Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Preparation for Disruption

Changes in our lives can come surprisingly rapidly ( those recent multi-million dollar Powerball lottery winners are feeling that impact) or develop slowly, erratically, sort of like my sewing skills over almost two decades.  Putting our Florida home up for sale is definitely in the second category.  Every week we're doing projects or arranging for home repairs to be done.  We've put off a flooring decision in two rooms for almost ten years so now our procrastination means a little bit of a rush as we prepare to move all the furniture out in preparation for workmen late next week.  What that means is that my sewing room will be out of commission for a week or so....and that the wonderful cutting table that I've enjoyed for these years will be gone after that, to be replaced by a bedroom staging set up.  Fortunately I'll be keeping my sewing machines in place, of course neater and more staged....actually covered and tidied up each day (now that will be a change.)  The "extra" machines, fabric and patterns are already packed up in the storage unit.  
All of this preparation explains why I haven't been sewing this past week but I have been cutting out sewing projects at a rather manic pace.  I need sewing projects to keep me happy and sane when other things around me aren't in my control.  Here's what I've stashed for sewing in the future months:
A new to me McCalls cardi to try, several Jalie twist tops and one dress version, an Ottobre knit top and another silk chiffon Vogue 1291

A few Magic Pencil skirts and three Style Arc Elle pants along with  a Vogue bias top and Kwik Sew swirl-y skirt

A Vogue 8699 merino knit top to wear up north in January and a Simplicity 2364 lace and slinky combo dress
I figure once we go on the market, I can sit and sew and put away projects rather easily and quickly since they are already cut out.  In the meantime, thanks for your good luck wishes.  We have not sold a home in 28 years and even then my former company bought our little CA place as part of my relocation package.  I'm reciting the little engine mantra, "I think I can...I think I can..." as we go through this process.  I'm so grateful for the support and encouragement I get from in person and virtual friends.  I get so much inspiration when I see the accomplishments of other bloggers who manage complicated, challenging lives and retain their good humor and positive outlooks.  Here's hoping that 


  1. Good luck selling your place! It's such a pain, but on the up side, I read the FL housing market is picking up.

    1. Yes, I think the real estate market is better here in Florida and we are definitely the "motivated sellers" so all will be well eventually. And maybe one of your fellow Brits will be a buyer!

  2. Good luck to you - it is a stressful time for anyone. Seeing your projects cut & packed up for future sewing made me calmer just looking at it. And I am not stressed out.

  3. You've done your share of moving so thanks for the good wishes and understanding.

  4. Yikes! Good luck! But you sound as if you've organized well to minimize stress. Happy sewing while you're showing. . . .

  5. I moved 19 times in my first 30 years and, even as a child, I understood how much stress it can be! I'm so impressed with your sewing organization and planning! Before I had a dedicated sewing room I had to pick up each day before dinner, it was a pain but but it was so worth it for those few hours of sewing bliss! Wishing you the best with the move!


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