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Thoughts on Pennsic as recorded on my iPod on the way home and filled out a bit this morning...

Camping with Eoforwick was okay. I got along with most of the others and the annoyances were small and relatively infrequent. I really enjoyed catching up with Hans and Kristie and meeting their household. I was delighted with my laurel's new soon-to-be apprentice. Meal plan was tasty but I don't think I'd go for it in the future. I'm not keen on chores or on making my schedule work around less than predictable meal times instead of just treating meals as the catch as catch can that I normally do. i thought scheduled meal times would be better for baby, but of course they didn't coincide with her schedule anyway. Also, I need to create a levelling system for my new bed, which other than the ridiculous slope worked great. Jason actually decided it was more comfortable than any of the larger beds in the motels we stopped at on the way to and from the site. It's not the size of the bed, it's the stability of the frame (some of those hotels I swear it felt like the bed was suspended like a hammock) and the fact that it is foam not springs, which cuts down on the motion transfer significantly. Lucrece had a brilliant solution that I will be trying to copy in the coming weeks for bed levelling. Also need to download a level ap as it turns out the ipod is the most easily transported levelling tool, and the coin we were rolling down our frame, while effective, was less than ideal or completely accurate. Was not terribly impressed with having to use public showers. I think that will be the deal-breaker for me when it comes to camping with them in the future.

The cart was hit and miss. In the market it was a definite win, providing portable seating for watching performances or breast feeding. But dragging it up the hill was hard for Jason and impossible for me. It did work out well as a bed at least. And Georgia did seem to enjoy watching the market roll by.

Speaking of the market, I spent extravagantly as always. Some badges and a belt from fettered cock, linen from Carolina calicoes that many considered too inexpensive to be 100% but I was happy with anyway. Lots of jewel tones and garish colors that are probably not period, but I like them. Also picked up some handwoven wickerbanden that are beautiful, a pair of Norse necklace hangers from the treasury (edit: and I managed to lose one before I even left site apparently - sigh), and another mirrored jewelery box from Tancred. My favorite purchases were the amber and jet necklace that Jason bought as my 6th anniversary gift. Doesn't top last year's present but nothing ever will ;) the other lovely thing was a tiny baby mug for Georgia that she picked out herself and immediately and happily demonstrated she knew what to do to with. At least for 30 seconds until she tipped it over to chew the bottom.

Classes were the main attraction as always. The best had to be the Norse sewing tools class that turned out to be a surprise blacksmithing class. The description said nothing about how we were going to be making these tools, or what they were to be made out of so I showed up in my pretty new embroidered shiny garb and was pleasantly surprised when I left the class 3 hours later no worse for the wear. Incidentally I wasn't the only one who didn't get the blacksmithing memo as several others thought we would be working in bone or horn. End product of that class was 2 very useable needles and the knowledge and motivation to make more.

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There was also a basket making class from early in the week that required showing up like an hour early to get in. Totally worth it and I will be doing my best to show up to future classes of hers in coming years. I'm also feeling very inspired by that class and will be buying materials to make more baskets. I have promised a set of them to Tangwystl in exchange for the fleece of the lamb that Georgia met this summer. I think I'm getting the better end of that deal, but she thinks she's cleaning up so it's all good.

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Georgia is down for her morning nap so I need to get on with the cleaning and bathroom caulking before my sister arrives. First load of the mountain of laundry is in. Soooo much more to go - sigh.
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In my absence LJ has mysteriously "forgotten" all my settings, forcing me to finally abandon the old, unsupported, but frankly just fine the way it was S1 layout and upgrade to S2. I hates it.

In other news, Pennsic was fun, but I am very much exhausted by the whole camping with a babe and traveling for 6 days to get there and back. I also discovered upon returning that I did not take nearly enough pictures. It looks like I have shots from the first day and the last day while we were packing up and that's about it. Not sure where any of the in-between time went. I have more shots of looms than of people. No pictures of anyone who isn't in my immediate family. No general shots of Pennsic. And it looks like Jason never got up the motivation to take any pictures at all. So much for buying a new camera. Also, I completely failed to get any decent shots of the cart in action. Go figure. It's like I got exactly enough images to prove I was there and no more.

