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"These Things" part 4

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When I called her, I asked Stephanie if she was up early and if I could deliver the dress on Wednesday...and she said yes to both. emoticon

It has been extremely hot and dry for weeks here...and today storms were predicted. I had a small portion of the yard to mow before I left for errands...couldn't wait till later because of the predicted rain..so I mowed for nearly an hr...then, fretting to not finish but eager to keep my word about an early delivery, I quit mowing, showered and took off. emoticon

I got to Stephanie's house and was so eager and excited. Her brother answered the door...and went to get her. He returned to tell me she was still in bed...I didn't quite follow the reasons why but couldn't fix it. I introduced myself to her brother...Rodolpho. Very nice young man...turned 14 today. I tried to explain what I needed to relay about the dress...to a guy!!! Then, handed over the dress and left. What else could I do? I had hoped to be there by nine am...it was now closer to ten...and no Stephanie! emoticon

What a let down! I was so excited and was hoping to see her in the dress...I did mention to Rodolpho that I had brought a camera in hopes of a photo. Maybe they will take one when she wears the dress Saturday.

I haven't heard a peep from her..it is now mid afternoon. So, the deed is done. BUT...with not getting to talk to her, I have a good reason to knock there again some time soon. I can ask how the wedding went and how the dress fit and... emoticon I will bring her a spiritual gift this time. emoticon

  
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TREVUG 6/16/2011 12:15AM

    I'm so sorry you missed her. I hope the dress fits and she is happy. What a great excuse to call back again.

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BOOKWERME 6/15/2011 11:30PM

    Laurie, I never intended to "charge" anything. When we chatted on the phone I told her that my daughter had been able to fit the first dress I purchased...and Stephanie said she would look for more in that size (I must find out where these dresses are coming from!). When the hemming stuff first came up and she asked how much I would charge, I never said "no charge" but that maybe we could swap...my work for another dress...the dresses have been marked 10-15$ each so far.

I am not going to fret. Tonight at KH I picked up the Young People Ask books (none available in Eng. so got Spanish) for Rodolpho. I will be seeing them all again, I have no doubt. emoticon

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AJCHARTERS 6/15/2011 9:31PM

    Oh no. That's frustrating. I hope she appreciates your beautiful work on the dress.

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GAMOMMY3 6/15/2011 7:22PM

    Well, even if she never says thank you or shows you a photo, you know that you did a good deed! And Jehovah, and us, are quite proud of you!

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NCFITCHICK 6/15/2011 6:37PM

    Too bad that you didn't get to see her in the dress. Hopefully she is appreciative of all of your hard (and beautiful) work though. And hopefully she will enjoy the spiritual gift as well. emoticon

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CELEST 6/15/2011 6:03PM

    I agree....a total let down. Ah well, giving her a spiritual gift will be awesome. We have a sister in our cong who reads the marriages and phones any who have numbers and offers them a free book on how to keep marriages happier longer. She does a lot of rv this way too.

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/15/2011 6:02PM

    I also hope she paid you in advance. Still, all that excitement and then letdown hope she rewards you with at least a pic. HUGS

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/15/2011 5:18PM

    What a shame, hopefully you'll see her yet in it for a pic. You did a beautiful job on it. emoticon

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June Garden

Monday, June 13, 2011


Welcome to my garden!
Double yellow Hollyhocks




Asiatic Lillies


SP wouldn't upload about half of the pics..saying file too large (I thought they automatically resized!...ALL the pics are the same size so I don't get it.)

Anyway...here are a few of the pics from my garden.

  
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BOOKYETI 6/17/2011 12:16PM

    Wow, so lovely! :)
You obviously have a green thumb (mine is black. lol).

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TREVUG 6/13/2011 5:58PM

    Very nice! I get the same thing all of the time from Sparks. I find that when I crop them down it helps- sometimes.

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GAMOMMY3 6/13/2011 4:14PM

    Very pretty!

I am reading a book and in it the author says that when we feel anxious, or ugly, or unlovable, to take a beauty break. Find something beautiful, like your flowers, and look at them for 5 minutes and it will refresh us.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/13/2011 3:14PM

    Beautiful! It has to do with the amount of colors in some of them.

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NCFITCHICK 6/13/2011 1:12PM

    Oh how lovely! Thank you for sharing those. You must be so pleased with them. Can't wait to see the rest. emoticon

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CELEST 6/13/2011 11:12AM

    Lovit! Do the hollyhocks have a smell? I will be planting some lavender bushes under my kitchen window - as soon as I actually have the kitchen window. That's the next project just as soon as the flat for my sister is completed.

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/13/2011 10:41AM

    WONDER Beauty! You can load the rest later... HUGS

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AJCHARTERS 6/13/2011 9:41AM

    Very pretty!

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WENDYLEE15 6/13/2011 8:44AM

    Beautiful

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"These Things" part three - I did it!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Well, this evening I finally tackled the project. I got out my daughter's big camera and tried to document my efforts.

This the dress before:


This was all I had to go by for measurments...marks on an envelope!!


Making the first measurements. SO nervous about messing up someone else's dress...and I have only just met Stephanie!!


