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The world’s worst move continues and tales from LA

2012 October 26
by elizabeth_admin

Yes, the world’s worst move continues in all its awful glory:

  • AT&T cable/internet/phone service for the home sucks
  • The hvac at the new house is haunted or doesn’t work.  I’m going with haunted.
  • My closet still smells like a body is decaying in some hidden drawer (this after countless deodorizing methods and two weeks of airing out)
  • My new iPhone is completely inoperable after two days of trying to activate it.  Apple says it’s Verizon’s fault, and Verizon says it’s Apple’s fault.  I give up.  I guess I will never have a cell phone again.
  • I haven’t had time to unpack my sewing room yet.

At least we have hot showers and cooking gas.  Maybe I should just move back to NYC and just leave all my belongings behind in San Diego, save for the sewing room and fabric.  *sigh*

All this move crap has completely derailed my mojo, even to the point where I have no motivation to set up my sewing room.  I’m just feeling too flat to even care.  It doesn’t help that I have a tv in my room for the first time ever.  I got ensnared in a movie (The American with George Clooney) this morning when I was supposed to be writing this post or unpacking my sewing room.

In other news, I did make it to LA earlier this week.  It was a fun, quick trip.  I enjoyed seeing my friends Jeanette and Hashi.  The LA Textile Show was very cool.  Lots of fabric and trim vendors, a couple of notions vendors, and fabric designers.  I saw tons of beautiful fabric.  I wish I could have bought some, but they only brought samples.  So so beautiful.  I even saw Matthew from Elliott Berman!  So funny.  And how fortuitous that I was wearing one of my wrap dresses made from one of his fabrics.  It was good to see a bit of NYC after so many months.

Matthew of Elliott Berman and me


A view of some textile vendors


Right off the lobby where the show was held, the Korean government secured an exclusive exhibiting space for their textile/trim businesses.  They had some great booths.


Alexander Henry had a booth too on the main floor.  This fabric caught my eye.  😉


Of course, I couldn’t go to LA without a little bit of fabric shopping, now could I?  Hashi, Jeanette and I headed over the Michael  Levine Loft and the main store.  I picked up this pretty piece from the bins at the loft.  It’s a knit, just enough for a peasant top maybe.


I totally copied Hashi buying this cotton floral. How could I not?  It’s PURPLE!!!


Just writing about my fabric finds soothes my move-savaged soul.  Ahhh.

I hope to get something accomplished in the sewing room this weekend.  But I’m not holding my breath.  Don’t hold yours either.



16 Responses leave one →
  1. October 26, 2012

    Okay you don’t want to come back to NYC just yet…wait for Hurricane Sandy to pass. As for your sewing room, three words – Just do it! Believe me if you start putting things away, your sewing mojo will show up as well as your desire to finish the job up quickly!

  2. Patti permalink
    October 26, 2012

    Just keep on. The move will end someday and you can return to a normal life. This too will pass.

  3. October 27, 2012

    I feel for you; disorder in the home situation is so energy-sucking. Especially if you’re home as much as we sewing homebodies need to be! I hope the situation gets better soon. (I know ground coffee helps against smells in fridges – maybe it works in closets as well?)

  4. October 27, 2012

    Hiking boys – totally San Francisco! Love the other choices.

  5. October 27, 2012

    Your move does sound aweful. Hang in there!

  6. October 27, 2012

    Oh Elizabeth, I want to send you a hug. Moving is so stressful. Fingers crossed that things get better soon.

  7. M-C permalink
    October 27, 2012

    Just a quick word about smells: borax. Wash whatever it is in a strong solution, you don’t even need to rinse. Rub it as is into carpet. It takes care of the most awful stuff, and is the most effective thing in the world against mold.

  8. Susie permalink
    October 27, 2012

    Call AT&T until it is fixed. We had similar issues when we switched a few years ago. They finally fixed it after 3 or 4 technicians visited. As much as they charge, you should be completely happy – we love it now.

    I am hoping for some sewing room clean-up inspiration from you. Mine is a mess and I definitely have no mojo when it comes to addressing it!

  9. October 27, 2012

    We gave up on AT&T and went with cable.

  10. October 27, 2012

    those move-related problems are AWFUL! That is just not right.
    But – it is very positive to see you in LA checking out the textile show. And of course, I am pleased to see that Korea brought their fine selves to LA. I really enjoyed their textile market (wholesale & retail in one huge mall) when I was in Seoul. Such nice people.
    So cool you saw Hashi, too!!

  11. October 27, 2012

    that Alexander Henry fabric looks pretty Brokeback Mountain to me.
    Maybe it would make a nice tote to take to the grocery store.

  12. October 28, 2012

    Sending hugs! I agree with Carolyn – unpack your sewing room and stroke some fabric, it will make you feel better 🙂

  13. Sue permalink
    October 28, 2012

    Gracious sakes alive. This is a nightmare! I had the decaying body issue in my family room and it turned out to be a dead roof rat in the crawl space. I do NOT share this with you to be gruesome, rather you might want to have an exterminator go up and look. If your home was tented before buying you might have killed an extra beast or two. I think buying fabric is a great way to start up the sewing mojo. Give yourself time… You’re too talented for it all to go away forever.

  14. October 28, 2012

    Hang in there! I agree with Sue. Have and exterminator look in your attic or crawl space. Handle one thing at a time and soon everything will be in place. Moving is always stressful and the technological issues will soon be resolved. This will be a distant memory.

  15. Susan Claire permalink
    October 29, 2012

    After eliminating any actually dead beats I strongly recommend AtmosKlear Odorless Odor Eliminator. It works on dead squirrel inside your dryer smell. It has to hit the odor dead on so just saturate the place. It works!

    Things will get better and you have that nice little boy who lives with you too!

  16. October 31, 2012

    I love that lumberjack print fabric!

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