Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When It Rains It Pours

Today was the first day it has been sunny in quite a while. It is supposed to storm later this afternoon though. I was happy I was able to get a walk in this morning and I did manage to get a short one in yesterday to the grocery store. I am currently a fair weather friend as both my and my hubby's cars are out of service. Sunday afternoon his started draining the battery and wouldn't start up. Thank goodness we were at my parents house so they charged up our battery and took us home to do some research while the battery charged. We drove my car back to my parents. We popped in the battery and it started right up. Got home and let the car sit for a few hours and the battery was dead again. After testing out the battery at the battery store we concluded it must be some electric problem in the car :( We had our fingers crossed it was just a bad battery. Yesterday my hubby was driving my car, made it to work and lunch, then back home before his dental appointment. He even took my car to test the other battery which involved several trips, no problems. He goes to his dentist and when he comes out the car won't start. A kind stranger gave him a razor blade so he could strip some insulation of the wires so he could jump start the car from the solenoid (we are no strangers to this problem, it is what also happened to my last car). Thank goodness my hubby is a handy dude that is good with electronics. We ordered a new part for my car that will be in on Wednesday. Cross your fingers for us that we can get it in and it works.

On a lighter note today is my mom's birthday. Happy Birthday Mom! And my dad's birthday is Thursday. He likes to tell people that Mom is older since her birthday is 2 days before his but he is really 3 years older than she is. Both my parents are artistic and musically gifted people that passed down their love of art, crafts, and music to me. They are my best friends and I love them dearly. I may have to ride my bike to their house tomorrow just to hug them and wish them happy birthday.

I am almost done with my newest dress. I kind of out freaked out when I was ironing the fabric because I realized it was a one way print and I was afraid I wouldn't have enough for the dress I wanted to make. I laid it out and it fit perfectly, just one less thing to worry about this week. (I almost had a mini break down yesterday when I had walked to the grocery store, they were out of Almond milk. No big deal but it was almost the straw that broke the camel's back. Too much stress.)

I went through my wishlist on ModCloth and trimmed it down a bit but my Amazon one got a little longer. I can finally make almost any dress I want so fabric and patterns got added to the Amazon list. Here are some of my favorites:


Butterick B5882 | Butterick 6019
 Simplicity 3823 McCall's6745

And some lovely retro ones:

 Butterick 5605 | Butterick 5603 | Butterick 6018

The retro ones are a bit too much for me right now, but it won't be long before I can do them.


And here are some amazing fabric swatches



I would have bought some of that beautiful space print while at the store but there was only about 3/4 of a yard left on the bolt. I didn't see the rockets in person but oh man, GLOW rockets.

 


Robin Hood is my favorite Disney movie so I have always had a soft spot in my heart for foxes. Here are three great fox prints.

 

I actually went to the store looking for the Boom, Zap, Pow!! print but they didn't have it so I ended up buying the Star Trek print that I made my last dress from.

The ice cream print doesn't look like much in this swatch but it is stunning in person. I almost bought it but in the end some cupcake fabric won out. I still want to get the ice cream though, maybe for a halter dress with a full skirt.

They didn't have any doughnut print fabric but the sprinkle print would be fun to use as an accent on something sometime.



I'll try to share my finished new dress later this week. I'm headed back to my sewing room now to finish it up.