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J is for Just In

I finished my French Girl Knits Delphine lacy cap sleeve top last night.  Here’s the Ravelry link.   http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Slipping/delphine-lacy-cap-sleeve-top    I just finished it last night in time to wash it and dry it so I could wear it this morning for work  I may have mentioned…I work in a knit shop and I love wearing hand-knits in the store.  I get excited and that makes customers excited and it’s just more fun.  Anyway, I had to weave in the ribbon this morning and made it just in time to get to the store.  The top absolutely has to have the ribbon…if not, it is not a just a “French Girl” knit, it’s a “French Girl in a Bordello knits!”  The sleeves fall down to an off the shoulder type garment….not a good look for a 40-ish year old mom with chunky arms!!!!!

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I is for International Traveler

My nephew, Remi, arrived last Wednesday after much anticipation!  We were so excited that we would get to see him again after only 6 months.  This is unheard of.  Remi lives in France with my sister, niece and their father.  Becca, my sis, has been there for about 15 years.  Usually they get to come back to the states once a year.  This time Remi got to travel alone and visit for 2 weeks.  Here he is with Nanny (great-grandmother) fresh off the plane.


G is for Grateful

I have so many things to be grateful for this week.  As you may have noticed, I missed “G” last week.   We were in the Blue Ridge Mountains in GA with our best friends and their twins.  I have a number of photos to show you as proof positive that I have so much to be grateful for.  I’m grateful for a husband who is a better partner than I deserve and who is the father that the girls need; for my beautiful girls who find everything exciting and fresh; for my dearest friend who lets me be crazy while all the time gently nudging me toward a saner place;  for two amazing 15 year olds who are excellent role models and friends to my girls;  for my hubby’s best friend who is always there; and last, but not least, my snuggly bed, two cuddly cats and a cup of Earl Grey with my favorite cookies before bed.  

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F is for “Firsts”

It seems as if one experiences an endless parade of “firsts” when becoming a parent.  There are first steps, first words, first smiles.  Then life happens and we forget the everyday firsts we experience with our children.  I was looking through my recent photos for inspiration and found numerous pictures of our girls.  I realized that those everyday pictures are even more precious than I thought.  There are pictures of Grey and Mycah’s first ever May Fair at their amazing school.  There’s a picture of Grey’s first crocheted hat and her first knitted doll (with crocheted clothing), both done at aforementioned amazing school.  Our picnic with Zoe at the park (ok, I admit, not the first of the season and certainly not the last…but give a girl some poetic license, k) And lastly, there is a photo of my first time sitting knee to knee with my friend Camille embroidering names on the apron for Mycah’s teacher.


E is for Enlightened

e was a hard one for me.  I have chosen this word based on a random word generator, so I am really stretching here.  However, I am enlightened after my weekend with Lori.  Lori is my best friend and a master seamstress/costume designer/patterning instructor/college professor…etc.  She has been working with me for a couple of years on my sewing skills.  I have a high desire to learn, but apparently little patience.  I have been progressing steadily and have made two or three dresses for each of my girls, a skirt for each of them and a couple of tops for myself.  With hose items i learned to do pleats, to install and invisible zipper, do a buttonhole, elastic, hem and make small adjustments in a pattern.  the one thing that I have avoided at all cost has been bias tape.  I attempted a blouse from http://www.amazon.com/One-Piece-Wearables-Garments-Accessories-Domestic/dp/1592533442
One Piece Wearables that  made heavy use of boas tape before my sewing lessons with Lori.  I made the rookie mistake of trying to encase the raw edges in one pass and the result was so poor that I threw the entire lot in the trash!  I have avoided all bias since then.  well, that, my friends, is over.  Lori taught me some of the tricks of the trade regarding bias tape using the very same pattern that had kicked my butt before.  So…I have been enlightened…thanks to Lori.  No bias tape will ever kick me again!!!!


D is for Done!….almost

I am almost finished with the apron.  I have embroidered all the names.  All I have left is to embroider “Morning Glory” on the waist band and the Linden School’s symbol on the upper left of the apron body.  I have to say, i have been slogging through this last portion an d stealing time to do other things.  I have knit a pair of newborn booties http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stay-on-baby-booties-5 from a Churchmouse design for the yarn store I work in and I cast on a pair of clog socks  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/turkish-bed-socks for myself (also a Churchmouse design).

Here’s a picture of my husband modeling the apron…he’s a little silly at times.

 


Today is World MS Awareness Day

More than likely you know someone, love someone or will meet someone with MS at some point in your life.  Today is World MS Awareness Day.  Here is the link to the National MS Society’s homepage.  http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx  Please take a minute to look at the site and if you are so moved…act on it.  Thank you.