Friday, October 26, 2012

Hey, look! I got a present!

Sister gave me a present this morning for no reason at all!  A giant felt acorn, and a dish to keep it in.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A grand luncheon

Last Friday our friend Carl was Chef of the Day, and invited David and me to attend a splendid lunch.  Carl planned and cooked the entire meal for 16 people.  It was splendid!  Here are some pictures.

First peek at the table

Carl created the centerpieces from materials in his parents' yard -- grapes, grape vines and hops.
End of Summer
Orchard and Vineyard
Mmmmm!  That was good!
The chef and his very proud parents

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Monarch Dress

Today I finished my summer sewing!  This is the Monarch Dress (Vogue 8813).  Not finished as in completely done, of course.  I need to snip threads, tweak the neckline and find some light weight buttons for the pockets.  But I'm happy with it.  And glad to be done.


I kind of like the way the hem scallops in the front, although I don't think that's intentional.  I have to say that the smocking did not work well on this fabric -- it was impossible to mark, and the zigzagging puckered up so tightly that the pearl cotton couldn't be pulled.  So I faked it.
And here is a picture of my birthday present from my friend Pam, Heddie the Hedgehog!
This morning David got out our wedding album, so I decided to put up one of the pictures.  I can't believe how much hair we used to have!