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Sewing A Hawaiian Shirt

Saturday, August 18, 2012

I really like the shirts that are known as Aloha or Hawaiian shirts. They used to be made from old kimonos (silk) but now they are linen, cotton or ... what is that wrinkly fabric? Can't remember.

Anyway, last weekend I happened upon a lovely cool blue fabric, cotton, with illustrations of palm trees, tropical fish, sea shells and sea gulls. I wanted to make something from it.

This is the problem of being a sewer (seamstress... not the plumbing version), fabric GRABS us. It calls out from the bolts, "I challenge you, try to sew me!" The imagination gets stirred up and the possibilities are endless.

For this project, I stayed with the tried-and-true. A shirt. A man's shirt. I liked the colour and I like the pictures. Cotton is so nice a choice for hot weather.
I am with a man who is not shy with his clothing choices, so it was almost like permission to buy the yard goods and bring it home.

And that is what happened.

It is only when I got home, I remembered that I try not to sew in the summer. Why be indoors when the breezes are blowing and the flowers are showing off their best? So, I have been making this shirt is small stages this week. After the sun has gone in, the windows are all opened again and the day is coming to a finish, I have cut out, then marked, then stay- stitched.... it has taken all week. This morning, I need to shop for appropriate buttons.

By the end of the weekend, Sweetie will have a new shirt and I will, once again, be without a sewing project.

(I will try not to look at fabric when I shop for buttons today.... but I'm not promising!)

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GOSPELCLOWN 8/19/2012 12:27PM

    I will try to get him to model. He is a bit photo-shy which is opposite to his wardrobe choices.

The other fabric I was trying to remember is RAYON!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 8/18/2012 7:06PM

    Yes, I would like to see Sweetie's shirt.

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L*I*T*A* 8/18/2012 3:12PM

    sounds like it will turn out awesome!!!
take a picture and post it so we can see you beautiful workmanship!!!
have a great weekend....blessings and hugs.....lita

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ARNETTELEE 8/18/2012 2:51PM

  Please share a picture of your finished product. I'm from Kauai and would love to see it!

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Enjoying A Funny Book

Friday, August 10, 2012

When I find a book that can make me laugh out loud, I want to share the title and the author with others. I am reading "Notes From A Small Island", by Bill Bryson.

This book is about him learning British-styled English as a teenager, then travelling around the country before moving back to the USA.

IF you have ever been to the British Isles or IF you grew up there, I hope you could enjoy this man's confusion with British terms and turns of phrase! Ouch-- I had to hold my stomach and cross my legs for the first few chapters.

I laughed, chuckled, guffawed and snorted reading Bryson's point of view. Well done, Bill!

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SHERIO5 8/13/2012 2:58PM

    Thanks for the book suggestion! I'm a big reader, but there aren't enough hours in the day!!! I'm requesting this book from my library, it will be nice to read something humorous!!


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KINEPS 8/11/2012 11:56AM

    Thanks for sharing. I love to read and am always looking for something new. I've been on this mystery kick for a while now . . . . a good laugh would be a welcome change!!

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NEVERMIND2010 8/11/2012 3:28AM

    Bill Bryson is one of my favorite authors ever. Every one of his books is excellent!

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L*I*T*A* 8/10/2012 1:43PM

    will look it up........ emoticon

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PEGGY-BEE 8/10/2012 12:02PM

    It can be a challenge understanding everything correctly, but oh so fun.
I will look up this book. Thank you!

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Me? Putting out Negative Vibes??

Friday, August 10, 2012

Today at lunch, a friend met me at the food court in the mall where I work. She had a granola bar and I was enjoying a bean burrito.
She told me her hip surgery of 13 yrs ago is starting to disintegrate and she has fallen off the wagon in quitting smoking.

I told her about my vacation time with kayaking and the ziplining. Told her I took lots of photos and enjoyed some down time. Later I mentioned that last night I was so tired after work that I barely got home but wanted to fall asleep.

I thought we had a good chat and I had to get back to work via the mailboxes, and I would see her at my store 10 minutes later.

We met again after I got the mail & she had done an errand. She mentioned that we should get together soon. She was busy Monday but that was her only busy day. I agreed that some time together would be good.... but I didn't nail down a specific date.

When she left, the clinic was getting filled up with the afternoon appmts. and I had to give her a wave and a "Talk to ya soon."

By 5:30pm, she was on the phone asking me if she had offended me. What? Why?
She mentioned that I had been giving off negative vibes. (I thought I was describing a holiday.)

Turns out because I didn't jump at the chance to get together and confirm an exact date, I had let her down. I don't see the negativity, exactly. But she figures something bad or sad is souring my life and we need to talk..... I need to unload, I think she said.

ANYWAY, we will be getting together on the weekend. Plans are to go out for a meal instead of the usual walking a mall. (I work in a mall. Groan) So a dinner on Saturday together will be a nice change.

