In just over a week, our school will be out for Spring Break! Yes, Spring! Pay no attention to the freezing temperatures and snow on the ground. Who cares that there is an icy bite in the air when you can see light in the sky before 7am these days? The birds are singing, the chickens are laying eggs again, and Spring is definitely coming. Hooray!
Yesterday, I went through the girls' summer things to see what we would need for our upcoming warm-weather get-away. I was happy to see they needed very little, just some new swim, sandals and summer pjs. A search of my usual sites offered up $30 cotton pjs on a 3-week delay. No thank you on both counts. Time to sew! I found two men's large organic cotton t-shirts that I will cut and sew into simple pillowcase nightgowns.
Thinking about Spring drew me back once again to my beloved Liberty Tana Lawn. Oh, how I long to sew with this gorgeous stuff, but the price makes it scary for me to cut. After five years of waffling, I finally jumped in and made a purchase. The theme of the Spring Kids' Clothes Week is "Mini Me". I plan to make Citronille's Suzanne (now available in English!) for myself and both girls (I was very tempted by this for my dress, but I just couldn't face the price tag). I also want to sew more Oliver + S class picnic blouses for them and a Shearwater Kaftan for me. Whew. I better start tracing and cutting patterns now…
What creative projects are you working on?
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Today is Fat Tuesday! If you happen to live in a part of the country (world?) where this has no meaning, it's the last, biggest day to indulge before the start of Lent tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. In New Orleans, parades will roll all day long as locals and tourists revel until they can't revel no mo'. Those in the know might tell you the party really gets started the Thursday before Mardi Gras, when the Krewe of MUSES rolls through the streets of New Orleans.
I've been a lucky member of this krewe for almost ten years. When I was first up for a coveted rider spot on the floats, I thought it would be an incredible once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list opportunity…and it still is, every year when I return to the fabulous group of women on my float and the city that still pulls our heart strings. See the woman on the light blue float looking directly into the camera with a deliriously happy look in her eyes? That would be me. Oh, I know what it means to miss New Orleans! I feel blessed each time I return for a visit that I once called that place home and even more blessed that some of its residents still claim me too.
Wishing you a day of indulgence in what makes your heart happy!
Happy Mardi Gras, y'all!
Friday, February 21, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
What you see here is the end of the day fun with dry ice leftover from school experiments. Our big girl gave a fantastic report in her science class and used dry ice to demonstrate condensation and--more memorably--the fact that fog is captured inside the bubbles when you add dish soap to the warm water. Her classmates went crazy for this fun fact, as did our wee girl's class when we showed them too. We played with dry ice at a friend's house in the afternoon, and we had to bring it out again at home before bed. Silly me didn't think to record the hilarity until kiddos were almost out of steam themselves, but ooo, dry ice is fun! We bought ours at Butler Gas in McKees Rocks; it was less than $25 for 10 lbs (the minimum sold). Worth every penny.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The Krewe of Muses rolls in just over one week! Nothing like a deadline to prompt temporary conversion of the dining table to the glitterauge. Three more pairs of boots are freshly spray-painted outside. One week is plenty of time to make them parade-fabulous, yes?