Saturday, July 1, 2017

Rachel's Wedding Chuppah

July 1, 2017. Phew, it's over! My niece Rachel had a grand wedding and it was a fabulous party and I couldn't be more glad the day is done. Over a year ago I rashly agreed to sew the canopy for her chuppah. I didn't realize how stressful this would be for a variety of reasons:

-My brother-in-law Will and nephew Rob built the frame out of local aspen trees. The wedding was held at the Utah Natural History Museum and any untreated wood must be frozen for nearly two weeks before it can be used at the facility in order to kill any sneaky organisms that might unleash themselves upon the priceless artifacts. Will and Rob built the frame in June and I got just one good look at it before they took it to the museum. I never had a chance to practice draping the canopy before the wedding. Eek.

-Rachel was of no help whatsoever. She kept on saying extremely lovely (yet ultimately unhelpful) things like she trusted my judgement and I have a good eye and she would be fine with whatever I came up with. Eek.

-The frame was 6' x 6' square and approximately 8' high. Fabric doesn't come in 6' x 6' lengths so this became more of a math problem than anything. There were lots of calculations involved. And a little bit of swearing. And a bit of despair. Eek.

-What fabric do you use that looks fancy enough for a wedding, but not too fancy for rustic aspen wood? Where do you find this fabric? I shopped at pretty much every fabric store in Utah. I ended up finding some beautiful linen fabric in ivory. Luckily, Rachel prefers ivory over pure white. (Ha! Finally dragged an opinion out of her on that one.) Good thing since this fabric only came in ivory. Eek.

-The linen fabric I selected was lovely, but prone to fraying at the edges. How do you edge a monster-sized piece of fabric that was 10' wide and 18' feet long? In my case, I didn't. I took up my friend Jenny's rash offer of help. She took over and ended up using her serger to bind the edges. She also helped with some design modifications that ended up being absolutely perfect. Yay for Jenny! What if I hadn't included Jenny in the process? It could have all gone wrong. Eek.

-The museum closed to the public at 5:00 pm and we had just about 1/2 hour to assemble the frame and drape the canopy before the ceremony started at 6:00 pm. Rob was uber prepared and had the frame up in no time. Will's brother Dan and Dan's husband Chewy helped me drape the canopy and play around with a couple of options before we decided on the final design. Eek!

Lot's of "eeks" but ultimately it was a huge success.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Vacuum Obstruction

Picture of the Day for March 18, 2017. wonder my vacuum wasn't working properly. Look what I found in the roller.

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Picture of the Day for March 17, 2017. I love being in my company's Irvine, California office on a holiday. They know how to celebrate.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Creepy School

Picture of the Day for March 14, 2017. I drive past this school on my way to work. I'm not sure I'd ever want to attend this institution. Pictures don't do it justice.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Perfectly-Framed Moon

Picture of the Day for March 11, 2017. I love how the branches of this tree perfectly frame the fully moon.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Post Surgical Eye

Picture of the Day for March 9, 2017. I had my post-op eye exam today. I'm not sure what is up with the green showing up in my iris. My eye looks slightly creepy...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Eye Surgery #2

Picture of the Day for March 8, 2017. Cataract/lens implant surgery #2 done. Oh man, this one HURT which is weird since I had the exact same surgical procedure as the first one and I had the exact same type of anesthesia as before. Maybe this eye didn't get the memo about the surgery and was taken by surprise. Who knows.

Based on the first surgery, I've got about three weeks before I feel completely back to normal. The first day after surgery your eye feels scratchy. The 2nd day after surgery you still feel a little crappy. For seven days after the surgery you have to wear a plastic eye guard at night so you don't accidentally poke your eye out while you're sleeping. The next three weeks your eye is kind of tender if you happen to bump into it or accidentally rub it (which happens more than you think it does). 

Glad it's done. 

By the way, the dot above my eyebrow is the mark the surgeon made to make sure he was operating on the correct eye. Phew!