The Planets have Aligned!

For a day that started out poorly, it ended most spectacularly!  I didn’t sleep well last night.  I had too much partying, more alcohol than I usually consume (which is almost nothing, hence the problem) and rich food, and too much of it, and I laid awake most of the night, trying to sleep, but finally giving up and reading. (Joan Dideon’s Year of Magical Thinking).  Which meant I was a wreck in the morning.  And my daughter called from school to have me make a doctors appointment to have her checked for strep.  So by the time I finally got up, made the appointment, drove to the HS to get her, took her to the doctor (she did not have strep, only a virus, and the doctor sent her back to school) and drove back home, it was lunch time.  My plans of all I was going to accomplish were rapidly sifting through my fingers.  And on top of that, a miserable cold rain made everything soggy and frigid.  One of those bone chilling days where you just can’t get warm.

But I decided to try to make some headway on the new website.  I only had four pages to go, and one of them was pretty critical.  My schedule.  I hadn’t updated the old site in awhile, and a lot needed to be entered.  Once I decided on a format, I just had to look through all my files and emails to plug in as much information as I had, all the dates and contacts, and the topics I was teaching.  Then to simplify the site, I linked PDF files for the prospectuses instead of all the lengthy descriptions like I had on the old site.

So I plodded along, got my son to take my daughter back to the HS tonight for jazz band, and sent him out for a Chinese Food run.  And I continued to plod…

The upshot is, I FINISHED THE SITE!  I can’t believe it.  I’m done.  I’m so proud of what I’ve done.  And I put a temporary home page on the old site to direct to the new site, eventually when I’m sure everything is correct, and my husband returns from New Hampshire, I’ll wipe out the old site, and park it with the new one, so whether you go to or, you will end up in the same place.

Just as the last file uploaded, an email came in from Sandra Bowles, executive director of the Handweavers Guild of front-lrAmerica, Inc. telling me that they have approved my presentation for the Challenge Project I did last year for them, and I’m OK to market the presentation on a CD, to any guild that would like to show it for a guild meeting or program. I have to say that Sandy went out of her way, doing way more than I asked, by carefully working through all 81 slides, and proofing, editing, and watching for copyright issues, in a very professional and thorough manner.  I am very grateful Sandy.  So, give me a few days and I’ll have the CD up on my eShop.  I think I’ll offer it as both a PowerPoint and a PDF file on the same disk.  If you are a member of a guild, weaving, sewing, whatever, or just plain curious, this CD presentation is intended to stand alone, without me, as an inexpensive hour and a half program, following the year long challenge presentation, where I was paired with a designer I had never met, given yarn I’d have never picked to work with, in colors that don’t appeal to me, and we had a year to come up with a runway ensemble to debut at the Convergence 2008 Tampa Bay Fashion Show.  The 81 slide presentation starts with the design process, which was completely done with emails, and then the step by step sampling for the woven fabric, the design and pattern making , the cutting out and construction of the coat and dress, and the final embellishments, hand felting and beading that kept my partner Lorretta Dian Phipps up too many nights in a row.  There are some great production photos, and I’m really proud of the finished ensemble and the presentation as well.

And I even got an hour off to watch the latest installment of the new HBO series, #1 Ladies Detective Agency, starring Jill Scott.  (I had recorded it from Sunday night since I was driving to the airport while it was airing). It is as delightful as the series by Alexander McCall Smith, and I have to almost say, I like it even more.  The gentle life in Botswana, the interesting cases that fall into the lap of Precious Ramotswe, the endearing characters, and the spectacular scenery all keep me captivated and yearning for more.

Dare I hope to get the lining done on the coat tomorrow?

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.