It has been a difficult year. A sadness has pervaded my life and I have worked diligently to combat it in the face of great adversity. Despite it, many gifts have been discovered, and almost daily something special happens. Today, this big fellow landed on the lake in the back yard. It is almost inexplicable how special it was to watch this lone swan on a cold December morning as he glided through the shallows. He watched me, I watched him and all was well for a little while.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Eilene was "Tangled" for Halloween. She loved the froggie tat she got at the Halloween parade at her pre-school. I have made all of her costumes and this year I let her select the fabric. This was by far the most expensive costume I have made, but what the heck. When I'm dead and gone, she'll know it was a labor of love from her elaborate costume collection.
Here is a hawk that has been frequenting our backyard strafing the birdfeeders. I have no idea what this fellow is. We have a cooper's hawk that does it occasionally, but this one does not appear in my bird books and is not a cooper's or sharp shinned hawk. The two are distinquishable by the shapes of their tails, but this one is bigger. We also have redtails in the area, but this one doesn't appear to be a red tail either.
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Mother's Birthday was in August. Not that it matters, we seem to throw random birthday parties in our family, but I tried to stick to the date for this one since it was her 65th. I based this project on a DIY Bride blog project in which a photo was decoupaged to a tile and displayed on a plate stand. It was beautiful! However, when you have as many children and grandchildren as my mother, you have to downsize the tiles and change plans a bit. The challenge for me was rounding up baby photos of everyone between the ages of 3 months and 3 years going back 45 years, scanning them, Photoshopping out all the errors, grayscaling, cropping, resizing them to fit the tiles and then doing the decoupage. In the end, I think it came out pretty nice. I used silicone tile glue to put navy felt on the back of each tile. I'm the really gorgeous baby up in the corner and my kid is the baby you can barely see up on top! I must have hit the mark. All of my siblings have been calling asking for their own tile set. Now at least I know what to do for Christmas gifts this year. Think anyone will let me off the hook for chocolates? NOT A CHANCE!
Sometimes I wonder what is going on in that little head! I get looks like this and I have to smile within - there is some unknown food substance around the mouth, hair has been combed with egg beaters and I am fixed with a look such as this! What does it all mean?
My friend Sheila has been coming over to sew. Here is an apron we finished last night. The pattern is Venetian Vacation from "The Perfect Apron" by Rob Merrett. She had made the Sweetie Pie apron for her grand daughter from the same book, and decided to make this one for her daughter in law. Sheila is an artist in heart and soul. I love the fabrics she selected. Am I a good coach or what!
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
One of the great pleasures of motherhood for me has been making all the little getups for my daughter's activities. Here is E two summers ago in the peach orchard. She is wearing the girl's Comfyalls from Sewbaby in embroidered denim and cotton size 2T. I loved the daisy motif!
The little ruffle around the waist was a great first experience with the gathering foot on the sewing machine instead of hand ruffling with two basted rows. I highly recommend the technique if you haven't tried it.
I dug up this photo of E with her beloved Crayon bag which I made a while back. The pattern is from Clothesline Quilts and I think they actually sell the coloring bags too! I enjoyed making it sooo much, I made another one for one of Eilene's little friends with chalkboard fabric from Nancy's Notions on the non-crayon holder side and monogrammed the very top of the bag with her name. You only need a little rectangle of the chalkboard fabric, so even if you run out of paper, or fill up your coloring book, all you need is a piece of chalk and your bag and you're good!
I have a in the hoop crayon roll that is for older children. Fits in your backpack nicely. My thoughts always turn to these projects when school supplies go on sale.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I did something a lot different this month. I went to Huntsville, AL and became a Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher. Martha Pullen is an amazing woman, whom I will forever admire. She has surrounded herself with some of the most talented and wonderful women I have ever met. These are the in-the-hoop booties I made, and can now teach. There are matching bonnet, bib, pacifier clip and paci-keeper. There is a boy's set too with embroidered sailboats. Just precious!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Monday, April 04, 2011
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Eilene picked her own fabric for her first pillowcase dress. This was the prototype for a pillowcase dress for my grand niece Annabelle. My sister asked me to make a pillowcase dress for Annabelle's first birthday. I had to add the monkey applique for my little monkey.
My friend Sheila had a birthday. She is so dear to me, and she has been redecorating her house. I love the yellows, green, purple and fuschia, and her white couch! So I got out the silk ribbons and made her something special. Here it is. I am sooooo glad others took the time to teach me how to sew, and that I am constantly filled with inspiration from people like Sheila for beautiful ideas!