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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Update on Dear Hubby

I try to take more selfies, but it's so much better when we take one together!

Day Before Surgery
Ever since Dear Hubby's accident this past October he has continued to have trouble with his left foot.  We realized the Orthopedic Doctor he was seeing was NOT the best choice for him.  Various reasons but our #1 complaint was that the Doctor did NOT listen.  After 3 months since being released we realized that there is STILL something wrong with his foot.  It's hard to find a Doctor who will take a look at someone else's mistake.  But after a few phone calls and explainings we found another Orthopedic Doctor who would take a few minutes and LISTEN.

The new Doctor took new x-rays and found the problem.  Dear Hubby has a Lisfranc fracture on his foot.  The tendons stretched out/or tore when he fell and now the bones in the top of his foot have all shifted and separated.  Also his broken fibea isn't healed.  The Doctor couldn't guarantee how much the foot surgery would help with re-aligning the bones but said that it should relieve the pain.

The new Doctor noted that Dear Hubby should have had this surgery within 10 days of his accident.  When I look back at past Doctor visits, we didn't even see the previous Doctor until 35 days after the accident.  I remember calling the office telling them that he was in extreme pain but they said that is would just "take time" to heal.  Every visit is noted that he continued to have mid-foot pain.

Dear Hubby thought that the pain would eventually get better with time and after short term disability giving taking it's time to pay us and the Doctor telling us it will just take time to heal, he decided he was going to return to work.

I'm sad because Dear Hubby has been in severe pain daily and he never complained much but I felt that it was worse than he let on.  His foot/leg swelled daily and his limp has gotten worse.

It was a relief to know that there is something wrong but now another worry about IF the surgery will help.  Dear Hubby is thinking positive that unless he tries to see if the surgery will help he will never know.  The new Doctor is unsure if he will be using screws, pins and/or plates to re-align the bones. He won't be able to tell until he opens up the foot and scrapes away the calcium built up.

So now Dear Hubby will be home for the next 3 to 4 months with me.  Another test to see if we will enjoy each other during retirement!   I am happy to note is that this time around our home isn't in the middle of remodeling.  I need to get going on the kitchen but I am so HAPPY that I've procrastinated on starting!

I know God has a plan and I trying to see the BIG picture of all of this.  I am sure there is a reason for this trial.  I am trying to be vigilant and open to see HIS hand at work.  Please keep us in your prayers.

Until next time...............


PS.  Thank you for listening to my non-sewing update.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Dress for Dear Daughter

I finally finished Dear Daughter's Easter dress on Saturday night about 9pm.  I am my own worse critic.  Sometimes I think I really am too hard on myself.  I am happy to say that she LOVED the dress and only gave it a 10.5 (since it didn't come with three more!).

I used her TNT T-shirt pattern for knits.  I treated the knit and the lace as one on the bodice.  Unlined long sleeves, maxi length with an above the knee slit.

She received many, many compliments at Church and I think she will let me make her more now.

Easter 2017
It was just a quick photo before we left for Church at 6:15AM so it's the best I could do.

She took one of me and Dear Hubby, it's not great but it's all I have!  I didn't have on my jacket yet and my pose is funny looking, so I cropped it.  Look at that grey shining!

Easter 2017
I hope everyone had a Blessed Easter and enjoyed their family & friends.

Until next time.....................


Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Simplicity 7243 Dress & New Look 6853 Jacket

I made my TNT Simplicity 7243 Princess seam sheath dress in purple ponte knit for Easter.  I think that a solid simple basic will be a great choice in my wardrobe to continue wearing though the summer.

Simplilcity 7243 Princess Ponte Knit Sheath Dress

 I'm thinking of making a cardigan with this striped jersey knit to wear during the summer.

Jersey cardigan option plans
 I made a version of the New Look 6853 back in January 2015 shown here.  I didn't know at the time about the different types of interfacing and I used a woven interfacing on the WHOLE jacket to help stabilize the fabric.  Wrong choice, it made the jacket very stiff and uncomfortable.  This time I used a knit stabilizer and the jacket is much, much softer but the weave of the fabric isn't affected at all.

Both versions are from a Boulce fabric.

New Look 6853 Jacket

Back View
 The only fabric I could find in my stash that would work for a lining was this peach satiny type fabric.  It worked out fine and it helps the jacket slide on nicely.

Lining View

New Look 6853 Jacket
I'm working on Dear Daughters dress now.  She just wants a simple maxi length knit dress with lace overlay and lace sleeves.  Wish me luck!

Until next time.........................


