My Mission Trip to Haiti: Part One

The Dream

Ever since I became a nurse I dreamt about going on a medical mission and caring for people in need.

About a month ago, my friend Denise told me about a group of nurses from Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine (Denise graduated nursing school with the trip leader)  that were planning a medical mission to Haiti and I thought this was finally my chance. Luckily, they had room for one more, me, so I am going on a medical mission to Haiti in January, 2016.

Am I nervous? A little.

Am I excited? Terribly so.

A million things come to mind….the practical like clean water and good food (I think I will bring my own almonds). Safety (That’s a concern no matter where you go…but I’ll leave my jewelry at home anyway)……The touchy-feely good stuff (the chance to help others). I don’t speak French, just a few words, and even less Creole, but caring and the touch of a human hand is universal.

Next thing is to make the dream come true.

I set up a Go Fund Me page to ask for help with some of the costs involved. The group estimated our costs to be approximately $1200….flights, ground transport, translators, food, and lodging.

I also thought I could have a yard sale or two (yes, I have that much stuff, lots of vintage and antiques) and use the profits from my Miss Eileen’s Vintage Shop on Etsy, too. Maybe bake and sell cookies….hmmm, you never know.

Lots to think about….lots to do. Wish me luck.

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New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

All craft patterns at GoofingOff Sewing are 40% off this weekend. Good time to get the patterns needed for holiday sewing at a deep discount. Here’s a few new listings:

 

McCall’s 7227 Clothes for 18 Inch Doll UNCUT

 

Butterick 4332 Misses’ Hats UNCUT

 

Simplicity 7744 Stuffed Animals and Hobby Horse from 1976. UNCUT
Simplicity 6056 Baby Doll Carrier, bassinet insert, and bunting. UNCUT

McCall’s 4747 Summer Outfits for girls COMPLETE So cute, a button top or a halter. Lots of choices with this outfit.
Butterick 5375 Misses’ Tunic, Dress, and Pants UNCUT This looks so beautiful and comfortable.
Simplicity 5866 Misses’ Jacket, Skirt, and Bell Bottoms COMPLETE Love the Bells!
Simplicity 9210 Misses’ Swim Suits UNCUT What a great suit!
Simplicity 7634 Women’s Dress, Tunic, and Leggings (Plus Size) UNCUT Be gorgeous at any size.
Simplicity 8193 Misses’ Western Skirts COMPLETE Beautiful skirt for the dance floor.
McCall’s 2007 Cheerleader costumes UNCUT Available in size 14.

 

 

Simplicity 9008 Gunne Sax Design Dress from 1979. COMPLETE Early Gunne Sax. Beautiful sundress.

Lots more in the shop to choose from…and all the crafting patterns are 40% off.

Happy Stitching!

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New Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

Simplicity 7534 Misses’ Mini Dress in size 16, Bust 38 inches from 1968….COMPLETE 

It was a very rainy morning, my day off sandwiched between work days….Lots to do but never too much that I can’t list a few patterns. The rain inspired me to make soup…2 pots (tonight and later this week), get laundry done (just have to iron my scrubs…yes, iron..with my 1950’s old fashioned iron), and pack weekend purchases. Now it’s coffee time and a chance to show off the latest listings.

Vintage Vogue 7734 Misses’ Jacket, Skirt, and Pants in size 14-18 UNCUT OK, I really like this jacket. I could wrap up in it and stay warm by the fire. Love it.
Vogue 9382 Misses’ Unlined Jackets in size 6-8-10 from 1985. UNCUT A little bit 80’s?
Simplicity 5556 Misses’ Jiffy Knits Dress in size 12, bust 34 inches from 1973 COMPLETE I love Jiffy patterns…..quick and easy, put it together and go. Yippee!

 

Butterick 5192 Misses’ Jacket and Pants with Ready-to-Wear-Sizing by Designer Connie Crawford. UNCUT
The pattern size is Xsmall to X large. The pattern appears uncut but it isn’t factory folded.

 

 

Simplicity 8350 Misses Tops, Dress, Skirts and Shorts from Pre-shirred fabric in size 12, bust 34 from 1978. Partially UNCUT 
So I made a dress out of pre-shirred fabric for my candle lighting ceremony. We got our nursing pins and recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge. I still have the dress….somewhere.  I am a disorganized sentimentalist. 

 

Simplicity 9365 Misses’ Blouses for Knit Fabrics from 1971 in size 16, Bust 38. Partially UNCUT
So I was in love with the hairdos on this pattern back in the day. I tried to get my hair to be like view 2….but that’s where my hair gets frizzy…like stick-your-finger-in-a-light-socket frizzy. 

