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So I was lazy and got up a bit late, took my time to get ready, do my yoga, have breakfast, an headed to the farmer's market, somethign I have not been able to do yet this year because I was either without a car or in a rush at work. And it was sooo good ! It was the end of the market, and people had been scarce, so I got freebies and a good deal on heavenly strawberries. Fresh rhubarb and asparagus, ginger cheddar, smoked cheddar, and the plant guy was here.

Guys, bookstores ahve always been a dangerous zone for me, but I suspect gardening stores are becoming one, too. I went home with chard and lettuce (more grown that mine - I only sowed the chard yesterday), so that we don't have to wait as long. Then mint and coriander, carnation, a gooseberry and a raspberry bush. And another strawberry bush, because there will never be enoguh strawberries for our son. And RHUBARB. I will be good and not plant right now, as they predict below freezing temps during the night for two more days. that will give me time to find a place for everything. 
I am SO excited, this is starting to really be my dream garden.

Bonus : the littl eplants were cheap, organic, and locally grown. And I bought fresh italian pasta for tonight.


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Apr. 12th, 2017 10:17 pm

Growth

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I spent most of the afternoon in the garden, trimming the hedge that's just over the vegetable patch - can't do that once it's full of young plants, right ? Mostly, the butterfly bush hadn't been trimmed down for two years and was as high as the house.
It's a plant I dug up from the rocks and concrete next to our previous place - there were wild butterfly bushes growing on a patch where a new building was to be added, and I wanted to save one. I only managed to dig out one of the smallest ones, it was maybe three inches high at the time. First it lived in a pot on our balcony, then we planted it in the garden. And today I needed the ladder to cut it down - a project made slightly more adventurous by the honeysuckle vines that tried to strangle me and kept the cut-off branches in place...

The kids pleaded for a game of Quirkle, and it's amazing how much better they got at it since last time - especially Toad. I won, but not by much, and Toad was calculating the scores very, very fast.

Sewing was slow - just partially patterned Titania's underdress. Client postponed her appointment, which was okay by me - I'd much rather see her at a time when the kids aren't home.

On a less happy note : I am crossposting from Dreamwidth, and I will be deleting my LJ shortly. Not out of a particular personal fear, but things like censorship and discrimination (and worse) are a dealbreaker for me. So, follow me here if you want to keep in touch !

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Posting from DW for now, since I don't want to lose touch with anyone, I guess I'll just go back and forth between the two sites and crosspost from here.

Once upon a time I thought last week "Oh, I'll get some down time once the big wedding gown is out of the workshop" Hahah WRONG ! First, let's place two days of intensive draping, patterning and sewing with Lady Darkstone at the start of the week. So this happened :

EnregistrerI have to tweak the hem of one of the skirt layers in the back, add a zipper to the bodice's CB, and finish the neckline and armscyes with piping. The original plan included flutter sleeves but I'm not convinced they are really needed now. All fabrics came from stash !
We also patterned "Furisode", the Japan-themed dress - which will feature the blurry patterned fabroc on the right of the picture. It was amazign to have Lady Darkstone with me to chat, sew and drink tea. Sometimes working from home alone can be a little solitary.

Also, yes, this is my workshop/living-room; and yess, I have rolls of fabric waiting to be used there. And I have two ladies coming for variosu projects this week. I might need to tidy up a little tomorrow, right now the room is a war zone.

In non-sewing news I have baby tomato plants growing on my desk now, and the zucchinis and pumpkins are still on the balcony. I wanted to put them in the ground this week-end, but visitors left no time for gardening. If I went by the book I would'nt put them outside before next month, but we have had pretty steady temps for a while now, reaching 27°C yesterday.

We have started practising for the end of year show at ballet, so the lessons are a little less extreme for me and much more fun. And I managed to squeeze some time to pattern and grade the costumes for my daughter's group between two fittings today. Another Mom is supposed to have access to a larger format copier and make copies for everyone, while I make the tutorial.

HJ :
4-7. A quiet day after the mad rush to finish the wedding gown. I finished flossing Murielle's corset, and started working on Titania's underdress.
4-8. Our dance teacher finally settled on a fabric for the kids' costume, yay !
4-9. First picninc in the moutains of the year ! We went to a beautiful pass where there is a bog and a trail that goes right through it, with regular stops to show the specificities of the place. We walked a little, showed the kids around and just sat in the sun while they played - not in the actual bog, obviously.
4-10. Working side by side with my best friend while drinking tea and being silly about politics. I dug out an old campaign song from 1981 :p Also, my tooth infection almost disappeared within minutes after the dentist saw it. Before I even bought the bow of antibiotics.
4-11. Good workou day - I have been a little lazy with yoga as I was a little pressed for time and tired or sick, and it felt good to really get back into my groove today. And the day ended with a cool ballet lesson. I feel a little bit sore but very happy.

Jan. 26th, 2017 01:57 pm

Stuff

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Time is getting tight for the FR contest entry. I am drowning in a sea of tulle and hav elittle time to catch up. The corset is... sorta okay. There are issues, mostly camouflaged by surface treatment I added. It isn't as perfect as I would hav eliked, but since I didn't have time for a mock-up, I guess it's okay. I will make a mock-up and overbust version at some point, though, because Lady Darkstone's figure is just too damn interesting to use as practive. I made a really nice modesty panel, tough.
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I have a crinoline (hacked from Ikea - the bumpad is nolonger needed actually), but I am starting to doubt I will use it, the tulle is already super-froofy. The chemise-thingie is mostly done - I need to bind the armholes and add trim. Hem is considered to be optional if I want to get the photoshoot done on Saturday.
I have the underlayer and yoke for the tutu. Many, many more layers to cut and gather. And trim.

Happies from the past few days :
1-24 - it's more of a gratitude thing than a happy moment, but I'm really happy with my body. The yoga + ballet combination, + doing some sporty stuff with the family seems to have some effect, I am feeling in better shape, and finding some ease I had as a child while dancing. I still get the occasional aches in the joint,s but my back has calmed down a lot from where it was a few months back, and I feel fitter.
1-25 - the kids had a long debate at lunch about the shape of letters in cursive. It just made me so happy that they have each other, and are not so far apart in age so that they can discover things together. Then the HG went home and announced he managed to get a little something from our insurance. It's about 5% of the actual value that was stolen from our home I think, but only half of what the "expert" evaluated. Still better than nothing.
1-26 - we haven't had confirmation from the insurance yet, but the estimate we got for the car is actually higher than I thought it would be.

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