I'm way behind with updating this blog. There have been so many other interesting things to do lately, that sewing and blogging (especially blogging) have had to take a back seat. Even weeding sounds more fun at the moment, especially when it's sunny out there.
It's been two weeks since the boys' summer break started. We've been pretty occupied so far. We spent a couple of days hanging out at our friend's house while my husband was away for work. Last week we went camping in Wisconsin. Yesterday we spent a couple of hours at the zoo in Chicago. There's a trip to Oklahoma coming up in August to visit the grandparents.
I do hope to spend sometime sewing, though. The truth is I feel like I'm in a funk. Sewing and blogging funk. I'm just not feeling it, totally feeling very unmotivated. I did, however, force myself to finish this top I started a few weeks ago. There wasn't much to it, actually. I only needed to finish a few inches of blanket stitches around the hem, make a button hole, and sew a button. I could have finished the whole thing in a few days, but it ended up taking me three weeks! My next project is to make a skirt out of the 1 yard of fabric pictured below, so it can be worn with the white top. We'll see how long this one will take me to finish!
Happy New Year! It feels surreal to me, though, that we've actually entered another calendar year. I have no specific goals that I've set this year. But in terms of sewing, I do know that I want to do more. I also want to improve my skills to the extent that my work looks professional enough for me to market it. It's been on my mind for quite awhile. It's just that I am not confident enough to actually do something about it.
The whole family is still in the holiday mood. I'm feeling pretty lazy, and just taking it easy at home. The husband and kids are also enjoying their break from work, and school. We had a great time in South Carolina, visiting my husband's family. I have to say, as cliche as it sounds, time passes too fast. Sometimes it feels like I'm just dreaming. Luckily there are photos as proof.
First post for December! Do you feel like time just flies by extremely fast these days? Here we are, a few more days until another new year. December has been quite productive for me in terms of sewing. Here's a sneak peek of the things I made. I'll probably be writing about them in detail after the new year. If I feel motivated, it could be sooner. We're going to South Carolina tomorrow to spend the Christmas holidays with my husband's family. We're all excited about it. I love spending time with family. It's a rare opportunity for us since everybody lives so far apart from each other. My whole family is in Malaysia, and we only get to visit them once every few years. Happy Holidays!
No turkey picture this year. We had our Thanksgiving gathering at our friend's house, and I was assigned to make dessert. I made this Victoria Sandwich cake and a Mandarin Orange cake. I saw the cake recipe a few days ago on this blog, and waited for the right time to make it. And I got my chance! I I think the cake itself was alright. It was a bit dense, more like a pound cake to me. The combination of strawberry jam filling, whipped cream and fresh fruit gave the cake an added boost. Unfortunately, the original recipe is written in Malay. If anybody is interested for me to translate it in English, I would be glad to do so; just not right now. I'm so full from eating delicious food. There were three huge turkeys! All I want to do is to watch my favorite show Downtown Abbey, and doze off after that. Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
dress - Gap Kids
Just a couple of weeks ago, we still had to wear at least another layer whenever we wanted to go outside.
This week, the weather has been perfect so far, albeit a little bit humid. The kids already have a pretty dark tan from being outside longer than normal.
Our house is still a mess. It's been three weeks since the basement got flooded, and we are still waiting for people to come and put up the drywall. I have been able to do some sewing though. I'll probably put some pictures soon.
Sewing has been quite impossible for more than a week now. Our basement and storage room were flooded after a few hours of heavy rain on May 12. It happened so fast. We didn't see that coming at all since we moved to this house in September last year. The aftermath was pretty bad (at least to me), although it was in no way as bad as the flood that happened in Bosnia-Herzegovina a few days ago. The moment we realized that water had been sipping through the backdoor in the basement, it was already a few inches deep. We managed to transfer most of the stuff in the basement to our living room. We were not able to get inside the storage room because of the water pressure so most of the things in there were soaked and had to be thrown away. Cleaning up after a basement flood is a lot of work. Our property management sent out some people to take down the affected drywall, applied some kind of disinfectant to inhibit mold growth and run a few dehumidifiers to take up additional moisture out of the air. Right now we are still waiting for some people to come in and replace the drywall. That means we still have our stuff from the basement occupying the living room and the kitchen. It pretty much looks like a hoarder's place. We can't do our laundry since whatever that are left in the basement right now are sealed with these big plastic sheets due to the construction work. That includes our washer and dryer, despite the fact that the latter's electric motor has gone kaput due to exposure to flood water. That means our laundry is piling up high, and we have to do our laundry at the laundromat. Oh well!
