Wednesday
Jan102018

Happy Toes

I came down to let Lila and Rusty out this morning and Lila made it pretty clear that she was done with this nonsense of having to wear a nylon boot outside. She was also done with having a bandage on her foot. We had an appointment at 3:30 today for the vet to take out her stitches, but I walked into the living room at 8:30 a.m. and the bandage was in the middle of the living room floor and Lila was on the pouf licking her foot. I called the vet and they said to bring her in at 11:00 a.m. The vet took out the stitches, said the pad had healed well and looked good, and released Lila back to full activity level. Right now, "full activity level" consists of napping on her pouf, but at least her foot is no longer bandaged and she doesn't have to wear the boot outside. 

I have no idea how she somehow knew that today was the day the bandage was supposed to come off. She hadn't chewed at it the entire time it was on. Let's hope that this is the extent of her adventures this winter. 

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DD#2 and her boyfriend left yesterday to go back to Spokane. Classes don't start at Gonzaga for another week, but she had to retrieve some stuff from the storage unit and move back into the house she was renting. She sublet it to another student while she was in Europe. They were also trying to get over the pass while the weather was relatively decent. It was in the high 30s and raining yesterday. It's in the high 20s and icier today with a snowstorm expected tomorrow and Friday, so it was better that they left yesterday. 

The husband laughed because I wasted no time in getting bedding washed and put back on the beds and my cutting table moved back into DD#2's room. We also moved the kitchen table back into the kitchen. Every year, we move it into the living room over the holidays because it's easier to seat 6+ people in there instead of the kitchen. We put a couple of folding tables up in the kitchen to hold purses, gloves, and cookie trays and other gifts that show up. It works, but it also makes things a bit more crowded. It feels like things are getting back to normal. 

I am working on prioritizing my projects. I want to make a bag and I want to try using some waxed canvas. This will be the first project in the queue:

This is a Craftsy class I purchased last fall. (It helps that the instructor and DD#1 have the same first name. Sometime, I might tell you the story of how DD#1 got her name.) This is not a complicated bag and I think it will be a great introduction to working with waxed canvas. Mariah McPherson also has some other bag patterns using waxed canvas which she sells at her online store, Red Rabbit Mercantile. The Chamomile Tote—also in waxed canvas—is in the queue as well. I have about six yards of waxed canvas in various colors. It's time it got used. 

I joined the Bag of the Month Club again this year. I had been a member a few years ago, but that was way before I had any bagmaking experience and I was in way over my head. I'd like to make at least a couple of this season's offerings. I am looking at it as a self-study program for learning some new techniques. 

I'm hoping to get this Cross-Body Bag cut out and prepped this weekend. I have a bunch of paperwork to catch up on, though—and it is tax season, ugh—so that may take up most of Saturday morning. I let a lot of stuff slide over Christmas. 

I also found a knit top pattern that I very much want to try. It's the Margaret tunic from ithinksew:

This is just what I want in a knit top—something that looks like a T-shirt but with an interesting bodice detail that will also offer a little bit of extra ease over the chest, where I need it. I'm going to make up a muslin in some cotton/poly knit from Jo-Anns. If I can refine the fit to my liking, I'll probably make half a dozen of these out of quality cotton for the summer. And I can customize the length so I am not forced to wear a belly shirt. I just wish I had time to make myself some jeans. 

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Reader Comments (2)

Where do you source your waxed cotton?

January 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia in Austin

I get it from AL Frances Textiles on Etsy. I have been very happy with the quality and they ship almost within minutes of placing the order. It's at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ALFrancesTextiles?ref=l2-shopheader-name

January 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Szabo

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