Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bag It

Today I am linking up for the first time to Cat Patches Bag Lady Linky Party -- I finally bought one of the adorable Chickadee Hollows' Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarters Club!   I am a much slower stitcher than Barb, though, so I will likely be working on and linking the same one every month while she makes the whole dozen of them.   I chose Abigail, partly for her name but mostly for her "quilter and fisher" mission.   Frankly, she looks like she might make some of her own clothes, too, and the ones I've been trying to make are just as wonky.
Speaking of clothes, I made a raglan shirt this week -- I am wearing it today but only because I don't plan to leave the house.   It is too big; sizing is going to be a challenge since I refuse to let anyone help and don't have a dressmaker's dummy; and my neckbands are still awful.   Oh well.
I made a kimono, too, for fun.   It might actually see the light of day, or at least the early light, when I sit with coffee once the weather gets warmer.  I can wear it over my hunter green or navy blue nighties, which I also made.  I do love the kimono fabric, a slinky navy and green, and it was fun to sew.   Both designs are from Patterns For Pirates,  one of the pdf on line stores I frequent.  My nighties were sewn from pdf patterns from Love Notions, another favorite pattern shop.
It is a gray and very gloomy day here.   I have water in the basement.   But the flowers are blooming so it is hard to begrudge the rain.   My kids have the most beautiful plants,

but even I have a few blooms today.    My 3 red tulips are blooming, the same 3 tulips that have been there since I moved in 8 years ago.   Other people's tulips spread; mine have taken a militant stand against procreation.   But the dogwood tree that I tried for 3 years to kill, thinking it was a weed tree, is blooming for the second time.   And my weeping something is in full bloom after a pitiful showing the past couple of years.

And more eggs from my chicken loving friends.
Life is good and I, for one, am trying to see it as sunny side up, and to bloom, or maybe over-bloom, where I'm planted.    Living alone as I do, it's a good thing that I crack myself up.  :)

Friday, April 28, 2017

I Heart Flowers

We have finally had the most beautiful weather, with a smattering of 40-degree chills thrown in to remind us that we are in Mid-Michigan.  My kids have a beautiful perennial garden, and I have enjoyed every bloom!  My brain was hungry for color, I think.  And so, with nothing new to report, I give you . . . flowers.  :)  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Springing About

It is finally Spring in mid-Michigan, and absolutely beautiful!   A few flowering plants are starting to show themselves, but there's not a lot to show yet, as far as growing and blooming goes, but the sunshine and blue skies make me happy.

I am sewing, not as much as I should, but steadily.  I've made (yet) another tote, some storage bags for my unfinished projects, and mesh beach totes for my Grands that I will use as Easter baskets.   I also made a couple of little surprise bags to send to two bloggy friends, using the pattern of the purse that I use every day -- I realized at the last minute when I was packing them up that I'd put the zippers in backwards, but I decided to call it a design decision and sent them off anyway.   Clearly I am not a perfectionist.  

We've had a couple of searches in my Search and Rescue group, and my grandson had a day t his week, so I've had some time to tromp in the woods.   It restores the soul.

Today I need to truly and finally clean my house, at least to the point that we can eat at the dining room table, which is currently covered with my next dozen sewing projects -- time to get moving.  Wish me luck!  :)