Taking a break from my sewing room and the unrelenting parade of garments needing attention has been good for me mentally and physically.
Having time to read my Kindle and not kneel for hours pinning up hems and assuring nervous brides and their mothers that everything will be OK has been liberating. Keeping ice packs on my swollen knee and sitting in the warm sun has been good too.
So where have I been and what have I been doing? Well, we planned on heading south to see family but we had to take a little detour for 2 days to Las Vegas. Oh, you say, what is mrsmole going to do in Vegas, Sin City, where high rollers gamble and celebrities entertain into the wee hours of the night. My British husband planned to meet some colleagues from Liverpool there for the international technology show held once a year. It is called CES which stands for Consumer Electronics Show with over 2,000 international vendors and over 157,000 attendees. While hubby was off being dazzled and amazed I trotted myself downstairs to a Reflexology session in our hotel. After one hour of intense foot and leg massage, absolute heaven, the tech asked if I would like a full body massage fully clothed. Who can say no to that? So there I was flattened out with a Chinese woman kneeling on the backs of my legs and pushing on my back and shoulders and twisting my arms and neck. This certainly was something I could not get back home!
Then dragging my totally relaxed body back up the room, I did something I never do -watch trashy daytime television and read. Later that evening when the hubby returned with a glazed over look having been entertained by glimpses into the future with 100 inch screen TVs and such we were invited to dinner and walking tour of his friends’ digs at the Venetian Hotel. Riding up an escalator we arrive on the second floor to this: Yes, St. Mark’s Square in Venice complete with singing gondoliers. The ceiling looks like real sky and as our afternoon changed to night so did the sky darkening and stars appearing…spooky! One night of this and street fireworks and dazzling lights was enough to make me exhausted so it was a relief to get on the road and head for the final destination to relax in quiet. Here I am doing just that: We did manage to drive one day to see my grandchildren near Los Angeles and my youngest daughter drove out to spend 2 days sewing and catching up with family news. The final couple days will be filled with sewing for me since I pre-cut lots of shorts and tops (for summer) serged the edges and stuffed them into zip-pock bags along with my portable sewing machine in case the mood struck me.
Before I leave I wanted to share an email I received on my working website:
Hope you are having a great new year. I am so happy to have found you online after so much searching for someone with your skill. I am in the process of purchasing a used wedding dress from preownedweddingdresses.com for my July 2013 wedding. It will most likely need to be taken in as I think I’m a bit shorter and smaller than the woman who purchased it. It is the WTOO Bristol gown http://watters.com/Product/WtooBrides/18410/ and before I purchase it I just wanted to check and make sure it would be able to be altered and am wondering how far in advance I should book with you before my wedding (as I’m sure you are busy)?I’m sure you won’t be able to give me an exact price quote until you assess the work that needs to be done, but do you have a price range you could provide me with as well so I will know how much to budget for?
Thanks so much,
Now that is a perfect example of a bride I’d love to work – you can almost hear her smiling can’t you?
So dear readers, once again, thank you for dropping by and following my tales…stay warm, stay well and good luck in your sewing projects!