Our basement, before the flood.
Our basement, during the flood.
Drying up the kids' artworks.
We did manage to do a few loads of laundry before the construction guys came to take down the drywall and sealed the stuff we have in the basement. I put up a few rows of clothesline in one of the boys' room and hang all of the clothes in there. The boys think it's awesome.
This is how our basement looks like right now. There are 4 dehumidifiers in there, running nonstop since last Saturday. I'm a little bit worried about our electricity bill this month.
What our living room looks like at the moment.
When I started this blog, I've set a goal to update it at least once a week. With whatever that's going on around our house right now, it seems a little bit impossible. Hopefully those guys will come and finish off their work this weekend. I just want everything to go back to the way it was. This messiness is getting to me. Have a great weekend!
This week went by too fast. Does anyone else wonder what happens between Monday and Friday? I remember writing about how I planned to finish this dress by end of the day last Saturday. A week passed by and it's Saturday again! Aaaannnd it's still not done.
I have been having some problems with the bodice lining. I think I had probably cut it a bit too small? I don't know why or how, but it did say in the pattern (it's Fairy Tale dress from Oliver & S) that the folded lining seam allowance "should be shorter than the collar itself by about 1/8" on each side". Mine is more than that, about three times as wide. I've fixed one side of it (shown in the picture) by ripping the neckline stitches, reducing the folded lining seam allowance by half and resewing the neckline with a 1/4" seam instead of 1/2". I did this because I had trimmed the seam allowance to 1/4" before I realized the mistake. Does that make any sense?
Anyway, the weather was so beautiful today. We spent a couple of hours at the park and it was really great. Hopefully, I can get more sewing time tomorrow. I really need to finish this dress. It has been too long and it is starting to get on my nerves :-(.
It looks like it's going to be a great sunny day today. The current temperature is 54F, not too shabby, considering how cold it can be on certain days. Since it's Saturday, I thought I could sleep in a little bit. Miss Sarah however, has a different plan. She woke up at 6 this morning, all cheerful (which is a great thing of couse!) My dear husband has a gig somewhere in Michigan and he left home pretty early for that. The boys are still in their room. They set up a tent in their room last night and my guess is that they are going to be there for quite some time. Sarah is with me in the basement, going through her brothers' toys. I'm planning on working on this dress that I've been procrastinating to finish. So hopefully I can get it done by end of the day. In between that, perhaps a trip to a park for the kids? How's your day going to be like?
I was searching for pictures that I took of all the sewings that I've made so far and stumbled upon this.
This is my sister, Nabila. She's the youngest in our family (and I'm the eldest). She's an English teacher in a high school but she loves to draw and doodle whenever she's free. She was commissioned to do this mural for a cafe in our hometown sometime last year. When I saw back this picture I thought this would be a great idea for a quilt. Although I'm not very sure how to go about starting it, I think it's definitely something I would like to try in the near future.
I've been wanting to have some sort of journal to keep track of my sewing skill progress for quite some time now. I've done a few projects in the past three years but never get around to actually record them properly. I did take some pictures but that's about it. They're just there in the hard drive. I did think about having an actual journal like this one.
Ideally, that would work just great. Unfortunately based on past experience, it would probably work for a little while before I start to procrastinate especially when there are too many steps involved - printing, cutting, writing, gluing etc etc.. Sheeesh! I'm just not cut for it.
Hopefully going virtual will help me to be more productive and consistent. Sounds like a wishful thinking but I am excited! Let's just hope this blogging thingy works.
Alrighty! That's my first post!