Fall Break

TN Cotton Field

Friday, already?  I do wish that the week would have gone by a little slower, but I am happy with the break that I had and even happier with the lack of school-related thoughts.  I did for a few minutes today think about what is to come next school week, but then quickly went back to the happy thoughts of today – driving around looking for cotton fields and making a dress.  I thought I had missed out on a cotton field photo op, but there were a few off of the freeway that still hadn’t been harvested.  And as for the dress, it is half way done.  I don’t keep the correct color of zippers on hand and a Friday afternoon trip to Walmart is not worth it.  I can wait until Sunday to have it finished.

I’ve been a little preoccupied with the boy this week, and a little sleep deprived.  Late, restless nights, early mornings, and I never really did get caught up from last Sunday night’s emergency room visit.  Having other things to keep me busy this week has caused me to stay off of the computer, which is a little strange.  I usually spend a good several hours a week online.  I am out of the blog loop and my inbox has more than 300 messages.  I know I could deal with emails on my phone, but I’ve been out of it, like I said.

As for my phone, I am so happy with it.  The camera is great, and I am having a lot of fun messing around with it. In fact my phone camera has been getting more use than my regular camera.  Especially since I am doing that Instagram photo challenge.  I am just over half way done with the 30 day photo challenge, and I am starting to think about doing another one.  My next photo challenge though will have to be with my soon-to-be new camera.  I almost, almost made the drive to Memphis’s Costco this morning to get one, but then thought better of it when I saw that it was available online for the same sale price until the end of November.  Why drive an hour and a half when you can just get one delivered for free?  So soon, hopefully in another month, I will have that nice new camera I have been patiently waiting for.  I am getting excited!

And now, I do need to spend a little bit of time online and do a quick search of  recipes to see what I can come up with for dinner.  I am thinking potato soup, but I don’t even know where to start.  That’s it from me for now, but I’ll be back next week – hopefully with a new dress to write about.  Until then… hooray for Friday, and pretty white cotton fields!

After Sunset


I have a few of these blonde gray hairs showing up here and there, but after Sunday night, I may even have a few more.  First off, Sun-day was wonderful.  We have several friends visiting the area from back in New Mexico, and as is always the case, a big ole cook out was in order.  And big ole cook out it was!  Lots and lots of food, and then the usual after dinner game of volleyball.  The weather was perfect, a beautiful fall day, and there was not a single bead of sweat to be found on my forehead, even in the thick of the game – it was perfect I say!

The children spent most of their time running and tumbling on the front lawn, throwing the football, and playing games.  There were no complaints that I was aware of.  Evening came, a nice fire was lit, and the guitars came out.  All the while the children were still happily enjoying their time hiding and seeking, running and jumping – you know, all those fun things that children do.  It finally got dark enough that outside time was over for the younger of the group, so into the house the children went, leaving the strumming guitars and singing voices to fill the night air without them.  Very soon after this, it all came to a halt.  It was immediately brought to my attention that my boy had just crushed a glass in his hand and stitches were pretty much inevitable.

So, the day was absolutely wonderful, but once the sun went down, my guy, the boy, and I were in for a really long night.  I won’t go into any of the yucky details, but it was my boy’s first emergency experience and mine as well – with my boy that is.  I always knew this day would come, I just figured it would be a broken bone or something like that – he has always been a running motor of a child.  Funny thing is that it wasn’t the football game that got him, it happened while he was sitting down drinking a glass of lemonade, go figure.  He is fine, he’s a tough one.  The gash just missed everything major, but it was right on the fold of his wrist so doing anything with his left hand is not happening for at least a week, he has to keep it braced and immobile.  My boy, unfortunately in this circumstance, is a lefty.  He’s looking at two weeks with stitches.

So his fall break is ruined, and so far mine hasn’t been going that well either.  I have been in no mood to sew up any dresses, everything seems a day behind, and all of those super fun outings that were planned for this week we have had to cancel.  (I sure hope those pelicans come back by Tennessee this time next year.  Maybe one day I’ll get to see them because Friday’s canoe trip is definitely a no go.)