Pencil marking the cutting line.


FIRST CUT!


To the machine using a rolled hem foot and the cut off hem to practice on. It works.


the sample hem.


Now to tackle the dress itself.


There is SO much dress....


The fabric hanging on the door are the remnants of the hems removed.


The final product...three hems taken up 7 inches each. The bodice taken in slightly and the spaghetti straps shortened ...just a little.


I kind of got lost on the captions...hard to keep track of what pictures were which...I may have to edit, but here it is.



  
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SUNNYWBL 7/23/2011 10:51PM

    You did an amazing job!

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MA_DIDDLES 6/15/2011 11:14PM

    What a wonderful emoticon of your time and talents for someone you just met. Bless you Asta.

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GAMOMMY3 6/13/2011 4:16PM

    You did a wonderful job! emoticon

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NCFITCHICK 6/13/2011 1:36PM

    You did a fabulous job! I'm sure Stephanie will be extremely pleased.

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CELEST 6/13/2011 11:10AM

    You sure did!!!! That material is awful to work with, but you really did well. It has a new fresh look, the length you took off made the difference. Congrats!

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AJCHARTERS 6/13/2011 9:47AM

    Good job! Looks great.

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BOOKWERME 6/13/2011 7:57AM

    Even with all my trepidation over the measurements (or lack thereof) and cutting...the whole job took less than an hr and a half. I am eager to see Stephanie Wednesday to see how we did with this.

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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 6/13/2011 7:10AM

    BEAUTIFUL WORK Asta! You are such a generous person, giving so freely of your talents. :)

Love you,
Andee

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BEEBEE1936 6/13/2011 5:34AM

    Good job. And that material is so hard to work with. But then, I not much of a seamstress.

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/13/2011 12:26AM

    GREAT WORK! HUGS

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TREVUG 6/12/2011 11:57PM

    VERY AWESOME!!!!!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/12/2011 10:20PM

    Wow! Beautiful job!! emoticon

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"These things" part two

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I kind of chickened out of just tackling the dress on my own. I took it with me today to my Bernina dealer for some advice (I was hoping for more hands on help, too, but that didn't happen). I will have to cut quite a bit off the bottom of the underskirt and the top skirt. I would have liked to serge the underskirt, but they wouldn't let me use their machine and I don't care to lay out over 600$ today for a serger. I will figure this out. I did get a foot for my machine that will do the double fold and stitch it down all in one step. I had one of these for my old Singer (I think that was the machine) yrs ago, so have used one before. This is a handy machine foot...so I am glad to have it. I got the correct size needles and a matching thread. So...once I get over my nerves, we are good to go.

So, now I am home and the first step will be to get the measurements off the piece of paper where I marked it...figure the details and then mark the fabric before cutting. I am SO chicken about doing this to this lovely dress that belongs to someone I don't even know!!! Yikes!!

I have also been thinking about how I could take it in just a little for her in the bodice...this is really tailoring beyond my usual efforts. There is a zipper in the side seam...so I was thinking four very small darts evenly placed just to the front and back of each side seam (that is four total..not four in each spot) might be enough to do the trick. Then I also need to tack the spaghetti straps up about an inch and a half. How Stephanie ever thought this dress FIT her is beyond me!!!

I SO wish I had my camera...it is being repaired. I will see what I can do about getting a photo. I would love a photo of HER wearing the dress, but don't know if I can manage that! We shall see. I have till the 18th to get this done. Of course, I have nothing else on my agenda between now and then, right? LOL Yeah, right!!!

  
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MA_DIDDLES 6/12/2011 12:26AM

    Asta - can I send you all my clothes that need to be taken in rather than give them away (hehehe) emoticon


You have such a big emoticon emoticon to ya. MA

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CINA-MINI 6/11/2011 11:28PM

    Does your cell phone have a camera? Maybe you can take it with that and transfer it to your computer. I just learned how to do that.

Hugs,
Cinamin

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NTSOHLTHNT 6/10/2011 8:43PM

    Take the plunge, it'll be okay. Have trust and confidence in your abilities, just measure twice and cut once :-).
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TREVUG 6/10/2011 8:21PM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/9/2011 11:48PM

    Now I have Stephanie placed emoticon You'll do a great job and the darts should like nice. Would be great to see her in it, take a pic of it just in case.

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/9/2011 11:00PM

    9 days?? Piece of Fat-free cake! lol hugs..

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COOLCALLALILY 6/9/2011 9:49PM

    you can borrow my camera anytime, Mom! emoticon

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DEBBIEOLMOS57 6/9/2011 9:37PM

    keep going


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How do I get myself into these things??? (not diet/exercise related)

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

While out in service last Saturday, I spotted a lovely evening gown hanging in a tree at a yard sale. Stopped to have a look since we are taking dancing lessons...and pretty dresses are welcome. I had thought perhaps to find something for my daughter. There were a number of gowns...in a variety of sizes. I found one I thought she would like and fit...and bought it for 10 dollars.

