I'm in love with my new machine. I don't even spend my time gear-whoring on the sewing machine boards because I'm so happy with it. As promised, here is the first project I made on it. It was for a "refashion" contest where I converted one of clock's shirts to something more festive for myself. There are lots of details about it that non-sewers would be bored with, so I won't mention them.
Just this week I completed a pair of denim pants for clock (they don't have "jeans" detailing, so I made a distinction). I'm very excited about these pants - they fit him perfectly!! Also, the pattern is for pants and shorts and sizes range from 2T to a couple of sizes bigger than clock. I'm going to get a TON of use out of this pattern. On this particular pair, I threw on some cargo pockets from a hiking pant pattern. He should be good to go!
I found a $12 solution to my lack of good cutting table problem, so my sewing space is now awesome in a functional (and lack of back pain) kind of way.
I think I'm going to take a short break from projects and work on some details I've never tried before (like welt pockets).
~~PHONE BREAK ~ my sister is on the phone ~~
After months of total stress from dealing with the boy, a ton of internet people recommended the book Raising Your Spirited Child. Holy shit, what a difference it has made! The meltdowns and tantrums have decreased significantly. Most days I'm functional when clock gets home from work. Most of all, I'm not a bad mother (at least, in this arena) and it's not just that he's 2. He has a set of temperament traits that require different strategies. I would like to point out that I'm not saying my son is better, or smarter, or more broken, more/less anything compared to yours: he just processes the world differently and needs to be communicated with in a way that works with his mind.
We've been working on potty training. What an annoying road. I totally regret not doing an elimination communication when he was new. Oh well. Diapers don't fit him any more, so it's far more complicated than it needs to be.
I read Eat to Live and it was the final thing to push us over the edge. We're now 90% vegan. I've lost 15 lbs and 3 1/2 inches in my hips since Thanksgiving. I feel healthier than I have in a long time. I'm not going to preach, but I really want to. You really should read this book (or "The China Study", or even "In Defense of Food").
Damn, I think the boy is awake.
Quickly: I need to start strength training in some fashion again. I'm not "fit" at all.
More crap at a later date......
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