Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas morning

Christmas morning
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
When your day starts out with cardamom bread, you know it's going to be a good day.

Today we enjoyed our families, good food, and being together.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Speech Notebook Day

As usual, a day late. And you get two this week, thanks to last week's sickfest.

Last week I wrote about our fun day downtown, which you can read more about here.

And then this week I wrote about how Tim took the kids to play at his folks' all day while I stayed home, recuperating and making Christmas presents.

I'm almost done with Christmas shopping, I only have one miniature sweater left to make, and while I haven't actually made any Christmas cookies yet, I have 3 whole days left with only a few things scheduled. So maybe this year we'll have Christmas cookies instead of New Year's cookies. Maybe.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Working on it

Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
For the past several days, the Christmas fever has set in. Literally and figuratively. Last Thursday I was laid out with the stomach flu, had a fever of 102, and was too sick to watch TV.

Gradually, however, my strength and appetite have returned and even though I lost some critical shopping days, I am making up for lost time.

In the past week I have

  • knitted and given away two scarves,
  • stenciled 7 shirts,
  • made two miniature sweaters, and
  • written 40 Christmas cards (those would all be this morning).

So while I have been absent from the blogging world (too sick to surf! Imagine!), I have not been totally unproductive. While I don't want to jinx it, for once I may not be weeks behind when Christmas arrives!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Saturday Fun

Yesterday was an unusually exciting day for us. As a rule we don't go out all day as a family, but yesterday we left the house at 10 a.m. and didn't get home until 9:30 p.m.

With everyone dressed up in their good sweaters

we headed downtown to see Dan Zanes in concert at the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech. Dan Zanes and his band have done several family music CDs, all of which we own and listen to regularly in the car. So when Tim saw that he was coming to Atlanta, he thought it would be fun for us all to go.

And Dan did not disappoint. You might think that because we've heard all his songs umpteen times we would be bored, but that was not the case. He really put on a very good show that wasn't too loud (Charlotte was very concerned about this before it started), and which got everyone up and dancing in the aisles.

You can see more fun pictures of dancing and of Dan and his band here.

After the concert, which got out about noon, we shopped briefly at the Tech bookstore and then headed over to find Knitch, a yarn store which Bad Fortune Cookie very highly recommended and which I had been anxious to visit. Since everyone else didn't want to go to the yarn store, they all parked and waited for me at Hand in Hand, a very authentic, English-style pub, while I ran across the street.

And WOW! Knitch certainly lived up to the hype. They had some gorgeous yarns in there and the people were extremely helpful and friendly, quite a switch from the last yarn store I went to. And in a major departure from those past few yarn stores, they didn't try to sell me some acrylic novelty yarn that's a nightmare to knit. So now I have a new favorite yarn store.

When I got back to Hand in Hand with my purchases, I found a cold beer waiting for me and, about a minute later, my blue cheese hamburger that Tim had ordered for me. It really doesn't get much better than that.

We enjoyed our lunch so much that we forgot to take pictures, and then we jumped back in the car to drive about an hour north to the home of some friends who had invited us over for dinner. We spent a fun evening with them and then headed home. By the time we pulled into the garage we had 3 kids sacked out, even Charlotte who never sleeps in the car.

Definitely a day to remember.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Speech Notebook uh, Wednesday

Holy moly. Apparently the reduction in the number of posts for the month of December, she has begun.

Last week Tim was out of town for several days, partly for work and partly so he could sit in the rain in Jacksonville to watch the abysmal performance of Georgia Tech's quarterback. That, coupled with a sudden surge in Christmas projects, has really done a number on my posting habits. Or the lack thereof. {ahem}

Anyhoo, this past weekend we put up our Christmas tree. I would have taken actual photos of it to show you, but seeing as how I still can't walk in that room because I haven't finished decorating enough to put all the Christmas decoration boxes away, you will have to check back later on that. Seriously, it's really bad.

On the bright side, I have purchased everything I need for Christmas projects. All I have to do now is actually do them. In fact, I think I'll go work on them now. More soon, I promise.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Speech Notebook Wednesday

Technically there are still 13 minutes left of Wednesday, so I'm legit.

If you want a more comprehensive account of our trip, see the previous post. However, if you'd rather learn about it through primitive drawings, then here you go.