We did get a chance to hang out with a bunch of friends today, so it’s not all that bad.  And, with these friends visiting, there is bound to be a few more days that won’t be boring and dull for my boy.  He is feeling much better pain wise, and I have a feeling we may make something of the week yet.

That  is the 411 with me as of right now.  Only a minor blip in my mothering life.  I told Ethan he can’t go breaking any bones for at least 6 months – I need some time to recover.  I also asked him if I could go ahead and get him that bubble that I have always wished existed, he wasn’t amused.  :-)

All About this Week


A very good morning to you all!  Did anyone notice my non-existent Thursday Thrift post yesterday?  I am sorry.  I had something that I was working on, but my photos just weren’t doing the outfit any good so I gave up on the post for this week altogether.  A bad hair day, I guess.  The Thursday Thrift is still alive and well though, even with a missing post every now and again.

So this week, it was a busy, fun, and painful one.

Busy because it was the last of our first nine weeks – I can’t even believe it.  The time has just flown by!  We’ve been working hard getting the last of the work done and I have been working just as hard getting all of my grades taken care of.  I am almost there, a little bit more today and I should be able to enjoy next week’s break without a grade book or a red pen in hand.


It was fun because there was the annual wine walk in Jackson.  Once again, my guy and a couple of our dear friends got the chance to go out and enjoy the evening.  There was wine tasting, antique browsing, and even a friendly game of pool.  Plus, a late night Mc Donald’s snack.  It’s not everyday that we find ourselves at the drive thru after dinner time.  Those chicken mcnuggets sure are good once in a while.

antique store browsing

antique store, silly mirror selfie

Now for the painful part of the week, my hip.  I’ve already mentioned before about this hip flexor strain, well, it may have been a little more than just a strain.  I spent most of this week either icing it or heating it and there was definitely a lot of hobbling involved.  Really, it has felt like seven days of having a hip that just needs to pop – a constant charlie horse if you will.  The worst part of this whole injury is that it hurt to do everything: moving my foot, my knee, my leg, and even sitting.  None of it had been easy, until today.  It has taken a whole seven days, but I really feel like I am on the mend.  I am happy that dance aerobics will be back in my regular rotation, along with my new found love of deadlifts, come Monday.  I am planning on taking it easy though, I would hate to be laid out for any longer.  It was a hard week, mobility wise.


And that was about all of my week, oh, except for that iphone I was waiting on.  I got it early in the week and I am oh so very happy with it.  Initially, I wanted nothing to do with the latest and greatest, but once my guy bought his, I was counting the days before I would have my own.  My iphone 4 now seems like a small little brick compared to this one.  I am very happy with the upgrade.  I am now just waiting on the new case.  Hope this isn’t the electronic device I end up breaking…

Well, that is all for me for this week.  I have a week off ahead of me and I have a few sewing projects that I am planning to get to.  And, there is a little lot more wine making research to do.  Until next time, have a wonderful weekend!

Summer Sewing for Fall

shortened maxi dress

maxi dress back view

I thought what I had made was a maxi dress until I looked up the definition:

“A maxi dress is a floor or ankle length informal dress. Maxi dresses are formfitting at the top and loose flowing at the bottom, cut to flow over the body. They are usually made out of cotton or polyester and come in a variety of necklines, colors and patterns.”  source

I had made a maxi dress, but then cut off the bottom and now have a short dress.  Guess the whole thing that makes a maxi dress a maxi dress is the length, I learned something today.  Maxi dress or not, it’s something that I’ve made, and has now made it onto the blog for today.

