Sunday, May 31, 2009


I'm going to participate in the JCC at Stitcher's Guild.  Here is my "orphan".  It's a reversible jacket that I purchased last year.  I have only worn it a few times with black pants and always with the lighter side showing.  It's not really my colors (except for the blue), but I get compliments on it every time I wear it.  

I have some blue French terry that is the right color that I will use for a skirt and top.  I purchased some Tencel fabric in the gold tone, but I'm not sure what I will do with that.  My accessory will be a belt (I think).  You'll have to stay tuned ...!

I just realized that I am not getting the comments from my blog sent to my email anymore.  I have to fix that, but in the meantime, thank you for the kind comments you have posted, Karen, Eva, Pamela, Eileen and Diana.  I wasn't ignoring you I just wasn't paying attention to the comments area of my posts!!  I will pay attention from now on...I promise.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Three Down, One To Go

Child #3 graduated from the College of the Holy Cross on Friday.  It was a beautiful, hot day with not a cloud in the sky.  Here he is receiving his diploma.  I forgot to take my zoom lens so this is cropped and enlarged and a little grainy, but it works!

As the final name was called the balloons were released.

Here's the whole crew with the graduate.  That's three down and one to go...stay tuned!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Some Scenery

When my hubby took photos of me for the SWAP contest, he positioned me around the yard to show his tulips, picket fence, stone wall, arbor, etc.  Little did he know that I was going to crop all of those things out of the photos!  So here are some shots of the Spring scenery.  The tulips were fantastic.  He promises next year will be even better!!  I guess we'll all have to stay tuned...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I'm A Winner!

I am the Third prize winner in the SWAP contest.  I can't believe it!  Here are the rest of the garments that I hadn't shown previously here.  The other two winners in the contest are ones that I voted for.  All of the wardrobes were lovely so this a very special honor.  As well as the fact that I now have some nice new clothes that fit!


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

How Shirley Adams Saved My SWAP...

Now that the SWAP photos have been posted, I can feel free to talk about my garments.  Great procrastinator that I am, I left lots of the sewing to be finished at the very end of the SWAP deadline.  The last week of the SWAP, Shirley Adams was coming to Buffalo for two days and I was signed up for both days!  The first day was a trunk show of hundreds of, what inspiration.  Day two was the origami top class in the morning and a purse class in the afternoon.  The fabric I took from my stash for the origami top just happened to coordinate with my SWAP pieces.  I wasn't sure I would like the top, but I wasn't going to miss the opportunity to take a class from a sewing expert like Shirley Adams!  I loved the top when it was done (I added the bottom tucked hems to the top and sleeves) and it saved my SWAP because it replaced a top that I had completed and hated and I hadn't wasted a day away from my sewing machine!

The top is made from 6 squares of fabrics.  Two of the squares are cut on the diagonal and the pieces sewn together.  Because of the way the pieces are sewn the top hangs on the diagonal. The instructions are in Shirley's Sewing Connection book #17.  You can also take a look at the new issue of Threads magazine (July) for a top and jacket that are made similarly with two squares of fabric.

If you ever get a chance to see Shirley Adams at a seminar, or take a class with her, don't miss it.  She is a sewing inspiration!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day.  I took a 2 1/2 hour drive to have lunch and spend the day with my mom (and dad!).  It was fun.  I got home just in time for a lovely dinner cooked by my husband and gifts from my husband and son #3.

The SWAP photos are up.  You can see them here.  There are some very nice collections.  It's going to be hard to decide who to vote for!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

An Update

I was able to finish the SWAP in the nick of time.  The photos will be up on Sunday, until then here's a sneak peek of my favorite combination.  

I've been doing some knitting and letting my sewing machine rest for a few days.  Check back on Sunday and I'll have a link to the SWAP contest so you can see all of the wonderful wardrobes that have been created in the last 6 months.  Stay tuned...