Saturday, March 10, 2018

What's Going On...

My last post was February 19th and I was just getting over the crud.  I went to work on the Tuesday after the President's Day holiday, came home sank into bed and have been in the midst of a minor health crisis since. Y'all know me so you know I'm not gonna go into details cause the Internet lives forever!  But I am grateful to have a job that allows you to work from home when you're not feeling well and that provides sick time when you need it.

I'm finally coming out on the other end, starting to feel like myself again, so my sewing plans for the end of February and beginning of March have been trashed.

Here is where I left off:


The chambray denim blue pin dot shirt just needs buttons sewn onto it.  Something I want to do today. The glen plaid vest is done and is just waiting to be photographed.  The black cotton shirt with the gingham accents has been hanging the longest because I just couldn't decide upon a finished length. I think I'm gonna go longer so it needs a hem, buttons and buttonholes.

Even though the calendar says it will be spring in 10 days ~ it really is still the end of winter here as evidenced by the nor'easter that came through and dropped about 10" of snow on us. 




It probably won't start to warm up until the end of April so my unfinished sewing plans will still work. Also, Imma be more realistic about warm weather, it doesn't become comfortable dress wearing weather until the middle of May around here and even Memorial Day is questionable.  Some years it's hot and some days it rainy and damp.

So with shirt ideas still on my mind, here is the pile of shirting that I'm working my way through.


End of Month Totals ~
Realistically I only completed one garment in the month of February ~ the vest so I have 4 yards out and 3 yards in. When I went to pick up my next quarter fabric allotment from Elliott Berman, there was this amazing piece of double-sided wool that I just couldn't leave behind. 


I wanted to make a new Easter dress but that's out the window now, so I'm glad I paid for that piece myself. Anyway, my yearly totals so far are 13.5 yards out and 3 yards in with a total of 5 new garments.

Going forward ~
I'd planned on sewing for my daughter at the beginning of March but she's totally let me off the hook on that one.  I will be able to attend Sew Camp as planned so I'm thrilled about that! Cause believe me I was starting to get worried but I believe I will be well enough to hang with my friends and I need that after the last 3 weeks.

I will get the two remaining pieces finished this weekend and hope to get some more shirts cut out. Then I have to determine what I'm bringing with me to Sew Camp to sew. I know I'm going to cut and prep 2 or 3 projects because that's what I realistically think I can make during the time.

If I feel up to it next weekend, I will photograph the finished garments and hopefully there will be new blog posts. Otherwise there will definitely be blog posts after Sew Camp.

So that's what's been going on...hopefully things will be back to normal here on the blog.

...as always more later!




84 comments:

  1. Glad you're feeling better and can get to the things on your list. I'm finalizing my list and I too think 3-4 garments maybe reasonable for the retreat. Get well soon and it's good to see you back!

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    1. LaQuana - honestly I think I'm taking 2-3 fully prepped garments that just need to be sewn. Cause seriously how much sewing are we gonna do with all the talking?!

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  2. So glad to hear you are feeling better. I was worried. A friend of mine ended up in the hospital in the ICU but is doing better now. Nasty bugs this winter!! Love all the checks and plaids you are working on. I love them too and shirts to me are all season garments. Depends on how you layer them, or don't as the case may be. Enjoy your March, Sew Camp and all!!

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    1. Paula - thanks! I'm loving making shirts right now and have sooooo many ideas in my head of garments to make.

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  3. Sorry to hear you were not well. As we get older these things seem to hit harder. Your fabrics are so nice- I'm tempted to "reach in" and caress them! LOL!

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    1. eliz - I definitely thought about "older these things seem to hit harder" thing when I wasn't feeling well. Thanks for the good wishes.

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  4. I missed you!
    Sorry to hear that you were under the weather but happy that you are feeling better now!
    Sew on!

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  5. Glad to hear that you are feeling better!

