Sunday, April 26, 2009

I finally built one!

After drooling over the Spring Boden catalog this morning, I was inspired to make my own "Built by Wendy" top. I used the size 10 pattern, expecting it to be large enough to shrink nicely...but it's actually a little tight, even after I narrowed the seams to 3/8 inch. Still I'm quite pleased; it's been years since I've sewn clothing for myself. I figure I can wear it as long as I'm not going out for a big dinner.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My Happiest Tax Day Ever

No, I’m not getting a refund. In fact, I had to use that other IRS label…the one for the payment voucher…but let’s not talk about that. What made today so wonderful is the package that arrived from Jessica, my partner in Lindamade’s Patchwork Swap.

Jess sent a happy orange box filled with so much color and wonder that I can hardly stand it!

Vintage and other gorgeous fabrics, ribbons, lace, ric-rac, trims, an embroidery pattern, a darling deer pin, colorful labels, and a charming little box of lovelies from her button collection.

And then there are the sweet handmade coasters (!) and another package of the most wonderful fabric scraps for my crumb quilt...pieces she cut from favorites in her collection of vintage fabrics. And these aren't just scraps tossed willy-nilly into an envelope, either. They're carefully trimmed, artfully arranged little gems!

I couldn't have asked for a more thoughtful (and generous!) swap partner. Big thanks, Jessica, for making my day!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter

One of the last eggs to be found in the hunt.

Spoils from the lambie cake.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Taxes due? Make a potholder!

I couldn't sleep last night from worrying about the fact that I haven't yet done my taxes. So I got up at 4:30 a.m. and sewed a potholder. I feel much better now. Maybe I'll go back to bed...