Sunday, April 20, 2014

I Am a Phenomenal Woman

I've blogged about it on several occasions...age appropriate style and fashion. I'll be 57 this year and am always concerned that I might be making a fool of myself with my style and fashion choices! While checking out this link, I was in total agreement with most of it. The media has totally fooled us into thinking we can stop the aging process. They're are very few "old people" on television and in film. Betty White is an exception to the rule! But really, the media has made us feel bad about how we look. We all think we are overweight old hags that no man in his right mind would want. When was the last time you saw an actress on television with stretch marks, belly and or back fat? Don't burn up any brain cells trying to figure out that riddle!

You've seen me. You sort of know me. I don't know what you think of me but I don't consider myself, fat, chunky, chubby, overweight or plus size. I'm just me. While I've managed to escape stretch marks, I do have both back and belly fat. I've survived breast cancer and a knee replacement with a second replacement looming in the distance. I like who I am. I'm proud of who I am. I've been through more than you'll ever know and I'm still here! I don't allow anyone, not you or the media, make me feel bad about myself. Like Maya Angelou says " I'm a ...Phenomenal Woman
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me. 
I'm aging as gracefully as I can. No one thing defines who I am. I'll continue with my sewing, golfing, bowling, violin playing, motorcycle riding, and anything else I so desire for as long as I desire. I'm my own woman. I'm not part of that tumbleweed rolling down the main streets of Dodge City who gets sucked in with what everyone else is doing because I don't have the where-with-all to stand away from the ground. Don't let anyone else tell you who you are. I think I know what styles and fashions work for me. I once read something in a Danielle Steele novel, "Fashion is what you buy, style is how you wear it!" and it has stuck with me. I say be your own "Phenomenal Woman" and tell the naysayers to go take a hike.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Quick Note

Just dropping in to leave a quick note. Only about 25 mins. max of work left on the coat. Problem is that while the temperatures had been on the rise to the tune of nearly 80 degrees and way too warm over the weekend...they have not dipped down into the 20s. WTH is going on. I'm finishing it up for sure later today but who knows when it'll be warm enough to wear it and get pictures!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lost Some of My Momentum but...

It's been a while. I lost some of my momentum while making the McCalls 5525 trench coat. Not having the buttons created an obstacle that was such a downer and then I lost the last page of the pattern instructions! Now I'm back on track with thanks mostly to Lynn of You sew, girl. She is such a sweet and thoughtful person and an excellent sewist. If I had a younger, sassy and beautiful would be her. She found the buttons for me and I can't thank her enough. I hope to finish the coat by the end of the week. Here is where it now stands. I just sewed the lining and facing on and it hasn't been pressed. Don't judge me!

My funk didn't stop me from sewing for my Barbies. Their wardrobe is increasing by leaps and bounds with no look of slowing up on the horizon!