December 6, 2017:

Hola!

It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!

Jan

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Patterns I Love!

Wow - I don't know what happened here.  I thought I had published at least a couple of different patterns I found the other day while schmoozing around the internet - but when I opened this up there was just a big blank page.  Sorry about that!  This is McCalls M6161 and I just saw it at the McCalls website

Here's one that I found that looks so simple to make.  A v-neck and some side seams, what could be simpler, right?  It's the material that makes the outfit - I think this looks fabulous and would look wonderful on 'Sis - hey 'Sis, if you aren't reading this blog, shame on you.  Only kidding, I'll email her with the pattern number and a link.  It seems she's caught the sewing bug lately too...


The question is, where do I find material like that???  This tunic in a solid color just wouldn't be the same.  But a vibrant stripe, maybe, or how about a furry look a/a Sonny and Cher -- wouldn't that be wild! - or this Indian-blanket look. This tunic looks so simple to make, even I could do it - speaking of which, I really must get working on my own snakeskin poncho tunic...

Update:  I passed along the pattern number and a link to 'Sis and she likes this tunic.  She is part Cherokee and will be attending some pow-wows in a few weeks, so she's going to make a trip to the local fabric store and see what she can find.  She's already got "cowboy" hats and boots, not to mention the requisite southwestern look belts and beautiful turquoise and silver jewelry.

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