Thursday, October 23, 2008

"You have overcome, for I am here."

Groove of the week/previous weekend.

Attempts to finish up a dress last night to show y'all today turned out to be futile. I've been getting tired much earlier lately and attribute it to the increased food intake I'm currently executing to put back on a few pounds. Oh, and for the record, I didn't lose 10 lbs like I'd initially thought. Apparently the scale that I weighed myself on to come to that conclusion was off. After re-weighing on a different one the other day, I was glad to know that it was only half that amount. 10 seemed real to me, though, cause I've been feeling so thin lately and clothes are a bit baggy. Not good. :-/

All that aside, I came up with a few things to share. Yesterday I did manage to whip up another of my scrap skirts to send to Darla's Closet in Cali. Things have been going pretty well for me there and these skirts seem to be a hit with the locals.
My tiredness (and lack of eating) can also be attributed to this success as the shop owner has requested 10 items a week from me. Add that to all the other stuff I'm doing and I'm pretty out of it.

Last Saturday I made an impromptu trip home for GSU's homecoming. At first I'd said I was going to go. Then I said I wasn't. Then Saturday morning I started getting calls from everybody back home asking where I was. See, homecoming up there isn't just about college alumni returning (I didn't go to GSU). It's also about everybody who's from the small town coming back from where ever they went off to to reconnect with people they grew up with, went to elementary or high school with, used to date, etc. It's a pretty eventful weekend with thousands upon thousands of people all trying to fit into a limited space. This year seems to have topped all others where amount of people is concerned. I mean it was packed beyond capacity up there.

So as I was saying, I was minding my own business, sewing, listening to music when call after call kept coming in with people on the other end screaming, "T!! Where you at?!?!" The excitement in their voices got the best of me, and I dropped everything, threw on some clothes, threw some more in a bag, and made the 3 hr. drive. I hadn't been to homecoming in 4 yrs., and it was fun. Much like I remember as a child when family would come from all over. Before leaving on Sunday, I visited family members on my father's side who were congregated at my grandparent's house (as is customary on Sundays.) Above is a shot of me with my lil cousins, whose mother is the missing aunt I talked about in number 5 of this post. They're getting so grown! One's a senior in high school and the other's a freshman in college. Can't believe it. Most of my memories of them are as little girls running around. They're a spitting image of their mother. Especially the one on the right.

I also got a shot with another of my cousins (back on my mother's side.) She followed me around while I was there and said she was coming home with me, but in the end I guess she decided against that. She's so funny and will fight you down, too. At 3 yrs. old the child is a terror! But at the same time she's so cute and sweet. :-D

(My mom doesn't like pictures and hides her face whenever someone tires to get a shot of her, but that's her arm you can see behind my head. That's 'bout the most you'll get, lol!)

I missed a few friends and relatives, but overall it was very enjoyable and a much needed break from my isolated lifestyle. I rarely go home these days, but when I do the visit is always filled with lots of love and laughter. It's always interesting to see how things have changed yet stayed the same.

That's all I've got for today. Be back soon with some more garments!

Have a lovely day.


Ms. Bar B: said...

So glad to hear the success that you are having with your creativity. You totally are deserving. See, in a minute you WILL be hiring that team, lol.

Also glad you got out and did some reconnecting. That is like food for the soul sometimes, speaking of which, try to take are of yourself in all the craziness (as if I am one to talk!)

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Beautiful family pictures! The baby reminds me of my sister when she was that age-she too was quite the little rebel! It's so nice to reconnect. I haven't been up for it the past few years, perhaps soon I'll get the itch. I admire your spontaneity.

10 pieces a week is great! Make sure you have lots of jams to keep the cogs spinning and kudos on your success!

please sir said...

Love the skirt - what a great way to mix patterns!

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

The skirt is lovely as usual. And look at you Ms. Business woman - that Cali gig is keeping moolah in your pocket. Next stop Project Runway! Okay I am projecting but you should go for it.

I love the idea of homecoming for everyone. In the town neighboring mine(where I grew up) we have Old Timers Day. People come "home" from all over the country.

I love your photos.

High Desert Diva said...

Nice to get home once in awhile. You have a lovely family and your mom's arm looks gorgeous :-)

Marie said...

10 items a week? congratulations, you're on the road to success:-))
but i understand it must be tiring...

Debra said...

Awww your little cousin is so cute!
I am just like your Mom, I run from the camera..LOL

PamperingBeki said...

I LOVE that style skirt!

And what a beautiful family you have!

fly tie said...

thanks so much, ya'll.

yeah, i'm pretty thrilled about the "sucess" i'm having, ha ha! but it does wear me out!

i rarely go home these, but when i do it's always a good time.

@ renee--i love the old timers day! sounds like something i'd enjoy attending. and you're set on me getting to project runway aren't you? ha ha!

ms. bar b.--i was thinking the same thing! (about hiring help)