The way to the paddock feeding area is just barely passable, so we tried making a little run yesterday afternoon. I had cob in the car I needed for this mornings feed too and he certainly needed the run time. He started right up too. It was nice to have Bob back in service, as short lived as I think it's going to be.
I refer to this typical thaw and melt as the BIG TEASE. We see ground, we can walk from front door to car door without snow boots but keep the mud boots handy! Bare patches, early buds forming and horses shedding are all signs that spring might be on its way. It's a trick. Today and tomorrow we are expecting up to 15 inches of snow. And you just know this is going to be the wet nasty stuff. We never really know how much snow we're going to get. They do a forecast for the Cascades and they do one for the Siskiyous. We live right at the convergence of the two. I usually do best when I add the low totals together. Dart board anyone?
So, I guess I'll sew! And thanks to parental birthday generosity, once I get my coat done, I'll have lots to pick and chose from.
Such a lovely selection! Linen blends, blouse weight rayon, heavier weight cotton canvas and crisp and shiny shirt weight cotton in ultramarine. What's not to love?
A few patterns have made it into the stash too, and when I start on them, I'll show you.
The coat moves along. The collar and facings went in well.
It all made sense and more importantly, it all matched up!
What you can't see is the time that went into hand sewing the hems, sleeves and bottom, or the catch stitches attaching the facing loosely to the interfacing. Then of course, two rows of machine top stitching on front edges and collar which was done after these pics were taken. I have to admit, I loath hand sewing. Mostly because my left hand always cramps up holding the fabric while I stitch. But the coat is worth it, so hand stitched where needed it is.
This too was a special birthday gift, and while aged and tattered in many spots, the handsome fox is still regal as he sits and ponders under leaves of many colored ( and now faded), wool. Talk about hand work! I can't even guess how many hours of labor are in this piece. Thank you good friend!
For fun, lets add a new bag into the birthday mix.
I am not a hand bag person. Like shoes, I can count the number of bags I have on one hand but I fell head over heels in love with this one. It's red and matches Bob! And while it looks like leather and feels like leather, it is a cruelty free option. All Espe bags are.
There is one more wonderful gift on it's way. We'll give that one it's due when it arrives!
Any guessers in the crowd? ;)
Parting shot: Poor Pogo, this seat is occupied!