So Where Are Those Mice?

Has anyone seen the little sewing mice from Cinderella? I requested them earlier this week but they haven’t arrived yet.  You just can’t count on anyone.
The lack of mice hasn’t kept me from making progress on my current project- the new summer blouse. I’m sitting next to three embroidered pieces of fabric awaiting stabilizer removal so I can cut them out and start sewing.
Another week, another seam.
So I am making progress. I can confidently say that the new blouse will be finished and ready to wear around the time of the first snow.
I did have a variety of priority interrupts.  I was able to spend time with Zohar, my niece’s daughter and the first baby of our next generation.  She is officially my great niece which makes me sound way older than I am, but that’s not the important part.

Just Baby and Me

She’s absolutely beautiful and smells just like a baby should smell. I had to stop the work on my blouse to make the first of what I’m sure will be many presents for Zohar. I can’t post the picture the present until Saturday. Wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise. I will say it’s minkee which means really, really soft, which is appropriate for this little warrior princess. I know she’ll be strong and tough as she gets older but right now she’s so little and sweet that she deserves the softest stuff out there.
Next present for Zohar, or maybe I should say for her parents, will be burp pads. I know she’s perfect but there is the possibility that she might make an itty bitty mess on her parents’ shoulders when she finishes expelling air after a meal.
Another distraction was finishing up a new mini design set, Words of Love. Though a bit of a departure from most of my embroidery, it’s not something foreign to my lifestyle. I’m a big believer in affirmations as life changing xxx.  Here’s a wall hanging currently hanging next to the door to my kitchen.

Words of Love designs
I also need to mention my garden as a distraction. We have an extensive garden of both flowers and vegetables. I’m not sure how it works but the garden sucks me in and holds me captive for hours at a time. Every time I go out there’s a new baby tomato to examine or a spectacular new dahlia blooming.  Our carnation bed is even mesmerizing with a zillion new blooms every day. The flowers look beautiful in the garden and cut in the house.

carnations single-carnation
But I have managed to start work on the blouse. I began, as I so often do, by testing colors for the embroidery.
The fabric is salmon colored which I’m treating as a neutral. It works well with my coloring and offers a great background.   Almost every combination looked good except the one with the gray. Who would have thought that gray would look so odd. It just shows you how colors affect colors. This gray looks perfectly normal when stitched on white. Placed on this salmon it morphed into a color from the vampire diaries.

color2 color1
The machine is stitching the last line of embroidery before I can move to the next step.  I went with the deep red and coral. There’s a story behind the color choice but I’ll leave it for another time.

Just a reminder- the embroidery is going a blouse using this pattern:

shirt-front back
So where are those mice?

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Giving Myself A Challenge

I know, this blog post is late. If I had written a blog post five months ago it would have been late.

It’s not like I don’t have anything to say.  I’ve been busy! I’ve sewn a lot, taught a lot, and worked on my house a lot. I’ve visited museums and wearable art shows for inspiration. I’ve created many, many, many new designs and started this year’s garden. And, most exciting of all, we have a new baby in the family. As I write all of this I realize why I might not have been writing a lot. I’ve been busy.
Today has been a spectacularly productive day. My embroidery machine has been stitching away as I’ve put my nose to the grindstone cleaning out my sewing room.  I’ve also completed paperwork and installed a new router. Where’s my cape? Obviously, I’m Superwoman!
Which brings me to my newest challenge. I had the good fortune to see my friend Jen’s wonderful blouse.

back  shirt-front

Wow! Great, huh?  Both the front and the back are really cool. I have to have one.  (OK, maybe it’s just that Jen is really cute, but I’m going to give it a try anyway.   I tried Jen’s blouse and it so I’m ready to go with it. Just have to decide on the embroidery.

So that’s my challenge to myself- to make this up at least once, maybe twice.

I’ll keep you posted.

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