Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Good Edging In

Getting back across the border ended up being a bit of a complication especially with all my stuff. I could have flown and shipped my things only I was concerned about damage. I could have rented a car but only to drive to the border and then I would have needed a Canadian car to meet me which would have been way too difficult to coordinate. In the end, Howard rented a car and drove down to pick me up which I appreciated greatly as I could see how painful it was for him.





This isn't my car in the picture but it's the hill with the other driver's car parked on one side and a vehicle oncoming on the other side of the intersection I was crossing. I was in the position of that vehicle which looks remarkably like mine. As you can see, both roads are at an angle which is why the other car was in my blind-spot the entire time. That meant I didn't have time to tense up so I'm feeling quite good. Apparently accidents happen at this intersection all the time. The neighborhood has been petitioning for change and so far have been ignored which is concerning since there is a high-school just up the block. I hope they get change and if you can say a prayer for the other driver, I hope he comes out of this ahead.

We got home late Tuesday afternoon. I think that's when reality set in. I was shaky and tired but - as I said to Howard - no one died, was paralyzed, or ended up broken and since the accident happened near support for both drivers - in accident speak - it was a good accident. Cars can be replaced.





Yesterday morning, I went to journal, walked the dog, had coffee with a friend, and puttered until mid afternoon when I finally started putting things away, doing the laundry, and washing my new fabric. Today, I hope to actually do some work in the studio including taking this dress apart.

It's a work-in-progress that Diane sold as a "play project". I bought it loving the linen only the minute I tried it on at the B & B, the phrase impulse purchase popped into my head. It's not me and it's not working and it obviously wasn't working for Diane since she sold it rather than taking it forward. I think it says something about my confidence that I'm going to take it - a Diane original - apart, wash out the stitching holes, and then take it forward into a new version. I'll leave the collar and sleeves and go from there. It does have potential.





Here's the front and back of the shirt that Miles Frode - Diane's son - painted on for me. I'm not sure it's going to end up "me" in the end even though these colors are definitely me. I picked them. I'm going to keep going and see what happens. Right now...





... I'm adding hand stitching around some of the details and if you click on the images, you'll see stitching around the neckline. LOL - apparently, I'm working on the running stitch right now... which is fine... since I haven't been into hand work at all previously. This is a good edging in.

While I was away, I didn't answer any of the blog comments because I was using Internet Explorer which won't allow me to comment. There were two questions I wanted to answer. If I missed one, let me know.

Sue asked: I am confused by the idea of using a sander. Surely if you put a sander on to plastic it will "sand" the surface of the plastic. - - - - - You use an up and down motion and hold the sander still so it's not moving on the surface of the plastic but just agitating below it. The plastic doesn't even look like it's been touched. The first two times I worked my way across, I counted to ten at each spot and the last time to eight.





mrsmole asked: Did you purchase that fabric at Fabric of Vision, that darling store with incredible selections and mill ends? - - - - - - I did. I bought the end of the bolt but it's made by Alexander Henry if you want to try and find it somewhere else. I loved the combination of graphics and color.

Thanks again for all the birthday wishes and for your comforting comments after the accident. I'm glad to be home and looking forward to working in the studio for a couple weeks before we leave for our river cruise in Europe. After "practicing" with my wardrobe, I have a few changes to make but mostly it went quite well. That's good to know... especially which shoes were comfortable for walking.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - washers & dryers

13 comments:

  1. I love that you did a practice wardrobe trip. We are leaving today for Europe & our River cruise. Glad all is well with you after the accident . I enjoy how detailed you are in your sewing & creative journey .

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    1. I'm glad I practiced too especially as two tops and one pair of shoes didn't make the cut. In a small wardrobe, that's a considerable amount. Enjoy your trip.

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  2. I wonder if the Miles-painted piece couldn't become the 'new' you. From this distance, it sure looks like a lighthearted you. The other piece might have great potential for you once you lose the suspender-looking trim. Just as coveralls don't often flatter a curvy figure, suspenders seldom work on those of us who are not long-legged. Please show us how you transform it with your own creative magic.

    I'm glad you're home safe and sound with a couple weeks for your husband to rebuild his stamina for the upcoming trip. Best to you both.

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    1. I picked the colors so they are me but I find the style of the top a bit on the prissy side. I'm hoping to evolve it into something I'd wear. I posted a few transformation pictures of the impulse piece. It's in transition. Howard was quite exhausted yesterday still. Hopefully today is better already. Thanks for your well wishes.

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  3. So glad you finally made it home safely! You had quite the adventure.
    I'm with Charade - the suspender things are just wrong on that top. I'm sure you'll find a way to salvage it! I really like the piece that Miles painted though. I hope you can work it into your summer wardrobe.

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    1. I did and it was and I'm glad it turned out so well. Salvaging the piece will be fun. I'm a few steps further forward and it's definitely got more potential now that the suspenders are gone. I'm not sure I'll get the painted piece done before I get back from the cruise but hopefully before the end of summer.

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  4. IMO, suspenders just don't work once someone is past her 20s. But the white top is looking charming.

    Take good care! and enjoy this pre-trip time. It's a good time to rest and not push.

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    1. I am resting, not pushing. Thanks for the encouragement. I agree - no suspenders at my age.

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  5. Glad to see you are home safe and sound and no after effects from the accident.
    Thank you for explaining about the sander.

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    1. You're welcome about the sander info. It made things quicker and less physical and that was good.

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  6. I would wear that first shirt in a heartbeat - without the suspenders.

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    1. It wasn't that attractive on but hopefully will be when I'm done. One of the refashioning pieces I bought had some delightful lace that I may be able to work into the hemline. We'll see.

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  7. So glad you're ok and BRAVO to Howard!

    Love the painted shirt/blouse and wouldn't do anything to it if it were mine. The thing from Diane? I'd ditch the "suspenders" and "waistband" and see how that changed it. To me, but contribute to making it very boxy and cringe-inducing. But that's me ;-) Look forward to seeing your changes, which are always mind-opening.

    Joyce in WI

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.