 

 

New Look 6040 Misses Dresses, 7 views, size 8-18. UNCUT

 

Simplicity 6001 Girls’ Caftans in size 8 or 12 from 1973. COMPLETE

 

Butterick 4194, Girls’ Sew n go Flared Skirt in size 8. COMPLETE A quick flare skirt would be great for the young ballerina or gymnast. 

 

See & Sew 5541 by Butterick, Misses’ Draped Dress in size 8-10-12, bust 31-34 inches. COMPLETE 
Ok, I am obsessed by this dress. I love the drape. It gives it a very elegant look.

 

McCall’s 3715 Girls’ Jacket, Top, Pants, and Skirt in size 7. For Unbonded Stretchable knits. COMPLETE A little girl in bell bottoms….how cute!

So, that’s it for now. There’s more coming….. I have a stack….serious stack…..of stuffed animal patterns from the 80’s, all uncut. There’s a Christmas in July Pattern Sale coming real soon and all the crafty patterns….dolls, doll clothes, and animals and the like will be 40% off….Like Cabbage Patch and Berenstain Bears.  Watch for it and grab your favorites for holiday sewing.
Don’t forget to use the coupon code BLOGGIN to get the 15% discount ….exclusive to the blog.

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Mid Week Listings at GoofingOff Sewing

It’s mid week and almost July. Has anyone else noticed how fast time flies the older one gets? I spent my youth wishing I was older, couldn’t wait until I was 16, couldn’t wait until I was 18 and independent….now I know better than to wish my life away. I learned to savor each and every minute, especially the anticipation and build up of special events…after all, the events go so fast.

Well, enough of that. Got to get to work. Here’s a few patterns recently listed in the GoofingOff Sewing Shop on Etsy. The patterns are Stretch & Sew from the 1970’s. They were designed for stretch fabrics (hence the name) and have all sizes in each pattern. All are uncut and never meant to be cut. The purchaser would trace the pattern onto paper and use the tracings to cut the fabric. Two great things came from that…..complete patterns that were uncut. Woo hoo!

The styles were often classic looks (OK, not all. Safari jacket, anyone?) like cardigans and sweaters, T-shirts, tabbed collar shirts, etc.

Stretch & Sew No. 200, Raglan Sleeve Top and Sweater

Stretch & Sew No. 200, Raglan Sleeve Top and Sweater

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Stretch & Sew No. 770 Classic Blouse Sizes 28-30-32-34-36-38-40-42

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Stretch & Sew No. 350 Ladies’ Shell (includes four collar variations) Sizes 28-30-32-34-36-38-40-42

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Stretch & Sew No. 300 Set-In Sleeve Top and Sweater Sizes 28-30-32-34-36-38-40-42

Here’s one for the guys….don’t want to make them feel left out.

Remember to use the coupon code BLOGGIN for a 15% discount. It’s exclusive to blog readers and followers.

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Shades of Sonny & Cher

So….I found this incredible pattern from 1969….A little later than the Sonny & Cher performance but still has the same vibe….especially views A and D.

McCall's 9654 Misses' Vest Wardrobe from 1969 in size 12 COMPLETE.....I Got You Babe!

McCall’s 9654 Misses’ Vest Wardrobe from 1969 in size 12 COMPLETE…..I Got You Babe!

I’m going to have that tune in my head for the rest of the day….old hippie that I am….and I know all the words. he he he

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Today’s Listings At GoofingOff Sewing on Etsy

Trying to get patterns listed when a storm is nearby is sort of like trying to swim upstream. Kind of like salmon but without the bears trying to eat you if you stop to take a breath. I did get a few listed, though. Even some 70’s Boho, Retro lovelies.

McCalll's 3912 Misses' Muu Muu in size Medium UNCUT

McCalll’s 3912 Misses’ Muu Muu in size Medium UNCUT

Vogue 8266 Misses' Skirt and Blouse in size 12, Bust 34 inches, COMPLETE

Vogue 8266 Misses’ Skirt and Blouse in size 12, Bust 34 inches, COMPLETE

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Vogue 2883 Misses’ Separates in size 12-16, Complete

Well, that’s all for the moment. I’ll be listing, and posting more soon.

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New Vogue Listings in GoofingOff Sewing

Finding Vogue patterns during my thrifting is like finding treasure on a treasure hunt….Yahoo! Here’s a few lovelies I recently found that are now available in the GoofingOff Etsy shop.

It’s not too late to get in on the Children’s Pattern sale going on now until 11 o’clock tonight. Use the Blog readers’  coupon code BLOGGIN to get 15% on top of the 30% price.

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