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So I got one.  More specifically, I bought a sewing machine.  Isn't she pretty?

A little known fact about me is that I used to be quite a decent seamstress.  Back in high school, I used to make a lot of my mom's clothing and some of my own.  I loved to sew and I got really good at it.  I haven't had a sewing machine in years.  I had one when I was married to my ex but when I left, that was one of the things he insisted belonged to him so I couldn't have it back.  Who knows what happened to it... O well.

Anyway, sewing machines have changed A LOT since I last bought one.  I was amazed!  They have so many automatic functions and cool stitches and you can quilt with them and do automatic button holes and there are so many specialized feet!!  I got a very good deal on this one - I bought from Costco mail order and it was only $149, which seems to be a very good price.  I did my research.  This one even threads the needle for you!  This is more important than you might think, given the state of my ability to put tiny things through tiny holes.

While I was up in Vermont last week, I found a very cool fabric store called Rags & Riches.  It sells primarily home decorating fabric, for upholstery and curtains, etc. but a lot of it can be used for clothing or craft projects.  I found a gorgeous sheer embroidered fabric that spoke to me.  It said "Make me into a jacket to wear over a beautiful princess-seamed dress with 3/4 sleeves and a V neckline (or possibly a square neckline)."  So I found a beautiful claret-colored duponi silk fabric that coordinates perfectly and a nice pattern online.  But I don't want to jump right into a complicated project like that right away - wouldn't be a good idea, after not sewing for so long.  So I wandered over to a Jo-Ann's Fabric Store just down the road and found a remnant piece on the clearance table - $7 for just over a yard of really pretty green (big surprise there) silk embroidered fabric that will be perfect for a couple of throw pillows for the living room.  I went back to the first store because Sarah was dying to check it out.  She found a nice remnant to make a tote bag and a knitting needle case and I ended up buying another remnant that called to me when I first walked into the store.  It is heavy and soft and green with leaves and will make a gorgeous bedspread.  Should be just enough material.  So between the pillows and the bedspread, I think I have enough basic projects to start with to get me back into sewing again and familiarize me with the new toy.  Then I can tackle the dress project, which will be beautiful.  I hope.

This weekend my goal is to clean up and clear out our spare back room which has my clothing exploded all over it.  I want to get rid of the futon that's up there (sorry Tal, but we have a proper guest room now!) and get a large table for laying out fabric and a table for my sewing machine and make a real sewing room.  That will make me ridiculously happy.
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So I got one.  More specifically, I bought a sewing machine.  Isn't she pretty?

A little known fact about me is that I used to be quite a decent seamstress.  Back in high school, I used to make a lot of my mom's clothing and some of my own.  I loved to sew and I got really good at it.  I haven't had a sewing machine in years.  I had one when I was married to my ex but when I left, that was one of the things he insisted belonged to him so I couldn't have it back.  Who knows what happened to it... O well.

Anyway, sewing machines have changed A LOT since I last bought one.  I was amazed!  They have so many automatic functions and cool stitches and you can quilt with them and do automatic button holes and there are so many specialized feet!!  I got a very good deal on this one - I bought from Costco mail order and it was only $149, which seems to be a very good price.  I did my research.  This one even threads the needle for you!  This is more important than you might think, given the state of my ability to put tiny things through tiny holes.

While I was up in Vermont last week, I found a very cool fabric store called Rags & Riches.  It sells primarily home decorating fabric, for upholstery and curtains, etc. but a lot of it can be used for clothing or craft projects.  I found a gorgeous sheer embroidered fabric that spoke to me.  It said "Make me into a jacket to wear over a beautiful princess-seamed dress with 3/4 sleeves and a V neckline (or possibly a square neckline)."  So I found a beautiful claret-colored duponi silk fabric that coordinates perfectly and a nice pattern online.  But I don't want to jump right into a complicated project like that right away - wouldn't be a good idea, after not sewing for so long.  So I wandered over to a Jo-Ann's Fabric Store just down the road and found a remnant piece on the clearance table - $7 for just over a yard of really pretty green (big surprise there) silk embroidered fabric that will be perfect for a couple of throw pillows for the living room.  I went back to the first store because Sarah was dying to check it out.  She found a nice remnant to make a tote bag and a knitting needle case and I ended up buying another remnant that called to me when I first walked into the store.  It is heavy and soft and green with leaves and will make a gorgeous bedspread.  Should be just enough material.  So between the pillows and the bedspread, I think I have enough basic projects to start with to get me back into sewing again and familiarize me with the new toy.  Then I can tackle the dress project, which will be beautiful.  I hope.

