Friday, July 19, 2013

Tropical heat, and tales of woe

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Well.  You can’t win them all.  This shirt/shift/blouse-y contraption seemed like a wonderful idea.  It looked fresh and bohemian, especially on the waif-like teenage model in the pattern photo, and that should have been a clue to this seasoned crafter—I even know enough now that I can’t really wear a pullover with any kind of aplomb—but I made it anyway, and woe is me, it looks terrible.  Blind enthusiasm does not always lead to success. 

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The basket of finished hats is about half full.  So much for big projects.  Why can’t I just work on something slowly? 

It is tropically hot this week, and my poor mama, who will find 65 degrees F a little too warm, is here for a visit, so we’ve all just been lying around in varying states of undress, drinking champagne cocktails and mopping our boiling selves with damp cloths.  Eating out every night.  Manufacturing errands so we can get in the car and turn on the A/C.  Yearning for a thunderstorm. 

In the process of crafting theater props, I have burned my fingers (again!) with hot glue, which, let’s face it, is really just molten plastic, so then I spent the evening with my hand inside a bag of frozen edamame and getting called Lefty.  Note to self:  hot glue is hot. 

Speaking of tropical, I squared off against a huge snake the other day, which dropped down next to me from above as I opened the garage door.  Which is like living in Borneo or something, or a horror movie, maybe.  I lifted the door, which is heavy and wooden, heard a big thump, turned to see what had fallen, and there was a three-foot-long serpent lifting his head and coiling around to face me.  This is the North!  What’s with all the huge varmints?  As I jogged around flapping my hands and freaking out a little, the great snake casually disappeared under a cupboard and has not yet been apprehended, so naturally, I can never go in the garage again.  Google tells me it is not venomous, but that it would still like to bite me if I gave it a reason to, which I will emphatically not do. 

Meanwhile, since my fingers are burned, I can’t knit at the moment (noooo!) so In the wake of my having read this book, we went to the (ugh) mall and spent hours smelling perfume—oh, perfume!  Sensuous, often maligned, sometimes fraught with memory.  I love/hate perfume, you know what I mean?  It can be so lovely, or so invasive. Today I am wearing Versace Crystal Noir, heavy in this heat.  I feel like a burgeoning lily, drooping and ripe.  Do you wear perfume?  What’s your favorite?

Did I mention I can’t knit?  Which means all I want to do is kniiiiiiit. 

28 comments:

  1. you might be able to save your blouse with some vertical darts at the waist

    something like this

    http://sigridsewingprojects.blogspot.com/2012/12/another-easy-top.html




    snakes!!! EEKS!!! I would still be having a conniption!! I dislike snakes...a LOT!!



    as for perfume...I have the same relationship...I love it, but a lot of them really bother my allergies and give me migraines

    my current very fav is Gucci Guilty

    I recently had a sample of Versace Bright Crystal and liked that a lot


    I hope your fingers get back to knitting soon!

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  2. I wish you a quick recovery, so that you can knit as much as you like/need!!!!
    xxxxx Ale

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  3. Oh no your poor fingers. I have never met a hot glue gun that I have become friends with. It all starts out so sweet and innocent, I think this time I have got it and then zap. I have been glues and have a nice little burn. They are dangerous, stay away.
    Hope you heal up quickly.
    Meredith

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  4. OMG snakes, tropical heat and an evil hot glue gun- your living in an Indiana Jones movie right now! Sorry about your blouse, I bet it looked really good on you in your head : )
    I heard thunderstorms are on the way, maybe you guys will get some relief. Heat and humidity are so miserable. So is not knitting. Maybe a trip to an air conditioned craft/yarn shop will help! Enjoy your mom visit.
    Lynne

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  5. Your life really souds very wild and interesting... except your fingers should get better really soon!!! I know how terrible it is to get hot glue to your fingertips.. I burned my fingers with ironing clothes and same thing: i could´n knit or crochet in days.
    xx
    TT

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  6. LOL about the snake. My daughter and my husband are terrified of snakes, and I always know when they've found one. My daughter shrieks and promptly climbs on her father's shoulders, while my husband is looking around for someone that he can climb. :) I am the designated snake-chaser. Most of the time, I identify the snake as a harmless king snake and tell my family to stop scaring it. :) But, on occasion, they've encountered something less useful (and less harmless) and those I have to scoop up with a broom or chase off with the hose. Anyhow, your snake is probably hanging around because there are good eats in your yard. Next time you go near the garage, say "thank you."

    As for perfume, yep, I'm an addict. I especially like spicy or woody scents. As it is always hot and steamy where I live, I wear "winter" scents all year round.

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  7. I hate snakes and I think you are wise never to go into the garage again! Hope your glue burn heals quickly. As for perfume, I like the woodsy, spicy scents, but I never wear it. I sing in a choir and am a cantor at church...the smell seems to choke my voice a bit, so I don't use it.

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  8. Snakes and glue guns!! My two worst things ... I've had bad experiences with both!! Hope your fingers heal soon.xxx

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  9. Poor you what an eventful few days - I was unable to crochet a few weeks ago due to a poorly shoulder and all I could think about was crochet I think I even dreamt about it - I so hope you can knit soon if only for your sanity!!!! as I know the feeling I was so on the edge as my daughters would say xxx

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  10. Versace Crystal Noir is my very most favorite perfume in the history of perfume. Well, so far it is, I haven't smelled every one yet.

