Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The garden is growing and my fabric dresser gets 'cedar'

The garden is doing great! The plants are happy and the seeds are all sprouting. The flowers in the pots look very pretty and make me smile.

Beautiful Lantana Bandana flowers

Spinach is popping up

Green beans galore :)

Sunflowers planted between the Brussels sprouts

Sugar snap peas emerging from my lovely dirt

My fabric dresser was emptied and my lovely future son-in-law installed cedar planking at the bottom of all the drawers. Sweet smelling cedar and all my wools are now ├╝ber protected from rotten little buggies that potentially eat holes in my lovely woolens.

The pile of fashion fabric from my dresser

The cedar lining now in my fabric dresser

My current project, a printed slinky knit being turned into a cardigan. McCalls 6208 supposed to be an Easy pattern. Not difficult but... Not an easy pattern and whichever designer decided a knit can be made into this pattern was crazy, maybe if it was a complete minimal 2% stretch from spandex added to a woven it may work... Needless to say, I had to make some modifications to make it all work and it seems to be sort of working out. I'll keep trying.

- Posted by Steph from my iPad

Location:Lisle, Illinois

Saturday, June 2, 2012

A wonderful Saturday! Garden AND sewing time :)

What a wonderful day! The weather was perfect, my hubby did the grocery shopping & made cinnamon rolls while I slept in a little bit. What a great guy!!!

A little bit of shopping at the garden center, we had a couple of extra flowers we wanted to pick up to complete our summer planting. Several more geraniums and some shade flowers for by the front door and part of the deck.

My lillies are starting to flower and look so very pretty!

The Dr Seuss flowers get even neater looking the longer they stay on the plant! Now they are turning feathery.

I picked up 4 perennials as well. A type of prairie sage that has
Purple stalk blooms. I put these into the new bed at the side of the veggie garden along with 3 large clumps of green and white hosta that needs to be moved from a tree base that is being removed.

The garden is looking wonderful. The radishes are coming up, the spinach seeds are sprouting and all the plants look happy and healthy.

The radishes


Sugar snap peas

Melissa, Dorian and Holly enjoying the beautiful afternoon.

We have had some bad luck with a couple of trees and need to get them removed. So sad! One of the trees has a beautiful ring of hosta plants around it and I now have to figure where to transplant them all to as that they don't get destroyed when the tree is taken out and the stump grinded down.

This spot on the tree makes it look like my tree is bleeding!

To top it all off, I got to spend a couple hours in my sewing studio. Ahhhhhhh, that felt nice. I cut out a knew pattern for a cardigan out of a printed slinky. These are great for traveling in!

Everything is cut out, and I started the sewing. Hopefully I'll get back to it soon and it doesn't sit for too long.

Tomorrow I am off to a local horse show to shoot some photos.

- Posted by Steph from my iPad

Location:Lisle, IL

Work trip to Northern NJ

I spent wednesday and thursday this past week in Northern NJ.

I had several appointments scheduled with customers and it was a productive work trip. It was also a productive personal trip. I go to have dinner with my dad on Wednesday. :) it was very nice to get several hours of uninterrupted daddy/daughter time.

Me and my dad... I'm never very good at those self portrait pictures!

I also had to drive right through my old neighborhood and could not help but to be a stalker and check out my childhood home. I wanted to make sure they new people living there were taking care of it!

I also did something that I swore I was not going to do!! I cheated on my sewing room and went clothes shopping.... I was beginning to feel stressed out by not having enough work clothes and with trades how season coming up I NEEDED work clothes. Especially since I cleaned I my closet out back at the end of march and literally only have a below minimal work clothes.

Suffice it to say I bought 2 new suits and am now feeling less stressed and feel like I can take my time and plan some nice work outfits to sew without having to rush. I also have a bit of wedding/ craft sewing to do for Mel's wedding.

I won't say how much I paid for these 2 suits... But I will say they are from Talbot Woman's store. I love the safari inspired look to them and they both had the kind of details that I like. Enough said!

It's Saturday and we are off to the garden center for some more plants and then some sewing time!

- Posted by Steph from my iPad