One of those weeks

I see it’s been a week since I’ve posted anything. In that week, my mother became very ill. All my free time has been spent hiring caregivers and running back and forth between my house and hers. And, of course, the stress has created a flare up of the CFIDS.

I have squeezed in a little time to put some pages together for our wedding book, but that’s about it! So no pictures for now… and not much to say. Hopefully things will settle down into some sort of normalcy soon and I’ll get moving on the wedding dress or baby blanket or something!

Let’s go create something (anything)!

Two steps forward…

Tuesday was THE DAY! My long-awaited wedding dress was finally delivered to the house! It was purple and ruffly and adorable and just what I wanted! I was so excited. I slipped it over my head and it fit perfectly. This was so cool!

Then, I turned to look in the mirror.

Oh. My. God. I looked like a big purple barn with ruffles. Now, I know I’m not exactly petite, and losing 20 pounds (30?) wouldn’t hurt me any. But I mean, this was terrible! It was awful! I could NOT get married in this!

Some women would break down and cry. Frankly, I considered it. But, instead, I went into problem-solving mode! Out of the dress, into my jeans, grab the car keys and head to the bridal shop.

I didn’t want a traditional dress. I look awful in white and even worse in ivory. I wanted purple, rather casual, with sleeves, and no sparkle. Picking up on my sense of panic, the store owner shoved me into a dressing room with every purple dress they had that would come anywhere near fitting me. There were two that would do, although they were nothing like what I was looking for. Then I checked the price tags. URK! “Thanks, I’ll think about it!” and I was off to the next bridal store. Now, I live in a smallish town (pop. 30,000 or so) and formal wear is not exactly a popular thing around here, so those two stores were my only possibilities!

Another dressing room. More purple dresses. “No, I can’t wear a halter dress! Look at me. I have been abundantly blessed in the bust area! OK, OK, I’ll try it on.” It was terrific! Grecian chiffon floating to the floor. I had a waist! It was cute and young-looking and I felt great in it! Check the price tag. OY! This is not going to happen.

To the mall! I checked the discount store where I seriously considered being married in a jersey knit muumuu. I had them put it on hold and decided I would have to sleep on the decision. I was halfway home when the exhaustion and fatigue hit. KABLAM!

I should know better. I really should.

But knowing better didn’t stop me from spending all afternoon and late into the night searching for the perfect dress online. Nor did it stop me from going out the next day and spending time and money on fabric to make my own dress. I swore I would not make my own dress, but here I am, up to my elbows in purple chiffon, and wondering where I will ever find the energy.

Oh, and did I mention I am so wiped out that I couldn’t go to work today, slept till 11:00 and still feel like I’ve been hit by a freight train? Oh, CFIDS, you are a cruel taskmaster. Tricking me into thinking I can do more than I am able and then hitting me up the side of the head with a two by four.

All I can hope now is that I will be back to decent condition by the weekend. Because now I have a dress to make!

Let’s go create something. Even if it’s only a muslin mockup…

Oops…

Well, I think I overdid. I’m back to being fatigued, sore throat, upset stomach… But I had fun while the good times lasted! Maybe if I rest up this weekend, I will improve again.

In the meantime, it’s COUPON WEEK at the fabric store! We spent an hour getting fabric for two more shirts (one is for the wedding!), the ribbon for our table decor at the reception, and some fabric and lace for me to make pretty underthings for the wedding. For those who know Greg and me, it will come as no surprise to hear that everything is PURPLE! I’ll try to get pictures of the fabric posted soon so you can all see.

And here they are! This is the fabric Greg chose for his wedding shirt:

He also chose fabric for another shirt!

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He’s got great taste!

I also finished the gift for a friend! Yep, it just needs blocking and it will be done. I’ll post pictures as soon as she receives it. I hope to send it on its way early next week.

I have a weekend of sewing planned! More gifts, some wedding veils on commission, and a slipcover for the footstool (the dog ate the last one).

Must remember… sew a little, rest a little, sew a little, rest a little…

Let’s go create something!

Yowzah!

Boy, when the good days come, don’t they feel fantastic! I woke up on the Fourth of July feeling rested for the first time in weeks! Poor Greg had to work all day, so I decided to use my energy to surprise him. He’s been waiting for two years for me to finish this shirt!

It was all cut out and everything was ready, so all I had to do was sew. I got up and ate some breakfast and went straight to the sewing room. After about an hour of sewing, I took a break. I was starting to feel a little tired and I really wanted to finish, so I wisely stopped and rested. After half an hour or so, I felt rested again so I headed back to finish it. I did the whole shirt (except the buttons) in about two hours. I was so pleased! It’s the first time I have been able to spend that much time at the sewing machine in months!

After lunch, I rested on the couch, watched some TV, and sewed on the buttons. A finished shirt before Greg came home from work! It felt soooo good!

This week is much improved over last week. I was even able to attend a theatre function last night and stay for several hours. Today I rest up to face the next week… TV is ready to go, I have a new tatting project lined up, and I slept great!

The plan for the week is to listen to my body, rest as needed, and ride the good feelings as long as possible!

Let’s go create something!