Upgrading

So, since we moved into the new place, we’ve been going through and unpacking everything.  We were in a 3 bedroom with a two-car garage, then in my in-laws and boxes, and now we’re in a 2 bedroom with a small storage unit outside.

To say the least, we’re experiencing some overflow.  We’re also rediscovering the state of some of our possessions.  For instance, our dining room set.

My parents bought us a gorgeous dining room table and chairs back before we got married.  It’s a dark wood, pub height, enclosed leaf piece.  We love it.  It came with six chairs which looked like this:

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They have a cream ridged upholstery on them.  Unfortunately, we’ve now had them for about 7 years, and have a dog and a 3-year-old.  One of them lived under Dru’s highchair at the old place, and ended up having the seat look like this…

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Kris had some choice words to describe this chair…involving the phrase chronic diarrhea…so we realized we needed to recover the chairs.

We headed over to Joann’s this morning, as they’re the only retail place that we’ve found so far that carries fabric (I really want to find a mill store, but figured a Sunday in the South would not be the best time to try and locate one) and slogged through the markdown upholstery fabric.  We found a really nice sage microfiber that was already stain treated (and on sale for $9/yd) and snatched it up.  We then headed over to Lowe’s and picked up a staple gun/brad nailer and some 1/4″ staples.  Here are the results:

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It’s hard to see the color of the fabric here (the lighting is odd, plus the blue blanket background. So the full chair:
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Well, we really like it.  Kris has done most of the work, because I spent most of the week unpacking while he was at work, and managed to tweak my back.  It’s only taken a couple of hours total, and cost under $50.  The worst part is making sure that you follow the shape of the cushion, since it’s a bit odd.

We also hung some of our pictures, and picked up a curtain rod and blackout curtains for Dru’s room.  So we’re getting there.

I’ve got about 20 boxes left to go through, and some stuff that is definitely hiding from me (like my mixer and my toaster oven).  But all the essentials (other than those two) are unpacked.

Fairing

Yes, I was being punny, and yes, I know that “fairing” is not a word :-p

 

Anyway, we headed up to Michigan and went to the Michigan Ren Faire in Holly on Saturday.  It was a bit muddier than we could have wished for, and when the wind kicked up, it was definitely a bit chilly, but overall it was a gorgeous day.

Dru’s costume came out super cute:

Mams found a cape!

And of course he was loving that Papa was around (and dressed as a pirate!)

When we got to the Ren Faire, we met up with Aunt Kellie, Uncle Andy and Andy’s parents.  The mud was everywhere (my poor dress…) but Dru did really well.  He stayed close to us, and didn’t have any really bad moments.  He got to play with different animals that were running around (mostly dogs) but I think his favorite moment was probably when he got to go on a pony ride!

Of course, up until this weekend he was calling horse “HEEEES” (his version of their noise) but on Saturday, he started calling them “HORZ!!!!”  we’re getting there.  And somehow, we managed to choose the troublemaker pony, who kept trying to eat my skirt and reach around to get petted by Dru.

But little man had fun (screamed like a banshee when I made him leave) and had an overall good day.

 

 

 

On a separate note, he seems to be getting back to sleeping more now that his ears feel better.  That and the baby doorknob thinger that means he can’t break out of his room help.

Sewing (complete…maybe)

Well, my dress is done.  I have to say I’m rather proud of it.  The only hiccup I had at the end was I bought 1/4″ eyelets for my 3/8″ cording.  So it was a bit snug, but now it’s nice (the cord had some give, so now that it’s in, it works fine). Kris’ stuff is also done.

Here are pictures!

Kris' Hood

Hood Clasp

Tabard Front

Front Trim

Kris in his outfit - the shirt and pants were made for our wedding but served the purpose here

The hood falls weird in this pic.

With the Hood Back

Back of the Hood

Wrist Lacing

Dress and sleeve detail

Completed Dress from the front

Back of the dress completed

And of course, since I’m a glutton for punishment, Kris and I have decided that it might be neat to make Dru a tunic/tabard similar to Kris’.  So I may be adventurous and attempt that before we leave for Michigan.  We shall see.

Sewing…some more

So I’m working on the costumes again (seeing as the Ren Faire is next weekend).

