I am still Quacking

I have had issues.  Apparently since November, when I tried to kick start this back.  Mah issues did not have tissues, however.

I’ve had a weird ride the last 5-ish months.  I am the SO to a vet with PTSD, and he and I were making weekly trips to the VA (a 2 and a half hour drive) weekly for 2 and a half months of that.  On top of his regular appointments (which means some weeks we went 2 or more times).  It ruined our routine, and much like a kid, the routines help the whole family out for a variety of reasons.

I also have the baby duckling.  Who, for those of you into astrology, is a Scorpio.  For the same ones of you, I am an Aries.  For those of you that aren’t into it: we have a major personality clash.  She wants to be held, entertained and the center of attention CONSTANTLY.  I’m like, dude.  There’s toys!  I buy them!  Go play with them!  ALONE!

Then I generally have to chase her out of the bathroom.  Or my fabric.   Or my purse.   Until I give in and hold her.

Sooo..I’m trying to get back into sewing.  I have killer fabric, killer patterns for me, for her, for Neal…and all sorts of cool stuff I have been dying to share.

I am hoping that the next week will get us back to normal.  We are back to the monthly or so VA appointments, so there is a definite decrease of stress.  I’m not promising anything, but hey!  I’m alive.




And I’m back…kinda

I got a new computer from a friend (yay!) so I can actually, you know post and stuff.  And I DID sew for a change.

Now, I have to find time to take a picture of it, and drag off the picture of the other item I did sew.

In the Duck Pond, we’re doing a lot of spring cleaning.  NOT as easy as it sounds in a tiny house, wouldn’t you know.  Which means a re-haul of the fabric stash, trying to get to the post office to mail a package of fabric out, and getting over the winter blues, gardening and trying to figure out what I need to sew coupled with my baby duck telling on me to all and sundry I didn’t sew for her.

Yes, you read that right: my 16 month old daughter tells on me because I made a piece of clothing for myself and not her.  (Which she totally is going to get over that one, I tell you.)

So this next week is going to be a little off, then I (hopefully) will actually get and keep to the posting schedule I have.

Right now, I’m in a blah area with the sewing.  I have a shirt cut out I don’t think I’ll like, a robe I need to make (that’s cut) and a metric crap ton of fabric I really like.  Oh, and I’m not pattern poor either.

And then I discovered I had another problem with the sewing all together.  Said duckling stole my iron.  Again, you read that one right.  Toddler decided to steal my iron.

Oh, not the big one.  Not even the electric one, for that matter.  But let me tell you, ironing with a child standing on a chair with your sad iron “helping” you is a test in agility, grace and acrobatics, none of which I possess all that well.   Sadly, I had to buy another sad iron because it’s what I do the fiddly work with, bias tape and little junk.  My big iron sucks for that.  (And what does it say that instead of taking my iron back, I just bought a new one?)

The good news about it is that the one I got was bigger, so I can sew camping during the zombie apocalypse because it gets thrown on a fire.  The bad news?  It’s not a child’s size.

So now that there is a huge wall o’ text: see you Monday with sewing!

My computer told me to F off.

It has taken me nearly a week to get this post up.

My laptop told me to go take a vacation.  Both fans went out, so into the shop it goes.  When will I get it back?  Not even the tech can tell me.

Fun times.  Machine in the shops, laptop and sewing.  Internet withdrawal!  Sewing withdrawal!   Crap, means I have to really figure the serger out.

See ya soon, hopefully!

Tusday’s Tools: Time


While at first glance, this seems to not be a tool at all, the quote is accurate.  How many times do we say “I don’t have the time to sew”?  I know I have been guilty of that for over a year now.  How often does time make it where you don’t get what you want accomplished?

This is not aimed at any one of you, but it is a tool that I use as a crutch.  I don’t have the time to do it because of the baby.  I can’t sew today because I don’t have the time between dinner and bed.  Whatever reason I use, it is an excuse not to sit down and sew.

We all have the same amount of time.  Using it as a tool is making it work for you instead of you working against it.

So why include it on Tuesdays?  I have a deadline for sewing I have to do.  (And no idea what to make for myself.)  Time is ticking, and nothing’s been done.  By not using my time wisely, I am making a crutch to fail.

Books are out about taking the time to sew.  Utilizing time as a tool to make that seam, to add that zipper…this is a tool that will come in handy for years to come, in and out of the sewing room.