I don't know about sending out vibes of negativity. What did I do? Any help out there????

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ADRIENALINE 8/11/2012 6:40PM

    Who knows what was up. Just make her sure you meant no harm and move on. I don't think there is anything there that you can take away because your friend was probably just feeling a little too sensitive

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DJ4HEALTH 8/11/2012 12:09AM

    I think that she had the problem and then when you said that you would meet her later but did not set a day that might of set her off on it plus she was already having a bad day so she thought you did not want to be around her., Some people are like that and it is good that she is getting together with you and you can explain that you just was waiting for her to help set a time and that you did not want to push her. That is just my take of what you said I could be wrong but you can always ask her that.

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PEGGY-BEE 8/10/2012 11:24AM

    When people tell me that I explain that they are wrong in the nicest way I can.

You see people say that to me alot and I believe they are reacting to expressions on my face as I react to things I see or think. And it might be I saw an ugly outfit on some one across the way and my face registers my dislike of the outfit. After 30+ years my DH still questions me thinking something is "wrong".

I could never play poker.

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GOSPELCLOWN 8/10/2012 11:20AM

    As I remember it, she was in a negative place... bad hair day, up coming surgery, poor HDL blood numbers.

Thanks gang, I think she was laying her "stuff" on me!

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EGRAMMY 8/10/2012 9:19AM

    emoticonI dub thee Gospel Clown who doesn't have a negative vibe in her make up.

DH would say "who owns the problem?"

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/10/2012 6:49AM


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MRE1956 8/10/2012 6:40AM

    Some people just see what they want to see and overreact, for no good or known reason (don't ask me how I know this).......all that having been said, now's the chance to clear the air once and for all!

Also - from a more practical perspective - perhaps this person should be informed that it's not always possible to confirm an exact meeting date/time instantaneously on demand! Self-centered much? Sheesh - people DO have lives, you know! Again, don't ask me how I know this.......

Hope your meeting goes well!

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Tea Party Gone .... Strangely

Monday, August 06, 2012

This afternoon I baked a dozen little scones for an afternoon tea. When it was time to turn on the kettle, it turned out that next-door neighbours were chatting with my spouse at the front of the house.

I mentioned to DH that I had a little problem. Everyone looked my way.
I told them I had 12 scones in the oven!
They all had a laugh and said, "That's the kind of problem we love to hear about."

I put a tablecloth on the patio table and popped the scones into a wicker basket as my neighbours told me NOT to make tea. Huh?

As we hosted the couple, they wanted to bring something to the impromptu get- together. So, in the afternoon sunshine, under the umbrella, we sipped margaritas and nippled scones! They even brought the glassware needed and a pitcher of yummy green nectar!

It was a strange combination but it worked!

So, if you imagine that you will throw a tea party for some friends, be ready for their 'take' on what that might entail!

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ADRIENALINE 8/7/2012 2:55PM

    Wow It's great when life mixes it up.

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SHERIO5 8/7/2012 10:05AM

    That's a surprise I can handle! It sounds like a lot of fun!

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EGRAMMY 8/7/2012 7:25AM

    Sounds like fun.

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GOLFGMA 8/7/2012 6:29AM

    It doesn't take much to emoticon. Sure the neighbors loved the treat!
Were they low cal? emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 8/7/2012 12:00AM

    I think tea would of been better because I don't drink alcohol, don't like what it does to my body and also gives me headaches

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L*I*T*A* 8/6/2012 11:10PM

    emoticoncan i come too!!

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Lessons In A Kayak

Saturday, August 04, 2012

This morning I will be learning how to paddle a kayak. I have thought how smooth and lovely the trip must be across the water ever since I first saw one.
My understanding is, a single seater is more tippy than a two-seater and my lessons today will be the couple style.

For three hours after breakfast, I will be paddling to the sea!

I'll check in again and let you know how well I learned a new skill.

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GOSPELCLOWN 8/6/2012 10:40PM

    We had a lovely time. It was a 2 seater and felt very stable. I took photos and enjoyed seeing starfish, jellyfish and a heron!
My arms and back are A-O-K! No sore muscles at all!

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SHERIO5 8/6/2012 10:24AM


You are inspirational, learning something new all the time!!

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ADRIENALINE 8/6/2012 1:11AM

    Sounds great. We have a great Slaugh in Monterrey Bay that is perfect for kayaks. You paddle amidst the sea otters. It is great fun. I love rafting too.

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L*I*T*A* 8/4/2012 2:44PM

    have never tried that.......let us know how hard it is or not???!!!!
hope you enjoy learning about using a kayak
blessings and hugs.......lita

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EGRAMMY 8/4/2012 10:32AM

    We got the 2 seaters thinking it would be safer with the grandkids. Now I wish I had gotten single seaters simply because they are so much lighter to carry to the water.

Have fun. It is great to do.

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