Friday night’s main project was the sleeves on my dress.  Now, anyone who knows me knows that I REALLY HATE SLEEVES.  HATE.  Easing them in is a royal pain, and in this case, there’s an under and over sleeve.  Now the instructions told me to baste them together, then ease them into the bodice, but I hate unnecessary steps, so I just pinned the sleeve layers together, and then pinned them into the bodice.  That went smoothly – surprisingly.  No, what I failed to account for was the fact that I’m working on a table machine…a machine that does not have an arm that will allow the sleeve to roll around the stitching, making life much much easier.

Nope, I’ve got one of these:

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when what you really want when working on a sleeve is one of these:

Machine that has a detachable arm for sewing curved pieces easily

So of course, I get one sleeve in with a minimum of agita (I had to run over one of the seam joints a few times because the allowance was off and was leaving a TEENSY hole in the underarm which would have driven me nuts) and move on to the next sleeve.  I get it on the machine, and it jams about 1/2 inch in.  I go to remove the fabric and have a minor attack bobbin situation (the one where you can pull the fabric away, but it looks like hell).  So I sit back, rip it out, check the tension and the bobbin and prepare to start over.  Thinking that it’s possibly because I was trying to start at the seam joint (so not just 3 layers of linen, but with the seams too) I move to a neutral point on the back of the shoulder seam.  It jams again.  This time in full blow attack bobbin form – took scissors to remove the fabric from the machine, then a good 5 minutes to clean out the screwed up thread from the seam.  Okay, on to attempt number three – it jams immediately again.  So I cut it loose and rip it out and pull the bobbin out.  I stripped the bobbin (about half wound still) and rewind.  Rewinding also being a pain because this is an old machine, so I wind my bobbins by hand.  And yes I know they make bobbin winders, but why should I pay $30 dollars for something that takes me almost no time to do for free?  Anyway, I reload, rethread and reset the machine – vowing to stop for the night if it jams again.

Thank God, I got the sleeve in.  Now, in a panic, I decide to try it on so I can check that I actually managed to get the sleeves in correctly (mentally deciding that if they were wrong I was going to murder something or someone).  I slip into it, and thankfully it was all good.  Sleeves were in, they were even, and I have a feeling that the multi-layer is going to make me happy come the first weekend in October in Michigan.

After this lovely debacle, I decided to take a quick break before I rolled the collar and back seam where the grommets are going.  Oh yes, that’s another thing.  Burda, I love you and all, but why in all holy hells would I want to make BUTTON HOLES up and down the damned back and sleeves instead of using a grommeter and having a more secure tie???  I mean for real here.  Button holes are WAY more time consuming and anger inducing, and I think grommets hold better.  And frankly, I don’t give a rat’s ass if it’s not historically accurate – neither is my sewing machine (though there are days when it feels pretty close).

After the break, I took care of the collar and the back opening.

All I have left is the hem, grommets and then I’m done!  And I guess I’ll trim Kris’ and give his hood its button…

Here’s where the dress is at as of Friday night:

All but the hem and grommets/cording are done!

You can see here where the back opening is for the grommets/cording.

I've lifted the oversleeve to show the lower. The grommets will be in the over, and then laced to close.

And of course I’ll post pictures of the final product, as well as Kris’ final product.  Maybe even some pictures of us in them 😉

Giggling

So we Skype with the parentals a lot.  And the other day we were FB Skype-ing with the in-laws and they found “Baby Bear Baby Bear What Do You See?” by Eric Carle.

This is important, because Dru recently mastered “Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?” as is shown in this video:

So, anyway, Mom and Dad W love to read to Dru over Skype.  He also loves it, making everyone happy.

Well, they decided to read Baby Bear to Dru, and it’s a bunch of different animals from the Brown Bear book.  When we got to the page with the skunk, he asked what it was.  I told him, and then said it says “PU!” while holding my nose.  This, apparently was the FUNNIEST THING EVER.  EVER.  ON THE PLANET.

He proceeded to crack up for the next 15 minutes or so.  He started out just giggling when we said it:

He then progressed to helping us hold our noses while giggling hysterically:

Well, now, a few days later, he is still coming up to both of us and grabbing our noses, waiting for us to say “PU!” so he can giggle like a crazy person.  But hey, if that’s not what parenting is all about, I don’t know what is.

Also, small update on my sewing projects.

Kris’ tabard and hood are sewn.  I just need to add the trim and the button on the hood and the trim to the tabard.  We figure that can wait until last minute, so I make sure my dress gets done.  My dress is mostly cut out, I just have to cut the sleeves, then (hopefully) it should go together somewhat quickly.  I’m hoping to get some work done this weekend, but we shall see.