Friday, May 29, 2009


I am not an accomplished seamstress-read rank amateur-but can usually follow a Simplicity patter for EASY garments. My daughter-in-law is expecting in August and I thought I could make her a few little tops for her wardrobe.

Well, back when I was having babies, granted my "baby" will be 26 soon, there were always several patterns to choose from, even in the Simplicity book. Now, in the current book I looked at on Sunday, there were 4, count 'em, 4 patterns. Period. I was only able to find one in the size I needed for DIL.

I purchase some fabric and notions and think I'll just whip these first two out. Well, someone forgot to tell the people at Simplicity what simplicity means. Oh my goodness, such convoluted, confusing and sometimes even missing instructions. They did have good illustrations, though, which did give me some help!

I am thanking Mrs. Reynolds, my 7th grade Home Ec teacher right now for her patient instruction, as well as my mom's friends Bonnie and Doris who bailed me out of many a mess.

I finished one top and am mailing it off this morning for DIL to try on and see if she even likes the style, and if it even remotely fits. If not, I guess I'll chalk it up to a fun day at the machine!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Cleaning Woes

As any of you who have EVER read one of my posts realizes, I really do not like housework. Particularly vacuuming, mopping, dusting, cleaning bathrooms. I don't mind doing the laundry so much, but am not a great fan of ironing, either.

Yesterday, I decided that the spots on the living room carpet had to be dealt with. In my misplaced enthusiasm, I also decided to move all the furniture out and REALLY do a bang up job. I must say, it does look good now, but I may be paying with a sore back and muscles for the rest of my life.

Of course I picked the most humid day of the year to do this little deed, so between running the shampooer, the air conditioner at arctic temperatures and fans to try and dry the carpet, I am not sure it might not have been more cost efficient to pay for someone to come in and do the job.

All that remains is the final vacuuming and replacing the furniture...I shall ask for help today, trust me!