Thursday, October 24, 2013


Forgive my slackness in giving you all updates and info on my pattern listings.  My FMS (Fibromyalgia Syndrome) has really spiked the last few months affecting my hands and arms.  Some days I can't even do my listings.  When I am able to list the thought of posting on my blog makes me cringe.  I may not be as consistent as I used to be or want to be but hang in there. 

Before I found out I had FMS I had never even heard of it.  If I had I would have thought someone made it up or it was all in their head.  Well this is a good life lesson to not judge.  I wish it was all in my head.  I've done alot of research on the subject and sometimes knowledge is a dangerous thing - grin.  If you have, or know someone who suffers from FMS you know how disruptive it is for someone to cope day to day.  Fibromyalgia Network for info.

Since I haven't been listing as much, but still collecting (any time I go to town I hit the thrift stores and of course weekends are full of yard sales and estate sales) my pattern storage is a disaster.

I will try to do better next week but in the meantime help me decrease my patterns so I can start reducing the piles in my storage room.  SALE TIME!

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Great time to prepare your fall and winter wardrobe.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Butterick 9465 Hot Tamale Dress with Two Skirts / ca. 1960

I am so enchanted with Pinterest!  Of course I put in pattern pictures but it's fun to have boards with recipes, pet pictures and just "stuff" - if you haven't tried it do it.  I think you'll enjoy it.  My Pinterest Link

My poor boy cat Tobey has allergies so he and my husband (who has them too) have been sneezing up a storm.  I did take him to the vet who gave him a shot for allergies and also an antibiotic just in case he was getting an upper respiratory virus.  I have spent days dusting, vacuuming, mopping, washing all the bedding and instead of hanging them outside (at 100+ degrees outside who needs a dryer?) I've been using my dryer to avoid any pollen getting on them.  I even washed the couch pillows.  Sheesh.  Oh also switched his cat litter to a non-dusty brand.  His sneezing has subsided alot.  The cat - not my husband.  Ouch just noticed that I did all that cleaning for the cat and not the husband.  How bad is that LOL.

Speaking of cat litter.  My boy is so fussy he hates to set foot in the litter box but he is such a good boy! (BTW I keep the box pristine and even change is about every 3 to 4 days)  He does this spidery act to balance on the sides of the box and then moves into position.  When I spotted him doing this the first time I couldn't stop laughing.  He of course looked indignant that I saw him and laughed.  Here he is doing his balancing act.

Not super old but just a great useable blouse - Simplicity 8927 Form Fitted Blouse 1970 that is very figure flattering.

A classic sheath dress that follows those curves or choose a big flared skirt!  Butterick 9465 Hot Tamale Dress with Two Skirts / ca. 1960

Sadly this is a junior pattern but if you are small this could be yours. McCall's 4180 Jumper or Top & Closet Accessory Bag 1974 is so very hippie girl looking.

This poor pattern envelope is very beat up and age discolored but don't let that stop you.  When I think of the words - refined or dignified - they fit this combo.  Simplicity 8396 Refined Jacket, Top, Skirt & Pants 1977.  It's a plus size pattern with style!

Quite a few really nice tops and jackets from Vogue put in today that really caught my eye.  Check them out here: