Happy Springtime to all! I will be taking a break until mid-May. It’s the time of year I love to go on long walks, take photos and catch-up on my projects. By spending less time on-line it is possible to really sharpen awareness of the seasons, their changes and the subtle differences in how we perceive the world around us.
I’m coming into the home stretch–at last–of the 1930s Sew-along with Norma. Completion has been stalled due to work obligations and a family history project but nonetheless, it has been a rich learning experience. Another thing I have learned is that half-ball buttons with a shank, like the ones I just covered with fabric, need buttonholes or button loops to remain in a standing position. I had thought I could just sew them onto the vertical dart and create the look of a mock closure but that did not work out. I now have 10 pretty buttons for a future project and learned how to deal with shiny fabrics in this process.
I will work on the belt during Spring Break using instructions from Reader’s Digest Guide to Sewing. I plan to take step-by-step photos to share when I return. I think actually seeing how the instructions from a book work out is always a good way to share what I learn. Photos show more than line drawings from a book.
I leave you with these pretty photos and a poem about Spring. …
“First Signs Of Spring”
by Emile Pinet
I woke to the tinkling of melting snow,
flowing from my roof to the ground below.
And a robin’s chirp, in a near by tree,
sounded like he was serenading me.
The rising sun was wearing a warm smile,
that made my getting up seem all worthwhile.
I opened my window to sniff the air,
and sure enough it smelled like spring out there.
My yard was dabbled with patches of green,
and my snowman had all but fled the scene.
Tulips and daffodils poked through the ground,
and soon there floral beauty will abound.
A tepid, gentle wind, caressed my skin,
and I felt the shift in seasons begin.
Public Domain Photos
Lambs in a meadow
Lilacs and Peruvian Lillies
“First Signs of Spring”
by Emile Pinet