Friday, July 29, 2011

It's Curtains!

Got a call from a desperate lady last week.  Her daughter bought some drapes but they didn't fit in her new house.  She got my name from a local fabric store and called me.  I picked them up on my way home and Monday I got to work.  The first one was easy.  It was a big panel that she wanted split into two, shortened and a rod pocket on the bottom.  The second one not so much!  Actually the second two.  She had two valances the same width, but wanted me to cut some off each end of one and sew those ends to the other valance.  It wouldn't have been too bad, but they were pleated and lined, and the hem was scalloped and had cording!  So today I tackled them.

Which meant that I had to take the two side pieces off, open both edges and switch them to opposite sides of the "big" swag so the curve would match up.

After joining and refinishing the pieces I had to press like crazy to make it look professional again.

I don't think I could have gotten a closer fit on the cording without ripping the whole works out and putting in new cording-not really an option.  There was a bit of fabric that I had cut off the big curtain, but not enough for cording especially since cording should be cut on the bias.

The other curtain took a little over an hour, but the job today took three.  When I called the lady she was very relieved I had them finished before her daughter arrived and said she hadn't told her yet that she farmed the work out to someone else.

Next time I hope to show you the chicken table runner.  I've been working on it for some time and I'm ready for the owner to take it home.  She dropped off some last-minute fabric a few weeks back and I have made her a little surprise.  Hope she likes it!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Now That Was Work!

I just spent the last 2 hours on the computer looking for and booking flights to Mazatlan.  That was a job!  First I found the itinerary I wanted on Priceline, and when I went to book they doubled the price.  Forget that!  Then I went to Hotwire and got the times and price I wanted, but of course you can only book 6 at a time, so I had to do 2 installments, actually 3 because while 11 of us fly from Bozeman, Dave and Laura will fly from Austin, and Hotwire was no help with that, so their tickets come from Expedia.

I think my credit card is a bit warm from use right now, but I got it done.  Dave and Laura will be there a couple hours sooner than us, but I'll get them on an earlier shuttle and inform the resort of the earlier arrival.  They can walk the beach til we get there.

Just 2 1/2 months and we'll be back in that great place!

Millie walking the beach on Stone Island

Friday, July 8, 2011

Going Again!

Just booked our timeshare for October.  This is going to be a hoot!  We have our entire family-kids, grandkids, in-laws and an auntie, basking in the Mazatlan sunshine.  Gonna be so much fun!

Now if I can find decent flights for everybody-one comes from Billings (not a problem-she can drive over and stay with us) and two are coming from Austin, TX.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Purse

I just listed a purse in my shop.  I bought one of those designer handbags from work, one of the ones that was supposed to be so handy.  I just don't like it-if you put all your stuff in it, it bounces off your body just like a basketball.  So I made a new one for myself and a spare for my shop.

I can't wait to use my bag to carry my "work stuff."  My old designer bag didn't even have space to tuck your water bottle, or a snack.  This one is extremely roomy.  Check it out!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Fourth!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!