Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I'm back!

To blogging, that is. I went home to Nigeria for two weeks in early October. Most of the trip was good, but it was overshadowed by Delta's employees taking my carry-on luggage on the second flight, and taking it off the plane at the wrong airport. By the time I got it back (4 days later), their employees in either Dakar(most likely) or Abuja had gone through it and stolen money, my camera, and my gold jewelry. Very sad, very frustrating. This was on the way to Nigeria, so not a good thing for the start of a trip. Anyway, I don't want to speak more on that since it makes me very upset.
I've been back for a few weeks now, but just was not in the mood to blog (or sew even!). During that time, my hubby got strep throat, and a week and a half later (last Thursday) I also got it. Mine was caught just in time, however, so I didn't have to suffer like he did - he had been misdiagnosed as having the flu, and suffered fevers, chills, and the painful throat for over a week before being properly diagnosed and put on an antibiotic. Poor sweetie...

Bits and pieces... I did purchase some fabric while with my parents. I had planned to buy much more, but there was no electricity for the bulk of the day my Mom and I went fabric shopping. Unfortunately the owners of the one stall where she said there was a lot of great fabric had run out of petrol (gasoline) and so could not run their generator to provide electricity for their lights. Bummer. So below is a picture of the six fabrics I got.

This past weekend, I wanted to sew. However, my sewing area is a mess and I just didn't feel like tidying up or figuring out where everything should go. The previous weekend I had pulled out an unfinished project - a cowl neck blouse that I'd had hanging on the rack for over a year because it was too big. I finally got it finished on Sunday morning and wore it to church. I can't remember the pattern specifics (see it's been THAT long!), but will post once I do.

Of course, I couldn't leave the (still) unfinished jacket there, so I threw it on over the blouse. Here is the full ensemble. I still have to topstitch the edges and put buttons on, but I figured it's wearable either way.2/3 of my Sunday outfit made by me... a really nice feeling!


  1. Welcome back...so sorry to hear your story , did you get a refund? Kai naija. Those are great fabric you got, I have some of those prints too, , those fabric are so beautiful. Wao what a combination, I love that knit fabric, the color is so sweet and goes very well with your jacket. The jacket is lovely without button. Your face looks so fresh and relaxed, I can see you enjoyed your holiday, did your DH enjoy it too? I am sure he will have lots of stories to tell about Najia...but how for do......lol have a lovely day

  2. I'm sorry to hear about your luggage. I had someone break into my car while I was at the movies. ARRGH, it's such an invasion! You have my sympathies.

    I love the fabric that you did select. The green and brown prints (the abstract one and the leaf/floral one peeking out) look especially intriguing.

    Rose in SV

  3. I'm sorry about your luggage. That really stinks! It sounds like you had a good trip dispite the bad beginning. I hope you and your husband are now doing well.

    Your fabrics look wonderful :)

    I love the top (style and fabric choice). The jacket works well with the top. Great job on both.

  4. beautiful fabrics u have. and that cowl neckline is fabulous. u look great :)

  5. I'm so sorry that happened to you. If you had to spend any $$$ to get things while you were without your bags, you can write a letter, including the receipts, and they should reimburse you for them.

    I really love the cowl neck/jacket combination. That blue looks stunning on you.

  6. So sorry to hear about your story from your travels. It is so disheartening to have your personal items gone through and items taken. On the brighter sideI like the fabrics you picked up though...especially the blue with the lotus type flower on it as well as the olive green with the squiggles. Great fabrics and can't wait to see what you construct from them. Your outfit is very nice as well...blue/teal is definitely a good color on you.

  7. That was an awful experience. Anyway I am glad you are back. Love the fabrics

  8. Awww, that does suck. Love your fabric though, did you go to Model Market?

  9. I love that top. Unfortunately I'm too busty for that style but it's lovely on you. The jacket looks great too.
    What a sad time you had with your luggage!'Those fabrics a gorgeous. I so love prints!