Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Nuala Dress Completed

Yesterday was another glorious sunny day with a high of 22-23C. The humidity was low which was nice. Today has started out sunny and warm but it ends tonight. We have rain tonight and tomorrow. 

Lifestyle

We headed out yesterday to renew our passports and once that was done, we worked at Son's place. The front flower bed under the living room and office have been stripped of the weed cloth and mulch and the edge cut down ready for edging. The flower bed under the bedroom has been pruned, raked, and ready to have the edge cut down. We got more done than we expected. 

Sewing

Saving sewing for tomorrow when it is raining. I should be able to sew for a couple of hours. If the weather doesn't allow me to work outside, I hope to finish Kate's outfit. 
I am still working on the reading corner of the sewing room. I keep thinking about what I want beside the table which will hold my knitting projects and has a nice top for a lamp and enough space for a cup of tea or water. 
The other item that I need to address is the doll patterns. The pdf ones will be put into binders and stored in the book case. The ones that I have purchased from McCalls and Butterick will have to be organized into categories and stored in a small cube or a dresser drawer. I need to control the patterns in an organized way. 

Knitting

I finished the Nuala dress last night. The pattern was hard to remember until I got to the sleeves. The sleeves were easy. Sewing it up took some time as the pockets are finicky. But the overall design is nice. 
I love the color combination and have enough yarn I could do it in reverse. I also have another ball of yarn to make one in also. But not right now. 
Anna is waiting for Laura to arrive as she cleared customs. Maybe in a couple of days. 
Unless Katie 2016 comes back on the market, I may refrain from adopting another Gotz doll. I do love Aspen but it remains to be seen if I adopt her. I want to look at thrift shops to see if I can find an American Girl doll so I can continue to make clothes for her. 
On the knitting front, I have to finish the Billie Baby Jacket and then start the Russian dress that the ladies on Raverly have reversed engineered into a pattern. 

Today

We are back at Son's place to continue working on the front borders. It will be nice to see them done and looking fresh. We are thoroughly enjoying this project. 
Until the next time....................................

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Daffodils on a Sunny Day

We had another lovely day with a high of 16C or 61F. The humidity hit a low of 22% which is as dry as Kamloops got at this time of the year. Today is to be another sunny warm day. 

Lifestyle

While at the Department of Agriculture in Kentville, we noticed daffodils against the building. They are in a well shaded area and are almost in bloom. 
They could have opened up by late afternoon but should be open today. 
The neighbors bought this play center at an auction and had it delivered last evening. There is a lot of pieces to be put together before the kids can play on it. 
I'm sure the kids on the street will love playing on it. We did find out that the bushes at the edge of our property are some sort of gooseberry/currant bushes. I doubt if they have berries as they have been kept well pruned. 

Sewing

No sewing was done yesterday as I was tired. So tired that I had a nap instead. 

Knitting

No knitting last night as we were across the street visiting while the play center was unloaded. But...................
I found the cutest pattern on Pinterest. 
Type in "Little Cotton Rabbit" and see the adorable items this lady has created. Little Cotton Rabbits is her website and her patterns can be purchased on Etsy and Raverly. I would love to knit one for sure but may end up knitting more than one. But, not until next winter. I have too many things planned to knit until then. 

Today

We are going to work on the front flower bed at Son's place. We hope to get the old mulch and ground cover up and I'd like to start edging the bed. We will work until noon as it will be too warm this afternoon to work in the sun. 
Until the next time..............................

Monday, April 23, 2018

Yard Work

Yesterday was sunny and the high got to around 15C. Today is more of the same. 

Lifestyle

I spent the morning running in and out of the house helping the Spousal Unit. I finished raking the mulch under the shrubs that run the depth of our property. When that job was done, we focused on the front yard. Another ball game. 
The front yard has one small flower bed under the living room window. In it is three shrubs like the ones going the depth of our property. They have thin sharp prickles on them. There are also three lily plants in that bed. The lily plants stayed, the three others were removed. That meant we had to dig a bed behind the shed for 2 of the shrubs and the third one will leave the property. 
While digging beds and plants up, I edged the flower bed and removed some of the soil. By noon, we were ready for hosta plants in that area. A liberal dose of cayenne pepper will keep the cats out of that bed. 
After lunch and a nap, we finished up the BBQ and it is ready for grilling. And between all of the outside jobs, I got this weeks bullet journal entries done. 
I am remaining steady with the layout. I like it and it works for us. 
I have also written up the 90 Day Goals for losing weight. I am still working through the points to get it all together. May 1 is start date and I am getting excited to start this. 

