Getting ready was feeling a bit frazzled yesterday and then things come together just fine - like they usually do - and I will definitely be ready to go on time. Tomorrow morning. Early. Today, I need to print out driving instructions, make an itinerary so my family can find me if they need me, get American money from the bank, and put my clothes in the suitcase. And then I'm ready.
Yesterday, I hemmed three pairs of jeans. The two darker pairs needed to be taken up an inch and the blue pair an inch and a half. Measuring, pinning, stitching, and pressing all three pairs took about twenty minutes using this technique that I've talked about before. SO easy.
Apparently, I waited a bit too long especially on the blue pair as it's showing some fading already. I think I'll try painting that "patch" with fabric paint and see what happens. If it's too blue, it'll also fade down again so I think it'll be okay. Right now, they're just off the floor with a slight heel. I prefer flatter shoes to wearing heels with jeans since I wear them for more practical than pretty reasons.
The studio is picked up, dusted and vacuumed - even the design wall and the work surface. I cut out a skirt and it's sitting on the machine-less sewing tables ready for when I get back. It's nice to be able to transition smoothly back into the work by having a project waiting otherwise I find that I can stutter and stall although, I doubt I will finish all the work I've packed to go so perhaps I'll have a project in progress to complete and that's always a perfect return to the studio.
I know that some people fly to this retreat but I have absolutely no idea how they do that. This is packing light for me. I restrained myself. A small rolling suitcase of fabric, interfacing, and other project supplies. A carry bag of tools, patterns, and thread. The sewing machine. The serger in a box along with a pressing surface and light. My journal bag. A flat cardboard box with the extension table, rotary mat and rulers, a roll of tracing paper, and teflon pressing sheets. My adjustable rolling chair. A wooden stool to put the serger on. AND.. a bag of purses, the challenge project, and the little girl twirl coats for show & tell along with the child size mannequin to show them on.
I bought new luggage for this trip. Nothing expensive. Just a four piece set from WalMart for less than the price of one good suitcase only it's in a girl pattern. The men in my life are constantly taking the suitcases on men trips and they come home dirty. I figured with a girl print, they wouldn't take my suitcases... which is why I didn't buy the beautiful purple ones... because my youngest son would so have borrowed those.
This morning, I have an appointment for a manicure and pedicure. Nothing fancy. Just clean, trimmed, and painted. I'll do my fingers in a clear or light color and have a bit more fun with the toes. There was a really short time frame when I got my nails done regularly and then I went back to leaving them bare since I didn't like the bill, about two days later I'd want that stuff off my hands, and I keep them short for working in the studio anyway BUT... I've noticed that most American women have their nails done and to avoid the potential for feeling self conscious with my scraggly fingers, I'm treating myself before the trip. The esthetician is someone I've known for years so we'll have a great chat while she works. Tonight, we're going out for dinner to celebrate my birthday since I'll be at the retreat on the day. That's like having two birthdays. But I'll only age once - LOL.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a clean studio to come home to, one more sleep