Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine's Day Approaches

It's hard to appreciate Valentines' Day hype when you're single, and honestly, the whole commercial thing plus facebook significant-other gushing is pretty tasteless and annoying. But it is good to have traditions. The last two years I think what we did for Valentine's dinner was order pizza... which is really pretty special.

One for sure tradition: Adventures in Odyssey! I have fond memories of listening to all the history episodes- Columbus day, St. Patrick's day, Valentines' day- and I want to play them for the appropriate holidays. The episodes about St. Valentine is called The Last "I do":

But commercialism aside, any excuse to do something special- now that I finally have a husband- is welcome. Lacking a babysitter, we're looking forward to a nice dinner at home after Baby M goes to sleep. Shrimp. Soup. Fresh bread. Gelato. Yum.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Ahhh, Neighbors

Our neighbors are moving. I'm trying not to be too gleeful, but I am glad. Someone once told me rather gush-ily how wonderful it was to live in a Christian community(being on Seminary campus). Sure, there are good things about it, but we're still in a bad area of town. Things get stolen all the time, cars get broken in to. And even on a Christian campus not everyone is nice to live with- or next to. These particular neighbors always avoid eye contact, always look unhappy, and have three very loud and active children who they sometimes yell at. And I always thought it was kind of mean that the wife worked and the husband stayed home. So I am glad they are moving. We probably won't even get new neighbors until closer to the next semester, so it really will be a little quieter!

They're not the only ones on our block who are moving. Two doors down is a family who's moving out west. They seem nice but we never talk. Their windows are always in disarray, with the screens half hanging out and the blinds crooked and bent. It always looks like a hurricane must have gone through their house, just from looking at the windows. So I'm guessing it will take maintenance a long time to repair their house for the next occupants!

I just hope our new neighbors aren't Korean! We already have seven Korean families living in our square, and while there's absolutely nothing wrong with being Korean, they tend to stick to their own culture group on campus. There are so many of them here that they don't need to have Americans as friends.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Baby M at Christmas

Baby M celebrated her ten month birthday by getting a cold. I am thankful she's been in good health for most of her short life. Anyway, Christmas!

Baby M's first Christmas was a white one. We left the strange and balmy temperatures of Texas for a big family Christmas in Nebraska and the weather obliged us with a very pretty coat of snow. Margaret loved seeing her cousins every day and is turning out to be quite a social baby.

Exploring a bigger house than our apartment was a lot of fun. There's always something new to see!

Opening a Christmas Present

Margaret debuted her two new Christmas dresses, but without pictures. They are both from cotton scraps, and lined with flannel. They were plenty warm. They aren't anything special in cut, just general shapeless baby clothes.

But the hangers are even more interesting...

A small paisley print

Forest green dotted cotton and maroon linen trim.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Good Stuffs

I don't get to reenact anymore; while I would still love to, there are several impediments:

One, it's really hot here for most of the year.
Two, last year I was sick and pregnant.
Three, now I have a baby and it's so not worth it to skip her naps.
Four, the earliest you can conceivably enact for this area is 1840. Which I could do, but don't have a kit for. And the dress I started before I got pregnant is still on the manikin.

Anyway, all that to say I haven't done any reenacting since I got here. But I am trying to get back into a few things that I enjoy, like dancing. I've also been trying a bit more to have ladies over. So far I've had ladies several times for tea and hand quilting, and that's been fun. We've also branched into talking about bread making and butter churning a bit.

So before we leave to visit family and get busy with Christmas I invited several ladies over for tea, ladies who have been quilting with me and ladies who I've met at other events. It's always nice to get out my collection of wooden plates and pottery cups. We went healthy with fruit, nuts, coconut chocolate, and whole wheat cucumber sandwiches. It was a sweet time and it made me very thankful that after two years I finally am getting to know some women here.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Just little things

Onesie Dresses- So easy! So cute!

Making cute baby clothes is just too much fun. I sorted through some of my fabric scraps the other day and found some leftover melton wool in brown and scarlet. I slapped them together to make a little hood for Baby M, and used part of an old silk skirt at lining. Because wool is itchy! I've been working on getting some warm clothes for Baby M because the weather here is finally turning(Yay). Another fun thing I made from scraps is a little Snow White dress. It's pretty cute. She wore it to church one Sunday.

Slashed sleeves.

Blue linen and gold satin leftovers.
Baby M continues to amaze and astonish with her adorable average baby progress. We look forward to her first Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Grey Coat Done

The grey coat is done, shipped, and hopefully already on the back of it's owner.

Time they are a changing. Or at least my age is about to. I always said that if I was still single when I turned thirty I would spend all my savings to go back to Scotland over my birthday, so no one could celebrate me turning thirty. But as it happened, I'm not still single. So I guess I don't get to go to Scotland, but that leaves the question what does one do for a thirtieth birthday?

Quilted fields.

Scrap pinwheels

Clouds and such.


Finished quilt.

I've finished Baby M's quilt. It's passable; the linen piecing pulled and wrinkled a bit. Using linen for quilting doesn't work so well as stiffer fabrics like cotton, which is why pieced quilts are always cotton these days! But my goal was to use up some of my fabric scraps, and I have a lot of linen.

I'm coming to love diaper boxes. They're sturdy and they have handles, and we currently have a lot of them. I want to pack everything in my cupboards and closets in diaper boxes so that when we move, in about a year and a half, everything will already be packed. I'm not sure John really appreciates all the closet items migrating into diaper boxes; but I so enjoy having things organized!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Grey Wool Coat

Fall break was fun. We went out to eat Greek, had donuts and cider to celebrate Fall; went for a walk, bought steaks(John cooked me dinner) and generally just enjoyed being all together. Now it's back to the grind, and I'm shipping out the grey wool coat today!

Twelve buttons down the front.

Two very large pockets.

Three back pleats/vents

A three inch tall stand collar.

A rather bulky back pleat and lots of hemming.

And a very nap-ready Baby M with the finished product. A fairly basic coat, fun, and I look forward to seeing a picture on the customer!