Knitting

I knit more on the sleeves and have 25 of the 40 rows knit before the sleeve cap is shaped. Knitting both sleeves at the same time has been great. My brain likes that both will be done at the same time. I want to knit the leg warmers before I start the next project. There is a hat to go with this outfit and if I want it, I will have to buy the book.

Today

 We have to go to New Minas to take soil samples to the Dept. of Agriculture and get our passport photos taken. Once home, we have to get ready so we can work at Son's place Tuesday and Wednesday. 
Until the next time......................

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunshine Bliss

Yesterday turned out to be a lovely day. The sun shone and it was quite warm outside. Today is starting out cool (-3C) but the sun is shining. 

Lifestyle

I was home from Bedford before 1 p.m. with a lot of groceries and some yarn. The Spousal Unit had been mixing and spreading mulch while I was gone. 
After we unpacked and put away the groceries, the Spousal Unit put out the chairs we got for Christmas onto the deck. We sat outside in the sunshine and enjoyed it. Even if we wore our coats, it was nice to be outside soaking up the sun. 
Son stopped in on his way home from town. Grandson stayed to help put out more mulch and to play with the children who were next door. He even went out and played after supper. 
After several days (5, I think) of using light therapy for SAD, I start eating healthy today. I will be tracking this in the bullet journal for 9 days. I am slowly getting back on track to being more healthy. 

Sewing

I popped into the fabric store to get more yarn for my knitting project. I spotted these cute buttons and had to buy them. I am sure that the spring button change over is coming soon and these may just disappear in the change. 
I found this website when looking up sewing room organization. It is suiting my needs as I will be working on spiffing mine up over the next 6 months. 
I will be using the ideas for my room. 

Knitting

The buttons were purchased to go with a skein of yarn I have in the stash. For a coat that will need a button or two on it. 
There is a darker yarn that I can buy to make another coat using the remaining buttons. I am known to make outfits around buttons I love.
The Nuala dress is coming along. The pockets are knit. I have knit the grey cuff for the sleeves and have started knitting the magenta. A couple of days and it will be done as in the yarn ends woven in and ready for blocking. 
The red sweater set is blocked and dry. The short sleeve sweater needs to have snaps put on the back. The jacket does not have buttons on it. I will be ready to photograph it while we have sunny days. 

Today

I will be in and out of the house. I have to help with mulch. We want to finish up the bags we have so we know how much more we need to buy. I have a tiny bit of housework to do and I need to sew. I also need to set up the bullet journal for next week. And I want to sit in my chair in the sunshine. It will be a busy day for us. 
Until the next time........................... 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

And it Snowed........

It snowed for most of the morning yesterday but none stuck to the ground. We then had rain and by evening, it cleared off and the sun shone until it set for the night. We woke up to snow on the ground this morning. Not a lot, just a good dusting. Today is suppose to be nicer. 

Lifestyle

We have had about 5" of moisture this week and think we should be done with it. But, we know we need more to get the water levels up so we won't have water restrictions this summer. We had very little snow this winter in comparison to other years according to the locals. We forget as dry is what we had in BC.
We were out and about yesterday for a bit and then I did the final push on our medical. All is taken care of and we will roll over to NS medical next week through my pension plan. Everything is good. 
Step one of the pre-90 Day challenge is established. I am using the SAD lamp every morning and it is helping. Next is to add Vitamin C and D. We are probably low in both those vitamins, especially D. I will then start tracking my food again. Taking the time to figure this out has been good as I am now feeling quite a bit better. 
Doll #2, Laura, is in Halifax and Anna stood by the door waiting for her to arrive yesterday. 
This is her disappointed face when we arrived home mid afternoon and Laura still hadn't arrived. 
These dolls are so expressive it is crazy. Laura is the same face mould as Anna but has brown hair, brown eyes and freckles. I ordered her quickly as I didn't want to miss out on her like I did Katie, who has red hair, green eyes and freckles. Katie has a different face mold but is very expressive also. 

Sewing

I spent some time sewing the lace trim onto Kate's shorts. I am ready to stitch down the elastic waistband. When done, I have a matching shirt to make and then it is on to sewing the Spousal Unit's western shirt. 

Knitting

The body of the Nuala dress is finished. I finished knitting one pocket and will do the other one tonight. Then it is on to the sleeves. The bottom part of the sleeves will be grey and the top part magenta. I need to get one more ball of each color. The plan is to make leg warmers and a hat to go with the outfit. 

Today

I am heading into Bedford to do some shopping. I have to get some items we can't get here. I hope to be back early this afternoon as I am shopping at the smaller center. I do the big shopping center in a couple of weeks. 
Until the next time.....................