This weekend my goal is to clean up and clear out our spare back room which has my clothing exploded all over it.  I want to get rid of the futon that's up there (sorry Tal, but we have a proper guest room now!) and get a large table for laying out fabric and a table for my sewing machine and make a real sewing room.  That will make me ridiculously happy.
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So we all know that I can bitch with the best of them and that's what this journal is for me sometimes - a place to vent.  But when good things happen I want to let that out too.  In fact, I should do that more often.

The first (not so) random act of wonderful was brought to my by my wonderful friend
[livejournal.com profile] taldragon .  I received a lovely package from her containing a really cool box of English breakfast tea all the way from London!  Squeal!!!  My favorite!!  She also sent 2 HUGE bars of Cadbury chocolate.  For those poor souls who do not know, Cadbury chocolate in England is FAR superior than the sad version we have here in the U S of A.  I have heard rumors that the Canadians are lucky enough to get the good stuff too, but I have not confirmed this as yet.  There was also a lovely birthday card.  Thank you thank you!!  I still have the warm fuzzy feeling.  I also received another great birthday card from across the sea from [livejournal.com profile] daisho  and [livejournal.com profile] firenightingale for which I give a hearty "thank you".  And [livejournal.com profile] halfmoon_mollie  thought of me very early with a lovely card that I brought to work with me so it can sit on my desk and remind me that friends can be people you have never met in person.   But we will!!!

The second act, which was truly random, happened just a little while ago at the lunch place I go to around the corner.  I was on line to get my salad and ended up, as I so often do, chatting with the woman who happened to be ahead of me.  I mused over the character of a salad dressing called "Smokey Russian" and we giggled about what that might signify.  She went to pay for her salad and I followed a minute or so later.  I saw her graciously pick up something that someone else had knocked off a counter so when she ended up behind me in line, I told her to go in front of me.  She gave an account number when it came time to pay - she probably works for a law firm or a bank that has an account with this deli place so she can charge her meals when she works through lunch.  I joked about how I wished that I had a number to charge to - there were days when I did when I worked at law firms.  I got my money out to pay for my salad as she was signing her receipt.  Suddenly, she pushed my hand away and told me to put my money away and she told the counterman to add my salad to her tab.  I protested but she insisted.  I left with a huge smile on my face which I proceeded to spread the entire way back to the office.

And to add another lovely touch to the day, the florist I pass had a huge bouquet of lilacs in a vase on the sidewalk.  I managed to inhale several snootfuls before I went back inside to eat my free salad.
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So we all know that I can bitch with the best of them and that's what this journal is for me sometimes - a place to vent.  But when good things happen I want to let that out too.  In fact, I should do that more often.

The first (not so) random act of wonderful was brought to my by my wonderful friend
[livejournal.com profile] taldragon .  I received a lovely package from her containing a really cool box of English breakfast tea all the way from London!  Squeal!!!  My favorite!!  She also sent 2 HUGE bars of Cadbury chocolate.  For those poor souls who do not know, Cadbury chocolate in England is FAR superior than the sad version we have here in the U S of A.  I have heard rumors that the Canadians are lucky enough to get the good stuff too, but I have not confirmed this as yet.  There was also a lovely birthday card.  Thank you thank you!!  I still have the warm fuzzy feeling.  I also received another great birthday card from across the sea from [livejournal.com profile] daisho  and [livejournal.com profile] firenightingale for which I give a hearty "thank you".  And [livejournal.com profile] halfmoon_mollie  thought of me very early with a lovely card that I brought to work with me so it can sit on my desk and remind me that friends can be people you have never met in person.   But we will!!!

The second act, which was truly random, happened just a little while ago at the lunch place I go to around the corner.  I was on line to get my salad and ended up, as I so often do, chatting with the woman who happened to be ahead of me.  I mused over the character of a salad dressing called "Smokey Russian" and we giggled about what that might signify.  She went to pay for her salad and I followed a minute or so later.  I saw her graciously pick up something that someone else had knocked off a counter so when she ended up behind me in line, I told her to go in front of me.  She gave an account number when it came time to pay - she probably works for a law firm or a bank that has an account with this deli place so she can charge her meals when she works through lunch.  I joked about how I wished that I had a number to charge to - there were days when I did when I worked at law firms.  I got my money out to pay for my salad as she was signing her receipt.  Suddenly, she pushed my hand away and told me to put my money away and she told the counterman to add my salad to her tab.  I protested but she insisted.  I left with a huge smile on my face which I proceeded to spread the entire way back to the office.

And to add another lovely touch to the day, the florist I pass had a huge bouquet of lilacs in a vase on the sidewalk.  I managed to inhale several snootfuls before I went back inside to eat my free salad.

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