I was looking for a skinny pants pattern for Anne who wanted them to wear for her uniform for school, and I came across a new pattern company, Simple Life Pattern Company (and they are having a sale this week!). I loved this cute shirt, so I bought that pattern too. It was instantly a favorite. I sewed this one up in an organic cotton jersey from Organic Cotton Plus. I love pink, and I love this shade of pink (I made a little cardigan for myself from the same fabric). But, this shirt is just perfect. I made it long sleeve so that it could be worn in winter. Evva loved the twirl of the peplum and the open back. It will be in heavy rotation in her wardrobe, and that makes me happy. Not all my sewing projects, despite the initial gladness the garment excites, make it into regular wardrobe rotation. I will definitely be making more of these – and dresses too!
Of note this week – the crocuses (or croci) and snowdrops are blooming!! My favorite sign of early spring. The sign that gives me hope each year during the cold, gray days of winter. And, bees were visiting these flowers! Even though we don’t keep bees, I like that we have flowers for so many months of the year that help feed them.
And, Steven found a water gun from the summer and when I found out (at this moment) I had to explain that he could not shoot in the house – but it was awfully cute. He also put on a set of glow bracelets from this weekend. He was wearing a t-shirt I made for Hythe, but that now fits him. Steven always liked that lightening bolt fabric and used to ask (in his baby talk) to make one for him. I never did get around to it, but when I pulled this out for Steven to wear the other day, he said “You made it for me!!” Yes, baby, I did. He was so happy.
One of my favorite times of the year is when the crocuses and snowdrops bloom at the Big House (our name for William’s great- and grandparents house). I love seeing all the flowers bloom at the Big House, as they do in a procession through the spring, but the first to bloom are the snowdrops and crocuses. The “rock garden” is covered by a sheen of light purple with white intermixed. The surest sign, for me, that spring is coming, is imminent. It is hard to describe, or capture with a camera, the magic of turning the corner of the boxwood hedge in late winter and walking into the sweet, ephemeral beauty of those flowers covering the garden yard with moss covered rocks and English ivy in the background. We always make special trips to the Big House this time of year, just to visit the flowers – to revel in the sweetness of coming spring and admire the tenacity of those tiny flowers to withstand so much and still bloom. Also, to admire the forethought and art of William’s great grandmother, Elizabeth, who planted those bulbs (and boxwoods) nearly 100 years ago.
We are also enjoying the few ephemerals that have been blooming at our house. We get southern sun, while the Big House faces north, so our flowers bloom a few days to 2 weeks before theirs. Of course, I am inspired by Elizabeth’s example, and have planted more bulbs each fall. I have doubts, but I hope mine will grow to bring beauty to the world, and those who come after, for many years after I am gone.
Weather in our area is always a bit (or a lot) unpredictable. It also makes a great conversation topic with people you don’t know very well (i.e. the person in line at the grocery store) and with people who really care (farmers and people with children!). My grandmother wrote me frequently when I was in college or away for the summer and she always had a paragraph about the weather.
Yesterday we had beautiful early spring weather–sunny, warm (low 50s)–and spent the whole afternoon outside gardening and playing. We even found the first early spring flowers.
But, we woke up this morning to grey skies. It started snowing at 10 a.m. and snowed all day, despite the weather reports all day on the radio which said snow would start on Tuesday. It was a very wet snow and piled up beautifully on all the trees and plants. The kids enjoyed a fun afternoon playing in the snow–snowball fights, slipping and sliding, and making snow angels.
By evening, the snow had nearly stopped and the light changed in a way that everything became more clear and it truly looked like a winter wonderland.