We did get one nice family portrait shot after the van was all packed up and just before we left site:
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The set of pictures is here. I told ya, pretty sparse, but there it is anyway.

I think it may be a function of the length of time I've been in the SCA. The longer I'm here, the fewer things grab my attention and require pulling out my camera. It's a shame because my wardrobe is certainly nicer now, and I do notice things that are worthy of note with a better eye than I used to. Maybe I'm just getting lazy as I get older.

Actual thoughts on the event will follow. I typed them up on the ipod on the way home and I'm just too lazy to pull it out now. Also tired, very very tired.
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No packing done yet, but I got up this morning and did the final sanding on all our new furniture. For the record, here's the finished cart. Action shots to follow from Pennsic I'm sure and those will contain both the mattress and the cute baby.

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Can't wait to try it out. Think I might bring the stroller along just in case it completely sucks. At the very least it will make a decent crib in the tent.

Okay, time for breakfast and packing.

This is it

Jul. 31st, 2010 03:06 am
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Time to call it a night and admit that this is all that is getting done before the drive.

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Completed:
1 dress for me
2 dresses for Georgia
3 apron dresses for me (2 could use some embellishment, but not needed before Pennsic)
2 apron dresses for Georgia
1 hood for Jason

Almost done:
3 dresses for me, one needs sleeves hemmed, all need embroidery around neckline
1 dress for Georgia needs embroidery to hold hem in place

I'm thinking that's a totally reasonable amount of work to complete in a 24 hour drive. And if it has to get done on-site, well that's okay too.

There were also a few knitted soakers, but they didn't make it into the shot. I was mostly doing that to test the new camera anyway. Always risky to buy a new camera before Pennsic.

No one got coats (unlikely that we'll need them anyway) and Jason didn't get any new shirts, but there's always next year. Going to sew the buttons on to Georgia's second apron and head to bed. Wish me luck with the packing tomorrow.
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It just wouldn't be Pennsic without that last-minute dash to finish projects. I managed to get Georgia's second dress assembled, but the hems need hand-finishing. I've decided to go back and work on that wool apron dress I had previously written off while I wait for Georgia's diaper wash to finish so I can move it to the dryer. Jason's shirt is still staying firmly in the not getting done this year category as I don't feel like fiddling with his neckline. Have to tackle the cart cover and sand all the furniture tomorrow. Might stop and make one more baby sling too, but we'll see how it's going. Still have a wee bit of laundry to do for us too, but overall I feel like I'm in decent shape to get out of here some time tomorrow.

Went to Wal-Mart today and picked up almost all of the last-minute stuff for the trip. I know I probably missed some things but it's not like I can't pick them up later if absolutely necessary. That totally wore me out though and I got nothing done all afternoon.

Anyway, off to take a stab at getting something done before bed.
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So I come in from the garage last night after sanding all the furniture and applying the second coat of finish. I'm sticky (with both sweat and urethane and with bits of steel wool dust stuck to me all over) and dead tired and Jason's already gone to bed. I close the back door, turn off the single light he's left on for me and head for bed at around midnight. Around 2am Jason wakes up to a horrible commotion. Poor Lizzy is outside crying because I neglected to count my beagles before I went to bed and locked her out. He tells me she was very submissive, thinking she must have done something horrible to merit being left outside all night.

Didn't accomplish everything I'd hoped to last night. Can't say I'm surprised, the list was a little too ambitious.

Thursday:
- Make a hood for Jason
- Make Georgia's last 2 dresses One dress almost done (just hem) and the other is cut out and ready to be sewn up
- Make the shirt for Jason removing this from the list for this year
- Make coifs to hell with those she won't wear them anyway make cart-cover for Georgia
- Apply second coat of finish to cart and camp bed
- Finish hand work on my dresses stuff for today and the car ride I guess
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Today's agenda:
- Finish the apron dresses
- Cut out dresses for Georgia I cut out one, I still haven't decided on a color for the second
- Launder all our stuff that's been in storage totally made no progress on this one
- Set up the camp bed to test it out and it is fantastic!
- Apply first coat of finish to cart and camp bed and my hands and feet are all sticky with urethane - sigh

Also got a hood cut out and serged for Jason. Might try to assemble it before calling it a night.

