I always used to hate fall when I lived way up north. I felt like everything was dying before the snow came. It was muddy and ugly and I hated it.
Now here in southern Oregon I love it! It's like all the trees are blooming and showing off their finery just like the flowers do in the spring. The air is crisp and cool. The flowers and weeds are continuing their life cycle instead of just dying.
Willow and I found this nifty weed on our walk the other day. I put it in an old milk bottle with some lavender buds from right outside our door and a little bird that I made last fall, from this tutorial.
Our lifestyles could not be more totally different. If I saw her on the street I might be afraid. But she is really sweet and she adores her son (you really should see some of the stuff that she has made for him) and her projects are brilliant! I found her bra tutorial (careful, she says the D word), and I swear, just like because of tanis-isis I will never buy jeans again, because of Max California I will never buy a bra again.
I suffer from depression. I have for most of my life. I'm always afraid to tell anyone. I'm afraid they will judge me. I'm afraid they'll think I'm just on anti-depressants so that I have the energy to be super-woman. I'm afraid they won't trust me with their kids. I'm afraid people will think I'm incapable. I'm afraid they'll think is just an excuse to be lazy. Instead I hide it, and make excuses and people think I'm a flake. Like when I say I can't do something that normal people would do with no problem. Or when I say I can do something but I just can't.
There are some days where I really like who I am. I am an artist. I am intelligent. I am trustworthy and capable.
And some days I just can't. I can't make phone calls. I can't go to sleep at night without the light on. I can stay awake in the afternoon.
I've walked around in a stupor all stinking day, and then suddenly at 7:30, my brain cleared and I feel normal. And I made a decision. I'm not going to take it anymore! I'm not going to hide anymore! I'm going to find a medication that really works, and I'm going to allow myself to do only what I'm capable of. If I can't do something, I'm not going to torture myself because a normal human being should be able to do it. The fact is, I'm not always a normal human being. The fact is, I'm limited sometimes.
So my friends, ask me to do things. Ask me to watch your kids or teach your Sunday school class or host a tupperware party. I'll say yes if I can. And if I can't I will tell you. I'm not going to flake out on you or make excuses anymore. I respect you too much for that.
So when I finally have time to post on my poor neglected blog is when I've had my eye sliced open and I can hardly see what I'm typing. Go figure.
Yes I, at the tender age of 30 had cataract surgery yesterday. It's a very interesting procedure. I don't remember any of it. But hopefully within a few days my will see 10000% better than it ever did! Yay!
I have been working my fanny off, but I truely couldn't tell you what I've been doing.
Easter dresses are half done. My coat is almost cut out. I did some stuff for DeWayne. I did some mending and lots and lots of housework and Homeschool, but nothing really exciting or... finished.
So I'll just post some pictures of our day at table rock this last Saturday. It was lovely!
I wish my battery hadn't died half way through.
And now the last picture. AAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I am feeling very motivated to lose weight! No wonder my friend (whom I don't see very often) asked me if I was expecting! I had lost 5 pounds and was toning up and stuff, but then I gained 7 and it all went to my belly. Arhg. You'd think a nice, long, uphill hike would do something for me, but noooo.
So my coat, right? Oh my freaking heck! (that's mormon swearing)
I've used a lot of printable patterns. Most of them are perfectly fine to lay out and tape. Some are tricky. This one was nearly impossible!! First of all, there were 57 (!) pages. With that many you know there's going to be a mistake somewhere. Then, the edges and overlap were not clearly marked. At all.
Plus, there are no notches or markings at all except for 1 notch on the top of the sleeve.
When I finally got all 57 pages just right and taped together, I had to go over each pattern piece to make sure it was actually correct, and then alter each pattern piece. Sherry gives some great tips for altering and checking patterns. I already knew most of it, but the stuff I did pick up was priceless.
Anyway, I shortened the tail, lengthened the waist
and the sleeves, added pockets, added vents to the sleeves, and changed the collar just a little.
It's going to be so stinkin' cute, I can hardly wait
I am participating in a tailoring sew-along over at pattern-scissors-cloth. I'm so excited! She's going to go into all the details of altering patterns, fitting, industry tips and tricks, and since I am a completely self-taught seamstress, I am excited to either: learn something new, or: confirm that I was doing it right after all!
I found this pattern that I just LOVE. Of course I plan to alter it almost beyond recognition, but here's what I'm starting with.
Now I need to decide which fabric to use. Both are nice washable wool blends. The grey was a thrift store find and has a light weight black interfacing on the back, so it's quite stiffer than the black. What do you think?
I was finally finally finally(!) able to get some pictures of my Spring Collection. Over the next few days I'll be editing pictures, opening the line up for pre-orders and getting it listed in my etsy shop.