I couldn't get the others off my mind. It occurred to me later, that with those prices..even if daughter couldn't fit them, maybe others at the dancing lesson studio might be able to wear them. the prices were certainly reasonable (they aren't in perfect condition but easily corrected problems I think),

Today, I had to take DH's van to be inspected and get the registration renewed. I was right across the street from where that yard sale was. Couldn't resist...went back, knocked. A young woman came out...she and her Mom dug out the other gowns...I bought two more. Of course, we were talking all this time...Stephanie is selling the dresses because they are WAY too long for her. She said they all fit otherwise....but after seeing her...I KNOW they are ALL too big as well as too long. She is lovely...slim and petite...and probably should be wearing a size 0 or 2. Petite!

I pointed out that some of those dresses wouldn't be hard to take up. Neither she nor her Mom sew...at all. Stephanie said she looked into having it done for her, but she couldn't afford the seamstress. Big mouth me...kept saying it shouldn't be so hard to do!!! She brought out the dress she wants to wear for a wedding on June 18th. Long story short...she tried it on for me...(even top is too big) and it is about 7-9 inches too long. BUT, the two hems are so simple and basic. How could I NOT offer to help.

I now have her very pretty gown hanging in my back hall. I am taking DGD to tutoring Thurs and Fri...almost right next door to the Sewing Machine Station..where I bought my machine. I will take the dress in there with me for advice on Thursday. I am hopeful that I can use their serger to do the one hem and learn the best way to do the other one.

What really amazes me is that we don't know each other AT ALL. I know I am honest...and know my sewing limitations...but SHE doesn't know that..or anything else about me!!! Yet, I have her dress...and her hopes in my hands. (We did swap contact info!!) I will have to see if I can get pictures...my camera is in for repair so we will see what else I can do.

Well, I must say to myself: "HOW do I get myself INTO these things????

  
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NTSOHLTHNT 6/9/2011 7:54PM

    You get yourself into these things because you have a good heart, you are kind, and you still trust in humanity. What you're doing is awesome. You are setting a wonderful life-time example of kindness, trust, and respect for that young girl for whom you're hemming that dress. You're passing it forward and hopefully someday she will, too.

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CELEST 6/8/2011 2:19PM

    emoticon I so get you speaking first because your heart moves you. I get myself into those fixes too. They say "give a busy person a job and it will get done" since you're a busy person....no doubt you'll get this job done too.

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GAMOMMY3 6/8/2011 12:15PM

    Because you have a kind and good emoticon-- Just as our Creator wants us to be! That is indeed very sweet of you.

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NCFITCHICK 6/8/2011 11:18AM

    You have a beautifully kind personality which is a witness in and of itself. It may open the door later ... who knows. I agree, good for you! emoticon

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TREVUG 6/7/2011 9:11PM

    I think it's sweet. You are a nice person, and I am sure it will provide some sort of witness down the road. Remember...sometimes we are directed.

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BAREFOOTN 6/7/2011 7:57PM

    The price of being kind hearted and caring. The world needs more people like you!!! emoticon

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RONNIE0404 6/7/2011 7:10PM

    Good hearted people are a gift to those around them. I'm sure they will feel blessed with your gesture. Very nice of you. Like a ferry Godmohter. emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/7/2011 6:44PM

    Like me, dear, you find a way! LOL emoticon

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BOOKWERME 6/7/2011 6:29PM

    Mommynurse, I was wondering about that, too. She is a very pretty Hispanic girl. They live in a low income area. She appears to have at least five younger siblings..maybe 6 judging from the children I saw there...and conversation (limited) with Mama. I wonder if she is purchasing the dresses someplace like goodwill. OR possibly she doesn't KNOW how they are supposed to fit. I hate seeing pretty young women overflowing out of their dresses (ANY woman doing that for that matter) but having them too big isn't good either. She did ask if I could take it in, also...I told her we could easily shorten the shoulder straps...would have to see how we do with the hems before I volunteer to try taking it in (more complicated). I told her she would have to try it on inside out...and I would have to be able to pin it to see...and the time element comes into play as well...she has a specific date she needs it back and I don't know how much time I will have to do all this. We shall see.

(MOMMYNURSE...I posted this on your page...that was an oops, so copied that post to reply here. Hope that's ok with you.)


Comment edited on: 6/7/2011 6:30:41 PM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/7/2011 6:27PM

    Because you are big hearted and it may open things up for them to listen the next time they are called on or when you bring up the subject emoticon

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MOMMYNURSE 6/7/2011 6:23PM

    You are too nice..that'll get ya every time lol. Well even if it doesn't turn out like you hope..it wasn't going to work in the first place right? lol

My question is - why does she have all these giant too big for her clothes?

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BOOKWERME 6/7/2011 6:21PM

    LOL How kind my offer is will be determined by how well I can achieve our goal of hemming up the dress without ruining it. lol I will post about it when it is done! Thanks for the support.

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BLACK741 6/7/2011 6:18PM

    Way to go, it is so nice to see random acts of kindness still happen.

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I.M.MAGIC 6/7/2011 6:15PM

    It's called having a kind heart... LOL

Good for you!
Kathy emoticon

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