Lucy is my sewing machine. Since we are such good friends I thought she deserved a name, you know?
Well, Lucy and I had our first falling out today when I broke her.
I was trying to make buttonholes on my Sew-Along skirts and when I tried to pull down the buttonhole lever (for the first time since bringing her home) it wouldn't stay down. Well, I tried and tried. I pulled the white plastic part off and luckily it went right back on. The trouble started when I tried sewing and pulling the lever at the same time. It just wouldn't budge after that. And since the lever is stuck, the machine won't sew.
Sorry, Lucy. Please forgive me.
I guess I should have taken the advice that I give my kids quite often: "don't force things. It makes them break."
Good advice, wouldn't you say?
Well, what this boils down to is that when we meet up on Flickr tomorrow, the picture that I post of my skirt will be a bit deceiving since it will be held on with pins instead of buttonholes and ties.
Just don't tell anyway, OK? The Sew-Along teacher is supposed to have things together. I also won't mention that I did one of the steps wrong on my skirt. Since it still worked, there is no need to share that information.
I know very little about the cars, but I love to look. My dad used to take me along with him when I was a kid, so it's an extension of that experience. He, of course, is an expert in car trivia so it's interesting to go with him. Another reason to lament living so far away...
There is a hot-rod show that I like to go to in June. All kinds of cool old cars and a whole section of Deuce-Coupes. Gotta love those! There was one lonely deuce-coupe at the car show this weekend:
Wouldn't it be fun to drive around town in an old car? Not a junky, beat-up old car, but a cool one that is fixed up and speedy. If I had my choice I would have driven away in this baby........really fast:
On Wednesday I took My oldest daughter to the airport to fly to Japan to visit her hubby. She was beyond thrilled to go and I was happy to see her off. She has 2 weeks of wedded bliss before she has to come back, but her guy will be home soon after. Then they really get to start their new life together.
Seamus got into a bit of a mess and required a bath. Aubry was the photographer and I think she took enough pictures to make it into a movie. Really, she took a TON within about 5 minutes. A budding photographer perhaps?
The little guy wasn't too happy with our attention. At every turn he tried to slip away quickly. But we were quicker.
A clean puppy is wonderful. Of course, it only lasts a minute or two before he steps in something or rolls in the dirt. But for just a moment he smelled of kiwi and strawberry and puppy breath.
Here he is all cleaned up in his collar courtesy of Lizzie Bees:
The jury is still out on whether or not he is a water-dog.
He may have to grow into that part of his persona.
It was a beautiful weekend! The sun was warm and the outdoors was calling.
We went for a hike and took Seamus. He was a trooper and kept up with us the whole time:
He tried to figure out if he was a water dog or not. The jury is still out on this one:
He conked out for a while by daddy's side:
Our garden is finally done and it's lovely. So much to look forward to! Everything looked a bit wilted in the morning, but I am assuming it's a case of transplant shock. At least, that's what I am hoping:
Aubry wanted to wash cars this weekend. It's so nice to have a kid who thinks work is fun. Why do kids grow out of that???:
Have a lovely day and keep the sunshine in your heart!
A bunch of years ago, when my thumb was not quite as green as it is now, I came across a package of nasturtium seeds and was drawn in by this description: "thrives on neglect. too much water will result in lots of foliage and no flowers".
At the time, that was the flower for me. Lucky for my kids, I was better at maintaining their well-being than I was with any type of plant.
I still plant these every year and I water them much less than everything else, and they reward me with flowers all summer long, and tons of blooms in fall. I love their old-fashioned look and their sprawling vines. So very pretty!
On Saturday we will finally get around to planting the garden. Freeze warnings this week have slowed us down, but no longer. It's time to get those veggies in the ground so they can start growing.
This top took me a while, but I accomplished it in about 15 minutes a day. That's all the sewing time I have right now.
The pattern was simple enough, but my general dislike of patterns still shines through. Reading the directions is a like a last resort for me, so I end up in trouble regularly. Thank goodness I have a handy seam-ripper.
This top looks so cute on Aubry with a pair of denim capris. If it wasn't for the super-cold weather we are having, she would be wearing it.
It's on the end of her bed waiting for a warm day.