The Dock House

We spent our Thanksgiving weekend with all of Tim's family in a lakehouse we rented on Lake Nantahala in North Carolina. It was gorgeous. Just being allowed to stay in the house made me literally feel like I was living a Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous. Well, rich, anyway. This is the view off of the kitchen and dining area and also, incidentally, what I saw when I opened my eyes every morning. Tim and I were fortunate enough to be staying in the master suite, and the bed was perfectly positioned so that you could look out the window while you were lying in bed.

It was especially unbelievable at about 6 am when all the stars were still out. Tim said it looked like a planetarium.

This was the view from the hot tub, which was also in the master suite. No one used it, certainly not me, as I consider hot tubs to be giant petri dishes, but I was able to hang out the window to get this shot.

This is a view of the deck outside the kitchen and dining area. It also stretched the length of the house past the game room, which came equipped with both a pool table and a giant TV, perfect for optimum football game watching. Unfortunately, all our teams lost this weekend, but that's a different story.

Here's an external view of the house, which Tim took while we were out in a canoe. The last time I was in a canoe was approximately 1982, and I don't know that Tim has ever been in one. Accordingly I was scared to death that we were going to tip over and dump our camera in the lake, which fortunately did not happen.

And finally, a photo proving that we used the deck properly, probably in exactly the way the architects planned.

We were able to spend lots of time with family and really, we had more than our share to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Speech Notebook Wednesday

In many ways this past weekend was a perfect fall weekend for us. We were blessed with incredible weather, Tim and Nate (and friends) went to the Georgia Tech/Duke football game on Saturday to celebrate Nate's birthday, and on Sunday Tim and the kids raked leaves in the yard.

Since Charlotte didn't get to go with Nate and his friends to the game, I couldn't write about that for Speech Notebook, so I resorted to the leaf-raking story. Here it is in all its glory.

In other fall news, so far today Tim has been to not one, but two grocery stores, and there's a chance he may have to go back. I'm packing for our trip to a cabin on a lake in North Carolina, where we'll celebrate both Thanksgiving and Tim's parents' 45th anniversary with all his family. In marked contrast to past trips, I actually have all day today to get everything done and I've got a really good start on it!

Unfortunately for me I haven't figured out a way to reconcile my OCD tendencies and my extreme procrastination. For some reason I feel the need to have every item of clothing in the house clean before I pack, probably so I can take anything I want on the trip. So almost every day before a trip I spend all day washing, only to find myself trying to pack starting at about 11 pm. Surely there's a better way.

The solution? Have one whole day before we travel dedicated to preparing, and be sure to have Tim home the whole time! If that doesn't do it, there's no hope.

GT Game
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Friday, November 17, 2006

WIP -- aargh!

I didn't think that it would be that difficult to get from this (felted thrift-shop sweater):

to this (handmade fleece mittens from Maine):

but really, THIS is RIDICULOUS!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Free time

tissue holders
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
For the first time in about two months I had three hours of time all to myself today. Everyone was in school, no one had to be anywhere, and most importantly, I didn't have to be anywhere.

So what did I do with this precious time? Made travel tissue holders, of course! Actually I made four of these about a month ago, but through some technical error on my part they were too small for tissues.

Rather than throw them out, I held onto them until I could figure out what to do. Today I ripped out the pertinent seams, juggled some things around, and ta-daaa! now they work. There were a couple of them that I had to take completely apart and add some other fabric to before they were big enough.

Cold season, here I come!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


So today Nate turned seven. He had a fun time at school (complete with cupcakes for the class), a fun time after school (went to a school function with a friend), and sausage gravy and biscuits for dinner tonight. Then we had a big chocolate cake and he opened his presents.

Here's a picture of his cake, which puts a capital W on wonky. My new idea was to a) use thinner icing so I wouldn't dig up the top of the cake while icing it like I usually do, and b) decorate it with a big "7" stencil done with powdered sugar. Maybe if I'd gotten more powdered sugar on the cake than on the floor it would have looked better. And maybe if the icing hadn't been so thin it would have set better and not stuck to the bottom of the paper I cut the 7 out of as I was sprinkling on the powdered sugar. I ended up having to put candles all around it for better definition. The verdict -- a good concept with marginal execution.

