The new coat begins!

I finally have all my parts to begin construction on a new wool coat.

I am excited to jump in and just start cutting, but because I am 63 and no longer very aware of my body shape… I will start with a muslin, to get the right fit, before I cut the pattern out or take scissors to Wool.  I can’t remember the last time I made clothes for myself.  Perhaps it was as far back as my wedding dress?

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I was very excited to be able to order my wool Melton from Mood Fabrics with a discount of 60% off!  Otherwise the fabric alone would have set me back over $150.00.

I will begin the measurement taking and start the muslin process on Friday.

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Do you sew?

If so, do you make a muslin first or just dive right in?

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I make no resolutions

Starting 2017 fresh and debt free has awakened a sleeping desire to create.  Over the past few years I have come to my studio pulled things out, put them back; started some projects and left them lay…

Until I was just as depressed as before I started and now awash in fabric which had lost it’s meaning.

Previously I had taken the “*Process Pledge” and wanted to share with you what I was doing and how I was getting it done.  However, my old nemesis Depression and his side kick Lack of Funds found me not able to function as I had intended.  I needed a do over!

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The first step in this re-boot is to clean up, sort out what I have, and then finish a gift that is now overdue to my lovely Sister-in-law and a teal block for my friend Kate in Australia who sews them together, quilts them, and then donates them for Ovarian Cancer.

My steps:

  1. Complete the gift for my SIL and the Teal block for Kate
  2. Make a wool coat for me which is a lofty ambition, but I have my fabric and my lovely pattern.  I will enjoy this even if it is slow work.
  3. After practicing on me I look forward to a couple of fun coats for my Etsy shop.  I have a vision of what I want to create and will be drawing it out before I tackle the fabrics!
  4. Just keep creating and sharing my progress!

A journey begins with the first step and forward momentum takes it from there

I believe this.  So, no resolutions, just a call to creativity for myself and then share the process and progress along the way!  The projects will get done when they get done Knowing this when I start means there will be no pressure and no deadline.

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What lies ahead on your map for 2017?

 

*NOTE:  The Process Pledge was begun by Rossi of Rossi Crafts,  who is a creative powerhouse!  Thank you Rossi for your inspiration!

 

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2017

Debts, Illness, Drought (not a drop all summer), Wildfires and smoke, More debt, the horrid election shenanigans. . .

I could whine on, but why?

Would it not be better to count blessings instead?

Better health, The rain (and the roof is patched), sold the Mountain Farmlet (and the major, obscene, huge amount of debt is gone) and for good or ill the election is over!

For all these gifts we are grateful.

Sending blessings for 2017

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wishing a Happy New Year to all!

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Noodle says: Find your warm,  cushy place.”

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Note:  I’ve thought to post for some time now, but couldn’t find the heart to do it.  It all felt so negative.  This year is starting on a happier and more vibrant note.  See you soon with something fun! 

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OH Baby it’s cold INside

The temperature in the early AM has been in the low to mid 20s for a week and our furnace won’t light!  Thankfully, the repairman will arrive early tomorrow morning to fix it.

Can you believe that they just called and wanted us to wait until after Thanksgiving!!! 

Of course I said, “No way!”

Actually, I think we might have gotten it done the next day, but then they would have charged us for the service call AND the parts.  This way, because we are on a maintenance contract, I only have to pay for parts.   Yes, I am really that cheap frugal.

So how does a little dog stay warm when the house is 60 degrees inside?

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He sleeps in his coat right in front of the radiant heater!

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NOTEWORTHY:  The Mountain Farmlet is in Escrow and closes on the first of December.  It will be a melancholy event.  I will write more after the closing.

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