Thursday May 27, 2010

So I ended my last blog with a peppy little speech about “jumping in with both feet”, and “just do it!” and some other such nonsense…

Somewhere in the universe the soapbox gods heard and they paid me a visit.

This sweet, darling, innocent looking dress nearly broke me.

I was fresh off my success with sewing my own dress, so this week I thought I would make Eliza a summer dress.  My husband was sweet and took the children out for an evening, so I pulled out the material and pattern, thinking I could just throw it together.  By the time my husband walked back through the door a few hours later he found my curled up in a corner, clutching the pattern instructions; rocking back and forth. 

No… not really, but I was not the relaxed, happy woman he had hoped for.  So I got the children ready for bed and he sat down to read the instructions.  He carefully and patiently explained the steps I needed to take in order to finish the neckline of the dress.  I responded by slouching in the kitchen chair, crossing my arms and saying, “That cannot possibly be right!”

He was right and before I went to bed that night I had completed the bodice of the dress.  I got up early the next morning and finished the rest.

It is FULL of mistakes.  Slip-stitching that shows through the waistline,  wobbly armholes, AND I sewed the bodice to the skirt backwards!  Yes, the back of the bodice is on the front of the dress.  Fortunately, because the neckline is round, it’s not that noticeable  Even with all it’s imperfections I still love it and have I decide to make this dress at least one more time.  That’s the key.  You have to give a pattern a second chance before you decide to write it off completely.

My other more relaxing sewing project where these little pretties~

I really do like them.  My mom gave me a bag of her raw silk scraps, so I started playing with them and this is what I came up with.  I was going to put hair clips on them and sell them on my Etsy shop, but I like them so much I think I might keep them all for myself!

In other non-sewing related news:

I was cleaning house today and I look up and saw this~

I sprinted to the bedroom to snatch the camera all the while thinking “Please don’t move! Please don’t move!”  They hadn’t.   So I tip-toed up behind them and got some great shots.

Gideon had set up the train set and was using the remote controlled train.  Eliza would lean against him and squeal with delight each time the train came sliding down the hill.

He was equally delighted to be making her so happy.  This one makes my heat melt.

And this guy… his little brain never ceases to amaze me!  He sees the world so differently than I do.  He doesn’t see what is, he sees what can be.  All the glorious possibilities, the fascinating exploration; he thinks like… well, and engineer 

I have continued my quest for a clutter free house and I had a big pile of Good Will items stacked up in the living room.  I saw Jude quietly remove and item from the pile and I was curious to see what he had planned for it.

I saw an unwanted wire rack and he saw a perfectly useful shelf.

Eliza also rescued something from the Good Will pile.

She loves this basket.  She ate most of her meals in it today.

Lastly, just some pictures I liked~

I wish this one hadn’t turned out blurry.  Oh well.

Looking forward to a the end of the week and a three day weekend!

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