I have had this dress hanging up in plain sight, waiting to be finished, for a couple of weeks now.  I cut it out and sewed most of it up one late Saturday evening.  Things were going well, but my material choice, as pretty as it is, was a big pain to work with.  Very stretchy, and very slippery.  It was free though, so I didn’t complain too much.  I stopped where I was when I did because all that I was lacking was the hem.

maxi dress hem tape

From where it hanged, it looked lopsided and I knew I was gonna have to do something about that.  I was worried that my hem wasn’t gonna be an easy task once I did even things out.  My options as I saw them, make this ridiculously long dress short, and buy some hem tape.  I was going to have to chop a good several inches off of the dress regardless, and as it was before, there was a slit up the front that I didn’t like.  This last week, I finally got some hem tape, so I cut right above the slit and finished it up.

maxi dress racer back

I am not too sure I like the dress.  I picked the v-neck option and didn’t even realize that the back was a racer back style until I was cutting things out.  The arm openings are too low therefore my only option with this dress is wearing it with a shirt underneath.  I have already worn it, and I will admit, I liked it a little more as the day went on.  I am not done with the pattern though, I think a nice t-shirt material and a go at the rounded neck version, with a hi-low hem, will be a keeper.

I had no problems with making this dress.  It was very easy, and fit strait from the pattern without any adjustments whatsoever.  It’s nice to make something that doesn’t need a zipper. or any tweaking, every once in a while.

maxi dress material

You’ve not seen the last of this one.  And there will probably be at least two more before all is said and done because that is just how I sew – threes of everything is a very regular theme around here.  ;-)


Simplicity 1358

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Craftastic Monday, Creative Mondays, Do Tell Tuesday, Tuesday’s With a Twist, Simple Sequins and Passion for Fashion.

Happy to be Home

happy to be home

It has been a whole month of weekly day trips for me, and this last Monday was my last one.  That one day a week traveling has thrown my days off, and I absolutely enjoyed all day yesterday at home.  With the exception of a couple late afternoon errands today, I will enjoy the most of this Friday as a homebody as well.  It is nice staying home!

I woke up this morning with a strained hip flexor.  I must have danced too hard in that aerobic dance class that I took last night.  I am in a fair amount of pain, and moving my right leg is not happening very easily today.  In fact it’s not just my leg, I have decided to step up my work out routine and have been doing some heavier than normal lifting this week.  My WHOLE body is feeling it.  I have been reading up on this and it is true, no pain no gain.  I am going for gain, so muscle pain is probably gonna be a regular thing for me.  It’s okay though.  It just makes me feel like there is progress.  I’m only gonna complain about my leg today.  OUCH!

Enough of my aches and pains, there were other things about this week not involving the gym.  The biggest highlight is the shiny new iphone that is on its way to my front door.  As much as I thought I didn’t want a new one, I am happy to be getting one.  This was mostly my guy’s idea.  He got one a couple of weeks ago and must have thought my old iphone 4 looked pretty pathetic sitting next to his latest and greatest Apple product.  He spent the time on the phone dealing with the wireless company, and even filled out the trade in form for me.  This is most always my designated task, dealing with customer service calls and filling out online forms.  He really loves me, my guy does!  :-)

What else worth mentioning?  I guess I could talk about the photography challenge I have now decided to do.  I mean I will probably use it as a blog topic at one point in the next thirty days.  My niece started it and a couple of other friends have jumped to the challenge.  It’s one of those thirty day photo challenges that is floating around the social network scene.  There is a list and each day you take a picture to fulfill the daily requirement.  I’m on day three, clouds, and since it has pretty much been raining since I got up, I don’t know how good of a photo opportunity I will have.  I did wake up with the thought of clouds in my mind – in addition to that awful leg pain – and as I took Yuki out, I snapped a picture of the morning sky just before the rain came.  I do have something to work with if nothing better comes along.  Good thing Instagram has all those adjustment tools, even a really bad picture has a chance at being something better than it started as.  My case and point, day one, Self Portrait:


Remember, these are phone photos so they aren’t that good to begin with.  With a little adjustments though, my red, fuzy face is no longer red and now only fuzzy, but in an intentional artistically looking way.

Speaking of Instagram, I should probably be moving on to other things.  My wonderful foodie friend occasionally posts recipes in her feed, and there is some delicious chicken that I am going to be making for dinner.  I need to go make sure I have all the ingredients because I would hate to add Wal-Mart to my list of places to go this afternoon.  Although, if my hip doesn’t get too moving more freely, I may not be going anywhere.  Maybe some ice packs will help…

Have a great weekend everyone!  And in case anyone wants to follow this thirty day photo challenge, my Instagram name is DMGIRL.

Thanks for reading.