But really it's the birthday that counts. I have to keep my priorities straight.

Happy birthday, Nate!

Speech Notebook Nov. 14, 2006

I swear sometimes, if it weren't for Speech Notebook Wednesday? The posts here would be few and far between.

Had such a wealth of information last week to write about in Charlotte's Speech Notebook that some of it spilled over into this week. So here is a short narrative about our Halloween night.

But wait! That's not all! If you check back later today you may get a chance to see something about a birthday that someone's having today.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Young Authors and bread

Yesterday afternoon Tim and I were invited to the elementary school to hear Nate read at a Young Authors Tea. The Young Authors Tea is an event where they pick one child from each class to read something they've written this year, and Nate was selected.

He did a great job reading his composition about what his ideal neighborhood would be. Actually, I feel pretty good that it sounded very similar to the one we live in now, even if we are short one fire station, one police station, one lake and two pools (with 8 diving boards).

And about the bread? In a fun and virtually useless exercise, I figured out that it's costing us $0.83 a loaf to make our own bread in the machine we're borrowing from my parents. That's if you don't count the electricity, which I have no idea how to figure out. As a comparison the bread we buy at the store costs $2.39, so we're saving maybe $18 or so a month. And I know pretty much exactly what's in each loaf. Woo-hoo!

Now if I could just figure out how to make some whole wheat bread that isn't a rock, we'd be all set.

Edited: Okay, obviously, as with far too many things, I only know enough html to be dangerous. My newest banner is just giving me fits placement-wise. Can anyone out there tell me how to size and center a banner properly in Blogger?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Speech Notebook

Well, I'm very late with speech notebook Wednesday Thursday. I guess having the kids off on Tuesday messed me all up.

Anyway, this week I illustrated some of the things we did over the weekend when we got together with my family for a few days in a cabin in the mountains. We had a great time, which unfortunately these drawings that I did this morning before the bus came do not fully portray.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

No throwing of tomatoes

In case anyone was wondering, wooden play food shaped like a tomato is not a good thing to throw at a window.

Oh, and duct tape does a pretty good job of covering the hole and holding the remaining pieces together so they don't fall out completely.

Just for future reference.

Friday, November 03, 2006

The closest of friends

Last March, I made a bunny baby for Hattie's bunny baby, the one friend she always has with her and which she sleeps with every night. Tim took one look at Bunny Baby's tiny friend and said, "We're going to lose it and never find it again."

Sure enough, Bunny Baby's bunny baby was around for 24, maybe 36 hours and then Poof! he disappeared. We couldn't find him anywhere.

A couple of weeks ago Hattie was getting dressed and she picked out a long-sleeved shirt that she doesn't wear very often. She put it on and told me that she felt something funny in the sleeve. I thought it was just the embroidery on the shirt, but sure enough, there was something in there. Guess who. Now how BB's BB got into the sleeve of a shirt she rarely wears, I don't know. But I guess it was lucky that Hattie decided to wear that shirt again before I put it away for good.

For the last few weeks we've managed to keep up with him pretty well, more or less, until I jokingly mentioned sewing him onto Bunny Baby. Hattie thought that was a great idea and specified that she wanted Bunny Baby to hold his bunny baby over his shoulder, "so he could say, 'Peek!'"

So here he is. Peek!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Speech Notebook Wednesday

Even though it was Halloween on speech notebook day this week, I thought I would save all that for next week. Also half of Halloween hadn't happened yet when I sent the notebook in with Charlotte.

So Charlotte suggested that we tell her friends about her bike and how she can ride it all by herself. Done and done.

Here you go. (And please, use your imagination on the bike pictures. Obviously I did.)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween Scenes

Happy Halloween, everybody!

Starting out

This morning started with the big decision of which costume Hattie would wear to school. I had thought she would want to wear her ballerina costume, and was in the process of trying to figure out what parts she could wear to school without ruining them when she suddenly decided to be a dog instead.

Fortunately I just happened to have this costume on hand (as it was the one I originally intended for her to use before the whole ballerina idea). It was quick, it was easy, it was warm, and there were no accompanying parts. Perfect.

She wore it to school for her party, and still had it on when school was over, only slightly marred by an encounter or two with some orange icing.

She's since informed me that she's going to be a ballerina tonight for trick-or-treating. So we'll see what we end up with.

