...you did good, really good.
I wanted to mark the day in some way - so maybe, perhaps, one day the kiddies would remember it when they are reading about it in the history books.
We celebrated the only way a sewing mama knows how - with home made bunting and decorations.
Maddy watched the inaguration at school and was eager to try her hand at drawing her own flags to decorate the walls.
We celebrated with friends by having a big ole' roast dinner, followed by some very special Christmas pudding, hand delivered to us this week from England
There are a wealth of online fabric stores over here in the US which sell a fab variety of knit fabrics (most of which also ship to the UK) My favourite source for childrens knits has to be:
www.thefabricfairy.com she has a larger selection of children's knits which changes frequently . The customer service is excellent and shipping is super fast. She also gets a variety of over-runs from boutique clothing makers such as Mad Sky, Baby Nay and Baby Lulu amongst others.
A wonderful online fabric store with a huge selection of fabrics of all types is www.fabric.com I have found their Minky to be wonderful quality and they always have a great variety of designer wovens. (they also have some very good sales!)
I have variety of knit fabrics which I have picked up over the past year with specific dresses and outfits in mind for Maddy...however, I have been very unmotivated to sew any of these beautiful fabrics up - probably because most of my time and energy over the last year has gone into quilting.
I finally dug out this pretty and soft floral fabric and matched it up with a paisley to make Mads a winter dress for school which she is in dire need of.
It hung in my sewing room unfinished for a few weeks, until I finally got around to hemming it and giving it to my little lady, who, to my surprise likes it!
It has given me some motivation to get more made up for her to see her through winter/spring
The next few fabrics waiting to be sewn up::
I also have some very special fabric ready to make her a birthday dress::
Not to mention the little pile I have for my boy::
Guess I better get started....
Mads took the opportunity tonight to try her hand at photography with the Nikon D70 (See Mads previous photography skills)
Whilst they are not the most flattering photos of Mummy and Josh - I think they show a flair for photography (although I freely admit, I am hugely biased!)
The last week has been urg! Lots of changes, injustice and tears, with a big helping of prayers.
Crafting has been a little respite and change of focus and I have actually worked on some things for ME!! which I have been meaning to do for some time...
Playing with felted sweaters and tape measure::
Pretty felted bowls a la Betz Whites book - Warm Fuzzies::
The first quilt of the year - a baby quilt for a lady at church who has just had a little girl...
I wanted to do something extra pink and girly, but funky too....and so this 'Baby Chaos' pattern was born. I used a collection of prints from Moda, Amy Butler and Michael Miller amongst others - and backed it in Michael Miller's dots on the back.
This was the first time that I actually made myself handmake a quilt label too - and having done it once, I know it will be an addition to every quilt now, I love the look of a little label in the corner.
It has also motivated me to make labels for all of the quilts I sent home to England this Christmas, which will be nice to sew on by hand when we visit England in the summer.
Apologies about the poor pictures - I literally got the quilt out of the dryer and was sewing the label on in the car on the way to church - hence the badly lit photos (taken in the trunk of the car seconds before being gifted!)
Oh and another first for this year::
Jasper had a bath, after mama accidentally got a bit of quilt basting spray on his back (yes, I felt terrible) He took it very well and now resembles his old powder-puff self again!