It is still stupid cold around here because our house is huge and so leaky that the poor furnace can’t keep up. When my husband got home from work this evening, I begged him to retrieve the propane space heater from under the bathroom so I can function tomorrow. I feel so very sluggish all day and am ready for bed by dinnertime as my body conserves energy to stay warm. Today I got up enough energy to work on my stays some more. I watched North and South with Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe. There is some very nice eye candy in that movie. It was also delightful to watch a love story that had substance to it. The strike and its effects were a nice reality check to the carefree “he loves me, he loves me not” theme that I hadn't previously noticed in the costume dramas I've been watching. It added real depth to the story’s world.
The corset got a makeover today. I ripped out nearly all of the bone casings due to the fact that the new zip ties are a tad smaller than the old ones. The old ones I got from uline.com, product number S-14016, which is a ¼” wide, 18” heavy duty zip tie. I only bought a single 100 pack since I didn't want to make a large purchase on a new material I had never tried before. These ties are a true ¼” wide, and about 1/16” thick, measured against my 1/8” graded measuring tape since I don’t have a caliper. They fit very nicely in a 3/8” channel. The new ties I got from Home Depot since I didn't want to wait for them to arrive via shipping. These are about ¾ the thickness of the ones from ULine, and they are 3/16” wide, so they swim and flop about in a 3/8” channel. There is a marked difference in quality. To use the zip ties, I snip off the block at the one end, and the taper at the other, giving me a uniform size, and I trim the corners to round them. Full disclosure: I get nothing for my comments about these companies. They don’t know me from Adam. Well, I hope that my gender would give them some clue that I am not Adam, but still.