I am so fortunate that my family is all in the same state. Actually, we're within an hour of each other. It's a big family with the four of us children, spouses, our children, and an uncle Rob. (everyone should have an uncle Rob). For Christmas, each adult draws another adult's name and the cousins draw names. This year, Nora drew Ben's name. Ben is twenty-one so she wasn't as inspired as she may have been with her three-year-old cousin. But I was. Ben loves bacon, and Ben has a great sense of humor. I knew he'd love, or even better *wear* a bacon scarf.
I forgot how easy it is to work with fleece. Maybe the layer of grease helped it slide through my sewing machine. In any case, I discovered the bridging stitch, and it worked perfectly. It also made a reversible scarf so there was no special finishing needed. My initial fleece purchase was the white, pink and some brown, but the brown wasn't right. It looked like neopolitan ice cream with the other colors. So, I ordered "dark burgundy" online from Joann's. I thought I would have used more of the pink, but I like just the little hint. I did lots of research on bacon online and in the skillet. I think it looks pretty realistic. Ben makes it look delicious.
Pulling. It. Off.
Today, I am ignoring the fact that the flurry of Christmas passed in a red and white striped swirl and a whiff of gingerbread. I'm ignoring the fact that I haven't written here in an embarrassingly long time.
Really, we've had a great couple of *ahem* months and a wonderful Christmas.
Right now, I'm sitting comfortably, glass of wine at my side, glowing with the knowledge that my sewing room is clean and not even that I'll-just-toss-it-all-into-a-basket-and-deal-with-it-later kind of clean. No, each drawer is tidied, fabric is folded and arranged by color on the shelf, repairs that have been sitting around since summer are hemmed, darned, and glued.
And I opened up my laptop. It's nice to be back to the blog.
Happy New Year.
Today is All Saints' Day. In the Roman Catholic Church it is officially called the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows... that's why yesterday (Halloween) is also called All Hallows Eve. Eleanor has been studying the lives of female saints in her Little Flowers Girls Club. Each saint that they study is accompanied by a virtue which they also study and represented by a flower.
Since she has asked me, I've taken a moment to reflect on my favorite saint. My confirmation name is Mary Magdalene. What an important woman! Her feast day falls on my birthday... and had the best part in Jesus Christ Superstar. Well, it's true!
But there have been quite a few years since my confirmation day. I've had a little more time to contemplate. Today, I often think of Saint Anne, the mother of Mary and therefore Jesus' grandmother. I think of her especially- probably because she is the patron saint of so much that pertains to my life today:
The lives of the saints are fascinating. Who is your favorite?
We finished carving our pumpkin just in time for trick-or-treating. Happily, Nora's costume was done with a couple days to spare. This is a rare occurrence for me. Projects are usually done with only seconds before they have to "perform," but I was able to get a few photos before darkness fell tonight.
I used McCall's 4547 that I found for 99¢ at JoAnn's Fabric - love those sales! I was considering some other patterns and would have preferred one with a pinafore, but I'm pretty sure that this is not the first little pioneer costume that I will make. This pattern also has a sweet chemise that has lots of nightgown potential... and pantaloons! Let's all just say "pantaloon" coz that's fun! I think Nora will need a pair of those. So, I'm not done with this pattern yet.
Eleanor picked out the fabric for the dress which really surprised me. I was looking for more color, but she insisted on this. I'm really liking it now, and it was probably the most "historic" choice at ol' Joann's.
I didn't want the bonnet to be in the same fabric, but had a hard time finding a coordinating fabric until I found this perfect little woven check. The drape really worked so it's more floppy than stiff allowing it to hang nicely in the back.
These buttons were in my stash- nice and rustic. The ribbon that I used is that cheap-o ribbon that you get for 50¢ a spool. Someday, I'll find a fabulous source of high quality ribbon.
The pattern called for eyelet at the neckline, and on the bonnet's brim, but I obviously left that off. I like it simple and I don't think the eyelet or lace would have worked well with this fabric.
Amy from Angry Chicken used the same pattern for her daughter's dress. Her photos are a great example of what the dress would look like with the eyelet and a little more color! (No, really, Nora, you're choice is great!) She lengthened the sleeves of her dress, and considering the cold wind and hail that fell while we were trick-or-treating, I'm glad I did, too!
Happy Independence Day!
Today was a good day to remember our trip along the Freedom Trail.
a good day to remember what makes us free.
with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,
we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
Happy Birthday, America.
Why I Love My Daddy-Doh
We had a lovely Easter weekend with record-setting warm weather. We were actually able to go on an Easter egg hunt without parkas and hats! Though, it's harder to find them in the grass than in the snow. I finished Nora's Easter dress late on Saturday night, not because it was difficult to sew but because we were so busy playing on Saturday! Her dress (okay, really a shirt and skirt) only took me a few hours from cutting the fabric to finishing her headband. The skirt pattern/ tutorial that I used is from the marvelous House on Hill Road- one of my very favorite blogs. It's really a fantastic tutorial. The photos are excellent and each little step is clearly written out. I'd highly recommend it as a starting project. I pop it open on the imac on my sewing desk and just click "next" after following each step. Easy peasy mac and cheesy!
In fact, this is the third time that I've made this skirt! This one was made with Heidi Grace fabric from JoAnn's. I couldn't resist buying a couple yards of this cute birdie fabric (and a couple of coordinates) last Fall. I thought it would become a quilt, but it worked as the perfect Springy fabric for this project. The previous two skirts were made with Heather Ross fabric.
(made Dec. 2008)
Looking at these photos, I realize that I really must pose Eleanor with her cute handmade clothing and avoid the legs in the background! I didn't have enough fabric to double the width of the horse skirt because I used it for making a dresses for the dolls and a shirt for me. It still made a fine skirt, but wasn't as twirly.
Her shirt is a cheep-o T from Old Navy. I buy a bunch when they're on sale. I think I bought this one in the Fall. I used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for the applique and zig-zagged around the edges with veriegated blue thread. I was planning on a smaller applique, but because I was working with a white T-shirt, I thought it needed more color. I like the overlapping applique of the trim fabric which actually covered up my starting/ stopping point. With a quickie headband, it was the perfect ensemble for a sunshiny Easter egg hunt!
Have a wonderful Easter filled with all of your favorite traditions:
Nibbling your chocolate bunny...toes or ears first?
Eating Peeps...or would you rather let them go stale and enjoy them in June?
Picking out the black jelly beans from the candy dish...you know who you are!
Hoping mom will fill the lamb cake with strawberry jam... it'll never happen.
Clearly, my sweet tooth is in charge of keeping up with traditions!