I'm still feeling like tomorrow's to-do list is ambitious, but who knows I might surprise myself and get it done.

Anyway, time to stop arguing with idiots on the Ealdormere list (oh my god Arnora, I'd never noted this guy before but he is a total clod!!!) and get something done.
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Sunny came over this morning, earlier than I was really expecting her so I didn't even get the kitchen cleaning done that I had planned. We spent the day out enjoying ourselves as she may be gone by the time I get back from Pennsic. And anyway I needed new pacifiers for G because I left a bunch in Canada. We also had a nice lunch, roamed the outlet mall and hung out chatting for a bit.

When Georgia finally went to sleep tonight I got both of our apron dresses assembled and hers hemmed. Still have to do hemming (top and bottom) on mine and straps for both.

Dinner tonight was interesting... I think Georgia discovered that terrible experience where dinner tastes so good that you bite your tongue/lips/cheek. Had to stop dinner about 2 minutes into it and carry her around, sobbing, for about 10-15 minutes until she calmed down. The whole time I was walking around I kept feeling a beagle tail brushing against my legs. Lizzy was following around right under my feet wagging at the baby and trying to make everything all right. Anna on the other hand hung around the dining table howling that if we weren't going to eat that we really should be letting her have it. Had to coax Georgia back into the high chair by first feeding her tiny bits on my lap. Then when she got into the high chair there was a whimper of protest and some cautious eating before she tucked into it again and eventually got so happy that she was applauding dinner. If you're happy and you know it clap your hands seems to be Georgia's new motto.

Jason was kept unexpectedly late at work tonight, so I was on my own with a mildly grouchy baby all evening. Which explains my complete lack of progress on anything today.

Tomorrow's plan will be:
- Finish the apron dresses
- Cut out dresses for Georgia
- Launder all our stuff that's been in storage
- Set up the camp bed to test it out
- Apply first coat of finish to cart and camp bed

That leaves the following for Thursday:
- Make a hood for Jason (he's decided he wants this more than a new shirt)
- Make Georgia's last 2 dresses
- Make the shirt for Jason
- Make coifs and a cart-cover for Georgia
- Apply second coat of finish to cart and camp bed
- Finish hand work on my dresses

Friday:
- Housecleaning
- Pack
- Wrap up any machine sewing before the trip (this is a low priority thing as I'm pretty much thinking if it didn't get done by then, it ain't getting done)
- Do Georgia's last cloth diaper load and switch over to disposables
- Visit Chiropractor

Saturday
- Pack the car and get on the road

It's still a huge to-do list. Thursday especially is looking like an overwhelming amount of work when I factor in to the mix that I have to be watching Georgia while I'm getting things done. Might try to pack more into Wednesday to get a bit ahead.
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Some progress, but lots to go still... only 4 more days to get this all done, packed and ready to go.

Sewing:
- 2 1 apron dress for myself (already started)
- 1 apron dress for myself and 1 for Georgia out of cloth that I still have to dye cut out but that's it
- 3 2 Eura dresses for myself in various stages of completion right now handwork only
- 2 more Eura dresses for Georgia, not yet started
- 1 or 2 shirts for Jason
- a couple of coifs/hoods for Georgia (she probably will just pull them off but I can try)
- Coat for Georgia
- Coat for myself
- Embroidery on Eura dresses (something to do in the car perhaps)

Woodworking:
- apply finish to cart and install the last few pieces
- apply finish to the new bed (purchased from Ikea - yay)
- apply finish and some sort of paint job to Georgia's toy box (likely won't get done this year)

Packing:
- launder all of Jason's costumes to freshen them up
- locate various lost camp items

Miscellaneous
- Finish the piece of weaving I'm working on now and pre-wash the trim I plan on using
- Dye fabric for apron dresses
- Do a dry-run on both the tent and the bed to ensure I have all the pieces and that everything is in good repair
- clean the entire house and have it prepped for a guest as my sister arrives the day we get back and I know I won't have the time or energy to deal with it then
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Years ago I bought these fabric pens. They looked nifty, I figured I'd find a use for them at some point. I've dragged them through a few moves now and keep running into them in my sewing room when I don't need them. But without fail, every single time I have found a use for them I have been unable to find them. Last time I ended up using crayola washables that ran. This time I'm figuring maybe sharpie. So freaking annoying.