Monday, October 30, 2006

What a box to open

Ohmygosh!! How much do I love this?!

I was just innocently surfing around the craft blog community last night when I checked out Bella Dia's site. She linked to something new called Pandora, so I went and I was BLOWN AWAY.

For free you get to select music, by artist or song, and they use what you select to pick out other music you might like and put it all together with what you selected to make up a playlist that appeals specifically to you! As they play each song you can vote on whether you like it or not, and if you don't, it quietly turns off and switches to the next song. Unbelievable! Oh, and you can set up as many as 100 different stations. Did I mention it was FREE?

Talk about a free market economy! Now I've got the world's biggest iPod!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Rain, rain is falling down

It's been pouring rain all day here. Really, it's been a good, steady, solid kind of rain. When it was time to go out to meet Nate's bus, Hattie and Charlotte amused themselves by stomping in all the puddles they could find.

After Nate got home we came in, they took off their wet clothes, and everyone had hot chocolate. Now the kids are curled up in front of a movie and I'm headed for the kitchen to make spaghetti sauce, two chicken casseroles (maybe more), bread, and dinner.

I love rainy days!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Speech Notebook Wednesday

In this week's speech notebook I wrote about what we did on Saturday, when we went to the Fall Festival at Hattie's new preschool and then finally bought a pumpkin. You can see the actual (not drawn) pictures here.

Tomorrow I have my regular Thursday morning rat race to run. With Hattie in a new school only on Tuesdays and Thursdays now, my Thursday mornings have become "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride," as one of Charlotte's teachers so aptly put it.

Charlotte doesn't ride the bus in to school on Thursdays because she has therapy (OT and speech) at 9 a.m. about 10 miles north of us. It took me 6 months to get that time slot so it wouldn't interfere with the rest of her school week. This schedule was fine while Hattie was in school on M, W, F, because then Hattie just rode along.

Now, however, I'm reduced to leaving the house at 8:15 so as to avoid any possible traffic cluster- you-know-whats (like the first time I tried this, when all the stoplights on a major thoroughfare that I had to use for several miles were out). So I drive to therapy, slow the car down a little and boot Charlotte out for her session. (Well, not really, but kinda.)

Then Hattie and I race back the way we just came, plus an additional few miles, to get her to school at 9:30. I sit in the line with the other moms in minivans feeling my blood pressure rise until I can dump Hattie out and zoom back to therapy to pick Charlotte up at 9:50, so I can take her to school, which is about 2 minutes from our house.

The first time I tried this, in addition to the stoplight issue mentioned above, I took a wrong turn on the way to Hattie's school, which extended our journey just the right amount to transgress Hattie's car riding limit. So she got sick. And once I got there, I couldn't find the carpool line and had to take her in, on the second day she'd ever been there, and there was much separation anxiety, including wailing and clawing (on Hattie's part), and sympathy (on my part), but no time really to deal with it. When I finally got back on the road, I got behind a garbage truck, whose driver was no doubt wondering who the crazy road-rage lady was behind him, banging her head against the steering wheel every time he stopped.

I got back to therapy about 15-20 minutes late, where Charlotte had been wondering where I was. Horrible.

So last week I left early, fairly confident that I could do everything in time now that I knew the drill, except that when I got to Hattie's school and the teachers were taking her out of the car, we discovered that I had forgotten to bring her bag, which contained her lunch, her blood sugar monitor, and (most importantly) (to her) the show-and-tell item.

Accordingly I spent three hours straight in the car last Thursday, 8:15 to 11:15, and the only time I got out of the car was to grab or drop off something or someone. My route that day looked like something from Spirograph -- home, to therapy, to Hattie's school, to therapy, to my house, to Hattie's school, to my house. All in Atlanta traffic on surface streets, complete with unsynchronized stoplights and old ladies in Lincolns who would explode if they went faster than 20 mph under the posted speed limit.

But at the risk of jinxing things, I might finally have my act together tomorrow. Sheesh.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Fall Festival Day

Today was a perfect fall day. We had gorgeous weather, Nate and Tim went to a Cub Scout function early this morning, then we went to the Fall Festival at Hattie's new school. You can see many pictures of our kids on bouncy-type things here.

