.....are numerous! For one, I didn't have to buy an expensive dress that I'll never wear again. Instead I got to make a dress for my grand daughter that she will definitely wear.
Another perk was that I didn't have to worry about all the duties that a bridesmaid has, like making sure there were safety pins, needle and thread, etc.... at the church in case of emergency situations.
I didn't have to go to a bridal shower, bridesmaid luncheon, rehearsal and dinner (even though I actually think these functions are fun to attend).
I really didn't have any thing to do in order to be a bridesmaid for Rachelle and Calvin's wedding.
However, she graciously sent me a bridesmaid gift anyway! I got an email this morning that said my gift was in the mail, so imagine my surprise when it was in today's mail! Look at the beautiful and very useful clipping scissors and beaded clip hanger that she made! I love this gift for several reasons. One of the main ones is that she made it herself, and she added a personal touch with the pink ribbon beads. Rachelle has been fighting cancer. I will never forget who sent this wonderful gift to me. I already used the little clipping scissors. I really needed them. I will keep them right by my machine to clip threads as I sew.
On another note, it is time, get it "TIME" (see my clock) to get organized, finally. Aren't I funny, and yes, that was definitely an intended pun. Years and years ago I did the crewel work for this clock face. It did have a piece of glass in it until one of my daughters decided to do cartwheels and back flips in the house one evening. You can guess what happened. I have never gotten around to replacing it. I did put a new battery in it the other day, and it doesn't work. Oh well, I still have it hanging on my sewing room wall. I don't think my hands could stand up to that much detailed work anymore with my arthritis.
If you've been following my blog, you know that about 2 months ago I had surgery on my foot. While I sat and kept my foot up, I put all (well, almost all, I still have one box to go) of my patterns in file jackets. I cut the envelopes apart and glued the front and back to the file front.
Also, you may remember this cabinet that my husband's grandfather built for his new bride for her first kitchen. I didn't dream that these file sleeves would fit inside the cabinet perfectly. It's almost as if it was made for them. I have doll patterns, costume patterns, and my little baby sizes on the top shelf. Every size from 3 to 8 on the second shelf, and then sizes from 8 up, boys' patterns, craft patterns, patterns for purses, and women's patterns on the bottom.
I guess you can tell how my collection has grown with my grands. The oldest is 9, now, so I don't have as many in the bigger sizes. I only have one boy, so far, and he's only 15 months old, so I don't have lots of boy patterns, yet. I don't ever sew for myself, so I have very few women's patterns. Actually, I do have a box full that I have put away. I really need to get it out because those vintage styles are back. This isn't the box I was referring to earlier. I still have kids patterns that aren't filed yet. I bought more file jackets today though.
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