Here's a little something to make my blog worth reading, it's recipe time!

Banana chocolate chip pancakes

1 cup whole wheat flour (all purpose flour)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

3 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
2 ripe, mashed bananas
1 egg
1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt (sour cream)
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (I tried milk, they don't melt and it's better with the bitter-sweet contrast of dark chocolate and sweet batter, but sometimes you have to use what you have on hand, the original recipe didn't specify what type to use)

Add dry to wet, mix and cook like normal pancakes.

This recipe was given to me by a friend down here (original recipe is in brackets) and I've made a few changes to accommodate the things I always have available. Sour cream is just one of those things that I never have around, and while I'm sometimes willing to go out in the afternoon to buy it for veggie dip, I can't get motivated to hit the grocery store before breakfast. Incidentally, the few times I have used the sour cream it didn't seem to make a difference whether I used full fat or fat free. I tried the yogurt substitution this morning and I couldn't really tell the difference either, so I'll be going that way from now on. The whole wheat flour is a bit more noticeable of a change, but doesn't really have an adverse effect on the end product. That substitution is more for health reasons than convenience.

Yesterday I took my first serious go at dyeing. Previously I've dyed up a bit of trim, a few pairs of undies and the silk for my apprentice belt in RIT and played with dye vats set up by others (Mona's vats at Quad wars, Mistress Etaine (spelling?) back in Trinovantia, tye dyeing with Girl Guides). This time I went with the indigo kit from Dharma. It's still pretty idiot-proof to be honest. Made some variegated wool that still isn't dry yet to turn into more soakers for Georgia and completed the main purpose, which was to dye some lovely suiting weight, natural coloured linen into something a bit more interesting. I've ended up with a relatively even dye job (I'm sure someone more experienced would find flaws with it but I'm happy enough) in a lovely medium blue. I'm hoping it will get turned into an apron in time for Pennsic. It better because the only other apron I have is the exact same purple as on of my underdresses, so if I'm going to wear that underdress I need another apron.

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Also finished up the last construction details of the baby cart. Just have to urethane it now. Totally looks like it's going to work, but as it is a bit heavy, it still remains to be seen if it will get used on site.

Anyway, off to get some sewing done before the bout tonight. I'm part of the pre-game derby 101 show this time.
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I love my home. I can feel it when I start getting close to Austin. There's something about driving through the Texas countryside that just puts me at ease and melts all my stress away. Oddly I got that same feeling on the roads driving North of Guelph to my Laurel's house. I'm thinking it's because it was driving Ontario back roads like those that got me to my husband's place back in University when we were dating. London doesn't give me that feeling. I'm thinking it might be because high school was pretty shit on the whole and there are just too many places there that can bring me back to those things I'd rather not remember. Nothing hurts like it did back then, but it's still vaguely uncomfortable. And to be honest, I never really liked London that much. Still not as depressing as Windsor though. Man that place is a hole.

Anyway, the visit home was a whirlwind. Sunfest was very enjoyable as usual and I have some great shots of the family hanging out there on a blanket. A shame none of y'all made it out there as it was a grand afternoon. Georgia enjoyed the music and outdoors just as much as I thought she would. She was also pretty pleased with the AGO show about art and the theater. Baby appreciated the pretty ballerinas and their live performance. She also enjoyed being toted around in her sling for most of the show. Nothing makes that girl happier than time in the sling. The beach at Grand Bend was good for the half hour or so Georgia and I were awake there. The nap we enjoyed there for several hours was much-needed as well. I was sad to see when driving in to town that the restaurant Jason took me to right on the water had been torn down and was being replaced by condos. I have this socialist idea that the beachfront property should be public places like parks and restaurants overlooking the water, not housing for the elite. But as always, what the money wants the money gets.

