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Sunday, April 20, 2014


A little beyond the cute, fuzzy baby chicks  which they were 2 weeks ago; but I love the teenage phase they are going through right now..."surfer dudes", we call them...this one enjoyed his first time outside in the sunshine today!

DD and DSIL are up for the holiday weekend...I thought Maggie might step in to take photos (she is a fabulous photographer, among her many talents) but she had a run-in with a mandoline this afternoon, and she lost...:(

Here we are during the photoshoot

I am showing my most recent sewing project, a pair of my Lynda Maynard pants 
in a wonderful cotton/linen blend from my new source, Smuggler's Daughter;
it's off-white with a fabulous "ink spatter" pattern from Milly.

We are feasting on grilled, butterflied leg of lamb (scallops for pescaterian DD),
roasted red potatoes, asparagus, and wine (and CHAMPAGNE!)

An endless sink full of dishes to be done...

I'm checking in over at Not Dead Yet Style where Patti is once again hosting
Visible Monday...

I hope your holiday or Sunday has been wonderful!


Monday, April 14, 2014


That's me...spring has sprung and I have been buzzing around like a madwoman. I had a dinner party for a dear friend, involving LOTS of Middle-Eastern cooking; my eldest niece and her darling high-school senior son came to visit en route from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which he will enter this September; DD and DSIL are coming for the weekend, and next week I'm off for a few days in Santa Fe with a group of "Fiberly Friends"...it's all good.

In between activities, I was able to grab some studio time and made this tee

an OOP Vogue pattern by Marcy Tilton (8582). You will notice, I'm sure, that it has some COLOR...it's a very pretty knit from Emma One Sock that had all the right colors in it.

The next project I tackled was a Claude Montana pattern, also OOP, Vogue 1373

I've always loved his designs, and have "collected" a number of them on eBay.
Since these are mostly 1980's patterns, I had to do a lot of work on the shoulders, armscyes and sleeves. They were HUGE, to accommodate the shoulder pads of the times.

The fabric is a black and gray leopard print denim from JoAnn's;

I used black piping on the princess seams in the back.

You can see I have a little more work to do on the shoulder area before I try another one...it can be worn open over a tee, as well.

The last item I made is a shirt/tunic in my old reliable B5526...

The fabric is a beautiful drapey rayon with a lovely hand from a NEW SOURCE!

The site is Smuggler's Daughter...I have ordered several pieces of fabric from her and am very pleased with the quality and speed of delivery.

I made a double collar on it, which is kind of hard to see in the photos...

(that large round thing on my bosom must be a water spot on the lens)
This too, I can wear open over a tank or tee.

Sorry for the dot...

During my sewing times I listened to several audio books...I particularly enjoyed
Daughters of Mars by Tom Keneally, the author who wrote "Schindler's List".
The Daughters of Mars

I'll probably post again before I leave for Santa Fe...


PS, sorry for the duplicate photos, I can't seem to fix them!