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  11. It sounds like rough going over there. I hope it cools off for you soon. I like your blouse but I understand. I always find myself driven toward tops and dresses with Empire waists, thinking I'll look like a heroine in a Jane Austen novel. But I usually end up looking like Mama Cass.

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  12. Are you sure it doesn't look nice? Because it looks so pretty off and I can't see that it wouldn't suit you. If you do find it too loose, then putting ties at the sides and drawing it in and knotting it at the back might be a solution. Anyway, you've inspired me, because I really like it.
    Sara

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  13. Ugh...burned hands AND a creepy drop-down-on-your-head snake! I would have had a heart attack, especially since all this heat has got me working on my last frazzled nerve!...Kristen, I think your blouse turned out really pretty. :) ...I'm fussy with perfumes because most give me a headache, but for the past 10 years or so, I've been wearing Ellen Tracy. (the old version) It's nice. http://www.perfumespace.com/Ellen-Tracy/Women/ELLEN-TRACY-by-Ellen-Tracy-For-Women/Id/6714 Hope you're fingers are feeling better soon. Stay cool! xo

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  14. Snakes! Ugh! I'd be having nightmares for weeks. As for scent, I'm allergic to it and can't be around it at all. So, I not only dislike scent, but all who wear it too. Sorry. Hope your hand heals soon.

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  15. BUM! I have just bought a new sewing magazine for clothes and it has real people in it check it out here http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/magazine-peekaboo.html

    I remember going to Singapore when I was about 8 stone aged 25 and having to by extra large shorts - it was pretty soul searching I can tell you. It isn't going well for you is it? no knitting too. Just have a drink I say. Jo x

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  16. Not to worry I have sewn many things which when I get done just doesn't say me, especially the older I get. I love the hats your knitting is there a pattern or is this your own version would you share?

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  17. Dropped a hot glue gun on my arm about 16 years ago and still have a mark! Shame about the shirt, it looks really cute.

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  18. Too bad the shirt didnt turn the way you like as well as for your burnt finger. Theres alwsys crochet it dont use many fingers and grannies dont hang hot and heavy in your lap! Ralph Lauren perfumes are my fave as well as Calvin Klein as I tend to get stuck in the 90's. But I will buy two bottles of japanese cherry blossom spray from The Body Shop every year and wear it almost every day around the house casual, so as to not waste my expensive stuff.

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  19. Ugh, the heeeeeeeeat. I'm caught in the middle of not wanting to freeze in the AC but realizing that I will not feel Southern and languid if I step outside--it's just HOT.
    I change my perfume with the season--light and flowery in the spring (Tocca Florence is perfect, and isn't too strong/invasive to other people's space) and something a bit heavier in the cool weather. I love Bath & Body Works sprays and I totally feel like a teenager again when I buy Sweet Pea body splash in a plastic bottle for summer :)

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  20. a snake in the garage? scary. I would never ever get in the garage again either. I'm in Tuscany at my parents and my dad casually told me there's a scorpion in his car from when he carried some wood home.

    I'll have to walk to the airport now.

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  21. did you see that movie snakes on a plane? hee hee, snakes are so funny, or maybe it was just that movie. i think your blouse is so pretty, maybe belt it?
    i buy chanel n5, because my mother wore it (and wear it occasionally), but i wear kiehls musk. but mostly i smell like sunscreen :)
    hope you heal quickly!

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  22. Oh no, how painful Kristen, poor you! Sorry to hear you can't do your fav thing, but just think of all the ideas you will have once you can knit again.
    The loose top looks so cool and pretty, what a shame it doesnt work when worn - it's often the way though, unpromising-looking clothes on the rack in the shop end up surprisingly good once on, yet things that should work often don't.
    Enjoy the champagne cocktails with your Mum!
    Gill xx

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  23. Not your fingers! That's the cruelest part of the body to hurt when you're a crafty gal. I hope they are on the mend.

    I love your top - sorry you didn't love it. Maybe a belt to show off your wee waist? Or tucked in then poofed out (is that a word?). It's really pretty so don't give up on it yet!

    As for snakes - well you can keep them ... I am terrified as we don't have any in New Zealand. We're visiting Australia soonish and they have snakes there. Already panicking about it!!

    It's lovely to be back in blogland and to be able to swing by and see what you've been up to.

    Have a great week hon.
    Leah
    xx

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  24. I am about to make dress e from that book and am now panicking slightly that I am neither teenage nor stick thin and will look like a hippo draped in curtains. Ho hum.

    That books sound interesting - I love perfume, but only perfumes I love. All other perfume makes me feel sick - I can't be indifferent to it. My favs are mostly Annik Goutal and in our heatwave I'm wearing Nuit Etoilee - it feels like being in a cool damp forest and the mint in it just lifts and lightens it. If I could make a perfume it would be the smell of a thunderstorm - wet earth and electricity.

    Hope your fingers mend soon.

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    1. Mmmmm, that perfume sounds beautiful. I'm just getting into exploring the Annick Goutal line. So! Much! Fun!

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  25. Having a snake drop out of a door beside you would definitely be on top of my list of most scary things! Sorry - I know the Lord made them - I've just never figured out why! So grateful that we do not have creepy, poisonous , creepy (did I say that already) things in NZ. But we do have knitting - lots of glorious knitting and crochet! Hope your fingers are feeling better quickly Kristen.

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  26. Would you be interested in selling the blouse to me!?!?!

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    1. Dee, you're so nice! I haven't quite given up on it yet, though. Maybe a contrasting fabric tie? *thinkthink*

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