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I have been procrastinating or maybe I have been multitasking? Either way, I was watching dvds this morning instead of gardening or sewing. Since I can’t sit still I made a necklace and matching earrings to go with my dress. So far I have made a dress,a purse, earrings and a necklace to go with my hat. Honestly, I had to make the purse. I lent my only evening bag out to a girlfriend, besides that bag is black. So you can see why I needed to sew a new bag, can’t you? Besides I had the fabric already, so I didn’t violate my no more fabric vow. Chicafeliz is convinced that I will be taking up making my own shoes any day now. We passed a shop that sells supplies to cobblers and she keeps teasing me. Frankly, I am not even tempted. No, not even a little bit. Really, not the least bit intrigued…. My only sewing commitment ...

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Almost done

Voila! I am taking a rest from my dressmaking. It is almost done. I have a little more trim to do and I may make another layer to the skirt. The plum slip that came with my Indian outfit was too high necked.Instead I combined a printed taffeta remnant which I had bought for the one of the three kings with the skirt piece to make an under dress. I like the under dress because that gives me less bulk around the waist. It also fills in the neckline nicely. I have a wine coloured silk skirt that matches the trim, I may use it instead of a slip or a third layer of blush cotton. I am thinking about making a belt, but that too can wait. I embroidered the fabric at the hem with blush and wine. This is the first time that I have made scallops and I’m very pleased with the effect combined with the uneven ...

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Hey dummy!

I need a new dressmaker’s dummy. My duct tape double isn’t my twin anymore which is causing me problems. Chicafeliz is in town, I am hoping to rope her into helping me make a new dtd because it isn’t a one person job. This is my dtd wearing the blue dress that I made earlier this month. She looks like she was rode hard and put away wet, doesn’t she? Her stuffing is out of whack because I put a corset on her when I made my Dickens’ Fair costume, when I removed it her shape had changed. Originally she had a hook at the end of her neck so I could hang her, due to the weight of the dress the hook came out, that accounts for her odd neck. . With the change in the time, my schedule has been totally off. Yesterday, I took a nap and then went to bed at 8 pm, consequently I woke ...

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hat progress

I was going to make a pillbox hat but the more I thought about it the more I wanted a cloche. Nothing says 1920s like a cloche hat. You can’t even wear one if you don’t have short hair. Since I have no way to block a hat I started with this straw hat and wired the brim. In order to get a more rounded shape I drew the wire in, then painted it to match the fabric.All that was left was to trim it. Here is my resulting hat.

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Crafty Lady

I have been crafting. I took it upon myself to make the centerpieces for the IWC Fashion Show on November 11th. Lucky for me, Lin is really crafty too. We got the sign made for the parking lot, she made doilies, and together we decorated candlesticks during the ill fated hat decorating workshop. I know that I told Wayne that I would take photos, but only one person bothered to show up. That person already knew how to decorate hats but generously came to help. So the three of us had a lovely evening crafting. I have about a dozen fabric pumpkins left to make. Of course, I have no hat for myself done yet. To be honest I don’t even have a dress yet. I have a book on making ribbon roses, it had some lovely hat trimming ideas in it. I saw one that I loved. So I went to Miguel’s Fantasia to buy the necessary ribbon. They ...

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Itty bitty fluffy hats and mittens

I took my own advice and bought 4 meters of polar fleece. I find it amazing that polar fleece is even available here in Mérida, it may be a lighter variety. Originally I was going to make an outfit but I found this great links Fleece Projects and Crafty Chic:Fabulous Fleece both of which have free scarves, hats and mitten patterns. I admit that a scarf doesn’t need much of a pattern but hey, I like having it all laid out for me.If you go to this post We have an address! on Gringo in Paradise Blog you will find the mailing address for your warm stuff that you are making (or buying) and sending.I want to get this stuff done soon because I have some other things that I need to make including a curtain for the IWC Fashion Show on November 11, I also need to make some other sort of decorations, which I am not sure about.

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Speed, I need more speed!

I am posting this from Husband’s computer, mine is at WildBill’s house. I was complaining about my problems and he generously offered to look at it. We decided to change my operating system to Ubuntu which will help some with the speed. When we moved here Husband, Son and I all had desk top replacement computers, in other words laptops that were supposed to do it all. One by one, they bit the dust, literally the dust and humidity did them in. Son being a techie sort of guy, attached an external drive to his and was off and running. My solution was to buy a desk top and give Son my laptop for spare parts. I didn’t really like the keyboard and monitor combo. I do better when I have keyboard that I can place on my lap. I am basically uninterested in computers, I just want to surf the net, write letters and do some other simple tasks. ...

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I have been reorganizing my sewing room/studio for the last few days. I can only stand doing it for a few hours at a time. By this time tomorrow I should be ready to start sewing again! I can’t believe all the fabric I have already acquired. My name is Theresa and I am a fabric-aholic. It isn’t just fabric it’s paint, sequins and other assorted gewgaws. When we left California I had to get rid of a 10×10 shed of fabric and craft supplies. I had some of that fabric for twenty years!I promised Husband that I wouldn’t do that here, I also promised myself. I have some fabric that I look at that causes me to shake my head in wonder. What was I thinking? I was seduced by the bright colours and the lovely feel. My secret weakness is clearance fabric, those tables loaded with bolts and rolls of fabric for less than a dollar a yard! ...

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My house looks abandoned?

I originally posted some of this on Merida Insider but if you read on, you will find out that there is more to the story!I had some guy knock on my door saying that he was with a city program to eradicate mosquitoes. He had a really tattered ID on a lanyard. I asked how much and he said a donation. I gave him 15 pesos, because I think it was a little bogus since the city truck comes by and sprays. He used my water, his bottle of concentrate no longer had a label and he only took like 5 minutes max.That is not what I am writing about, I have a Coral Vine (Antigone leptopus) that I planted. It’s a Mexican native, has beautiful heart shaped leaves, and lovely pink blossoms. It is drought resistant, blooms all year round and loves the sun plus it attracts butterflies. I think it looks romantic tumbling over our wall.This guy says ...

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Royalty issues

Time for a nativity scene update. I think I got more than a little bit cocky when my shepherd and his sheep went so well so quickly.Originally,I wanted to make an angel as my next doll in the series. There was some pale beige k polyester knit fabric available at TelasMexicana that was just the right colour. My reasoning was that if it worked well I would use it for the baby Jesus. An interesting thing happens to colour when you are making dolls, it intensifies due to the smallness of scale. It’s like when you paint a wall, it never looks like the tiny swatch, even when you hold the swatch up against the wall verifying that it is the colour you picked, it really isn’t the colour you wanted.I started on the angel’s head first, since the determines the size of the entire doll. I realize that I can’t have dolls in varying scale but some dolls are ...

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