Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
My stitching friend Missy gave me this. Visit her blog. She is not only a stitcher par excellence, she is a fantastic photographer and an avid blogger. Thank you Missy!
Now the challenge is to pass this gift along to 6 others. How to choose; how to choose. I will point you in the direction of other sewists that inspire me.
- Cheryl, at Time Really Does Fly. I want to be Cheryl when I grow up. She is a wonderful sewist whose creations always make me smile and strive to do better. Her thoughts about faith, family and life always inspire me to say nothing of her exquisite stitching. And check out her Etsy shop. I still love my ironing board cover, it is so pretty.
- Cindy at Sew Blessed. Not only do I love checking in on her precious projects but peeks of her growing family always make me smile. Cindy has recently begun teaching for her local SAGA chapter as well as in her local area. She is helping keep this art form of smocking and heirloom sewing alive.
- Erica at Erica B's DIY Style. Another place I haunt. I don't know Erica except by her prolific and stylish sewing. Her things are fantastic and she can sew circles around most anyone. Plus I have great admiration for anyone who sews for themselves and then wears them. Something I refuse to do. I don't know about you but I have a ritual of places I go evertime I sit down to the computer, email, the bank, Delphi Heirloom Sewing and Smocking and then onto my blog list. Erica's is always top of my list to check on everyday.
- Another stop on my morning ritual is Bunny at La Sewista. Bunny is not only a smocker and sewist, she has a a wonderful modern twist on smocking that I love. She likes to incorporate smocking in new and unusual ways. She recently even entered a super art piece bag into a competition sponsored by Robert Kaufman fabrics. Her bag has been selected to travel the country as part of their Quilt Quest 2008 Collection. Congrats Bunny!
- If ever there was someone who was an inspiration to take my sewing skills to a new level it is Tany at Couture et Tricot. All I can say is WOW and thank heaven for online translators. Tany is Portugese but I don't care where she lives, her sewing is out of this world. I don't know that I will ever have the courage and endurance to attempt the tailoring she does, but it is awesome. The precision produces results we can only dream of.
- And last but not least, I chose Anna at the Pleasant View Schoolhouse. Mainly because it seems like such a calm quiet spot to rest. Her blog has such a retro 50's feel to it. Her life is probably as crazy as everyone else's but when I stop by her blog I always get a sense of days gone by; quiet, cool, shady porch swings and clean sheets drying in the breeze. If I still cooked and cleaned and I would make myself one of those 50's aprons she has made. Not sure they would look as Donna Reed on me as they do on her though.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
So back to my original thought, I am accumulating my "getting ready" pile on an unused kid bed to go spend a week with some of these hooligans.
Atlanta here I come.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I have been painting dress and bonnet stands and knitting on my lonely sock's companion instead. My feet are getting tired of sharing only one sock. And you don't want to show favoritism so you have to keep track of how long each foot gets to wear the sock. The first sock could be worn out before the second one is finished. That could open up a whole new host of problems.
Random child comments from this week
Phone rings around 10 pm Thursday evening,
Baby Daughter: "Mom! I met my husband!"
Mom: "Oh? And what is your husband's name?"
Baby Daughter: "Chad. He's delicious mom."
Next day an email arrives from Baby Daughter, with only this text;
"My husband has a girlfriend. Men are pigs."
And people wonder why I am a touch off. You truly need a score card around here to keep up.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I have knitted, very basically, but this was a bit more challenging. I now know why pioneer families treasured such items. It takes weeks to make a pair! No wonder they were lucky to have more than one pair per person. So here is my sock. Now do I have the stamina to make its mate? Or will I just let my feet take turns being cozy? This is as close a picture as you are going to get. And thank goodness it was a multicolored yarn. It covers up the mistakes. Now I am not sure I am good enough to be able to repeat the same mistakes when I make the second one. When I am smocking a geometric plate, if I skip a stitch, unless it is glaring I just repeat the same glitch all the way down the design. Now of course if it is dead center, or hugely apparent I wouldn't do that but for a run of the mill occurence, there you have it, a confession. But I have been smocking for almost 25 years. I have only knitted one sock. So my experience it a bit narrow. So here is hoping that the next one at least looks like it matches.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
You know as mothers we have untold levels of self inflicted guilt. The issues range from was I loving enough?, attentive enough?, disciplined enough?, a good moral role model? etc. Now I can feel guilty because I made 270, 363 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from 1983 until 1999 while my kids were in elementary school. Made with sugar sweetened, salt adulterated peanut butter and pesticide laced apple or strawberry jelly. And for an extra treat, if cash was flush, I added a high fructose corn syrup sweetened fruit flavored box drink. And the fights that ensued over the last package of single serving cheetos were mammoth. To add to my "Worst Mother of the Year" award, I threw the packaging in the trash without recycling. Now during all those years I was hoping to get them in the car or on the bus with all of their belongings, clean enough uniforms and socks that at least looked like they matched. We won't even mention my glea when it was a "pizza day" fundraiser. Imagine my horror when I stumbled across these art gallery worthy boxed lunches.
They are called Bento. A delightly arranged and boxed lunch common in Japan.
These are from http://www.flickr.com/photos/cuteobento/. She has a blog but I am not very fluent in Japanese. Are these awesome or what? I don't think I could sling these together in 20 seconds flat, throw in a brown paper bag and pitch to the running child as they dash out the door. No wonder those Japanese children are stomping us flat in math and science. Their mothers are slaving over art made into lunch before daybreak. Well just one more thing that my children can tell the therapist when the time comes.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Bodice of silk organza/silk batiste christening gown.
Fabrics pleated as one.
Now in reference to the post title, before anyone bows down to my infinite wisdom and knowledge I must confess I was clued in by someone else. I sought advice from Gail Doane when I was embarking on a christening gown made from silk organza and silk batiste. Gail has been featured several times in Australian Smocking and Embroidery, Sew Beautiful and teaches for SAGA and other groups around the world. So when it comes to questions about construction, Gail is the one I ask.
That is what is great about the sewing world, we all learn from each other.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
First dance recital
Dress for her flower girl
Adaptation of Australian Smocking and Embroidery Snowdrop Issue #30
Sleeve and collar from AS+E Storybook Issue #66
The smocking is a bit better 20+ years later.
Blushing bride and handsome groom
Nov 11, 2006
Love you honey. Now go back to that blog of yours and clean up that language! You weren't raised that way.