Tuesday, 25 August 2009

I sewed


Finally tonight I sewed, not mending, but real sewing. Ahhhh. I put together my dress. http://www.butterick.com/item/B4789.htm. I have done this dress before in brights and it is so comfortable; I love the loop and twist at the center front. It is hanging tonight and I will hem it on Tuesday or Wednesday night.
Next will be a quilting project. I still don't know if I will pull out a UFO, start a new small project or start a big one. There are lot's of UFO's and I don't have a to do list started because I tossed the old one out with the garbage I purged for the move. I am free!!!!

Friday, 14 August 2009

Early morning surprises, Giveaway Alert, + the studio revealed

During the early morning dog walk around the yard I noticed that the lawn was covered in wisps of fluff. When I took a closer look I could see that there were spider webs everywhere, most about 4" across. Some had little insects attached to them, like this creature which was only a 1/2" long (just look at the blade of grass behind him).



Then I looked closer and could see how tiny the drops of dew were. I am almost sorry that I had to resize the photo small enough to upload on the blog. The actual image is 3648 x 2736 pixels.


Along with the dozens of amazingly engineered and beautifully woven webs, there was this tangle of spider silk. Did a kitty get into the mix or was there a group of spiders on cheap hallucinogenic drugs?
One of my very favourite designers, Roisin, has a superb giveaway on her blog - lucky you if you win!!


Here finally, the studio is set up and has a project cut and laid on the work table.


These are the views to the west wall. The project that is cut and ready to sew isn't a quilt project but rather a dress. I should be able to finish it this weekend. I see that I still need to set up Valerie (my dressmaker's mannequin). The furniture in the studio should be familiar to past visitors.

This is the east wall and my windows face north. The room is quite bright compared to the previous studio (if you click on the link just above you can see it).

And looking out the window here is tonight`s sunset:

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

mid-summer - the happening is family and home

It is August and somehow the summer seems lost. The weather has not been typical hot hazy and humid but rather coolish, more grey and windy. I almost did not notice that I am missing summer.

I have had 2 wonderful daughter dates. Number 1 daughter believes "get the dress, the event will come" and she set out to prove it. The first was an evening in Stratford, dinner and theatre - Cyrano de Bergerac with both daughters as well as friends, another mother & daughter. This was so lovely. The play was filled with wonderfully coordinated sword play, great costumes and highly charged dialogue. I think that the essence of the story - that love can drive lives was well served.

Tonight was a promise dinner - an upscale local (London) restaurant known for its expensive menu. The promise to dine there was well-kept, the meal not quite as wonderful as its promise. The company however was the best! Thanks DD #1. After dinner we cried our way through "My Sister's Keeper", a story of love and giving so much that it hurts.

Even the son and his sweetie made it home this weekend. I really love having the adults "who used to be my kids" around. My sweetie and I love having them in our lives.

In the studio..... we are becoming more and more organized, the sewing machines are starting to hum. A few mending jobs and a newly cut out dress is the start of my stitching life in Lakeside. Another 3 weeks of moving related jobs and then I will be free. I also have socks on my knitting needles.

I threw away all the old lists and am looking forward to having a fresh start!