2.24.2012

beastly tasks

there are many pregnant life forms that i have a personal affection for roaming around at the moment, and yesterday one of them popped.  

this meant i had to make good on some promises.  some promises involving sewing for others.  including... children.

you might recall, the last experience i had in this genre did not turn out so well.  no, that's a lie, i was recently sent a text of The Child wearing the six hour apron and smiling sweetly whilst baking cookies with her grandmother. clearly she was plotting her takeover of the world.  fine by me; having hand stitched her Apron Of Doom, i'm on the list of keepers in the New Society.  at least i think so... the last time i hung out with her she pronounced me a Bad Girl.  but that could be a plus in her book.

even so, sewing the thirty odd straight lines of a nursing cover and getting the needle around the armhole curve of a newborn jumper ain't my idea of a rocking good time.  so i decided to change up the scenery.


sewing poolside?  why would i NOT.  it's totally safe to have a hot iron, digital camera, iphone, headset and featherweight hooked up to a strip outlet on a couple of wobbly tray tables two feet away from the water...       it's not like i was drinking or anything.


oh wait.

concerned by my furrowed brow, ruggy made me a cocktail.  and by that i mean he made it up.  he calls it the moodmaker (or the moodmender, we're still deciding) thusly dubbed because my mood had fallen.  surprisingly, not because i was sewing for others, but because we couldn't be around the others i was sewing for.  it has bourbon and morello cherries and amaretto and luv.

congratulations, brother beast and co.  mama beast, you will be happy to know your evil "gift" bag of fabric made the trek with me and will soon make the trek back, transformed.  and with just a little moodmaker on it.  

41 comments:

  1. I'm jealous! The weather has been amazing the last few days and I haven't had a chance to get outside!

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  2. Oh, I am so jealous of all the green around you! It seems like the only thing growing here is my lawn - I think it knows I don't have a mower lol.

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  3. Sewing by the poolside eh. Fabulous . . .

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  4. I would never have thought to sew poolside, but now I want to try it, just because. :-)

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    1. LIFE AIN'T FAIR! but it's bettered by cocktails.

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  6. You make the best of things. That's a talent.

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    1. a friend of mine told me that once. i adore that compliment.

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  7. POOLSIDE SEWING?!?! YOU DIRTY SONUVABITCH. I mean, great idea!

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  8. YES! Why Not! I Love sewing outside too ( who cares if my neighbors think I'm a weirdo ).

    BTW...loved meeting you last weekend at the Colette party! ( i posted a pic of on my blog ). You are too hilarious! If you send me your email I would love to give you a tour of suburbia ha ha!

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    1. eep, the Suburbs!!! :))) i'm sure your neighbor kat loves seeing you outside :)

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  9. BLAM! That's the sound of my derriere hitting the cruel, gray, dirty New York pavement at the sight of your new Sewing Pool.

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    1. oh, careful of your bum! that sidewalk is dirty.

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  10. THAAAAAAAAAAT POOOOOOOOL!!!!!! It's gonna be 38ºC degrees today, which is.... REALLY FREAKING HOTºF. Wish I was there with you, though I think I'd be doing more moodmending than sewing...

    Those are gorge fabrics!!

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  11. Why on earth has the idea of sewing outside never occurred to me before? It looks fabulous!!!

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  12. first i was sooo jealous.. then i discovered a little game.. i imagine outside sewing over here, now.. and that idea amuses me all day long.. i have my sewing table just outside my apartment building, on a sidewalk of one very busy street.. everything is grey and muddy, 'cause of all the dirty snow finally melting.. instead of pool, there is creek of stinky brown water passing by.. nikola mixes me a cocktail, to lift my spirits up - it's called mudmaker and is made with vermouth, cherry brandy and dark beer.. that's just one of many versions i came up with..

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  13. SOOO jealous of the poolside! And yet so confused--how does a nursing cover have more than a few seams? The ones I had (though I only used them until I got comfortable with nursing in public without them) were squares of fabric with a narrow hem around all sides, plus a bit of plastic boning and an adjustable neck tie. Oh, and a pocket... maybe that is a lot of seams.

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  14. No outside sewing for me. The booklet that accompanies my new Singer machine tells me not to sew outdoors. And I totally wanted to. :-(
    If your mood had fallen, shouldn't you call it "moodlifter"?

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    1. c'est true... though i think ruggy enjoys that he is the Maker and not just the Lifter.

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  15. You are sewingby a pool? You are sewing by a pool?! Oh, lord, lord, lord... Do you fancy a life swap for a couple of weeks?

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  16. That seems like a perfect way to spend an afternoon!! So does the Moodmaker improve one's mood? Or make one's mood go south?
    Sewing for others sucks - but sewing for others that just gave birth to others doesn't suck as bad :) Looks cute!

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    1. as far as the MM goes, the only way is up :)

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  17. Oh, that looks heavenly. Although being across the continent (if that's the case) from a brand new niece or nepphew would be intensely sad, I fear. Fortunately you have Ruggy to mend the mood.

    ... yeah, sewing outside here, right now... not so heavenly. ;)

    Congratulations on your auntiehood! :)

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    1. thanks lady! now i just need to steal some of your sewing-for-others mojo.

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  18. thats awesome to be in weather nice enough to be by a pool. Jealous! I cant wait for spring and summer!

    Come visit my blog : www.sweetsurrenderart.com
    See you there!

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  19. Ah, don't you just love California weather? It was just delightful up here in the Bay Area today. And, I love that you call your brother "brother beast." My family does similarly for my brother.

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    1. sweet! my bro gave himself the badge. i love it.

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  20. Welcome to LA. Well technically I don't live there anymore. Im on a ranch near OjI now,but I grew up in the Silverlake area. Your love of color and pattern is perfect for LA! Did you move? Swimming poolside, that will make the peeps everywhere alse just crazy with envy!

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  21. Oh, how dare you sit outside, by a pool, and sew!!! I am overwhelmed with jealousy!!! (oh, poor, poor me, bohoho)

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  22. Now you are just taunting us! I'd do just about any work by a pool. Congratulations on auntyhood and for your family!

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    1. wait a minute... if i recall, you have a pool... or a friend with one...

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  23. Jealous! While the sun is shining around here, it's turned *below freezing* again! And I'm starting work today. Yay. Ah well. The fabrics are lovely, and the drink sounds very yum! :)

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  24. My patio bbq sewing of last summer has totally been Oona-upped. Damn you!!!

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  25. That looks like a great idea- not the sewing near water- the drinking.

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    1. oh come on don, you know you'd want to. just think of the cool things electrocution would do to your fabric.

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  26. Thanks for sharing this post with us. You have great talent of sewing clothes. Its beautiful and amazing post. Its too good work.

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