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March 20th, 2016


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12:50 pm - Seamstresses and Cobblers Yay, Post #16
Happy spring to those in the Northern Hemisphere, and happy autumn to those in the Southern!

I have spent this spring weekend finally changing out my closets, reorganizing my dresser drawers, and culling, culling, culling. For example, last year I bought everyday brown(ish) sandals because, well, One Should Have Sandals especially in the subtropics. Except that I don't LIKE to wear sandals at all, with one small category exception. They're impractical for the life I lead, which includes multiple trips a day to my sandy, ant-filled backyard with the Dangerous Dog, and they (with one small category exception) are not my aesthetic. Just say no: this I told myself as I placed those brownish sandals in the Donate bag.

(Category exception: wedge-heeled ankle-strap sandals, whether low-heeled or higher. They generally look relatively chic with the clothes I love.)

But I also now have three items to go to the seamstress -- one repair; two reworkings of existing items, ie. shortening very old shirts to improve their proportions -- and one beloved pair of shoes to the cobbler. Reduce, reuse, and recycle, as the old saying goes...

So now I've had a pitcher of iced tea (Fortnum's black tea with cranberry), I have an errand at Lowe's, and work stretches ahead of me. But at least my closets are in order. :)

What do you do to honor spring (or autumn)? May it bring you joy this weekend.

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From:tx_cronopio
Date:March 20th, 2016 05:00 pm (UTC)
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No sandals? This boggles my world, dear friend. I Do Not Understand! :)

Oh, btw, I have a coupon from shoes.com, $25 off a $100 purchase. I am unlikely to make one of those before it expires at the end of April, so if you want it? It's yours.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 20th, 2016 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I know that I'm an outlier here re sandals!

And thank you v.v. much for the offer. That London means I am now on a strict strict budget for the next few months, so I won't be able to use the coupon, but I appreciate your kind offer!

Cheers for your week ahead.
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From:mamculuna
Date:March 20th, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Definitely similar (except that I love sandals almost as much as no shoes at all--clear a different aesthetic going on here!). My ancient house has tiny closets, so at some point at the height of summer and depth of winter, I have all my summer clothes in one and all my winter clothes in the other. But around this time of year, there gets to be a lot of mingling, with cotton and short sleeves fraternizing with wool and black pants. However, the one garment I need is always inaccessible and or impossibly wrinkled.

The nice thing is that I'm usually much more slender in March than I was In October, so I'm wearing some things I haven't seen for a while...
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From:laurawise
Date:March 20th, 2016 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I've migrated closets and now tomorrow's going to be cold. ;) But then I have easy access to the other closet, so I still feel better about doing the move!

And I am very much in the minority re sandals, I know. Several of my friends look so great in them, too, but it's just not my thang.

Cheers and hugs to you!
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From:paratti
Date:March 20th, 2016 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Yay for closet pruning:)
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From:laurawise
Date:March 20th, 2016 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Not that the untrained eye would be able to tell the difference ;) but I feel better nonetheless.

Hugs!
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:March 20th, 2016 07:55 pm (UTC)
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I am a fellow patroness of cobblers and seamstresses. I love making a beloved pair of shoes last, well, forever, simply by reheeling as needed. Likewise, I love finding a pair of sturdy, attractive jeans that I would love a leetle bit more if the pant leg was slimmer. It's great when you find a seamstress or tailor, and a cobbler, that you love. Alas, my cobbler retired, so I'm on the hunt for a new one.

Happy Spring!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 20th, 2016 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I live in fear of my cobbler retiring! He's told me that he can't do much with "disposable" shoes, as he calls them, but I know mine aren't disposable. :)

Cheers and a lovely start of spring to you!
From:gwynnega
Date:March 20th, 2016 08:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm not a sandal fan either...
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From:laurawise
Date:March 20th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Solidarity! [fist-bump]

Hugs hugs, too!
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From:anne_d
Date:March 20th, 2016 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Huzzah the Spring Cleaning!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 20th, 2016 11:09 pm (UTC)
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And I send hugs and cheers your way! I hope your week starts beautifully in all ways. :)
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From:stateless82
Date:March 20th, 2016 10:14 pm (UTC)
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It was cold enough last night that I dragged the winter blanket back out. It's also awfully windy, which I can totally do without.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 20th, 2016 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it's supposed to be crazy-cold tomorrow and Tuesday morning here. I will bring the space heaters back out to take the chill away, but I don't think I'll turn on the heater -- the A/C's been running for a week, after all.

But it's cool enough to bake! Cinnamon rolls done and dusted. :)

Hugs hugs!
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From:janus_74
Date:March 21st, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC)
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You make a very good case for buying well made clothes that will last through a number of years and alterations :)
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From:laurawise
Date:March 22nd, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
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I believe in this! :)

Cheers for your Tuesday, with good stuff in your closet!

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