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Busy week comes to an end

Friday, February 22, 2013

So my working week started today with sewing. I got the material, cut out the shirts and placed them one of top of the other to go. Next I cut out the drum bag tops and did the same. Then started sewing.....realized I finally needed glasses to thread the needle....so many thread color changes and each time it was a battle to see the tiny opening so had to rush out and buy a pair of cheapies over the counter No 1's if that means anything to you.
This picture was taken at the end of the week which accounts for my tired expression.
I am going to sleep so well tonight.

Hmm I think I may cut my hair. I always aid if my hair ends up in a ponytail only....I will cut it. I cannot stand my hair in my face while doing any kind of work. I showed my husband a picture of what I'd like to do with my hair and his grunt was...why mess with it? Sigh what is it with men and long hair?

Before I could start with Daniels drumming shirts, I had to whip up a hair straightening iron bag. Double sided (don't ask me why....I guess because Cole knows I can.) So the girl friends bag is completed and on its way.

Then I could officially begin with no interruptions, the drumming shirts. LOL Not so! My sewing week was constantly interrupted with all kinds of other things including answering hubbies company phone because their regular lady is in hospital...aargh why now? I started getting that panicky feeling that I wasn't going to get everything done before Friday 11.45 when the garments were being fetched to go to Cape Town.
So these are the shirts we will call Drumming Shirts because thats what their function is I guess.

This one is plain but has brocade around the neckline.

There always has to be a "Bob Marley" shirt.

One brightly colored shirt.

This year we have introduced extras like 2 pockets on the front of the shirts and then a secret pocket on the inside of the chest for cell phones. Cell phone theft is huge in SA and its impossible to watch your phone and drum at the same time. Since I put a secret cell phone pocket in my sons personal shirts....no more cell phone theft.

The drum covers are not whole bags, just something to cover the skin when the folks run from gig area to vehicles in the rain and don't want to get the skins wet or to keep the intense heat off the skin too. They seem so small that they should have been a piece of cake to make...but oh my word they were not. Due to my own error though because I got tired.

I completed the tops and when it came to stitching on the Indigi Drums (stands for indigenous drums) I stitched through everything forgetting to leave the space for the elastic un-stitched. That meant ages and ages of careful unpicking and redoing. Ugh I was mad at myself. I finally got everything done at 10pm last night.
What we did first thing this morning, was take the prototypes and hang them in a local music store while the owner/buyer was in the stock room. We had the kind aiding and abetting form the salesman who is also a drummer. We wanted to see his candid expression when he saw them for the first time, not expecting them at all. We were pleasantly surprised. He saw them, questioned the sales man as to where they came from, inspected them closely and then gave us an order of 3 of each for the end of March. Woopie Do! Our first sale before they even got to Cape Town. This is exciting. We got home at 10.30am and the pick up was at 11.45am so we made it by the skin of our teeth.

Later I want to go out and buy a few goodies for put into a gift bag for Axel.....but for now....I am alone at home and there is no humming of my sewing machine, no sounds of family inspecting the shirts and just chatting, no phones ringing (this part is usual for Friday afternoons) and its wonderful. All I am listening to is the sound of silence......its wonderful.
Tomorrow is ministry day for me and watchtower prep and Sunday is meeting and ministry before Monday kicks off with my next project. Till then I'd better clean up my sewing corner.

I've eaten right, but had no exercise this week, so I will have to fit some in this weekend. Maybe a lovely lonnnnng walk on the beach with my hubby and the dogs.

Next week I have little sewing, but I do have to sort out the young mans finances. He gets paid on the 25th and that may take a while....I still have to phone the credit bureau and see what debts he has outstanding....silly twit doesn't know who he owes money to, just that he does???? I also have to reroute all his accounts to my box address.

Well work is work and getting paid is grand. So my side is done for now and I rub my hands together gleefully waiting for payment.

I had also better pay my husband some attention. He seems to have found a new best friend.
Bronson as a one year old. Feels like we got him just the other day.
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    LOVE LOVE LOVE the shirts! Seriously, I would buy three for my guys if you ever want to sell and ship overseas, which would be a hassle. And I am a little jealous of your sewing talent! Well done! Hope you were able to spend time with Justin and your doggies and get some rest before the work week started. emoticon
    1911 days ago
    Love those shirts! I would buy one in a heart beat! My son is a percussionist, (which, I have been informed multiple times is some how different from a drummer), and he thinks the drum hats are pretty nifty.
    1914 days ago
    1914 days ago
    ahhh love the shirts -- talent for sure Celest!

    lol about the glasses --we have a $ store here so this is where I get my glasses but I am up t 300 now -- started at 100 so think this is the same as your 1 .. looking good with the specs!

    lol love your big ole dog!!! 1 year has gone fast for sure..

    thanks for sharing your time
    loved the blog and pictures
    1914 days ago
    I have crazy eyes....I've worn glass since i was 7...
    and needed bifocals when I hit 50.
    Now I need to take the glass off to read or to sew.
    go figure
    1914 days ago
    Beautiful job on all your projects! I hope next week is a good one. Trying to untangle money messes is no fun. When I first met my hubby, his finances were a mess. He was paying credit card bills with other credit cards. He also had insufficient funds on all the checks he ever wrote. He was just paying all the fees. I finally, took over once we were married. Everything is fixed now and stays that way.

    Have a great weekend and enjoy that wonderful sleep you so well deserve.


    1914 days ago
    I love your taste in sewing. the tops are hotties and love the little bags!
    1914 days ago
    Know the time is a busy one for you, But those shirts are totally AWESOME!!!
    Let me know if you want your business to go international! I don't mean big time, just maybe the the possibility of purchasing one or two?

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    1914 days ago
    Very nice shirts! Sounds like we are all so busy now!
    1914 days ago
    Never a dull moment in your life. I am sure Justin and the doggies will be delighted to assist in an exercise adventure. I love the fruits of your labors!

    One thought..if your son is carrying his cell phone so close to his body, he may want to protect himself from the radiation from the battery. Some study thing I read indicated that there ARE negative effects from constantly carrying those things...for example, thinning bones when the phone is carried in a hip pocket. The hidden pocket IS a great idea. Recent news here showed thieves grabbing phones while people are USING them...distracted and phone is out. Since the phone is already ON when it is snatched, they have access to everything without security.
    1915 days ago
    How delightful!
    I've worn glasses since 4th grade, but finally came the time when I needed BIfocals! I do ceramics, and some of the details are pretty fine - so I have to be able to see what I'm doing!
    Sewing is like ceramics - a lot of sitting! We have to make a concerted effort to get up from time to time! I love that Spark has some SEATED workout videos!

    Blessings on your journey to a healthy lifestyle, and blessings on the work of your hands! "Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." (Prov. 31:31)

    1915 days ago
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