Polka dots and popsicles…

Polka dots and popsicles…

I’ve spent the past few days cutting out fabric for several different little outfits and sewing this one for my adorable 22-month-old granddaughter.  The pattern is Kwik Sew 3775.  The dress is made by a toddler size 3.  The soft cotton fabric is by Debbie Mumm and is a wonderful shade of deep butterscotch yellow with bright red, blue and green polka dots.  The companion print features popsicles in the same contrasting colors.  So cute!  I am half-finished with the matching diaper cover/”bloomers”.   I hope it fits and I can’t wait to see her in it!  

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The featured photo above was taken almost a year ago. 

Time flies so quickly…she will soon be two years old.  

I am so happy that I will be in Dallas for her birthday and to meet her baby sister who is due mid-August! 

 

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Sewing days…

Sewing days…

I’ve spent the past few days sewing a vintage-look apron for my daughter…who spends so much of her time in the kitchen.  I used Simplicity pattern #4987, view 5.  We both fell in love with this delightful fabric from Michael Miller fabrics entitled “lil’ cowgirl” at Hobby Lobby.  I also purchased the adorable “lil’ cowpokes” boy fabric and the accompanying red and blue bandana prints.  The fabric is a soft, high-quality cotton.   I used a cream colored high-quality cotton for the lining.  My two sweet daughters-in-love will be happy to know that I am making one for each of them too since they are also terrific gourmet cooks!  Eventually, I’ll make one for me as well even though my time is the kitchen is definitely limited.  😉

I have also been busy knitting and sewing baby blankets.  I have not ventured past “knitting and purling” and am still a beginner (so, all of you fabulous knitters don’t look too closely!)   I don’t think my precious 18-month-old granddaughter will care though.  So far, I have knitted two blankets for her…this is one of them.

I love this soft fleece blanket below which isn’t as orange as it looks in the photo. 

I mitered the corners and did a blanket stitch around it with the sewing machine.

The quilt below is one of my favorites!  It is a soft high-quality cotton which will only get better each time it is washed.    The quilt is filled with white Soft & Natural cotton batting which is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  I have hand-quilted around all the designs of the Suzy’s Zoo pattern. 

It is so cute and I think she will love it!

I’m in the process of sewing several other quilts and blankets for her and her baby sister who is due mid-August.  With two babies, lots of blankets will be needed!  Can you tell this Grandmom is excited?!  I will be there for a visit on April 20th but I will mail these ahead of time since there will not be room in my suitcase!

Saturday morning work party…

Saturday morning work party…

The alarm went off at 7:30 this morning.  I was in a deep sleep, snuggled under the warm covers…definitely not in any hurry to get out of bed.  However, I knew my daughter would be here at 9:00 a.m. and ready to work.  The two of us were tackling my storage room on the lowest level of this condo building.  There are actually condos on that level too, although I definitely would not want to live down there.  The hallway on the lower level appears long and not very brightly lit to me.  My daughter says it reminds her of the hallway in the movie “The Shining”!   I’m glad my condo is on the second floor, but I am happy to have the storage room down there which is about 10′ x 12′ and close to full.

I had enjoyed my previous “studio” but there certainly isn’t room for one here.  Instead, we are setting it up in my daughter’s large basement and I will spend a few days each week at her house – with the two of us sewing and creating whatever our hearts desire.

I had warned her that I had a “boatload” of fabrics and sewing supplies.  The two of us hauled large box after box of fabrics and supplies to her vehicle (thankfully, her husband and older son will be there to carry them in at home for her).  There was a lot of laughter and comedy as we opened each box to discover the contents.  Needless to say, she is very exited about OUR new studio!  😉

Next, comes the process of organizing it all at her house…and then the fun begins!

Time traveling…

I’m amazed at how our senses can take us back to another time and another place…

The taste of a delicious, hot Southern biscuit reminds me of my Mama’s wonderful cooking. One bite of homemade banana pudding with the golden brown meringue, I close my eyes…forty six years pass…and I’m home again.

If I get even a slight whiff of the perfume “Windsong” by Prince Matchabelli or of the men’s cologne, “English Leather”, it’s 1966 all over again and I’m a young newlywed.

If I hear the song “Aldi-La”, it’s 1964 and I’m sitting in the coffee shop at Mississippi College (I think it was called “The Wigwam”) with my roommate, Linda, who had just broken up with her boyfriend and we are both in tears. If the old movie “A Man Called Peter” is playing on the classic movie channel, I think of a Saturday night in 1963 and a young man named Ross.

Sometimes our senses can even play tricks on us. Not long after my father passed away, I was shopping at the grocery store and saw an elderly gentleman who looked so much like my father, even down to the slight parkinsons tremor and the gait. I found myself closely following him for two or three aisles in the grocery store…it was almost like looking at my Daddy all over again. I managed to pull myself together long enough to park the shopping cart and left the store in tears.

Touch. What can I say? I’m a hugger. I come from a long line of huggers. The human spirit can only go so long without being touched…held…hugged. There have been dozens of studies on how many hugs a day a human needs. As a Registered Nurse, I spent many years taking care of patients and made sure I incorporated some form of touch besides the routine care…a pat on the back or arm…a reassuring hug. Perhaps this is also why the studies have attributed having a pet to a sense of well-being and an overall decrease in blood pressure.

Have you ever noticed how much we learn from our sense of touch? How many times have we seen something that we’d never seen before and our first response is to want to touch it. Ever notice the sign “Do Not Touch” in a museaum or exhibit?

I walk into a fabric store and my senses are overwhelmed with row after row of bolts of fabric…all different colors…patterns…textures. I’m also overwhelmed with memories of spending time growing up in the fabric store with my Mama. She was an excellent seamstress and made most of my clothes. We’d spend time together selecting a new pattern and find the fabric for it together. I did the same thing with my children…and, now, my daughter with hers. Mama had so many offers to sew for payment, but she reserved those talents for her family. She told me:  “I only sew for love”.  Years later, after I began the tedious work of sewing for my family, I understood and said the same thing to my family. Who knew that would come full circle as now I hear my daughter repeat the exact declaration as she works hard to sew for her family…

 

Originally published in My Southern Heart.  

I’m headed to the fabric store this morning for a super sale on patterns and it brought back memories of this past post.  Thought I’d share…

Trick or treating under a full moon…

Trick or treating under a full moon…

There’s nothing like spending a chilly evening – under an amazing full moon – “trick or treating” with your grandchildren and your daughter…especially if you are dressed like Grumpy and your daughter is Winnie-the-Pooh!  My thirteen year old granddaughter and almost four year old grandson were “Penny” and “Bolt” from the Disney movie Bolt.  My eight year old granddaughter was an adorable fairy.  My daughter created or coordinated each of the children’s costumes.  What a fun night!

Grumpy with attitude and padding!  😉

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