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  6. I was wondering why you were so quiet. So sorry you have been so sick, but glad to hear things are looking up. Take your time building up your strength! The sewing will still be there.
    Looking forward to seeing you at sew camp.

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    1. Bernice - can't wait to see you at Sew Camp too and to hear what's going on with you!

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  7. Yay! I’m so happy you are feeling better. The sick has been bad this year - I got sick mid-January and I’m still not fully recovered. It sucks how much that impacts the sewing plans, but the sewjo always seems to leave when sickness kicks up. Glad that you are able to get back to your sewing plans - enjoy!

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    1. DoctorTDesigns - thank you! I was a little overwhelmed with how sick I was for so long!

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  8. Even though I rarely comment, I love reading your blog and have missed you! Take care of yourself. This has been a really rough year for virus.

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  9. Glad you are doing better. God bless .

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  10. I"m glad you have Sew Camp to look forward to after a miserable month of being ill! Take care of yourself as you get better!

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    1. Gillian - me too! Especially since the desire to sew again is kicking in strong!

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  11. So glad you are feeling better and are on the mend. I'd been worried about you as the quietness 'round your blog was unlike you. Take care.

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    1. Lisa - thanks! I try to let people know what's going on cause I hate when favorite bloggers just drop off the internet and leaving you wondering.

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  12. Glad to hear you’re on the mend! ❤️

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  13. Glad to see you're posting and starting to feel like yourself again. That is good new. Sorry to read that you weren't feeling well. Can't wait to see those complete projects in more detail. Take care.

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    1. Graca - thanks for your well wishes and yes, I can't wait to finish these up, photograph them and get to wearing them.

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  14. So glad that you are feeling better!

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  15. I am so glad you have a job where you can work from home if you want to. I do appreciate going somewhere else to work (still have kid at home, spouse works from home, too much noise and MOM MOM MOM around here). 'Options open' is the best.
    I keep telling myself that in August, I am going to be moaning about how overheated it all is. Cuts down on my 'i'm cooooooooold' whining. Somewhat.

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    1. SJ - I love my job. I took it for the flexibility. I was tired of being tied to an office space and feel like I'm more productive from home - no distractions. Though I have learned that I'm only good for 2 consecutive days from home. I still like being able to get dressed and go into the office especially in the spring, summer and fall.

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  16. Glad to hear you're over the crud. I am getting serious envy over your new wardrobe--both the shirts you've made and the shirts-to-be. Looking good!

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    1. Thanks Elle! I'm so into making shirts now that I'm afraid y'all are gonna get tired of seeing them!

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  17. Sorry to hear you haven't been great! Hope you continue to improve and can get back to the things you love to do

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  18. Glad to hear you are feeling better. We got about 6" of snow from that lovely storm. Less than some places in Nova Scotia. We drove through two good snow storms yesterday while out shopping. Crazy weather.

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    1. Ann - I can't believe a third one came through dumping more snow on us - not as much as the Boston area or Long Island but more just the same...and then the sun came out! Thanks for your kind wishes.

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  19. Glad you're on the mend. Sewing Camp will be just what you need!

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  20. I don't know you except for your wonderful blog! I missed you! Glad you are feeling better! <3

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  21. I'm so happy you're on the mend, Carolyn. I have missed your lovely blog updates!

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    1. Cathryn - thank you and I think you're gonna get bombarded with blog posts in April now because of it!

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  22. My favorite blogger! Missed you and glad you are back

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    1. TinaC - what a kind thing to say. I'm glad you enjoy the blog and thanks for the well wishes.

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  23. Glad to hear you are better and sewing. Had a medical issue myself including a misdiagnosis. Feel like I am finally coming up for air and can sew again.

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    1. k - it is interesting how long sickness can keep us down and tear us away from the things we love to do. Glad you're feeling better now too!

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  24. I hope you are feeling better Carolyn. The first thing I spotted on the black shirt was the contrast accents. That is such a neat idea!

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    1. Thanks L! I'm loving that black shirt and can't wait to get it finished!

