Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Sandbox Pants

He grows and grows....and more get made. This first pair is for Atlas, size 4. We call these the book pants.

Made with Anna Maria Horner's Volumes(I think) from the Drawing Room line and Oliver & S Sandbox pants.  I love love love these pants and almost have the directions memorized!

 Twill tape for the drawstrings shaves at least 10-15 minutes off of the total time to make these.....
my kinda thing!
 I didn't worry much about fussy cutting the back pockets like I did the front.
 These are a pair made from green and white ticking with Echino for the pockets and waistband.  I love the way these look together.  I wanted to find a semi-girly way to do these pants.
 More twill tape!

 Another pair of book pants

 I cut all the back pockets for the book pants with the grain going the "wrong" way - just to see....
I like how it's more noticeable in person, especially as this fabric has a little sheen to it.
The last two pairs are being donated to Atlas' school.  I never finished them in time for the auction in we will have a mini auction just for the pants.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Super Random: Vacuum Karma?

Soooo, my Dyson vacuum hose broke for the 2 time this weekend.  I was pretty ticked, as it's really the 3rd replacement(story for another time....) and my vacuum is such a love of mine.  I vacuum almost anything that is dry (lazy?anyone else do this? tmi?).  I love my Dyson and have had it for almost 5 years now.

I call customer service last night at around 5:40, knowing they close at 6:00.  20 minutes would be obscene for a vacuum customer service line - right?  No joke- I was on hold the entire time and then the phone goes *click*   I immediately call back and the computer voice says they are closed and blah blah blah....

Seriously steam coming out of my ears.  I have some anger issues, clearly, but this was horrible!!!  It just got to me so bad.  So I emailed.  Oh yeah.... it was sort of bad.  In the moment, I felt I HAD to..


I called this evening at 5:40 pm and waited on hold until 6:00 when I was hung up on. I call back to find out that customer service is now closed. How rude and what a waste of my time. Perhaps you should turn your phones off at 5:30 so that people like me don't have to wait on hold for no reason.

In case you can't tell, I am incredibly angry. Not only did my hose on my vacuum break(I just paid for a new one last November) but I got to waste an entire half hour of my night for no reason. I have a feeling someone there saw that I was on hold and chose to ignore it, as they were getting off work soon and could care less.
Awful customer service!

I felt bad about sending it almost as soon as I hit the send button.  At least I didn't curse though, right?
I felt a little more bad when I woke up this morning, like I wanted to say sorry to someone.  I reacted so fast... I should have thought about it some more... not such a big deal.
So I spent the day with kids, went to the nursery, bought a tree, went to the botanic gardens, come home, eat lunch. The phone rings(I NEVER answer my phone) but it was a weird number and I had a vibe (I know, what?) so I answered.  IT WAS DYSON!!!!
I started laughing so hard as soon as she said "dyson" and told her I was grumpy when I wrote it and sorry and I'm so glad to be able to say that.  (I seriously am weird, no?)  She was laughing and said they were grateful for the feedback and that it WAS a long wait.  She said she would have written worse! :)  It was the funniest interaction - I love it when stuff like that happens. 
So I feel better!  Like getting to talk to someone there took back that negative(energy) I threw out there, you know?  It was awesome  :)

Anywhoo, lots of sewing, self-conscious about the pics, trying to get over it,