Friday, January 31, 2014


People give me random things, since they know I sew. Here I have several old wool/poly sweaters and cardigans from various people:

And here they are again cut into mittens:

 I also worked a bit on my scrap blanket this week.

My scrap bag was getting full, and Grandma had given me an old wool skirt, so I used the skirt and some scraps to add six more rows to my scrap blanket. All it is is four inch strips of fabric sewn together; a few more strips, and I think it will be big enough.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


This week I realized I've forgotten how to count. As a nanny I generally had about three kids, certainly no more than ten, and I have fingers enough for that. I've been at the cash register at work lately, and starting and finishing I have to count out my cash to make sure it matches the numbers in the computer. It NEVER comes out right. Oh the drama, the emotional trauma, in counting thirty dollars in change three times over with the managers watching!

The Pirate Dress is finished. I did the eyelets by hand this week, and finished the hem by machine. Despite lacking a model, the dress is listed in my Etsy Shop.

 It really did turn out well.

Also for sale in my brand-spanking-new Etsy shop; this cloak. Doesn't it look cool?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Working in the New Year

In 2013 I had a stomach ulcer, two siblings got married, house-sat for a month and took a six-week working vacation to South Carolina.

In 2014 so far I've bought a new bed and got my first "real"(taxable) job. Should I be proud I've avoided taxes this long, or dismayed that I don't know what to do with my tax papers at this age?

I sill have a job at O2FS and work is always interesting. Now the holiday season is over all the seasonal employees were let go, and everyone's hours were cut in half. This is kind of nice because all the co-workers I kind of didn't like are gone; but it also means less work for me. I've mostly been in the fitting room, but last week I was trained to use the cash register. That was mildly alarming; remembering all the details. But I got through it and only forgot to give change once. Most of my co-workers are really friendly, mostly hispanic or black, and mostly students working around high school or college. There are some post-college employees who are working O2FS as a lower-level second job(why would anyone WANT two jobs??). I'm pretty clearly different from all the other employees(one of the managers was like, "you're pretty religious, right?")

O2FS is sharp a departure from the private nanny jobs I've worked over the years(which was deliberate). There's six managers to please instead of one or two parents to work with; there are dozens of other employees to remember, and obviously being in customer service there's lots more personal interaction. You have to be nice to everybody! There's also a lot of profanity. I wouldn't say profanity really upsets me, because there's not a whole lot I can do about it, but in this non-Christian work environment there really is a lot of profanity.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Holidays 2013

So, I took a holiday from blogging. But now we're firmly settled in 2014 and today is my day off, so a post is in order.

My long break was mostly because I got job shortly after returning home, so I've spent a fair amount of my holidays working. It's a clothing retail job, so the holidays are the busy season. It's part-time, but I still got scheduled for forty hours this week. Since I don't want to reference my job location blatantly, I came up with the code name "Over 21 and Forever Single," which makes the acronym O2FS. My introduction to O2FS was a nine hour shift on Black Friday. Retail is interesting!

The Fezziwig Ball happened, too. No pictures of me, of course, because I kept running in circles, but everyone looked great.

Christmas was good: We were given so much amazing chocolate for Christmas(a perk of Dad being an Church leader). Right now I'm steadily working through the mint fudge. I've hardly had time to do any sewing; I'm just trying to keep up on my own mending and alterations.One simple item I did get done: a brown satin skirt.

Plain, simple bias-cut maxi skirt. Good for church or more formal occasions.

The one thing I really wanted to get done during the holidays(but didn't get to) was lay out my next wholecloth quilt. It will be queen size; I have a pale green linen-cotton for the top and a white sheet for the bottom, and this time I bought real queen-sized cotton batting instead of using my polyester leftovers from Grandma. I'm really excited about it: the quilt will have a mariner's star central medallion and various things around the border, like acorns and pineapples and birds and I don't know what all, and it will probably take me years to finish. So there you have it: my first goal for the new year- Start the Quilt.