Saturday, May 20, 2017

Mother's Day Roundup

It's been a somewhat eventful month - we'll get to the crafting first. I finished the Alabama Chanin T-shirt embellished with daisies that I found on the internet (one daisy, and scattered them on the shirt).

Apparently I used an old pattern, or I gained weight since I haven't been running lately, or something, because this sucker is TIGHT!

I was hoping to wear it to work, despite both boys' opinions that it looks VERY homemade due to the neck and armhole stitching, and the outside knots at the center of each daisy, but for now it has to be home only.

I'm thinking of adding gussets on the sides, though, to widen it at the hips, since I have more of that T-shirt material left. I think I must've meant to use a pattern from the Craftsy Sewing with Knits class that fits nicely over the hips and that I've made 2 shirts from for work. Dangit! Don't you hate it when you're in love with something until the end and then it disappoints? Very depressing.

Here's a beautiful carved Indian elephant that a student gave me as a gift - one piece of wood and can you see the baby inside? Bet this guy wasn't depressed when he finished carving this!

And one night we came back home at night to find 3 HUGE owls sitting on a neighbors' mailbox. They took off right in front of us, then one sat glaring at us from a tree before flying away - very cool.

So here's our awesome Mother's Day weekend. We went to the beach and Drew's girlfriend joined us since she's gotten a summer job nearby. Lucas was truly thrilled to drive the boat - despite the face and non-chalant attitude.

Beautiful weather to head to Fort McRae!

Jake jumped in and out of the boat himself, despite this also being his 11th birthday, and had fun in the water.

When we got home, Drew cooked teriyaki salmon with vegetables for me.

Lucas gave me a first aid kit for my purse and a jewelry holder, but I don't have a pic of them - boo.

Jake was worn out, as expected, but apparently he also picked up something, because the next day he went out in the morning to pee and wouldn't come back in. He just lay on the porch and refused to get up all day, so I ran him up to the vet when I got home, and he had a temperature of 105! The hypothesis was near heatstroke due to arthritis flare from all the activity, but the x-rays and labs all showed he was perfectly healthy for his age. The poor baby wouldn't meet any of us at the door for a couple of days, and went about 5 days without eating his dog food. He did eat cheese wrapped around pain medicine, and is slowly getting back to normal, but it was pitiful to watch him avoid us and pant like he was running a marathon.

So he's more active today and actually ate his breakfast on his own - hooray! Now I'm off to rescue that shirt and figure out which pattern I should've used. Hope you're having a productive weekend!


BeckyW said...

Sounds like you had a great Mother's Day! My Mother's Day present was also a home cooked meal with child labor! What was really fun was allll the banter during the cooking.

I love the shirt! That is so cute. One of these days I'm gonna try my hand at an Alabama Channin. The other day at our "sloper club", we drafted a T-shirt pattern out of our sloper. I've not sewn mine up yet, so I have no idea how it works. Do you think that that fabric maybe has less stretch then the other fabric you used? You could probably just add a quarter of an inch down the entire side seamline to account for less stretch.

Sorry about your puppy dog not feeling well. It is so hard to see them grow older. Our sheltie is 10 years old. Our vet has been giving him monthly shots of something called adequine. He also takes a glucosamine supplement called Phycox. He has a bad hip, and those things seem to make him feel some better. He's had a terrible bout with pancreatitis lately. He's been through two rounds of anabiotic's and is eating some very bland food. He seems to have rebounded,

I am hoping that today I'll get some time to work on my next project. I am going to try to make a blouse like McCall's 7542. I'm going to do it from my bodice sloper and try to draft a sleeve, which I have not done so far.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Oh - I just saw that McCall's on Thanks I Made Them's blog - it was super cute! Lots of sleeve options - and are you going for the cropped midriff-baring version?! I found out it really was the right AC pattern, but I think you're spot-on that the fabric is not nearly as stretchy as the blue shirt I made last time. I like your idea of just a narrow strip down each side.

Sorry about your doggy - I really thought we were about to go on hospice care with Jake - I'm glad they've both turned around. Have a good sewing day!

Sheila said...

Happy Belated mother's day and a great day was had. Loving the t'shirt and adding a gusset would do the trick. That t-shirt is too cute to make a wadder. Hoping your fur baby is doing better.

Sheila said...

Happy Belated mother's day and a great day was had. Loving the t'shirt and adding a gusset would do the trick. That t-shirt is too cute to make a wadder. Hoping your fur baby is doing better.

Anonymous said...

Love the T-shirt, I"m sure you can salvage it. The girls sent me Shari's Berries, 6 enormous chocolate covered strawberries. YUM!!!

I don't have a dog, but my husband might qualify. He had an epidural and was doing better, then he tripped and wrenched his back. Now he also has muscle relaxers and pain killers. I told him if anything else happens I'm gonna take him out in the parking lot and shoot him

My 12 yo granddaughter asked her mother if she could cook for her on Mother's Day. Ellen of course said, "YES". Chandler said, "Great, here's my shopping list." and handed her the long, long list. She did cook 3 meals that day for all 6 of them.


Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thank you, Sheila! Hope you had a good Mother's Day as well - I've got to catch up on my blog-reading and see what you've been up to yourself.

Thank you for the big belly laugh, Robbie! Poor Vic - hope he gets better. That's funny about Ellen having to shop for her dinner, but I guess that's a safe way to be sure you get a quality meal!

BeckyW said...

I just added to my feedly! Yay!! Another blog!! There will be no midriff baring here. I might scare people.

Junior said...

I love the shirt!

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