Today, is a "snow day"...which means schools are canceled... which means I get to stay home and play. We have about 3 inches of snow (which, I'm sure doesn't seem like a lot to those of you who live a little further north than me, but...) In 3 inches of snow...where I live...that means roads are nearly impassible, and certainly people don't know how to drive on them! So, I thought I would take this rare opportunity for play time, and catch you up on what's been going on around my neck-of-the-woods.
We've enjoyed playing in the snow. Daddy helped Jane build a snow man.
Jane found the snow man's eyes, nose, mouth and scarf (one of Momma's scarves, of course.)
And Momma tought Jane how to make a Snow Angel.
In other news, Jane had her first Christmas program at school. It was the cutest stinkin' thing I've seen in a long time. I got the singing on video, but for the life of me, I can't figure out how to upload it to blogger. My husband tells me that I have to wait until the DVD is full before we can "finalize" the videos and upload them to anything. Boooo....where's the fun in that!?
News on the sewing-front:
My very lovely, and generous, Theater Club students rewarded me recently for directing their play by giving me a gift card to a local book store. AND, well....I've had my eye on a certain sewing pattern book for a very long time...so, of course, I ran straight to the store and snatched it up. It's a modern garment sort of book, which is unusual for me, I know (my "modern" wardrobe is in desperate need of updating)...but I love the styles of the designer, Wenlan Chia.
Her designs are simple and slightly structured, or sculptural, but very feminine as well. The fabrics she recommends are luxurious, soft and natural....and I like the neutral color pallet. Some of her desings have hints of vintage or antique elements in them. Almost everything I've seen in her line, is actually "wearable" by the general public...not just made for the runway.
All that being said, the book has a cd full of Adobe uploadable and printable patterns, and the book itself has lovely illustrations and clear directions for sewing up the garments. It's available on Amazon, of course.
This is the first garment I have tried in the book. It calls for silk-velvet, and silk chiffon. I had neither, and didn't want to spend any money on the shirt, so I used what I had in my stash. I don't think I went too far from the mark though.
Mosaic from the PARISH OF BISHOPSTROW AND BOREHAM, England