Decisions, decisions

After almost an entire year with no purchases, or rather no frivolous purchases (or perhaps more accurately, no guilt-free frivolous purchases,) after a year of that kind of restriction, stopping in at the thrift store just for fun feels like a radical act of self indulgence. Still… I’m managing to adjust. Mmhmm. yeah.


So anyway, the other day, Noah and I made a quick dash into the Goodwill and I was tickled pink to find this brand-new-still-in-its-1960′s-era-package percale double sheet, all 108 x 81 gorgeous rose and dogwood covered inches of it. I think it’ll make up into a sweet little Easter suit for Millen

or maybe a lovely summer dress for me.

It’d be perfect to make into matching spring aprons for all the coffee shop gals

or maybe a lovely summer dress for me.

The fabric is ideal for that Swirl Dress repro I’ve been promising to make for Amelia

or maybe a lovely summer dress for me,
with green gingham facings and black bias trim… ooh sweet!

I don’t know.. I just can’t quite decide what to make out of this lovely fabric.
But of course you know what I’ve already decided.

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20 Responses to Decisions, decisions

  1. 1
    Becky K. says:

    How fun!!!
    Pretty too.

    You'll make the right decision, I just know it.

  2. 2
    Vintage Girl says:

    Very pretty, can't wait to see what you decide to make. I love those thrift shop surprises. Enjoy! Heather

  3. 3
    Lisa says:

    Swirl dress – I'd never heard of it. Do you have a pattern for it, or were you going to make it up?

    I'm looking for one of those on ebay right now!

  4. 4
    Mrs.Rabe says:

    hmmmm….You know what I think? I think you should make a sweet summer dress for yourself! I know that probably never crossed your mind. Just a thought…

    I think it will be lovely!

  5. 5
    Mama Sewing says:

    Oh dear, what a difficult decision, I can really understand the magnitude of your problem. Let us know what you finally decide – and please let us see the dress you make for yourself!!!

  6. 6
    Kristine says:

    Here's another idea, Diane… How about you make a lovely summer dress for yourself? :) Hugs!

  7. 7
    Barbara H. says:

    That is lovely. That reminds me I need to check out the thrift stores around here. I've been to the main big one, but there are several small ones.

  8. 8
    Rachel says:

    LOL–I'd use it for a quilt back. LOL. After I'd used it on the beds awhile, because I loooove those soft "grandma" sheets. I always pick them up, where-ever I find them…yard sales and estate sales are the BEST for that (especially in the older areas of town where people lived in their houses for decades and never spent money on squat they didn' *need*?).

    Even the ones that aren't perfect can be pieced and used to fill in the blanks in some homemade quilt projects…

  9. 9
    Serena Abdelaziz says:

    I actually do NOT know what you picked….I have to learn you better. BUT my vote is an apron for you and your girls, all of you, with a green gingham picket and black bias trim!! Then you can ALL match. :)

  10. 10
    Maura says:

    Do the dress for you!

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Me, i'd go with a lovely summer dress.

    For you :)

  12. 12
    Jennifer says:

    Ooh, pretty! Looking forward to seeing the finished dress … er, whatever you make with it …

    Btw, do you or anyone else reading these comments know where we can find patterns for dresses similar to the Swirl dresses? Love the concept! So far I only have one pattern for a similar styled dress … Butterick B4790 (a retro '52 wrap dress). I would love to find others, but when I try to Google Swirl dresses, I get a lot of dresses that are made with swirly fabrics instead LOL!

  13. 13
    multiplemom says:

    You are hilarious!!!

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    (aka Hane): So pretty, indeed! And I bet there'll be ample fabric for that summer dress, plus a little something else for a loved one.

    (By the bye, I left you a PM at FJ.)

  15. 15
    Diane says:

    becks… yeah, i'm pretty sure i will too:-]

    heather… and i actually went in looking for cute old sheets too! that rarely happens, to me anyway, lol

    lisa.. i actually found an old pattern from the 60's which is quite similar to the original swirl. i plan on making adaptations from that pattern to make as close of a copy of the swirl as i can. i can't remember the brand and number of the pattern offhand, but i'll look it up and share it as soon as i can. promise☺

    why mrs rabe! what a wonderful idea! and you're right, i never woulda thought of that. not in a million years. nuh uh.

