I swear, there is nothing like sewing rage – I think dealing with a sewing machine brings out otherwise undisturbed depths of frustration and fury when things go wrong. Mainly I avoid this by not sewing anymore, but sometimes it can’t be helped! I had two jobs to do today, and managed to break three sewing machine needles and nearly have my head spin around with rage even though they weren’t even big jobs!
Basically I had to take in the waistband of the pair of $3 jeans Emma found on a clearance rack yesterday (they are size 16, when she’s really a 12 or 14, but were so cheap she wanted them and it’s (theoretically) easy enough to sew a fold into the waistband on each hip to shrink it by a couple of inches), and also sew a felt star onto the front of a t-shirt for Soren. The star was actually sticky backed felt that we cut into a star shape and stuck on the front of the t-shirt for him to wear it as a costume to the birthday party the other weekend – originally we thought it would just peel off once the party was done. This turned out to not be the case, as it was a lot stickier than we thought, and Soren liked it so much that I said I’d reinforce it with stitching and he could wear it until it falls apart (I really don’t think the felt is particularly sturdy). So these things should have been really simple, but everything went wrong and it took forever and I could have just torn my hair out in a sewing tantrum.
I did some more shopping today, this time for me. When I was visiting Benita yesterday she was wearing leggings that had a pocket in them that would fit a phone, and I wanted some so she told me where she bought them and I went there with Troy today. I bought a couple of pairs – now that I’m thinking about it I should probably have tried them on, but instead I bought them and just hope they’ll fit. I can take them back if they don’t.
While we were there I also saw a pair of short denim overalls which I bought for Emma, since she has wanted a pair for a long time and has never been able to find them. I used to have a pair of short denim overalls when I was her exact age, so I find it quite bizarre that she also wants some…it’s very weird! I’m going to keep them for her birthday, since that’s less than two months away. (I will also keep the receipt, in case the desire for short denim overalls has worn off…I am hopelessly out of style so I genuinely have no idea – I think she still wants them but who really knows).
We also went to Sanity and bought the newest seasons of Outlander and Orange is the New Black. I think after our holiday we might consider getting Netflix – we have NBN now so our internet speed is better, and we do love watching tv so it might be worth it.
There was also grocery shopping, but that’s a bit more mundane – we go to the supermarket nearly every day. I’d like to be more organised and go less often, but the kids eat a lot of bread and I struggle to plan meals ahead (despite out lovely meal planning system) so it tends to be a lot of short trips rather than fewer, larger ones.
The weather was really cold and rainy today though, so I got to spend ages all snuggled up with my heated throw and it was lovely!