off topic: survive extreme heat

 

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Reading Karen’s post over at Did You Make That? reminded me it might be appropriate to do a post about insulating fabrics available on the U.S. side of the pond.

Karen includes a delightful vlog about her latest Liberty purchases. It left me drooling with envy . . . but that’s another story!

(To read my earlier post about curtains, click the photo on the left.)

Here are some suggestions, from make-up to general health. Please feel free to add your own, too!

Adding to my list with your suggestions, Lovelies. . . . .

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  • “…if people are designing and building new houses in hot climates (or adding to an existing structure), high ceilings, verandahs and overhanging eaves make a huge difference.” from jennyrecorder
  • “One of the many good things about old French houses is the shutters. I’m usually very British about it and have them all open all day every day but in the heat we’re having at the moment, they are staying closed.”  from tialys and she adds, “…[her house has] Very thick stone walls – which also help of course.”
  • From Jen: “… ditch the polyester if you can and live in lovely rumpled linen or other loose weave fabrics… Oh, and don’t forget about hats!”
  • In extreme heat go s-l-o-w.
  • Don’t wear anything too tight or too long. You want air to circulate between clothes and you.
  • Caffeine & alcohol take moisture out of your body. Even if you don’t indulge, sip cool water continually to stay hydrated.
  • Use fans or air conditioners.
  • Carry a fan in your purse & use it!
  • When outside keep to shady areas.
  • Revive parasols! If you have to be out in the sun unfurl your prettiest brolly (umbrella) and make your own shade.
  • Wear lightweight make-up & sunscreen if you have to go out.
  • Use lightweight moisturizers on face and body.
  • If you use a facial toner, stick it in the frig before using.
  • Be prepared to gently rinse & damp-dry your face, neck, arms and legs periodically. Let the cool water evaporate naturally to cool your body.
  • If you sweat heavily, give your physician a call and ask about salt tablets.
  • A water-filled spray bottle cools everywhere. Just be careful of any clothing that might unintentionally be on show if wet. (Undies showing through damp clothing is not a good thing!)
  • Stay out of hot crowds if you can.
  • Don’t let sunlight in through windows – a darkened interior is a cooler interior, particularly with a fan circulating the air. If you don’t have insulating drapes on windows consider making some. They help in hot or cold weather, and deaden street noise.

Need I remind you this is not the time to cook a roast or a bake a batch of scones?

Fabric resources:

  • Roc-lon makes Blackout cloth. In the U.S. find it at Joann’s 
  • 3M Thinsulate is insulation for coats, etc., in cold weather. In the U.S. find it at various small fabric stores (The Rain Shed, Vogue Fabrics, etc.)
  • Polartec® makes many different kinds of fleece with wind-proofing up to 100%. In the U.S. find it labelled as Polartec® and also at The Rain Shed.

One more thing… How many times have you gotten a call from a friend and known just from tone of voice something was wrong? Everyone’s voice is extremely sensitive to stress.

So if you notice your voice starting to get raspy, pay attention! That’s the signal your body’s not doing well.

How do I know? Aeons ago in a galaxy far, far away yours truly taught voice/speech, but those  stories are for another time . . . 😉

Stay safe and sane, Lovelies!
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12 thoughts on “off topic: survive extreme heat

  1. jendavismiller

    Some great tips here, Del. I’d like to add – ditch the polyester if you can and live in lovely rumpled linen or other loose weave fabrics. You are so right about the curtains – we’ve just today installed lined roman shades in our bedroom, and although I crave bright, sunny spaces, the room is noticeably cooler! Oh, and don’t forget about hats! I’m forever wishing I had one with me…….(one day I’ll remember to grab one).

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    1. CurlsnSkirls Post author

      THANKS, Jen! Will add your items to the list.
      How could I forget a hat?! I keep 2 on my “staging shelf” – the place where I put keys, purse, sunglasses, mail to go out… whatever might be needed for my next trip outdoors. So I’m always with a hat. Yikes! When next we chat remind me to ask you about hats… oh, your little package went with the mail person today. 😉 Just tried your ☎️ & your mailbox is full… Hope your newest knee is behaving itself! xx

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      1. jendavismiller

        My little package has been received! Thank you very much!! Must clear out mailbox again (why must this be done so frequently????) As for my newest knee — well it’s a long story. Suffice to say I’ve had a bad reaction to the dressing and have been mighty uncomfortable. So glad I haven’t more than two knees! Will chat soon. xo

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        1. CurlsnSkirls Post author

          ACK! Sooo sorry to hear your recovery hasn’t been smooth. Hope it will be from now on! Just sent you an email – hope the joke at the end is okay… 😳
          Glad pkg arrived – thought they might be okay with your kitchen… though perhaps a burnt pumpkin shade would have been better …

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          1. jendavismiller

            Thanks Del, this one has been a trial. But it’s getting better. Jokes are always okay!
            No worries about the matching coasters, we use them everywhere and these will fit in just fine! Thank you for such a thoughtful gift!! 😀

  2. tialys

    One of the many good things about old French houses is the shutters. I’m usually very British about it and have them all open all day every day but in the heat we’re having at the moment, they are staying closed.
    Having recently had (another) spurge on Liberty’s online sale I had a quick look at Karen’s vlog. I like the fabric she bought but, bearing in mind she’s wearing a fairly ditsy print top which looks lovely on her, I think she should try some of the smaller prints next time too 🙂
    Off to take the dogs for their hot and sticky walk now then I can stay in behind the shutters and get some sewing done.

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    1. CurlsnSkirls Post author

      Hello! Sorry to hear about your heat, but grateful to know about shutters. We have rather large wooden blinds. Forgot about such things & will add – thank you!
      Does your lovely place also have thick stone walls?
      Another Liberty splurger! Do show us your fabric once it arrives so we can enjoy vicariously.

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      1. tialys

        Very thick stone walls – which also help of course.
        I only ordered a metre this time – plus some other little bits and pieces – which I am hoping will go well as sashing on my Hatbox Quilt. We’ll see. If not, it won’t go to waste I’m sure 😉

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        1. CurlsnSkirls Post author

          Aren’t you the restrained one! Will be nice to see even a metre of Liberty!
          (Do the thick walls also insulate in winter? Or do they eventually get cold and stay frigid… 😦) Thank you!

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  3. jennyrecorder

    Ah extreme heat, I love it! We are having a very mild (and unfortunately dry) winter here in Perth (Australia) and our summers are spectacularly hot 🙂
    I concur with all your suggestions and add that if people are designing and building new houses in hot climates (or adding to an existing structure), high ceilings, verandahs and overhanging eaves make a huge difference.

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