    mamasew…truly it is a momentous decision. i'll have to devote great quantities of time and thought to it… ;-}

    great idea kristine! hehehe

    barbara.. sometimes the small ones have the niftiest stuff,, right?!

    rachel..if i were a quilter, then i'd have another option to choose from.. just what i need, right?

    serena… well then my dear, you'll just have to wait and see! heee hee heee:-D

    why maura, my dear.. i think i will!

    anon.. for me?! why now, i never woulda come up with that idea on my own, i'm sure!

    jennifer.. i actually do have an old pattern which is very similar to the old swirl dress. i'll post about it soon! maybe even tomorrow☺

  16. 16
    Terri says:

    I think I might have had those sheets when I was a very young bride. and a summer dress for you…what a grand idea!!!!

  17. 17
    Diane says:

    hane… you know what? is it the message you wrote me weeks ago? i just saw that like two days ago.. eek! there is something wonky about my inbox over there. i never see my messages unless i actually go into my inbox and look. did you happen to get the return message i sent?
    btw, i actually bought millen a brown pair of sketchers at the thrift store on this same shopping trip. they were brand new! and i thought of you when i got 'em☺

    really terri?! how cool is that!

  18. 18
    ~~Deby says:

    as a very busy involved mother…I think it would be a perfect dress for YOU…..why not ??
    Deby

  19. 19
    Nabila Grace says:

    Oh dear me…I'm coveting your fabric! ;o) I LOVE it!

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    I zoomed in on the picture of the pattern you were using It says it's Simplicity 6341 if that is helpful
    katie

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Decisions, decisions

Well gals, the items on my list are dwindling fast, and that makes me happy.

Mama’s goals
1. organize and thoroughly clean bedrooms (not done, but on the schedule for Thursday and Friday)
2. clean all floors (in process)
3. remove carpet from Millen’s room for cleaning (see #1)
4. organize and thoroughly clean bathrooms (mostly done)
5. redo powder room (shelves are up, walls and woodwork to be painted Saturday, flooring will have to wait)
6. clean kitchen drawers (not done… le sigh)
7. clean refrigerator (see #6… les sighs)
8. organize schoolwork into weeks for entire year (done!)
9. loosely schedule lessons for entire year (done!)
10. children’s schoolboxes emptied, cleaned and refilled (done!)
11. paperwork to school office (paperwork done, to be delivered today)
12. tweak household schedule (done!)

As is usually the case with me and such things, my list had a tendency to grow and take on new items as I worked my way through it. While setting up things for this school year, I couldn’t help being distracted by the chaotic state of our materials. I ended up completely reorganizing all of the school things. From pencils to atlases, they all have cozy new and easily accessible little homes. I think they’re happy about that.

And then when doing the floors, I couldn’t help feeling that really the living room furniture could be arranged more attractively. And while I was moving things around, I came to the conclusion that very large cupboard housing the television could really be put to better use upstairs. So yeah, my living room is in an appalling state of disarray as I type, but it’ll be worth it. I might end up moving my sewing area from the living room into the dining room, but I’m sure it will be worth it. pretty sure, anyway.

While cleaning in the kitchen, I decided to finally replace a very irritatingly broken cupboard with an old set of shelves I’ve had stowed in the garage for months. It needs to be cut down a bit. And scrubbed. And oh yeah, painted too. Noah has hauled the old cupboard up to the attic for me and all of the small appliances it used to hold are in the corners of the breakfast nook. On the floor. But I think we’ll be able to finish and install that set of shelves sometime this week. We’ll fit it in. I think.

I planned on redoing the powder room and so far that task hasn’t spawned any unruly offspring… as yet anyway. I am a bit hung up though on the exact shade and color of blue to use. I’m hoping to match the color of the old custard cup pictured above, scaled down to the palest shade available. I’m thinking I’ll go with color card number four. Then again, maybe card number one is the closest…. what do you think?

YIKES! Is that ticker right? Only four days left? OH. MY. GOODNESS.


More on the kids’ list tomorrow.

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10 Responses to Decisions, decisions

  1. 21
    Becky K. says:

    How fun!!!
    Pretty too.

    You'll make the right decision, I just know it.

  2. 22
    Vintage Girl says:

    Very pretty, can't wait to see what you decide to make. I love those thrift shop surprises. Enjoy! Heather

  3. 23
    Lisa says:

    Swirl dress – I'd never heard of it. Do you have a pattern for it, or were you going to make it up?

    I'm looking for one of those on ebay right now!

  4. 24
    Mrs.Rabe says:

    hmmmm….You know what I think? I think you should make a sweet summer dress for yourself! I know that probably never crossed your mind. Just a thought…

    I think it will be lovely!

  5. 25
    Mama Sewing says:

    Oh dear, what a difficult decision, I can really understand the magnitude of your problem. Let us know what you finally decide – and please let us see the dress you make for yourself!!!

  6. 26
    Kristine says:

    Here's another idea, Diane… How about you make a lovely summer dress for yourself? :) Hugs!

  7. 27
    Barbara H. says:

    That is lovely. That reminds me I need to check out the thrift stores around here. I've been to the main big one, but there are several small ones.

  8. 28
    Rachel says:

    LOL–I'd use it for a quilt back. LOL. After I'd used it on the beds awhile, because I loooove those soft "grandma" sheets. I always pick them up, where-ever I find them…yard sales and estate sales are the BEST for that (especially in the older areas of town where people lived in their houses for decades and never spent money on squat they didn' *need*?).

    Even the ones that aren't perfect can be pieced and used to fill in the blanks in some homemade quilt projects…

  9. 29
    Serena Abdelaziz says:

    I actually do NOT know what you picked….I have to learn you better. BUT my vote is an apron for you and your girls, all of you, with a green gingham picket and black bias trim!! Then you can ALL match. :)

  10. 30
    Maura says:

    Do the dress for you!

  11. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Me, i'd go with a lovely summer dress.

    For you :)

  12. 32
    Jennifer says:

    Ooh, pretty! Looking forward to seeing the finished dress … er, whatever you make with it …

    Btw, do you or anyone else reading these comments know where we can find patterns for dresses similar to the Swirl dresses? Love the concept! So far I only have one pattern for a similar styled dress … Butterick B4790 (a retro '52 wrap dress). I would love to find others, but when I try to Google Swirl dresses, I get a lot of dresses that are made with swirly fabrics instead LOL!

  13. 33
    multiplemom says:

    You are hilarious!!!

  14. 34
    Anonymous says:

    (aka Hane): So pretty, indeed! And I bet there'll be ample fabric for that summer dress, plus a little something else for a loved one.

    (By the bye, I left you a PM at FJ.)

  15. 35
    Diane says:

    becks… yeah, i'm pretty sure i will too:-]

    heather… and i actually went in looking for cute old sheets too! that rarely happens, to me anyway, lol

    lisa.. i actually found an old pattern from the 60's which is quite similar to the original swirl. i plan on making adaptations from that pattern to make as close of a copy of the swirl as i can. i can't remember the brand and number of the pattern offhand, but i'll look it up and share it as soon as i can. promise☺

    why mrs rabe! what a wonderful idea! and you're right, i never woulda thought of that. not in a million years. nuh uh.

    mamasew…truly it is a momentous decision. i'll have to devote great quantities of time and thought to it… ;-}

    great idea kristine! hehehe

    barbara.. sometimes the small ones have the niftiest stuff,, right?!

    rachel..if i were a quilter, then i'd have another option to choose from.. just what i need, right?

    serena… well then my dear, you'll just have to wait and see! heee hee heee:-D

    why maura, my dear.. i think i will!

    anon.. for me?! why now, i never woulda come up with that idea on my own, i'm sure!

    jennifer.. i actually do have an old pattern which is very similar to the old swirl dress. i'll post about it soon! maybe even tomorrow☺

  16. 36
    Terri says:

    I think I might have had those sheets when I was a very young bride. and a summer dress for you…what a grand idea!!!!

  17. 37
    Diane says:

    hane… you know what? is it the message you wrote me weeks ago? i just saw that like two days ago.. eek! there is something wonky about my inbox over there. i never see my messages unless i actually go into my inbox and look. did you happen to get the return message i sent?
    btw, i actually bought millen a brown pair of sketchers at the thrift store on this same shopping trip. they were brand new! and i thought of you when i got 'em☺

    really terri?! how cool is that!

  18. 38
    ~~Deby says:

    as a very busy involved mother…I think it would be a perfect dress for YOU…..why not ??
    Deby

  19. 39
    Nabila Grace says:

    Oh dear me…I'm coveting your fabric! ;o) I LOVE it!

  20. 40
    Anonymous says:

    I zoomed in on the picture of the pattern you were using It says it's Simplicity 6341 if that is helpful
    katie

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