So Three Years Went By

Yup, just like that.

A few things happened. We lost a grandchild and learned how profoundly one short life can touch other lives. We will never be the same.

After three years on the market, the warm and wonderful log home my husband built for us 20 years ago was purchased by an eager young couple with six children who had to move in NOW! We moved into a house trailer for the three long months it took to build the new house. The trailer smelled funny and we had it crammed to the ceilings, quite literally, but the new house turned out to be an empty-nester’s dream. We love it.

New house, new curtains, right?

It was fun to make the duvet cover on the left. We had a  small down comforter, perfect for toasty toes, but I couldn’t stand that it wasn’t the right color for our tranquil new blue/green/gold bedroom. I stash-busted everything in my scraps, appliquéd 3″ wide columns on a neutral base and highlighted design elements of the scraps with decorative stitches. Finally I machine-embroidered a bluebird of happiness on one of the columns on “my side” of the quilt and a pair of smug little owls on  one of “his side” columns.

 

Our guest room valances are lined in persimmon paisley. I just feel so happy in that room, especially when our daughter is home and staying in it or if we’ve got it filled with grandchildren.

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Election Day project

After I voted, here’s what I workied on: New Look pattern A6306 includes a view featuring decorative buttons .  It was a no-brainer to use this trim little classic vest as a a  stashbuster for my collection. Delicious chocolately brown satin for the lining and back will make for a neutral yet tactile piece that I’ll wear a lot!

I cut, lined and sewed the buttons on the vest before Election Day and finished up just in time to do my civic duty.

I’m using medium weight Pellon interfacing to anchor those buttons and keep the cotton/lycra ponte from being too drapey.

Hand-sewing 33 buttons was the hardest part of this easy pattern.

Next, I invite you to visit a wonderful blog  at http://www.afashionablestitch.com. 

She’s got great ideas on how to get your wardrobe working for you!

Just realized I never got a finished view posted here. Ta-da! Craft as Therapy Button Vest CroppedThis is where I either go into a long blather about all the mistakes I made or just shut up and let you enjoy the peek! The sequin-collar chiffon blouse came from Lane Bryant.