Friday, August 5, 2011

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

Or, the latest chapter in Connie vs. Water.

In our last episode, we learned that the Evil Chimney Monster was shooting mortar onto the roof.

Notice the hole on the left side.

Mister Mason Man came to the rescue on Wednesday and put the Chimney Monster in it's place.

Take that, Chimney Monster!

Undeterred, Water retaliated on Thursday morning by installing a water feature in the tree lawn. Apparently there were several water main breaks in the area on Thursday. Weird.

Wow, my yard looks horrible.

A couple of hours later, Spike showed up and started attacking the street.

Die, three-year-old road, die!

An hour or so after that, there was a very large hole where the fountain used to be.

At one point, one of the guys was standing in the hole with the backhoe digging right next to him. Brave? Stupid? Both?

The men left a huge hole filled with gravel, which is still there, despite them telling me that they'd come and blacktop over it today. Hopefully early next week....

In other news, I've been doing some sewing lately. I veered away from my usual genre and made clothing this time. Behold the reversible wrap skirt.

First rule of modeling - don't look directly at the camera

I used the tutorials here and here to draft the pattern and sew it up. I scoffed when it said you needed 3-3.5 yards of fabric, but because of the shape of the pattern pieces, they really mean it. Because of that, instead of having 2 pieces on each side, I had to have 3. Live and learn. And if/when I make this again, I'm going to draft a new pattern - a little smaller and with a better curve to the waist. You use the waist curve to get the hem curve and my hem's a little wonky in the back.

A glimpse of the other side of the skirt

And a close-up of the hem.

Oooo.... beads!

No, I didn't string all of those little dangles by hand. I bought a big hank of beaded tape at the Sewing and Quilt Expo several years ago and finally found a use for it. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the result.

Many thanks to PrettyKnittyJewelry for playing photographer for me.

It's been pretty hot and humid here lately, but Max has been chillin':

"Thanks for the virtual fig leaf, Mama. I'm really very modest."

I do have more sewing and knitting to show off, but that's for another day.