Seasons of Change.

So I just realized how long it's been since I posted!  I started writing this post shortly after Easter ( see little Addison hugging the Easter bunny).  Well my friends,  so much has happened and I got a little off track.

Our  2 yr. old grand-daughter Calista modeling the dress I made her for Easter.
Boy time has flown.

And little Addison modeling the dress I made her for Easter.  I am still sewing as much as I have time for.
But as you can see by this picture things were still pretty bare back in April.

Tulips and daffodils have bloomed and are long gone.
And the lilacs as well.
After a long cold winter, and a cool spring it's so nice to have warm sunny days!
June is bursting out all over.

And there have been changes...oh so many changes.
My Mom's cat has 5 new baby kittens.
And one little girl is very in love.

My husband Dan is retiring from teaching after 33.5 years.
His last day with kids was this past Friday.
He is not retiring from working though.  He started a new job in March and has been working there part time until he finished up the school year.
To say it's been stressful is an understatement.

And I've been sewing.....

And sewing 

And sewing some more!  My goal is to have an Etsy shop up and running by this fall.
Any suggestions for names would be welcome too.
I will be selling handcrafted little girls clothing and maybe a few boy outfits as well.
So keep me in mind please, I will update here.

On a sad note, my dear father-in law passed away this past April.
It's been a sad time for my husband and his family, especially his dear Mom.
Like I said, so many changes in such a short time.
Take care friends and cheers to June!


Sewing the party dress times 3.

Hi friends,
I am kind of excited to share with you what I've been up to the  
past two weeks.  In order for me to get through these past few weeks of winter, I needed to
find a project that would remind me of spring.
And along comes the party dress, a free pattern by the Cottage Mama and I was sold.
I was pretty sure it would make the perfect Easter Dress.

I needed to put my thinking cap on though.  The bodice is lined
and the skirt is quite full.  But after struggling a bit with the first
dress I made, the next two went together much more quickly.

This is the first one I made.  The fabric line is tutti frutti, and I think the name is fitting don't you?
 One of these dresses is heading to my little Arizona grand--daughter.

A bit of the messy hair, it was getting towards bedtime and she had been playing hard.
However in between some bed jumping, she was a sweet little model.

 A back view.  The skirt is quite full and it has a lovely sash perfect for bow
making.  I found the flower buttons at Jo-Anne's and thought they went
perfectly with the dress!

And this last number I made for a good friends new little grand-daughter.
The size is six months and it was so tiny compared to the size 3 and 4 I made
for my own grand-daughters.

I made it so she could wear it with or without a sash, giving her the option for
two different looks.

And I added covered buttons, a first for me.
I sure hope she likes it!
 Finally.. we have had some beautiful spring days.
Most of the snow is gone, just a little bit in the shady areas near the woods.
And soon I hope to be doing another kind of sowing.
Take care and think spring my friends!


Met. Monday  Between Naps on the Porch