The trip to Tangwystl's place was a total highlight for me. An afternoon chatting on her porch with the breeze blowing past. Watching her take the sheep out to pasture when the evening brought cool. Walking out to see the "longhouse". Letting Georgia pet a month old lamb. Listening to her squeals of delight as she encountered horses for the first time (and later having to scrub horse snot out of my hair because I apparently smelled delicious). I wish I could do that more often (the farm, not the snot).

While we were gone Georgia mastered cruising. She really liked my mother's relatively small and stuffed full of furniture family room as it gave her lots of surfaces to transition between. She also learned how to say "Dada", which Jason finds endlessly thrilling. She has also decided that all veggies are evil. She's not terribly impressed with bread. She will now only eat eggs, cheese and fruit. Mostly fruit. She has earned a new nickname... the little fruitbat.

Since getting home I've been pretty violently ill with some sort of cold or flu. Lots of body aches and snot and a headache that made me want to drive a spike into my head. Hopefully I'm starting to turn a corner as I don't feel as vile today as I did yesterday.

I've almost got us all unpacked and the laundry is coming along. Got 2 loads done on the day we came home and another two the day after but then came down with the ick and everything has stagnated since then. Now it's on to Pennsic prep. At this point I have just a little over a week to get everything done and it is quite the monumental to-do list.

Tasks divided by category and listed in decreasing importance

Sewing:
- 2 apron dresses for myself (both started)
- 1 apron dress for myself and 1 for Georgia out of cloth that I still have to dye
- 3 Eura dresses for myself in various stages of completion right now
- 2 more Eura dresses for Georgia, not yet started
- 1 or 2 shirts for Jason
- a couple of coifs/hoods for Georgia (she probably will just pull them off but I can try)
- Coat for Georgia
- Coat for myself
- Embroidery on Eura dresses (something to do in the car perhaps)

Woodworking:
- apply finish to cart and install the last few pieces
- apply finish to the new bed (purchased from Ikea - yay)
- apply finish and some sort of paint job to Georgia's toy box (likely won't get done this year)

Packing:
- launder all of Jason's costumes to freshen them up
- locate various lost camp items

Miscellaneous
- Finish the piece of weaving I'm working on now and pre-wash the trim I plan on using
- Dye fabric for apron dresses
- Do a dry-run on both the tent and the bed to ensure I have all the pieces and that everything is in good repair
- clean the entire house and have it prepped for a guest as my sister arrives the day we get back and I know I won't have the time or energy to deal with it then

We've decided to leave the neighbour girl in charge of the dogs while we're gone. We'll be paying her about half of what a kennel would have cost and she'll be most of the way to a new laptop when it's all done, so win-win. Also means I don't have to deal with packing their crap or driving them to a kennel and picking them up. Might be boring for them having to spend most of the vacation in their cage, but that's what happens when you chew and dig.
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It's bad when I get obsessed with something. I start it and I just have to finish it to see how it will work out. The cart is one such project. Got a little more progress on it this evening. Wheels have their first coat of polyurethane as does the bed. Once the wheels get their 3 coats I'll be applying the tires. I still have to add the following parts to the cart:

- handle
- hinged legs on fold-down bed
- device to secure the bed in the upright position

All of these bits require yet another trip to Lowe's for parts (thick dowel, hinges and some sort of locking nut bolts).

After that she's almost done. Just a matter of doing the final sanding and applying some sort of protective treatment. I've already decided on Satin finish Polyurethane for the plywood bits, but I haven't committed to anything with the solid wood parts yet. I'm undecided between more polyurethane and tung oil. My mother pointed out that G might chew this thing (the only parts I've finished so far are out of chewing range being outside the bars or under a mattress) so a food-safe finish might be a good idea. But it's going to Pennsic, so who knows what it's going to get dragged through, which makes durability king. Thoughts?

