March 30th, 2005

shep bob

The Sewing Machine is my Beeyatch

...see, I can say that when I'm at work and it can't hear me. But seriously. I seem to have finally hit some kind of critical mass where I have spent enough hours bent over the thing that I can force it to dance. I've learned to sit on the floor and use my knee on the peddle like kittyblue does. I rarely have to pin anything together before I run it through, although I do when I'm shaping around curves, of course. I'm just having such a blast with sewing. This is at least partly because I've gotten started far in advance of Beltane this year, so I'm not rushed.

I'm making an Irish Dress and a Leine, and I might tackle a new Ghawazee coat as well.

Oh, and the other fun thing I did last night was make this icon. I mention it, because it is obviously unrelated to sewing, but I feel it fits as a creative endeavor. That's probably my favorite Shep moment so far. Love his habit of naming Wraith.

Blossoms and velvet (and lilies and remains...)

At last, we are having a beautiful spring day in our Nation's Capital. I took my annual walk down by the Washington monument (known in our family as the Goldsmith Obelisk) to inspect the developing cherry blossoms. I was strolling around the Mall, surrounded by the early wave of pastel-clad, be-camera'd tourists, listening to Rose Garden Funeral of Sores on my new MP3 player. That's surreal.

Anyway, the blossoms have reached what we blossom experts call the "peduncle elongation phase" (say that five times without smiling). I am more or less pleased with their progress, given that it's been very chilly. But if we don't get to the "puffy white phase" by the weekend, there might not be blossoms for my biiiiiirthdaaaay! That won't do.

Can someone contact the proper authorities and arrange for some warmer weather, please? Thanks.

Also, I was just googling around looking at Ghawazee coats and ran into this. So now I want to buy velvet and lots of matching trim. With all my expendable income. Grumble.

Other images of Ghawazee coats: