Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Brighter Day

Happy birthday dear Darian. My grand-girl is a teenager now! It seems she's grown by leaps & bounds when we only see her once or twice a year.
It was a sunny day here in Alaska. A brighter day all around for me.
If it seems like I had been a bit blue lately, I think I have. Not only due to the loss of a friend, but the chronic pain I seem to have been dealing with for several months now. I hadn't realized how much it was affecting me until I got to sleep one good night (last night) without pain. I had my left knee injected yesterday. I feel like a new woman today. I can pick up my feet & not shuffle when I walk. I had been walking like an old woman, way beyond my 53 years. The other knee will be done next Friday, & the true test of how good I feel now will be this Saturday when I'll have to work all day. We'll see how good the knees will feel then, but for now I'm feeling good!
This is my little Fall center piece on my table. I love the colors of Autumn.
I had to alter the Irish Dance dress. It needed to be taken in & shortened. I also replaced the skirt lining with this sparkly black fabric. Above is the dress inside-out.
Below is how it looks now.
I still have to shorten the cape a bit to match the shorter length on the dress, but I didn't have to lose any of the snowflakes when I shortened it, I just cut the top of the skirt 4 inches shorter from the waistline, & added deeper pleats to the skirt to make up for the bulk at the waist.

It's loaded with stays, & hem webbing, & several layers of fusible stabilizer & some Timtex to flatten out the back, & make it good & stiff, per Irish Dance regulations. I also hand beaded crystal beads along the skirt to make sure none of the stuff on the inside works loose & slides out of place. It's been an amazing journey making this dress.


Dianne said...

The irish dance dress is amazing, and will be a family heirloom!! Glad to hear you're feeling better.

Melodie said...

So? How was the injection? Did it hurt? Was it Syn-Visc? (Sp?)
The dress is awesome! I'd like to touch it. I'm so proud of you! I know how much you like that kind of sewing! That's worse then piecing a quilt!

Vicki W said...

Deb, the dress looks great!

jenclair said...

Beautiful grand-girl; how nice to see her at a sewing machine!

The dress IS amazing, as dianne said. It has certainly been fun to watch its progress.

So glad to hear that the injection made such a difference!

The Carolina Quilter said...

What a cutie! They soar into adulthood. Went evening gown shopping with my 17-year-old yesterday evening for her Miss Panorama (school pageant) dress. Was searching the sale racks but alas, the one that made her look so gorgeous was not on sale. But she's only a senior once and then she'll be all but gone. Love the Irish dance dress.

Amy said...

Today I decided I would post a comment on all of the blogs I read. I just love getting comments and I really should post some more often. Anyway, I have followed your blog for some time and always enjoy see what you are working on. The dress looks fantastic.

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

I am sending Happy Birthday wishes to Darian.

You are doing a great job with the dress. Is is heavy?

Glad to hear the shot help your knee.

Allison Ann Aller said...

So glad you're feeling better...autumn colors and sunshine help, but sometimes injections help more!

Micki said...

The dance dress is stunning. You sure are a talented lady. Hope the injections help.

Granny Fran said...

That dress is even pretty on the inside! Lovely Darian.
Glad the shot helped. Last week I had my first normal (not feeling ill) day since May and I told my DD that normal feels wonderful!

Gaia Quilter said...

All the kids are sleeping and Melissa is comfortable and doing well (except for bad leg cramps), so I thought I'd try to leave the nanny/nurse/cook and bottle washer world for a minute and catch up with your blog. I'm sorry you've been feeling so bad, I hope the shot lasts for a while. I guess when you have teenage grandchildren your body ends up with more and more achs and pains. The pictures of the trees in the fog are wonderful as is the Irish dress, I wonder how many hours you have into it. (It's best not to know). I love your snowflakes, I don't think anyone can do them as well. I guess if you live in Alaska you have an intimate relationship with them! I haven't had time to do any sewing, but the kids and I have decorated the house for Halloween and the toddlers carry their Halloween bags "trick or treating" all day, filling them with toys. I hope you have a brighter week ahead, look forward to reading your blog!

Barbara said...

what a cool dance dress! wow! and your grand gils seems to be your successor:)))