I won!

Even though I felt crappy all day, still trying to get over my cold, it was a pretty good day.  I accomplished a lot of catching up, spent a few hours in the morning filling out camp forms.  I will say that is my least favorite job in the whole world, camp medical forms.  Six pages of detailed information on my daughter for summer camp, I feel like I need a medical degree to get them all straight, what goes to the Girl Scout Council, what gets copied and sent to the Physician, what comes back from the Physician and forwarded onto the Girl Scout Council, I have a headache justfrostedfloralsdetaillr thinking about it, oh wait, the headache is from my cold….

I got my dress, Frosted Florals shipped to Kansas City today, for the Surface Design Association Conference Fashion Show later this month, and I filled a book order.  I got to dust my very dirty house, and started the general tidying up, always a task, but I felt some order take shape in my life…

So over morning tea, I checked in with my favorite bloggers, I’ve mentioned Tom and Lorenzo, my all time favorite new-scan963fashion bloggers, followed by Susan Hinckley, who does “Small Works in Wool“, little treasures from recycled wool sweaters.  Her blog is fantastic.  Earlier in the week, she celebrated her 100th blog, and being her birthday month (mine too), she had a give-away, one of her lovely drawings (on the left).  If you wanted to win, you had to leave a comment.  So I did.

This morning, I logged on and found that Susan had posted another blog, so I tuned in…  Well, who would have thunk it, I won!  You have to check out the post to see how much fun it was to wait for the drum roll and have Guy Smiley announce the winner!

So that set the tone for the day, never mind I feel like crap.   I got my tax refund today as well.  Should have bought a lottery ticket while I was at the grocery store, refilling the larder!

Focused Friday

So far the feedback has been really positive on the site.  I did, in one of my middle of the night awakenings, think that I really should have the galleries run from most recent to oldest work, so I reversed the 2000-2005 gallery.  I think it is better to click on the gallery link and see the newest work added, rather than scroll way way down and find it at the bottom.  Then I spent most of the day reprocessing images for the artwork gallery.  Some of the older pieces there were originally shot in slides.  Many of my slides were not great to begin with, and I think my scanner isn’t doing the best job anymore.  But I did my best with what I had to work with, and vowed that next time I set up a photoshoot, I’ll reshoot some of the older important work in digital with proper lighting and a better backdrop.    It was interesting to see how far I’ve come as a photographer.

The men made it safely up to Vermont for the last ski trip of the season, I got a text message at 2:15am letting me know they arrived safely. (That’s probably why I woke up last night and re-thought the gallery!)  In spite of the rain yesterday, they had a good day of skiing today, and are looking forward to the weekend.


I worked on the jacket after dinner tonight, and got the upper collar/front facing in, and the backs of the bound buttonholes finished.  So I can actually button the jacket.  I love the narrow trim collar, and the lines on this are really really slimming.  I took an interior shot of the jacket before I started on collar/facing, because I always loved what goes on behind the scenes in a garment like this.jacketfront

There are a couple of blogs that I really enjoy, one of them is Tien’s Blog, the traveling tigress.  Tien is a weaver who makes garments out on the west coast, and blogs about her adventures, like me, but she is a wonderful writer.  I love her musings, and look forward to her latest adventures.  We spent a lot of time emailing this afternoon, I gave her some advice on interfacings, and she gave me some advice on using WordPress and how to get my images to be clickable, but remain rectangular.  Before when I used this feature, the thumbnails in the blog would be square, cutting off important information, like in a long gown, you’d only see the crotch.  Not attractive.  So she advised me on where to click in the settings to change this feature to eliminate the square thumbnails, and we’ll see if this works.  Hopefully my interfacing information works for her.

The other blog I follow is from Susan Hinckley, called Small Works in Wool.  Another fabulous writer, she is absolutely hysterical, and peppers her posts with old magazine images to get the point across.  It is the best laugh of the day when she puts up a new post.  And her work is great, she takes old sweaters and beads, and buttons, and turns them into little works of personally and politically charged art.