Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Last 10 Days in Mostly Pictures

I just can't begin to tell you how busy it has been and blogging has taken a bit of a back seat this summer, but here is what has been happening around our little spot in the world to get you updated (even if it is  pretty spartan on text!).

My Mom has had some ups and downs with the hip but so far, is holding her own.

Charlotte is not doing so well, but we'll keep on keeping on until she decides not to.

 Lots of treats, favorite foods and cuddles daily.

Sewing has been sporadic but productive.

Another Grainline Scout variation

Mississippi Ave tunic and linen pants
A new pattern was tried out, Tina Givens "Bianca". I can't say the instructions are terribly good or the drafting, but it did all work out quite wonderfully with a little thought and adjustments.

While I haven't traveled this summer, I have good friends that have. Best of all they bring back gifts!
Fox ribbon from a Washington State trip. So cute!

Pattern and Liberty bias tape both from Purl Soho in NYC.

I snuck in a half day with friend Cindie (Eweniquely Ewe), and couldn't resist taking home some of the fab Ashland Bay merino she sells.

And in the weaving studio, things are hopping! The Macomber St. Nick has been dressed and is getting threaded for pillowcases! 12 yards and 488 ends......

And in the great outdoors, I have finally gotten my best bud out for a spin around our usual trails.
He was as always, the same sane horse I left on my last ride sometime in February or March.

I startled a turkey hen and her chicks, one flew into the tree. There was a lot of calling and clucking once I left the area but the family was reunited.

Parting shot: The end to a perfect day, napping on a lap in the comfy chair.
Hazel Rose

Sunday, July 12, 2015

In the Garden

I'm pretty happy with my year 3 little front flower garden. It's a bit wild and I suppose after all my plotting and planning and planting it ended up being just what I wanted.

 A little of this and a little of that.  And of course, we have some special fish in the garden too. I just adore this addition.

The deer have not gotten to it yet, but the summer drags on and I saw my first fawn a few days ago.

There has been a titch of sewing, mostly favorites like this cross over Tee pattern modified from the Grainline Studio's Scout Tee.

 This one in a Japanese double gauze. I had worked with this type of fabric before and disliked it but this time around either the fabric was better or I am more accomplished or a little of both.

 In any event it is a wonderful on, soft and comfortable in a great color.  I added another piece of this type of fabric into my stash in a dark color.

I did a wearable muslin on the sleeved version of the Decades of Style "Given a Chance" dress and my  frankenpattern came out pretty good.

I need to trim the sleeve down just a bit, but it was a very good first go at it.  I just love the little folds on the bodice.

One of the patterns from the Bold & Beautiful book got a redo too. This little kimono jacket got some modifications and I like it better.

I think just a few more adjustments are in order for "perfection" !

Lastly, another Mississippi Ave dress, in a white lawn with little robots on it.

 I think this will end up shorter. I wanted to try a really long dress version of it as a tunic and I'm not sure the length will work. It is easy enough to shorten though.

Between thunderstorms and fire watches, it was a busy week and a half. We had a nice 4th of July, not too busy although Gene got called out later in the evening for a possible smoke. It ended up being in CA and we've had some decent rain since then. My mother has had some complications with her hip replacement and has been back in the hospital since Weds. Fingers crossed this time around goes smoothly. We have fortified her with good books, hand made chocolates and lots of flowers.

Parting shot: Robin, who use to be white and red. Summer is the best time for rolling in the dirt don't ya know!