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Growing Out My Gray-4 Month Update

I'm loving my haircut this time around.  I can not believe how much silver is shining!  The hairdresser said that all the color is off in the back and hopefully two more cuts and it will be off on the top.

Growing out my Gray-4 months

Side View

New Glasses, Sun in my eyes, Silver Streak!
I have done a little sewing, getting ready for Easter.  A dress and jacket for me and a dress for Dear Daughter.

Will have pictures soon.

Until next time..................


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Simplicity 7243 Princess Sheath Dress.......again!

Something in the back of my mind told me to dig out my TNT pattern of the Simplicity 7243 princess sheath dress and make a few more.  I can't tell you how many versions I have made, but here's a previous post.

This black and print ponte version is very slimming and I love how it makes me look like I have a tiny waist.
Simplicity 7243 Princess Sheath Dress

Neck view

Side View

Back View

Then I had to make another version to wear to have lunch with my favorite Aunt.  This one looked so springy and cool.  It's suppose to be 90 degrees here today!

Simplicity 7243 Ponte Floral Print

Side View

Back View

The floral version I had to make a few adjustments to my pattern since I've lost 15 lbs since the first of January.  I took a 1/2 pleat in the pattern at center back and I narrowed the the bottom hem by 1/2" at each seam allowance.  I also had to take in about 1/2" at the seam allowances above the bust point.  My chest must be hollowing out in my old age!

 I am excited to wear both of these to Church.  Since both dresses are sleeveless, I will be wearing some type of cardigan or sweater over them.  I think that I will have many choices to mix and match shoes, accessories and cover-ups with these dresses.

With White Denim Jacket

I am really leaning to making a purple ponte version for Easter.  I'm slowly getting my sewing mojo back.  Dear Hubby will be going back to day shift the first of April and I will have a few days a week to myself again.  But also with the hot weather comes pool time so I will have to divide it out!

Look who got her driving permit last week!  Dear Daughter is growing up too fast!  Where does the time go?

15 Already!
Until next time.....................


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Another Birthday and Simplicity 8016 Top

Well, it's that time of year again.  Another birthday.  I thought that this selfie looks like I'm wearing a party hat! 15 weeks of no hair color.  I'm shining!

15 weeks no hair color
 Wearable muslin on the Simplicity 8016 is a good thing!  I thought that this remnant piece of jersey knit fabric was perfect for the front of the top. I just used black jersey for the back piece.

Simplicity 8016 Top

Simplicity 8016 Side View

Simplicity 8016 Back View
 I also made a sleeveless green ITY knit version to match Dear Daughter's softball team.  It reminds me of a top my grandmother wore in the 80's.

Simplicity 8016 Green Sleeveless

I finally sewed the buttons and buttonholes onto the two McCall 6076 shirts I made last month.

Dear Daughter thought red buttons looked best with the paisley shirt.

McCall 6076 Shirt
 I went for a basic brown button with the denim shirt.  Just to keep things simple.

McCall 6076 Shirt
My next sewing project is going to be super boring!  I have to make drapery liners for the front of our house.  Since we've cut trees down the sun coming in the front windows is crazy HOT!  I have bought room darkening curtains but I still need more.  I purchased thermal lining to sew onto some of them and I think I'll just make curtains that will hang onto tension rods that can be removed during the spring/fall.  Just boring rectangle sewing.

Until next time............


Monday, March 13, 2017

Happy Early Birthday to Me!

My sweet Mom bought me something for my birthday!  It's BIG!  It's Brown!  It's a buffet!

Isn't it BEAUTIFUL!  It's just what I wanted!  I have been looking on online yard sale sites and Craigslist for something to put on this wall in the dining room/entry way.  She found the perfect piece on her side of the state and brought it over to me last week.

I can't wait to add some accessories to it!

Birthday Buffet
 I usually take the worse pictures but Dear Daughter took this at oldest son's graduation last week and I just love it!

It's a two for one photo because I can see my gray growing out, 3 months now and I can see that my hair color will end up being pretty close to my Mom's.

Mom & I
I've been wearing my QVC Denim & Co. hack skirts and the more I wear them, the more I love them!  They are so comfy!  I really want a printed one now but the problem I have is I usually don't wear solid color T-shirts.  I don't like the way they show bra seams and nipples.  Any suggestions for wearing solid color t-shirts?  Wearing a tank under will not work since it's so hot here in Florida.  Maybe there's a tip my Mom didn't tell me growing up..............

Dear Daughter is turning 15 this week!  Where has the time gone?  She's such a sweet girl.  Maybe she'll let me take a photo of her.

Until next time.............