Monday, May 30, 2011


Hancock fabrics is the only traditional fabric store in my area.  They had a great pattern sale today, $0.99 McCalls and Butterick, and $3.99 Vogue.  Of course I stocked up, and picked up some Kwik Sew patterns and also some fabric.

I am searching for an old-fashioned summer housecoat pattern to make for Lena, an 80-something wonderful lady who is the mother of my Comara (very good friend) Anna.  My search has not been fruitful, so I may have to improvise.  I have two beautiful fabrics for her housecoats.  One is a coral plaid seersucker, and the other is bright, tropical colored stripes, with a complementary floral for accents, such as pockets and collar.  I can't wait to make them, just need that pattern.

No big plans for Memorial day, since DD is in the middle of finals.  She has her last two finals Tuesday and Wednesday, then she is free.  Free for a little while, anyway.  She is taking a summer course so that she can double up on science courses in the fall, so for 6 weeks this summer she will go to school daily.

Meantime, I am looking for a last minute vacation for us to take as a family.  It's been awhile since we had one of those.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Let the blogging begin.

Well, just in case anyone actually reads this, I suppose I should introduce myself and say something about what this blog will be about.

My name is Andrea, and I am married with a teenaged daughter.  My husband and daughter are incredible people, and I'm sure some bragging will find it's way here.  We have another member of the family who walks on four legs.  She is a sweet Golden named Crystal, aka Cre Cre, or just Cre.

Six years ago I retired from a wonderful but very time consuming career.  In the ensuing years, I picked up hobbies that I enjoyed, but hadn't had enough time for while working.  Now it seems like there is not enough time for all my hobbies.

I enjoy both fashion sewing and home dec sewing and design.  I am fortunate to have a room dedicated to the hobbies that my daughter and I pursue.  It is a bright, creative space, but cozy at the same time.  It also serves as a guest room when we have company, so there is also a twin bed in there.

Cooking is another passion, and I have been collecting family recipes, as well as some from friends, for the cookbook I hope to complete someday.

On this blog, my intention is to document and share the things I make, whether in the kitchen or sewing room, as well as some occasional home design thrown in.  If my daughter lets me, which isn't very likely, I would love to share some of her art also.  By the way, she came up with the name for this blog.

Since I am completely new to this blogging thing, I have much to learn.  I really enjoy reading other's blogs, so I hope mine becomes a good read.

If you've made it this far, thanks for reading!