This ... is actually not bad at all. I wish I'd done nicer job on the binding on the hem, and I used a completely different tutorial (this one) for the neck binding instead of the official Riley's Nightgown instructions, but Madeline really likes it.
One item that I added to my pre-move lists today was sending my sewing machine in for a tune-up. I am not sure that it's had one since I inherited it from my mom! It's more a preventative thing; my very basic 1977 Bernina 707 Minimatic is running fine (except that the on/off switch no longer works; thankfully it defaults to "on").
So, I've mentioned above that my sewing machine is getting vintage, and that I'm actually in the midst of a sewing project. What else should I find when I check out my feed reader this morning and see a post titled "Is it worth it to buy an expensive sewing machine?" over at one my favourite sewing blogs? It was like the universe was telling me that I need to upgrade and make many more raglan-sleeve nightgowns filled with machine appliques and automatic buttonholes!
The post did make me doubt my loyalty to the little Bernina that has been in my life forever for a moment, but even if I do buy a new machine someday, I'll probably hang on to the Bernina. It's the machine that most of my clothes were made on until I was probably eight years old. It's the machine that made all of the outfits for my Cabbage Patch dolls. And it's small and portable, so I can plunk it down on a table to get to work right away, no matter where in the world I am!
I've come down with a case of list-itis again, undoubtedly brought on by having our passports out for visa approval. It's the final contingency to clear before our one-way flights are booked and our pack-out is scheduled. We won't get much warning; maybe six weeks after our visas are granted if we're lucky, though I feel like we need to prepare for only three or four.
Hence, the to-do list (in progress):
figure out our tax issues around non-residency
sell our house
sell our car (maybe)
notify the schools, home security company, my gym, my mobile phone provider
buy suitcases or boxes for the stuff we'll take on the plane
close-out our safety deposit boxes at the bank
find a storage facility for the stuff we're leaving in Canada
paint the basement
take the e-waste and hazardous waste items to their proper disposal facilities
schedule tuberculosis tests for the kids
give away a bunch of stuff???
set up bank account at HSBC
The to-buy list:
back-to-school clothes for a summery climate (this mainly affects our oldest kid)
back-to-school supplies for the next school
new mattress for us
The packing lists (details to follow)
air shipment stuff
sea shipment stuff
There's a lot of stuff that we won't know for sure until we're in the company housing. Our new home may be wired for 110V electricity but it might be 220V. We'll take our 110V stuff and our heavy transformers, and I won't dwell on the fact that I gave away an awesome 220V food processor/blender only eighteen short months ago. We might be in a place with temporary furniture, or we may have permanent stuff and then most of our shipment will go into storage until we are able to move into different company housing.
I'm supporting this overseas move because the big picture is that we'll have a better quality of life than we do here in Calgary, but the short term is looking pretty crazy.