Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wedding Outfit Inspiration: Nia Long’s Wintery White

I am attending a wedding December 21, 2013 and was looking through my pattern stash trying to find a simple but elegant enough outfit to wear.  I wanted something that was simple enough to make that I could probably get a couple of wears out of.  Nothing too dressy, just comfortable, and not dressed down.  The wedding is not an extravagant affair but knowing this person (my Aunt), it will be a very nice affair.  

I was online looking through my emails and this magazine cover literally jumped out and slapped me smack in the head:


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 I love this dress on Nia Long.  It is simple but elegant, and I want to wear that dress to the Wedding.  So I am mapping out my strategy. 


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thank You All! A Happy Jacket - New Look 6231

First I would like to thank all of my Blogging Buddies for the well wishes, prayers and kind thoughts.  I am well past my kidney stone saga.  I hope and pray that experience fade from my memory very, very soon.   It has been sometime since I suffered through a kidney stone incident, so I thought it was well behind me.  My doctors have assured me that if I do the things they have suggested I should be able to live kidney stone free, or for a long while anyway. 

 I needed to brighten up my life, and so I decided I needed a happy jacket, something light and bright to wear with almost anything.  When I came across this pattern, I knew immediately that I wanted to make my happy jacket using this pattern.  I live in Florida so not much need for anything much heavier on most days.  We may dip into the 40’s every now and then, but that is far and few between. 


I really like how it came out.  I love the color, and of course I used my drug of choice, Ponte Roma Knit.  Yummy to my tummy, this fabric is awesome.   I didn’t line it, but chose to just serge and finish of the seams.  I am quite pleased with the finish product.  I hope you like it, and happy sewing.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Saga Continues: My Kidney Stone Incident.

I spent half my weekend in the hospital passing a kidney stone.  Needless to say I did not get much sewing done.  This is not my first dance with a stone, in fact I passed one about 6 years ago.  So immediately when the pain starting hitting me, I tried to convince myself it was just gas, and that a little Gas X would do the trick.  Well not so much.  By Sunday in the middle of church service I was climbing over the pew trying to get some relief.  Finally I couldn’t take it any longer, and with a loud screech that jumped up out of my seat and ran out to my car.  I drove myself to the hospital and the rest is history. 
Even though the idiot emergency room Dr. claimed he couldn’t see a stone after having me go through a CT Scan and x-rays.  He claimed my pains where from a phantom illness or maybe muscle spasms since I’ve been working out.   I knew from experience exactly what I was feeling.  Not my first rodeo Doc.  I have a very high tolerance for pain and been through some pretty painful ordeals, and no medication.
The next day I went to a follow up with my urologist who confirmed that there was evidence of not only did I pass a stone the size of a grain of sand; I also have an umbilical hernia, and cysts on my Liver and Kidney (which are benign).  
Don't I look pitiful.  Poor Poor Me. Hah

So, the Saga continues, what is next?  I can handle anything.   God is my strength and redeemer!