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  25. You have been missed! I sure hope you are feeling better and will be back to your creative self soon. Take it slow--these things tend to take more out of us than we realize.

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    1. Thanks AJW - feeling better every day! And so ready to sew!

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  26. Good to see you posting again--you were missed. Hope you continue to recover and feel your full self in time for Sew Camp.

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    1. Thanks Catherine...in a little bit there are going to be so many blog posts y'all are gonna be sick of me!

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  27. I thought about you, and am glad to know you are recovering well! I can't believe you have snow! Our weather here has been crazy, but it keeps bouncing from warm to cold. I am excited about your upcoming pieces!

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    1. Vanessa - we've got snow and it snowed again today! I'm officially done with winter! LOL!

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  28. Me alegro que ya estes bien. Me gusta mucho tu blog. Te extrañe

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  29. So glad you are feeling better now, Carolyn!! Much love and hugs!

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  30. Take care kiddo. Hope you get your health back soon and never feel pressured to post. It’s the real person we care about.❤️

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  31. glad you are feeling better this year has been awful with the flu Please take as much time to recover as you need as you will enjoy your sewing much better when feeling 100%

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  32. So glad to hear that you're getting better. It's great to have a job where you can work from home. I hope you'll continue to get better and be back to your normal self soon.

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    1. Sewing CPA - thanks that flexibility is one of the things I love about my job!

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  33. So glad to hear you are doing better, hopefully you will feel stronger as the days go by. You are very inspiring and I appreciate your blog.
    Thank you
    Marie

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    1. Marie - thank you and I appreciate it that you like my blog and ramblings!

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  34. Have missed your posts. So glad you're better. Which sewing camp are you going to?

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    1. Hey Lorrie - I'm going to Sew Camp at the Carriage Run B&B in Lancaster PA. I did blog about it back in January. Go back a few posts and you will find it. The March camp is sold out but there are still openings for the September one if you're interested.

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  35. It is good to hear you are feeling better! I look forward to hearing about sew camp...

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  36. Yes, I so missed you and glad you are on the mend! Karen

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  37. Hope you are feeling better and stay well! spring is just around the corner. and looking forward to your latest projects, whatever they might be :)

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  38. You have been missed! Sorry to learn you were under the weather. Glad that you are beginning to feel better. We got snow today here in Roanoke, VA; lucky for us that the streets were not so frozen as I was able to take DH for his medical procedure that had been scheduled months ago without fear of icy streets and roads. I am so over winter. Your area has truly been hard hit.

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  39. I'm glad you're feeling better.

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  40. Sorry to read that you have been unwell, but glad to hear that you are on the mend - do take all the time you need though and don't rush it. Best wishes to you.

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  41. I am so happy to hear you are feeling better. Take care of yourself. I have truly missed your frequent posts. You are such an inspiration. I am so looking forward to your new creations for the spring and summer.

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  42. Hi Carolyn,
    I wanted you to know that I followed your blog about 4 years ago when I was sewing quite a bit. Then I stopped sewing because I went back to school and it was tough enough juggling a full time job and school. Since then, I graduated AND retired. I'm back to sewing and wondered if you were still "out there." I was pleasantly surprised to rediscover you and I see that you are sewing more casual/sporty outfits. Good for you! Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for all your wonderful tips and for still being out there for me to rediscover you all over again.

    Peace and Love,
    Denise

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    1. Denise - that's so cool that you're back to sewing! And yes, I've had a few life changes so I'm wearing more casual clothing now. I won't be able to retire for another 10 years at least so I will be right here sewing and sharing.

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  43. Haven't been around Carolyn retired and moved to FL and went to the other side, quilting. Glad you are feeling better. Enjoyed stopping by your blog missed it.

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  44. Carolyn, I am so sorry you weren't feeling well and happy you're better too! You have some beautiful pieces you're completing and it fills me with inspiration! I wish I could go to Sew Camp with you all sometime...can't wait to see the photos from your trip!

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