Taking a break from all our Spring storms and rain the weather has turned nice for a while and this is a new visitor to one of my bird feeders this week. Isn’t he gorgeous? It’s a grosbeak that loves sunflower seeds and he and Mrs. Grosbeak have been very active so there must be babies somewhere nearby.
Getting more into nature and the organic way of improving our dirt for growing veggies and flowers is a new addition to our garden. When I lived in England I owned a Wormery which was a glorified plastic trash can what had a spigot at the bottom for extracting the liquid “tea” that came form the worms and trays at the top for tossing in veggie scraps and fruit peels that they happily turned into compost. Worms like cooler temps and our summers can go way into the 100’s F so raising worms was always out of the question. But after reading an article in the local paper about a woman who does this full time for master gardeners and farmer’s markets, I took a ride out to her facility yesterday and bought a pound of adults and 4 bags of castings and eggs and a quart of “tea”. Here is where the adults are going to live…3 compost bins with kitchen scraps and yard cuttings:
For the third section of this post I have some photos of a jacket a client brought in that she fell in love with but was bought before her weight loss and it was a size 20 and she is now a size 16. Unlike normally I have the task of making clothes bigger, I had to reduce this down using every single seam inside and out. Let’s start with sleeves, pin out 2 seams for each sleeve, lay them side by side to be identical, pin out the lining as well: Then the rest of the seams are taken in at least one inch or more: But before I removed the sleeves I marked where each junction was with green thread…some jackets as you know make no attempt to match seams…why is this? It all goes back to the fact that pattern makers take the easy way out some times…in this jacket only one seam has a matching companion…lucky me! and the finished result… It has been transformed from a boxy wool jacket (my pet hate) to a fitted garment that shows off my client’s new curves. The center back seam was taken in 4 inches from neck to hem along with all the facings and linings, all other seams were taken in 2 inches…whew! Love the center front zipper!
Do you ever wonder how flight attendants look so cool in their uniform jackets? The secret is inside: There is a specially made mesh netting insert to keep them cool and is also allows for more movement in the armhole…sneaky isn’t it?
So next time more impossible bridal alterations and the new fabric for the altered jacket pattern (minus the gingham wedges) from last week. I took a head count of the gowns I have to finish before Sept 8th (my last so far) and the total was 20. Thankfully, I have completed 4 for the earliest weddings but the rest are here and hanging around calling my name…”over here Mrs. Mole.”
Tomorrow is June already…the beans are up, the eggplants have blossoms and the birds are singing…what else do I need? Mr. Mole has been missing for a while…where did he go? Without him I have gone without my rum and diet Pepsi at 5 pm so it will be nice when he returns to the tunnels and we can resume our nice routines. Enjoy the weekend!