Friday, April 20, 2018

Pinterest Inspiration Outfit Done

We have several days of rain. There has been some sunshine to help brighten things up. The forecast is for more of this and some snow until tomorrow. Then we are suppose to get warm and sunny. 

Lifestyle

With it raining so much, we have not been able to work outside. The lawn goes squish, squish. The Spousal Unit has done some work in the garage and is getting his tools put away. 
I got the housework done and don't have to look at it again until Monday. Then it will be cleaning up again and I hope to tackle the basement also. It has its fair share of fluff floating around down there. 
I saw the respiratory therapist yesterday. I got a new mask for my CPAP machine and learned a few tricks about keeping the filters clean. I get a report sent to me and will see her in 6 months. 
I have started the 90 day challenge by using my SAD light for 3 days in a row. I have changed nothing else as I will start on the next part on Sunday when I do the bullet journal. I am focusing only on Lifestyle until May 1. 

Sewing

Anna's aqua print outfit is done. The inspiration for what I did came from this picture I found on Pinterest. 
It turned out quite cute and the pattern is quite well drafted. 
I used lace I had in the stash and like how it just meets the waistband on the skirt. 
Paired with the aqua jean shorts is also sweet. I accomplished the look I wanted. Now to get some pictures outside. 
Kate's outfit is started. I have pinned the first row of lace onto the shorts and am ready to stitch it down. I am excited to get them done as I may have to draft these for Anna. Once these items are done, it's on to sewing for us. 

Knitting

I am working on the Nuala dress and it is almost ready to divide. I had to undo 7 rows yesterday morning and then had to undo 2 more rows during the day. 
Here it is just before I decided to start the waist shaping. The plan is to knit the neckline and the sleeve welts in grey to help break up the magenta. The pattern is very dense and this will be a wonderful winter dress with Anna's silver tights and grey Ugg boots. If there is enough yarn, I will make leg warmers and a hat. But, first I need to get the dress finished. 
I do knit once in a while on the white jacket. It is an easy knit and great to knit a few rows when I am stressed with the dress. 

Today

With it raining and snow in the forecast, I'm not sure what we are doing. I do know I want to get the dress divided sometime today so I will be knitting. If we go no where, I can sew on Kate's shorts. Today is still up for discussion in our house. 
Until the next time......................

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Aqua Doll Clothes

Yesterday it rained. We got about 3/4" before it stopped for the night. Today it is cloudy but we may see the sun shine during the day. It is warm with very little wind. 

Lifestyle

Though yesterday was deemed an indoor day, we dashed out after lunch between storms. We picked up a new cushion for our couch. 
We had a lounge cushion on this couch and it was too much for our smaller space. We like this much better. The foil is to keep Elliott from scratching the furniture. It helps. My knitting takes up a cushion and I will be getting a container for it. Trying to keep organized, but still allowing ourselves the opportunity to have books and knitting in that space. 
I used my SAD light yesterday and felt much better than I have for a long time. I was able to meet the weather head on and didn't feel washed out and exhausted at noon. First step taken in the 90 day challenge and I do know I will be using that lamp a lot more than I have been. 

Sewing

 I sewed a skirt for Anna using a Lilli and Fleur pattern. It is well constructed pattern that is easy to sew. 
When gathering the skirt, I did three rows of gathering; 1/8, 1/4 and 3/8" from the top edge. I find this gets the gathers laying neatly when gathering and pinning them to the waistband. 
The buttons are a bit large but I'm leaving them on as I like them. I only put on four though the pattern calls for 6. I put 2 snaps on to keep the skirt closed and may add a third one. 
It fits Anna and she awaits the top to go with it. 
I am also getting mentally ready to design a front/back button top to go with slacks and skirts. I would like to design it so it has both short and long sleeves. And with any luck, I may be able to add a collar to it. I need to work on this after I finish the aqua sewing and while sewing the Spousal Unit's shirt. 

Knitting

I did knit more rows on the Nuala dress and am almost ready to do buttonhole #3. It will soon be ready to start the waist shaping. 
The Billie Baby jacket was also knit on and it is slowly coming along. I am thinking of what to sew for it to make an ensemble. Ideas are floating in my head as I do love this pattern a lot. It is longer than the other sweaters I have knit.  
The Russian doll dress pattern is ready to knit and I will have to wind some yarn. It is lace weight and I need to see if it will knit to gauge. It is very fine. 

Today

I have to clean more of the house and do some sewing and knitting. I also need to think more on my 90 day challenge as I am not sure of my mindset goals. I like them but need to reword them. 
Until the next time...............................