Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sewing Emergency - {Slice of Life}

Things have been going pretty smoothly with this years sewing project for 4H.  Judging is in 28 hours and we have a plan on how to wrap it up, without worry, and work in some normal events in our day. We need to put in an invisible zipper, a hem, and tweak the details.  Tweaking the details involves trimming any and all extra thread ends, basting stitches, and gathering stitches one might be able to see from the outside view.  Another thing we do to tweak the details is to iron it over and over again; pressing for success.  

Things are feeling pretty good until...we need an invisible zipper foot?  This is something we weren't anticipating but we were flexible and headed to the big chain fabric store.

I wanted to get there quickly.  I didn't want to show I was a little bit stressed so I tried to talk about other things.  I was driving my husband's car which turns differently than my van so the turn was a little quick.  I really don't like driving his car so I wanted to hide my frustration.  "Since this is a emergency, we need a siren."  She giggled and then I went a bit further.  "We then need a little needle and thread logo on the side of the car since it's a sewing emergency."  She giggled more and I forget the suggestions she offered but it made the air light for both of us.  I'm glad we were able to laugh while we were both a bit worried.



Reflection - I found myself wanting to tell more about our day and going back to the ending but reminded myself slices are moments and moments are small not a longer list of events or things.

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers group for hosting our writing community and you can enjoy other slices from today by stopping by the link provided.  Thank you for stopping by.
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15 comments :

  1. This piece says so much about you and your relationship with your daughter. The way you turned a stressful event into a humorous, almost joyful time, and then memorialized it in a slice, is precious. I tend to treat SOL entries like a diary; thanks for the reminder to trim them down to moments.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your moment with all of us. I tend to share all kinds of things on my Slices, so thanks for the reminder to keep my slice to moments, too. I don't know if I'll be able to do that, but I'll give it a shot! ;)

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  3. So much to comment on and appreciate in this post! Love the process component you share at the end. I have to say, I was really worried that something bad was going to happen as the ride got pretty tense. And, the humor comes through as well. Good luck with the project!

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    1. Melanie, your reader insight about something bad happening with the ride was something I didn't plan for. Interesting thinking and I'm glad you shared it.

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  4. You stopped at just the right moment! The power of small moments to tell a bigger story...
    Love the giggling about prepping the car to show everyone you are responding to a seewing emergency- such a nice moment to write, share, and remember!

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    1. Thanks, Fran. I really had a hard time stopping and finally just scheduled the post.

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  5. Those sewing surprises are frustrating! They always happen right when you are in a hurry too!

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  6. It is hard just to stick to a moment, but you did it well. I am a knitter, not a sewer, and have had my share of knitting emergencies.

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  7. Glad it all worked out. Your added reflection at the end was great for me to read- my slices nearly always end up being more than a slice and I have to get better at cutting myself off (which I did NOT do today).

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  8. The story is fun to hear, about the challenges we have no matter how much we think we're prepared, and how it's good to relax and enjoy the process. Nice to see the new blog working!

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  9. Love how you defused the situation with humor!

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    1. Mary Lee - I'm so glad you saw this post because we share and understand sewing stories and seems to be a summer tradition for our conversations.

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  10. Good luck with the judging! I love how you trimmed this event to create a just-right-slice of life. That's crafting!

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  11. Such a sweet post...good luck judging the competition, too, Mandy. You are at a lovely stage in your life - independence and yet involvement.

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