new life for a sad skirt

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I restyled this denim skirt that was oh so schlumpy and Branch Davidian on me. The skirt was way too long so I cut it at the knee and added this hand made patchwork binding. It still looked a bit too neat for my liking so I cut the top seam of the binding and it's now nicely frayed….perfect. Now I'm digging in my closet for other sad clothes that may find a new life.
A few pics from the garden…
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beans
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cosmos, my favorite
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tomatoes, some ready, some not
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tomatillos
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dill, gone to seed
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Yarn, babies and dirt

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Yesterday I drove out to Paige, Texas for the opening of my new LYS Yarnorama I’m thrilled to have a yarn store/café open out this way, seriously thrilled. Even more excited to be able to meet up with some other knitters near my new hometown. I believe the shops owner and a handful of the other women I spotted there have fiber animals and are spinners and weavers. I guess I’ll be spinning earlier than I thought. They were hard at work getting the café in working order too. I bought this beautiful Malabrigo there. I also picked up a skein of Cascade that reminds me of a Guinea hen. Although the boxes were still being inventoried and put on shelves yesterday, I could see by the yarns that were already displayed that the shop will be carrying beautiful luxury yarns. . . further illustrating the shops claim to be a playground for the fiber obsessed!

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I am so happy with the way this super simple and quick patchwork comforter came out. I stitched it up in no tome yesterday. I had every intention of creating a proper baby quilt with handmade binding and all, but time simply got away from me. I got the idea to go simple from Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson of Purl Soho.  

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I also knit up this cutest ever cotton bib with some Peaches and Cream
that looks like Neoplotan ice cream. I think the striping was plum
luck, this yarn doesn’t always do that so well….hence why I knit all
my dishcloths with solid colors. Pattern Baby Bib o’ Love from Mason Dixon Knitting

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Today is the day….I must drive to Austin for a baby shower (hence the two completed objects above). I have a hunch that by the time I return DH will be close to completion of my veggie garden. I am so excited I could just spit.

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kiss, kiss

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Look at this Bald Cypress…come on Spring!

Oh, I almost forgot. I found these blogs this morning while drinking my coffee. I’ve added them to my TypeList too. Check them out!

Olive Juice & Co.

Portabellopixie

Pink Chalk Studio

It’s amazing to me how much shit some women get done… I mean really.

I just received my Emmeline Apron Pattern in the mail. I was so hoping to see a picture of the back, but no dice, damn. I will still be stitching one up soon….maybe with some Ginger Blossom

Feeling Lucky?

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Is this not the cutest little guy? Well, he no longer resides in our home but did for a week. I alluded to a puppy a couple posts ago and here’s the scoop (no poop). About 4 weeks ago on a Saturday morning DH and I were drinking coffee in bed, reading the paper, cuddling with dogs…the every weekend stuff, when Maisy came running in crying and made me follow her out back. She led me to this little lab mix who was sleeping under our table saw. We’re not sure if he squoze through the fence or someone just dropped him over our fence ( we are kinda known as suckers in our hood) and it’s not important. Well, we temporarily named him Lucky and promptly began a campaign to find him a great home. His poster claimed that he spoke fluent Pig Latin, made a mean Denver Omelet and could fold fitted sheets. Within a week he had a home. A friend’s sister just moved back to Texas with her husband and two children. They were missionaries in South Africa and had to leave a much-loved dog behind when returning the US. When their daughter saw Lucky she said his name  would be "Kaya", which in the language of the people they lived with in South Africa, means "home". I knew it was meant to be. All reports say everyone is happy as can be.
I am so excited… we’re replacing our windows this weekend! I was a little sad at first to think that my lovely original wooden windows would be replaced with some vinyl clad über efficient ones but I do see the practicality in it all. I’ve never really lived in a home that didn’t have "charming" old windows with 50+ years of paint, broken ropes and a 2×4 or dictionary next to each one to prop it open when we wanted some air. So this will be a truly significant change, one I’m going to embrace instead of fight because I still like a bit of "charm" in my life. I guess I’ll get used to windows I can lock, open easily and don’t whistle on a windy day. I will keep a few to use as frames for some cool letterpress pieces.
Ordered some pretty Heather Bailey fabric to make either some pillow cases or a super pretty apron
I did take some shots of my lovely old windows this morning and will post pics of new ones…might not happen right away since I will be traveling to Wisconsin for work first thing Monday.