On the way home we picked up a pumpkin, which we had been meaning to get for about three weeks now. Then it was home to doze on the couch in front of college football.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Speech Notebook Wednesday

Well, better late than never, I guess. We've been busy around here and I don't really see it letting up until maybe Friday. It's Conference Week at the elementary school, which means everyone comes home at 12:30, ALL WEEK.

But here's Charlotte's speech notebook for this week. You would think I would have lots of ideas about what to write, but really it's not that easy. I must have spent 15 minutes last night coming up with a topic. Of course, this is the third year that Charlotte's been in that class, so I've covered lots of things already and I feel like it would be a real cop-out to do them again.

This entry is all about our morning routine, from Charlotte's perspective of course. The routine usually works out fairly well, except for when the bus is 10 minutes early like it was the other day.

Sometimes I can write about things we did over the weekend, but I thought Saturday's dinner was too complicated to write about, and Sunday I have to say that all I did all day was work on Halloween costumes. To the extent that at dinner time Hattie said, "Mom you need to get dressed!" Which was a valid point, except that you could argue that if you wear flannel pants and a turtleneck to bed, that you're already dressed, in some fashion.

That's pushing it, I know. But I got Hattie's skirt all done and Nate's shirt and a vest-y thing done too. A little work on props and we'll be completely done. I'll take pictures if the sun ever comes out here.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Oh, yeah...

Sour Cream Apple Pie
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
Found out about this sour cream apple pie on Posie's post over here. It sounded great and I needed something yummy and seasonal to take to a friend's house for dinner tonight. I can never make anything like that for just us -- cooked apples aren't Tim's favorite, Nate won't eat it, and Hattie probably shouldn't, so that just leaves me and Charlotte and Charlotte's in school all day. That's the last thing I need -- to eat a whole pie by myself.

So I made it for tonight. I'm also taking along some brownies for those people who don't care so much for apple pie.

While it was baking this afternoon I asked Hattie if she wanted peanut butter or cheese with her crackers for lunch. She said, "I want apple pie!"

YUM! Me too.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Works in Progress

Halloween costumes are my primary works in progress. Here we have the first step in trying to make Nate a shirt out of one of Tim's old ones.

Should be interesting to see how that turns out, seeing as I'm going strictly by imagination and not by any kind of pattern or instructions. Fortunately we have many of Tim's old, ratty work shirts in case this approach doesn't work out.

I do have instructions, or at least a plan in mind, for this light pink tulle, white tulle, and wide, pink, satin ribbon. This would be for Hattie, who decided recently that she isn't going to continue the family tradition of being a non-gender-specific dog.

Should be interesting to see how that works out too.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Speech Notebook Wednesday

Wow! A week gone by already. For not doing anything particularly noteworthy, time sure passed quickly.

The subject of today's post was an exercise to see just how impaired I could be and still function. I did it Monday night, after coming home from my first experience with bunco. Late Monday afternoon a friendly neighbor asked me if I wanted to sub, since apparently someone in their group couldn't come. I'd heard about the bunco phenomenon, and read about it in the paper, but had never actually played it.

My only problem was that I had bell choir practice right before, so I had to go straight to bunco without dinner. NOT a good idea.

Everyone was very pleasant and they had some nice snacks, but they had LOTS of beer and wine. So we all threw our dice and chatted and drank our drinks. Then about 10:30 I walked home with my prize: the pumpkin-as-spider tea light holder I'd won for getting the last bunco.

Then I remembered that I had to do Charlotte's homework, which, if I'd been thinking, I would have done earlier.

With games of chance on my mind, I somehow ended up writing about Bingo. My handwriting is messy and my corners aren't as straight, but I think it was passable.

I spent the whole next day trying unsuccessfully to convince myself that I wasn't hung over.

And now my conversion to 100% suburban housewife is complete.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Speech Notebook Wednesday

I'm noticing a very close parallel between posts on Mondays and what ends up in the speech notebook. Sorry for the redundancy, but it's all I've got.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Photographic evidence

Well, today's my birthday. In honor of the occasion, I've put together this little photo retrospective of me over the past four decades. You can tell from this that I'm one of those people who has looked essentially the same my whole life.

I briefly considered doing a "40 things about me" thing, but didn't want to bore people to tears. You can see each of these pictures individually (with explanations) over on flickr.

