Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Norah's birthday dress

One of the fun things about having a girl is getting to make clothes for them, as I am slowly discovering.  It's been hectic around here and I hate to ignore this sweet mellow little gal while her exuberant brother has a big birthday bash filled with friends and fun.  

 I cut into some hoarded  Japanese Kokka fabric for this little reversible apron dress.  It is lined in pink Kona, with some ric rak and an appliqued matryoschka doll on the reverse. A couple vintage buttons from the button jar finish off the shoulders.

The series of photos was taken as Brian was taking a break working on the porch roof. She is all about walking everywhere, now!

Such a sweet dress for our sweet gal!  Now I gotta go windex the door again.  Happy birthday, Norah!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Farmer's Wife Friday... er, on Saturday.

It's Saturday afternoon and I realized I forgot to post some blocks yesterday! It's been a busy week, CMQG meeting Wednesday, visited the Snakes at Snake Week, and ended up not making it to swim lessons because of a bloody nose (poor B).  Anyhow, here are two for this week:

Block 84: Spool

I used some Kona scraps and a small fun square of random print for the center. I'm loving green and brown together: I guess it's my mid-century love!

Block 107: Windblown Square

This block is the same as 102, Whirlwind, but with two colors.  I used up scraps from another project, a nautical Swoon gift. I'm amazed at how much waste I generated making those blocks and couldn't just throw them out... sooo, into the Farmer's Wife they go! Waste not, Want not. Oh, wait. That's block 97...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bennett's Birthday

Cheesing it up for the camera

Not B-day related but Norah can now do this.

Custom made red velvet cupcakes with blue cream cheese frosting and a white chocolate lego mini fig.

 The dual piggy back ride is a skill that is passed down through the generations.

 Lil' B got a set of super hero masks for his birthday. The yard has never been safer.

 Thanks again Mom for making the trip down (and Aunt Amanda, too!). Your last minute party guidance was indispensable. You were right: spray paint was probably not good to leave out for a kids party. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Farmer's Wife Friday

We have been running around getting the house ready for Bennett's Lego birthday party this week, but I wanted to post a couple new blocks... so, it's really a Farmer's Wife Saturday afternoon when we are birthdayed out post.

Block 12: Broken Sugar Bowl

I used up more scraps: some leftover yellow, a bit of brown Japanese matryoschka, and some pink heath.  Overall I'm happy with the sweetness, and the yellow brings in a bit more contrast. Apparently I don't use much green or yellow in my blocks.

Block 25: Cups and Saucers

Yep, another punny one. I just can't help myself! The coffee fabric is leftover from a '90s apartment kitchen curtain, the red from Aneela Hoey's Little Apples line. Don't look too close, you'll see all the unsewing I had to do!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Farmer's Wife Friday

Happy Friday! I can't believe it's June already. Where is the time going??


 block 26: Cut Glass Dish
I've been drawn to reds and navy lately, and I love these Moda scissors. I used the last bits of these scraps in this block and am happy as they "cut" their way between all those dang triangles!  I used a Kona navy and also some Denyse Schmidt print instead of white or cream to give some balance to the colors in the block.

block 100: Weathervane
Another fun one! I used some bits of a fun Japanese mushrooms print, Kona khaki, and a bit of Aneela Hooey's Little Apples print in aqua.  There are a deceptive 36 pieces in this little 6 inch block. That is A LOT of sewing. And quite a bit of the inevitable unsewing. Sigh!