Thursday, March 18, 2010

Easter dress 2010

Since I have to make a flower girl dress for Miss M for my sister's wedding in May, I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone as they say and make the mock-up be her Easter dress for this year.  I used Simplicity 4337 view A, sort of.  I completely redrew the sleeve so it'll match the style of sleeve on the matron of honor's dress.  I also shortened it and reduced the width of the bodice (by 4 inches!) to fit my petite girl.



It'll make a great summertime play dress too.  It's made from a vintage bedsheet and is fully lined with soft bleached muslin.  I'll probably remove the tulle that's currently attached to the underskirt for ease of play and laundering.  I debated even attaching it in the first place, but I'm glad I did because I got a feel for the construction of the "real" dress.  I actually like this pattern and style a lot and I'd love to make a few more for summer.  I can envision one of lightweight denim or chambray with big saggy patch pockets.

I used my photo editor to enhance the colors in the pictures...sadly our grass is no where near that green.  Today it finally got up to 65...and tomorrow it's supposed to snow again! Boo! At least I'll be stuck inside where I need to be so I can get the flower girl dress done instead of being enticed outside by nice weather!

While we were out I took a few more pictures.  Enjoy!







Little Guy was not feeling very well today.  He got three shots yesterday and was running a bit of a temp today.  Poor thing!

The next two are the same picture of Miss M with two different effects.  Which do you like better? (You can click on them to see them bigger).



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Something is happening

In addition to starting preschool with Miss M, I also recently joined a women's Bible study and am trying to stay on track with the wedding sewing. Sadly that means my blogging time has been nixed. I'm enjoying school with Miss M very much and am making progress on the wedding sewing. I'll have something to show soon...if I can get it photographed and posted!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Heartbreaking

This makes me want to cry.

Children having children.  Cruelty to Innocents.  In our own backyard.  I was mere miles from there when it was happening.

A nearly-two-year-old is a remarkably intelligent creature despite his inability to communicate fully. Kids take in a lot more than most people give them credit for.  It breaks my heart that people treat their kids with such merciless distain.  Why is it fun to throw someone off balance, take away their boundaries, make them feel small, cause them distress?  Even in non-criminal ways.

Today I hold my own wee ones a little closer and speak to them a little more gently.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Songs of the birds

We're finally getting some decent weather.  I couldn't be more ecstatic!  The only problem is I need to make Miss M's flower girl dress and my bridesmaid (er...bridesmatron?) dress this month...including mock-ups before cutting into the silk.

Between yesterday and today, I got the pattern pieces all traced and cut out for the mock-up of the bodice of my dress.  I'm using some weird fabric my sister gave me for that purpose (unknown content, strange mauve-ish color).  It's about the same weight and hand as the silk, so hopefully it'll work well.  I plan to use a vintage sheet for Miss M's and make an actual wearable dress for her muslin.

So while I need to be inside sewing every chance I get, the songbirds are enchanting me with their melodies.  Come out.  Feel the warmth of freshly liberated sunbeams.  Sing with us the songs of Spring.  Come out.  The dancing wind is waking the groggy trees.  Soon it'll be green again.  Come out.  Come out!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The beginning of homeschooling

My educational history is...interesting.  I am a kindergarten drop-out.  (We moved across the country mid-year).  I went to public school for 5th grade and half of 3rd grade.  I was homeschooled the rest...including two years of 6th grade since we kind of didn't do anything one year.  I went to private school 7th-12th and to college for 5 years, but still don't have a degree*.  The one year of homeschooling when we ended up not doing much was largely due to my mom trying out a new curriculum...or lack of curriculum.  It was the put-it-together-yourself type.  The rest of my homeschooled years were done with Calvert which I loved! (Though I do remember hating Composition and crying over Arithmetic!)  I always got in trouble for reading ahead in my history and storybooks...I didn't mean to. I just forgot to stop at the ends of chapters, ya know?

I've got a 3 year old and a 3 month old.  I have trouble keeping up with my dishes and laundry, not to mention trying to pull together a homeschool curriculum!  Even a preschool one.  Back when I was doing Calvert, they didn't have a preschool curriculum, but they do now.  And it'll be arriving at my house within a week! I'm so excited!

Miss M has been begging to "learn school" every day. She flies through preschool workbooks (even when I make her "review" pages she's already done so that she ends up doing everything two or three times).  I was planning to order a curriculum for her this fall, but hubby and I decided not to wait just for the sake of waiting.  She's got excellent fine motor skills for her age, so why not just get on with it?  I don't know if we'll finish in a year...or more...or less.  We'll go at our own pace, but at least I'll have something to keep her busy an hour or two during the day.

 This is going to be fun!

*It's kind of hard to graduate when they require certain upper-level classes, then schedule them once every two years at the same day and time as each other!  You'd almost think they don't want their students to graduate.