Sunday, April 30, 2017

Jonesin' for Alabama Chanin

Howdy - it's been awhile! I finally finished my 8 weeks to do a bunch of teaching and be co-director of an actual class, so that explains the absence. I've been continuing to pump out cotton dishrags for people, and here's one of those:

And I was pining for a camping trip, so I emailed Drew to see if he and his friends were up for it if I came up and paid for the sites, but I never heard back from him. Dean and Lucas weren't feeling it either, and they went out of town while I was on call one weekend, so I set this up in about 30 minutes and camped my DAMN self!

Check out the pleading look on this face. Even Jake abandoned me, because it was about 45 degrees and he's a'skeered at things that make noise at night, so I let him sleep in Lucas's room while I slept in a sleeping bag on an egg crate (no air mattress for me, no sir).

Now the next weekend, I went to Auburn for a work trip, and took Drew out for dinner with his friends, plus bought him some groceries, and would you believe they have THESE at Walmart? (I only heard of this through Heidi, of Mobile Yarn.)

But the more interesting thing was what he and his friends talked about at dinner, which was that they were doing THIS for the weekend:

Are you kidding me?! I guess it's not cool to camp with your mom in tow, and I'm glad they went camping - 3 Eagle Scouts - but it hurt just a little. At any rate, the rest of us left him here and went to Belize for Lucas's Spring Break, so there! Here are a few pics of that:

And back home (after a painful return trip getting stuck in Houston overnight following an aborted takeoff - THAT's fun!), I had an urge to make an AC Tshirt. Our local NBC anchor wore a dress that was pink with yellow showing through cutouts that reminded me of AC, so that sent me upstairs looking for the right Tshirts. This is what I found, a heathered gray Gators shirt, and the remnants of a blue shirt I used earlier for the crocheted bathroom rug.

I drew a couple of ideas from polka dots to the Alabama Chanin spirals, and pored through all her books, then decided on daisies, which I found on Google. All my airbrushing stuff and other stencils are at the beach, so Lucas loaned me an Exacto knife and I cut one daisy out of a coffee box.

At first I was planning an all-over pattern, but then I decided on a cluster over the right shoulder.

Maybe I'll put a few on the opposite hip, too. I'll let ya' know how it turns out!

So whatchoo been up to? Got big plans for the summer? Wanna get together and airbrush some cotton?!


Pam said...

It's so fun to read your posts! You've been busy (I'm in Italy for work briefly myself). I love your new creation -- and wow! Belize! Also, too funny about the camping -- I want to do that myself:) I might do so when I return home:)

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Pammie! Hope you're enjoying Italy - why can't I ever go THERE for work?! Do you still have time for sewing and knitting, or are you a workaholic now, too? We seriously will get you down here sometime for a girls weekend at the beach - just let me know the month and the year, and we'll coordinate. Take care and glad you're doing well!

BeckyW said...

You take the best vacations! Belize! I'm so jealous. I love the caves and ancient sites.
We did not do a trip this year over Sam's spring break. Jessica is the one that loves to travel. Sam would rather stay at home. We are thinking of some things for over the summer though.

Your camping did not make me jealous. I remember one night freezing myself to death with Sam cub scout camping. I don't do cold well. We probably went camping maybe 5 or 6 times. I think I'll camp at the Marriot from now on. ;-)

Your Chanin shirt is going to be adorable. I'd like to give that a try sometime. I've been working through the bodice sloper with Sue. I've actually got a moulage, sloper and now a shell blouse that fits. We are learning to draft patterns from the sloper. We drafted a t-shirt pattern the other day that I've not tried to sew yet. It is pretty cool. I'm working on my own to use the sloper to adjust my commercial patterns before I cut.

Sue is doing a skirt sloper class on the 19th in the evening, if you have an interest.

Anonymous said...

I love the new T-shirt, can't wait to see the finished product. The one and only time I went to Belize there was this totally gross "snake man" standing at the docking area. He had enormous snakes crawling around his body. So here I am getting off the tender from the crusie ship, sick as a dog, and there stands the snake man. I didn't stay long.....

I finally finished my black and white dress and I love it. I need to do something with the orange fabric we painted, but I don't remember what I planned. Have to get out my patterns and see what I can do.

Becky, your adventure with the slopers sounds productive and fun.


Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

So, Becky, I take it you DON'T want to join the women's camping group I just heard about from Nancy the needle-felter? I saw her the other night and she invited me camping next month - I'm so excited! I'm also excited about your bodice knowledge - can't wait to see what you've ended up with - you'll have to bring it all to our next GCGSW!

Robbie, that's too funny about the snake man - that WOULD be off-putting! I found Belize to look a lot like AL with all the pine trees and red clay, plus we have caves, too! Now I've been waiting about 2 years now to see this dress - I'm so glad you finished it! I barely remembered the orange fabric - don't remember what you had planned for it either. I have to rework a daisy on my top, then it's getting close to finished - never cut tiny things out after wine!