Anyway, it's coming out more like a rickshaw than a cart, but I'm happy with it. The whole thing packs flat using 6 pegs, 2 hitch pins and 2 mini-shims. Because it's two-wheeled it can turn on a dime. The mattress seems to fit in there just fine and it's strong enough that Jason was able to drag it with me inside. Not that it was the easiest thing in the world with my weight, but it was possible.

In other news the packing is not happening at all yet. I've got 2 nights left to pack and I haven't even done laundry. Maybe I'll try to get something done on that front tomorrow.

In Georgia news she has learned how to clap on command. When she's in the right mood I can ask her to clap and she does. And everyone is delighted and tells her what a good job she's done which makes her grin wildly and giggle with pleasure.

Off to have a quick sawdust-removing shower before bed. Dentist appointment in the AM, re-booked from the one I missed on Monday. Here's hoping I remember and make it on time.
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In preparation for Pennsic I picked up a necklace for my daughter yesterday. Any good norse woman needs some amber and my baby will be no exception. I also finished her first apron dress today. Add that to the two eura dresses I have already done and she has 2 whole outfits. And I suddenly realize why parents either don't attend Pennsic or leave their children at home. It's not the parties, or the weird people their children might be exposed to, or the drums keeping them up all night, it's having to make a week's worth of clothing that will be worn once.

When I make something for myself, I have a reasonable assurance that it will be worn at least a few times. Even if I realize it is horrible and I've done it all wrong (oh come on, we've all been there right?), I probably will have worn it a few times before I realize that. And if I did it well it will last me for years and be worn and loved for many events. But it's a whole different game with children. Outside of Pennsic, even the most active SCA family will probably only want one or two outfits for their children, because normally you just need enough for a weekend and then you go home to normal clothes and your washing machine. And we're not even really that active now! I go to maybe 3 or 4 events a year. Even assuming the stuff I'm making will fit for a whole year and I make only enough for a new outfit every other day I'll still have one or two outfits that never get worn outside of that one time at Pennsic!

[livejournal.com profile] rectangularcat suggested that I make the outfits but don't finish the seams. I don't really see the point in that. I have a serger, so finishing the seams takes no time at all. If I finish it, the garment can in theory last for years, even if I don't need it to. If I don't finish the seams it might fall apart while she's wearing it and it probably won't make it through the wash. Not finishing would essentially make it like a disposable item, and for the extra few minutes I might as well do it right.

While I had high hopes that I might be able to make her garments out of scraps I've encountered a problem... I now have a pattern so efficient for my dresses that I simply don't get scraps. I figured out a way to get an apron dress for me and one for her out of a yard and a half of fabric, but that's only going to work this year. By next year I'll have to re-think and re-design because the scraps resulting from my apron dress won't be enough to make anything for her.

It's annoying to think that this time next year, and every year thereafter, I'm going to be going through all the same pre-pennsic sewing crunch. And that I will probably have to buy fabric for it because I simply don't have any large enough scraps to work with and won't be coming up with any in the course of sewing my usual stuff.

I hope our second one (no I'm not pregnant, but I'm hoping that there will be a second one some time in the future) will be a girl because it will just kill me if I have to do this for two kids and can't pass any of it down.

The plan for this year is 9 days at Pennsic, so 4 dresses and 2 aprons and if everything gets dirty I'll do a bit of laundry for her in a wash basin. That makes me half-way done at this point, so that's good at least.

My stuff is coming along slowly but steadily. I also made myself an apron dress today, though I didn't finish mine. I'm hanging it for a few days before I hem it and I haven't applied the straps either. I might weave up some trim for it, but then again I might not. We'll see how motivated I get. Back to the machine to finish up the last dress I have cut out and then figure out where I'll go from here.
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Georgia is really coming along developmentally these last few weeks. She can easily stand supported with just one hand for extended periods. She can take a few steps with her little Ikea walker cart thingy. She can sign "change" and "milk" and has decided her word for solid foods is "nom nom nom". She definitely recognizes more people now. Gets excited when she sees Beth from next door or Sunny and Alexandra. She's known my parents on the internet for months now and perks up when she hears the sound of an MSN video call being initiated. Makes me wonder how far along she'll be by the time we head off to Pennsic. Will she be walking I wonder?

