Wednesday, July 27, 2005
I've also become quite tired of my children. What a useless bunch! All they do is make messes, sleep all day, play video games and watch tv. I need to drop kick the bunch of them. How long till school starts?
I really want to work on Pink Lemonade for Tie One On, but my fabric is at the post office and there doesn't seem to be a long enough break for me to go get it! I ordered the most beautiful cotton organdy direct from India on ebay. I'm itching to get my hands on it! Maybe I can sneak over there sometime today. (Yikes! I went over to ebay to link to the seller I bought from and ended up bidding on a vintage organdy apron and a pair of vintage organdy curtain panels!)
So...sorry I'm not more entertaining.
Monday, July 25, 2005
We looked up her number and Earl called her. She was so happy to hear from him. Earl is kind of like an orphan. In the ten years we've been together we have not had any contact with his family. His mother married a truly awful man and there are mitigating circumstances involving that side of the family that make us avoid (like plague!) any contact. And on his father's side, well, let's just say that his dad has had his own set of problems. So to find this auntie was like a miracle to him.
We packed up the kids Saturday morning and went visiting. We also got to visit with Earl's cousin (she was super nice too). He hasn't seen these folks in over twenty years. We got to look at family photographs and talk about where people are and who looks like who and it was just awesome! It meant so much to Earl to find people that love him just because he exists. The kids were amazingly well behaved and made me very proud of them. Nevada City is a really, really cute gold mining town with a huge (for the region) old town. We went window shopping and had the most delicous Nevada City Iced Cappacinos and truffles. Everywhere we went, his Aunt Jacquie introduced Earl to her friends and acquaintances. You could really see how special it made him feel. Oh, and his aunt and cousin called him E.G.! His grandpa was called Earl (since he got the name first!), his dad was called Junior and so the family called Earl by his initials. He said he almost forgot that name!
Anyway, it did my heart lots of good to see my sweetie get all that lovin! I always say he is like Ferdinand the Bull (remember the Disney short?). Sweet and gentle, but forced to fight. Saturday was his day under the tree enjoying the flowers.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
And then I was over at A Bird in the Hand which I haven't done in a while. And Lisa has been making the most gorgeous shadow boxes. I especially love this one.
Amy at Tie One On was super nice and included my Home on the Range apron here, even though it was dreadfully late! Thank you, Amy! I didn't expect that!
Currently, I have been sewing the prettiest dolly underwear! Remember Miss Columbia? I'm getting her ready for a charity doll auction. I'm pretty excited about this auction. It's in New York and it's all dolls. It benefits a women and children's shelter. The name of the shelter is the Evangeline Booth Home. I chose Miss Columbia because the original Miss was also a fund raiser for childrens' charities. The only problem is that she has no undies! Yikes! I can't send her off into the world like that! Since she is a handsewn doll with a handsewn dress and bonnet, she must have handsewn unmentionables! I'm just using unbleached muslin, but I'm adding some pretty details like pintucks and satin ribbon. I'll post some photos when I'm done. She's going to be completely outfitted for her journey!
Monday, July 18, 2005
Hillary has already finished her Pink Lemonade apron (so amazing!) and I have only just finished last month's apron! Anyway, I'm very pleased with it and I'm happy to say that it will be going to a good home in Texas! My stepdaughter and her family is moving away to Texas (from California) and I wanted to make this a little good bye gift.
It's made of woven suede and the horseshoe pockets and trim are brown gingham. The funnest part was cutting the fringe at the bottom. I'm so pleased with it's "come and get it" goodness!
Also going to Texas are these fun little Wee-ha's! They are, of course, Wees made from Hillary's pattern, but they've been embellished by more Texas fringe. And little sheriff's stars with the girls' initials on them. Wee-ha, if you didn't know, is pronounced just like a cowboy's "Yeeehaww!" And they're very fun to toss around while yelling "Wee-ha".
Anyway, while I hate to see my family move away, these little love tokens ease the pain a little bit for me.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
I have recently discovered Joy Madison. She is quite awesome. Young, young children, but so busy! She does the most beautiful scrapbook pages and takes gorgeous photos of her family. I am most impressed!
I have many cute things to share, but need to get my hands on a camera. The one I call "mine" is actually my boss's. It has been recently returned to work, but may have to come right back home with me tonight! I want to show you the darling bag that my partner in the Tote Bag Swap sent to me. Plus...I finished my Home on the Range apron!!!! It turned out even cuter than I imagined, so I must get some pictures! Also made some shorts for myself this weekend and a cute top. Photos soon...(I hope!).
Thursday, July 07, 2005
The theme for July is Pink Lemonade. How yummy does that sound? I know almost exactly how I want to work it, but whether or not I can find the fabric I want remains to be seen...
We hosted a barbeque on the 4th. 72 back breaking hours of yard and housework to get ready for a five hour party. Honey sprained his ankle on the 23rd so guess who got to do the mowing and edging? Quarter of an acre! Hey, this is a big deal for a girl who has lived in apartments for the past 22 years! Sunburn, mosquitos, muscle aches, oh my! (It was a fun party, though!) I feel like I've been doing a lot of recovery since the party, but not much crafting. Actually, we are in the process of fixing our air conditioner too. 100° and no central air! Waahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okey-dokey, crying over. So many people in much worse circumstances than me. I don't speak much of my faith, but Londoners are certainly in my prayers today and in many others' prayers as well. And I don't want to get political on my blog either, but how do these terrorists think that violence and killing are going to get them what they want?
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Friday, July 01, 2005
Here is my sweet lovey buggy modeling my love bug pincushion. I really don't know if I can bear the thought of sticking pins in it! I think it's just going to be a softie for Max. Which is fitting since it was my endearment for him that inspired it's creation. Here's a closeup, too, for the Month of Softies Gallery.
So, what I wanted to write about is my cute little Christopher Robin. I showed his body a couple of days ago. Since then all I've accomplished is a pair of boxers for him. I really don't know what kind of underwear boys in the 1920's wore, but these are just pretty basic.
I also got a little help from my friend, Patti-Ann Stanley, regarding yarn choices for hair. And I've been surfing for good images of Christopher and 1920's boy clothing in general. I found some really sweet pictures of the real Christopher like the one on my previous post. Here are some more:
This is Christopher with his mother
But the most useful one for my purpose is this ridiculously expensive figurine up on top there. I love that smock he's wearing. It's a very common item in the book's illustrations. I would guess that it's a "clothes protector" for children of that era. If anyone can tell me more about this clothing item, I'd like to hear it! Also, I'm on the prowl for a tiny bear pattern so that I can make a Pooh. I don't know what I'll be doing with this doll, but he is demanding to be made!
Just a note here: I made a June bug for Month of Softies, but I lost it! I made a Love Bug! I used to call Max a love bug when he was little (okay, I still do!) so I created a cute little bug pin cushion. Well, Mr. Max has absconded with it! So it may not get on the gallery, but I will share it here when I find it. And....no Home on the Range apron! Boohoo! I got as far as cutting out the pieces and that was it. My tote bag for the Craftster swap took up almost the whole month. I'd love to show it off, but I have to wait for my partner to receive it!
| You scored as Idealist. Idealism centers around the belief that we are moving towards something greater. An odd mix of evolutionist and spiritualist, you see the divine within ourselves, waiting to emerge over time. Many religious traditions express how the divine spirit lost its identity, thus creating our world of turmoil, but in time it will find itself and all things will again become one.|
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Some of the questions were quite ambiguous, in my opinion. I don't disagree with my results because I've always been accused of idealism!