On A Roll!

I’ve talked to a couple of friends that tell me they have felt the fog lift and that things are beginning to fall into place.  That’s how I’m feeling right now, like I’m not trying to swim through Jello.  Had some great news today from one of my girlfriends who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is through her surgery, and the path reports say they got all of it, and that it was contained and in stage O.  She is the poster child for early detection screenings.

Speaking of, I visited my GYN today for my annual check-up.  That ends my round of doctors for the year, starting with last fall, and my colonoscopy, stress test, physical, visit to the oncologist for my annual, my mammogram last week, and a visit to the dermatologist.  Whew!  And I’m happy to report that all is well.  Hopefully there will be a lot more happy days in the studio to come…

homepage3Anyway, I got some good feedback from my graphics designer/weaving buddy Sally, on the logo I did, plus I sent her a JPG of the whole home page.  She gave me some terrific feedback, and I tweaked the logo a bit, and changed the colors for the whole page, and I’m very happy with this latest installment.  I’ve built about half a dozen of the pages so far, I won’t upload them until I’m all ready, but in the meantime, here is the current version of the new home page.jacket1

I’m working like mad on the jacket.  This is always my favorite part.  I love making the decisions, the designing, making it all work, but my really really favorite part is to sit and sew.  I love my machine, (a Janome 6600) and my new industrial iron, a Sapporo Gravity Fed, (I had to sadly retire my old Sussman Pressmaster after about 20 years).

buttonholes1So I have most of the body together, the welt pockets in, the bound buttonholes in, and yesterday I showed something new I tried, cording the buttonhole lips, it worked great, they are nice and plump in the heavy wool, that steams beautifully by the way.  I think the piping will be a nice accent when the whole jacket is finished.  I had the exact amount, not an 1/8″ more, to go from one hem to the other on both sides.back I still have to put the left front onto the jacket, but I’ll save that for tomorrow.  And of course the black collar is the interfacing.

Off to bed.  Tomorrow is suppose to reach 50 degrees and be partly sunny.  And the winds should finally die down.  Since there is rain predicted for Thursday, I’ll see if I can get the pansies planted in the deck planters.

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March 25, 2009 6:31 am

Lots of good news in this post! Congrats on being done with all those doctor’s appts – phew! And I love watching the jacket take shape. You’re very generous to share your process with the creative community!

What drove me to comment was how good the screen shot of your new webpage looks!! The logo and top of the page look great, and all of those wonderful photos make me wish I could click on them right now!!

Looking forward to whatever comes next!

March 25, 2009 9:44 am

I love to read about process, and you fill that interest very well. The web site design process has also been interesting as I am responsible for our guild’s site. So far, though, I have not found the patience to plow through the Dreamweaver information. It’s dizzy-making!

I looked up the iron, but am also interested in the dress form you use. Do you prefer any one brand and/or type?

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