right by the pockets and he likes to read with his phone, so will need a place to put it away when he wants to go to sleep. It should work nicely, I hope. Attachment 49255
07-26-2019, 06:01 PM
SD the basket looks great, very professional. The little side pockets are clever, too.
The family drama isn't that intriguing. We are a very blended family, multiple marriages and multiple kids from different relationships on both sides. Some of the stories have been funny, some have been shocking, some downright horrifying. You have raised kids, you know how crazy it gets. So glad there is none of that for DH and I, despite our past.
Kathy, hope your hands are feeling better tomorrow.
I pinned the pattern to the test fabric this morning, it barely fits. I did not have time to figure out sizing, and I ate so much BBQ at lunch that today is not a good day to measure anything. :)
I don't have any of the "alligator hide" to spare, so I have to be sure of measurements before I cut.
My zippers came from china. I may get some pouches started this weekend.
07-26-2019, 06:56 PM
SD - Basket turned out fabulous. You will get lots of compliments when your camping.
07-26-2019, 07:19 PM
Oh, yeah, we had family drama enough to last 6 lifetimes. In the end, it broke our family completely. It's good you and your husband have stayed okay through yours.
Thanks, about the covers. I think I like them now.
I rummaged around and found a scrap of used Cordura pack cloth. It's not pretty, but it's still sturdy. I cut that for a no-brainer drawstring bag for the folding rake that goes in the camper. I just want something to cover up the tines to protect them and protect other stuff from them, so looks don't matter. Now I have to move the mountain of fabric off the industrial serger again. I really should put that stuff away...
Storming now. Still not a lot of wind, so that's something. Our driveway has taken a beating this year, but if that's the worst that happens, we can't complain.
We need to build an extension for a deck roof, so we can add a gutter to that roof in hopes of stopping an erosion problem under the slab of our house. That will also allow us to add a rain barrel in front of our house. Today Husby picked up the 2x4 we need for the project, so I hope we can get that done tomorrow. It's a small job so I'm hoping it goes quickly. The extension is only step 1 in the project and we don't have anything needed to continue, but I want to do this in stages so I can take my time to figure out how to do each step. This is another one of those weird non-standard situations that don't have any instructions I can look at anywhere.
07-26-2019, 07:23 PM
Thanks, EB. 🙂
07-27-2019, 02:26 AM
SD - the baskets turned out great.
I donít think Iím all that fast. Iíve just spent hours and hours on it this week. Also the cat and shell are small. I started the larger shell from the same book as this little one. Itís a really easy pattern so should go quickly.
When I chose the amber yellow fabric for the cat I didnít realize there were white whiskers against the background. They are almost invisible unless the light catches them just right.
07-27-2019, 07:39 AM
We're following an incident in the BWCA during last night's storm. SAR went out looking for a Girl Scout troop that had been struck by lightning, and reached them by 11 PM. Sounds like all 9 people in the group experienced what their guide thought was a ground strike. SAR was going to try to evacuate them last night by canoe. They said 2 of the people were showing "acute symptoms" but that everyone could move on their own. Not sure what that means because it seems contradictory. The story also said State Patrol was going to bring a chopper in at first light this morning, so I'm not sure what's happening. It has to be bad if they're going in by air, because normally anything with a motor is prohibited in the BW. At any rate, they're in my thoughts today. I hope everyone will recover.
Just waiting for it to get a little later so we can go slice and dice the parts for the extension on the front deck roof. It would be rude to wake up the neighbors with a screaming saw. Sure hope we can get that done today. This is supposed to be our only nice day this weekend.
07-27-2019, 09:32 AM
My husband's family has had some drama in the past. Thankfully we live away from my hometown and we were not drawn into it to much. One time we went back to visit we were informed that the family was split into over a dispute. My mother in law informed me of what side we were on.
I sewed one sole together and am almost finished sewing the other sole. The soles are flexible, but stiff enough not to be floppy. I am planning an open heal shoe. If it does not work I can sew a heal on later.
I may try some slip on style sandals.
I want to try more open shoes in the summer. Summer weather lasts through September here. For winter I will try more closed in shoes. I am thinking of having removable pieces that make shoes look more boot like.
07-27-2019, 12:57 PM
The rescue had a good outcome, luckily. Everyone is back at the Scout base now. They were medically checked out, 2 were kept for additional tests, but they were all released by this AM. They came out of the BW at about 4 AM. Happy ending. Hate when it goes the other way.
It's only 75 here but 68 dew point. Miserable. But we got the frame extension done on the deck roof! It only took a couple hours and went better than expected. Now we have something to attach a gutter to. Without the extension the gutter would have been under the roof, useless and therefore uninstalled. It took me a long time to figure out how to do this for a variety of reasons, so I'm glad it's done. Attachment 49265
07-27-2019, 02:55 PM
I'm just relaxing this afternoon. We have a cookout to be at by 4pm. I did some light shopping, going to make some deviled eggs to take. Steaming some corn on the cob for a late lunch. Going to have some coffee and read over the costume pattern instructions if I have time.
SD, that extention looks good. Hope it works like you expect.
DC, your needlework is lovely.
07-27-2019, 06:36 PM
The pockets for the camper flap were an epic fail. They need to hold the phone horizontally instead of vertically, so it's a redo.
I got a couple handfuls of green beans, actually wax beans and purple beans, so I'm going to try them in the AF.
I mixed up some no salt Montreal steak seasoning so will try that on the beans. Should be good and easy. Hope we like it.
07-27-2019, 07:27 PM
The beans were really good in the air fryer, and quick and easy too. I will do that again. The steak seasoning mix recipe is a keeper! I've been looking for a Montreal seasoning clone for a while so I'm happy I finally found the right mix. Of course the real test will be on meat.
Got the failed camper pockets ripped off, so I can try again.
07-28-2019, 10:11 AM
I didnít get much done in the cross stitch yesterday but maybe more today. When Iím working, of course Iím always thinking of the next project. The reason no doubt that I have such an embarrassing collection of WIPs that gradually drift into UFO status. Yesterday was no different.
Iím definitely not into fairies as a thing, but I really like Nora Corbettís fairy patterns. They use a lot of beading and metallic threads. I have several of the patterns and Iím going to rush through the rest of the shell - I WILL finish it first - and then do the bluebell fairy, the one that first caught my eye. When I got the pattern I also ordered the beads and metallic thread so itís good to go. It also called for one $$ silk thread for a few stitches and was a decided no. I can substitute that and the rest is DMC.
07-28-2019, 10:14 AM
I posted a link that didnít work so Iíll try again.
So they are kind of a mess but I am posting a work in progress anyway. They are not quite the same size and shape. This is why I want to try starting with the cut sole and working from the outside in. So this is kind of a learning project. Maybe the top of the shoes will hide some of the flaws.
This is a good use your stash project since I have lots of yarn laying around.
Next step is the cork fabric tops.
07-28-2019, 03:16 PM
I patched a couple mouse holes in the screen room and reattached a piece of lattice which had been removed a long time ago, and then of course the repair never got done. I hope this keeps them out for a while, but I have no illusions. My curved quilting needle came in handy.
I also made the bag for the folding rake. It's nothing to brag about but it's done. Attachment 49271
It should keep the tines from catching in things. I used up a previously used remnant of Cordura and pieced some more nylon pieces together.Attachment 49273
The zucchini I planted earlier this month is flourishing and has lots of buds now. We should get something from it yet this year. I need to figure out a cage for it before it blooms.
Nothing much happening today. Just waiting for the next storm to show its ugly face.