Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Yesterday: got groceries, filled up the gas tanks, carried in plenty of wood, gave extra food and water
to the chickens.

 Today:  Daddy working from home, schooling the boys, watching the snow!  For dinner a big pot of Chili and melt-in-your-mouth cornbread with butter and molasses.

So far we have about 18 inches - drifts up to 3 feet deep.  It's snowing in every direction, so it's building up in the windows and doors, sweeping around corners and piling in the eves...the boys say it's like living in a snow globe ; )

Sunday, January 25, 2015

E-Pattern Making Process

...it's a long process, but I'm making progress!  Sketching the idea, drafting it, sewing a muslin, grading it.  I did all that over the summer.  Now, scanning it, cropping/pasting/copying, making it digital, and converting to PDF...
The hand drawn pattern had to be cut up, scanned in, and re-attached.  Then I make a digital drawing following my lines and putting in the text and numbers needed...for each pattern piece. separately...
Once all the pieces are digitized, then I compile them in a form for easy printing...at least, I hope so, if I can figure all that out!

Friday, January 23, 2015


 Snowflakes in the windows, twinkle lights, and a "snow cake" to make...next weekend is our Family Holiday!
 The first amaryllis is starting to bloom ; )
 Skyler - we gave our baby bird a unisex name - has a favorite spot in one of the house plants.
And, this snowflake in honor of birds!  Happy Friday ; )

Monday, January 19, 2015

Applique - Chanin Style

 My first trial with applique and knit material - inspired by Alabama Chanin - this will be a maxi skirt for summer.. if it turns out well.. if I get done in time!

Pattern Scanning

I've started the process of cutting and scanning my Olivia Walton wrap dress pattern so that it can be put into a PDF and made available in my Etsy shop!  The first pattern will have sizes 8, 10, 12, and 14.  I'll have another one made for sizes 16, 18, 20, 22 next, and then start grading the peter-pan collar dress....it's a been a long, slow project - with a lot of *life* inbetween - and I know you've all been patiently waiting for me to get these done!
The first pattern is closer to being done now : )

Friday, January 16, 2015

Rav 4

Here it is, in all it's wintery salt-and-sand-from-the-roads glory: my new-to-me vehicle!
I had dropped off my van at the junk yard last April - it was not worth repairing.  We've been a one car family since then while we saved money for the next vehicle.  (I had generous friends to give me rides when I needed them and My Babe picked up groceries on his way home from work.)  This week we bought a 2000 Toyota Rav 4.  It's a perfect little car for me.  It's capable of towing our trailer for camping, but compact enough for me (I don't like driving huge gas-guzzling boats!)  Back in college I had a '98 VW Golf - it was the perfect little car for me...  I've missed that little car since then, but the Rav 4 feels almost the same ; )  Plus, this car is sporty and fun vs. the boring "mom-van" I had before!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mandala's for Coloring

My friend Marie drew these mandalas and has them for sale in her Etsy shop, Marie's Miracles.  They make the perfect coloring pages for these long winter afternoons!   She also has the color originals available as prints - great framed and given as gifts : )

My favorite one in her shop is Indian Summer.
Isn't it Happy?  Check out all of her pretty mandalas - their great fun! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Alabama Chanin

I've seen her designs here and there...
pinned them and bookmarked them. 
Alabama Chanin 

I think I'll try the maxi skirt first - with some applique and stenciling at the hem. 

So, now I'm on the lookout for some nice jersey knit!
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