Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's Graduation Time

This Saturday...two days from now...
our baby girl graduates from high school.
The years seem to have flown by so quickly.
It's odd thinking that we're completely done with the high school years.
I've been told there is life after high school and I think I can get used to that in time.
I'll surely have a clean hanky or two close by on Saturday.

This was her last day wearing those plaid skirts.  She was headed to graduation practice and stepped outside to tell us goodbye.  I wanted to snap a pic.  She scooped up baby boy and sat on the swing.  He's wondering what the heck she's so excited about.
I love that he has no ankles and his legs go right into his fat little feet.

In the sewing room, I've completed the pink chevron bishop.  
I so enjoyed working on this dress.
I thought it would make my eyes did not.
The fabric smocked beautifully and the zig zag chevrons matched up really well.
The good sewing fairies certainly sprinkled their pixie dust on me and this dress!

I used the Children's Corner bishop dress pattern for this dress.  The sleeve edge is trimmed with a sweet Swiss eyelet.  The smocking design is named Bayless by Trudy Horne.  I will use this design again on a solid fabric as it is very beautiful.  The French knot designs were fun to stitch and so petite.
The dress back buttons up with mother of pearl shank buttons...pretty.

It didn't take me long to begin another quiet time project.  
I've been wanting to begin knitting my first cardigan type sweater.
I turned my hank of Carnation MadTosh Pashmina into a cake.

and started following the directions...very slowly and carefully...paying tremendous attention to keeping my place.
So far, so good

This morning while baby boy napped, I was able to separate the sleeves and transfer those stitches onto waste yarn.  I then casted on for the underarm area with backward loop cast-ons.  
Thank goodness for internet videos!!
Baby Tea Leaves is the pattern I'm using in the 6-12 month size.
My goal is to practice on this tiny one and if all goes well then I'll make one for myself.

I also had a birthday.
My people spoiled me real good!
Sweetpea brought me four macarons from one of my favorite places on Earth.
I love their macarons.
She also gave me a pedicure gift certificate.

This beautiful bouquet was delivered to my front door,
a gift from precious baby boy and his family.
My parents brought me a blooming orchid lovely.
The boys gave gifts also,
 Firstborn gave me a stevia plant and
 Secondborn had the day off work and came spend the day with me.
Prince Charming is a gift to me every day of the year!

In the potager...
cherry tomatoes
still mostly green, but starting to turn red,

My Seven Sisters Rose bush bloomed heavily this spring.

Check out these lovely bags from 
I got the large size to store my knitted blanket in and I really, really like this bag.
Plus, I really like Wanda at Reinventing Mother and she is the sweet gal who makes these beautiful bags.

Thanks for visiting this little world of mine.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Everyone!

I've just listed three new ironing board covers in my etsy shop.  I was down to two white ones and the place was looking rather empty.  I have more cut out to make and list.
Anyone know where I can find more hours in a day???

Earlier this morning, I pleated this size 6 chevron bishop.
I hope smocking it doesn't murder my eyes. 
I've been putting off going to the eye doctor...the completion of this dress may be the ticket to my actually getting there.

 I said I would NEVER!!!!! smock chevron fabric...
famous last words.
My neighbor's little granddaughter picked out this fabric for her voice recital dress next month...and she sings so beautifully...and the fabric is pink and white...and I have such issues with saying no to smocking...and I know she'll wear a pink bow in her pretty long hair and look like a little angel. 

Outside, Prince Charming and I have been planting our summer garden...
tomatoes, green peppers, jalapeno and mild, green beans, cucumbers, green onions, zucchini, parsley, okra, and leeks.  
So far, so good - we've only had one pepper plant destroyed at ground level by a cut worm.

Prince Charming is calling me to help him prepare lunch...I'm starving...gotta go.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Weekend

A couple little smocked bishop dresses and matching bloomers I completed and mailed this week.
The dress pattern is here and the bloomer is here.
Two of my favorite patterns ever. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sweetpea's Senior Prom

Wow!  That was a fast 18 years!

They're off to a senior pre-prom dinner at the country club, the actual prom dance, and then the fun lock-in post-party at the YMCA where they'll play games, win prizes, and will be served breakfast at 3 a.m.
Lots of safe, alcohol-free fun!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hodge Podge

I don't know what else to title this post as I've been away from this little spot for so long now.
Yes, I'm glad Winter is over.  It was too cold.  
We had to put the A/C on last night.
Soon I will be saying it's too hot.

The winter might have been long and cold, but inside there were lots of fun things happening to keep us warm.
On the sunny days, we ventured out to the garden for goodies.

Pic heavy post to follow...

the little combo pattern outfit mentioned in my last post,
Children's Corner Taylor and Becky

The 14 month old ham bone who keeps me hopping.

He's currently decreasing naps from two per day to one...
extra hopping now.  
He's off of formula and bottles, loves to be outside, read to, loves oatmeal and banana for breakfast and spaghetti for lunch. 

My stove/oven looks like this everyday as he is captivated with opening the oven door.
I've never seen a child who loves the oven door like this sweet boy does.
He also loves kitchen drawers as you can see.

My Sweetpea posed for graduation photos.
She has eleven actual class days left...we are counting down.
Soon those plaid uniform skirts and white oxford shirts will disappear from my laundry pile foreva.
I might just miss them for a day or two.

She brought me roses for St. Valentine's Day.
That made Prince Charming (hmmm) very happy...cause he didn't bring me anything for St. Valentine's Day.

Our winter garden was so wonderful!
We have eaten lots and lots of beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, kale, lettuce, and spinach.  
The winter crops are pretty much all done now and we're getting ready to prepare the beds for our early summer garden of beans, cucumbers, okra, peppers, squash, and tomatoes.
And zinnias...lots of zinnias!

We didn't eat the lizard.

Inside on cold days and nights and long car rides, I knit garter stitch after garter stitch to make this baby blanket.
 I set a completion goal for the beginning of Spring.
I loved working on this. 
 I always imagined I would enjoy knitting...I just didn't realize how much I would enjoy it.
I didn't finish by the first day of Spring...but did finish by the first weekend of Spring.
Close enough.

Upon completion, it received a tepid wool-soak bath and was blocked on my craft table.

I gathered pretty goods for ironing board covers and hope to have these in the shop before toooo long.

More fabric goods for two little smocked dresses...currently in progress.

I knit some little leaves in order to practice increasing/decreasing stitches.  I need practice following row by row directions and keeping my place.

roasted lots of chicken...I love roasted chicken

and washed lots of dishes

hemmed a senior prom gown for this Saturday

prayed lots of rosaries asking 
Our Lady Undoer of Knots
to intercede to Her Son
on behalf of my son.
There's one in every family.

Drank lots of tea

and swung lots of kettlebells.

I've also had fun with the camera. ;)

I think I'm caught up now!
I'll try and come back much sooner than two months next time. 
Much sooner.