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Farm Daze

I think there has to be a settling-in period when one moves after 13 years in one place, right?  Otherwise, I have no excuse.  I spend my days puttering, and going from one thing that needs to be done *right now* to the next, rather than setting up stuff for the long term.  I have a list of things I kind of need to do, and all I can do is go from one day to the next, staring out the window (whew, it's hot!), and admiring the trees and the landscape (which is rather altered from two months ago, what with clearing for our orchard and building the fort for Gardiner's), and watching the tadpoles grow in the puddles on the easement road (deep puddles, under shade, so they don't dry out - they're practically tiny ponds now), and my vulture babies grow their pin feathers.

Objectively, I know I've done a lot, but in my head, I'm wandering around in a bit of a daze, not helped by feeling a tad under the weather this week.  I've put aside the jacket for a small break from embroidery, and I'm knitting a scarf from very pretty Melody brand wool (I'll post a picture when I'm done) that utilizes yarn overs, which I'm absurdly pleased with myself for learning, even though it's a dead easy stitch.

Mind you, it's not so easy that I can read and knit at the same time, like I'm used to - let's just say the pattern on the scarf is, um... idiosyncratic.

I'm in the process of setting up my sewing table, so I can work on some of the things I have on my list - we've mosty decided to do two weeks at Pennsic this year, since for the very first time, neither of us have to worry about things like leave from work.  In the 23 years since my first Pennsic, I've never been able to go for two weeks, and I'm looking forward to it (barring anything coming up that changes plans, of course).  But it means a couple more shifts and shirts need to be put together, and for that, I need my sewing area.  For a couple of weeks, I just had it set up in the sitting room, but it's not really convenient, so I'm moving into the yellow room, and I can move my things into their permanent place once the library is built and the boxes of books are out of the corner I planned for my sewing stuff.

In the interest of keeping the house small enough to manage, I don't have an entirely separate room devoted to sewing and costumes, so the room also has to serve as office, SCA storage, and a spare bedroom.  I get a corner.  Fortunately, since a lot of my work is done by hand on the sofa, a corner is all I need.  I passed on some fabric to Sandy this last weekend (she and our friend Carla are making tons of stuff for the Gardiner's Company store - we'll be at Atlantia's 30-Year, with clothes for men and women, and really awesome machine embroidered shifts and shirts!), but I still have quite a bit (for me - other people *cough*pinkleader *cough* have much more fabric) and I need to work a lot of it up into clothes.

Speaking of clothes, I don't remember whether I posted a picture of the fabric Bob bought me for the petticoat to go with my new jacket - it's silk base figured velvet, and I bought gold fringe to go around the hem.  I was going to post a picture of the sleeve with the finished GST, so maybe I'll dig out the rest of the fabric, and do a show-off post.  The silk is very thin, so the petticoat is going to be lined with a gorgeous red wool I picked up on sale (well, I argued the sale, since the sign posted by it was wrong).  The whole outfit, once I pair it with the standing collar and matching cuffs and my gorgeous pink and black gown should be pretty nice.

...Once it's done.

Anyway, back to puttering.


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Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
I bought my house 4 years ago and I am almost done with the constrant puttering of setting up.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
The first week of Pennsic is made of awesome. Going for the full two weeks is like getting two vacations for the price of one.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Two weeks of Pennsic is very nice. The first week is so laid back and just about having fun. I hope you enjoy it!
Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
I wish I could do two weeks of Pennsic - first week is always made of awesome, but with work I will be lucky to get one, and even then will be telecommuting.

Would be delighted to meet you. As always I am understand the moving stress. We are house hunting again, and hopefully will be fortunate enough to find what we want.

Jun. 4th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Sorry you're a bit under the weather but at least you can now decide to do rest and do nothing with impunity. Retirement is Good.
Wah! Want to go to Pennsic too! Don't like being poor. Hey, know how I could get a good price for a vintage '50s era custom-made Irish wool suit that belonged to my grandmother? Or a New Look style early '50s black dress - wool jersey top/taffeta skirt? They're in excellent condition, very little wear.
(I've been keeping them for sentiment's sake but realistically I live in FL, I don't wear wool suits or dresses! Can't pass 'em on to my older niece, she's already taller me and she's only 12. And the little one strongly favors her mom; my sis-in-law has a very different shape than Gram & I. Doesn't seem to be any point in keeping them when I'm so short on space.)
Jun. 6th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... e-bay would be the easiest, I think. But you can also advertise in your local newspaper. I'd look on line and see if there's a place that sells vintage clothing near you that would be interested in buying them - they sound very nice, especially the dress. :)
Jun. 4th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
You just moved to a wonderful, beautiful home - you absolutely deserve to take some time to putter and to just enjoy the place. :)
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