Thanks to LLA for linking to the cool slideshow trick!

Birthday Montage

Birthday Montage
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
Something for you to look at while I put together what I really wanted to put here........

Sunday, October 01, 2006


My family and I celebrated my birthday today instead of tomorrow for several reasons. One, it's no fun having a birthday on a Monday, which is the absolute worst day for a birthday. Two, Tim has to work late tomorrow night, which doesn't give us much opportunity to do anything. Three, everyone will be at work/school tomorrow except for Hattie, and four, I have several things that must be done tomorrow. These things include but are not limited to: the laundry, cleaning the house, getting the emissions checked on a car, and paying bills. Not exactly birthday-type things to look forward to.

Fortunately our strategy could not have worked better. The weather cooperated, the kids cooperated, the scheduling cooperated -- everything was perfect.

The first thing we did was go out for breakfast at J. Christopher's. We walked right in and sat down. The food and service were great, and the kids behaved beautifully. We did notice on our way out, however, that by then the place was packed and on a wait.

After that we headed for the Atlanta History Center. I'd gotten a family pass for a visit back in February from a school auction and had been wanting to go, but so far we hadn't come up with a free day. Since it was a beautiful day today and we had nothing critical to do, I thought this would be a good time to use it.

Traffic was unusually light and we got downtown about half an hour before the History Center was open. So we stopped at a thrift store nearby and Nate and I ran in while Tim and the girls waited in the car. Nate and I shopped unencumbered, Hattie napped, and Tim and Charlotte listened to football on the radio -- everyone was happy as pie. More about what I got later.

Then we drove on over to the History Center and got there five minutes after it opened. Again, perfect.

We went in and saw a new quilt exhibit (which I highly recommend to anyone in the area -- they are GORGEOUS!) and the 1996 Olympics exhibit. We tried to catch a tour at the Swan House at 1, but we missed it, so we played in the gardens until our tour at the Tullie Smith house at 1:30. Fortunately we'd had such a big, late breakfast that no one was hungry for lunch.

After touring the Tullie Smith House (shown above), the Swan House, and any remaining exhibits in the museum, we were finally ready to eat. It was about 4 pm. We had managed to miss the lunch crowd and we were too early for the dinner crowd.

We drove on over to La Fonda Latina in Buckhead, where we had the whole place to ourselves. Incidentally, this is where Tim and I went on our first date, as it was about a block from the condo I had then. We had a delicious and cheap meal (paella del mar -- YUM), and then we went home via the grocery store, where we picked up a Chocolate Lovers' Delight cake. We ate it about an hour later, after everyone wasn't quite so stuffed.

I opened some presents (check back tomorrow for the report on that), and then it was bedtime. Three baths later and the kids were in bed at about 7:45. Everyone was in a good mood, full, happy, and pleasantly tired. We really couldn't have planned it better if we tried. You can see more pictures from today here.

Oh, back to the thrift store finds. I got two wool sweaters to felt and make into something, and a cute pillowcase, again, for something I haven't figured out yet. But my real find was this:

a classic, lined, plaid wool jumper from Talbots in perfect condition for $1.65. I KNOW! The thing is, it's a size 8 and I wear a 10 (sometimes 12). But I couldn't just leave it there. It would have been sacrilege. I tried to rationalize it thinking that I love the fabric and I could cut it up, but I know I won't be able to cut into it.

Maybe it will be the inspiration I need to lose a little weight. It's so classic that I bet I could even take a few years to do it and I could still wear this. Did you see? $1.65!

Overall, a perfect, perfect birthday.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Tie One On entry

I spent all day today making this little apron. I've been owing Hattie one since I made Charlotte hers in January. It was supposed to qualify for the August/September entry for Tie One On, but of course after I spent all day making it, THEN I re-checked the requirements and now I'm not sure it qualifies.

Still, it was fun to make. I designed it myself and made the whole thing without a pattern, which is a first. I was inspired by a similar one I saw for $40 at the gourmet grocery store. It was muslin too, and after it caught my eye, I thought, "I could do that!"

So here it is. And in case all that wasn't complicated enough, I made it reversible. The red floral stripe was something I bought at a garage sale back in March for about a dollar.

Here's the other side.