The wool diaper covers are working out surprisingly well. I really enjoy knitting them so I'm thinking I need to make a bunch more and pick up more fitted diapers. I'm getting up to the point where I could go almost a week without doing diaper laundry (which would be gross beyond words, I'm just saying my stash is ridiculous now). So far I'm loving my Sweet Pea covers best (the prices have gone up since I bought them, so sorry to anyone else that might fall for these) with prefolds. I like my Bumgenius for going out. I still like my Dream-eze for overnights. And when we're bumming around the house I've been putting her in fitteds and wool. So far I've tried a local brand of fitted (you can't buy them online) and they seemed super-absorbent and really soft. I will be getting more of these for sure. I've tried kissaluvs and they seemed to get soaked quickly but I like that they are snaps. I've also been using Thirsties Fab Fitted, and they seem to work really well so I'm ordering more of those online.

Pennsic prep is coming along. Got another dress mostly sewn today. Just need to decide what color to do the contrasting embroidery in and I can finish the neckline, wrists and hem. No, I am not embroidering the hem, this is going to Pennsic after all, I just haven't gotten to hems on any dress yet. That brings me up to 1 finished dress (the one in my userpic) 3 almost-finished dresses and 1 cut out and waiting to be sewn. Trying to decide how many of these I need... I'm there for 9 days. Will I want to wear these new dresses the whole time or will I want to wear Roman on occasion? How many aprons will I need? Decisions decisions...

Georgia has 2 dresses completely done now. I'm thinking I'll make her 4 or 5 and we'll try to get by the whole week on that. If I have to hand-wash a few of her things to make it through the week that's what I'll do. I should try to get all of her sewing done this weekend. And yes, pictures of all the cute baby clothes will be coming along, but for now... sleep.
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First thing not to do:
Do not try to sew something when tired. More precisely do not cut your favorite piece of fabric that you've been drooling over all week when tired. And do not try to do so while rushed. I had one step that I needed Jason's help for and he wanted to go to bed so I said "just help me with this and then you can sleep". I measured it once, he questioned my measurement but I was sure of myself and didn't double check. We marked it off, he went to bed, and I proceeded to cut the body of my dress 10 inches too short - fuck.

Second thing not to do:
Do not attempt to fix this mistake when both tired and now angry. I figured out how to recover the body but needed to re-cut the arms as a result. Measured it fine, didn't make sure the cutting mat was under the cut line before running the rotary blade over it. Lovely dining room table now has an annoying gash in it that probably no one else will notice, but that will mock me until I refinish the table and sand it out. Which of course I am not going to do for years because I have a baby who will probably add more gashes and crayon and marker and all manner of things that I will have to come back and fix when she's old enough to know better. It's just annoying that I was the one to make the first mark.

Third thing not to do:
Do not stay up all night because you simply have to see if your reworking of the pieces is going to produce a functional garment. Yes, after all this, even though I knew my math should be good at this point and that it will fit fine I had to stay up all night and push through its assembly. And measure and cut a few more dresses for good measure. To redeem my measuring skills I guess. Tomorrow morning (will come in about an hour when baby wakes up for her first feeding) is going to hit me hard.

On the bright side, the dress is together and no one will be the wiser. The seam allowance had to be smaller than my usual and the front slit is going to have to be hand finished in buttonhole stitch rather than simply pressed and turned, but it will look fine to anyone who doesn't know I didn't plan it that way. Just need to finish that slit, hem the bottom and wrists and I'm one dress closer to my Pennsic wardrobe. Add that to the one dress that was completed months ago, the dress that is all but hemmed from last week and I'm up to 3 dresses for 10 days - eeep. There's also one dress cut out and a final length of fabric on the table waiting for that long, 2-person measurement. Need a few apron dresses to wear over these and I can round out my wardrobe with the 4 or 5 Roman outfits I have and I'll be good to go. It's later than I'd hoped (I wanted all my stuff done by mid-June), but I may yet get this all done in time for Pennsic.

Still on the Pennsic to-do list after my clothes are outfits for Georgia, a few new shirts for Jason and attempting the cart for Georgia.

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